We may be a little bit slow on the huge Mamma Mia! bangwagon, but in our eyes you can never be too late when it comes to this play/film, especially when you want to copy the scenery and style for your own wedding day. The Greek Island wedding is something many brides dream about, and the scenery is a huge part of this. We’ve therefore decided to put together a few hints and tips to help brides achieve that perfect Mamma Mia style wedding whether it’s abroad or at home.
The film and wedding scenes were filmed on the Greek Island of Skopelos, and we’re sure the scenery took your breath away as much as it did ours. However, with the popularity of the film, the island has become extremely busy with Mamma Mia fans and wedding couples meaning prices have gone up and the island has also become a little bit too touristy. If you want the same scenery without the tourists then also consider Santorini, Naxos or Paros, which are all beautiful quaint Islands full of fantastic views and traditional values.
If you want to replicate the theme in the UK we suggest finding a Greek restaurant or hotel. Although the scenery won’t be as nice, you’ll still get some of the tradition.
Sophie got married in a traditional Greek church at the top of a hill, and there are many of these on Greek Islands as well as in the UK. However, it’s important to note that Greek church weddings are only available to those baptised in the Greek Orthodox church. If you’re looking for a Greek venue then there are areas in Greece that allow civil weddings in the grounds or in old buildings.
The dress Sophie wore in Mamma Mia! was typical of those worn in traditional Greek weddings, long and lacy. Go for a similar frock or opt for a Grecian style frock here. You can also opt for a vintage lace frock too.
If you’re going for a wedding in Greece then you can follow Mama Mia! tradition and go for a donkey as on some islands these are still a widely used piece of transport. However, if you opt for a UK Mama Mia wedding then a horse and cart could be a better option.
The concept here is natural, think of a handpicked bunch of wild flowers. Keep all arrangements very loose, natural, uneven and use old vases, or buckets, not glass or contemporary containers, that would ruin the look entirely.
Follow a Greek ceremony with an ABBA themed party complete with sequined, frilled jumpsuits. Get a 70s style DJ and party the night away.