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Adding additional sparkle to your Sunny Spanish Wedding!

Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

As you plan your wedding the big things like booking a band and deciding on a menu can loom large. Obviously these are big decisions and like other major considerations for your Wedding day, should not be taken lightly. Like the babbles on the Christmas tree however it is sometimes the little touches at a wedding which make all the difference. These do not need to be expensive or time consuming but simple things which will make your guests smile and elevate the day from a fun one to a truly memorable occasion. See our ideas below for some of the things which can really add even more magic to your wedding day here in Spain!

Delivery of a gift for your intended on the morning of the wedding. Yes it’s pretty clear by the morning of the wedding that you are marrying the one you love. In the excitement of the last few days before the Big Day however it can actually be hard to spend “alone time” with your other half. A little gift or note that can be delivered to the hotel/apartment where your future husband/wife is getting ready shows the intimacy you share and that you have thought of them, and them alone amid a day of friends, family and celebration. Check with your wedding planner for gifts which work well in Spain.

Photobooth props. These are a selection of silly hats, wigs and glasses and a photo frame. Guests can use them to take fun photos on their cameras or phones to send to you after the wedding. Simple maybe, but as the night continues and the booze flows this is just a brilliant memento of your family and friends who shared your day with you. Ask your wedding planner about renting these from us for your day!

Welcome chalk board at the entrance to the dining area. A message of Welcome and thank you to your guests for sharing the day with you is always appreciated. A simple blackboard can be used and you can write your own personal message that friends and family will appreciate. The Chalk board can also be used later on for messages from family and friends and in conjunction with the Photobooth too! Again ask your planner about renting this.

Spanish fans. The chances are you have chosen Spain partly for a wedding with sunshine. The heat can be unexpected for some guests however so keep everyone cool and give them a keepsake of Spain with a Spanish fan. These come in almost any colour and a range of prices depending on the quality and style you want. Perfect to hand out before the service and great for photos too!

Matching socks (or ties) for the groom and groomsmen. The male members of the wedding party can often feel a bit neglected when it comes to wedding outfits. In addition they may not know you have a prefered colour scheme or theme for your wedding day. Get them on board and co-ordinated by picking out matching ties or socks and ensure they look the part too!


Photographer: Bob Long
Photographer: Bob Long

5 Summer Wedding No-Goes

Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00


No matter if you are a bride or groom-to-be, a wedding guest or  simply working at a wedding the summer heat can be hard to handle. This is especially true here in southern Spain where temperatures in July and August can go up to 35°C +. 



So what can you do to stay cool? 


Here are our five top tips for shining instead of wilting as you soak up the sun......



1. Don’t forget you’re in Spain!

It´s an obvious one but when you choose your dress remember you’re in Southern Spain and things are just a little more laid back than back home. Choosing a light summer dress over a more traditional corset and lace number therefore might just be the way to go! 


2. Men, Don’t wear a three piece suit!

Believe us – you will regret it! Yes, it might look smart and it is a special occasion. We understand. But when standing outside, waiting for the ladies to finish taking photos, you will regret wearing it. So choose wisely and keep the 35°C + in mind!


3. Ladies, Do not forget to bring a fan!

Especially in Southern Spain a fan not only looks fabulous but will keep you cool. An umbrella or even an electronic mini fan are just as useful. Check with your wedding planner for options as most, including us, have suppliers for these and can arrange to have them waiting for you when you arrive at the church. 


4. No walking on sunshine!  
Yes, we understand. Sunshine is great and you’re on holiday. But when trying to enjoy a wedding day in the summer heat, use every opportunity to get in the shade. Even if it’s just walking on the other side of the road to get a couple of minutes in the shade.


5. And last but not least, STAY HYDRATED! 

By hydrated we mean: Drink water. Yes, we all know this. But who wouldn’t rather pick a nice cold beer over water while waiting for the photographer to finish up taking photos after the ceremony? For the sake of the heat however do try and mix it up and don’t forget about water!  


It’s time to suit up!

Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

I went to a terrific wedding this past Saturday. Beautiful bride, great food, lots of fun! But what struck me the most was when I got talking to one of the wedding guests. Never in my life have I met a guy who was so crazy about his suit. He absolutely loved it.
It struck me:

Shouldn’t every groom, best men, groomsmen and every wedding guest feel great in their suit? Absolutely!
Why should only girls care about their looks on the Big Day? Men, it is time to man up and SUIT up!

