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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : Wedding 2015
25 Annamaria and Jason’s wedd ing day ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS When and where did you get married? Jason and I got married on 18 January 2014, so it's coming up to two years of marriage. Our church ceremony was at St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church in South Melbourne. The reception was at The Luxor in Taylors Lakes. We didn't have too many options as we had a VERY big Greek-Maltese wedding! How many guests were there? We had 330 guests! Why did you choose to get married at these specifi c venues? We chose St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church due to the fact that Father Chris could conduct the ceremony in English, so that all guests could understand the proceedings. Jason wasn't baptised, so we also completed lessons at that church so he could convert to becoming Orthodox. I will be forever grateful for that. We chose the city to take some photos, including High Society on Bourke Street. This was a nice opportunity for our bridal party to take some time and chill out. For the reception we chose The Luxor for obvious reasons: to cater for that many people at a reasonable price. We couldn't justify spending more than $50,000 just for a reception. The Luxor (which still cost us an arm and a leg) was much more reasonable. Also, the food was fantastic, the dance fl oor was big (which is a must for Greek dancing!) and it's actually quite a nice and simple setting for a large reception space. How did you and your husband meet? Jason and I met eight years ago. We were out with friends - at a nightclub believe it or not - at the old Lotus Bar, which is now an IGA. Jason was my best friend's husband's friend, but it wasn't a set-up at all. We all went out a few times, and it all started from there. How long did it take you to organise the wedding? It took us 13 months to organise the wedding. I thought that was a lot of time to prepare, but receptions and churches were already booked out. It's nuts! I have friends who have planned weddings quite quickly and I have no idea how. I was quite particular with things and I knew that they needed to be booked and organised far in advance. Can you tell us about a funny/ memorable moment from your wedding day? I don't have any funny stories, but I do have a few disasters that happened along the way! Although I was organised and paid for things early, things seemed to go wrong. I thought the day would be a disaster but everything was perfect despite the hiccups in the lead-up. Here are some examples of what went wrong prior to the day: - The church was up in scaff olds to be painted. It ended up being completed one week before the wedding, thank goodness! - My hairdresser cancelled, but I managed to fi nd another one in time. - The fl orist shut down and took off with my thousand-dollar deposit. She ended up working from home, and it all worked out on the day. - Guests pulled out at the last minute due to getting sick, or being away on holidays. That meant reshuffl ing tables for more than 300 people. But the worst was having my pappou taken into emergency at midnight the night before. So we didn't get any sleep and weren't sure if he'd be there on the day. Luckily enough he was fi ne the next day and attended. A er all that, the day was perfect. Despite all the headaches, everything worked out. Did the wedding meet your expectations? Was it everything you hoped it would be? Everyone told me that my wedding day would be the best day of my life. I didn't believe it as so many things went wrong in the lead-up, but without sounding tacky or over the top, it was absolutely perfect for us and met all our expectations. It literally was the best day of my life. We had a ball with our bridal party, family and friends. Even though we had so many guests, it was an intimate wedding and felt amazing having those who love us celebrate our special day and commitment to each other. In the end, although I wanted everything to be perfect, the only thing that mattered was that I was marrying the best man in the world and my family were there to love and support me. Any advice for future brides planning their wedding? Be organised so you don't miss out on something you have your heart set on. Do what makes you and your partner happy - you can't please everyone! Don't worry on the day. Although I stressed in the lead-up to the wedding, I really enjoyed the day because I didn't let anything or anyone upset me. Enjoy every single moment because the day will fl y! Book a nice, relaxing honeymoon to follow a er the wedding.
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