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wedding planners in Greece | McQueens Flower School

For those of you who follow us on social media you already know our love for flowers 🌸  so it was only a matter of time until we decided to expand our knowledge on flower design. Being ourselves wedding planners in Greece we wanted be able to offer to our couples integrated services when styling a wedding, and have the proper knowledge to guide them while deciding on the flower decorations. We searched a lot to find the perfect place to start this journey and we couldn’t have taken a better decision than attending McQueen Flower School.

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Day 1 – Hand tied bouquets

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Day 2 – Low Elaborate Table

A combination of low centerpieces in various sizes to create an intimate atmosphere for your reception. Be careful while choosing the vases and make sure they match with the entire wedding theme. From mix & match transparent ones (like the ones we did) for a summer wedding to milk glass vases for a monochromatic result, there are plenty of options to consider.

My advice: Place them on top of a runner to make them stand out!

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Day 3 – Tall table

Tall flower centerpieces not only look stunning, but are also functional- adding tons of dimension to your wedding decor and allowing guests to easily converse from a distance.

My advice: if you are planning an outdoor reception, make sure it is not going to be windy on the day.

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Day 4 – Long and low

Not description is needed here, we all know and LOVE this type of arrangement!

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How to Plan your Santorini wedding reception

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How to plan your Santorini wedding reception – an issue that most of the couples planning their wedding are scared of! To explain this process better I will use as an example one of our weddings that took place in September 2016. The reason why I chose this wedding- besides the fact that the couple is one of the sweetest couples – is their choice of the reception venue, Sigalas winery.

Melissa and Marc had a very clear vision of how they wanted their wedding reception to look like – a relaxed and authentic environment with Greek elements. They were lucky to be able to visit Santorini 1 year prior to their wedding and what they liked the most about our island was its wines. The first step when planning your Santorini wedding reception (and usually the most difficult one) is finding the venue, and we already knew the style – it had to be at a winery!

Ceremony/reception venue choice

The next step is to consider whether you want to have both ceremony and reception at the same place. There are advantages and disadvantages when changing venues, but what we always say to our couples is not to compromise on a reception venue that doesn’t cover their wishes, just because it has the Caldera view. Keep in mind that after sunset you cannot see anything!

One of the main disadvantages most venues overlooking the Caldera have is the noise restriction. This part of the island is full of hotels which means no loud music is allowed after midnight, the maximum is 1AM (if you are lucky!).

In our case, Melissa and Marc decided on a ceremony venue with a Caldera view and then we moved to the most beautiful winery on the island for the reception, Sigalas winery.

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 The menu

The right menu is an essential element of making the wedding reception flow smoothly. My advice when planning your wedding menu is:

– Decide on the type of service

Whether it is plated dinner, buffet, family style, cocktail style or even food station style, go for an option that suits your wedding theme.

Melissa and Marc decided on a family style dinner which fitted perfectly to the relaxed atmosphere they aimed for and the venue style!

– Go local and seasonal

Not only will you have the freshest meal but you will also try the best the land has to offer.

With Melissa and Marc this was an easy thing to do, Sigalas winery uses only local and Cycladic products!

– Do not offer too many options

– Think of your guests’ dietary restrictions and allergies

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The decoration

Planning the decoration of your wedding reception takes a lot of effort and if not planned carefully it may be costly. The elements you need to consider before starting with the decoration are the venue and the type of the reception, and in our case we had:

Reception venue – Winery

This already guides you to an organic and casual setting, and the main colours to consider are white and green (of course you can spice things up with adding other colours).

Type of reception – Family Style

Never use flower runners or lots of table decorations when having a family style dinner. Keep it classic with a pretty centerpiece and save space for the platters.

OUR ISNPIRATION

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OUR WORK

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The party

Because what’s a wedding without a party! After the dinner, speeches, cake cutting, and the first dance it’s time to party. Music is of course a main component to your party as it will set the right tone for the rest of the evening.

Questions to ask the venue and the DJ – the logistic part leave it to us 🙂 :

– What’s the time limit? (for the venue)

– What are the noise restrictions? (for the venue)

– Have you worked before at my wedding venue?

– What genres can you cover?

– Do you take requests from the guests?

– Can we work together on the playlists?

– What do you do to motivate crowd if nobody is dancing?

– Do you take any breaks?

As I have said before, pick the vendors you choose for your wedding carefully. As a wedding planner I have the opportunity to witness both backstage preparations and being behind the scenes, but also being part of the reception and the party. Our aim is to ensure the whole night runs smoothly and to create the ideal environment for vendors to work in and for the guests to enjoy!

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Event planning & design: Santorini Glam Weddings

Photographer: Thanos Asfis

Reception Venue: Sigalas Winery

Ceremony Florist: Betty Flowers Santorini

Reception Flower arrangements: Santorini Glam Weddings

DJ & Lighting: Multimedia Events

Wedding Cake: Alexandra’s Cakes

 

 

 

 

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SGW crew – 2016 at a glance

2016 is coming to an end and all I can think of is how grateful I feel to be a Santorini wedding planner! We met wonderful people, made new friends, and created memories that will definitely last for a lifetime. I am mostly grateful for our incredible team, together we have achieved many wondrous things!! Our goal is to make each wedding a unique experience and we strive to make each and every wedding one to remember forever. Whether it is the people behind the scenes, the couple, or the guests, for that day we are all together witnessing and celebrating true love ♡

On this (unfortunately not so cold) winter day, we are reminiscing our wonderful wedding season here in the office and decided to share with you a few backstage photos of our lives on the island!

Champagne countdown has officially started and we wish you the Happiest New Year from the SGW fam ✨

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If you are ready to live the ultimate wedding experience, visit SANTORINI GLAM WEDDINGS for more information

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Party

Our favourite time of year is almost here (ho-ho) and we teamed up with the #santorinisquad to make sure you are all in the same Christmas spirit with us, with this Christmas Gift Wrapping Party! Gift wrapping, festive table scape, sweet treats, tree decorations are few of the things that come to our minds during this holiday. Feeling overwhelmed? Do not worry, we are here to share our ideas and inspire you for the merriest Christmases of all times ✨

Before getting into details, allow me to introduce you to the coolest team ever (from left to right):

Julia, Myself, Anna, Maria and Manto

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And now all the prettiness..

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Styling & Planning: Santorini Glam WeddingsSantorini Bliss WeddingsTie the Knot

Photographer: Anna Roussos

Assistant Photographer: So Visual Photography

Flowers: Les Fleristes

Cake & desserts: Pavlov’s Lab

Stationery: Chirography

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Pantone 2017: Greenery

The Pantone Colour Institute unveiled the 2017 colour of the year, I couldn’t be more excited about it! While last year’s pairing of pastels brought us a sense of order and peace, this year’s choice “Greenery” is here to make a statement.

 → A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings ←

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As if I wasn’t excited about the colour already, Pantone’s decision is also a reflection of our culture’s current mood/climate; “Greenery provides us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape, and symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Incorporating greenery into your wedding or your home is the perfect way to brighten your day without breaking the bank! How to do it? Here are a few ideas..

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For more inspiration check our Pinterest board here

Photo credits: 123 4 56 789101112

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