But we know how much you hate spending hours and hours shopping. How much more convenient would it be to just order your suit online and still get the perfect result?

This might resolve your problem!
We are partnering with www.tailor4less.com who make your custom made suit.

Make sure you get a 10% if you are a Spanish Wedding Planner client. Simply contact us for the discount code.
And now, get ready to suit up!   


Is it worth the risk ?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

It can sometimes seem as if Wedding insurance is the elephant in the corner when it comes to organising a wedding… Everyone knows it is an option but no one really wants to talk about it or admit to the fact that it might be needed. There is of course some truth in this belief as nine times out of ten nothing unforeseen does happen at a wedding and the premium paid for the insurance is never needed. The reality is however that there is no way of knowing in advance if you will need insurance or not and for a relatively small sum of money you can buy the security of being sure that if something unplanned does happen you will be re-reimbursed for the mishap.

Take the example of one of our lovely April brides who married here in Nerja. The church was booked, and the villa too. Catering was organised along with music, flowers, a photographer and beauty. Guests had arrived and we had double checked all arrangements for the day. The day of the wedding dawned bright and sunny….. Alas the bride was not feeling so bright and sunny. She was feeling distinctly under the weather with severe abdominal pains which meant a swift trip to a nearby hospital - and a diagnosis of appendicitis!!

In this situation we sprang into action alerting vendors and checking what could be done at this stage. Thankfully the bride and groom had taken out insurance so although some things could not be saved they were able to claim some money back for the changes. In the event the caterers made the wedding meal into a “pre wedding dinner” for guests and when the bride was out of hospital a few days later the ceremony and a quieter party took place then too. Not quite the wedding day the couple or their guests expected but not the disaster it could have been either. It is unlikely that the unforeseen will come along and change your wedding day this much but for the sake of the average insurance premium 50 – 150€ is it really worth the risk? 


Don't let this be you - the value of a wedding planner!

Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

This is it, your big moment; you’re officially engaged and finally get to plan your wedding. You’ve probably been planning your dress and hair since you were a little girl and now you get to do it for real. It’s so exciting. Ouch, what’s that? That little pinprick in your bubble called your budget and well, it’s just so tempting to cut costs and not bother with a wedding planner. Well, before you rush ahead to make your bookings (and in Spanish mind you), just take a moment to consider this scenario:
It’s the big day and your florist and photographer have arrived at the church to set up. The church is locked and there’s no one in sight. The guests arrive, everyone’s murmuring amongst themselves wondering if they’ve got the right time and place. Cue your arrival in your vintage car only to find all your guests and groom standing outside a locked church. What do you do?

This scenario very nearly came true for one of our couples who got married recently (not that they’ll ever know their lucky escape!). Our wedding planner arrived at the church only to discover the musician, the florist, and photographer waiting outside the locked doors of the church. No one knew what to do. As the appointed wedding planner, we had obviously reserved the church and re-confirmed with the priest the day before so something was clearly very wrong! A few phone calls later, our planner had located the key holder who had unfortunately been taken ill in hospital that day.
Ever resourceful, the planner found another key, informed the bridal car that there may be delays and merrily kept guests at bay until the solution arrived 15 minutes before the ceremony. The bride never knew what had happened and was completely spared any panic or stress!

wedding church vendors waiting

We recently found out that 6 out of 10 of our wedding couples had considered not using a planning service as they thought they could save money. Having met us in our offices, discussed plans, viewed our great planning tools and perhaps tried to find some resources independently online, they decided they just didn’t want the stress of not speaking Spanish and having to trust a host of unknown suppliers. In the end, they thought it was best to have a wedding planner to ease the stress and tap into professional resources. Interestingly 100% of these couples after their wedding said they could not have done it without us!

You deserve the best for your wedding day so let professionals like Spanish Wedding Planner handle the stress! Our service goes way beyond booking the church and venue; we speak the language, we have an extensive range of contacts and experience and benefit from discounts with our preferred suppliers. In the end, our fee is more than balanced out by the savings you can make through us and, above all, by being able to enjoy a perfect day without any stress and strain.

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