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Micro weddings or intimate weddings: all the advantages of this new trend

For some years at Mery Liccardi eventi we are used to organizing micro weddings or intimate weddings, but the situation that we are living this year, makes them the new trend that many couples are up for it.

WHAT ARE MICRO WEDDINGS OR INTIMATE WEDDINGS?

These are weddings with no more than 40/50 guests, in which couples choose to invite the closest family and friends.

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They still maintain the same structure of a traditional wedding, but with some advantages I mention below.

ADVANTAGES OF SMALL WEDDINGS

I must admit, I LOVE intimate weddings!They seem to me a special way to celebrate love.

And to be honest there are many advantages to choosing a “small-format” wedding:

  • BUDGET: You have more freedom to decide how to invest your money. First of all, the total budget is lower relative to a wedding with more than 100 guests. And in addition, you can spend more on the details. For example, if you have always dreamed of a more striking floral decoration, being smaller spaces and by investing less in other expenses, you can afford to pay more in the decoration. Live music, a dream setting, more personalized details for each guest, etc., will make your intimate wedding a special and unique experience for you and those who will stay with you on such an important day.                                                                                        micro weddings or intimate weddings    micro weddings or intimate weddings
  • ENJOY MORE OF YOUR GUESTS: This is another advantage of having a small number of guests. Enjoy every one of them, since at a bigger wedding this would be impossible. Times would stretch on a lot and it would be practically difficult to spend more moments with each one of them.                                                                                  micro weddings or intimate weddings
  • OUT OF COMMITMENTS! How many times I have heard couples who have invited people they barely knew! Well, in an intimate wedding you can forget about the commitments and invite whoever you really want.
  • WELCOME PARTY: With few guests, you can take the time to organize a welcome party the day before the wedding, to gather everyone, especially when they are “destination weddings” and your guests travel from other countries.

There are many advantages of marrying with a small list of guests. And I’d add something else… In all the intimate weddings I’ve organized so far, there’s such a special atmosphere that it’s hard to describe. They are authentic, emotional and love can be breathed in the air.

What better choice in difficult times like these  – and not only- than to look for the location of your dreams, make a small list of guests and organize the most special day of your lives!

If you want to see some of our micro weddings, I leave you some examples so that you can start dreaming…

And if you need our help to organize your special day, you can write to us and we will be happy to make your dreams come true.

 

Destination wedding in southern Italy: Salento, a jewel between two seas

If you are thinking of organizing your destination wedding in southern Italy, today we tell you what you can do during your stay in Puglia, and especially in the area of Salento.

When you decide to get married in another country it’s very important to see what that place can offer to all the guests on your big day.

Visiting cities and monuments and enjoying their traditions and culture, will make their stay unforgettable and unique.

So after some posts about the region of Puglia, today we will walk along the Salento, the “land of the sea, the sun and the wind”.

The Salento is an area of the Puglia region, that extends in the southern part between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy, where colors, flavors and millenary cultures, merge creating a beautiful land full of history.

Its architectural landscape is characterized by white houses typical of the Mediterranean, and by the “masseria”, rural buildings built in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

 

LECCE, THE “FLORENCE OF SOUTHERN ITALY”

In this land, called in antiquity “Messapia”- meaning “land between two seas” – is the city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of Southern Italy”.

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Its ancient Messapians origins and the archaeological remains of Roman domination, are mixed with the richness and exuberance of the Baroque churches and palaces of the center. Its style and the use of the local stone,  a type of limestone of a wam color, characeterized this city in such an original way that it was called Baroque “leccese”.

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The entire historic center of the city is a gem that you can discover by walking through its streets and squares. Churches such as “Santa Croce” or the “Duomo”with its bell tower, squares and stately palaces, are of extraordinary beauty, the result of centuries of history and domination.

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OTRANTO AND GALLIPOLI, THE BEAUTIES OF THE ADRIATIC AND THE IONIAN SEAS

Further south of the Salento, we find the easternmost city of Italy, Otranto. A magical land that tells history and legends through its monuments and its old town.

