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Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:00

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This year Spanish Wedding Planner is incredibly excited to announce we will be spreading our wings and working at the prestigious ExCel Wedding Show in London on 3 - 4 October. This is one of the industry's most innovative and dazzling shows with professionals suppliers for every part of your Wedding Day gathered under one roof.  

 

In addition to meeting us and getting advice, ideas for an incredible Spanish Wedding you can also enjoy all the freebies and fun of the fair including wedding dress catwalk shows, the wedding entertainment stage for bands and live acts, DIY tutorials at the Creative Brides Craft Corner, incredible wedding cakes and a champagne bar!


We will be on Stand J26 and would really love to meet you, so make an appointment now by emailing us at: 

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I do, I do, I do! Reading ideas for a blessing ceremony

Friday, 18 September 2015 00:00

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Making your wedding day super special is vital, especially if you have friends and family coming from afar to join you. If, like many couples, you can’t have or don’t want a traditional Catholic ceremony then a brilliant and very popular option is a symbolic blessing ceremony. While Catholic ceremonies are very strict about readings, poems and songs - and only Biblical or approved ones are usually permitted - a blessing ceremony means you can pull all the stops out and make the ceremony truly personal, and incredibly meaningful for the two of you. The difficulty for many people however is knowing where to start looking for the “right” readings, poems and songs to try and express their feelings for their partner and their hopes and dreams for their life together. Today’s blog is a handy go-to guide therefore to give you inspiration and ideas for web and other resources for these.

Anthologies of love poems - if you don’t want to trawl the internet or go digital for your wedding day ideas then ask friends and family or try your local book or charity shop for poetry anthologies. Collections of poems are often a fantastic place to start for readings and you will also get a chance to kick back with a book into the bargin - bonus!

Popular readings: Wedding ideas mag has an article with seven of the most popular readings for weddings including the beautiful words from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which retain their beauty even when read for the 100th time.

Going deeper: The Wedding readings library; This is a great resource for you and your partner to browse if you want ideas as it has categories for Classical and Traditional readings and for more unusual readings from novels and Literature. A great example is the following from George Elliot’s Adam Bede:


It was Dinah who spoke first.
'Adam,' she said, 'it is the Divine Will., My soul is so knit with yours that it is but a divided life I live without you. And this moment, now you are with me, and I feel that our hearts are filled with the same love, I have a fulness of strength to bear and do our heavenly Father's will, that I had lost before.'
Adam paused and looked into her sincere loving eyes.
'Then we'll never part any more, Dinah, till death parts us.'
And they kissed each other with a deep joy.
What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life - to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?

Sing it out!: Songs can also be part of your story and you can use them during your ceremony to express your joy of the day or just evoke a special memory for the two of you. For great wedding love songs and more ideas click here. 

Fun stuff: If you want to eject a little light hearted fun into the ceremony too then it is also acceptable to use humourous readings. For ideas see the following on offbeatbride.com

Your ceremony is special - have fun exploring all the readings and ways you can make it mean more to the two of you!

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In Praise of a September Wedding!

Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00

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Every month has its own advantages for a wedding but here in southern Spain there's no doubt September is an extra special month for your Big Day. The intense heat of the summer has gone, along with much of the crowd and bustle. As the season of "mists and mellow fruitfulness" begins we look at the five best things about a September wedding!


Lower temperatures: with over 300 days of sunshine a year Andalusia is a great choice for an outdoor wedding in the sun. The high temperatures of July and August can be a bit much for older relatives though so the slight drop in the heat in September make it brilliant for those who want sunshine but not Mediterranean heat!


Cheaper flights: as term starts and people go back to work the price of flights drops. If you have a September wedding you, and your guests can benefit. Some airlines may also do special deals or offer perks for big groups so if you are travelling together it's worth contacting your flight provider to see what they can do.


Easier for adults only: if, by accident or design, your wedding is all adult then there is no doubt this is easier when school is on. Those with children are often busy with the back to school rush and can even face fines for taking children out of school. There are far fewer children on holiday in Spain so less children around this end too if you want a more grown up affair.


Less tourists: the end of the traditional summer holiday period also means a fall in numbers so although there's still lots to do and plenty if places open there are not the crowds which you can get in high season. If you want your wedding and time in Spain to be a quieter affair therefore September is blissful!


Fresh produce in season: pumpkins, onions, auberines, garlic, mangoes, leeks and grapes are all available in September so you can have fun incorporating seasonal ideas and dishes into your wedding day menu to get a flavour of Spain and go with the season!


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Location, Location, Location - for your wedding day!

Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

Numerous property programmes on television show people searching for the perfect house. Different family set ups and desires result in those on the shows choosing very different houses and there are often difficult choices to be made. When you start trying to find the perfect wedding location it can be just as hard. You need to combine your dreams with your budget and the type of wedding you are planning. Southern Spain has an incredible climate and some incredible venues - but which is right for you? In this week's blog we look at the pros and cons of different types of venues:

Private Villa/Spanish Hacienda - If you want a larger degree of autonomy and freedom with the decoration and timing of your wedding day then a private villa can be an ideal choice. This type of property can be rented out for one or several days and you can use the house and grounds (owner regulations permitting) to create the wedding day of your dreams. Catering is more likely to be done by a private catering team, so while this can be more expensive than a hotel or restaurant, you have a great deal of flexibility with your menu and presentation.

 

Hotel/Boutique hotel - if you want to keep things simple then a hotel wedding can be perfect. On-site accommodation, set wedding menus, an area or areas dedicated to weddings and experienced staff make hotels one of the most popular choices for Spanish weddings. Special deals are often offered on accommodation for you and your guests if you book your wedding at the hotel along with items such as centres, menus and seating plans.

 

Restaurant - if the wedding day food is super important to you, you want a central location and are not too worried about the decor then a restaurant can be ideal. Restaurants have the advantage of great, accessible locations ie: next to a beach, or in the centre of town and menus are usually varied and fairly inexpensive as food is of course what they specialise in. If you are looking for a venue which you can decorate on a grand scale for your wedding day however then do check carefully what is and is not permitted. Also important to note is that due to their central locations most restaurants will have specific times when outdoor music must finish and after that you will need to move to an indoor nightclub or function room.

Do note however that these are just guidelines. Each venue has its own advantages and specialties so if you want to find out more about any of them just get in touch!

 

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Best First Dance EVER goes viral for Spanish Wedding Planner couple!

Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

OMG! There’s a collective scream of excitement here in the Spanish Wedding Planner office that Hollie and Dave’s first dance has gone viral! Youtube reports more than 3 million views for Hollie and Dave’s first dance at their wedding on 29th July this year. Instead of a slow dance they decided to choreograph their own dance routine to modern and classic hits AND get the bridal party involved too! We planned and worked closely with  Hollie and Dave over the last 18 months and knew in advance they would need a big dance floor at Cortijo Maria Luisa (their reception venue) but even we, (and DJ Tristan!) were surprised at how incredible their first dance turned out to be! 

 

This video of the dance has now gone viral and has been talked about not only across the internet but on tv and in newspapers across the world including an appearance by Hollie and Dave today on UK tv programme, Good Morning Britain! Hollie and Dave, you were amazing not just on the day but to work with too and we at Spanish Wedding Planner wish you all the love and happiness in the world - oh and keep dancing too!

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