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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

 

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.

boda estilo fine art

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.

boda estilo fine art

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.

boda estilo fine art

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.

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

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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.

how to get married in Spain. Legal ceremony and symbolic ceremony

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.

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

Magical kids corners at your wedding

When you start planning your wedding, you cannot forget the children, to which you have to attend and pay special attention.

If there is a great number of children, it’s always recommendable to hire an entertainer service so they can help children to eat, and then entertain them with games and activities. So children can have a good time and their parents will also enjoy the party.

First of all you have to create a cheerful, colourful and magic atmosphere.

How to do it? Through table decoration, corners, etc. Here you can find some ideas.

You can decorate the kids tables so that they are attractive for chidren, but they have to always fit with the rest of decoration.

If chidren are younger, a good idea is to put a special kit with coloured pencils and books.

magical kids corners at your wedding

Another idea is to put on the table some little gifts as disposable cameras, bubble blowers, cards games or a flower crown for the little princesses and a feather crown for the boys.

rincones mágicos para los niños en vuestra boda

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

You can replace flower centerpieces with balloon or simply to give a touch of color with a tablecloth in the same colors of the rest of decoration, colored bows for chairs, etc.

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

If your wedding is outdoor and with a rustic style, you can replace the typical table with a pallet table decorated with cushions. Children will love to eat as if it were a picnic!

rincones para niños en vuestra boda

If your wedding has a tropical theme, the best way to decorate the kids table is with greenery, flowers, pineapples and flamingos!

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

rincones para niños en vuestra boda

You can also prepare a special space for them and where they can do activities with their entertainers.

You can do corners with an indian tepee with blankets, cushions, and some toy. It is always advisable that everything has the same palette color and same theme of the rest of decoration. There is a useful tool that helps you to obtain the perfect decoration in your big day and I talk about that in this post.

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

rincones mágicos para niños en vuestra boda

There are many ideas so you can create a magical atmosphere for children in your wedding.

 

*Photos by Pinterest.

How to manage your wedding budget

You have decided to get married, you have a date, and now…You have to crunch the numbers!

How much will your wedding cost?

Firstly, it is very important to be clear about budget of your wedding will not be the same as your friends or neighbors. Each wedding is unique and its costs change due to different factors.

The first thing you have to decide is if you want to hire a wedding planner service.

It’s common to think that is a cost that only few people can pay. It’s not true! You have to keep in mind that your wedding planner will get better prices from vendors, and she will always recommend the best professionals based on your tastes and budget. A wedding planner also frees you from the stress to plan a wedding. You can enjoy every moment of planning, and you will always have someone that will be your eyes and your ears, that will solve any unexpected event, and that will always be in contact with all vendors.

There is much more to tell about the advantages of hiring a wedding planner, but we will talk more in another post.

wedding planner service

After deciding whether to hire or not a wedding planner service, it’s important to estimate  the number of guests that will go to your wedding. I suggest to carefully think what kind of wedding you want and if you can pay a wedding with more than 150 guests.

If you cannot assume such a high cost, it’s always better to reduce the number of guests and make an intimate wedding taking care of every detail.

Trust me that you can have your dream wedding and enjoy, also with 30 or 40 guests.

After making a provisional guests list, you can make another list where you put what will be essential in your wedding, the important things, and the unnecessary things. In this way you will be  clear about what you want to spend more and what you can avoid.

Something very important to keep in mind are the unexpected event that can appear in the previous months the wedding. So I recommend you to have a small amount saved for these “surprises”.

To have a control of all expenses, you can prepare an excel table where you write down the costs of your wedding. I usually send an updated table to my customers, with all pending payments and payments made to each vendor.

Are you ready to calculate the budget of your big day?

wedding planner service

Photos by: Anna + Mateo