Claire and Oliver
Claire and Oliver Wood got married on 16th June 2014 on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
We opted for a destination wedding in Italy because we didn't want a traditional church wedding and wanted it to be modern. We wanted to keep it quite small and simple so we could really enjoy the day and making it into a holiday with our friends and family made it very special. We chose Italy because we could legally get married there and it was close enough that people could join us.
We had quite a relaxed start to the day and although one of the reasons we wanted to get married abroad was the weather, it rained all morning and there was a thunder storm later in the day! We spent the morning getting ready because our wedding wasn't until the afternoon, it gave us time to spend with our groomsmen and bridesmaids and reflect on the day ahead. We walked separately to the Cloisters, in the heart of Sorrento. The wedding ceremony venue was perfect for us because although we didn't want a religious ceremony we did want something traditional. Following the ceremony and some photos in the centre of Sorrento we drove to our reception venue, which was along the coast. We opted for Relais Blu because it is a modern, boutique hotel and offered stunning views across to Capri. By the time we arrived the rain had stopped and we enjoyed drinks and canapés on the terrace before speeches and our wedding breakfast. Following plenty of fun, laughter and memories we moved on to cutting the cake and finished the day dancing by the pool.
The best thing we did was to keep it simple and not get caught up in detail which didn't matter to us. On the day all that really mattered was spending time with each other, friends and family and not details like the place cards. But, saying that we did have a picture that people could sign, and it now hangs proudly in our hallway, which is an excellent idea rather than something which you put in a drawer and forget about. The photography was really important to us and we confirmed with Chantal before we did anything else - before even booking the venue! We wanted to be confident that the photos would reflect the day and remind us of our happy day for years to come and even with our high expectations, they were exceeded.
We'd say try and stay focused on what is important to you, not what you feel you should do. It is a beautiful and special day but it is just one day so our advice is have a budget in place and try and stick to it. Definitely consider going abroad because it removes a lot of the stress and hassle and getting to spend a few days with the people that are closest to you was one of the best things about our wedding. Everybody had time to meet each other before the wedding, which made the big day more fun, meant everybody was relaxed and took the pressure off.
In Italy they have a saying that a wet bride is a lucky bride! I have to admit there were times on the day when I struggled with the concept but the weather isn't in your control so be prepared but don't rely on it being sunny wherever you are!