Our CompanyZante Weddings
Our company ZANTE WEDDINGS by TSILIVI TRAVEL is very proud to have introduced the first weddings on this romantic island. Our fantastic idea started in 1997, when a friend of mine asked, “How easy is it to get married in Zante?” My answer, of course, was “leave it up to me and I will sort everything out for you”. I must admit, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Going through all the bureaucratic red tape was always the highlight of my day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Anita & David Braithwaite married June 29th, 1997 who helped us set foundations to this fantastic idea. We continue to coordinate over 200 weddings every summer.
My name is Frances Aktipis Tsiolis. I was born in Greece but raised in Chicago for 16 years, only to come back to my roots. I have been living in Zante since 1988, married with three kids. My husband was mayor of Tsilivi for the 4-year term.1998-2002 and now is one of the members of the local council. We are both very well known for our different activities and our fellow Zakynthians are fond of our great ideas. We try to help in any way we can. Myself, being raised in the States, knows how important a professional attitude is when it comes to business, but I have also inherited the local hospitality and warmth which helps to smooth out the fine lines.
Professionalism is needed when it comes to you knowing what you are paying for, no last minute extras. Having all orders go through with no hitches and coordinating over 20 people working together to make your fairytale story perfect is not an easy task.
Greeks are known for their “Greek maybe time”, well that doesn’t apply for us here. My mother-tongue being both English and Greek, helps immensely, so there are no miss-understandings on either side. Yes, of course, I get stressed, it comes with the territory. I love what I do and most of the times I consider it a hobby, so I will put in extra time and effort to make every detail count.
My satisfaction is seeing your smiles and how everyone is enjoying their evening.
Of course, I will kick off my shoes and teach you how to Greek dance (local tradition), so your reception will be filled with different surprises.
As I am a person that doesn’t like to be in the limelight for too long, I will close my appraisal here. A sincere way of finding out who I am and what the Tsilivi Travel staff offers (as much as I would like to take all the credit, I do have a fabulous team that helps in making everything run clockwork) is to visit our testimonials page. These are comments that couples have written about their experience, each and every one is very different, because this is how we see you as a unique challenge to fulfill your dreams.
We look forward to arranging your wedding as if it was our own.