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Couples from which countries get married in Georgia (country)?

During the existence of Ori, we have compiled a large list of countries from which our couples come to celebrate their wedding in Georgia. It became interesting for us to analyze it and tell you about where our newlyweds come from and why they choose Georgia.

UAE residents

We organized weddings for couples from Italy, Moldova, Bahrain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, France, South Africa, Pakistan, India, the Netherlands… Couples from all these countries (and many others 🙂) are united by the fact that they live and work in the UAE. According to UAE law, the bride and groom must have citizenship for registering their marriage, and obtaining one is one of the most complicated procedures. For many, this circumstance becomes a significant obstacle. Having citizenship of another country, couples, unfortunately, cannot marry in the UAE.

In this case, Georgia comes to the rescue — a place where the marriage procedure is free from bureaucratic formalities. Whatever citizenship you have, in Georgia you will easily and quickly register your marriage. You just need to collect a small package of documents, select a date, a registry office, and send us all the information by email. We will do all the necessary preparation and translation of documents remotely.

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Residents of countries close to Georgia

Close proximity is the reason to get married in Georgia for couples from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Lithuania. Land borders, regular direct flights (before the beginning of restrictive measures due to the current situation), and short distances make a wedding trip to Georgia an affordable and comfortable adventure. Low prices for tickets, wedding and travel services help newlyweds from these countries to optimize the expenses and meet the desired budget. Also, the prevalence of the Russian language and the similarity of types of mentality in post-Soviet countries also sometimes become the reason for choosing Georgia.

Repatriates from Israel

For Israeli citizens, there are also restrictions on marriage — religious ones. Some couples who have passed through the repatriation program do not identify themselves with the Jewish faith and do not attend the synagogue, which means they cannot receive an official marriage certificate at home.

Georgia, in turn, has always been an international country: for many centuries, Arabs, Turks, Armenians, Russians, Ukrainians lived here. Any guest is welcome here, regardless of their religion or nationality, therefore, in Georgia, our couples do not encounter political or religious obstacles to get married.

Beauty lovers — from all over the world

And finally, we are especially happy with the large number of couples who come to Georgia for the beauty and unique Caucasian nature. We help to organize a wedding to couples from the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan. Couples from all over the world (and even from the most remote places) set off to explore mountainous Georgia and join their hearts surrounded by infinite vineyards. Distances are not a hindrance to burning hearts in love! And we, in turn, make every effort so that those in love with beauty are rewarded with unforgettable impressions and magnificent wedding photos.

And although we highlight only four main destinations, our portfolio is not limited by them. For us, there are no borders — political or religious — and we are pleased to replenish our list with more and more new countries.

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How to choose a wedding agency?

It’s fascinating and often not easy to choose a wedding agency and a wedding planner. You might get lost and miss significant details in a diversity of pretty pictures and good-looking reviews. Here we talk about how you should start, which features you should pay special attention to and why.

How to start?

Before starting the search for your dream wedding planner ask yourself two questions: where and when do you want to have a wedding? When you decide on season and landscape, collect a list of the countries that can offer you this particular type of nature and weather. Then, open professional wedding aggregators and search for planners who work with that specific country. Apart from the catalogs, you can also check any magazines and platforms about weddings. Let’s assume now have a short-list of the agencies you’ve liked most of all. Now is the hardest step – to choose the team that you’ll work together for months and sometimes even a whole year.

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Portfolio

We believe that the agency’s face is their portfolio and reviews from the real couples. Normally, you will find the portfolio on the agency’s website and on their official pages on social media. By the way, we assume that any professional team undoubtedly has its own website and somehow appears on social media (such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest). We also think that sometimes a beautiful website is only a nice cover which doesn’t necessarily mean the great quality of the services behind it. That’s why search for real examples of the agency’s work.

A portfolio will help you get an idea of ​​the style of weddings that the agency prepares, as well as their scale and quality. For example, some agencies exceptionally engage in inexpensive weddings on a budget. Others, on the contrary, specialize in luxurious events with exclusive content. Some offer standard ready-made solutions, others are ready to follow any of your ideas and will gladly take up the creative execution of the most original ideas. How does the agency’s position on these issues correlate with your desires and capabilities? Do you like photos in their portfolio? Do you see harmony and taste in the decor? Are the couples happy, do the guests look glad? Did you get a complete picture of the content and mood of the holiday, reaching the last photo in the series? Answers to these questions will tell you a lot not only about your subjective attitude to these weddings but also about the objective level of the agency.

