ANDALUSIA

ANDALUSIA FOR OUR WEDDING. When we think of a unique and charming place to celebrate our wedding, surely evocative and suggestive names come to our mind, which can meet those conditions and make that day, an unforgettable one.Andalusia surely is one of those places. Because of its past, its history, its geography, its orography and its climate, it offers the most varied places of incredible beauty. From its breathtaking beaches to snow-capped mountains, from Moorish castles to stately estates in the middle of the countryside or hidden in the Sierra.

Blue skies, mediterranean sea.
What a view. What you see on the other side is Africa.

It is located in the south of Spain, with a territory of 87 268 km2 and a population of 8 427 000 inhabitants. It is the most populated region in Spain and is composed of eight provinces, each with its history, its identity and its diversity, which enrich it and contribute to its gastronomic, folkloric and artistic richness ( like Seville's Cathedral). The provinces are: Jaen, Cordoba, Seville, Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga, Granada and Almeria; Seville is the capital.It is located in the warm-temperate zone of the Earth, so its climate has some very definite characteristics, such as the mildness of its temperatures and the dryness of its summers.

Seville's Cathedral and blue skies. Andalusia for our wedding.
Seville's Cathedral.

Undoubtedly, the uniqueness and personality of Andalusia is determined by its geographical setting. According to Sevillian historian Domínguez Ortiz, "the essence of Andalusia must be sought in its geographical reality on the one hand, and on the other, in the conscience of its inhabitants. From the geographical point of view, the southern lands as a whole are too wide and varied to include them all in one unit, but three Andalusias; the Sierra Morena, the Valley and the penibética".

Its more than 800 km extend from the province of Almeria and the Mediterranean Sea, to the province of Huelva and the Atlantic Ocean, where the sun shines almost all year round, with mild winters. The easternmost coast is the coast of Almeria and Huelva is the westernmost, bordering Portugal.The influences of the different peoples that inhabited Andalusia, such as the Iberians, the Phoenicians, the Tartessians, the Romans and later the Arab domination, have forged a society with extraordinary cultural richness. In the oldest villages we find roman ruins or amphitheaters mixed with Andalusian culture with true works of art.

Andalusian ceramic vases on decoration a window. Andalusia for our wedding.
Andalusian delights.

Andalusia has a lot to offer, there is much to discover, and among its many treasures, its light and the blue of its sky will remain forever in your memory.

There aren't enough words to describe how we feel about it and how it makes people feel when they are here. Andalusia's energy is something that you can only feel if you experience it.

Olive groves in Jaen, Andalusia.
Olive groves in Jaen, Andalusia.

A wedding in Andalusia is not just anything it is a memorable gift for you and all of your guests to treasure for the rest of your life.

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A CHRISTMAS WEDDING

Quick and cool tips for your day.

You have decided to get married during " The most wonderful time of the year" and you would like to give your wedding that Christmas touch. In today's entry, we bring some ideas to give your special day that extra something without turning your wedding into a Christmas party, it will be: A CHRISTMAS WEDDING.

There are many ways you can bring the Christmas spirit to your wedding. Whether it is in the decoration, menu, the wedding favours or all over. You just have to find what fits your style most and let your imagination go wild. Here is a list of ideas for you to add to add to your wedding checklist of things you would like to have:

Decor

  1. A Christmas tree. Of course you can have one at your wedding, it's Christmas, why not? Even though in Southern Spain it isn't the typical household decoration, more and more families are putting one up for the holidays and you will easily find them everywhere in the cities. Add some chocolate decorations to it for the kids (and big kids) to enjoy.
  2. Christmas lights. YES! You can totally use them for the ceremony, banquet and party (where you can add some Santa hats for your guests to wear during the Party.
  3. Poinsettias. They don't necessarily have to be red, they also can be white, coral and so many other colours. They will look beautiful on a dessert table, along the aisle for the ceremony or even as a centrepiece.
Christmas decoration. Christmas treats and sweets. A Christmas wedding.
Picture taken by us during a course at WWL Academy in 2019.

