Shane and Niki’s Wedding in Malta!



“Nikki and myself always knew we wanted to get married aboard and after getting engaged we contacted We met with Rosemarie and explained to her what we would like and our budget. Rosemarie was amazing, she listened to us and then gave us her ideas and she was able to give us a beautiful venue at a very reasonable price. The Runway Bride and Groom wedding planner in Malta was exceptional; everything we had asked for was ready for us with no fuse or hassle. Because we choose as our wedding company there was no hassle, no worrying or organising all we had to do was show up. For anyone getting married abroad, I would recommend to get Runaway Bride and Groom to organise your wedding you will enjoy your special day a whole lot more. They strive to make your day the most enjoyable, unforgettable and special day of your life. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rosemarie and”

– Shane and Niki Dunphy, Wexford, Ireland

Wedding in Malta, May 2010

What Happens during a Greek Wedding Ceremony?

greek-wedding1Although there is a great variety of local customs throughout Greece, the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony, has remained the same during centuries. It consists of two main parts which both have religious significance: The Betrothal Service and the Marriage Ceremony.

The wedding begins with the Betrothal Service at the door of the church and is completed before the altar table. The bride and the groom stand at the vestibule of the church in front of the priest who asks them if they come of their own free will. Then, he leads the couple to the church and they stand in front of the altar table. The priest blesses the rings and the best man places them on the right ring finger of the groom and bride. Best man is known in Greece as “Koumparos” (male) and “Koumpara” (female). He/ She exchange them three times between the couple, symbolizing that their lives are entwined forever. The priest will seal the rings on their finger by chanting a pray and placing his vestment over their crossed hands.

Afterwards, the Marriage Ceremony begins with the priest giving the bride and groom lighted candles which they hold throughout the ceremony. Nowadays, instead of holding the candles, most couples prefer to have two big candles standing on the ground. The lighted candles represent the Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, Who will light and bless the couple in their new life together. The ceremony continues with the crowning of the couple. The priest holds the wedding crowns, known in Greece as “stephana”, and makes the sign of cross with them three times over the bride and groom. The wedding crowns are linked together by a ribbon, representing the joining of two souls and that the couple is ready to create their own household, their own “kingdom”. The groom and the bride kiss the crowns before they are placed on their heads; the best man switches the “stephana” back and forth three times.

Once the couple is crowned, Bible readings will be chant about the responsibilities and duties of marriage. The bride and groom drink red wine from the same cup and eat honey with nuts from the same spoon, which signifies that the couple is ready to share happiness and sorrow together. The red wine symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ. Then, the priest will lead the bride and groom around the altar table three times while he is holding the Bible in his hands. In Greece it is called “The Dance of Isaiah” and symbolizes that the couple will follow the Word of God as they start a new life while the circular dance represents the eternity of a marriage, there is neither a beginning nor an end. During the “Dance of Isaiah”, the guests throw rice and rose petals to the couple to wish them a happy and long-lasting marriage.

At the end of the ceremony, the priest lifts the crowns from the heads of the couple and uses the Bible to uncouple the joining hands of the bride and groom, representing that only God is able to divide the couple.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds thank all the guests for their presence by distributing “bombonieres”, a party favor which contains an uneven number of koufeta (sugar-coated almonds), symbolizing that the couple can not be divided. Usually a reception follows where the newlyweds dance the first dance of the reception and later there are accompanied by their families.

A Destination Wedding

las-vegas-wedding.jpgThe Wedding Planner in Ireland advises: A destination wedding isn’t a destination wedding unless you’re off to somewhere exotic and remote. You might pick a tropical island like Mauritius or somewhere in the Caribbean. Perhaps a mountain top in South Africa, a castle in the heart of Scotland or the rainforests of Australia are more your thing you. This is your dream, pick exactly what you want. 

Realize that the farther that you go, the less people will want to or be able to come with you. And this might be exactly what you’re looking for – just a simple wedding with you and your soon-to-be spouse.  In either case, you will still want to send out announcements of your wedding date so that your friends and family will know. In many cases, you can get married at the destination wedding, and then have a party more than a reception when you get home. Why these are popular Destination weddings take away a lot of the traditional planning of the traditional wedding. There aren’t the crowds of people to meet and greet. There aren’t the floral and cake and decoration meetings. In most cases, these resorts will do everything for you so you get to relax and enjoy your day. 

The pictures that you will have from your wedding can be in stunning locations and very unlike anything that they could have created in their own country. A move toward ancient culture tradition is also in vogue. Many couples are being married by the native priests and ministers in the traditional ways of the tribes that live there.

In Hawaii, you can be married in the Polynesian tradition, with a hula dance, in Ireland a priest can do the old tradition of tying the couple’s hands together – where the saying ‘to tie the knot’ came from. Being able to invite only those people that you love is a great way to enter into married life together. The settings are intimate and private, so you can just enjoy each other. 

Destination weddings can be expensive weddings for your family to attend, so you may want to turn on a video camera when the actual vows are exchanged. Then go on your honeymoon, enjoy yourself, and go back home to celebrate with your family. 

