British Brides Go Greek

13 November 2009
Article courtesy of Ria Demitriou

When Victoria Adams (Posh Spice) and England's hero David Becham married on July the 4th at Luttellstown, near Dublin, Ireland it opened the doors for a whole new style of wedding ceremony for men and women from all walks of life. It was the beginning of the end for the old fashioned wedding procedure as we knew it. As more and more celebrities open the doors for televised fly on the wall documentaries the demand for grander wedding receptions has escalated.

Celebrity weddings have certainly set a standard taken on board by venues in the UK and across the world. Premier reception favorite Constantia Restaurant, in North Norfolk, England claims to have increased it's wedding parties and corporate function bookings because of the Greek link highlighted in recent movie blockbuster, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Britain's Got Talent finalist Stavros Flatley. "Everyone wants to go Greek more than ever" explained chef, Peter "We would like to think people warm to our good food and hospitality but it is amazing the positive effect related movies and personalities have on general trends"

Across the water in Cyprus young couples opt for a dream wedding in the sun. Mani Singh who works at The Grecian Bay Hotel in Ayia Napa told us couples from across the globe travel to the popular resort for their wedding. "I have been working here for eight years" said Mani "We have people coming from Germany, France and the UK looking for something different" Beautiful Mediterranean surroundings add to the fairy tale style event. Civil weddings are conduced by a marriage officer appointed by the local town hall in Cyprus.

Venues are just one area influenced by celebrities, the choice of bride gowns, accessories and photography is emphasized even more. Journalist photographers have moved in to capture story book style images to match those found in glossy magazines. While visiting The Grecian Bay Hotel we spoke to Norfolk photographer, Andreas Yiasimi of Fuoco Photography, who had flown to Cyprus after being booked by an English couple for their big day. "Gone are the days when people opted for the traditional photographs" said Andreas "Couples request reportage style pictures nowadays and when I ask them to give me an example of what they want most of them refer to magazine shots of Katie Price and Peter Andre"

After running a survey to find the biggest wedding trend setters it was no surprise when the Royals came up top. Princess Diana "the peoples princess" was a fashion trendsetter to say the least. The beautiful wedding dress, complete with a 25 foot train, that she wore at her 1981 wedding ceremony will be the envy of every bride to be for many years to come, she truly was a role model in many areas of fashion. Another Royal influence must be the romantic horse and carriage, it's no wonder the Cyprus Wedding Carriage Company on the island is popular. Cyprus Wedding Carriage Company provides horse drawn carriages in ayia napa, protoras, larnaca, limassol and paphos for marriage honeymoon and anniversary.

The extravagance of a Hollywood style wedding for the stars is no longer just for the rich and famous, in an era of reality television and celebrity fashion awareness: Venues, dress makers and photographers have stepped up their game to meet the demand.

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