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Tips for treatments and Bridal Makeup

In this month of January, we will have 3 special guests in our blog: Makeup professionals, hairdressers and experts in the latest trends in wedding dresses

Today we start with a great professional, close to her clients and always attentive to the needs of each one of them.

Merche Gijón is a specialist in integral esthetics with a long trajectory, and always on trend, participating each year in courses of improvement.  She also works in teaching at an academy of aesthetics and hairdressing in Granada.

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I asked her what are the steps that all brides should follow before their wedding.

 “Many brides think makeup is the most important thing for their wedding day. But they are not aware that having the skin ready and in top condition, makes the work of make-up professionals easier. Good higiene and various treatment sessions will leave the skin with less blemishes and ready for the big day. The type of treatment the skin needs depends on the age and habits of each bride”.

 “Our star treatment for brides is called SOIN FUNDAMENTAL DE LUMIÈRE. It is an illuminating treatment of Thalgo, the natural cosmetics line with which we work. It is a “light” care par excellence, that magnifies the glare and reveals the beauty of the subdued and tired cutis”.

 “The secret of its efficacy: its mask and extract are penetrated into the skin through virtual mesotherapy. You get a velvety skin 80% and 100% more luminous”.

When I ask her what advice she gives to the brides and what are the new trends in makeup, Merche is very clear…”You have to be very careful about the trends, because they don’t always fit everyone. The most important thing is that the bride feels comfortable, be herself and look pretty”.

consejos maquillaje de novia

If you want to see the work of this great professional, you can visit her Facebook page Mg centro médico-estético.

And if you are in the vicinity of Granada and need her services, you can ask for an appointment by calling 858 12 03 86.

In the next post, more advice from professionals of the wedding industry!

 

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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.

sweet corner

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

candy bar

CAKES TABLE

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

cakes corner

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!

ice cream corner

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.

sweet corners

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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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.

 

photocall estilo vintage

 

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.

 

photocall con furgoneta

 

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.

 

photocall elegante

 

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.

ceremonias civiles

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.

ceremonia civil

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.

ritual de la arena

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.

casarse en España

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.

casarse en España

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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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.

la música en las bodas

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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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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The importance of wedding stationery

Wedding stationery is as important as any other aspect of the wedding planning. Not only for the functions that each element has, but also because invitations, save the date, thank you cards etc. are your cover letter.

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WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE APPROPRIATELY THE WEDDING STATIONERY

The invitation is “the first contact” that your guests will have with your wedding and the best thing is to give a clue about what they will find in your big day.

papeleria de boda

wedding stationery

I always emphasize to couples that they cannot choose the stationery randomly, without considering their own personality and the wedding style they have defined.

Imagine receiving your friend’s invitation in an elegant paper, sophisticated calligraphy, in gold colors, wax seal, wrapped in silk ribbon in pastel colors…And when you arrive at the place of the wedding you are in a farm, surrounded by a decoration in wood, flowers in strong colors, boxes, straw bales and jute tablecloths…A rural wedding definitely!

You will feel a bit confused, remembering the elegant invitation that you received a few months ago, right?

If you had received an invitation with floral prints, or in kraft paper and tied with a string, it would have been much more harmonious, don’t you think so?

Invitation, misssals, seating plan, table numbers, menu, thank you cards, all these graphic elements of your wedding should follow the line and style of your big day, because one of my mottos is that everything that is created in a harmonious way is more beautiful, it looks much more and has coherence with the atmosphere created in your big day.

wedding stationery

wedding stationery

HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT STATIONERY

Once you have clear the style of your wedding and color palette, you must choose the professional that can make what you are looking for. He/she will help you to design all your wedding stationery, and will advise you in the best way to personalize each element that will make a difference and make your wedding unique.

wedding stationery

When you pay attention to each detail of your wedding and personalize it with harmony as a fundamental principle during your wedding planning, you must be sure that yours will be an unforgettable wedding and full of magic.

All the stationery that appears in this post is by Estudio Requetebien, a great professional and creative. She always gives a unique touch to all her works. You can visit her website to see all the options she can offer you for your big day, and all the amazing works done.

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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.

granada wedding venue

 

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.

malaga wedding venues

andalusia wedding venue

 

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

If you are thinking of getting married in Andalucia (Spain), here you can find more posts about this question:

  1. Get married in Spain. All you need to know for a dream wedding in Andalucia.
  2. How to get married in Spain. Legal and symbolic ceremonies.
  3. Granada, the perfect destination wedding location.

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