The Wedding Planner can organise weddings and honeymoons in over 4,000 locations in over 40 different countries.

Fiji Wedding Facts

The Wedding Planner Ireland advises on SOME BONUSES TO GETTING MARRIED IN FIJI

as-the-sun-goes-down-in-fiji.jpgLOWER COSTS (once you get there) Many of the resorts don’t charge for venue hire lowering your costs significantly. All you pay for is the food and drinks you consume.

EVERYTHING ORGANISED FOR YOU – Resorts will happily organise all details including arranging all legal requirements and many have a wedding coordinator – you just relax.

A CHOICE OF CEREMONIES – With option of integrating traditional ceremonies for something unique the many cultural influences that make up Fiji allow ceremonies to be blended for your choice of ceremony.

NOT HAVING TO TRAVEL FOR YOUR HONEYMOON – what better way to start your honeymoon than simply walking up the beach!

GROUP TRAVEL DISCOUNT – wedding parties will frequently qualify for group travel discounts. Your guests will be able to enjoy a holiday at a much better rate than they could buy on their own as this provides a fantastic excuse for your guests to indulge in a holiday break.

HAVE AN ENTIRE RESORT TO YOURSELF – In Fiji, wedding parties are often able to take over whole resorts allowing total privacy.

 HASSLE FREE DOCUMENTATION – Any official documents you need are exactly the same as getting married in any part of the world. 

A CHOICE OF ISLANDS – with over 330 different islands you can choose how remote or busy you want your wedding location to be.

ACCOMMODATION – The majority of the resorts cater for weddings, including obtaining the license.  Room rates are quoted per night, but often tour operators can offer special deals.  



Wedding Facts – The ceremony can still be arranged in a single day!

Documentation required:

1. Original or certified copy of birth certificates

2.  Passports (with valid visitors permit)

3. Decree Absolute documents (divorce papers) if relevant

4. Officially witnessed consent of your father if you are under 21 (or mother if father is deceased)

5. Death certificate of deceased former spouse (if relevant)

6. To present yourself together at the Registry Office when applying for the licence which can be obtained within one working day. This must be done in Fiji. Registry offices are in Suva and Lautoka, while District Offices throughout Fiji also facilitate this.

7. Registration offices are open between 9.00am and 3.00pm Monday through Friday. Registration formalities take about 15 minutes.

8. The fee is €10.00 and the license is valid for 21 days.

9. Confirmatory letter on current satus to be obtained from marriage Registry where the applicant resides or statutory declaration signed by a Justice of Peace or Notary Public or Solicitor to prove that he/she has not entered into a marriage before (this declaration applies to first or second marriage).

10. Applicants from Asian Nationals who are named herein: Chinese/Phillipines/Pakistan/India) are to apply one (1) month in advance for their marriage licence

Mailing Address:
Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages
PO Box 2236, Government Buildings

Office Hours:
Registrar General’s Office (Suva): 8.30am to 3.30pm Mon to Fri- Phone: (679) 3315280
Divisional Registrar Lautoka- 9.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri- Phone (679) 6665132
Divisional Registrar Labasa- 9.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri- Phone (679) 8812477



Wedding Countdown Checklist

12 Month Wedding To Do List Countdown

This Wedding Planning Checklist lists everything you need to do or consider when planning your wedding, and advised the best time frame to do each item.

If you have less than a year to plan your wedding, just start from the beginning of the list and try to catch up as quickly as you can!  

12 months  AND EARLIER

  • Set a date for your wedding.
  • Hire a The Wedding Planner or sign up for free online planning.
  • Determine the type of wedding you want: location, formality, etc.
  • Start a style file.
  • Decide on a budget – save rather than borrow to pay for your day
  • Buy a diary for important dates and set up a file box or computer file to keep record of contacts and payments.
  • Write up a guest list. If too long divide it up into:
    1) those who must be invited
    2) those who should be invited
    3) those who would be nice to invite.
  • Book church or registry office and celebrant.
  • Select and book your reception venue and caterers.
  • Start dress shopping.
  • Book photographer.
  • Start a healthy eating plan
  • Choose your bridesmaids, best man and groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer.

Wedding in Dublin Castle

greathallbanquet_87371659.jpgIf planning a large or small wedding in Ireland consider Clontarf Castle. Located in Dublin’s Northside suburbs, Clontarf Castle Hotel is part of a privately owned Irish collection of hotels. With turrets, tapestries and an ancient history, the thick castle walls conceal a hotel interior that recently went under a €10 million makeover. The magnificent Great Hall is situated on the ground floor and offers floods of natural daylight. The Hall has capacity for up to 450 banquet guests. The castle has an exclusive wedding package but also honeymoon packages. As part of Clontarf’s Wedding Package, Bride and Groom can enjoy a complimentary four- poster bedroom for the night of their special day.  The castle has 111 guest rooms and suites, many with four-poster beds and views of the Dublin Mountains.This castle along with 100 other international castles worldwide which can be booked for weddings feature in ‘The Wedding Planner’s Guide to Castle Weddings’ which is available from mid March 2008 through