Spain Elopements

Here at Weddings and Events by Natalia Ortiz, we love sharing examples of weddings we have organised with you. Our wedding planner is a true expert in the area of planning Spain elopements and this is reflected in the portfolio of her work. In this article, we want to share with you some examples of beautiful weddings we have carried out in Spain – let’s go!

Weekend wedding in Madrid

We organised an elopement based in Madrid for the lovely couple Thomas and Silje. Their wedding was spread over a weekend, celebrating with their closest family and friends in the centre of Madrid. They invited 10 guests, which made the wedding a very intimate celebration, which was very personal for them.

Wedding weekend in Madrid
Photography: Buenas Photos / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz

Let’s talk about what they wore. Silje wore a spectacular dress with a V shaped neckline. It had cap sleeves which were lace, and the top of the dress was also made from lace, then it flowed into a smooth pleated straight skirt – so flattering! She opted for an elegant updo for her hair, and her bouquet was composed of pure white flowers and some greenery. Thomas looked very smart in a white shirt with a navy dicky bow and navy trousers. His head was freshly shaven for a very clean look. Gorgeous!

The style of the wedding was light & bright, pure and romantic. The ceremony took place in the Embassy of Norway, followed by the reception in a restaurant. They chose to spend the afternoon exploring the city, and the day ended with an amazing dinner.

The celebrations continued the day after the wedding, where more activities were done in the city centre – including seeing a flamenco show and a masterclass!!

The wedding was exactly as they hoped and we couldn’t have been any more happy with how the day went. Congratulations to Thomas and Silje!

Female elopement in Girona

Now an example of an elopement in Spain that we organised for the fabulous couple Julia and Alina in Girona. The wedding took place outside, immersed in nature and it was very romantic. The wedding had splashes of colour thanks to the pink and orange tones in the flowers – it was beautiful!

Female wedding
Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Olya Kobruseva

Both brides wore amazing and elegant white dresses, with some similarities regarding colour and fabric style, which made them look in harmony with each other, but the differences made them unique and reflected each of their personalities. They both looked stunning.

Alicante beach wedding

Let’s continue with a beach elopement that we organised for a stunning couple in Alicante. The style of the ceremony was rustic, thanks to the wooden altar and ceremony table, with romantic elements provided by the light flowers with tones of pink, light yellow and peach.

Wedding beach ceremony in Alicante
Photography: Hanna Baranava / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz

The bride chose two dresses, the first had a large skirt and long train, and the bodice was made from lace, with some see-through parts. The second dress was similar in the way that it also had a lace bodice with some transparent elements, but the skirt was straight and smaller this time. As for the groom, he opted for a a black and white suit – simple and classy!

We organised the photoshoot to be on a beautiful estate by the sea and on the beach too, and the gorgeous sky provided a stunning backdrop.

Elopement in Catalonia

We organised a stunning, traditional elopement in Catalonia for the couple Angelina and Sergei. It took place in a medieval style estate, with an extremely romantic and warm ambiance thanks to the use of lit candles.

Wedding in Girona
Photography: Aljosa Petric / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz

Regarding the style of the bride and groom, the bride wore an incredible, decorative dress with a belt in the centre and a V shaped neckline – it was gorgeous and complimented her beautifully. Sergei wore a blue suit with a subtle check design and a white shirt, he looked very smart.

It was a truly romantic and unforgettable day, and both bride and groom were so happy!

Fairytale elopement in La Quinta de Illescas

This Elopement took place in La Quinta de Illescas in Toledo, which is around 30 km from Madrid. This estate is perfect for weddings, and the ceremony took place in a room with many glass windows, which made it a bright ceremony. The ceremony was beautifully decorated with white flowers with some greenery for the aisle and altar. Floral centrepieces dominated the banquet room and white and green became the predominant colours for the wedding, which gave it a fresh feel!

Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
Elopement in Tenerife

We organised this gorgeous elopement for Anita and Alexey, a Russian couple, in Hotel the Ritz-Carlton Abama in Tenerife. Anita had always dreamed of a colourful wedding, and having a wedding by the coast gave her this: spectacular views of the sea and sky, and green, blue and yellow colours.

