Kiki moves on to the task of picking the finer details for her celebration...
Having decided on the menu for our six-course wedding feast at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo in Sicily, the next step was organising the details: flowers and music.
Flowers have played an important role in wedding ceremonies for centuries, and have long been prized in cultures around the world for their symbolic meanings. Fresh herbs were once used to embellish bridal chambers while the Greeks made pretty bridal garlands with marigolds. More recently, during the Victorian times, flowers and herbs were chosen for their symbolic meanings to express the brides’ feelings, whether this be devotion (lavender) or love (roses).
As our venue is nestled among five acres of lush terraced gardens with gorgeous floral arrangements year-round, we thought there was no need to excessively splash out on flowers as a simple arrangement would suffice. Plus, the views of snow-capped Mount Etna and the Mediterranean from the terrace are jaw dropping – why bother elaborately embellishing an outdoor ceremony space when there is such beauty around you?
We have opted for very simple décor: a handful of sprinkled petals up the aisle and a couple of fresh flower bouquets. We have gone for all-white flower arrangements and blossoming flower centrepieces to decorate the dinner table. The groom’s buttonhole will be a simple white rose to symbolise love and unity, and will complement my bouquet. Simple and elegant is the order of the day.
The hotel suggested a classic string duo to accompany our ceremony. A violin player and harpist will provide elegant and sophisticated background melodies, while laidback rhythms will accompany the aperitivo.
And what better way to end the evening with some live music that will have our guests grooving away on the dance floor? Jamaican singer Scheol Dilu Miller and her band will hit the stage and play our favourite jazz, rock n roll, rhythm and blues, funk, soul and reggae tunes. Influenced by key reggae and soul-funk artists of the 1960s and 1970s, Dilu and her band are sure to keep our guests jumpin’ and jivin’ until the early hours.
Next details: the seating plan. Who wants to sit next to auntie Gertrude?!