How to avoid the pitfalls of destination wedding planning

A destination wedding planning can at first seem like a daunting task, and you may feel like there are countless hurdles to jump, but this is where we come in to help you – in this article we have written some tips for avoiding problems and making your wedding planning and big day run smoothly.

Wedding in a Spanish castle
Photography: Patricia Knabe / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Get informed about legal procedures

If you are looking to get married in Spain, there are certain legal requirements that you must take into consideration: firstly, one of you must have been a resident of Spain for a minimum of 2 years, and secondly you must be over the age of 18 and unrelated. Are any legal documents required? Yes, here is a list:

  • Birth certificate, officially translated into Spanish by a translator who has been approved, and with an apostilla stamp
  • If it is not your first marriage, you need to provide either a divorce certificate or a certificate of death of your previous partner
  • Passports of bride and groom
  • Certificate of No Impediment to marriage
  • If you are marrying in a church, permission will need to be granted from the Bishop.

If you want to get married in Spain, but neither of you have lived in Spain for 2 years, consider Gibraltar! It has all of the advantages of Spain but without that requirement.

Wedding in Madrid
Photographs: Buenas Photos / Wedding Planner: Natalia Ortiz

Please note that these documents are likely to require translation and allow plenty of time (2 months at an absolute minimum!) to organise the legal paperwork to ensure no last-minute panicking.

Learn about the accessibility of your chosen location

If you are getting married abroad and have family and close friends coming out to celebrate with you, it is a good idea to ensure in advance that the potential location of your wedding is easily accessible so that there will be no hiccups regarding transportation of guests on your special day.

Wedding in a castle
Photography:Buenas Photos / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Inform your guests about your wedding plans as soon as possible

A good idea when organising a destination wedding is to keep your guests in the loop as soon as you know dates and venue, so they can plan their time off work and, if not included, plan transportation and accommodation.

Make sure that they RSVP so that you know how many guests will be coming and how many to cater for – you don’t want to waste time or money!

A nice touch would be to include information about the area in which you’re getting married so they can plan things to do and see if they decide to make a holiday out of it!

Spring wedding in Torre del Visco
Photography:Buenas Photos / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Language

It is vital that no miscommunications between yourselves and the venue organisers and vendors occur so everything will be exactly how you want and expect on your wedding day, with no hidden surprises! If you are travelling abroad for your wedding and cannot confidently speak the language, plan how you will effectively communicate with the people behind the scenes of your wedding.

At Weddings and Events by Natalia Ortiz, we have a multilingual team and therefore if you are worried about miscommunications and language barriers, we can help!

Wedding weekend in Madrid
Photography: Alla Yachkulo of Buenas Photos / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Read reviews!

If you do not have much knowledge of local vendors in the area where you’ll get married, this piece of advice is important. Reviews from past couples allow you to understand whether or not vendors, such as florists, DJs, venue providers, caterers etc are trustworthy and will deliver your requests to a high standard.

Our wedding planner has many years’ experience planning weddings, therefore has valuable and widespread expertise in the area of planning weddings, with knowledge of the best venues and vendors to meet you needs – if you team up with us you can be sure that you will have a perfect, smooth day!

So, here are some important tips to consider to avoid problems during the planning process of your destination wedding planning. If you wish to know more about this topic or to let us take the stress of planning a destination away, you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru

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