Couples' reviews

The second important criterion when choosing a wedding agency is the newlyweds’ reviews. Of course, we are not talking about artificially created comments, but about genuine messages from people who worked with this team. Therefore, we recommend that you pay attention to the presence of the names of couples, their profiles, or contacts. By the way, those reviews to which couples attach photos or videos are especially useful. So you can get a holistic view of all the wedding stages: communication with the wedding planner, the holiday itself, and how the collaboration ended.

You may also find it helpful to mark comments from couples who mention the specific organizers they worked with. Note for yourself the names of the specialists whom couples mention most often, and at the stage of signing the contract, check with the sales manager if this wedding planner is available on your dates.

Terms and conditions

We mentioned the contract, and this is the third most important evaluation criterion. There is no doubt that a professional approach to any business is secured by the official registration of the company and the establishment of its obligations. When it comes to such a large and important event as a wedding, the signing of a contract is a paramount condition in working with any vendors. Having a contract will protect you from most risks, as well as give you confidence in the quality and responsible execution of all agreements.

In addition to having an agreement, the professionalism and responsibility of the company are indicated by the list of services indicated on the website or on the company’s page. Does the agency openly talk about its services? Are the prices for services indicated? Is there a clear and detailed description of the services? Do you get answers to your questions after studying these pages? Does the agency work officially? What payment methods does the agency offer? Openness and expertise in these matters indicate the professionalism and adequacy of the team.

Reviews of partners and contractors

When studying portfolios and reviews of couples, pay attention to whether the names of photographers, videographers, stylists, decorators, and other contractors are indicated. The work of the wedding organizer is, among other things, constant communication with partners, which means that their feedback can also be useful to you. Did, for example, a popular international photographer like working with this agency? Were conditions comfortable for stylists? Does the agency fulfill its obligations, including financial ones? In addition, this way you will get an additional idea of ​​your future wedding because the agency is likely to offer you these specialists.

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Communication with the team

And finally, when you send a request to the agency, you get an excellent opportunity to assess the style and level of communication with team members (as a rule, this is a specialist from the sales department and a wedding organizer). How quickly does a sales manager answer you? When answering your request, does he/she pay attention to each of your questions or does he/she touch only part of your message? Are you being taken care of from the first minutes of communication?

When meeting the wedding planner, schedule a video call. First of all, when it comes to a wedding abroad, evaluate the wedding planner’s English level, because in the future you will have to discuss very important details in which there should be no misunderstanding. Does the organizer make an impression of an adequate, open, and tolerant person? Do you also feel being taken care of from the first minutes of communication?

Also, some agencies engaged in destination weddings offer their couples a personal meeting at the company’s office. A visit to the agency can be combined with an inspection tour of potential venues for your wedding. So, even before signing the contract, you will have the opportunity to truly get to know and make friends with your future wedding planners.

We are convinced that the ability to be attentive, caring, and sensitive is one of the mandatory character traits for everyone who works in the wedding business, and especially for the wedding planner. When choosing an agency, evaluate not only the professionalism of the team but also their human characteristics. This will help you not to be mistaken and choose exactly those people whose work will bring you only pleasure. 🙂

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How much does it cost to get married in Georgia (country) in 2020?

To estimate a destination wedding cost might seem quite a challenge, as the wedding is an occasion consisting of too many parts. How can one find out the price for specific wedding day elements, such as marriage registration fee or a DJ for example, while being in another country? In this article, we try to help you gain an understanding of the wedding services cost in Georgia (country), and show you what the prices depend on. We also share a couple of secrets on planning your wedding budget and give you a piece of advice on how you can optimize your expenses.

Civil marriage registration

Georgia is a popular spot for couples from different countries and for the couples who for any reason cannot get married in the country they live in. Official marriage registration in Georgia is a very simple and affordable procedure. Its price mostly depends on the country of your residence. For example, a package for most European countries (such as Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Poland) will cost 320$. The package includes applying for registration of marriage, translation of the bride and groom’s passports, translation and putting an Apostille on your marriage certificate.

For certain countries that haven’t adopted the Apostille Convention, an additional consular legalization procedure is necessary. The cost of legalization is different for each country. For example, this service costs $160 for Lebanon, $115 for Qatar, and $170 for Canada.

