Wedding planning If you decide to marry in Zante it is a good idea to use the services of a wedding planner who will take care of all the arrangements and legal requirements so that you can enjoy a stress-free wedding. The Bridal Consultant is a full wedding planning service that specialises in exclusive destinations, including Zante. For further information call Lisa Burton of the Bridal Consultant on: When Nicola Campbell and Andrew Smith from North Lanarkshire in Scotland decided to marry on the stunning Greek island of Zante, they celebrated in true Greek style reminiscent of the hit movie Mama Mia! And whilst embracing the local customs and traditions, they still managed to incorporate some distinctively Scottish touches into their big day in the Greek sunshine Finding the one We met six years ago through a mutual friend whilst on a camping trip, where it rained torrentially for the entire time. We were all completely wrapped up so I couldn’t even see Andrew’s face! We spent the full night talking and laughing and I think I fell in love with him a little that evening without even seeing what he looked like! We started seeing each other a month later and we had moved in together within four months. The proposal We had been on a short caravan holiday at Turnberry Caravan Park. The sun was starting to set, and the sky was orange and absolutely breathtaking when he asked me if I wanted to go for a drive and watch the sun set. We drove to Dunure Castle and found a place to sit on rocks by the sea. We took pictures of the sunset and snuggled up for a while. Next thing I knew Andy got down on one knee with a ring in his hand and asked to marry me. I was in complete shock, but I soon came to my senses and said: “Yes!” Then he brought a bottle of Champagne out of the boot of the car and we sat watching the last bit of the sunset with a Champagne toast. It was completely perfect. A year previously I showed him a picture of my dream engagement ring. He had got his friend from Harkness Premier Jewellers to make it for me. I had no idea he could keep such a huge secret and give me the best surprise of my life! Location, location We had attended quite a few wedding prior to our engagement and we both agreed that we hated the formal feeling to it all. This made us decide on a more relaxed and much less formal wedding for ourselves. The weather was another important factor. Also, very importantly, we wanted our guests to enjoy themselves fully We decided that Greece would be ideal for this, as it was close enough for guests to be able to attend. We wanted a private location, which was child friendly (we had seven children under 7 attending) and didn’t want sunbathers in the background, so we spoke to our wedding planner, Lisa Burton from The Bridal Consultant, and explained exactly what we were looking for. She then came back to us with quite a few options, but the one we chose stood out significantly. It was a private island in Zante called Cameo Island, which is just like the island in Mama Mia! I cannot begin to describe how beautiful this place is. I could search the world and not find anywhere more perfect than this little island that time forgot. The planning We booked our wedding through The Bridal Consultant and they organised absolutely everything for us. They used a company in Zante called Tsilivi Travel to arrange the details for us over there. They were so professional, and they organised all the legal paperwork for us as well as the wedding. The Bridal Consultant made our dreams become a reality with minimum effort from us, we simply booked our holiday through Thomsons and the only thing for us to organise was our clothes. We also took extra favours for our guests, even though sugar almond favours were included in our package. The guests Altogether there were 34 of us in our wedding party who travelled to Zante -seven stayed at one hotel and the rest of us stayed at another. All of our guests booked individually and arrived within 24 hours of each other. We were all in the town of Tsilivi and the hotels were within walking distance from each other. We didn’t give out invitations as such for the actual wedding as we didn’t want to put pressure on anyone to come, so we basically told everyone the dates and place, and made it an open invitation to everyone. With the exception of just a few we had all of our closest friends and relatives with us, so it made it extra special that so many people had made an effort to holiday.

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