Wedding in Tenerife
Photography: Kseniya Bunets / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz

Anita chose 2 dresses for the wedding: one for the ceremony, the other to dance in. Her first dress was long, white and decorated with small rhinestones, and her second dress was short with sequins. As for Alexey, he wore black trousers and a light blue jacket for the ceremony, and white trousers and a black jacket for the dance – a stylish wedding!

Salamanca wedding

This elopement took place in Buen Amor castle for the couple Irina and Anton. This castle has a medieval style thanks to its antique furniture and large halls, perfect for a traditional wedding. The ceremony took place in the castle’s courtyard, and there was an iron altar surrounded by floral and miscellaneous medieval decorations.

Photography: Buenas Photos / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz

Irina wore a strapless dress with a skirt decorated with small flowers and a train, she had a flower in her hair to match the ones on her dress. Anton kept it simple with a white shirt and loose fitting blue trousers. It was a perfect medieval wedding!

Elopement in Mallorca

Dmitry and Aurike celebrated their stunning elopement on a beach in Mallorca. The landscape where the ceremony took place was beautiful: the blue sea contrasting with the white stones floor of the ceremony. The ceremony area was simple yet elegant, decorated with a few lovely flower arrangements.

Wedding in Mallorca
Photography: Sandra Mañas García / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz

The bride’s outfit was unique and gorgeous – she wore a white lace bodice with a pink skirt, which was a very pretty, romantic look, as well as modern thanks to the pink skirt.

The couple made good use of the private beach of the hotel where the wedding was held for a very aesthetic photoshoot, a beautiful day.

Toledo elopement

For Anjelica and Remo we organised the wedding of their dreams in Vinales Cigarral Santa Maria, Toledo. It was an outdoor wedding – both ceremony and banquet were al fresco as the landscape was too spectacular not to make use of for the wedding.

Wedding in Toledo
Photography: Cristina Nodal / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz

The banquet was set up on a rustic style wooden table, with flowers and a candelabra for decoration. The style of the banquet went perfectly with the landscape. Wine was an important feature too, as there was a vineyard at the venue.

The decoration and style of the wedding and the bride and groom looked amazing, a fabulous day filled with smiles.

Elopement in a lavender field

Imagine having your wedding photoshoot in a beautiful lavender field and how aesthetically stunning the photos would be. Well, that’s exactly what we did for this wedding and the result was incredible!

Elopement in lavender field
Photography: Buenas Photos / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz

Katerina, the bride, wrote a country-style dress to match the countryside landscape she was in and she matched her dress with light brown boots and a straw hat. Andrey wore beige pants with a white shirt and black suspenders, and like Katerina he also matched perfectly with the surroundings. On the photos they stood out perfectly against the lavender fields – a perfect result.

Asturias elopement

This elopement was between Kaci and Dave and took place in a castle in Asturias, surrounded by mountains and in the heart of nature. The castle’s amazing stone stairs provided a perfect place for their wedding photos, and so did the landscape; the mountains and lake providing a breathtaking backdrop for this set of photos.

wedding in Aturias
Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Buenas Photos

Kaci and Dave looked as fabulous as the surroundings. Kaci in a gorgeous, embellished dress with lots of detailing, and Dave in an extremely smart blue suit with brown shoes. A lovely wedding for a lovely couple.

So we have gone over some of our favourite Spain elopements, we hope you love them as much as we do! If you want more information or to team up with us to create a wedding as beautiful as these, you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru.

Why a Destination Wedding Planner is right for you

Let’s face it, since the proposal all you have been able to think about is the wedding. You’ve definitely thought about a wedding in a wonderful location like a beach in sun. Who can blame you? A romantic wedding in a faraway location is the stuff dreams are made of, but just how do you turn that dream into a reality? Going it alone can be a really complicated and stressful task. A wedding is hard enough to plan, let alone a destination wedding! How are you going to pick the perfect venue, get the best food your money can buy and create the day of your dreams when you don’t know anything about the location? In comes the destination wedding planner. Not just experts in wedding planning, but experts in the destination. It won’t just save you the stress, it will save you money and time too. Destination Weddings will put you in touch with a specialist with invaluable knowledge of your dream location and put all the pieces together for you. Now just why should you choose a destination wedding planner? Here are our top 5 reasons.

