Spain is a beautiful country with unique culture, tradition and history. For many couples, the idea of getting married in Spain is very appealing. However, it can be difficult to plan a wedding in another country if you have never been there before. This blog post will go over 8 steps that will help ensure your destination wedding goes smoothly!
Step #1 Choose your Wedding Planner
Choose Your Wedding Planner. The first step is to find a wedding planner in Spain that speaks both Spanish and English, so they can help you with all the details of planning your destination wedding. They will be able to advise you on things, like what type of venue would best suit your needs as well as arrange any licences that may be required.
Step #2 Choose your type of Ceremony
Choose your type of Ceremony. It is important to decide whether you want an outdoor or indoor ceremony. If you have the budget for it, go with a location that has both options! Some venues in Spain can also provide accommodation for the couple and close family or even the whole wedding congregation depending on the size of the venue and group.
Step #3 Think about your Venue
Think about your venue, do you want a hotel, or would you prefer something more intimate such as a traditional Cortijo or Hacienda? A Cortijo or Hacienda can be the perfect choice for couples who are looking to extend their wedding over three or four days. These come in all shapes and sizes to suit all wedding parties. Villas are also a great idea as you can combine your wedding and honeymoon in the same place.
If you want to be near the beach, then it’s worth looking at a hotel or villa with its own private access. These will often have a space for the wedding within the grounds or will have a spot on the beach just perfect for your ceremony.
Step #4 Choose the Wedding Dress
If you’re opting for an outdoor ceremony, think about the venue and then style and choose the wedding dress accordingly. If you are on a beach in the sun, will you want a dress with a very long train – probably not!
There are many different types of wedding dresses to choose from. From a lace and tulle ballgown, to an all-lace dress with spaghetti straps just be sure to choose one that fits your venue.
Step #5 Choose a Date
If you’re planning a destination wedding in Spain, then one of the first things to decide is when you are getting married. If your chosen venue has limited availability on specific dates, it’s worth checking other venues too – just for peace-of-mind! Spain has a lot of fiestas so when you have found your venue and chosen your date, do check if there are any fiestas around that time and what effect these may have. Choose a date and then send out your “save the dates” asap.
Step #6 Choose your Celebrant
The next thing to think about is the type of ceremony you want. There are many different types of celebrant ceremonies from humanist to traditional to anything goes, but one that suits everyone is a private affair! Choose your Celebrant and get them to save your date as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
Step #7 The After-Party
If your after-party is to be a dance till dawn extravaganza then be sure to check with your planner what the do’s and don’ts are for your venue. Hotels may be more restrictive than a Hacienda in its own grounds away from others, so do your research first.
Step #8 Plan, plan and plan!
Last and by no means least, plan, plan and plan some more. Think about what you want to see whilst in Spain for example,there is the amazing Alhambra Palace in Granada or in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia (Gaudi’s Cathedral) You MUST book these well in advance before you fly otherwise you may be disappointed. Imagine flying all that way and not getting to see what you wanted. Research and book entry tickets as necessary.
In conclusion, it’s not just the destination that makes a wedding great, it’s all the little details and through that go into it, that make it the perfect day. If you plan carefully and think ahead, your experience will be one to remember for many years to come.
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