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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.

destination wedding in Jaén

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.

destination weddings in Jaén

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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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?

fiesta de bienvenida

 

Photo by: Roxanne Turpen

 

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How to plan a wedding in Spain

 

How to plan a wedding in Spain

If you are dreaming to get married in some spanish city but you don’t know how to plan a wedding in Spain, here you can find some advices so make your dream come true.

 HOW TO CHOOSE THE CITY/REGION FOR YOUR WEDDING IN SPAIN

If you love this country but you don’t know which city to choose so you can say “I do”, firstly I advise you to define what kind of wedding you want.

Are you dreaming about a beach wedding or a wedding in a garden or in a private villa?

Do you prefer a Renaissance castle or some Arabic fortress? Depending on the place where you would like to seal your love, you can choose different areas of Spain.

Another very important element is your budget because it’s not the same to get married in some areas in Southern Spain than in the North or in big cities like Barcelona where you can find some differences in costs.

For example in Andalucia there are many options for different kinds of wedding.

For luxury weddings, in private beaches clubs or in luxury villas, the area of Marbella is undoubtedly the perfect location for an exclusive wedding.

If you are dreaming about a romantic and historic location, the options are infinite: Granada and its Alhambra, or cities as Seville or Cordoba offer the best venues for this kind of weddings.

Once you are sure about where to get married, you should solve another question… How to plan the wedding from far away?

THE WEDDING PLANNING SERVICE AS THE BEST SOLUTION TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING IN SPAIN

I know, you’re already thinking…I don’t want to spend more money hiring a Wedding Planner!

But, are you sure that it is one more expense? Because if you think about it, a Wedding Planner can give you many advantages when planning your wedding. And especially if you are out of Spain!

First of all a Wedding Planner that works in the location where you want to get married, knows perfectly the market, the vendors and the costs of each service. She can advise you to get the best prices.

Another advantage is that she will be present in each phase of the organization and she will be able to solve in situ every question or unforeseen situation that may arise.

This does not mean that the Wedding Planner excludes you from each phase of the planning of your wedding! On the contrary, you will make every decision and you will be in touch with your Wedding Planner forever to participate in all preparations.

Once you hire your Wedding Planner, you will start planning your big day together.

 SOME TIPS FOR PLANNING A PERFECT WEDDING IN SPAIN

I want to give you some tips so that you have them in mind when planning your wedding in this beautiful country.

  • When choosing the venue for your wedding, in case of symbolic ceremony, it would be better to find a venue where make the entire event: ceremony, banquet and also accomodation for at least part of the guests (depending on the number of guests, you can find venues that you can rent entirely for you). In this way the development of the event will be easier for all and without any transfer that means additional costs as for example the bus rental.
  • A very important detail when it is about a destination wedding, it’s to plan some extra activity for your guests in the days before your wedding. Visit the city, a Tapas route, an excursion in nature, etc. There are thousands of ideas for all ages and tastes!
  • Don’t forget to organize a welcome party for your guests! It would be ideal to prepare a barbecue in the gardens of the rented venue, or a big paella to welcome the family and friends and get together in an informal party before the big day arrives!

how to plan a wedding in Spain

 

Are you still not sure to marry in this country full of history, magic and good gastronomy? Write me and I can give you more reasons to plan your dream wedding in Spain!

how to plan a wedding in Spain

 

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Photos by Roxanne Turpen Photography

 

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 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