Local knoweledge

A destination wedding planner is what links you with the destination of your dreams. They will be able to advise you on the best venues for each part of the day and recommend vendors they know and trust to ensure your day lives up to all your expectations. You won’t waste any time looking down dead ends, your destination wedding planner will have a list of recommendations ready for you.

Wedding in Palace Aldovea
Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
It can be the smart financial choice, remember they have all the local connections

The sad truth is that unfortunately, vendors in destinations will often set their prices higher if they think you don’t have any knowledge of the area. You will not be able to know if they are giving you a fair deal or not. A destination wedding planner knows how much what you’re looking for should cost and won’t let someone take advantage of you. They will also have good relationships with their recommended vendors and may be able to use the connections to benefit you! You can rest easy knowing your flowers, cake, photos are all being taken care of by someone your planner knows and trusts, at a fair price.  Don’t forget about programs within planning services, such as Destination Wedding’s preferred partner program, which offers you the opportunity of spa treatments, private events, room upgrades and more.

They do the heavy lifting

Nothing about the research, booking or scheduling of a destination wedding is easy. When you start looking for a venue in a location you are unfamiliar with, it can be a very difficult task to even start looking in the right kind of places, or you might find yourself with too many choices and you won’t know what to do. Now add in a full-time job, a time difference and you’ve got yourself a real problem. Fortunately, your destination wedding planner will do all the research for you, and bring you a curated list of options, and then you can make a much better, well informed decision. When you’ve made your choices, they’ll make sure everything gets booked and scheduled exactly as you wanted.

Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Offering your guests travel advice

Your planner is not just your best friend, but they can be an incredibly useful tool for all of your guests too. There’s a pretty good chance that your guests won’t have visited the location before, and might know absolutely nothing about the area, and will need guidance on hotels, travel, places to eat and things to do before they travel. Your destination wedding planner will give you recommendations on where best for them to stay, great restaurants and the perfect local activities. When booking for a large number of people, try using a booking service like HotelPlanner.com, where you can reserve a large number of rooms at a lower price.

Photography: Olya Kobruseva / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
They’ll make sure you stick to your budget

Setting a budget can be difficult to begin with, so your planner will help you decide what budget you need to get the day of your dreams. From there, they will work with you, making any adjustments necessary to make sure your wedding is everything you dreamt, and it stays below budget.

Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz

Remember, destination wedding planners understand the stresses and strains of trying to plan a destination wedding, it is their job after all! They will make the experience as simple and relaxing as it possibly can be for you, your partner and all your guests. Always stay in touch, and you’ll sleep well knowing someone trustworthy is taking care of your dreams. It will all make the day an all-round better experience, which will live long in your memory.

What Type of Wedding Planner Do You Need

Welcome to busy world of wedding planners. There are many options available when choosing a wedding planner, but the best place to start is by making a list of everything you expect from your planner. From there, you can begin researching and crossing everything off your list. Remember that all planners are different, some are focused only on the design of the day, others will be more arranging and scheduling the day rather than designing it, so make sure you find one that offers the services you’re looking for. When you have a few potential planners in mind, arrange meetings and go through each point in a bit more detail so you are sure that your planner take care of everything you expect them to.

Here we will explain some of the options you might find during your research. Planners won’t always use these exact terms to describe themselves, but it should offer a good place to start from.

Full-Service Planner

The all in one package. The full-service planner takes care of everything from start to finish. They will arrange all the vendors, ensure all your guests are catered for and will take responsibility for the design of the wedding. If you are looking for a lot of help and guidance in planning your wedding, or if you have a complicated concept that you want bringing to life then this is the best option for you.

