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6 Tips for planning your wedding in Crete

I would like to let you know some details so you could take the maximum advantages out of planning your wedding in Crete . It might help you to organize the perfect wedding day and even to save money!

They say in Crete”Europe is Greece, Greece is Crete and Crete is my village” or something more extreme “Look at the map, you may see that Crete is situated right in the middle of the Earth.”  No doubts, the Cretans are very proud of the role the island played in the world history. To some point the Europe was born here. The beautiful princess was kidnapped by the god of gods, Zeus, who turned into a gorgeous white bull. You might have seen this mythological episode in the painting of famous artists – Titian, Veronese, Albani, Boucher and many more.

1.Entertaining mythology

 

My first tip would be keep in mind that Crete is quite a mythological place. You can use legends and myth while planning your wedding in Crete. Don’t miss an opportunity to make your guests meet something different, ancient. There are many ways how to use this “mythological” part of Crete – starting from the “guest table names” and ending with a sightseeing tour as a part of pre-wedding event with your friends who probably came here from other parts of the Earth.

2. Natural beauty as wedding decoration

Second advice is to profit the natural beauty of  Crete. There is no need to spend a fortune on the wedding decoration in Crete. Hundreds picturesque intimate sites are at your disposal. It makes sense to come to Crete some months before your wedding date to visit all these alternative sites with a wedding planner and to chose your favorite.

3. Cretan food for your weddings reception

Third tip. I am sure at least once in your life you tried a Greek salad – famous sample of Greek kitchen. But the Cretan kitchen is much more divers than the menu  of touristic taverna.  Add some Cretan tastes to your wedding dinner  and you will see happy faces of your guests. Well, the Cretan kitchen seems to be simple,comparing to Italian or French, but if you manage to hire a good catering, I promise, you and your guests will get the unforgettable experience.

4. Olive oil as a best gift for your guests

Forth tip I dedicate to the olive oil which has extremely high quality in Crete. The Сretan and Peloponnese region of Kalamata are the main Greek olive oil producers. The olive oil might be expensive in your country, meanwhile in Crete the wholesale price is 4 euro/lt. In 2019 we have a new service on set – the olive oil tasting. You can join 2 hours lecture to learn everything about olive oil and to taste some sorts of it. In my opinion a bottle of Cretan olive oil is the best gift for people who traveled that far to witness your wedding day.

Check our inspirational shootings with the olive theme

5. Mind high season 

High season—typically August in Europe – will cost you dearly. Villas may ask you to buy out the entire property for seven days instead of the usual two, the prices for the hotel rooms, rental cars and most of the services are 20% higher then during other months. The booking in April, May, or October can save you a ton of cash on everything from buyout costs to flights.

6. Use local vendors

It’s absolutely clear that you  might want to bring in your own stylist, photographer or even a wedding planner.   But for other things, consider using local vendors. Not only is this a smarter choice financially, but the true beauty of having these destination weddings is being able to work with regional artisans and support the local economy 😉

Sincerely yours,

Sveta, the CWW planner

 