Favours

  1. Christmas tree decorations for your guests. You can even customise them with your guests name and your guests will use them over and over again every year on Christmas. It doesn't necessarily have to be a ball, it can also be a star, an angel , a snowflake or any other shape that might represent something for you both.
  2. A Christmas candle. This will also be lit every year by you guests and they will bring them back to your beautiful wedding day.
  3. Cute mini bottles of typical Christmas drinks like Eggnog, hot buttered rum or mulled wine.
Christmas tree decoration. Angel ornament. A Christmas wedding

Menu

  1. Christmas cookies at your dessert table. If you have decided you are giving that "ho ho ho" extra make sure to add the most beautiful Christmas cookies you can find, both adults and children will love this.
  2. Eggnog galore. Let your guests enjoy as much of this delicious festive treat they can get!
  3. Have a food station with Christmas specials, where guests can find that unforgettable Christmas flavour in small bites.
Christmas cake. A Christmas Wedding.
Pic: Alberto Ramírez
Cake: Aquarela Cakes
Picture from a course we did with WWL Academy.

We can't deny the fact that we are Christmas lovers! When it comes to making your wedding more Christmassy we have plenty of fun and pretty ideas. If you would like to know more you can add your questions in comments or don't hesitate to contact us. We wish you a very very Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year.

  1. Christmas cookies at your dessert table. If you have decided you are giving that "ho ho ho" extra make sure to add the most beautiful Christmas cookies you can find, both adults and children will love this.
  2. Eggnog galore. Let your guests enjoy as much of this delicious festive treat they can get!
  3. Have a food station with Christmas specials, where guests can find that unforgettable Christmas flavour in small bites.

AUTUMN WEDDINGS IN ANDALUSIA

Autumn weddings in Andalusia. More and more couples decide to celebrate their wedding in autumn, is it because autumn is the most romantic season of the year? It really does offer the possibility of creating dreamy, magical settings and having the most amazing pictures.

Autumn weddings in Andalusia. Advantages of getting married in Autumn in Southern Spain.
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It is the ideal season for rural settings and places with amazing style and personality; places that are warm and welcoming. We can think of an old convent, a castle, a rural house or any traditional country place (Cortijo, Hacienda, Hotels with vineyards or olive groves).
There are three things that contribute to the beauty of those autumn months, to create that warm and romantic atmosphere:

  1. First of all the light. A dimmer and softer light than the one in summer, a light that envelops everything and allows us to create unique atmospheres. A light very much appreciated by the photographers. The light becomes an accomplice to be part of memorable, idyllic photographs, like something out of a fairy tale. Beautiful photographs to remember for a lifetime, the beauty of that day.
  2. We can also talk about the temperature; a temperature that makes daytime weddings much more pleasant for outdoor weddings. With this we mean the first months of autumn, such as September and October. After the hot summer Andalusian days, in which an outdoor daytime wedding are sometimes impossible due to the high temperatures, the possibility of preparing a wedding in the
    in the middle of an olive grove, or looking over some vineyard, in autumn, is very attractive. Another thing that this temperature allows you to wear evocative and romantic wedding dresses.
    Sleeved gowns, in which tulle, organza and lace would have the possibility to be the main character of your idyllic and unforgettable outfit.
  3. The third element we can mention are the colors. While it is true that autumn is the time of the year when the vegetation begins to lose its splendor, the trees compensate by shedding their leaves, creating majestic landscapes of dreamy and romantic beauty.
Rustic wedding in Andalusia in Autumn

Autunm is harvest time full of chestnuts, apples and not ofrgetting one of our personal favourite: MUSHROOMS, don‘t forget to add these to your menu!

