Wedding Planner Guide Spain

Wedding Planner Guide Spain

Planning your wedding is no easy task! With 12 months to go until the big day, it’s likely you’ll have an idea of what you want (and don’t want) for your wedding. Yes, the golden votives you’ve been eyeing up on Pinterest would look gorgeous on your top table – but let’s get back to logistics.

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12 months to go

–      It’s time to talk money. Get any awkward conversations about setting the budget out the way pronto and work out what to spend where. A structure at this point will be invaluable; for a guide, here’s what the average Brides reader spends.

–      Set the date, but be prepared to be flexible: there’s nothing worse than finding your dream venue is booked on your must-have date.

–      Work out your guest numbers – who to invite and who to leave off the list (Tip: cutting guest numbers by just 10 people could shave a cool £1,400 off your wedding costs!)

–      Do the other proposal. 79% of you had already chosen your bridesmaids before you got engaged, if you didn’t, now’s the time to ask them.

–      Buy wedding insurance. Sounds dull, but no one wants their dream wedding ruined by accidents or other unplanned mishaps do they?

11 months to go

–      Write the guest list. Can guests bring children? What about plus ones? And do you really need to invite the whole office? We help bust those myths here

–      Save the date! Whether it’s at the click of a button or with a lick’n’stick stamp – you wouldn’t want your favourite cousin to be on hols when you’re throwing the bouquet: get your date in guests’ diaries now.

–      Book your photographer. The best ones get snapped up quickly. Make it a priority to let them get to know you; it’ll help them perform better for you on the day. These top tips might help

–      Start the search for ‘The One’. Well, the other one, that is: your dress. Consult the pages of Brides, scan thousands of dresses here and book those all-important bridal boutique appointments.

10 months to go

–      Buy the wedding dress! Note: if you’re going bespoke, you’ll need to allow at least six months for completion, and bear in mind alteration times and costs, too. It’s a good time to consider shoes and any other accessories to complete the look. Need inspiration? Visit our galleries.

–      Start honeymoon planning: from budget to location, flights to hotel. You might find surprisingly good deals this far in advance. For inspiration, see our 2015 award winners here.

–      Live music or DJ set? Book your entertainment now – think about timings and any restrictions your venue might have, too – you’ll have time to fine tune the exact songs later.

9 months to go

–      Let’s talk flowers. From your bridal bouquet to reception decor, discuss seasonality of your favourite blooms and the all-important arrangement composition with your florist. Don’t forget to ask them these important questions.

–      Do the taste test. Firm up your menu and drinks with your caterer, bearing in mind allergy sufferers and vegetarians where possible. Be inspired by our food and drink ideas!

–      Go bridesmaid dress shopping! No doubt they’ve had their say on yours – so now it’s your turn to sit in the advisor’s chair. (Tip: discuss who is buying what straight away to avoid awkward conversations later)

8 months to go

–      Choose your readings and music. If it’s a church wedding, it’s time to discuss with the minister and musicians – but if it’s a civil ceremony, you’ll need to find out what’s permitted and adapt accordingly.

–      Chase those pesky non-RSVPers. It’s totally fine to ask if they’re coming or not: you need to know.

–      Order the stationery! Invites, envelopes, place cards, menus and seating plan. Or if you’re DIY-ing it, it’s time to get cracking. See some of our favourite designs to get you started.

7 months to go

–      Think about travel. From transporting guests to and from the venue to your grand entrance and get-away car, get any vehicles hired for the day now.

–      Ooh… cake! Settle on a showstopper – and bear in mind flavours, composition, how it will be transported and the type of icing if you’re planning on saving any.

–      Choose (and/or) order your wedding favours. Though why not have a go at making your own? Follow our easy step-by-step guides.

6 months to go

–      Kit out your fiancé and ushers. This may be a job for him, though 3/4 of you said you’d help him pick his suit. Hiring outfits are a great way to save money, particularly if the men will wear morning suits or tails.

–      Pick your wedding rings

–      Confirm the order of service with your minister or registrar and have guest books printed. (Psst! If you’re having a choir, they’ll need copies too!)

5 months to go

–      It’s all about the make-up! If you’re hiring a make-up artist, book those all-important trial sessions. If it’s a DIY job – head to the nearest department store and pick up trial sizes of any products you might like to wear. Not sure where to start? These tips will help.

–      Pick (or even make!) your bridal fragrance. Boutiques like Jo Malone or Bloom offer special bridal services and are well worth checking out. Or see our guide to tackling the department store perfume hall.

4 months to go

–      Check your passport date. It must have at least six months left on it from the date you want to travel – and don’t get all wed-eyed and book under your married name. If your passport doesn’t match up, you won’t be boarding the plane.

–      Need visas or inoculations for your honeymoon? Find out and book.

–      Get those hen-party plans in action! A great one to delegate to your maid of honour (an important part of the role, right?) These are some of our favourites.

3 months to go

–    Give notice. It may be unromantic, but – regardless of religion or culture – this is a legal requirement that formalises your intent to marry. Visit www.gov.uk for what you need to know, and consult our guide.

