-Real-life wedding by Tuscan Dreams-

Name: Eleni and Julian

Age: Eleni 39, Julian  40

Profession: Eleni Teacher, Julian Accountant

Where do you come from: Bristol, UK

1. How did you meet?

We met through close friends some years before getting together in 2005.

2. How did you get engaged?

On Christmas morning 2006, the Engagement ring was hanging from Christmas tree!

3. How did you choose where to conduct the ceremony and have the reception?

We chose Tuscany having travelled there in 2006, then Tuscan Dreams helped us choose a location for the civil ceremony (Certaldo) and the wedding ceremony (Castello di Marcialla) using maps & photos. Both venues seemed very intimate & romantic and were suitable for the size of our wedding party & in close proximity to both Pisa & Florence, so our guests could travel easily as well as enjoying the sites.

4. What research and planning did you do before the wedding?

We took a 2 day trip to the area in March 07, met up with Erica & Nicoletta, organised the official paperwork, visited the Certaldo Town Hall & the Castle. Initial discussions took place regarding flowers, food & music and we left Tuscany knowing exactly what we needed to do & what decisions we needed to make. After the trip, we spent time researching menus, wine, music etc, using Erica & Nicoletta as guidance all the way.

5. How many guests attended your wedding?


6. What did you ‘make from scratch’?

Invitations & Order of Service cards.

7. What was your biggest extravagance?

Possibly the food & wine, but considering the quality I would say we got value for money.

8. Where did you save the most money?

Compared to prices in the UK, I think the cost of renting a castle in Italy saves a huge amount of money.

9. Would you change anything about your wedding?

We loved the live folk music so much that we would probably ask them to play again in the evening.

10.What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding?

Definitely visit the area first & work out the travel & accommodation plans well in advance. We found June a lovely month to have a wedding, warm & sunny but not too hot. Arrange a group meal or social engagement the night before the wedding through Tuscan Dreams so that all the guests get to know each other really well before the actual wedding day. If possible, try out the accommodation so that guests are not disappointed. We preferred that everyone stayed away from the castle, so that it was a complete surprise on the day of the wedding.

Colour scheme of wedding: Lavender, pink peonies & crème colours were combined in the floral arrangements, whilst men wore mostly light-coloured or beige suits with white rose button-holes. The table settings had a simple glass vase with hand-tied flowers which matched the bouquet. The general tone was fairly informal, matching the relaxed mood we wanted to have with an alfresco wedding.

What music did you choose?

A classical duo of violin & cello played before, during & after the ceremony, a mixture of well-known classical music and one or two favourites from West Side Story (ably sung by my sister & brother-in-law)! A fantastic folk trio played during the meal, which surprised & thrilled everyone!

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