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Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue

Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

“Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

So says the old rhyme about what the bride should wear or carry on her wedding day. Thought to originate from England, something old represents continuity, something new offers optimism for the future, something borrowed represents borrowed happiness, something blue for love, and fidelity and finally the sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.


Nowadays although the tradition is thought of as a bit of fun to bring luck to the bride, it can also be an amazing way to bring even more meaning to your Big Day with well-chosen items from family, friends that showcase your uniqueness and personality.
Here are 10 new takes on old traditions:

Something old – traditionally this is the easy one as many brides wear their mother or grandmother’s jewellery both to show continuity in the family and practically to save money on expensive jewellery. There’s no rule to say it has to be jewellery however so if your families don’t have a special wedding day piece or you want to do something different you can be imaginative in this area. Use an old locket or photo frame to display photos of loved ones who are no longer with you or find a pair of vintage shoes (try specialist websites or eBay) to add glamour and vintage style to your outfit.



Something new - this does not have to be an item but can also be a new look or hairstyle to wow your husband-to-be as you walk down the aisle! It can also be something from here in Spain which your wedding planner can source for you and bring to your rehearsal. A special bridal fan, a parasol, some lacy underwear - just ask us for suggestions!




Something borrowed - this is an ideal moment to ask a friend to borrow an item of clothing or accessory you’ve always admired. It can also be a way to make your friend feel especially cherished as you can explain it would mean a lot to you if you could borrow it for your wedding day. Do make sure you give it back afterwards though - you want to borrow it not steal it!



Something blue - if your colour scheme incorporates blue then you’ve already sorted this one, but if not then don’t worry as there are subtle ways to get blue into your Big Day. One clever way which is growing in popularity is to have your initials and wedding date stitched into your dress or veil.



A silver sixpence in her shoe - An old British sixpence takes a bit of planning so if you do want to follow the rhyme to the letter make sure you ask friends and relatives if they have a sixpence in advance or source one via an internet site or coin dealer to have it at the ready.



Whatever you do use make sure you have fun and make the ideas your own to really let your own personality and excitement about your Big Day in Spain shine through!

 

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Save money with a Wedding Planner!

Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

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If your wedding budget is one of your biggest concerns you are not alone. While dresses, decorations and guests lists take time and effort, keeping the costs of your Big Day from cleaning you out is one of the first priorities for most couples. Having a Wedding Planner can seem illogical when you are budgeting therefore because of the cost of hiring a planner the first place. If you are planning to marry here in Spain however a planner can really come into their own, not only with locations, local knowledge, contacts and bargains, but in knowledge of the language.

Bringing an entire wedding together - the guests, the travel, the decorations, the catering, the music, the beauty and the ceremony - is no mean feat and if you and your partner are working you need to think long and hard before taking on the planning alone for a foreign wedding. Because it is what we do on a daily basis we can devote time, effort and love to your Big Day and help you stick to your budget along the way.

It is not always easy to convince confident brides starting out along the self planning path however so we were delighted to see an article in the Daily Mail newspaper this week that mentions having a planner was actually a way of SAVING money. Do check this out along with other money-saving tips which can help you spend your hard earned cash on the parts of your wedding which mean the most to you instead of the ones you feel your “ought” to have!

See what the Daily Mail say below:

"5. DO HIRE A PLANNER: Most people steer clear of wedding planners to save on extra costs but, whilst it may seem counter-intuitive to pay for help, wedding planners have a good network of suppliers, know how much they should be paying for something and aren't afraid of bargaining."

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Love Gifts for your Wedding Day

Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

Your wedding day started out as YOUR wedding day but somewhere along the line you got caught up with the guest list, the meal choices, the decorations and the logistics of getting your friends and family to Spain. The excitement builds and then you fly out and spend a few days getting the last bits and pieces in place. On the Big Day itself it is easy to feel nervous and a bit overwhelmed. One thing that can really put everything back into perspective is a secret gift for 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.

