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Wedding Planning in Greece during COVID-19: Advice for Couples

Greece, has fastly took every possible measure, further in advance for precaution reasons so as to secure that the spread of the Covid-19 will be suspended according to an article at CNNtravel.com, rather than other European countries. Over this period, I totally understand your reflections, so with great responsibility I would like to inform you that our team is always at your
disposal, in order to schedule calls or skype meetings, answering to your questions, organize everything according to your needs for the most important day of your life.  We need all to take it day by day, be relaxed, and plan ahead so as to secure your day. Be calm, and we shall pass through this together with hope.

You may find some quotes from the original article, published at our favorite source of the wedding ideas  Junebug weddings blog, below .

 

I’m planning a spring 2020 wedding — what do I need to know right now?

If you are planning a wedding for March, April, or May 2020, postponing is the safest and recommended choice.

Planning a wedding is stressful enough without a global pandemic changing your plans. Please know that it is okay to grieve your original wedding plans in the event that you must postpone or even cancel your wedding. So many hours, emails, decisions, and dreams went into the day you thought would be happening in the next couple of months. Feeling disappointed or frustrated by the lack of control you have in the situation is normal. This is a great time to lean on your family, wedding party, and your partner as you make difficult decisions about what to do next.

How do we choose a new date for our wedding?

Choosing your wedding date the first time may or may not have been an easy task, but this time around there is even more to consider. Here are the first people you should check in with before setting a new wedding date:

  • Your partner
  • Your immediate and must-have family members
  • Your wedding party
  • Your vendors

After you’ve gotten any absolutely-not weekends out of the way with must-have family and friends, it’s important to get in touch with your vendors as soon as possible. If you are hoping to keep a 2020 date, you may need to be open to another day of the week as many vendors have filled up their Saturdays for the year. You will also want to consider the season of your new wedding date. If you’re moving to a fall 2020 wedding, the style of your day may change with different weather conditions, color trends, and in-season florals. If a spring wedding is what you’ve always dreamed of, talk to your vendors about moving to a spring 2021 date.

Once you’ve made a decision to cancel or postpone, send your guests Change the Date cards to alert them of need-to-know information. This may include your new wedding date or a simple announcement that your plans have changed and to keep an eye out for more information. If you haven’t already, this would be a great time to set up a wedding website (which you can link on your Change the Date card!) where you can provide updates to guests as they happen. Most wedding websites also allow you to contact your guests all at once through your site, which is just another great reason to have one. Our friends at Minted have some helpful tips for wording your postponement cards as well!

What do I need to know about dealing with vendors and contracts when deciding to postpone or cancel our wedding?

The first step of managing your vendors is to take a look at your contracts. Each vendor you’ve hired will have different stipulations around postponing or canceling, so it’s important to read the fine print before getting in touch. You especially want to check out the contract you have with your venue, as many will have a rescheduling clause that may help you avoid major costs due to canceling.

Speaking of canceling, we absolutely advocate for postponing your wedding date if at all possible. Canceling your wedding altogether can be a hit to your finances as well as your heart with losing hefty deposits, etc. Due to the weight of the circumstances, some vendors are allowing date changes without an additional fee, but be aware that dates outside of the financial year may come with additional fees for rate increases.

Keep in mind that wedding vendors are small businesses and they are greatly impacted by the affects of COVID-19. Many vendors are offering to credit your existing payments for a transferred date or towards other services (photo sessions, floral arrangements, etc.) if you ultimately decide not to move forward with a new wedding date.

We got in touch with Valentina Ring, the owner of London-based wedding planner The Stars Inside (check out her portfolio in our vendor directory!), to get a little more insight into how couples can communicate with their vendors through coronavirus. Here are the questions she recommends asking when contacting your vendors:

  1. Discuss possible alternative dates right away so that you have a back-up plan ready and don’t need to make a decision without knowing where your suppliers and venue stand in terms of availability. By looking at weekdays instead of weekends, and off-season dates instead of peak dates where you live, you’re more likely to be able to move all your plans smoothly. Find out whether your deposit (or any other fees paid to date) are transferrable should the wedding be postponed.
  2. Ask your suppliers whether there is a cut-off point for certain costs – for example, when your florist or caterer need to place their final order. They will work with you on a one-to-one basis and be as flexible as they can, but there may be a deadline beyond which certain costs have to be recovered if the event does not go forward as planned.
  3. Find out what their policy as of one day, one week, or one month before the wedding if you end up needing to cancel or postpone at the last minute.
  4. Discuss what their policy would be in case you end up needing to significantly reduce the scale of the wedding and just invite close family, or choose to hold the wedding ceremony but delay the reception. Would there be financial penalties for this?
  5. Ask what would happen if postponing or cancelling is triggered as a result of the government or local authority banning social gatherings.
  6. It’s ok to ask if they have any contingencies in place in the case that they cannot fulfill their product/service due to illness. Do they know of other suppliers who may be able to help? They will more than likely be part of a wider network and can recommend an alternative for your date if they become unavailable.

 

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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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  • 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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Call us +306980871621 or sent a request ⠀
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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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