ADVANTAGES:
The advantages of a wedding in autumn are also important. We have talked about beauty and romanticism, but we cannot forget the practical side of the celebration. In certain venues fewer weddings take place in autumn compared to the spring or summer, so it is easier to find a venue (especially in the month of November). The same goes for the photographer, caterer, caterers, suppliers, etc. There is more availability and as a result : better prices.


Autumn in Andalusia is the ideal season, neither too cold nor too hot; moreover, it has some of the most unique landscapes in Europe. It has parks and natural landscapes of incredible beauty. We can mention, among others, the Doña Ana National Park (Huelva and Seville),National Park of Sierra Nevada (Granada), the Alcornocales Natural Park (Cádiz-Málaga),
Sierra de Grazalema (Cádiz-Málaga), the Natural Park Las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas (Jaén), Laguna Amarga Natural Reserve (Lucena-Córdoba), Sierra de Andújar Natural Park (Jaén) and Paraje Natural Desierto de Tabernas (Almería).

In autumn weddings we will find romanticism, beauty, cozy atmospheres to dream and dream and remember forever. The bride and groom will find that something different, peculiar, that will make them
dream and later remember that special and unique day.

Have you ever been to a wedding in autumn? What did you most like about it? Don't hesitate to ask us for more information on Andalusian autumn weddings!

WEDDING FAVORS AROUND THE WORLD.

Wedding favors worldwide: one of our favorite topics. Almost everything we see today at weddings has its origin in rituals and superstitions that have been transformed over time and that have taken place in our way of life. 

Have you ever wondered the origin of the small gifts that the bride and groom give their guests? Where does this idea come from? Is it practiced in all cultures? For example, the very famous Italian "bomboniera", whose name derives from the French bon-bon; how did this begin?

Wedding favors. Soap and tea.
Wedding favors from https://www.wedding-mark.com/
Handmade soaps and tea.

Italian is one of the precursors of wedding favors. We have to go back to the end of the 15th century to find the first "bomboniera" in Italy; in France we find their roots in the 1700's. At the beginning they were made for the nobles, who liked to carry sweets and candies. The old bombonieras were real jewels, made with ivory, gold and mother-of-pearl. In the 1900’s they became popular and other elements started being used, such as ceramics, the outcome of fusing the earth‘s four primary elements: earth, water, air and fire. In the '30s and '40s the "vetreria di Murano" made great creations; later, silver and porcelain began to produce magnificent small works of art, thus entering the group of gifst used as wedding favors, known all over the world today. It was only in 1896 that the bomboniera became a gift from the bride and groom to their guests. With Vittorio Emanuele and Elena of Montenegro‘s wedding the bomboniera‘s history began its adventure that lead to it becoming the tradition we know today, a wedding day souvenir souvenir with which to thank the guests for the gifts received and for accompanying the couple on that special day. We can consider it the last thought of the bride and groom to their guests and at the same time the first gift they give as a couple. 

Italy is the country that marked these steps, maybe because of its culture, its traditions, it is the right place for it. We know that many, if not all, of the traditions associated with marriage have their origin in rituals, symbolisms and superstitions. In Italy the bomboniera began to be used with the famous "confetti", which began to spread among the nobles after the discovery of the "Indies". In the "confetti", the bitter-sweet flavors are mixed, symbolizing the bittersweetness of married life. The number of "confetti" is also important, in Italy 5 of them were and still are given as a symbol of health, love, money, happiness and fertility. 

Of course the shape and presentation has evolved and nowadays bonbons have a thousand and one shapes, but Italian weddings cannot miss the "confetti". In Italy the confetti industry is very important and varied; they come in various colors and flavors, for all tastes. 

In Italy, the confetti production began in the 15th century in Sulmona, a small town in Abruzzo, in the province of Aguila, where you can still visit the "Museo dell'arte e della tecnologia confettiera" (Museum of confetti art and technology).

Confetti italiani
“Confetti“ bag given with the wedding favor.

The ”confetti‘s” bomboniera (object/gift) , the truly typical Italian confectionery, has been transformed; we say transformed, because anywhere in the world we can find these small works of art with which the bride and groom want to entertain and thank their guests for having shared with them that important day in their lives. 

