We wanted to get hitched in the beauty of Pelio without the formalities of a religious ceremony or of a stuffy mayor’s office. Having lived in the UK for so long, we were surprised to find just how hard it was to do that back home in Greece. We stumbled across Michaella’s website randomly (the stars were aligned!) and could never have imagined that it would lead to a day that far exceeded expectations. We were given complete freedom to make the ceremony ours, to write our own vows, to discover our own location, somewhere no one could ever have considered, vows that no one else could have written for each other! Throughout the preparations, Michaella guided us the whole way. We got to know her and her family well, over plenty of tsikoudies, chatting at their beautiful house, driving around Pelio together but also through numerous Skype sessions, WhatsApp texts and emails when we were in London, so whilst daunting, the experience of a ceremony abroad was made easy. And so important was that fact that it wasn’t someone random who united us. The weekend was FUN, no formalities, no stress, no obligations. 18 months on and our friends still talk about that day. We have much to thank Michaella for and to us, she is a friend for life!Makis- Sophia: Couple
Όταν αποφασίσαμε ο γάμος μας να μη γίνει με μια παραδοσιακή τελετή αλλά με κάτι διαφορετικό και πιο συμμετοχικό, δεν φανταζόμασταν ότι το αποτέλεσμα θα μάγευε και εμάς αλλά και τους προσκεκλημένους. Γνωρίζοντας την Μιχαέλλα, νομίσαμε από την πρώτη στιγμή ότι μιλάμε με έναν άνθρωπο που μας ξέρει χρόνια! Οργανώσαμε ένα λιτό αλλά πανέμορφο τελετουργικό το οποίο εξελίχθηκε σε μια «ταινία της ζωής μας» μπροστά στα μάτια συγγενών και φίλων οι οποίοι όχι μόνο παρακολουθούσαν αλλά ήταν κομμάτι της ταινίας αυτής. Τις επόμενες ημέρες, το τηλέφωνο δε σταμάτησε να χτυπά, αλλά ακούγαμε κάτι παραπάνω από ευχές: για το ποσό ενθουσιάστηκαν και συγκινήθηκαν με την τελετή. Η τελετή της Μιχαέλλας θα μας συντροφεύει για πάντα και ήταν ο καλύτερος τρόπος για να ανοίξουμε τη νέα σελίδα στη ζωή μας.Σάντυ - Φίλιππος: Couple
We are so glad and grateful to have had you as our celebrant. The ceremony was very moving, it had tears and laughter and was everything we wished for! Thank you for making it so special for usLena & Jonas: Couple
Thank you so much for our wonderful ceremony! We absolutely loved how special and personal you made it for us. Your lovely nature and way with words was exactly what we were looking for so thank you so much for making it perfect!Victoria and Patrick: Couple
Rituals are the spine of any ceremony as they are the gestures of your union. Your options are honestly countless! Lots of couples often choose to incorporate traditions coming form their cultures and I always encourage them to do so.
Here are some examples of what you could include in your ceremony. Have in mind that I always refer to every ritual's symbolism.
Well, the most popular ritual globally is the exchange of rings. Old almost as humankind's history are still reminding us the significance of your union.
Another popular choice in Greece is the "stefana" (crowns) ritual. It's actually wreaths that your best man or maid of honor can prepare and place them on your heads and are complimentary to the ring's ritual. It's such a significant gesture that in Greece the most common wedding well-wishing for the married couple to be is "kala stefana" standing for "have a great wedding!"
Well, does that ring any bells? Yes! It works in the same way as the "tie the knot". Once again the phrase is used to announce that someone is getting married! This ritual is interwoven with the wedding ceremony and bears great significance.
Another popular option is the vow exchange. Written by the couple, read from a card, spoken by heart or going for the safe option of repeated vows, it's the ultimate way of declaring your love to your partner in front of your family and loved ones.
One of my favorite is the ring's warming. If you want the blessings of your loved ones and a reminder of the importance of their presence on your wedding day, that's the way to acknowledge it.
Handfasting is a beautiful ritual that bears a great significance too and it's one of the most comprehensive union gesture.
Sand pouring ritual is popular usually during beach weddings and apart from the couple pouring sand from two different containers to one you can include your loved one's in the procedure.
Looking some fun? Cut-out heart race is what you're looking for. A bed sheet with a heart drawn by the couple's friends and a pair of scissors for each. A marriage starting with a race! Fun!
There are many rituals ensuring that in the future you will remember your wedding day, the bliss, the happiness, all your friends and family. Time capsule, tree planting, the love letter are some of them.Whatever you choose make sure it's in your comfort zone! Don't go with something that you're hesitant about as your wedding day should be carefree!