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How to get married in Spain. Legal and symbolic ceremonies

Many foreign couples choose Spain as destination for their wedding.

The beauty of the historical cities, the sun and good weather, gorgeous beaches and landscapes, invite many couples to plan one of the most important days of their lives,  in this dreamed land.

But can non-national couples get legally married in Spain?

Yes, they can! But it is important to clear up different questions.

There are two ways you can get legally married:

  • CATHOLIC CHURCH CEREMONY. In this case one partner has to be Catholic and neither can be divorced.
  • CIVIL CEREMONY. In this case it is very important to have in mind that the civil registries (Registro Civil) of each region requires different documents and according to which the couple has to meet some requirements (for example one partner in the couple must have the residence in Spain for at least 2 years). It’s advisable to always consult the consulate and the civil registry of the city where you want to get married.

You need several months to prepare and deliver the requested documents for a legal ceremony. So it’s better to start the process as soon as possible.

how to get married in Spain. Legal ceremony and symbolic ceremony

Symbolic Ceremony as the best solution to get married in Spain

There is a third way to get married in Spain, and even if it is not a legally recognized marriage, I think this is the best solution that allows you to avoid any stress that means the process of paperwork: the symbolic ceremony.

What exactly is a symbolic ceremony?

This kind of ceremony has no legal value. It can be officiate by a professional specialised or also by relatives or friends of the couple.

There is a guide note that can be personalized according to the needs of the couple, including the moment of vows, the exchange of wedding rings and some ritual as the sand ceremony,  rose ceremony or candles ceremony.

Cómo casarse en España. Ceremonias legales y simbólicas

Each moment is accompanied by music previously chosen by the couple, including readings from a friend or family member.

Cómo casarse en España. Ceremonia legal y ceremonia simbólica

You can make this ceremony a very emotional, romantic or funny moment. It also depend on the personality of the officiant.

Choosing a symbolic/blessing ceremony, you have the chance to choose the best venues to say “Yes I do”, as a garden full of flowers, a beach, a wood, a castle, etc.

And what kind of ceremony have you chosen?

 

Photos by: Juanan Barros  /  Anna+Mateo  /  Roxanne Turpen

10 Wedding trends for 2018

All you need to know to get a perfect big day following some of the wedding trends for 2018.

 

Wedding season is fast approaching so we discover the trends for 2018.

More and more couples choose to have INTIMATE WEDDINGS, with a limited number of guests. With this kind of weddings, couples can choose different venues, out of their country, so they can spend this important moment with closest people. In this way the couple can give more importance to details and also they can reduce the costs of reception and others vendors.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

In these last years we have seen that OUTDOOR WEDDINGS were at its peak and this year we will also see ceremonies in amazing gardens, forests and beach. But we will also see INDOOR WEDDINGS in industrial venues, museums and libraries.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

As we know STATIONERY is very important in a wedding, and invitations are their letter of introduction. The last trends that we will see this year are: watercolor and calligraphy.

In these last years we have seen that the use of calligraphy in wedding stationery were increasing and it will be also in 2018. Calligraphy is a style that give an elegant and sophisticated touch to the wedding.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

If your wedding is romantic, the best choice is watercolor so you can have a delicate invitation.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

Also this year we will see the use of MACRAMÉ in decoration that will give a boho-chic touch to the outdoor weddings.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

Last year we saw that in fall and winter weddings VELVET were used in bows for the bridal bouquets or in some accessory as shoes. This element will also be a trend this year giving a sophisticated touch to the weddings.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

Other elements will be widely used in 2018 are GEODES that will create a magic atmosphere. Seating plan, cakes, wedding favors, will make your wedding in a mystic and charming place.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

The MARBLE will be also another texture that we will see this year and that will give life to modern weddings.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

BRIDAL BOUQUETS will be the focus of brides look: extra-large, unstructured and foliage bouquets. Anyway, they will stand out of all guests.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

The PAINTED CAKES will be the protagonist of the sweet moment. Real works of art in which to paint flowers and other decorative elements.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

The typical Candy bar will be replaced by CAKES TABLES, in which there will be different kinds of cakes.