In our time, the bride and groom, when looking for a gift to give to their guests, try to choose a detail that reflects their tastes and personality as a couple. 

Succulent plants as wedding favors.
Wedding favors from Aina Deco Natural.

If we take a look around the world, we will notice that wedding favors change from one country to another; we find that in Southern Spain it is very common to give cigars to men and pins to women, although lately we find that fashion and customs are evolving. In most weddings the bride and groom give their guests a small souvenir, like typical products of the area, such as bottles of oil or a small ceramic object. 

As Varvara Peregudova told us, in Russia it is common to give candles, trinkets, authentic Russian honey or small Matryoska dolls with the couple’s initial and themed wedding patterns.

In India, a small hand-carved elephant is usually given as a sign of good luck. In Ireland the gift is usually small wedding bells. 

We spoke to Wedding Planner Julieth Bravo and she told us that in Colombia you can find the following favors:

I think we can say that the wedding favor tradition, whichever it is and no matter how different the favors may be, the guests really appreciate it. The important thing about the details is what they represent, what they mean, what they symbolize. A small detail to thank and to remember having shared with them one if the most important days of your life.

How about you? Need help deciding on your favors? Let us know https://www.thatssamore.com/wedding-planner-spain/

A HISTORY OF WEDDING DRESSES.

Do you know how wedding dresses have evolved with time? How wedding dresses have changed through history? How did this ‘change to white”happen? The wedding dress is the best kept secret during the wedding preparations ; its style, its fabric, its model, is not revealed, is not known or seen, until the day of the ceremony; moment in which the bride will appear radiant, splendid, wearing it, causing surprise and admiration. Every stitch, every cut, every ornament, is thought for that, for the bride to have her moment, the one she’s been waiting for for so long. Every dress has its own story, its course, its journey; it is the result of a dream. What girl has not ever dreamt of her wedding dress? A dream that normally remains in childhood and is later recovered in life. Then that girl grows up, becomes an adolescent and finally a woman. It will be then the moment to recover that forgotten dream which has been left behind in her childhood's drawer; a dream recovered with the arrival of love and wedding plans

A wedding dress is a language in itself. It has symbolized, represented beliefs, superstitions, the bride and groom's family power and it has expressed society's changes and events. For example, at the beginning of the 20th century we see very ostentatious dresses with very long trains; the length of the train was associated with the duration of the marriage, the longer it was, the more years of married life (your marriage would last). Everything about the wedding dress has transformed and evolved through time, from the color to the design, adapting to changes in the world. 

Picture: @sarafiselphotography ; Video: @raulpilato; Florala: @alondrafloristeriasevilla
Complementos: @mibuh; Model: @carlotarfdez; Dress: @juanvara; Styling: @tamarafructos y @thatsamoreweddingplanners; Styling assistant:@teresa.stylist; MUAH: @tamarafructos;
MUAH assistant: @ines_prerapeluqueria.official; Location: @hacienda.san.isidro.es;
Planning: @thatsamoreweddingplanners

It seems that already in the first civilization of history, the Sumerian, discovered only in the middle of the 20th century, they found indications of a specific dress for the wedding ceremony; this could be the beginning of the wedding dress’s history. This civilization was very important. It arose in southern Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers about 3500 years BC. It was formed by the Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian peoples. It is considered the first civilization in history and among other things they invented writing and beer (what would we do without beer?  LOL). 

The first to define a wedding outfit were the Chinese, some 3000 years ago. The Zhon Dynasty defined a range of permitted colors. The colors changed with the Han Dynasty that introduced the use of colors according to the seasons: green in spring, red in summer, yellow in autumn and black in winter. 

In the West, the current tradition has its origin in the Renaissance. At that time, women chose one of their best suits of bright colors and gold embroidery for the wedding. The custom was to go from her home to her husband's on a white horse. This was a way families had of boasting; the more ostentatious the dress, the more flamboyant the procession and the more power the family manifested . 

