Working with White Ribbon Boutique Events was fantastic. I was based in the U.K. and after locating a venue, did not have the time to visit Greece before the week of my wedding. White Ribbon Boutique Events were able to create my dream wedding through emails and pictures I sent with the ideas I wanted. The efficiency was fantastic and there was always a rapid response to my emails. They went to extra lengths to ensure I could have everything I wanted within my budget. It was so much more beautiful than I ever could have imagined and all of our family and friends were blown away! For them and us it was a dream like event to remember.
Assal & Kenny, July 2011
I can not give enough praise to White Ribbon Boutique Events! They were fabulous, from start to finish. With Vana’s help we were able to meet the needs & expectations of our more traditional families & the younger generation like ourselves. We have since received many compliments on what a fun & wonderful night it was for everyone.
Some of White Ribbon’s strengths that stood out to us were their friendly and courteous attitude always with a smile. We loved Vana’s gift in design; she has a knack for understanding her clients’ vision & realizing it. She is well-connected to some of the best people in the business and knows the industry inside and out, so she was able to help us put together an incredible team of vendors while respecting our budget.
Vana and her team work magic and they take the stress out of planning for the big day. Down to the last detail, they make planning a wedding seem like a piece of cake! The little things that you don’t want to have to think about, but that make your wedding day perfect, are what Vana specializes in.
On my wedding day, I completely trusted her to take charge and run the show, so I could relax and enjoy, and she did just that. I didn’t have to do anything except get in my dress and show up! White Ribbon made my husband and myself feel like we were their number one priority and for all their hard work we are so grateful.
Daphne & Chris, July 2012
I had been warned about all of the pitfalls to planning a wedding abroad. Various individuals had offered advice and their well meaning suggestions …but all I had to do was trust in the White Ribbon Team! My husband and I had never been to the resort where we hosted our reception, nor to the church where the ceremony was held. And we certainly weren’t sure what to expect with respect to selecting our partners in this undertaking.
Throughout the entire process, the White Ribbon Team maintained constant and consistent contact with us, liaised with all of the vendors on our behalf, arranged our desired and selected decor, food, entertainment, and photography. We remained hopeful that our vision would translate as desired, and it certainly did.
It was all that we could have imagined and it was not without the incredible care taken by those involved. We thank Vana and her team from the bottom of our hearts and cannot express the respect and appreciation we have for their efforts and talents in helping us realize one of the most special days of our lives.
Georgia & Bill, August 2012
We could not have chosen a better team to help us plan our wedding in Greece. Their professionalism eased the stress of planning a destination wedding and with their expertise they created the wedding we had exactly envisioned. We cannot thank The White Ribbon Team enough for making our wedding so beautiful and memorable.
Danae & Christos , August 2012
Organising a wedding abroad felt incredibly daunting at first. But the support of the White Ribbon team throughout the planning process took the burden of most of the hard work away and we were able to enjoy the excitement building up to the Big Day. We particularly appreciated Vana’s help in providing us a pre-approved short-list of vendors, helping us with the venue selection, resolving paperwork crises as well as her excellent decor ideas. Most importantly however, we enjoyed our wedding day to the fullest without the worries of things going wrong. Thank you White Ribbon team for an absolutely magical day!
Ioanna & Matt, June 2013
From the moment we met Vana, she was a complete professional. As we were based in Dublin, Ireland and could only communicate via email, it was imperative that we found a wedding planner who was responsive, attentive, and matched our tastes. In Vana, not only did we find these qualities, she exceeded our expectations on every level. As she has built up a working relationship with a number of key suppliers and venues, we found arranging a pre wedding, wedding and post wedding event simple. Her team on the ground assisted her with implementing our required specifications with ease. I am happy to recommend White Ribbon Boutique Events to everyone! I want to take this opportunity to thank Vana, Sophia and their team for making our wedding weekend an unforgettable experience!
Lesley Ann & Phillip, September 2013
Planning a destination wedding halfway across the world takes a leap of faith. Luckily for us, one night while searching on the Internet we came across a wedding planner in Greece. As soon as I saw Vana, her team and White Ribbon’s work I knew it was worth exploring. The next day my fiance and I called to talk to Vana. As soon as I got off the phone I knew she was the planner for us. She is tremendously organized and an amazing listener and has very good suggestions. She put us at ease on a lot of different fronts and made our wedding day the best day of our lives. I cannot say enough amazing things about Vana, she is a true professional.We have very specific and unique taste and we knew that we didn’t want a “typical” wedding. Vana helped turned that vision into reality.She has amazing relationships with great vendors that do first class work.
