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5 REASONS TO GET MARRIED IN ANDALUCÍA (SOUTHERN SPAIN)

Why should you choose Southern Spain for your big day?Why is this region so special?

With just 5 reasons, you will decide to get married in Andalucía and have the destination wedding of your dreams.

 

1. DREAMY VENUES

To marry in Spain means to marry surrounded by centuries of history, the magic and mystery of castles, the beauty of historical palaces, “cortijos” and “fincas” that reflect the essence of this land.

Andalucía offers a great variety of venues where you can say “I do” and that will be unforgettable for couples and guests.

The province of Jaén is the land of the olives! You can get married in a castle among the greenery of olive groves or in a charming and renaissance town, like Úbeda and Baeza.

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The remainder of Andalucía offers venues in purely arabic style. The Arab culture influenced for eight centuries not only in architecture, but also in the gastronomy of this region.

The typical gardens of southern Spain, with its fountains and  Arab origin, are a romantic choice for an outdoor wedding.

The farmhouses and estates allow to have an Andalusian-style wedding with their patios, gardens and surrounded by nature.

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In Granada places with views to the Alhambra create an unforgettable and unique backdrop.

And if you are looking for venues near the beach, then the provinces of Almería and Málaga will be the perfect location for your big day.

 

2. GASTRONOMY

The Spanish cuisine is, without doubt, a very varied cuisine, thanks to the influence of the conquering peoples and of which later conquers and colonizes.

In particular, the Andalusian gastronomy is very rich and with a lot of tradition. Its dishes preserve the Arab influence and products like olive oil, make the gastronomy of this region one of the most representative in Spain and abroad.

Can you imagine a wedding with Iberian ham, salmorejo, and a big paella?

 

3. THE CLIMATE

Spain enjoys very balanced temperatures typical of the Mediterranean climate.  This makes it one of the warmest areas in Europe.

 

4. WEDDING + HONEYMOON

If you choose to get married in Andalucía, you can enjoy your honeymoon in this beautiful country! Spain offers a variety of landscapes, regions surrounded by nature like Galicia, cosmopolitan cities like Madrid and Barcelona, and charming places like the Alhambra in Granada or the grand Mosque of Cordoba.

You can take advantage of your destination wedding to spend a few days between traditions and history.

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5. COST

Without doubt, getting married in Spain is much more economical than in other European countries.

Especially in Andalucía you can organize a dream wedding without having an excessively high budget.

Only 5 reasons to decide to get married in Andalucía, but they are so important that they will not make you hesitate to choose the land of flamenco and tapas for your big day!

 

Photos by: Doncel y Alcoba / Roxanne Turpen / Anna+Mateo

 

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How to choose wedding favours for your guests

Do you want to give your guests some original and different wedding favours?

In this post I give you some ideas to surprise them on your big day.

FAVOURS RELATED TO YOUR WEDDING THEME

Favours could also follow the same theme that you have chosen for your wedding. For example, if you love decoration with olive and you will use this element in centerpieces, bridal bouquet, etc. you could give your guests small oil bottles personalized with your names and the wedding date.

 

FAVOURS RELATED TO YOUR HOBBIES

Another option would be to choose some favours that represent some of your hobbies or that are related to your work. Think of what you’re most passionate about and leave a favour of you and your partner to your guests.

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A WEDDING FAVOUR AS A SOUVENIR FOR YOUR GUESTS

When the couple decides to get married abroad, I love to propose them some typical favours of the place where they have chosen to marry. It’s original, different and something your guests don’t expect.

For example, this summer I planned a wedding for a lovely Italian couple and we prepared some original ceramic coasters, a typical element in Andalucia.

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If you get married in Spain, other good idea is to give your guests a few fans, typical object of this precious land.

There are many ideas to choose unique favours for your guests. You should only think of something that is beautiful or useful, and that leaves a lovely memory of your big day.

 

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How to plan a wedding welcome party

If you have decided to get married away from your country surrounded by friends and family, you should think about planning a wedding welcome party for your guests.

 

  WHAT IS EXACTLY A WEDDING WELCOME PARTY?

It is usually an informal party one or two days before the wedding. It is a way to gather all your guests in a relaxed atmosphere and, sometimes, when the families or friends of the couple don’t know each other, it is the best way to break the ice and get to know each other.

