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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Testimonials

David & Joann

We had such a a fantastic day in Torre San Juan for our wedding. It was great to have someone take the stress away from the day itself. The staff and food at the venue was also fantastic. Everyone commented on the cake especially. Last but not least, the DJ was absolutely fantastic and made the night for us, my guests are still talking about him. Nerja is a fantastic spot and absolutely beautiful, I would recommend it to anyone, we have beautiful memories to treasure forever!
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2017-08-11T08:44:10+00:00
We had such a a fantastic day in Torre San Juan for our wedding. It was great to have someone take the stress away from the day itself. The staff and food at the venue was also fantastic. Everyone commented on the cake especially. Last but not least, the DJ was absolutely fantastic and made the night for us, my guests are still talking about him. Nerja is a fantastic spot and absolutely beautiful, I would recommend it to anyone, we have beautiful memories to treasure forever!

Victor & Cathy

We were so happy how the day went and that all ran so smoothly.  We and our guests enjoyed everything about the day,the music at the ceremony, entertainment for the evening, the food, the priest, the photographer,hairdresser etc.  And all of this was made possible by you so we would like to sincerely thank you for making this such an enjoyable day for us that we will cherish in all of our days.
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2017-08-11T11:54:15+00:00
We were so happy how the day went and that all ran so smoothly.  We and our guests enjoyed everything about the day,the music at the ceremony, entertainment for the evening, the food, the priest, the photographer,hairdresser etc.  And all of this was made possible by you so we would like to sincerely thank you for making this such an enjoyable day for us that we will cherish in all of our days.

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.
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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.

Malcolm & Lynne

Malcolm and I had a fabulous time at our wedding. Everything went according to plan. They did not only made the whole day run smoothly but it was the extra effort they made for us that we really appreciated.
The flowers were amazing. I was totally overwhelmed by them. It was the only thing i really didn't want to compromise on and my choice of flowers were not available locally. They sourced them for me and they came all the way from South Africa!
It was a stress free experience for us and we would recommend any of our friends to get married with your help!
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2017-08-10T11:33:22+00:00
Malcolm and I had a fabulous time at our wedding. Everything went according to plan. They did not only made the whole day run smoothly but it was the extra effort they made for us that we really appreciated. The flowers were amazing. I was totally overwhelmed by them. It was the only thing i really didn't want to compromise on and my choice of flowers were not available locally. They sourced them for me and they came all the way from South Africa! It was a stress free experience for us and we would recommend any of our friends to get married with your help!

Roy & Anne

Thank you so much to you and all the team for your help in celebrating the happiest day of our lives. It's been a whirlwind since the week before the wedding until now.

The wedding day was amazing, the food was out of this world (thank to your canape recommendations). the photography you provided was amazing and video, then the band was awesome and the DJ turned out to be a blast. The staff stayed well into the night so we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest 🙂
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2017-08-09T10:37:53+00:00
Thank you so much to you and all the team for your help in celebrating the happiest day of our lives. It's been a whirlwind since the week before the wedding until now. The wedding day was amazing, the food was out of this world (thank to your canape recommendations). the photography you provided was amazing and video, then the band was awesome and the DJ turned out to be a blast. The staff stayed well into the night so we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest 🙂

Adam & Louise

Hi guys,
I just arrived back in New York Yesterday after an absolutely fantastic few weeks. Adam and I want to thank you so very much for organizing and coordinating such a fantastic wedding... It really was (without sounding too dramatic!) the wedding of our dreams... Everything ran so smoothly and we can't thank you enough for all of your support, suggestions, organisation in the months before hand and co ordination on the day...


Our friends and family have not stopped talking about it and many have said that they doubt they'll ever attend a wedding quite like it again!! Many thanks! 
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2017-08-11T10:33:10+00:00
Hi guys, I just arrived back in New York Yesterday after an absolutely fantastic few weeks. Adam and I want to thank you so very much for organizing and coordinating such a fantastic wedding... It really was (without sounding too dramatic!) the wedding of our dreams... Everything ran so smoothly and we can't thank you enough for all of your support, suggestions, organisation in the months before hand and co ordination on the day... Our friends and family have not stopped talking about it and many have said that they doubt they'll ever attend a wedding quite like it again!! Many thanks! 

Ted & Karen

I just wanted to say how fantastic everything was and I could never have imagined that I could have had such a lovely, relaxed wedding day filled with so many wonderful things. It felt very surreal being in the pool with my friends before the ceremony, without a care in the world! The whole day just kept getting better and better and was truly magical, and if asked for a highlight, I would not be able to make up my mind between the settings, the food or the flamenco....all absolutely amazing! I have so many lovely memories and I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and vision!
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2017-08-11T08:19:26+00:00
I just wanted to say how fantastic everything was and I could never have imagined that I could have had such a lovely, relaxed wedding day filled with so many wonderful things. It felt very surreal being in the pool with my friends before the ceremony, without a care in the world! The whole day just kept getting better and better and was truly magical, and if asked for a highlight, I would not be able to make up my mind between the settings, the food or the flamenco....all absolutely amazing! I have so many lovely memories and I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and vision!

Dominic & Zoe

Hi Jennifer,

Wow WOW wow what a wonderful time we had. You did an incredible job. It was an amazing day and so so well organised. I didn't have to think about a thing.

The band where brilliant everyone is still talking about how good they where. The DJ was great and very chilled out. and the FLAMENCO was AMAZING!!! Well Dominic is now saying it was the best wedding present and one of the highlights of the day. I cannot believe then Dance until they are in pain, it adds to the emotion on their faces.
Like you said it gives you goose pimples.

You looked wonderful and all the guests said how great you where. You made the day so relaxing and easy for us. Thank you thank you thank you.
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2017-08-11T09:57:07+00:00
Hi Jennifer, Wow WOW wow what a wonderful time we had. You did an incredible job. It was an amazing day and so so well organised. I didn't have to think about a thing. The band where brilliant everyone is still talking about how good they where. The DJ was great and very chilled out. and the FLAMENCO was AMAZING!!! Well Dominic is now saying it was the best wedding present and one of the highlights of the day. I cannot believe then Dance until they are in pain, it adds to the emotion on their faces. Like you said it gives you goose pimples. You looked wonderful and all the guests said how great you where. You made the day so relaxing and easy for us. Thank you thank you thank you.

Karen & Dermot

Thank you for making our day special, our guests have commented on your professionalism and the way the day went so smoothly, there was a lovely flow to the day and evening!
5.0
2017-08-11T07:57:24+00:00
Thank you for making our day special, our guests have commented on your professionalism and the way the day went so smoothly, there was a lovely flow to the day and evening!

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. 

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.

Paul & Elaine

Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the wedding day and you did an excellent job with everything on the day and of course all the work over the last few months. We couldn’t have done it without you!
5.0
2017-08-11T07:56:34+00:00
Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the wedding day and you did an excellent job with everything on the day and of course all the work over the last few months. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Gavin & Sarah

Thank you again!

We really did have a perfect wedding. We are so happy with how it went and friends and family are still texting and emailing saying what a great time they had.

Back at work since yesterday which is tough but going to plan a honeymoon for later in the year so that will keep us going.
5.0
2014-09-09T10:50:54+00:00
Thank you again! We really did have a perfect wedding. We are so happy with how it went and friends and family are still texting and emailing saying what a great time they had. Back at work since yesterday which is tough but going to plan a honeymoon for later in the year so that will keep us going.

Family of Ricardo

We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Wedding Spain, 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 Wedding Spain 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 Wedding Spain, 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 Wedding Spain for helping make our day so so special.

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!
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