10 Tendencias de boda 2018

These are only some of the trends that we will see this year. And, did you choose some of these for your big day?

 

Photos by: Roxanne Turpen Photography / Anna+Mateo / Eloy Muñoz Photography / Pinterest

Magical kids corners at your wedding

When you start planning your wedding, you cannot forget the children, to which you have to attend and pay special attention.

If there is a great number of children, it’s always recommendable to hire an entertainer service so they can help children to eat, and then entertain them with games and activities. So children can have a good time and their parents will also enjoy the party.

First of all you have to create a cheerful, colourful and magic atmosphere. How to do it? Through table decoration, corners, etc. Here you can find some ideas.

You can decorate the kids tables so that they are attractive for chidren, but they have to always fit with the rest of decoration.

If chidren are younger, a good idea is to put a special kit with coloured pencils and books.

magical kids corners at your wedding

Another idea is to put on the table some little gifts as disposable cameras, bubble blowers, cards games or a flower crown for the little princesses and a feather crown for the boys.

rincones mágicos para los niños en vuestra boda

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

You can replace flower centerpieces with balloon or simply to give a touch of color with a tablecloth in the same colors of the rest of decoration, colored bows for chairs, etc.

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

If your wedding is outdoor and with a rustic style, you can replace the typical table with a pallet table decorated with cushions. Children will love to eat as if it were a picnic!

rincones para niños en vuestra boda

If your wedding has a tropical theme, the best way to decorate the kids table is with greenery, flowers, pineapples and flamingos!

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

rincones para niños en vuestra boda

You can also prepare a special space for them and where they can do activities with their entertainers.

You can do corners with an indian tepee with blankets, cushions, and some toy. It is always advisable that everything has the same palette color and same theme of the rest of decoration. There is a useful tool that helps you to obtain the perfect decoration in your big day and I talk about that in this post.

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

There are many ideas so you can create a magical atmosphere for children in your wedding.

 

*Photos by Pinterest.

How to manage your wedding budget

You have decided to get married, you have a date, and now…You have to crunch the numbers!

How much will your wedding cost?

Firstly, it is very important to be clear about budget of your wedding will not be the same as your friends or neighbors. Each wedding is unique and its costs change due to different factors.

The first thing you have to decide is if you want to hire a wedding planner service.

It’s common to think that is a cost that only few people can pay. It’s not true! You have to keep in mind that your wedding planner will get better prices from vendors, and she will always recommend the best professionals based on your tastes and budget. A wedding planner also frees you from the stress to plan a wedding. You can enjoy every moment of planning, and you will always have someone that will be your eyes and your ears, that will solve any unexpected event, and that will always be in contact with all vendors.

There is much more to tell about the advantages of hiring a wedding planner, but we will talk more in another post.

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After deciding whether to hire or not a wedding planner service, it’s important to estimate  the number of guests that will go to your wedding. I suggest to carefully think what kind of wedding you want and if you can pay a wedding with more than 150 guests.

If you cannot assume such a high cost, it’s always better to reduce the number of guests and make an intimate wedding taking care of every detail.

Trust me that you can have your dream wedding and enjoy, also with 30 or 40 guests.

After making a provisional guests list, you can make another list where you put what will be essential in your wedding, the important things, and the unnecessary things. In this way you will be  clear about what you want to spend more and what you can avoid.

Something very important to keep in mind are the unexpected event that can appear in the previous months the wedding. So I recommend you to have a small amount saved for these “surprises”.

To have a control of all expenses, you can prepare an excel table where you write down the costs of your wedding. I usually send an updated table to my customers, with all pending payments and payments made to each vendor.

Are you ready to calculate the budget of your big day?

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Photos by: Anna + Mateo

 

The bridal shower as an alternative to the hen party

If you don’t like the typical hen party, there is a new trend from USA, the bridal shower, an intimate party between friends, relaxed and full of details.