You can plan a welcome party also when, even if your wedding is in your same city, you have many guests from outside so it is a way to see them before your big day.

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU THROW A WEDDING WELCOME PARTY?

The best thing would be one or two days before the wedding so you can be sure that all or almost all of your guests have arrived and can go to your party.

 

HOW TO PLAN IT?

I advise you to have a simple and informal party in a relaxed atmosphere where your guests can enjoy laughing, dancing, eating and talking.

Also for decoration, I would choose something very simple. Candles and garlands of lights are the perfect allies to create a magical and at the same time relaxed atmosphere.

Regarding the food, I recommend for example a barbecue. Or a big paella with sangría if your wedding will be in this beautiful country, Spain.

 

WHERE TO THROW YOUR WELCOME PARTY?

The easiest solution would be in the same place where your wedding will be. But if you want to leave the surprise effect for the big day, you can find many restaurants or hotels that can rent an hall for your party.

 

IS BETTER A WELCOME PARTY OR A BRUNCH THE DAY AFTER THE WEDDING?

There are couples that prefer to meet their guests the day after the wedding, for a brunch all together, closing with a final flourish those exciting days.

But I think a party is much better before your wedding for two reasons: it brings together all those who already know each other and those who do not, creating an even more familiar atmosphere. And also because it’s very probable that the day after your wedding all are too tired to attend your brunch.

Are you going to plan your welcome party or will you see your guests directly on the day of the wedding?

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Photo by: Roxanne Turpen

 

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Unique wedding venues in Andalucia

Andalucia, a land where get lost in the National parks full of leafy woods, sublime beaches, cities that tell stories and legends, charming white villages…

 

Its colours, its light, the water that is present at each corner, transport the visitor to other times. The magic and the history mix, charming all those who go into the old streets, the gastronomy and the architecture of this magical and seductive region.

Can you imagine getting married in one of these amazing locations?

There is a great variety of unique wedding venues in Andalucia, and that emanate the essence of this beautiful land. And here we tell you what they are.

 

“CORTIJOS” AND “FINCAS”

The traditional Andalusian rural houses can be the perfect choice where you can say “Yes, I do”. These venues usually offer accoomodation for bride and groom and their guests. You can spend a weekend together surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, away from the noise of the city. Have breakfast on a typical patio in the first light and with views of the mountains, or have dinner under a starry sky, are just some of the experiences that allow you to enjoy and live your Andalusian dream.

You can organise a welcome party with a barbecue or a paella in the gardens or in the patios of the house.

In these “cortijos” you can live the real essence of Andalucia.

andalusia wedding venue

andalusia wedding venue

 

BEACH WEDDING VENUES

There are also cortijos and private villas with amazing views of the sea.

Places for casual and relaxed weddings where you can get married and have as a backdrop the gorgeous beaches of Cabo de Gata.

The Costa del Sol offers venues with direct access to the beach and where you can say “Yes I do” surrounded by your family and friends. The beaches and the tropical vegetation of this area, offer the perfect solution for your dream wedding.

 

PALACES WITH VIEWS OF THE ALHAMBRA

The mysterious Alhambra could be a witness to your big day, choosing one of the palaces with amazing views of this majestic fortress complex.

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HISTORIC MANSIONS

On the outskirts of the cities as Granada and Malaga, there are the old mansions of marquises and nobles that lived in these exclusive places. Arabic gardens, beautiful views, private chapels and amazing rooms, make these venues the perfect place for an unforgettable wedding.

granada wedding venue

granada wedding venue

 

CASTLES

If you dream of a place that will transport you in another period and where you can have a fairytale wedding, the castles are your solution.

There are some castles in arabic style and with beautiful views of the sea, and other castles in Renaissance style and surrounded by olive trees. All these venues can be the best choice for all that romantic and dreamer couples.

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These are just some examples of the venues that Andalucia offers to all those couples in love with this land.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@meryliccardieventi.com

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  1. Get married in Spain. All you need to know for a dream wedding in Andalucia.
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  3. Granada, the perfect destination wedding location.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 the wedding day coordination 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.

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Photos: Roxanne Turpen Photography / Kokoro Fotografía

The charm of a winter wedding

I admit it! I love a Winter wedding more every day.

It 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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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.

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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.

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boda de invierno

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

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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!

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