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Ideas and tips for a Christmas wedding

If you have always dreamed of a wedding in December, in a venue with chimney, lights, candles and a very Christmas decoration, here I give you some ideas and tips for a Christmas wedding.

THE VENUE

It would be ideal to make the banquet in some room of an historic mansion or a castle, with big chimneys that can be left on for the occasion, creating a very romantic atmosphere.

Christmas wedding venues

 

THE DECORATION

Without a doubt, a Christmas decoration will give the magic touch to the wedding.

A big Christmas tree in some corner of the reception hall, will be a must.

bodas en Navidad

Use elements like moss, candles and garlands of lights. And a color palette that includes shades of marsala and green, will create an unforgettable atmosphere for you and your guests.

bodas en Navidad

bodas en Navidad

Don’t forget to decorate the chimneys!

Garlands of greens and candles will give a spectacular touch to the space.

bodas en Navidad

 

THE MENU

When choosing the menu, you can ask your caterer to add a typical Christmas dish. And for the snack during the open bar, what better choice than cups of hot chocolate with churros?

bodas en Navidad

 

THE BRIDE

A wedding dress with long sleeves and velvet details, are ideal for the Christmas season.

Your bouquet may have velvet ribbons that can go in combination with the colored shoes of the same fabric.

bodas en Navidad

 

A romantic and fairytale wedding, which will bring together all those important people for you and your partner, in a very special time like Christmas.

Would you like to get married in the magical month of December?

 

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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.

bridesmaids

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.

bridesmaids

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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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.

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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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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.

la música en las bodas

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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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.

brujula como detalle de boda

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.

detalles de boda

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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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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Things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol

Things that your wedding guests can do in Granada

How to plan a wedding in Spain

 

Things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol

In my last post I told you about things that your wedding guests can do in Granada so you can give them some tips about their stay in the beautiful city of the Alhambra.

But if you get married in the province of Malaga, you will need ideas so that your guests can enjoy this land of sun, beaches and history.

So in this new post I advise you some things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol.

VISIT THE CITY OF MALAGA

Without a doubt a visit to the city of Málaga is obligatory. Your guests can take a walk through its streets , visit the Alcazaba and the Cathedral and contemplate some of the original works of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

They can finish their route taking a typical dish of local cuisine, in the most famous bar in the city, El Pimpi.

Things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol

 

CAMINITO DEL REY

If your guests want to spend a day hiking, you can propose one of the most amazing routes in the world: the Caminito del Rey. It is a route of more than 3km inside a canyon, and its name is due to a visit that King Alfonso XIII made in 1921.

Things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol

 

ANTEQUERA DOLMENS AND TORCAL

The city of Antequera offers the chance to visit one of the most impressive karst landscape in Europe, El Torcal and also the Dolmens which are the first example of monumental architecture in the Paleolithic Era.

Things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol

 

FRIGILIANA AND RONDA

A day in one of the white villages of the province of Malaga, is another option to discover this beautiful land. Frigiliana is a charming village with its narrow streets and its history.Other obligatory stop is Ronda, a town located on a deep ravine. Incredible views and numerous points of interest that they have to visit such as the Puente Nuevo, the Plaza de Toros and the Arab Baths.

Things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol

 

THE BEACHES OF THE COSTA DEL SOL

In a land that has more than 300 sunny days each year, it is obligatory to enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol. In Nerja, Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Torremolinos and Málaga, your guests can find sandy or pebble beaches where they can relax and bathe in the Mediterranean sea.

Things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol

 

MARBELLA AND PUERTO BANÚS

A day of walking and shopping in the city of Marbella, is another option for your guests to entertain among sports cars, prestigious restaurants a walk through the old town and the luxurious Puerto Banus.

Things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol

 

As you can see there are many things that your wedding guests can do in Costa del Sol. They just have to put on their favorite sunglasses, comfortable tennis shoes and of course, they don’t forget their swimsuit!

 

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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!

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