Monday, January 23, 2017

Interesting ideas for a pre-wedding gathering in Santorini!

Wine tasting at Venetsanot Winery -
When having a destination wedding, it is nice to host a pre-wedding gathering one or two days before the actual wedding to meet with all your family and friends. This is a great way to thank everyone for flying to your wedding, as well as a chance for your guests to get to get to know each other before the wedding day.

You decided to have your wedding in Santorini, and now that all the details have been settled, you are thinking of what to do for the pre-wedding gathering? Thankfully, the island offers a variety of choices for a pre-wedding gathering, from private cocktail gatherings, to fun pre-wedding activities.

Cocktail pre-wedding gathering:

A pre-wedding gathering with cocktails and canapés is a nice way to bring your guests together. You can host a private cocktail gathering at a nice restaurant, that offers such services. Feredini Restaurant in Oia, would be a perfect choice for you. It has a nice, small, private terrace, suitable for a standing gathering for up to 50 persons. Your guests will be treated with delicious canapés, and will be enjoying the caldera view while sipping on their cocktails.

With such pre-wedding gatherings, the key is not to have them too late and make them last too long, as you run the risk of getting your guests drunk, resulting in them being hangover on your wedding. Not something you would want! Host such a gathering an hour before sunset, and exceed it an hour past sunset. Why sunset? Because Santorini has magnificent sunsets, and your guests will appreciate that you gave them the chance to enjoy one, while at your gathering.

Rehearsal Dinner:

You can choose to have a rehearsal dinner just for your family and close friends, or for the whole guest list. Take them to a nice tavern by the sea, giving your guests an opportunity to visit the beach side of the island. Enjoy your evening with your friends, family, and colleagues, trying the local cuisine and the local wine. A nice choice for your rehearsal dinner would be The cave of Nikolas in Akrotiri. It is a family tavern, with amazing food!

No need for the rehearsal dinner to be a fancy one. This is why I wrote "tavern" earlier, as they perfectly combine delicious food and a cozy atmosphere. Having the dinner the "Greek way", or family style as you can otherwise call it, is a nice way to get your guests closer. Pre-order all the dishes you wish to have on the gathering, ask for everything to served at the middle of the table, and let your guests choose what they want to eat and engage in conversations. Just for you to know, the phrase "pass the salad please", could be a great conversation starter!

Catamaran Cruise in the caldera:

Caldera sea Crusie with Barbarossa sailing
The caldera is one of the main attractions of Santorini. If you are not a big fun of the eating/drinking pre-wedding gatherings, and wish for your guests to get more active, take them to a boat trip to the caldera. You can rent a private wooden boat and visit the volcano, the hot springs and the island of Thirasia. If you prefer something more luxurious, book catamarans for your sailing pre-wedding gathering in the caldera.

If you, your family, and your friends are fun loving, them go with Captain Barbarossa and his crew for an unforgettable sailing experience in the caldera. Why is it so special? Because you can engage in a true pirate-like sea fight, with water bombs and squirt guns! Board your families and friends on two different vessels, and find out who's house will seat on the iron throne! And also… have the time of your life!

Wine Tasting:

Wine Museum at Venetsanos Winery
Santorini is famous for its wine products, especially for its dessert wine "Vinsanto". With such a big wine production, it is only natural that Santorini has a number of different wineries. Some of them are located on the caldera, other on the beach side of the island, but all of them offer interesting tours and wine tastings. Organizing a wine tour and wine tasting for your guests, would be a great idea for a pre-wedding gathering, as not only you will give your guests a chance to get to know the history of wine making of Santorini, but also an interesting topic for small talk at the wedding.

You could, for example, book a wine tour at the Koutsogiannopoulos Winery in Mesaria, as it has an amazing museum, and a really beautiful winery. You could also visit the Venetsanos Winery, which is located on the caldera in Megalochori, and after the tour have the wine tasting while the sun is setting, giving your guests a chance to enjoy two of the most popular things Santorini has to offer: wine and sunset!

Santorini has to offer much more, than what described above, so feel free to contact me for additional information.

Thank you very much for reading, and I wish all of you a beautiful evening and a great day!

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