Lindsey & Jason, September 2013
We could not have planned our dream day without Vana and her team. Their beautiful and creative ideas, efficiency and oodles of patience meant we put our complete trust in them to create a day that we as well as our family and friends will remember for years to come. Vana seamlessly managed to work with our busy and unpredictable work schedules, different time zones and even different hemispheres to make our wedding vision a reality. Thank you!
Melanie & Gregory, May 2014
We knew that planning a wedding in Greece while living in Dubai would be a difficult job to say the least. Although we already knew the venue where we wanted to hold the celebration and the church, we had nothing else decided in terms of decor, catering, etc.
We found Vana’s website through looking through a wedding at Costa Navarino. We were impressed by the professionalism and attention to detail we saw and so we hired Vana. The process overall was very easy. Once we gave Vana the style of decor and themes we wanted she was able to find us the right vendors to help bring these ideas to life. The furniture, flower and vase arrangements, the DJ, and the photographer and Videographer she recommended were all excellent and we were very happy with what they provided.
We would highly recommend Vana and her company to any other couples looking to plan their special event in Greece.
Natalie & George, July 2014
My husband and I would love to highly recommend the entire White Ribbon Events team for their patience, professionalism and dedication to love.
It is certainly worth mentioning that White Ribbon Events was first recommended to us by the day-of events coordinator at the Costa Navarino Resort. White Ribbon was one of their preferred events planners, which speaks to the notable impression that White Ribbon Events has left in it’s wake of past events.
We were attempting to plan a destination wedding from Boston, Massachusetts- that was at times, entirely overwhelming. We corresponded primarily with Vana Efkleidou who speaks fluent English, has a law degree (wedding planning involves many contracts!) and is absolutely lovely despite the undoubtedly stressful nature of her job. Vana is organized and reassuring at all times making her a pleasure to work with.
White Ribbon Events has a beautifully unique and contemporary style. Several style boards were assembled during the planning phase that were detail oriented without being restrictive. Vana was perpetually open-minded to our feedback while suggesting excellent alternatives. Each and every proposed design was the seed of a stunningly original wedding on par with the American wedding blogs (on which White Ribbon is featured often).
Vana and White Ribbon Events were invaluable when it came to vendor recommendations, timing logistics and cultural /religious assistance. On the BIG day White Ribbon Events were a tremendous team. They were everywhere when I needed them and efficiently negotiating behind the scenes at the same time. In fact, I’m confident that I don’t even know the full extent of their efforts but the night was flawless.
All in all, our wedding was beautifully orchestrated and meticulously managed by White Ribbon Events.
Abbey & Costa, July 2014
It was delightful working with Vana and her team. She helped make our long distance planning easy and efficient, always listening to our needs and providing excellent recommendations and suggestions. She was also always flexible and willing with our requests and suggestions, trying to accommodate all of our needs, this was made more difficult by the fact she had to work with several different venues for a 3 day event. She was always available and prompt with any of our enquiries and her and the team always gave a first class service. In the end it was easy to trust and work with Vana, which resulted in the wedding we wanted!
Sara & Slim, July 2014
What would we have done without you! I can’t tell you how hopeless it feels to try and plan a wedding in a place where you are unable to be present or speak the local language. At first I was lost and felt defeated and didn’t know if I was ever going to make my dream wedding a reality. I was so lucky to find you from your work featured on Style Me Pretty and from the very first phone call I knew that you were the person that could make it work for me. You shared my vision from the start and I felt completely comfortable and trusted your ability to make what I wanted work, even though I was 7000 miles away! Your responsiveness by phone and email was always timely and professional and our first meeting in person confirmed what I already knew; you were my perfect wedding planner! Your personality and presence was kind, caring, flexible and attentive, while still being assertive enough to negotiate with businesses to get us what we wanted. You made us feel comfortable and in control of the planning while keeping the stress and anxiety to a minimum by constantly reassuring us “we will make it happen”. You kept us from feeling overwhelmed by setting us deadlines throughout the process, focusing on one thing at a time rather than getting caught up in all the things that were left to do. You helped us find our perfect venue and amazing caterers who provided the perfect menu for our guests. I’ll never forget how you were able to make my dream dessert of chocolate soufflés become a reality despite the difficulties involved in serving it to 60 people. It brought tears to my eyes when the caterers told me that you had made this happen and when I told my mother about this, she also shared tears of happiness for the work you had done.