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  • This pic that I found going through the CWW archives, illustrates perfectly the current state of the wedding industry in Greece 😊⠀
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"Hey, where's everyone?" Wedding planners and vendors are steady and waiting for the July, 1 when the tourist hotels will be open. Then we can see how it will go. I believe September&October 2020 will be 👌⠀
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Meanwhile I use this "pause" to prepare a new documentary. If you follow this account you might know that I am also documentary filmmaker 😎. So far we are doing a film about Santorini, the number 1 wedding destination in Greece, for the TV-channel ARTE. The date of release is 12/08/2020 ⠀
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Soon I ll flood the stories with Santorini's pictures. Normally this island is overcrowded by tourists and the prices for everything are crazy. But not in 2020 😉 #weddingingreece #weddinginsantorini #cretewithinweddings #wedding2020
  • Salt, sea, sun and NO filters! ⠀
I don't want a couple from far away to trust me blindly and usually do videos while scouting the venues. Then I send my findings to a couple to check. ⠀
Finally, making video is helpful. Specially for those brides and grooms who can't travel to Crete in advance. I believe a video gives presence. It seems to me a video helps to feel the vibes of a place a lot stronger then photos. Please share with me what impress you most - 📸 or 📹? ⠀
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  • If I were planning my own wedding, guys, I'd choose the Thalori 🌅 ⠀
Check "Stories/Venue" to discover a fantastic spot for a wedding in Crete at the South Cost 💫⠀
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  • I liked to cross paths with the @tatiana.iplgi and Cyril's gang last summer 😎 They were very natural, groovy and wanted to get MAX from their Big Day. ⠀
They didn't give any chance for the celebrant to perform a solemn ceremony, because they were laughing all way long. The party got started early in the morning and went late September 2019 night 🤩⠀. Pics by @smitfoto ⠀
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Ahhh, I miss my weddings 🥺⠀
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Summer can't wait 💙 ⠀
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  • Isn't it beautiful to get this gorgeous backdrop as a part of your wedding decoration? 🌸⠀
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The wedding ceremonies  with views of the mountain tops,  covered with snow, are available in Crete till end of May. ⠀
Then the sun is getting strong and makes snow melt. ⠀
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  • Would you like to experience a Cretan wedding? Bet you would! It's amazing event in a frame of a touristic or anthropological research. ⠀
For Cretans this is a routine. Every summer every Cretan gets an average of 10 wedding invitations. Meanwhile the Cretan wedding differs a lot for the destination weddings we perform in Crete. Some facts about the Cretan wedding:⠀
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🌸 There's no goal to create smth signature. No, on the contrary, each couple follows the strict rules, established for centuries.⠀
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🌸 Ceremony takes place at the church. A couple sign papers after and gets a legal Marriage Certificate.⠀
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🌸 Number of guests is 500-2000 persons. The Cretan families are huge. They are connected even with those family members who live in the other part of the Earth. ⠀
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🌸 The family and close friends attend the church ceremony (100-200 pers). Other guests join the event at the reception.⠀
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🌸 Cretans celebrate weddings at the large venues, called "kentro". Sometimes they prefer to do it indoors (!!!) -  it's too hot outside, inside there s the A/C. ⠀
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🌸 Some couples support the "old school" celebration: setting tables and the musicians in the village square.  It means the whole village is invited and no one will sleep that night.⠀
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🌸 Each wedding serves a traditional set of dishes: gamopilafo first (rice with boiled lamb), Greek salad, fava, taramasalata, dolmadakia etc (Sure, you had tried these dishes in Greek taverna) The Cretans would be surprised to meet a salad with mozzarella or sushi rolls at the wedding reception. Meanwhile there's a lot of meat dishes. ⠀
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🌸 Celebration lasts till early morning, under accompaniment of Cretan music.⠀
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Take a look at the pictures I did last time I was at the Cretan wedding. It's quite unusal  comparing to what you can see at the wedding blogs 🤪 But I like this mess, I do like it! BTW Do you think the Cretan couples need a wedding planner? 😎  #crete #cretanwedding #weddingincrete #weddingingreece #myfatgreekwedding #greekfamily #cretantradition #greekislandwedding #greekisland #orthodoxwedding #weddingcelebration
  • I don't think the Church organization is needed to connect us to God.  People can do it directly by themselves. However the idea of Easter (Pascha as we say it in Greece) is beautiful 🌿⠀
It's the only religious holiday when I go for a mass. 2020 is an exception. ⠀
And you, do you celebrate  Easter and why?⠀
At this pic you may see the most popular chapel of Crete - Agios Nikolaos in Georgoupoli . Many, many couples chose this place for a wedding ceremony 🌸🌸🌸
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  • Recently I was reading some wedding blogs that shared the ideas on how to adopt a wedding to online format while quarantine. ⠀
Well, it all sounds interesting... ⠀
Many fields of our lives go online. But don't we perform weddings to get together with our dearests? Could a zoom conference replace a real life format? What do you think? 🙂 ⠀
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Photo by @natalia.petraki 
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  • Hey there! It's me, Sveta, your wedding planner 🌸🌸🌸 Last month was all about decisions. Due to the COVID-19 our weddings are mostly postponed to autumn 2020-spring 2021.⠀
Now I have time to tell you more about myself and wedding planning in Crete, the island I ❤️⠀ ⠀
Some facts about me that help me to be a great wedding planner:⠀
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• I am international: speak 4 languages and lived at 4 different, really different countries (important to understand people needs and respect the difference of mentalities)⠀
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• Born and raised in Moscow, being 1/8 Cretan (perfect mix for the service provider)⠀
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• Studied event management in the Moscow State University (business approach)⠀
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• Studied filmmaking 🎥 (yeah!) in the New York Film Academy (highly artistic approach)⠀
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•  Was involved in wedding business as a videographer since 2005 (That's why I pay a lot of attention to the artistic approach when it's about photography and videography)⠀
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•  Moved to Crete in 2008 (I planed to spend one year max here🤣🤣🤣)⠀
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• Started Crete Within Weddings in 2010 after visiting the island of santorini (that was fun. Should write a book about it 🤪)
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•  Made 4 documentary feature films and got nomination for the Best National film in Russia 🌟 Google it: Cardiopolitika (That's what I am doing in winter time)
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•  Did 164 weddings. In Crete 😍 aaand... never been married 😆
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Don't hesitate to ask me any questions you have on wedding in Crete 🤗#weddingplannergreece⠀
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  • Dear Corona, come on, go away! ⠀
It's a big National Greek Holiday today 🇬🇷- 25th of March- and you didn't let people get together... Ok, we got your lessons, it's enough 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻⠀
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Here at this video you may see a traditional Cretan war dance Pentozalis, it symbolizes revolution, heroism and hope. It was performed by men only. Now even me I like to dance it together with the dancers at the weddings. I call it a Cretan hardcore 💥🔥🌪⠀
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These days I was writing different articles about wedding in Crete specialities. ➡️Check our blog at www.cretewithinweddings.com to learn more about the Cretan dances which can be a great part of the entertaining program at your wedding 🌟 ⠀
and be well🤗 ⠀
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  • Don’t want to make fun of the coronavirus threat that interfered that much into our realities, but I would like to warn you - in Crete we also have a virus ‼️My statistics says that 10% of the couples who got married here, they were infected. I call it this “cretomania” 🤓 Symptoms: ☑️visit Crete every year ☑️ sometimes even in winter ☑️love Cretan food and take liters of the olive oil back home ☑️celebrate important family dates in taverns ☑️strong desire to baptize their kids and make anniversary parties in Crete only. Keep it in mind 😍 photos by @irini_koronaki_photography #baptismincrete #kidsbaptism #vowrenewals #familyanniversary #orthodoxchurch #christianity #crete #weddingincrete #weddingingreece #destinationweddinggreece #destinationweddingcrete #weddingplannercrete #happilyeverafter #couplegoals #православноекрещение #крещениенакрите #критвнутри #организациясвадьбывгреции

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