Photography: Olya Kobruseva /Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
Event-Designer

The event designer is oriented towards the aesthetic of a wedding rather than the logistical side, meaning they will provide all the creativity to create your dream day, just don’t expect them to organise the timing or budgeting of your day. They may well work with vendors to help in creating your vision, and take care of flower arrangements for example, but they won’t organise other details for you. The designer isn’t essential. You can use a combination of florists and your venue manager to help create your vision, or a “floral designer” who specialises in creating an overall concept for the wedding, not just bouquets and centrepieces. Couples usually turn to event-designers as creating a unique and amazing experience can be very difficult and stressful without some help. If you are comfortable coordinating but would like help creating the design of the day, then this is the best option for you.

Wedding in Catalonia
Photography: Olya Kobruseva / Wedding Planner: Natalia Ortiz
À La Carte Planner

The À La Carte Planner is perfect for a couple that want help creating a plan but want to organise the event themselves. You are able to ask them questions and get suggestions, recommendations for vendors, advice and help with particular issues you are having. It is up to you when you contact the planner, and they charge a flat fee for each service or an hourly rate for their assistance.

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Day-of Coordinator

The day-of coordinator is best for couples who want to plan their own wedding but want to be able to relax in the build up and the day of. They will usually begin their involvement about a month before the event, just to ensure everything is running smoothly. On the day, they will take care of all of the setup and organisation, and cleaning or any other important tasks after the wedding. This lets you and your family enjoy the day without the worry and stress of managing the day.

And here are the different types of services offered by a wedding planner. Have you already decided on the one that best suits you? In this link you can know more about our services and, if you have any questions, you can write us at info@svadbavispanii.ru. We will love designing your great day!

We also recommend you read this post to see all the reasons to hire a wedding planner. We are sure you will like it!

Olga and Sergey’s wedding in Malaga

The adorable couple, Olga and Sergey, decided to celebrate an intimate and romantic wedding in Malaga, and we worked hard to ensure that it couldn’t have been more beautiful. This Belorussian couple have known each other since they were children, when they met playing in the park together. Later on they got separated by life, but on one great day they were reunited, to never separate again.

This beautiful wedding took place in a spa in Malaga, a spectacular place by the beach with incredible views. Before we discuss the details of the ceremony, let’s go back to the beginning of the day, when the bride and groom got ready in a luxurious hotel in Malaga. Olga got dressed, did her hair and put on her makeup in a fairytale room, while enjoying her last moments as a single woman. Her dress was an authentic work of art, it was sleeveless and made of a wonderful fabric. She opted for a midi-dress with a delicate white adornment, letting her blonde hair flow with waves and finishing the look with some big earrings. She chose to wear a veil to add a touch of tradition. As for her makeup, she opted for nude lips and statement eyes.

The happy couple were able to take some photos in the hotel, whilst they relaxed before the ceremony. Sergey chose beige trousers and a white shirt, perfect for a beach wedding.

The ceremony decorations were absolutely spectacular. The centre of attention was the circular floral structure with lots of pastel and green coloured flowers.

Next to the altar was a table with a beautiful cake with pink tones, which the couple enjoyed alongside two glasses of champagne after the couple said ‘Yes, I do’.

The rest of the photos from this wedding in Malaga were taken in the surroundings of this venue in the spa, a totally magical area. We’ll leave them with you!


Credits

Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk
Video: Jose Antonio Rico
Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Flowers: Anais floristas
MUAH: Álvaro Sánchez and Juan Lapi

The 8 best places to get married in Spain

Spain is a popular choice for couples who are planning where to have their wedding, why? The climate is perfect for a wedding, the choice of Mediterranean food can be enjoyed by anyone, and, as we will focus on in this article, there is a vast choice of location for your wedding.

Legalities

First and foremost, however, there are a few legal requirements to address. Firstly, to marry in Spain, one of you must have lived there for a minimum of two years, and you must be over the age of 18.

Want help? Here we are!

Planning a wedding in Spain may seem like a complicated task, but do not worry, an increasingly common idea is to hire a wedding planner to make the process stress-free and simple. To know in depth the advantages of hiring a wedding planner, you can visit this blog.

