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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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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!

how to plan a wedding in Spain

 

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Photos by Roxanne Turpen Photography

 

What are the “Fine art style” weddings?

I admit it! I’m in love with “Fine Art style” weddings and I have a weakness for them.

I know that you are thinking right now…”And what is this???”

Ok, keep calm…In this post I explain everything and I’m sure that after reading and seeing some inspiration photos, you will also want a “Fine Art wedding”.

Also this trend comes from the USA (Obviously!), present in the most famous wedding magazines and blogs for a few years.

The Fine Art style is classic and traditional, where nature and organic elements predominate. It is an elegant, ethereal and romantic style.

The Fine Art weddings are simple and sophisticated. Decoration focuses on pastel colors and organic elements such as foliage, plants, stone or clay vessels, silk or linen fabrics, wood and marble.

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Stationery is characterised by an elegant calligraphy and the use of wax seals.

Location is very important. An elegant and historic venue with amazing gardens.

Photography is in pastel colors, images that look like they are out of a story book. They are dreamy, elegant and delicate photos. A photography that captures moments and emotions with extreme sensitivity.

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This style is appropriate for couples that are nature inspired, that love details, art and fashion.

Romantic couples with an high sense of beauty.

Now, can you imagine a Fine Art style wedding with an andalusian touch?

Neutral colors, venues with beautiful gardens in Arabic style, a romantic and modern bride, details such as Spanish ceramic tiles, fans and a flamenco show…The result: a dreamy wedding personalized and with soul.

Here you can find a mood board of “Fine art” weddings, to inspire you and you fall in love.

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So, do you identify with this style? Tell me if you have fallen in love with the “Fine Art Style” or if you prefer urban, rural or industrial weddings.

Here you can find 2 beautiful shoots for your inspiration:

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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  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.

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