A Wedding in a Cretan Villa, a hidden gem

There is a kind of flame in Crete, let’s call it soul- Nikos Kazantzakis

The Cretan landscape, of which many couples dream of for their wedding destination, changes dramatically as you move across the island. Surrounded by beautiful cerulean waters and long stretches of golden sand, Crete is saturated with romantic green pastureland, thick forests, deep ravines and luscious valleys, all highlighted by the tips of its rugged mountain range. Crete has an abundantly rich and wide variety of wedding venues. You can celebrate your wedding in a historical site, on a beach front, in a vineyard, up a mountain, in a churchyard or on a yacht. The list is endless and open to your imagination! Amidst all these incredible wedding venues lies a hidden gem … the Cretan villa.

A different man a different taste- Greek proverb

Exquisite Cretan villas are dotted all around this diverse and beautiful island and make magnificent locations for romantically unique wedding events. Mountain loving couples can enjoy staying in villas on the Cretan mountain sides, with awe inspiring views of the Cretan sea and spectacular sunsets. Imagine celebrating your wedding in a premium rated modern villa with elegant rustic touches, perhaps surrounded by lemon and orange trees and wild Cretan herbs and blossoms. Those of you who long to be next the sea could enjoy your wedding ceremony and reception on a Cretan beach front, surrounded by lush and shadowy gardens offering you space. A bohemian villa perhaps, perched on a bay, surrounded by tended gardens and olive groves and breath-taking views. Crete is home to a generous array of stunning villas and depending on your preferences and taste, a local wedding planner who is familiar with the setting will be able to find just the right one for you.

I wonder if Plato or Socrates took a house on Crete during the summer- Woody Allen

In a villa you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want and how you want. A villa is a home, your home, for however long you desire it to be. Villas in Crete are spacious and comfortable. These luxury venues give you the scope and range you need to design your wedding concept as they are considerably bigger than even the largest of hotel accommodations. This makes them more suitable for groups of people such as a wedding party. Staying in one generous space, having numerous bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and lounges, offers the wedding party a more intimate wedding experience together. You have the luxury of the whole place, just you and your close knit wedding party, removed from crowds of strangers. Not only spacious, Cretan villas are also comfortable. Think of them as a home away from home. The facilities and amenities vary from villa to villa but can include outdoor hot tubs and dining areas, heated infinity pools, luxury suites, tennis courts, spas as well as the basic facilities such as laundry rooms, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You will have your own kitchen accompanied by grand dining spaces so you don’t have to dine out if you don’t want to. With no interruptions at inappropriate times or having to consider and contend with other guests, you will be able to simply enjoy your wedding experience. Another advantage of renting a villa for your wedding is having a professional and dedicated staff tending to your needs and making sure you have a calm wedding experience. Cretan concierge teams can assist you 24/7 and organise everything for you, from airport transfers to private chefs and housekeeping services. Some villas offer in-house beauty and spa treatments, yacht trips and recreational nights… you can customise and personalise the services you want; it all depends on how you envision your wedding venture to be.

Whoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god- Aristotle

Villas are retreats that offer privacy and seclusion. Despite the fact that getting married is a public acknowledgment of the sacred union of two people, many wedding couples find the idea of a private and secluded ceremony more attractive than one that comes with hype and publicity. Getting married in a villa in Crete appeals to couples who want to detach themselves from the hustle and bustle of life at home and surround themselves and their wedding party with nature and tranquillity. Villas in Crete sit in remote areas on the island without neighbouring buildings or street noise so couples are able to unwind and celebrate their special day in the quiet of the Cretan air with no distractions. Weddings are for celebrating with close friends and family and staying in a villa means you have the entire space to yourself. Who would want to spend their wedding week in a throng of strangers, competing for sun loungers next to a pool or hearing neighbouring holiday makers chatting away all evening? In a villa you will have your own swimming pool, kitchen, lounging area, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. You can recite your vows and celebrate with family and friends in as much privacy as possible.

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. … Third, adjust all your means to that end- Aristotle

Couples often ask ‘why do weddings cost so much?’ Is it the wedding day itself or is it everything else around it that makes this celebration pricier than any other? Rather than wasting time finding the answer to the question, it is more practical to find ways to celebrate your wedding that enable you to stick within your budget. Weddings in villas are unique and unique does not always mean the cost of an arm or a leg. Here is why… If you have set your heart on a destination wedding in Crete, then it is likely you want to go on some day trips and do a bit of sight-seeing whilst you are there. Renting a villa for your wedding will lessen the cost of accommodation and transportation as you get to share it with family and friends. Villas house a large number of people and if you choose to you can get your wedding party to stay together and divide the cost. The chances are there is something you have dreamt about for your wedding day that is slightly over the top and by saving money on hotel rooms for all your guests, you just might be able to realize that special something. And even you don’t want that extra sparkly diamond tiara; you will have a bit more cash on the side for some excursions, drinks and entertainment. Staying in a villa with your family and friends and having your wedding ceremony and reception on site saves booking other venues and transport and parking costs. If you choose to get married in a Cretan villa you do not need to think about any of that. As your family and close friends are right there with you at your villa ceremony, you will have next to no transport and accommodation costs aside from your villa rental expense. Furthermore, hosting your wedding in a villa gives you ultimate control of your wedding schedule and time. If you were to host your wedding reception in a hotel you would have to consider the time of the reception, as wedding receptions are charged at different prices according to the time of day that they take place. You would also have to consider the length of your reception as other wedding receptions could be booked in on the same day. If you choose to get married in a villa, this is not the case. You can determine whether you want to hold a wedding in the morning, afternoon, or evening according to your wishes and wedding concept. The length of your reception will also not be restricted leaving your wedding celebrations completely in your control.

You have felt your gut instinct, followed your heart and picked your wedding destination as Crete. Now you are looking for a Cretan villa to have your wedding experience in. Does this resonate with you? A local wedding planner is essential in helping you find your wedding villa, one that suits your taste and offers you privacy and comfort, all at the right cost. Finding someone experienced to guide you will allow you to enjoy the most important day of your life and the process leading up to it. So, what are you waiting for?