At Weddings and Events by Natalia Ortiz, we have the privilege of providing a wedding planner who has exceptional knowledge in the area of planning weddings in Spain thanks to many years’ experience in doing so. If you want to get in touch, you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru

Location options

Let’s start with the 8 best places to get married in Spain, with examples!

Churches

First, let’s begin with a classic choice: a Church. If you are looking to celebrate a religious wedding, Spain is the perfect country. Due to its long history of religious traditions, there is a huge choice of beautiful churches at your disposal.

One of our favourite churches is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona. It is located in the district of La Ribera, in the middle of Barcelona and has a gothic Catalan style, with high ceilings and narrow stain-glass windows. It is famous for being featured in various novels, such as Thesaurus Ombres a Barcelona, by Africa Ragel.

Church in Spain

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Santa María del Mar en Barcelona. Pics web www.santamariadelmarbarcelona.org

If you wish to see more options of churches in Spain, you can see this blog of ours.

Castles

Getting married in a castle is perfect for those who dream of a fairytale wedding. It is guaranteed to be a unique, regal experience, and here is a few of our favourite castles:

Castle Buen Amor, Salamanca. This special castle has a long history, and has been renovated to accommodate special weddings. For more information on Castle Buen Amor, please see our article all about it.

Wedding in medieval castle Buen Amor
Tatiana and Thomy. Photography: Buenas Photos / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz

XIII century castle in Catalonia. This castle is located in the mountains, which provide a beautiful backdrop for your wedding and can host up to 200 people.

Wedding in Girona
Angelina and Sergei. Photography: Aljosa Petric / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz

Castle of Viñuelas. This castle is in Soto de Viñuelas, a protected, natural area in Madrid and can host up to 1000 guests!

Photography: Aljosa Petric
Villas

A more modern choice of location is a villa, where, if you wish, you can have a ceremony, reception, and accommodate your guests all in one place! Spain has a variety of villas of all sizes, facilities, and price to meet your desires. For example, one of our favourites is Villa Los Flamingos, which is situated between Marbella and Estepona, and can host up to 20 people.

Beaches

If you’re looking for a romantic setting for your wedding, why not choose one of Spain’s many beautiful golden beaches? The ambiance of a beach ceremony is simply stunning, and, secondly, there is bound to be a large choice of activities there if you’re planning your wedding over a few days.

Elopement in Barcelona
Photography: Ginger’s eyes / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
Restaurants

You and your partner may have a passion for food! If so, a restaurant is a perfect location for your big day. Restaurants typically have unique personalities and, of course, you need not worry about the quality of food at a restaurant.

Hotels

Another popular choice for couples is to get married in a hotel. As well as being potentially very beautiful places to get married, hotels are a popular choice due to their convenience. If your guests aren’t local to the area where your wedding will take place, they will need somewhere to stay, so where better than a hotel? Furthermore, you can celebrate your whole wedding, from ceremony to reception in a wedding, so no extra transport will be needed – a perfect choice for convenience!

Wedding in San Sebastián
Wedding planner: Weddings and Events by Natalia Ortiz/ Photography: Buenas Photos

Here, we comprised a list of advantages of getting married in a hotel.

Mountains

Mountains provide an extremely picturesque backdrop for your wedding. If you admire the indisputable beauty of nature, a wedding located in the mountains could be the option for you.

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Kaci and Dave. Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Buenas Photos
Islands

Finally, there are many islands which belong to Spain, such as the Balearics, which can provide a perfect location for your wedding. A popular choice is Mallorca, due to its warm climate. Moreover, its airport makes it possible to fly there from almost anywhere! Additionally, celebrating your wedding on an island gives you the chance to celebrate your honeymoon in a wonderful location without having to travel anywhere else after your wedding.

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Carolina and Ivan. Wedding planner: Weddings and events by Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Kseniya Bunets Photography

If you wish to know more about the best places to get married in Spain, we have lots more information so you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

A Wedding in the Elegant Palace of Aldovea

The Palace of Aldovea is one of the most spectacular places to celebrate a wedding in Spain because it’s a classic and it’s full of history. In this article, we’re going to show you one of the projects we’re working on this season, which we hope will inspire those of you who are planning a wedding for next year.