Civil marriage prices also depend on the city hall which you choose for the ceremony, and the day of the week of your wedding. Rent of the private hall of the House of Justice on a workday costs from $40 and the ceremony at the Mtatsminda Registry Office is from $120.

Besides, you might also need additional documents if you have a common minor child and in case you were previously married. Translation of the birth certificate and a divorce certificate costs $15 per page.

Wedding bouquet and a boutonniere

A wedding bouquet and a boutonniere in Georgia cost $70-150. The prices vary depending on the assortment of flowers. You can order seasonal flowers for example: in this case, you define the color palette and shape of the bouquet, and florists choose the flowers based on your preferences. If you dream of exotic or extraordinary flowers, we recommend you to request specific flowers from Holland. Such a bouquet will be more expensive than the one from the seasonal flowers but the effect from such a unique composition will be fabulous!

In some cases, VAT (18%) and PIT (25%) are added to the price of the vendors’ services.


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Make-up and hair artist

Regarding the choice of the make-up and hair artist, the key criterion is the location of your wedding. If you are planning a city wedding, you might want to have your bride’s look done in a beauty salon. This service starts at $110. For those brides who are going to have a photographer shooting the wedding morning, we recommend having MUAH artist onsite, for example, in the hotel, you will stay at. This service is from $160. Also, you can opt for a service of premium-class MUAH artist to create an unforgettable bridal look according to the best and latest international trends. They constantly learn new techniques and follow all the novelties in bridal fashion. MUAH by such a professional starts from $350 in a salon, and $400 — onsite.

When the wedding takes place outside the city, for example, in Gudauri mountains or Kakhetian vineyards, the cost of a stylist’s services rises due to extra expenses on the transportation, meals, and compensation for time. Prices for a MUAH artist in the regions start from $240, and $500 for a world-class professional stylist.

We also recommend our brides to have an additional trial make-up if you have an opportunity to come to Georgia in advance. This service costs a bit more than half the price from the MUAH artist you have chosen.

Photographer

If you travel to Tbilisi just to have all the papers done, it will be nice to have a photographer who will capture the fascinating moment of you saying your vows to each other. The photographer then will accompany you on a short walk around the city center. Such a service will cost $250 for 3 hours. If you are planning a celebration in Kazbegi, Borjomi or Sighnaghi, working hours of a photographer start from minimum 8 hours, and prices start from $550. This amount includes transportation and meals as well.

Moreover, we are proud to say that we collaborate with the best world-class wedding photographers in Georgia whose work is appreciated in many countries. If you want not only technically superb photos of your wedding but a masterpiece of wedding photography you’d better choose this option. We offer several candidates for you to choose from according to their portfolios. The services of a world-class photographer costs from $1000.

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Wedding cake

Prices for wedding cakes vary depending on the region your wedding in Georgia takes place, as delivery expenses form a considerable percentage of the final cake price. Our partners deliver cakes in a special car with a refrigerator, which keeps the cake in a stable position at the right temperature. Such peculiar conditions can guarantee that your cake will be delivered safe and sound. A cake for 15 guests costs from $85, delivery in Tbilisi is $20, outside the city — $125. A cake for 50 guests is from $210 + delivery to the location. We will ask you to choose between a couple of fillings and some standard decoration elements. Any specific elements and unusual fillings are charged additionally.

While preparing for a big family wedding, note that we offer a convenient concierge service for your guests.


Wedding dinner

Prices for a wedding dinner in Georgia depend on the location of your feast. An average price for a dinner for two is $80-90. If you are planning a large family event, take into account the rent policy of the venue you have chosen. For example, if you are ordering a show program for your gala dinner (as a cover band performance or national Georgian dancers), the venue rent or the deposit will be added to the standard price of the dinner. The terms are specific for each venue but we will be glad to tell you about all the details while preparing the quote for your upcoming wedding. 🙂

Decorations for a wedding ceremony

A lot of our couples prefer to have a decorated arch for their ceremony. In Tbilisi, this service costs from $360, in Batumi — from $520, and in the regions — from $650. This price includes transportation of the flowers and construction shapes (we will suggest you choose a preferable shape between a couple of options), transport and meals for the team of florists.

Our florists also offer unique options of arch constructions and exclusive sets of decorations. A premium package costs $660-840 depending on the location and includes a large amount of greenery and flower decor. The exclusive package costs $990-1440. We recommend this package to the couples who are dreaming of a ceremony at sunset: our florists will arrange the ceremony area with flowers, lights and lots of tall candles that will create an atmosphere of real magic filling your beautiful moments.