Despedida de soltera

You can organize a week-end in some country house, where you can enjoy unforgettable moments with your friends. Laughters, picnics, dinners on the terrace, a mojito, gifts, surprises, a beauty session and a massage…

There are many ideas to spend a wonderful day or week-end. You can tell moments lived together and roar with laughter remembering funny stories.

Despedida de soltera

You can decorate the space with a style or thematic that reminds you something special, as a trip, a common hobby, or that reflects simply the personality of the bride, using her favorite color in paper garlands, flowers, tablecloths, cushions, etc.

You can create really nice corners with a Candy bar, or an elegant tea table in true english style.

Despedida de soltera

Despedida de soltera

The bridal shower is a very original idea so that the bride can spend a relaxed and different day with her friends before the big day arrives.

Despedida de soltera

 

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The Wedding Day Coordination to get the perfect big day

There are couples that plan their wedding without the help of a professional of the wedding industry, but when the date of the wedding is close, they need to hire a wedding planner for the wedding day coordination, so they can enjoy their day with the calm that everything will turn out right.

But, what is exactly this service? The work of coordination of the wedding planner starts around  3  weeks before the wedding, when she makes contact with all vendors and check all their works, time of arrival, and any other detail that she has to keep in mind so that the day of the wedding all will go well.

Then she prepares a timing of the day in which there are the times of vendors, reminders, times of ceremony and banquet, surprises, music, etc.

A week before she has to confirm the number of the guests and final seating plan.

Sometimes the wedding planner coordinate the ceremony (when it is a civil or symbolic ceremony), through a guide notes prepared previously with the couple and officiant, and where there are the main moments, rituals, musics, etc.

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The previous hours of the ceremony, the wedding planner supervises the ceremony and banquet places, the decoration and the works of all vendors.

During the reception, she coordinates all the planned activities, and she stays until after the first dance so that all turn out well.

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The wedding day coordination service is perfect for all that couples that want to be free of anxiety and worries of the big day, and that they only want to enjoy a unique and special moment: their wedding.

Bodas en Granada y Málaga

 

Photos: Roxanne Turpen Photography / Kokoro Fotografía

The charm of a winter wedding

I admit it! I love the Winter weddings more every day. They create an original and romantic atmosphere. The elements used for decoration of the ceremony and banquet, and the styling of the bride, make very different weddings.

Imagine a bride with a long sleeve dress, some detail of lace, a velvet ribbon, and covered with a stole or a cape…You feel like getting married right in December, isn’t it?

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novia de invierno

novia de invierno

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bodas de invierno

Ramo de novia

Ramo de novia

You can also use elegant fabrics in the decoration of ceremony and banquet, and a color palette in earth tones, green, white, wine and marsala colors, and, why not, a touch of black.

A fireplace full of candles and decorated with greenery or flowers, can be the perfect backdrop for a ceremony in a medieval castle or in an old stately mansion.

bodas de invierno

decoración boda de invierno

bodas de invierno

You can use wood tables to create rustic corner for the “sweet moment”, or a banquet decorated without tablecloth and with green garlands with eucalyptus, olive leaves and various candles.

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decoración bodas de invierno

bodas de invierno

decoración bodas de invierno

Branchs, dried leaves, pinecones, and cotton, can replace perfectly the flowers and they create a warm and original feel.

But if you love flowers, there is a new trend this year, that are hanging floral decorations.

bodas de invierno

boda de invierno

And what do you think to put hot chocolate and churros corner, instead of the typical candy bar?

bodas de invierno - rincón de churros

Another benefit to get married in Winter, is that many vendors offer to the couple discounts and sales, so they can save money.

Certainly, a day of december can give life to a unique, elegant and different wedding, that will leave your guests open-mouthed!

bodas de invierno

 

 

Photos by Pinterest

 

Andalusia, a magic place for a unique destination wedding

If your dream is to get married in Spain, Andalusia is the best place for your wedding.