The moment that changed wedding dress’ history is undoubtedly that of Queen Victoria of England, when in 1840 she married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. It is not the first time that a royalty member got married in white, but that dress, her dress, changed history. 

The first royal lady to marry in white was Princess Philippa of England in 1406, at her wedding to King Eric of Scandinavia. In 1558 Mary Queen of Scots, in an act of rebellion, married the future King of France in white. At that time in the French court white was considered mourning. In 1816 Princess Charlotte of Wales married in white; it was a silver lamé dress of the Empire court that she wore at her wedding to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. White was a synonym of luxury because of the high cost of bleaching the fabric. 

Let's go back to 1840 to the wedding of Queen Victoria and the history or legend behind her wedding dress. It is said that she wanted to help, and in fact she helped the embroiderers of the kingdom, who with the arrival of the industrial revolution, had lost their way of subsisting, because the arrival of the machines had practically eliminated the artisans work methodology and value. 

The queen was very fond of Honiton lace, which was very well known and famous, thus she decided that her wedding dress should be made with that lace, and it had to be white to be worn in all its splendor. Mary Bettans was in charge of making it and we already know the result. 

Image: Flickr- Lauren Richman. Queen Victoria‘s Wedding Dress 1840.

It was a majestic dress with a five meter train that caused sensation and envy among women. They all wanted to imitate her and this is the main reason why the color white is found in all bridal fashion catalogs nowadays. 

The 20th century leaves us with several trends that change according to the decade. The first half is a sadder and less prosperous period, with less creativity. In Spain, for example, during the recession brides married in black, because doing it in white was a luxury they couldn’t afford. 

1963

1947. Christian Dior seeks to recover the sophistication of the previous century and introduces very marked waists and very vaporous skirts. 

1970. The influence of the hippie movement is noticeable; floral details, V neckline, more freedom of movement. 

The 21st century is marked by the brides´ total freedom for brides to express, define and reinvent themselves in their wedding dress. There are many new fabrics to choose from and personal taste takes over. It is a unique opportunity to choose what suits you best and what expresses your personality. 

Globalization means that nothing and nobody is far away and we find wonderful designers everywhere in the world. Some examples: 

- LAURA ESCRIBANO Spanish. Handmade bridal, vintage. https://www.lauraescribanoatelier.com/en/ 

- KRIKOR JABOTIAN Lebanese. Classic language with innovative forms of expression. http://krikorjabotian.com

- ANTONIO RIVA Italian. Known for the wonderful frills on his dresses. https://www.antonioriva.com

- MICHAEL CINCO Filipino in Dubai. Princess style extravagant couture dresses of tales of the Queen of the Ice. https://www.michaelcinco.com

Dress: 2019
Picture : Firas Chehabeddine

The wedding dress is a dream rescued recovered from childhood and like every dream it has its symbolism, which is none other than: joy, triumph, glory and the immortality of love. Was your childhood dream dress similar to your real life wedding dress? We would love to read your story!

WEDDINGS THROUGH TIME

Preparing a wedding today, is synonym of joy, celebration, excitement, getting together family and friends and living a day that turns out to be an experience, the creation of a new memory to carry with you the rest of your life. Weddings today are so full of beauty and energy that we could go on forever with the list of adjectives and still not find enough to define them . Let's talk about weddings through time.

It hasn't always been like this. Weddings, as we know them today, are the result of society’s evolution through its extreme changes in time. To find the first signs of marriage contracts and wedding ceremonies we have to travel in time and go to  Mesopotamia, 4000 years ago. We also find weddings in the Bible like the Weddings at Cana, famous for Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine; according to St. John's Gospel, this was his first miracle. The real change, the real evolution of modern wedding begins with the Industrial Revolution. The first was between 1760-1840 and the second between 1880-1914. This brought many adjustments in every way, but especially for women, who entering the labour market, claimed their independence and rights. The woman was no longer forced to marry the one chosen by her parents (although this still happened in some families and still happens today in some parts of the world); she started dreaming and making her own wedding plans. Of course, this was not from one day to the next, but it was the beginning of change and how we got to where we find ourselves today.