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(c) Mate Mateshvili
Transportation

A car around the city and some close locations for your photo shoot is perfect for those who are coming to Tbilisi for a private cozy wedding. A standard transfer is from $100, a stylish retro car is from $230, and the premium car — from $210. This amount includes 8 hours of rent, fuel, and the driver’s services.

Transport is a significant item of expenditure for the couples who will have a big celebration with a large number of guests. If your wedding will take place outside the city we recommend that you don’t rely on the city taxi but have the necessary number of minivans or buses with professional drivers that will make sure your guests reach the venue in safety and comfort. A minivan for 18 people is from $155, and a bus for 55 people is from $375, for example. The Russian-speaking driver’s services and fuel are included. To the couple, we suggest having one of the same car options we mentioned for Tbilisi. Likewise, a standard transfer in the regions is from $120, a retro car is from $320, and a premium car — from $255.

Videographer

When inviting a videographer to your wedding you get a short video of 3-5 minutes, which is shot with the help of a drone. Prices for such a video made in Tbilisi start from $440 (this includes the meal for the operator), and $490 out of the city (this includes transportation and meals). In case you are planning to have a wedding dinner with guests and a show, you could also request an additional movie about your wedding day (30-40 minutes long), that will become a sweet memory for everyone who took part in your celebration. A short clip and a film in Tbilisi cost from $550, and $650 in the regions. Moreover, we collaborate with premium operators specializing in wedding films. Their services cost from $850, including both the short video and a long film.

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What do you need to consider while planning your wedding budget in Georgia?
  • First of all, the budget of your wedding in Georgia depends on the number of guests. The bigger the number is the more dinner decoration and transportation you will need.
  • A marriage registration fee and a venue rent may vary on different week-days, months, and seasons. Some venues have special offers for a low season and additional discounts for workdays. A wedding on a workday might become a good way to optimize your overall budget.
  • The region where your wedding will take place plays a major role, as well. For a wedding outside Tbilisi, in the mountains or in the vineyards, transportation for the couple and all the guests becomes an important expense. Don’t forget about the meals and time compensation for our vendors.
  • Many vendors who we cooperate with are not registered as individual entrepreneurs in Georgia (for example, international videographers, photographers, and make-up artists). That is why we must add VAT (18%) to the price of their services.
  • Do not forget to add the necessary amount of umbrellas and blankets into your budget if you are planning a wedding in the mountains. Even the summer nights might be cold and windy.
  • If your wedding quote has two of the three items — dinner, transfer, and accommodation, the wedding will be considered a touristic project in Georgia. Therefore, it will not be subjected to VAT. Otherwise, if there is, for example, a MUAH artist, wedding bouquet, and dinner (only one or none of the required items), we will add a VAT (18%) to the price of planning your wedding.
  • Also, you will need to add the rent of chairs for your guests if the ceremony takes place in the vineyards or in the forest for example.
  • In case you are planning an international wedding, we suggest that you invite a host who speaks two languages (Russian and English). He will be able to entertain all the guests at your celebration. Such service costs from $650 depending on the destination and the number of guests.
  • While preparing for a big wedding with lots of guests you could order an additional concierge service. The prices start at $100 and also depend on the number of guests. The service includes communication with the guests before the wedding, collection of all necessary information for their stay in Georgia, and counseling guests on all matters concerning their stay. Our concierge can also help them book MUAH stylists.

Certainly, a wedding day does not only consist of these categories. Visit our destinations list to compare various wedding packages we offer depending on the region and the venue. We hope that our calculator will let you estimate your wedding budget. Otherwise, in case of any further questions, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help you with the specifics of your upcoming special day.

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Ori from within

You often ask us about how we got to Georgia, what we do here and what we love in our work most of all. We decided to meet together, discuss the most popular topics and share our stories with you. In this article, we talk about our work, about our dreams and plans and, of course, about beloved Georgia. We hope that our sincere stories will let you see that we are passionate dreamers, responsible professionals and just caring people. Let these stories help you get to know us better and entrust your special day to us!

We and Georgia

Anastasia. I fell in love with Georgia from the very first day I spent here one year ago. Then I came back. And then decided to come for a month without a return ticket, as the last half a year in Moscow my heart and thoughts were already in Georgia.

