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All you need to know about bridesmaids

Have you ever thought of having bridesmaids for your wedding but you don’t know exactly how many they should be, how they should dress, and what roles they have?

Read on, because I tell you everything in this post!

WHAT ARE BRIDESMAIDS

The bridesmaids are a group of friends, cousins or sisters who are part of the bridal courtship. At the ceremony they make their entrance before the bride who will arrive accompanied by the best man.

The bride can choose how many bridesmaids will accompany her on her big day. There is no set number. The most important thing is to choose the people she considers closest and special to her.

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WHAT ARE THE BRIDESMAIDS DUTIES

Bridesmaids can help the bride in choosing her dress, accompanied on the tests and advising.

They are also in charge of organizing the Bachelorette party, but the most important thing is that they will be accompanying the bride on her big day from the preparations to the end.

If there are several bridesmaids, it is always advisable to have one that takes care of coordinating the rest of the group.

During the ceremony they can help the bride to place the veil, and can also help to give the favours to the guests.

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HOW SHOULD BRIDESMAIDS DRESS

The bride usually chooses the dresses of her bridesmaids, but always consulting with them so that they all feel comfortable with the chosen model and color.

It is not necessary that the model is the same for all of them. They can choose the same color and style, but each one will wear the dress cut that suits them best.

You can also give the bridesmaids general instructions to match the style of the wedding and the color palette used.

The same with the hairstyle: you can advise that all wear the hair up or loose, but each one choose the model that she likes.

 

But the most important thing is that you enjoy the time you will spend with your bridesmaids in the days before the wedding and also during the big day.

 

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5 Original wedding photo booth ideas

If for your wedding you want a corner where your guests can have fun taking pictures, here I leave 5 original wedding photo booth ideas.

THE THEME OF THE PHOTO BOOTH

It is very important to always keep in mind the theme of your wedding, so that all the elements follow the same line and everything looks more harmonious.

VINTAGE PHOTO BOOTH

If your wedding has a vintage style, you could create a corner with old suitecases, elements like antiqued wood and bottles with flowers.

You can add an armchair or an old chair and create a pretty  background for the photos of your guests.

 

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PHOTO BOOTH FOR AN OUTDOOR WEDDING

Will your wedding be between nature, in a forest or in a garden? Then, you can create an original photo booth with a vintage van that will also decorate the space and leave your guests speechless.

 

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PHOTO BOOTH FOR AN ELEGANT WEDDING

If your wedding is more elegant, classic and romantic, you have to give the same touch to the corner of the photo booth. So, sofas, peonies, cushions and candelabra will be the perfect setting for your guests to pose for their photos.

 

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PHOTO BOOTH FOR A BOHEMIAN WEDDING

A bohemian wedding also needs a photo booth according to the theme. So, leave room for your creativity with boho cushions, flowers in vivid colors and wicker chairs!

 

photocall estilo boho

 

PHOTO BOOTH WITH DOORS AND FOLDING SCREEN

A simple idea but at the same time very nice and that gives a vintage chic touch to your wedding: antique doors or folding screen aged with a floral detail. Just beautiful!

 

photocall con biombos

 

These are just some ideas for an original photo booth for your big day. But you can create different backgrounds in different styles and using a wide variety of objects.

Are you ready to create your special corner for the photo booth?

 

Photos via Pinterest

 

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How to personalize your ceremony

Who said that a civil or symbolic ceremony cannot be emotive and 100% personalized?

THE ADVANTAGES OF CIVIL OR SYMBOLIC CEREMONIES

One of the advantages of choosing a civil or symbolic ceremony is that you can personalize the notes as you want.

You can also get married in dreamy places like gardens or historic palaces without being obliged to give the “I do” in a church.

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But how can you personalize the ceremony and create a magical and unforgettable atmosphere?

THE WEDDING OFFICIANT

If it is a civil ceremony, it must be officiated by a city councillor or a notary public. But if it is a symbolic ceremony, you can choose a professional wedding officiant or a family member or a friend.

I always like to advise couples to choose someone close and that know their history. But you should always keep in mind that the person you choose likes to speak in public and feels comfortable in their role.

But there is also the option of hiring a professional wedding officiant that together with the couple will personalize the whole ceremony and take care of officiating on their wedding day.

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READINGS AND MUSICS

Other important elements that will help to personalize your ceremony are the readings and the musics.

You can decide that some of your guests will take part to read some text written by themselves or simply poems or texts that talk about love, relationship, etc.

All these moments can be accompanied by background music chosen by the same couple and that will create an even more magical atmosphere. You can hire trios or string quartets or that the Dj puts the music previously chosen.

The entrance of the groom as well as that of the bride, and then the end can be accompanied by the favorite soundtracks of the couple.

RITUALS TO PERSONALIZE THE CEREMONY

In addition to the moments that can not be missed as the exchange of rings and votes, you can add a ritual that represents your union. It can be the sand ritual or the candles ritual or the handfasting ritual.

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As you can see there are different ways to personalize your ceremony and remember it as something special, emotional, fun and certainly unforgettable for you and your guests.

 

PHOTOS BY: Roxanne Turpen / Anna+Mateo / Doncel y Alcoba

 

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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 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!

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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!

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  5. A bohemian wedding in an Andalusian luxury mansion.
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Photos by Roxanne Turpen Photography

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Andalucia, a magic location 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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