The cathedral has an amazing mosaic of the Tree of Life made between 1163 and 1165, in addition to the remains of the 800 martyrs who were massacred during the Turkish siege in 1480.

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You cannot miss a visit to the castle and a walk through the alleys of the old town, savoring the essence of this city, bridge between the Mediterranean and the East.

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On the other side of the Salento, on the coast of the Ionian Sea, is Gallipoli, another of the most important tourist towns in the area, thanks to its coast and the historic center, full of numerous Baroque style monuments.

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Undoubtedly, the Salento with its beauty, its history and its traditions, makes fall in love with its authenticity, the quality of life and the climate.

A stay in Salento means long days of beach, dinners with fish on the terraces full of flowers, walks through the narrow streets of the old towns, and popular festivals where you can enjoy the gastronomy and traditional music of the area.

Choosing the Salento for your destination wedding is to live the true essence of southern Italy.

 

 

 

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A tour of the provinces of Andalusia: destination wedding in Malaga

Today we finish our tour of the provinces of Andalusia, providing some ideas for your destination wedding in Malaga and its surroundings.

SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS IN MÁLAGA

The history of the city of Málaga has left numerous sites of archaeological remains that you can visit in many museums.

Strolling through its historic center, you can visit places such as the Roman Theater of the 1st century A.D. and whose remains were discovered in 1951. And also the Alcazaba, an Arab-era fortress built in the 11th century.

Málaga Cathedral is a majestic building whose aesthetic represents the time when it was built, the 15th century. It’s one of the Renaissance jewels of Andalusia.

Another must-see visit is the Picasso Museum where you can see a very interesting selection of the work of this artist.

And don’t forget to take a walk along the most commercial Street of the city, Larios Street, the main Street of the city center and one of the most beautiful streets in Spain.

In addition to visiting the city of Málaga, you can organize visits to charming villages in the province.

Frigiliana for example, is one of the most beautiful white villages with its narrow streets and whitewashed walls. Strolling through this village, you will find hidden corners, houses decorated with pots of various colors and craft shops.

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Visiting Ronda means making a journey back in time, through its Palaces, Roman Theatres, its Arab baths and its caves. This city divided by a natural canyon, the Tajo, and connected by a bridge built in the 18th century, is one of the most picturesque places in Andalusia.

Another essential activity is undoubtedly to walk the Caminito del Rey. A walk of more than 7 kilometers through which you can walk the natural place Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, a canyon with stunning landscapes that will leave you open-mouthed.

Marbella, the jewel of the Costa del Sol, offers many activities of leisure, beach and sun. But also a walk through its historic center reveals the charm of a small typical Andalusian village.

Málaga and the Costa del Sol offer innumerable activities for your guests during their stay for your destination wedding in Andalusia, enjoying in addition to a Mediterranean climate with more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy of the province of Málaga, is very varied, as it offers products from both the sea and the land. You can try fish dishes, especially grilled, and tasty meats and fresh vegetables.

Among the typical dishes we find the cold soups, the ajoblanco, espeto, rabo de Toro a la rondeña, and among the desserts, the torta malagueña.

VENUES FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING IN MÁLAGA

If you would like to get married in the province of Málaga, this area offers different venues for a unique destination wedding.

You can choose castles with sea views or fincas surrounded by beautiful gardens, and with a typical Andalusian air.

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But if you want a more elegant wedding in an extraordinary setting, you can choose venues in Marbella, such as mansions, estates and luxury hotels, or also private clubs for a beach wedding.

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If you choose an amazing villa, you can have accomodation for yourself and your closest relatives.

In these villas you can have a very special and elegant wedding. A fairytale wedding for romantic couples…

As you can see, Andalusia offers a wide variety of venues for weddings of different styles. But always with that special touch that characterizes this land full of history, magic and a lot of charm.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Doncel y Alcoba / Anna & Mateo

 

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A tour of the provinces of Andalusia: destination weddings in Jaén

Surrounded by olive trees that characterize it so much, the province of Jaén is much more than that. And today we tell you on our tour of the provinces of Andalusia and to give you more ideas about your destination wedding in Jaén and surroundings.