This does not have to be an expensive or traditional gift but something personal with meaning for the two of you that gives you something private to smile about throughout the day. Check out the ideas below for inspiration:

  • A song that has meaning for you both. OK most of us listen to music on ipods or phones these days but if there’s an old song you both love then find it on vinyl. In particular a 7” can easily be secreted into your suitcase and sent to your fiance with a note on the wedding morning! 

 

  • Jewellery - there is plenty to choose from but some elegant cufflinks for your man or a pretty bracelet for your wife to be will remind them of the place they hold in your heart. 

  • A Poem or letter - get creative and tell the one you are marrying how they make you feel.

 

  • Personalised mugs - a fun memento of your day and a sweet way to enjoy your morning coffee together when you get back home!

  • A handmade canvas memory of your day - wow your wife or husband to be with a beautiful token of your Big Day.

Check with your wedding planner for more gifts which work well in Spain to remind your future husband or wife of your love for them on the Big Day!

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Wedding Favours - Spanish Style!

Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

As the temperature warms up and the 2015 wedding season begins in earnest take a look at some of the fun Spanish favours and items that can add a touch of Spanish culture to your wedding day!

 

- Spanish fans - personalised or plain these are high quality traditional fans made in Spain by a family run company. Ideal as take home favours and to keep guests cool throughout the day.

 

- Mini Sangria jugs - Original, cute and o so Spanish. Get personalised jugs for guests to remember your Spanish wedding!

 

- Cigars -  still great value for money here in Spain and the traditional favour for the men in your party.

 

- Parasols - a pretty and clever way to keep guests from getting too hot and make sure they have something to pop in their suitcase and take home after your Big day!

 

- Candy Bar - Sweets are a firm favourite with the Spanish and kiosks selling sweets and ice cream are popular throughout Spain. At a Spanish wedding then what better way to add a bit of sugar to your Wedding in the sun than with a Candy Bar! 

Contact us at Spanish Wedding Planner to find out more about any of the favours featured here. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Spanish Wedding Cakes - a handy guide!

Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

If someone asks you to picture a wedding cake what do you think of? If you are from Ireland, the UK or the United States the chances are you picture a fruit cake of several tiers decorated with royal icing. Different countries and cultures have very different ideas of a wedding cake however.

In China couples do not have one single cake but lots of small ones known as “Bridal Cakes”. Although the actual number of these differs according to how large the wedding is they are always served in pairs to emphasize the fact that two people are becoming one. Caterers there use many different kinds of pastry including egg pastry, lotus seed pastry and even mung bean pastry!

 

 

In the Scandinavian countries of northern Europe wedding cakes are not made of fruit or sponge but a large number of almond flavoured pastries, a bit like macaroons, which form a circular tower. Known as Kransakaka the centre is sometimes filled with chocolate, biscuits or even a bottle of wine or aquavit – the popular Scandinavian spirit!

Here in Spain while the traditional is still for one single wedding cake there are some important differences. Spanish Wedding Cakes are not fruit cakes but more like English/Irish birthday cakes with sponge and a cream filling. The traditional flavour is Nougat and custard cream with almond nougat, custard cream, cream, toasted egg yolk (like Tiramisu). In recent years however chocolate Wedding cakes or fruit flavours have also become very popular and most venues offer a range of flavours.

Typical choices include:
Nougat and custard cream - almond nougat, custard cream, cream, toasted egg yolk (like Tiramisu)
Montblanc - Truffle, cream, custard cream and white chocolate icing
Double Chocolate Truffle - chocolate and whipped truffle
Chocolate with Cream
Sponge with cream and Fruits of the forest filling

While Spanish Wedding cakes do not always have the iconic power of a traditional wedding cake they are extremely tasty and almost always extremely popular with guests! They also serve to bring a little Spanish flavour to your wedding which after all is here in Spain!

See some great examples below from weddings and venues we use and feel free to check with us re: flavours too!

 

 

 

 

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