For this wedding in the Palace of Aldovea, the bride wore a Jesús Peiró dress, a brand which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in bridal fashion in 2018. Everyone thought the bride looked beautiful in her chosen design, which was made with an incredible lace. Her loose, wavy hair gave her look an added touch of elegance. Despite the palace’s traditional style, the couple did not have to follow the trend with traditional accessories. This bride broke traditions with a larger than usual bouquet, made up of wild flowers and plants in white and green tones, and touches of fruit such as apples, which brought life, freshness and originality to the bouquet!

The groom opted for a simple and classic dark blue suit with a plain white shirt; an ideal outfit for this special moment.

For the ceremony, the choice of bow was determined by the bride’s bouquet. It featured an irregular arch formed by flowers and fresh plants that brought an element of simplicity and harmony to the room. The beautiful castle, the bride and groom, and the decoration all blended perfectly.

This palace is a very special place for any couple to feel comfortably enclosed in their own walls and gardens. Celebrating a wedding in the Palace of Aldovea goes hand in hand with success, thanks to its unique space which allows for beautiful decoration, personal essence and corners full of magic. From the interior and exterior courtyards, to the bride’s room, as well as the numerous spacious rooms…we have no doubt that you’ll feel like a princess here!

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Credits

Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk
Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Dress: Jesús Peiró
MUAH: Alina
Venue: Palace of Aldovea

Wedding planning Checklist

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting stages of your life. You’re going to marry the person of your dreams, what could be better? However, the thought of this planning can be overwhelming for some people. This is where a wedding planning checklist can come in handy. It will organise you and make sure you won’t forget anything!

To help you, we have put together some important things to write on your checklist. We’ll start with things to do first and finish with last minute details. Let’s go!

Luxury Weddings
Photography: Vivid Symphony / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
1. Budget

First thing’s first, you need to plan how much you want to spend on your wedding. Then you need to elaborate your budget: what do you want to make a priority? On which parts do you want to allocate the most money? Once you have a budget, you can start looking at venues, decorations and vendors to fit your price limits.

2. Guests

Now you know how much you want to spend, you can choose your guests accordingly. Your budget may not allow for a huge list of guests, so you’ll need to decide who you want there the most. It is often the case that more guests get invited for the reception after the dinner, so you can involve more people at the wedding party.

Photography: Olya Kobruseva /Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
3. Wedding planner

A wedding planner will be like your fairy godmother during the planning. She will take away your stress and will know all the best venues and vendors to make your day successful. Having a wedding planner is especially beneficial if you have a busy schedule outside of wedding planning. You can carry on with normal life knowing everything to do with your wedding is being taken care of.

4. Venue

Once you have your guest list, you can start the search for your ideal venue which has capacity for all guests. Look for somewhere that suits your style. It could also be a good idea from a financial and convenience point of view to hire a venue in which you can host each part of your wedding. As a result, you don’t have to think about guest transportation during the day, nor guest accommodation.

5. Theme & decor

Now you have your venue, you can decide on how you want it to be styled! This is one of the most fun parts. What colour scheme do you want? Do you want a particular theme that means something to you as a couple? Flowers? Arches? The list is endless! Pinterest is amazing for inspiration.

Wedding in a Spanish castle
Photography: Patricia Knabe / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
6. Vendors

To make your decor dreams come true, start thinking about hiring your florists and other decoration suppliers. Your wedding planner will know the best vendors to suit your style. Other vendors to hire include caterers, entertainers (such as a live music group or DJ), and a photographer/videographer.

7. Save-the-Date cards and invitations

Design your save-the-date cards and invitations to suit the style of your wedding. Include an RSVP and make sure you set a date you want your guests to confirm by.