Evgenia. I was fond of tourism and often traveled to different regions in Georgia. However, a move to another country with its mentality and culture became a real hardship for me. I love Moscow with all my heart, that is why a change in the city was not easy. In the first months, I missed my parents and even thought of coming back, but work helped me escape from such thoughts. After all, it is necessary to find something interesting to do and plunge into this new occupation to get used to your new life. Work at Ori became such an occupation for me.

Yulia. Career was always more important for me. By the moment I met my future husband, I realized that I must have more rest, even though I worked till the very last minute in Moscow. I wasn’t ready for a move to Georgia at all because of this. The adaptation period was also hard for me, as I didn’t have a chance to fully understand what I was doing. Anyway, the most important thing for me was that I trusted the person I loved, I knew he would support me no matter what.

Anna. I graduated from a school in Tbilisi and lived many years in Rostov in Russia. Once I met my childhood friend from Tbilisi, we resumed communication and then decided to get married and stay in Georgia. That’s how I found myself in Tbilisi for the second time.

Alexandra. Last April my boyfriend and I decided to move from Sochi and began to check the possible options of comfortable life and opportunities for career development. That’s how we got an idea of going to Georgia. Just two weeks later we were in Tbilisi. In two more weeks, we got married in the city of love Sighnaghi.

Elena. I was born in Tbilisi and worked in tourism for six years. During that time I traveled all around the country, I’ve been to every region, except Tusheti with its legendary road, one of the most dangerous ones in Europe. My favorite destination is Svaneti. I truly adore mountains and cold, that’s why I try to go to the mountainous regions as often as I can. I also dream of a house in the mountains, so I could spend less time in the city.

Irma. After school, I studied in Budapest for a year. Everything at that time, comparing with Tbilisi, was new and exciting for me: open-minded people, level of service, entertainment, modern technologies. No matter where I travel, however, my heart still belongs to Georgia!

We and Ori

Irina. My acquaintance with the wedding sphere began with the film “The Wedding Planner” when I was at school. Back then I already understood that a wedding is something beautiful and very responsible. At that time, I was sure that I could never be a part of this magic. A dream of wedding planning seemed to be too bald and unrealizable.

After graduating from Moscow State Linguistic University, I returned to Tbilisi, my hometown. Here I happened to successfully organize a couple of big international conferences without having any relevant experience in event management. Then there was my friend’s wedding, and then – my sister’s wedding. I did both of them. Just like this, unpredictably, life brought me right in front of my dream.

At the beginning of 2017, I became a member of Mandarini Wedding team, and by the end of the year, I came to Ori which was just created. While working at Mandarini and Ori I learned a lot not only about weddings but also about myself. I am thankful to this job for all the good qualities which it raised in me. Only after coming to Ori, I realized that I was out of place for a very long time. Now work takes about 60-70% of my life, and sometimes I even notice that I miss work when I am with my friends. 🙂

Evgenia. When I came to the company, there were just 4 of us. During the next year and a half, our team grew up to 10 people. This makes me happy as we put a great deal of time and effort into developing the agency! Work at Ori is no longer just work with a schedule, it became the thing I truly love, so there is no more difference between weekdays and weekends. Frequently, every single minute is scheduled and important calls might turn up at any time. Now I am literally about to get the baby but at the same time, I am still dealing with weddings and solve everyday questions. For example, finishing this article.

Alexandra. In the beginning, I had certain concerns considering job search: I thought that I couldn’t find a decent work without knowing Georgian. I was lucky because I found Ori.

Anna. When I began to look through available vacancies, Russian-speaking companies were in the priority for me. Moreover, I’ve always dreamed of a job connected with foreign languages and traveling. I found all this in Ori. We don’t stay in the office till late hours, we often complete errands around the city and travel to other regions for work.

Elena. I enjoy dealing with beauty. I liked the website at once, especially the photos of beautiful wedding decor on the main page. After all, it is crucial where and with whom we work. Here I also understood that wedding planning is a huge responsibility, as a wedding day will never repeat and we don’t have the right to make mistakes, as Irina says.

Irina. My motto is “One day — no right to fail”. Also, I always aspire to make an extra step, do more, as my team and I represent the country, our culture. I feel a great responsibility to the couple and their guests.

