Monday, 16 February 2009

Vasilis Zoulias

A favourite Greek designer is Vasilis Zoulias for his timeless, elegant creations that really take the owner of these wonderous dresses/shoes/accessories back in time to when stylish hats and dressing up was a day to day activity. Vasilis does create some accessories and shoes that can be worn to your wedding, although I would drop by for some fabulous accessories or clothes for your pre and post wedding events! The shop is gorgeous, definitely add this to your to do list when you are next in Athens!

Rita Pateroni

A wedding dress designer for more than 25 years, Rita Pateroni is one of my favourite designers! Simple, ornate, whimsical and intricate, Rita caters for every taste and size, working with each client to come up with the perfect dress for her "special day". Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Kolonaki area in the lead up to your wedding. Make an appointment early to avoid dissapointment.

Anem By Anemomilou

I have decided to introduce the wedding dress collections of my favourite Greek fashion designers as I truly believe that the fashion industry has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years! I have to tell you that I am personally not a fan of the barbie/Jordan style dress, however I can appreciate that people want to look and feel like a "princess" for one day in their lives! So here it goes my favourite Greek designers, starting with Ms. Anemomilou who's work I adore! Her atelier is also to die for and I think she can confidently stand her ground amongst well known fashion designers around the world!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Mamma Mia style wedding in Greece

If you've seen the film, been inspired and are now looking to book your wedding at the Ag. Ioannis chapel located in Skopelos, which was used for the church scenes in the film, then read on! Skopelos is a tiny island,located around 3 hours from Piraeus port in Athens, there is limited accommodation available on the island, so any thoughts of boutique hotels must desert you when choosing this location for your wedding. Ideally, you would want a taverna style meal for your reception with a traditional Greek band and dancers as the entertainment. Arriving on a fishing boat or donkey are probably your best options in terms of transportation. A beach party is certainly another option, I would suggest a barbeque with fresh fish and meat and plenty of barefoot dancing, when choosing this location! What is important to remember is that it will be expensive to create a cosmopolitan setting on a small island like this, although not unachievable, you will need to bring in caterers, florists, photographer and hire furniture at the very least. Another important point is that despite the film having an English speaking priest performing what appeared to be a "Catholic" type ceremony, this is not in fact permitted in the real world! Only Greek Orthodox ceremonies can take place in the chapel, performed in Greek by the local priest.