During the wedding events we faced new challenges but you were able to keep this under control and help us focus on our big day. The wedding was all our dreams come true. You and your team’s attention to detail and ability to coordinate the events throughout the 4 days was fantastic. Everything felt like it was perfect and went as planned and it was a wedding that all who attended will never forget. I hope you had as much fun as we did! To anyone thinking of planning a wedding with White Ribbon Boutique Events I highly recommend them and know that they will be able to make your dream become a reality. For those people who are lucky enough to work with Vana, we are so excited to see her future projects and know she will continue to do amazing work.
Mary & Kosta, September 2014
May 7th 2015, a date that we will hold dearly in our hearts. It’s the day we got married in a wonderful hotel called The Romanos, in Costa Navarino. We quickly learned that there was no way we could do this on our own. We knew that we had to hire a wedding coordinator. We reached to our hotel contact, who recommended White Ribbon. We went online and looked through the site, and we felt an immediate connection the work. We were glad that they were familiar with our destination. The website was very rustic and the pictures of other wedding they did, aligned with our vision perfectly. When I first wrote Vana, I immediately warned her that our wedding would be “different”. It was going to be a “Dutch/Indian” fusion. She wasn’t thrown off or intimated; instead her attitude was very positive and uplifting. We also didn’t feel any pressure from her to choose her. She gave us enough space to think about our decision and connected with us in a very genuine way. So we finally decided picking White Ribbon was a no brainer…
We really only gave her 6 months to plan, but she hit the ground running once we truly committed. Approachable, kind, professional, responsive, positive, are just a few words that describe Vana. She really knows her stuff! Our time difference, and busy schedule was difficult to manage, but she did an amazing job managing us and our wedding. Then the moment finally came, our wedding day. M A G I C A L! Ohhh the details and how they still float in my dreams. Indian and Dutch touches everywhere! The colors were vibrant and so intense. It was everything we could ever imagine and more! She took all of our direction, vision, and exceeded our expectations. Not one single thing was missing, nor would we do anything differently.
My only regret is that we didn’t get to spend enough time with her personally. I wish we had an extra day just to get to know her as a person. She was so busy running around and making sure everything was perfect that we barely got to see her. We felt like she became a family member, even with our brief one on one encounters. But it’s certainly not goodbye. Michel and I have already committed to doing our reunion there in the future. We will be reaching out to Vana, for sure! There is not a good enough word in the English dictionary to express how grateful and happy we are with our service.Thank you so much for everything you have done Vana, we truly adore you. You’re more than just our wedding coordinator, you’re our friend! We look forward to seeing you again, when we visit Greece.
Bibby & Michel, May 2015
Working with Vana and the White Ribbon team was an absolute dream. Having decided to have a destination wedding we were initially incredibly overwhelmed by the planning process, until we met Vana. She not only helped us realize our vision but thought of every detail to make our wedding day special. All of the vendors Vana recommended to us were the best of the best and made our wedding day flawless.
Vana was incredibly organized and detail orientated and I was totally able to relax knowing our wedding was in such good hands. Vana planned several unforgettable days of activities for us, and our guests are still talking about the incredible time they had. We can’t recommend Vana and the White Ribbon team enough and feel incredible lucky to have worked with them!!!
Olga & Matt, May 2015
Overall our experience with White Ribbon was nothing but EXCELLENT! We especially appreciated all the prompt email responses from Vana. This definitely put our minds at ease and we knew straight away she was not only very organised, but someone who we could trust to get the job done. I initially fell in love with White Ribbon whilst looking through their online profiles. The attention to detail and different styles shown in each wedding really made me confident that they could meet our expectations.
Vana not only recommended the best vendors for every aspect of our wedding, but she was able to give great general wedding advice too. I was so calm and relaxed on my wedding day and this is a credit to Vana and her team for taking care of all the details on the day in a professional manner.
We feel like we could not have organised an overseas wedding without the help and expertise of Vana and her team and we truly believe that our overseas dream wedding was only made possible because of them.