Work and team

Evgenia. I am incredibly lucky to have my team: both Ori team and a group of the partners we’ve been working with for years. A trip to a wedding is a real celebration for us, it’s a reason to meet friends while doing our favorite work. It is essential to me that I see the dedication and commitment of my colleagues. The ability to care has become one of the most important principles for us: we tend to live through a wedding as if it was our wedding, for example. At night we can have long conversations with colleagues, we look for the best decoration options, work on the speeches for ceremonies.

Irma. I’ve been working in sales for many years, but work at Ori gave me completely new emotions. Company culture, communication with the couples, personal impact and experience exchange. Here I feel respect towards the employees. I also see that our leaders consider employees must have various opportunities to develop and study. During my free time, I love to attend courses connected with my professional interests. It’s great that now I can do it during my working hours as well! 🙂

Alexandra. I am convinced that Sochi couldn’t give me such a job as I found here in Tbilisi. I participated in large-scale international projects, I took part in creating the Olympic Village, organized the building of the Crimean bridge. All of this was an incredible and important experience for me. However, what I do here in Ori is no less important for me. I continue to learn English, attend different courses and acquire skills that are valuable for my personal growth as well. Preparing a detailed budget for a couple has become a real art for me. I consider it as a creation of their special day – responsible and exciting!

Irina. Over the years of work in both agencies, I’ve learned how to create a certain microclimate at my weddings. I never put the comfort of the couple and their guests high above the comfort of the team: I aim to put them almost on the same level. I believe it is necessary to have a certain harmony, respect, and attention toward each other on-site.

We love, we dream

Anna. Not long ago, I got married and I did the entire planning myself. To tell you the truth, some work projects were sometimes not less exciting than my own wedding…

Irma. My dream is to create something that will be useful for the entire humankind. I would love to leave something significant after me. I haven’t chosen the particular sphere yet, but I am completely sure I will do it one day! As for the personal dreams, I want to jump with a parachute, try surfing and have a motorcycle.

Alexandra. While traveling I’d love to dive into the culture of the country and learn some habits and ideas. The idea of travel, as I see it, is in the exchange of positive experiences of nations. Getting to know another culture, we should extract the best from it (such as up-to-date methods of taking care of ecology). Now I’m very attracted by Asia with its authenticity and Portugal with its pure individuality.

Anna. My father is a doctor, he taught me a lot of stuff, so for a long time, I’ve wanted to follow in his footsteps. I read a lot of medical literature, and in the ninth class instead of a biology report, I made a report about schizophrenia! Now at weddings, I’m constantly followed by medical stories: now and then I have to consult guests as far as my knowledge and experience allow me to. Recently, for example, I helped a bride’s father with risky high blood pressure. It is surprising that sometimes information that seemed useless one appears to be very helpful and even life-saving years later. This is the reason I am always open to new knowledge.

Anastasia. All my life I have worked with photography more or less, but I rarely find myself in the role of a photographer. As it happens, now my personal dreams are connected with my professional ones. While planning a wedding I have lots of opportunities to implement my creative potential: I make videos on-site, I take photos and edit them. In the future, I’d like to try myself in video editing, professional photography and maybe even floristry.

Yulia. I’ve always craved for art, and I also thought of floristry and photography at some point. Now I feel that a search for work-life balance came to the forefront for me. On high season it is especially hard and necessary.

Irina. At the beginning of my wedding career, I formulated a mission for me: to introduce the Georgians to the idea of professional wedding planning. This tradition is just emerging among Georgian couples. I am happy that Ori shares my goals: we have just translated our website into Georgian and now we are expanding our collaboration with banquet halls in Tbilisi. Moreover, I’ve been dreaming of Italy for a long time: I’d like to do a wedding at the Como lake coast. I study Italian in our corporate app for learning languages. Luckily, Ori supports me in this as well. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll open an Ori branch in Italy?

Evgenia. Lately, I began to dream of change in people’s minds and attitudes to animals and the environment. Homeless animals, huge amounts of garbage, disrespect to nature… I wish people learned to be more careful with these fragile intangible values that we have and appreciated simple things: warm sun, blooming trees, sea.

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We hope that these short notes could show you how passionate we are about what we do, how we appreciate and love our couples, how responsible we are about our special task — creating a truly beautiful celebration of love. We have lots of interesting stories and facts which we are happy to share with you. If you are curious to know more about our company, check our team account on Instagram. We regularly share our experience and news there and also tell about funny or unusual occasions from our wedding weekdays.