Family picture from 1940

Love comes into play, sexual freedom prevails and both love and sex are now important factors when choosing your couple. One of the first noticeable changes we see is the age of couples when making the decision of getting married; for example, the average age of the couple in the 1980s was about 25, currently it is about 34 years old for women and 37 years old for men. This fact has several advantages; the most important is the couple's purchasing power. Both men and women are already situated in the labour market at this age and are economically independent, which gives them the power and freedom to choose the wedding of their dreams.

The most important and significant changes until today’s present weddings, have taken place in the last 50 years. At the end of the 20th century we saw an increase of interracial and civil weddings. It is at the beginning of the 21st century that gay weddings are finally legalized. In Spain this happened in the year 2005, they started permitting LGBT weddings celebrations; it is the most notable change in recent years. In Spain, since then, LGBT weddings are increasing year after year. Currently there are about 30,000 and they are still growing. If we look at wedding celebrations from 50 years ago and compare them to the ones today we can appreciate, visually, many of the changes that have taken place in various aspects; for example, the bridal gown -this deserves a chapter of its own- , the location, decoration, traditions, wedding favors, etc..

These are not the only changes. In the second half of the last century, it was almost always the bride, the one in charge of organizing the wedding celebration, only 49% of men participated. Currently, there are more than 70% who do. It is an event that they want to personalize, that they know will create memories that will last forever in videos, social media, etc. Now couples want THEIR special day, a day that represents them and that they can enjoy and share with friends and family. Destination weddings have also increased in the past years. For those who might not know what they are, a destination wedding is a wedding in a foreign country. It is when the couple gets married in a country that is not where they are from or where they live.

Foto von Edward Eyer von Pexels

For this type o f celebration couples are looking for an ideal setting, a charming, magical place. There has been a significant boom in outdoor weddings, hidden places or beaches with turquoise seas and white sandy beaches. Today's weddings are more complex, elaborated and personalized, which has almost tripled the cost of what they had in the late '90s. For example, the average budget 30 years ago was about 15,000 euros and today about 40,000 euros.

This new situation requires professionals capable of organizing all this and letting the couple enjoy their day without having to worry about anything on what is supposed to be the best day of their lives. The answer to this need is the role the WEDDING PLANNER. The WEDDING PLANNER appeared in the USA in the middle of the 20th century and in Spain at the beginning of the 21st century. The complexity of new wedding styles, and the undeniable influence of the film industry with films like "The father of the bride", "Wedding plans", or "My best friend's wedding" have helped increase the popularity of this figure. Currently more than 35% of weddings are organized by wedding planners and every year the number of couples that rely on one for their wedding, increases. A wedding requires all the attention and affection posible during its preparation, so that when the day arrives everything is adjusted to the couples' desire. We recommend that you always choose a wedding planner who makes you feel comfortable and that you know will do the job just the way you want it. How about you ? Looking for a wedding planner ?

TRIBUTE TO OUR ELDERS. GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY.

MY PARENTS' GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

After our parent's 50th wedding anniversary in Greece, also known as GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY, we started asking ourselves where the name came from and write about this as a Tribute to our elders. You may know what a golden wedding anniversary is, but do you know how and when it started?

 Apparently they originated in Germany in the Middle Ages. In those days, for the 25th wedding anniversary, noblewomen were given a silver crown, now known as the silver wedding anniversary. Life expectancy was not the same then as it is now. Many did not live long enough to celebrate 50 years of marriage. The evolution of humanity brought greater well-being and quality of life, which over the years increased life expectancy to the levels we know today. Human beings live longer, couples can live more years together and celebrate more years of marriage than they did more than five centuries ago. Life expectancy has changed our way of life and has brought new celebrations.