8. Outfits

Start looking at potential wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses to allow for fittings. Buying a wedding dress is a beautiful moment, we hope it’ll be a memory you can treasure forever. Also look for outfits for the groom and groomsmen. It is a nice touch to incorporate a similar colour scheme to the bridesmaids’ and groomsmens’ outfits. For example, their ties could match the colour of their dresses.

Wedding in Marbella
Photography: Olya Kobruseva /Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
9. Officiant

If you have opted for a non-religious ceremony, hiring an officiant is the next step. Nowadays, it is becoming common for couples to choose friends or family members to do this. More traditionally, there are professionals who carry out the ceremony.

10. Transportation

If your guests need a way of getting from A to B on your wedding day, it is time to start thinking about hiring transportation. There are so many options of transport: cars, coaches, taxis etc…

11. Menu

Think about what you want to eat on your wedding day. Consult your caterers regarding what options they have and arrange a menu tasting. A tasting will give you the opportunity to know if you like the menu or not.

12. Cake

Whilst we’re on the topic of food, now could be a good time to think about your cake.

Wedding in medieval castle Buen Amor
Photography: Buenas Photos / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
13. Rings

You and your husband can go and choose your wedding rings together, or you can leave it as a surprise. Just remember to get them ready on the morning of the Big Day!

14. Styling

Organise who you want to do the bride’s and bridesmaids’ hair and makeup. It is always a good idea to organise a makeup and hair trial to work out timings and make sure you and your bridesmaids are happy.

15. Seating

Often the hardest part for couples is deciding where to seat their guests at the ceremony and banquet. Think about who would like to sit with who and whether or not you’d like a top table.

16. Vows

The time has come to write your all-important vows if you have chosen to create your own. Make them personal and rehearse them so you are ready for your big moment.

Wedding in Quinta de Illescas
Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
17. Gifts

Show your guests your appreciation with a small gift. Knowing what to get can be difficult, but here we have compiled a list of ideas for guests’ gifts. We hope it helps!

18. Songs

Speak with your partner and family about what songs you’d like to play at your wedding and reception. Once you have a list, you can send this to your chosen DJ/musician to make sure they’re prepared.

19. Relax

Now sit back and relax, most of the planning is now done. Consult with your wedding planner about a wedding coordinator to ensure the smooth running of your big day from start to finish. This will remove last minute panicking as they will resolve any issues on the day.

Here are some things to think about when creating a wedding planning checklist. Of course, a wedding planner could be a huge help during this process. To work with our expert wedding planner, you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru to get the process started.

20 questions to ask your wedding venue

Now you’ve picked out your ideal wedding venue, there are some questions you could consider asking to make sure that the venue will definitely be right for your big day. To help you, we’ve put together 20 questions you should consider asking your wedding venue before you commit to having your wedding there – let’s begin.

Wedding in Catalonia
Photography: Olya Kobruseva / Wedding Planner: Natalia Ortiz
20 questions
1. Is the date I want to get married available?

Venues can get booked up very far in advance, especially on Fridays or weekends, and if you have a specific date in mind (a date that is special for you and your partner, perhaps) then the first question to ask your venue is whether or not this date is available for your special day.

2. Can I have my ceremony, banquet and reception here?

Using the same place for both the wedding ceremony and reception will not only save you money, but it will also be extremely convenient for you and your guests – you won’t have to think about transportation from location to location.

3. Can I accommodate my guests here?

The next thing to ask is whether or not your guests will be able to stay at the venue. This is important when considering logistics for your wedding.

4. Are there specific caterers here which you use?

Wedding venues occasionally work with their own caterers so you can ask to see a menu proposal to make sure that you’re happy with the catering options at the venue. Alternatively, you could ask to choose your own caterers for the big day.

Wedding in Quinta de Illescas
Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk / Wedding Planner: Natalia Ortiz
5. Can we taste the menu beforehand?

You may want to make sure you like the food they will serve and are happy with the quality of it before your special day.

6. What is the time-frame in which we can have the venue for?

Some venues have limits on how long you can have the wedding and reception for, so it is important to check if there is a certain finishing time they abide by so you can know how long to hire a DJ or other entertainment for, for example.