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Why Choose a Wedding Planner?

Every couple who decides to plan a wedding faces this essential question: should they do it themselves or is it better to hire a professional? Some couples consider that planning on their own is an exciting adventure to the world of restaurants, photographers and bouquets. Others find event organization time-consuming and complicated. In these cases, wedding planner is definitely an answer: it will surely save you from losing your mind in a pre-holiday fuss and added stress. In this article, we talk about those difficulties which might arise while you arrange a wedding on your own. We reflect on how wedding planner deals with these challenges and illustrate it with some examples.

Wedding planner = experience

Event organization on your own is typically characterized by lack of experience in the field. Even if you are a hair and makeup artist or you have a friend who is a designer. Many people get very enthusiastic about such new tasks as they are challenging, inspiring and invigorating. They will also bring you a couple of unforgettable stories which you’ll be able to share with your friends later, over a cup of tea.

But these stories might be not that pleasant sometimes. We’ve been told about several cases where an inexperienced couple has chosen an unreliable photographer (or a friend who had just a part-time job as a photographer) and ended up losing all the materials because of the photographer’s irresponsibility. One mistake can ruin weeks of all your hard work.

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Professional wedding planner will spare you such mistakes. They have done all the mistakes before they started working with you :). The team have become experts in what they do. Wedding planner knows which seasonal flowers will wither before they are even placed on the ceremony arch. Wedding planner knows what unexpected difficulties each region might offer. That is why a planner always thinks through Plan B so that a sudden rain doesn’t spoil your beautiful feast in the mountains or in the vineyards. A planner will also know what to do in case of emergency. When a wedding cake falls down right on the floor, they will quietly replace it and nobody will notice the change. Sometimes our planners become florists, tailors, psychiatrists and even meteorologists! We’ve been through a lot, and we are ready for almost everything. 

Experienced wedding planner will help you plan your budget wisely: they will stay within your preferred budget, without compromising the overall quality. As the main goal of the team is not to benefit but to achieve guaranteed result, create lifelong memories. Wedding expert thoroughly calculates all expenses which helps you to avoid unreasonable spending. 

A planner will also know what to do in case of emergency. When a wedding cake falls down right on the floor, they will quietly replace it and nobody will notice the change.


Wedding planner = knowledge of the venues

Choosing a wedding venue is an essential step in your wedding planning. This might be the most difficult task for couples who plan their distance wedding. Unfortunately, few hotel and restaurant web-sites provide credible and realistic photos of their venues, so quite often they don’t help you to create a whole picture of the place. Also, you have surely been in the situation when image doesn’t correspond with the reality at all. To save the situation, find a couple of friends who have visited some of these places and ask them to share their thoughts and impressions with you. Vivid images and personal experience will help you get a better idea of these venues.

When you hire a wedding planner, you get not just a person who has been at all the wedding venues in the country, but also – and this is more important – knows them from the inside. Our team members, for example, regularly examine the quality of the services our partners offer: they visit restaurants together with their friends and relax in the hotels with their families. We recommend only those places which we have verified ourselves.

Wedding planner will not miss any important details which your friends might accidentally leave out. He/she will draw your attention to those advantages which can seem insignificant at first glance (convenient walking routes for your beautiful wedding photos), and point to not so obvious disadvantages (long distance from the airport). After a careful overview of the venue’s features and thorough discussion with your planner, you will surely get exactly what you were expecting to see. The reality will be just as you have dreamed about it for months or even years.

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Wedding planner = a trustworthy team of vendors

Planning a distance wedding poses a risk of collaboration with amateurs or unconscientious vendors. Even if you have chosen someone on the recommendations of your acquaintances, you can never be sure that you will get what you’ve agreed about in the first place. Wedding agency located right in your chosen country, among others, has one significant advantage: the team communicates with all the contractors in person. Experienced wedding agency maintains relationships with those partners who have proved to be responsible and reliable. That is why, while signing a contract with a wedding planner, you sign a contract with a numerous team of trustworthy vendors in all fields.

(с) Anna Khomutova
(с) Anna Khomutova

Wedding planner = confidence and tranquillity

Contract provides guarantees. We always sign a contract with our couples, so we commit ourselves to have full responsibility for services we provide. If anyone involved in your wedding organization has an emergency right on your big day, we immediately provide a substitute of the same quality. As we must make sure that all the details of your wedding are under control. Also, wedding planner sticks to a strict schedule, and we even control each contractor from the moment they leave home till the moment they fully provide their services.

