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!

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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.

 

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Testimonials

 Conor & Diane

"We had the best day, our guests have been raving about it since and have complimented you on numerous occasions for how smoothly the whole day ran. 

Thanks so much for all your help over the last 18 months. Our wedding day could not have been any more perfect!"
5.0
2017-08-11T11:50:50+00:00
"We had the best day, our guests have been raving about it since and have complimented you on numerous occasions for how smoothly the whole day ran.  Thanks so much for all your help over the last 18 months. Our wedding day could not have been any more perfect!"

David & Hilary

Thanks very much for all you did to make our wedding day perfect, ceremony, food, music, everything! Everyone had a ball.
5.0
2017-08-11T07:46:35+00:00
Thanks very much for all you did to make our wedding day perfect, ceremony, food, music, everything! Everyone had a ball.

Mick & Louise

I just had to thank you once again for being a wonderful wedding planner, fairy godmother and friend - we had such a fabulous time and everyone was thrilled to be there. All of your contacts were lovely and helped to make the day the special occasion that it certainly was. We shall never forget it and loved the fact that you just appeared whenever we needed you as if by magic, but we were unaware of the behind the scenes activities going on whilst enjoying our day - the flowers were perfect, the food delicious and music certainly got everyone up dancing - thank you so much!
5.0
2017-08-11T08:52:53+00:00
I just had to thank you once again for being a wonderful wedding planner, fairy godmother and friend - we had such a fabulous time and everyone was thrilled to be there. All of your contacts were lovely and helped to make the day the special occasion that it certainly was. We shall never forget it and loved the fact that you just appeared whenever we needed you as if by magic, but we were unaware of the behind the scenes activities going on whilst enjoying our day - the flowers were perfect, the food delicious and music certainly got everyone up dancing - thank you so much!

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.
5.0
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.

David-Willetts-Smith

I'd like to say me and my wife highly recommend Swen and his team at Paradise Event Productions. We used his services for our wedding day and can highly recommend him. The red Auburn added to our perfect day in Espana!
Also his 4x4 off road day trip was great!
5.0
2017-08-22T08:57:13+00:00
I'd like to say me and my wife highly recommend Swen and his team at Paradise Event Productions. We used his services for our wedding day and can highly recommend him. The red Auburn added to our perfect day in Espana! Also his 4x4 off road day trip was great!

Matt & Laura

For a year and a half you guys helped us immensely with every aspect of our planning for our big day. No question was too silly or small and if you were busy, your lovely assistant Rob was always on hand and just as helpful. Swen helped us create exactly what we wanted from the smallest details to the really big! Even a month on, our guests are still talking about how amazing everything was and that it was the best wedding they've ever attended! As Swen has lots of experience he can really advise you of the best decisions etc. Swen has helped us make our dream a reality and we cant thank him enough for this.
5.0
2017-08-11T11:44:39+00:00
For a year and a half you guys helped us immensely with every aspect of our planning for our big day. No question was too silly or small and if you were busy, your lovely assistant Rob was always on hand and just as helpful. Swen helped us create exactly what we wanted from the smallest details to the really big! Even a month on, our guests are still talking about how amazing everything was and that it was the best wedding they've ever attended! As Swen has lots of experience he can really advise you of the best decisions etc. Swen has helped us make our dream a reality and we cant thank him enough for this.

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,

Ellen & Kathy

So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 
5.0
2017-08-09T10:39:10+00:00
So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 

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.

Brad & Jen

I just wanted to thank you both again for such a fantastic, seamless, enjoyable day. Everyone had such a fantastic time - especially us. Though the lead-up to the wedding was a bit hectic, we'd happily do it all again - perhaps without moving house, job etc.
5.0
2015-05-09T11:34:42+00:00
I just wanted to thank you both again for such a fantastic, seamless, enjoyable day. Everyone had such a fantastic time - especially us. Though the lead-up to the wedding was a bit hectic, we'd happily do it all again - perhaps without moving house, job etc.