LANDMARKS IN THE PROVINCE OF JAÉN

Every time we talk about Andalusia, we think about the Arab influence that is present in its architecture and in many other aspects such as gastronomy. But when you visit the province of Jaén, you realize another facet of this region. Cities like Úbeda and Baeza, a world heritage site, are the two jewels of the Spanish Renaissance.

Strolling through its cobblestone streets, we enter the monumental richness of these cities. Its beautiful palaces and churches take us to the splendour of the Renaissance.

If to all this we add an amazing natural environment like the Natural Park of the Sierra de Cazorla, then the visit to this province is essential.

You can organize excursions to admire the beauty of its landscapes, and visit castles and ruins that you find in many villages of this province.

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GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy of Jaén and its surroundings, is very varied thanks also to the products offered by this land.

Definitely taste the olive oil of this province is the first thing you have to do. This area offers the best oil quality in all of Europe.

But you should also keep in mind that its gastronomy is influenced by the two regions that surround it: Castilla la Mancha and Andalusia, to which it belongs.

So you can try products like cured ham and other pork cold meat.

Other typical dishes are migas, pipirrana and ajoblanco.

VENUES FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING IN JAÉN

Imagine getting married in a stately palace or in a castle surrounded by olive trees that transport you to other times…

This is what happens if you choose the province of Jaén for your destination wedding in Andalusia. Between so much beauty and the story that each space tells, you can have a fairytale wedding and make it unforgettable for you and your guests.

Stunning 16th century palaces or fortresses built on a hill overlooking the city, or small castles jewel of the Spanish Renaissance, may be the perfect choice for a unique wedding.

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How about a beautiful Renaissance patio for an intimate ceremony and then a dinner on one of the terraces overlooking the green of the olive trees that so characterize this province?

destination weddings in Jaén

destination weddings in Jaén

This is just an idea, but the province of Jaén offers much more and you only have to choose it to discover all its beauty.

In the next post we will finish our tour discovering the province of Málaga and its ideal venues for your destination wedding in Andalusia.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER:  La Coleccionista / Doncel y Alcoba

 

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A tour of the provinces of Andalusia: destination weddings in Granada

Today we stroll through the streets of what was the last Nasrid kingdom, through its smell of spices, the charm of its old neighborhoods and the majesty of the Alhambra. And to discover places full of magic, perfect for your destination weddings in Granada.

SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS IN GRANADA

The neighborhoods of Albaycín, Sacromonte and Realejo, represent the essence and the enchantment of this city.

Getting lost walking through its streets, discovering beautiful corners and small squares that appear suddenly, and contemplating the Alhambra from a viewpoint, are just some of the pleasures that Granada offers its visitors.

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In the center of the city we find the symbol of the Christianity of Granada, the Cathedral, built just after the conquest of the city by the Catholic Kings.

Although the initial project was Gothic in style, the new architect Diego de Siloé resumed the construction by modifying the previous idea and creating a fully Renaissance temple.

The Royal Chapel, located right next to the Cathedral, is Gothic style and was built on what was the old main mosque in the city.

The Catholic Kings commissioned its construction as their burial place, demonstrating their special bond with this city. Inside are the remains of Ferdinand of Aragon, Isabella I of Castile, Joanna the Mad, and Philip the Handsome.

Another place to visit during your stay in Granada, is without a doubt La Cartuja, symbol of Spanish Baroque arcitecture.

The Abbey of Sacromonte is an ancient abbey built at the end of the 16th century, after the remains of some martyrs were found and among them those of St. Cecilius. This place can be visited with the holy caves, located below the church.

Visiting Granada means an essential visit to one of the most visited monuments in Spain, the Alhambra. This set of palaces and gardens was built on a hill and began to be royal residence in the mid-13th century. To this fortress, the construction of the palace of Charles V was added after the conquest of the last Nasrid kingdom by the Catholic Kings.

The reddish color of its walls, its strategic position in front of the Albaycín neighborhood, its history and its impressive architecture, make this monument a special place that falls in love with any visitor.

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GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy of Granada is a mixture of Arab and Christian influence. The use of spices combined with the typical products of this province, create a varied and very tasty cuisine.