–    Organise a rehearsal before the big day and make sure the most important wedding party members will be there.

–    Church of England wedding? Attend a reading of the banns. They’re usually held three consecutive Sundays before your wed-day.

2 months to go

–    If you’ve delegated tasks to your fiancé, ‘maids or family, check how they’re getting on – you may need to pick up the slack to make sure everything’s sorted.

–    Try on your entire wedding outfit! Forgotten anything? Now’s the time to get it.

–    Make sure you’ve got that bridal glow sorted by booking any other beauty treatments (fake tan, manicure etc.) Here are our top five fake tans.

1 month to go

–    Try out hairstyles with your hairdresser, making sure you take the tiara, crown, circlet or accessories you plan to wear. Or, if you’re taking charge, our galleries and bloggers’ YouTube tutorials are a great source of inspiration.

–    Gather your hens for a girls-only celebration. After all that planning, it’s time to party: congratulations!

A Bohemian Beach Wedding (Spain)

Alexandra Wenman, 38, married Antony Reed, 40, at La Escollera in Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Ibiza, on 1 October 2015. She says:

Deciding to have our wedding in Ibiza was an easy choice as both Tony and I are sun-worshipping beach bums. Ibiza is also a very special place for me because of its spiritual vibe – I’m an angel healer and holistic therapist – so it was the perfect spot to get married.

We stumbled across La Escollera after spending an entire weekend checking out venues with a wedding planner. They were all beautiful, but were either too expensive or not quite right. We’d both given up hope until we stopped off at Es Cavallet Beach and popped into its restaurant – we’d found our venue!

Our theme was ‘heavenly bohemian’. Each of the reception tables was named after constellations and our table plan was a star map with the title, ‘Where in the heavens am I sitting?’. In front of the map I hung a mobile with everyone’s names written within a shooting star.

We married in London a few days before, which meant we could have a unique second wedding in Ibiza. We incorporated a mix of ceremonies such as Native American prayers, Jewish customs, a Pagan hand-fasting and an angel blessing (everyone has a guardian angel – my friend and fellow healer, Sabi, wrote a poem to the angels to bless our union). All of our guests were in tears.

My top tip: Remember that trying to make everyone happy isn’t going to happen. In the end it’s your opinions that matter.

 

See how easy it is to get married in Spain and have one of the most romantic dream weddings on this planet.

 

        

 

Testimonials

Martina & Shane

I just want to say thanks for all your help over the last year, everybody was so impressed with everything from the food to the villa to your calmness...I just really want to say thanks again from both of us.
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2017-08-11T08:08:23+00:00
I just want to say thanks for all your help over the last year, everybody was so impressed with everything from the food to the villa to your calmness...I just really want to say thanks again from both of us.

Steven & Martha

Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to Paradise Wedding Spain. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Martha and Stephen
5.0
2017-08-10T10:52:18+00:00
Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to Paradise Wedding Spain. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Martha and Stephen

Daniel & Sarah

We don't know where to begin to thank you and everyone behind the scenes who helped out for the incredible all around effort. Every aspect of the wedding was expertly coordinated. 'Thank you' just doesn't cut it. Really. You went above and beyond. We couldn't imagine the day without your assistance.
5.0
2017-08-11T11:46:07+00:00
We don't know where to begin to thank you and everyone behind the scenes who helped out for the incredible all around effort. Every aspect of the wedding was expertly coordinated. 'Thank you' just doesn't cut it. Really. You went above and beyond. We couldn't imagine the day without your assistance.

Jer & Lorraine

Thank you for all your efforts, everyone totally enjoyed the day!
5.0
2017-08-11T08:13:41+00:00
Thank you for all your efforts, everyone totally enjoyed the day!

Linda & Dan

We both wanted to say a big thank you for all your support with our wedding. It was a truly perfect day!
5.0
2017-08-11T08:23:58+00:00
We both wanted to say a big thank you for all your support with our wedding. It was a truly perfect day!

Simon & Claire

5.0
2017-08-11T07:54:27+00:00
We've just got back from our honeymoon and we wanted to thank you very much for all your hard work and professionalism arranging our wedding. It was exactly as we'd hoped and more - we loved everything.

Graham & Lynda

Well we are finally back in the land of the living after a wonderful honeymoon, but to be fair, nothing could top the amazing day we had on the 4th September!!!

We cannot thank you both enough for making it such a magical day, but most of all, we were overwhelmed by all the work and organisation you put into it – it meant that we had a hassle-free day that we enjoyed every minute of and our guests cannot stop raving about!!  From the Wally Trolley to the piper to the fairytale venue to the fireworks, everyone agreed it was the best wedding they had been to and Graham and I are convinced they are not just being polite!