Rely on a wedding planner and you will spare yourself trouble and concern. There will be no worries whether your guests don’t get wet under a heavy rain in the mountains or whether there is enough food and wine for everybody. Let your thoughtful wedding planner manage any arising issues and clear your mind for the most beautiful thoughts. All you have to do is just relax and enjoy, while we take care of nice weather, delicious food and cool photos!

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Wedding in Georgia with Ori Agency

Why Georgia?

You decided to get married, but don’t want to celebrate your wedding day in a familiar atmosphere? Thinking about to celebrate abroad? First of all let me tell you why wedding in Georgia is  good and attractive idea and why planning at a distance is an absolutely affordable, rational and reliable process.

Sun in Georgia shines almost all year round, wine flows like water, high mountains, hospitable people, ancient culture – these are the first things that come to the mind of a person who is planning to travel to our country. Wedding in Georgia – no matter for two people or a big event; official ceremony, or symbolic – these are the brightest and warmest memories for a lifetime, because this country is imbued with the atmosphere of love and celebration.

Georgia has excellent geography and offers a wide range of options for wedding celebrations: mountains, sea, valleys of vineyards, lakes and fabulous forests, as well as ancient temples for church ceremonies.

(с) W-art
(с) W-art

How to choose a wedding venue?

The main thing is to choose where the magic will happen, to mark whether you need official marriage documents or not, decide on the season – in this aspect we will always advise you, since we are closely familiar with the climate in different regions – and understand how eventful the event will be. Sometimes it happens that initially a couple is coming  alone, and closer to the wedding date we find out that parents, for example, or close friends will attend the celebration and share their most important day with the couple.

Choosing the region and location for the ceremony and wedding dinner is not an easy task if you are not going visit Georgia before the wedding. Ori Wedding Team is always ready to tell you in detail about the features of both the region,  hotels and restaurants that you are considering. We have many years of experience, and we know the subtleties and all the pitfalls that can be hidden behind a beautiful picture in the Internet space.

It is important that the accommodation of the couple and guests is in the closest accessibility to the location of the wedding dinner. It is always better to choose one settlement: village, town, district. Wedding dinner ends no earlier than 01:00 am, so getting to the hotel or apartment late at night after a busy celebration day is an extremely tedious process, and this must be taken into account.

Ori Wedding Team is always ready to tell you in detail about the features of both the region, hotels and restaurants that you are considering.


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Planning the details

After you have chosen the place-time-number of guests – we are happy to start a discussion of details that will make your wedding day beautiful, namely: floristry and decor, make-up and hair for the bride, the mode of transport for the couple and guests, cake, details on buffet and dinner, and, of course, an entertainment program for the whole day. We will discuss a solemn speech for your ceremony in advance, pronouncing all the details of the script with a specially invited Emcee. The list of songs both for the ceremony and for the wedding dinner program is discussed, edited and the final result, including the stop list, is transferred to the DJ.

If you have not yet chosen the color pallet for the wedding day, if you also can’t imagine how the wedding cake of your dreams should look like and what hairstyle will make you the real queen – we will always be there for  you and facilitate the task with advice and photo samples to make the right decision. We always recommend to arrive in advance and hold a rehearsal of the bride image with the stylist.

Planner and couple need to discuss a large number of nuances, pronouncing the details of the wedding dinner and entertainment program. We check with our couple the preferences of guests regarding alcohol, allergies, or belonging to vegetarianism. We take into account the number of children at the table, having previously specified their age. This helps us to make a children’s menu in advance and to take care of the availability of cots in the rooms and child seats in the transport.

Scenario for dinner is also created according to the preferences of the couple. We connect the Emcee with a couple via Skype video messenger for a detailed discussion of quizzes, contests, toasts. It is important that the couple get information from the guests in advance whether they have a surprise congratulation for the newlyweds – The Emcee must include the guests’ performances in their program in advance so that they can avoid the intended script on their wedding day.

(с) Anastasia Sholkova
(с) Anastasia Sholkova

It does not matter when you contacted  us: six months, a month or two weeks before the wedding – we will surround you with care and do our best to endear yourself and make you feel at home, while discussing with us the smallest details of the most important day of your life…

We sincerely hope that Georgia will become your second home after the wedding with the Ori Wedding team!

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