Ahhh your home away from home
I think it’s about time we shared a few more wedding tips and tales of how we donned our superhero capes under our little black dresses.
So, let’s talk villa weddings. We have done so many it’s hard to remember quite how many disasters we have averted, and how many times we have reminded couples to stock up on multipacks of toilet paper. Awkward. Not as awkward as your guests having to use the guest bathroom with dirty undies on the floor and boxes of tampax on the sink though, so do remember to have a clean up in there first.
We highly recommend booking a cleaner the night of the wedding to be in and out of the bathroom, it doesn’t stay pretty for long if you have fifty guests traipsing in and out of there especially if they’ve been drinking all day. Trust us.
A villa wedding tends to appeal to couples who like to take control on the wedding day, as with a villa you get to decide every single aspect of the day yourself. Amazing yes, but guidance is definitely useful as you’re throwing yourself in at the deep end unless you’re a regular at getting hitched in the garden.
Now it seems perfect to have the ceremony and reception all happening at the same venue, but do make sure you think about the logistics. If you’re only hiring one set of chairs for the day you need to clarify exactly whose job it is to move those chairs from one area to the other, of course it’s usually the equipment company you hire them from but if they’re only doing one delivery and not reappearing until the collection you need to delegate. Strapping young lads are often the best for this, though they’re also often the first to get drunk so perhaps try and keep them off the booze until cocktail hour. We’d actually suggest keeping everyone off the booze until after the ceremony, just provide a nice fruit punch on arrival, that way you’re likely to avoid any declarations of love following a cry of “I object!!” No. Never happened. Would have made for an interesting day though.
Speaking of booze when it comes to that be sure you have a clear agreement with your caterer as to whether they will provide all alcohol, or if you will be taking care of some of it. It’s advisable to leave it to them as they have a better idea of how much is needed and will over buy, as they can use it again.
At one wedding the couple had agreed with the caterer all alcohol would be provided by him in the form of a cash bar after the meal (he also provided all equipment, chairs, tables etc), everything turned sour when we saw guest after guest pull out boxes of beers and bottles of spirits they had brought with them. They literally had the chairs taken from under them as he packed up and left extremely unhappily, so please make things clear with your guests when it comes to drinks, honour agreements made and respect the professionals that will be working for you on the day.
Another thing to consider is the drunker and happier people get, often the louder they get too. It’s always a good idea to sweeten any neighbours with a pre wedding bottle of wine gift. If you’re having live music you also need to be aware with villas you need to be very aware of neighbouring properties and it’s likely all music will need to finish at midnight.
Back to logistical nightmares. If you’re one of those dreamy, lovely, bohemian couples who decide on hay bales then I do not envy whoever has to lift them. One insanely hot July villa wedding Jane and I had seventy-five of them to carry and position and they are not only very heavy and awkward, they also have a tendency to fall apart. It was one of the few weddings I’ve seen my partner in crime burst into tears at when those million dollar make-up applying arms couldn’t lift any more and there was not a helpful soul in sight. Following the few hours of hard labour that nearly broke us, the bride then came out and told us she didn’t like the position and wanted them all carrying to the other side of the garden. After all that sweat and tears you can imagine our facial expressions. Those that go above and beyond their job description deserve an ice cold bottle of water and a thank you. Haribo is usually a winner too if you don’t have an espresso to hand, sugar is the dearest friend of someone working a nineteen hour day.
Though with that particular wedding I was not a fan of hay bales, it has to be said they are legendary at hiding things you don’t wish to be seen. At another wedding at a very high end villa we had stinking brown sewage surfacing in the lawn, luxury that surprise was not but as always we had it covered. Literally.
Definitely do not book your Wedding the day before you check out of the villa, nobody wants to be cleaning up and packing bags with a killer hangover. Also hiring a cleaner for the morning after is definitely well worth it so factor that into your budget.