Thanks again for everything you did for us, we are so very very appreciative and we wish you both the very best for everything in the future.
5.0
2017-08-11T10:10:37+00:00
Well we are finally back in the land of the living after a wonderful honeymoon, but to be fair, nothing could top the amazing day we had on the 4th September!!! We cannot thank you both enough for making it such a magical day, but most of all, we were overwhelmed by all the work and organisation you put into it – it meant that we had a hassle-free day that we enjoyed every minute of and our guests cannot stop raving about!!  From the Wally Trolley to the piper to the fairytale venue to the fireworks, everyone agreed it was the best wedding they had been to and Graham and I are convinced they are not just being polite! Thanks again for everything you did for us, we are so very very appreciative and we wish you both the very best for everything in the future.

Paul & Alison

Thank you for everything!! We couldn’t have done it without the help from you. We have only got compliments from our guests about their whole experience in Mojacar so sending a huge thanks to you all. Maybe some day they will get married in Spain too & will highly recommend you guys!!

Thanks again & Take Care,
5.0
2017-05-09T10:27:08+00:00
Thank you for everything!! We couldn’t have done it without the help from you. We have only got compliments from our guests about their whole experience in Mojacar so sending a huge thanks to you all. Maybe some day they will get married in Spain too & will highly recommend you guys!! Thanks again & Take Care,

Stuart & Lynne

Excellent support both before and on the day!
5.0
2017-08-10T12:02:00+00:00
Excellent support both before and on the day!

 Caitríona & Patrick


Patrick and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for all your help with planning our wedding. Our day was fantastic from start to finish and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Our guests commented on how well everything went from the venue choice to the ceremony to the reception and the entertainment. We know everyone really enjoyed themselves.


You all took the pressure off with the marvelous organizing you did and we sailed through the day. I had no nerves all day until I walked up the aisle! Thanks again for helping create some amazing memories for us to take away from our day.

5.0
2017-08-11T11:49:29+00:00
Patrick and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for all your help with planning our wedding. Our day was fantastic from start to finish and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Our guests commented on how well everything went from the venue choice to the ceremony to the reception and the entertainment. We know everyone really enjoyed themselves. You all took the pressure off with the marvelous organizing you did and we sailed through the day. I had no nerves all day until I walked up the aisle! Thanks again for helping create some amazing memories for us to take away from our day.

Ronan & Audrey

Hi guys, hope your keeping well? We 're just about getting back to normal life now. We've both been working constantly since we got back from the honeymoon! I just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing and absolutely unforgettable day. Thank you so much for all your help and support to make our wedding day so special!

5.0
2017-08-11T10:19:38+00:00
Hi guys, hope your keeping well? We 're just about getting back to normal life now. We've both been working constantly since we got back from the honeymoon! I just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing and absolutely unforgettable day. Thank you so much for all your help and support to make our wedding day so special!

Larry & Caroline

Thank you so much for all you did to make our day and days so special. I cannot think of a single thing that did not go off like clockwork. It thoroughly vindicated our decision to get married abroad and every single guest has reiterated this to us.
5.0
2017-08-11T10:56:11+00:00
Thank you so much for all you did to make our day and days so special. I cannot think of a single thing that did not go off like clockwork. It thoroughly vindicated our decision to get married abroad and every single guest has reiterated this to us.

Joey & Joanne

We cannot recommend Paradise Wedding Spain enough. It whas a stroll in the park from beginning to end. We chose them through a recommendation of a friend & we are so glad we did. everything was taken care of, from flowers, music, venue, transport church, paperwork, the bbq the following day to name but a few! The day itself was a total dream. from getting ready in the hotel, & making sure everyone (including me!) were on time for the church - it all went so smoothly, cava afterwards on the terrace & onto our fabulous venue. Paradise Wedding Spain thank you so so much for making it such a special & stress free day. We could not have done it without you, we will never forget you guys xx
5.0
2017-08-10T11:51:50+00:00
We cannot recommend Paradise Wedding Spain enough. It whas a stroll in the park from beginning to end. We chose them through a recommendation of a friend & we are so glad we did. everything was taken care of, from flowers, music, venue, transport church, paperwork, the bbq the following day to name but a few! The day itself was a total dream. from getting ready in the hotel, & making sure everyone (including me!) were on time for the church - it all went so smoothly, cava afterwards on the terrace & onto our fabulous venue. Paradise Wedding Spain thank you so so much for making it such a special & stress free day. We could not have done it without you, we will never forget you guys xx

Keith & Claire

The whole event was amazing. Everyone had a wonderful
time and we could not have done it without your help.

Thanks again.
5.0
2016-05-09T10:50:27+00:00
The whole event was amazing. Everyone had a wonderful time and we could not have done it without your help. Thanks again.

Michael & Claire

I just wanted to thank you both for all you help and support planning the wedding, you did an amazing job and the wedding day was everything I wanted and more. All the guests commented at how smoothly every stage of the day went and that the day flowed perfectly so thank you so much, it really was the best day! I want to do it all over again now!! Thanks so much.
5.0
2016-09-09T09:25:47+00:00
I just wanted to thank you both for all you help and support planning the wedding, you did an amazing job and the wedding day was everything I wanted and more. All the guests commented at how smoothly every stage of the day went and that the day flowed perfectly so thank you so much, it really was the best day! I want to do it all over again now!! Thanks so much.
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