Dream landscapes, colors, beautiful beaches, mountains, more than 300 days of sunshine each year, and gorgeous venues make this region the perfect place to celebrate your day.

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destination wedding planner granada

destination wedding granada

You can choose to say “Yes, I do”  in a typical villa with a garden and with view to the beautiful Alhambra, in the city of Granada, or in historic palaces, “cortijos” and “fincas” where you can breathe the magic of Andalusia. You also have the chance to get married in some of the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz, or in the singular villages of the province of Málaga, with their beauty and history that charm any visitor.

wedding in Granada

wedding planner granada

wedding planner Granada

Bodas en Granada

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destination wedding Spain

wedding in málaga

destination wedding planner malaga

In this region, that is the result of different cultures, you can taste a varied gastronomy: a fusion of Mediterranean cuisine and the tastes of the Arabian tradition.

A flamenco guitar can be the perfect background music for your ceremony, as well as a flamenco show can make the wedding reception more pleasant.

destination wedding granada - flamenco show

With our wedding planning service we can help you to make your dream come true, looking for the best places and vendors, and taking on the decoration and each detail so that your day is perfect. We can organize all you need for your day, so you can have a stress-free wedding day and you can enjoy each moment.

wedding in andalusia

For more information, contact us by email at info@meryliccardieventi.com or call us +34 675 15 03 63

Photos by: Anna+Mateo / Eloy Muñoz Photography  / Kokoro Fotografía / Roxanne Turpen Photography

Elopement, a new trend in the world of weddings

Every time we hear more the term Elopement that refers to a new trend in the world of weddings. This trend consists in a choice of the couple to celebrate their wedding alone and possibly out of their city and even outside of their country.

There are couples that want to escape from conventional and to share this intimate moment, without being under the eye of relatives and friends, without any planning and certain amount of expenses for food, wedding car, stationery, and much more.

Elopement Málaga, Andalusia

Elopement Málaga

Only them in a paradisiacal beach a summer afternoon, or in a garden full of flowers in some historical and charming mansion…Only them, their love and their words that will seal that moment forever.

Elopement Andalusia

All that daring and passionate couples that decide to choose this different way to say “Yes, I do”, should know that there are many advantages that make the elopement a simple and fascinating way to replace the traditional wedding:

  • The planning of an elopement is much more simple. It’s mainly about looking for the date that is in the couple interest, and especially, to decide where to realize it. In the elopement, there are very few suppliers involved: a location, an officiant, a photographer, flowers, make up artist, hairdresser and location for a romantic dinner.
  • Therefore the expenses are mínimum unlike the typical wedding.
  • Another advantage is to join the elopement with the honeymoon in some exotic and attractive place.

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Elopement Málaga, Andalusia

Andalusia, with its beaches and cities with history and a lot of charm, is a region which offers many options to celebrate such an important and intimate moment.

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In Granada you can choose gardens with views to the gorgeous and mysterious Alhambra. In the provinces of Almería, Málaga and Cádiz, you can say “Yes, I do” in some beach and under the watchful eye of the sea.

Elopement Málaga

Bodas en Granada, Málaga

Bodas en Granada, Alhambra

Would you like to promise eternal love without many spectators and in dream places?

Contact us for more info!

Granada, the perfect destination for your wedding

Nearest to the African continent, you can find the land of the sun and the light: Andalusia.

Different landscapes alternate: from deserts of the area of Almeria, to the Costa Tropical, and the mountains of Sierra Nevada.

In this land which is the result of the influence of different cultures, there is the old muslim capital, Granada, where you can find one of the most visited monuments in Spain: the Alhambra.

The charm and the scent you can breathe in the district of Albayzin, its history and neighborhoods, make of this city, the perfect venue for all that couples that are looking for a magic location for their wedding.

Dream landscapes, scents and colors, make of Granada the perfect choice for your wedding. “Cármenes”, farms, palaces and outdoor locations, offer different options for exclusive, unique and luxury weddings.