Typical dishes include habas con jamón, tortilla del Sacromontepapas a lo pobre and olla de San Antón.

During your visit in this city you can taste the piononos, a dessert created in honor of Pope Pius IX, and famous all over the world.

 

VENUES FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN GRANADA

Venues with amazing views of the Alhambra, can be the perfect setting for your destination weddings in Granada.

The beauty of this fortress as a background and a sunset of reddish colors can witness your “I do”, creating unforgettable moments for the couple and their guests.

Some of these venues represent the essence of neighborhoods such as Sacromonte, with its characteristic caves and terraces that offer the best views of the Alhambra and the city.

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Others, with their gardens and fountains that take us to the Nasrid Granada, offer beautiful views of the Albaycín and the Alhambra, and where you can celebrate weddings in a more elegant style, but always in a typical context of this city.

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A destination wedding in Granada means creating unforgettable memories in a city with enchantment and magic.

In the next few weeks we will continue our route through other provinces of Andalusia.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Francisco Montes Jiménez / La Coleccionista / Doncel y Alcoba

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The “Masseria” and other venues for a unique destination wedding in Puglia.

Puglia is one of the southern Italian regions known as the “heel of Italy’s boot”.

A land where the crystal blue of the sea alternates with beaches of fine sand and with beautiful cliffs creating unique and idyllic settings.

But Puglia not only falls in love with its beaches and sea, but the inland villages with its ancient traditions, cities with the most beautiful churches in Italy, like those of the city of Lecce, make this hidden corner of Italy a little gem.

And if to this is added the delicious gastronomy offered by this region, we have the perfect formula to make it the place desired by many couples planning an unforgettable destination wedding.

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WHY GET MARRIED IN PUGLIA

Puglia resists mass tourism and keeps its traditions alive, thus offering the pure essence of Italy.

The colors of this land, its flavors and the history that its streets and buildings tell us, create the perfect setting for all those couples who arrive from other places in the world to celebrate their big day.

 

WHAT IS A “MASSERIA”

But what is the perfect venue for a day as important as a wedding?

If you want to live the experience in an old rural house built with the typical stone of the “salentina” region, in the south of Puglia, then the “masseria” is the perfect place for your wedding.

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These ancient rural buildings offer unique corners with courtyards, gardens where you cannot miss fruit and olive trees.

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You also have the opportunity to stay in the same venue of your wedding with your closest family and friends. Because many of these venues offer rooms for accomodation.

A unique place where you can live the essence of Italy with its aromas, colors and smells.

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OTHER EMBLEMATIC VENUES FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING IN SOUTHERN ITALY

But this region is not only “masseria”, but there are more venues you can choose for an unforgettable wedding.

Restaurants with sea views, medieveal castles or original venues such as the “trulli” of Alberobello, that transport you to other times.

Or if you prefer a venue in the city where history and elegance come to be joined in historic houses with luxurious rooms, and terraces with beautiful views, here you can also organize a unique and very special wedding.

 

Puglia is definitely a dream destination for an unforgettable Italian wedding.

Do you dare to choose this region for your big day?

Write to us and we help you make your dream come true.

 

 

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Tips for healthy hair and ready for the big day

When we set the date of the wedding, we always think of having long and healthy hair so that we can see more beautiful on our big day. This requires the help and advice of professionals who prepare the hair in the months before the wedding.

Among them today I present a great professional, friendly and always on trend with the hairstyle of brides and guests, who will leave us some tips to have healthy hair and ready for the big day.

I met Lola Cabezas at a destination wedding that I organized in a beautiful and pretty castle in a small village in the province of Jaén.

Her style is modern and at the same time elegant and always respecting the personality of her clients.

Lola tells us all the steps that need to be made so that the hair can be ready for the hairstyle of the big day.

 “To have a radiant hair with shine and a perfect color, you have to do a hydration treatment and a cutting of tips. To give more luminosity to the face, it is always advisable to put some reflections that help to soften the factions”.

“Dry and frizzy hair, need hydration treatment, and if it is dull a keratin treatment will give it life and luminosity again”.

