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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 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? 


Wedding Day Details - the value of a planner part 2!

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

It was not our intention to start a series of articles on the subject but sometimes life is just too incredible to avoid it! Last week we shared the story of a wedding which could have ended in disaster had the couple not had a planner and again this week we have another behind the scenes snippet for you! 

As the bride and groom you want to enjoy your wedding day to the full, but you also want to ensure that all your family and friends, who have travelled to be with you, have a fantastic time too. But what happens if they need help on the wedding day? You don ́t want to ignore them but equally you can ́t always stop everything and rush to their aid... This is where, as wedding planners we step in again. At a wedding this week the sun shone, the cava was sparkling and the couple were on cloud nine. But that was not the case for one poor guest who starting feeling very ill indeed. She (the guest) did not want to bother the bride on her Big Day but equally needed to get back to the hotel and fast.
Our wedding planner discreetly informed the venue staff and the best man, drove the guest back to her hotel and gave her a contact number for an English speaking doctor. When told of the incident later that night the bride admitted that, caught up in the whirl of events, she had not even noticed her guest was off colour and would not have known what to do if told earlier in the day.

Obviously we are biased but the anecdote does illustrate that wedding planners are not only there to organise the big things for your wedding day but also to take care of the small details which turn a good wedding into a really great one where both you AND your guests have the best day possible......


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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Get more from your Wedding Planner!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:48

It looks too good to be true doesn't it? The perfect outdoor venue, the style beautifully classic and the whole framed by a deep blue sky. This dreamboat setting came true for Colette and Gary who enjoyed their wedding reception here at Cortijo Maria Luisa on 6 June 2014.

As your wedding planner you'd expect us to book the venue, organise the day and make sure everyone is where they are meant to be at the right time. But did you know there's a lot more that we do behind the scenes? Take the ever popular Chivari chairs shown below for instance. The 'must have' accessory for receptions, but not exactly readily available in this part of Spain. Our answer was to purchase enough for an average wedding reception so that we can rent you however many you need for the day, along with sashes in your choice of colour. 

While it is wonderful the sun is virtually guaranteed down here in Southern Spain, you don't want your guests wilting in the heat either. The 'sail' parasols you see in the first photo are available from us but we can also offer you a range of canopies for providing much-needed shade.

We love it when we get an 'ooh' and 'aah' from our wedding guests when they see the reception tables. A favourite are our beautiful birdcage centre pieces that lend an original touch to your wedding. We will advise you on your table design and help you to source those all important finishing touches.

Yes, we'll book the church and get you there on time. Yes, we'll sort out all your essential bookings for your big day. And yes, we can rent you a wide variety of first-class accessories to guarantee you a beautiful wedding to go with all that sunshine.

Please contact us for further details. And don't forget to check out our boards on Pinterest too!


Photo by Gary Tapp Photography.


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