Mark & Ciara

Thanks so much for the well wishes, we had an absolute ball, a big part down to your amazing work. Everything went off without a hitch, our friends are still talking about ‘the best wedding they’ve ever been to’!! Everything ran so smoothly and it was such a relaxing day knowing that Joan had everything sorted in advance, so reassuring. 
5.0
2017-08-11T11:39:32+00:00
Thanks so much for the well wishes, we had an absolute ball, a big part down to your amazing work. Everything went off without a hitch, our friends are still talking about ‘the best wedding they’ve ever been to’!! Everything ran so smoothly and it was such a relaxing day knowing that Joan had everything sorted in advance, so reassuring. 

Shane & Aideen

We would just like to thank you so much for all your hard work and all the effort you
put into our beautiful wedding, the music, the hotel, the meal, organizing everyone which was a job in itself! You kept everyone, including myself so calm. We had such a great time and everyone loved the day from beginning till the end, and they all had wonderful things to say about you. How you looked after people in the hotel on the day. Thank you again for the wonderful memories and time we had. I have nothing but the highest of praise for both you and the hotel staff.
5.0
2017-08-11T08:38:11+00:00
We would just like to thank you so much for all your hard work and all the effort you put into our beautiful wedding, the music, the hotel, the meal, organizing everyone which was a job in itself! You kept everyone, including myself so calm. We had such a great time and everyone loved the day from beginning till the end, and they all had wonderful things to say about you. How you looked after people in the hotel on the day. Thank you again for the wonderful memories and time we had. I have nothing but the highest of praise for both you and the hotel staff.

Family of Ricardo

We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Event Productions, both Rob, Swen and team helped along every step of the planning process and their support on the wedding day itself was second to none. We would strongly recommend them as they made the whole day run smoothly and this meant we could enjoy every minute without the stress of worrying about the little things. Thank you so much to all at Paradise Event Productions for helping make our day so so special.
5.0
2016-10-09T10:33:38+00:00
We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Event Productions, both Rob, Swen and team helped along every step of the planning process and their support on the wedding day itself was second to none. We would strongly recommend them as they made the whole day run smoothly and this meant we could enjoy every minute without the stress of worrying about the little things. Thank you so much to all at Paradise Event Productions for helping make our day so so special.

Leon & Stephanie

We just wanted to say thank you very much for the enormous amount of help we had from you both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. It turned out to be a perfect day in every way. We know that it wouldn't have been so perfect without your help so a million thanks from us both.

From the first meeting you understood us as a couple and exactly what we wanted the day to be like, which was the most important thing. You then provided us with the guidance we needed through the whole planning process and supported us with the best services we could have asked for. 


Thank you! 
5.0
2017-08-11T09:47:28+00:00
We just wanted to say thank you very much for the enormous amount of help we had from you both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. It turned out to be a perfect day in every way. We know that it wouldn't have been so perfect without your help so a million thanks from us both. From the first meeting you understood us as a couple and exactly what we wanted the day to be like, which was the most important thing. You then provided us with the guidance we needed through the whole planning process and supported us with the best services we could have asked for.  Thank you! 

Mark & Gráinne

We just wanted to e-mail you to say thank you.  I don't know where to start but from our first meeting back in October you have been excellent.  You really helped to make our special day extra special - it was like a fairy tale to us.  We are finding it hard to come back down to earth now after it all!

 

 You couldn't have been any more helpful and everything ran so smoothly on the day. Everyone commented on how hard you worked on the wedding day no-one could believe it - thank you.  The church was excellent, Casa, food, flowers, cars, music - there is nothing we would change.  It was just magical.  

 

Thanks a million!

 Gráinne and Mark
5.0
2017-08-11T11:52:50+00:00
We just wanted to e-mail you to say thank you.  I don't know where to start but from our first meeting back in October you have been excellent.  You really helped to make our special day extra special - it was like a fairy tale to us.  We are finding it hard to come back down to earth now after it all!    You couldn't have been any more helpful and everything ran so smoothly on the day. Everyone commented on how hard you worked on the wedding day no-one could believe it - thank you.  The church was excellent, Casa, food, flowers, cars, music - there is nothing we would change.  It was just magical.     Thanks a million!  Gráinne and Mark
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