As for the type of hairstyle for the day of the wedding, Lola always recommends previous trials to be able to choose the most appropriate, respecting the personality of the bride and always in harmony with the dress.

You can choose a fashionable updo but it is always advisable for the bride to feel comfortable. That’s why the previous contact with the professional is very important, so that he/she can perfectly capture the needs and tastes of his/her client.

If you want to see her work you can visit her Instagram profile Lola Cabezas Hairstyle.

You can also see her collaboration in the last inspirational styled shoot made in the ruins of the church of Santo Domingo de la Iruela.

 

Photography: Doncel y Alcoba / Lidia Clemente 

 

Sweet corners for your wedding

Do you want to surprise your wedding guests with delicious home-made cakes, macaroons, or pop cakes so they can taste them during the open bar?In this post I leave some tips for sweet corners for your wedding

CANDY BAR

If you love cupcakes, macaroons, pop cakes and biscuits,then you should prepare a corner full of these delicacies so that, between one dance and another, your guests can taste different and delicious flavors.

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Another alternative is the traditional Candy bar full of sweets and treats.

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CAKES TABLE

In recent years it has become fashionable to propose tables full of different types of cakes, home-made, naked or with fondant.

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You can also decide to put a big cake accompanied by mini-cakes.

VERY SPECIAL SWEET CORNERS

And if instead of the typical sweet tables, you dare with a corner of chocolate and churros, especially if it is a Fall/Winter wedding?

For a spring or summer wedding you could propose a delicious corner of ice cream!

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HOW TO DECORATE THE SWEET CORNERS FOR YOUR WEDDING

You know that in addition to delicious, your corners must be striking. And to do this, I advise that the decoration also follow the same theme of your wedding.

Whether it’s a vintage or rustic wedding, the bare wooden tables are ideal for creating a beautiful corner with greens, baskets and wooden boxes. Naked cakes are ideal for this theme.

If it is a romantic wedding and with a palette of pastel colors, you can use natural flowers, candles and instead of the typical table, you can put an antique furniture.

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sweet corners for your wedding

As you can see there are many ideas to create a corner that can sweeten the palates of your guests on your big day.

 

Photos via Pínterest

 

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Music at weddings, an important element for your big day

Imagine arriving at the altar with your favorite song as background music, or imagine a jazz band entertaining the reception…Without a doubt, music at weddigs is very important so that your big day becomes a unique and personalized event.

                THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING MUSIC FOR EVERY MOMENT

It’s very important to choose each piece and to personalize the civil or religious ceremony. Keep in mind what can and cannot be played at religious weddings. While in civil or symbolic ceremonies you have total freedom to choose the pieces that you prefer.

You can also choose with your partner, your favorite music for the entrance to the banquet, the cutting of the cake and the first dance.

If you choose each theme according to your tastes or because that song remembers your first encounter or the first trip together, the day of your wedding will be even more special.

And if you can hire musicians who play live during the ceremony or reception, then success is guaranteed.

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A SHOW AS A FINAL TOUCH

Before starting dancing and drinking during open bar, I suggest you to surprise your guests with a flamenco show or a juggling performance. Or if you love magic show, you could hire a magician to entertain the guests with his tricks…

There are many ideas to give that original touch to your big day.

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A DJ DURING THE OPEN BAR

It’s very important to hire a dj who can take care of music during the open bar, who knows what musical genres to play and pay attention to what liven up the guests and what does not.

Sometimes couples say that with a Spotify list it’s enough for the open bar…It’s the biggest mistake they can make! Imagine that something is wrong with the speakers, or that the list ends, or that the music you chose doesn’t liven up anyone and you have to change it…Who will do all this? The couple? A friend? Do you think it is appropriate that in a moment where you have to dance, laugh and enjoy, you have to worry about music?

The best solution is that a dj pays attention in every moment so you only have to enjoy.

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Have you started to make a list of favorite songs and find the best professionals for your wedding?

Photos by: Juanan Barros Fotografía / Roxanne Turpen Photography / Kokoro Fotografía

 

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