Celebrate golden wedding anniversary. Destination golden anniversary.

Golden weddings are especially important. They are called golden because gold represents strength, shining beauty and endurance. Gold is one of the most precious metals that exists and the process of extracting it is difficult and complicated, not easy, as life together for 50 years is not easy. Sharing day-to-day life for 50 years requires a lot of love, but that is not all; love alone is not enough. Life brings and carries problems of all kinds and you have to go through ups and downs, storms that sometimes shake pillars, even those stronger than a great love. To love we must add a great dose of patience, understanding , wisdom and the ability of forgiving. We must not forget respect, respect for one another; without respect it is very difficult for a relationship to last many years. All this makes the Golden Wedding Anniversary important, because it is a celebration of a whole life together; a life full of experiences and memories for the couple and also for those around them. No matter what form you choose for the celebration, the important thing is to create new memories to keep on adding to those 50 years of love.

I think that was our parents' idea when, a couple of years ago, they started thinking about celebrating their GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY. They couldn't think of anything better than to invite the whole family to a Mediterranean cruise; we obviously loved the idea. The complicated part was getting us all together in one place because we are a family that is spread around the world; a brother in Canada, I am in Germany and the rest in Spain. The cruise departed from Rome. Our brother from Canada flew in with his daughter and girlfriend, the ones in Spain flew in from Madrid, and my husband and I went directly from Berlin; we were seventeen in total. It was the month of July and the airports were full, I think it was one of the busiest days and there was total chaos everywhere. We have traveled a lot, but that day was horrendous, something never seen before. There were people everywhere, running around, not knowing what to do, the check-in machines were not working and there was no way to check-in our suitcases. The ones that were in Madrid were beginning to fear that they would miss their flight and consequently the cruise because they were also in the same situation. Finally everyone was able to board, take off and arrive to the first destination, Rome. With so much confusion at the airport, they lost my niece's suitcase, the poor thing was very upset, it seems the bag never arrived to Rome , she was hoping they would find it; they never did. We still laugh everytime we remember this first part of the trip and how happy we all were when we finally got to Rome.

Cruise wedding anniversary. 50th wedding anniversary in Greece.

The cruise was a wonderful experience. We did it with Royal Caribbean, it was a trip around the Greek islands. Our first stop was Santorini, an island that does not disappoint despite having seen it a thousand times in photographs and in movies. The second stop was the Island of Mykonos, very different from Santorini, but charming and welcoming; we will never forget when my brother, from Canada, lost track of time in one of the beautiful tavernas in Mykonos and almost didn’t make it back to the cruise. The tension grew as they kept repeating my brother and sister in law's names on the PA system while announcing that the ship had to depart. When he told us that it was all because he had proposed to his girlfriend watching the beautiful Mykonos sunset, we quickly celebrate and forgave them! Another stop was Katakolon where we visited the ruins of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Last but not least we stopped in Athens, where the group split up because my parents and I had already visited it. We went to visit the Temple of Poseidon.

 It was our first cruise. My mother who had never wanted to go on a cruise, even though my father had always wanted to, finally agreed to book one. She did it to make him happy and to celebrate with all of us their big day : their 50th anniversary. She said that it was the only way to have all of us together, for a week, without any of us being able to escape (LOL). It was a wonderful and unique experience that will live forever, a week in which fantastic memories were created.

On the flight back, one of the stewardesses  asked my eleven year old newphew how come we were such a big group and he told her that we were returning from celebrating his grandparents' GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. She found it so heartwarming that they offered us champagne to celebrate. That was just the cherry on top to finish what had been an unforgettable trip for the whole FAMILY.

Whether it is a cruise, traveling to the place the couple first met or preparing a special party with vow renewals, the golden anniversary is a very special occasion that celebrates love and family. How would you celebrate your silver or golden anniversary? Let us know if you need any help!