There is so much to think about when you’re planning your wedding in Spain, and “planning” is key.  You should be planning your wedding at least 12-18 months in advance, particularly if you want to hold your wedding in Spain in the Summer months.  I have known couples who plan 4 years in advance!  Here are some points to think about and why!

Set a Budget

Before you can do anything, you need to know your budget, how much are you going to spend on your wedding in total.  If you are not paying for the wedding yourself then speak to the money person. You need to know how much is in your pot as well as how much for each item.  Setting your budget will help you know how much you can afford when speaking to your suppliers.  Oh! and don’t forget to add in the cost of flights when you pop over to visit venues.  I would always recommend allowing at least 10-15% on top if you can, as you will always find something you hadn’t thought of! 

Set the Date

If there a special date that is meaningful to you? Are you going to have a lot of people travel with you?  Set the date as soon as you can.  Now you have your date, the real planning can begin!  Don’t forget to let your friends and family know as soon as possible. They may need to book annual leave well in advance to be there to support you on your special day and they will also need to book flights.  The earlier the better! 

Select a Venue

Spain is a very big country, it has everything to offer, beaches, mountains, castles, and hotels.  Of course, there are also the traditional Cortijos, Fincas, and Haciendas which I love in Andalucia.  Selecting your venue is one of the most important things. Your venue sets the tone of the wedding so it needs to be perfect. Once you know the area, you can start shortlisting venues.  I love Andalucia, but then I am biased! Then no doubt you will want to start making those calls to check availability and arrange to visit them. I would suggest viewing at least 5 venues.  That’s a really fun part of the planning process.

Wedding Suppliers

Who are your wedding suppliers?  You will need caterers, a celebrant or priest, a musician, a DJ, a photographer, and a florist just to start!  If you want a particular wedding favor or table setting you need to start researching who will be able to supply these for you.

When you speak to your suppliers make sure you ask the right questions.  Will your caterer be supplying the cutlery, crockery, glasses, and table linens? Most do but you need to be sure!  Will the venue supply tables and chairs or will you need to hire?  Ensure you ask how long each one will be there for you on the day and exactly what service they will provide.

Wedding Dress?

Finally, we get to my favourite part, the shopping, yeeessss!  If you are going to go for a traditional wedding dress, will it be made to measure?  If so, you will need to give them a minimum of 12 months to design and make this for you.  If you are buying off the rack, give at least six months as there will always be that little alteration you will want to be made.

The style and location of your wedding will very much dictate your style of wedding dress. A big consideration will be the weather.  In the Summer in Spain it gets hot, this year it got up to a smoking 48ºC or 118ºF at my local beach.  So, if your wedding in Spain is going to take place in the Summer then think lightweight, silk, or cotton and loose.  Gentlemen, you may want to ditch the jacket and have matching waistcoats in a light but luxurious silk.  Chat to your tailor, they will be able to advise.  

However you choose to celebrate your wedding, if you plan your wedding well, you will have be sure to have a fabulous day.  There is a lot to do so I would always suggest using a wedding planner to give yourself peace of mind.

I love nothing more than to celebrate life’s special moments, so if you would like to know more about how I could personalise your wedding day by creating a beautiful handwritten ceremony then please contact me here.  I would love to hear all about your plans.