7. Are there any other events occurring on the same day?

It’s always favourable if yours is the only event at the venue on the day, but it is a common occurrence to have more than one event on the same day – still, don’t let this put you off, the venue will ensure the day is your own no matter what other circumstances occur!

8. How many guests can the ceremony and banquet room accommodate?

Often you will have less guests for your ceremony and wedding meal, then more for the evening. However if you plan to have many guests for the ceremony and meal you must ensure that they can all be accommodated.

9. Is there disabled guest access?

Another question to consider is whether or not all your guests will have easy access to the venue – do they have accessible entrances for guests in wheelchairs, for example?

10. Can I hold some parts of my wedding outdoors?

If you are celebrating it in a country such as Spain with a good climate all year round, the weather is likely to be nice. Therefore it could be worth asking if there is outdoor space you can use to make the most of the weather.

Wedding in Valencia
Photography: Buenas Photos / Wedding Planner: Natalia Ortiz
11. Do you have wedding packages?

Wedding packages are always advantageous and can save you money. So, it is a good idea to ask the question of if they have packages and what is included in them.

12. Can I see a room layout?

A room layout will help you to plan what you can fit in the space and where you can seat your guests.

13. Are there limits to what decorations I use?

Occasionally venues put certain limits in place regarding decorations. For example some may not allow the use of lit candles due to fire hazards.

14. Do you provide all the utensils, tables and chairs for the banquet?

Knowing this in advance is important so you can organise table, chair and utensil rent if the venue doesn’t provide their own.

15. When can we start the set-up?

To plan the timings of your wedding day, you should ask what time you can begin setting up for your day. You could even ask if you could start the day before.

Wedding in Mallorca
Photography: Sandra Mañas García / Wedding Planner: Natalia Ortiz
16. Does your reception room allow for entertainment?

You should ensure that your wedding venue can accommodate the entertainment you wish to have at your reception. This could be a live band or DJ, and ask what time they can set up.

17. Do you have an alcohol licence?

Most venues will be permitted to sell alcohol, however sometimes you may need to provide your own.

Wedding in medieval castle Buen Amor
Photography: Buenas Photos / Wedding Planner: Natalia Ortiz
18. Is there a car park?

It is a good idea to check out if there is space for parking, as many guests will wish to arrive in their own cars.

19. What is your cancellation policy?

You should check out the venue’s cancellation policy. This will be of use in the event that something changes after you book your wedding venue, and you need to either change the venue or reschedule.

20. What would the total cost be?

Ensure that there will be no hidden fees and check whether this costs includes tax.

So here is a list of 20 questions to ask your wedding venue. At Weddings and Events by Natalia Ortiz we assure that your wedding venue will be everything you want it to be. Therefore if you want help planning your wedding, you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tasks and to-do list for the wedding day in Spain

A To-Do list for the wedding day in Spain is so important to keep organised so that your day can go exactly to plan, with no hiccups! It is a good idea to make this to-do list in advance and try to get some things done a few days before the wedding. You can share this to-do list with other people, such as bridesmaids and groomsmen so that you have people to help you. If you have a wedding planner, they can take care of this to-do list for you so you can enjoy a stress-free wedding in Spain.

In this article we provide some examples of things you can include in your to-do list for the wedding day in Spain to help you when creating yours! Let’s begin!

Bridal morning in Madrid
Photography: Kseniya Bunets / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Create a list of vendors with contact details

It is important that you have a list of all the vendors that you are using for your Spanish wedding. Vendors will likely include florists, venue manager, photographer (and videographer if you opted to have one), entertainers (e.g. DJ), transportation, catering staff and wedding ceremony officiator. Put their contact details next to them so you can call them on the day to make sure they’re ready. If you’re getting married in Spain and don’t speak Spanish, it is important that you have a communication plan, for example someone to help you translate, or simply ensure that your vendors can understand your language.

The rings

The most memorable and important part of the ceremony is the exchanging of rings. They are a symbol of your eternal partnership – don’t forget them!

Wedding in Girona
Photography: Aljosa Petric /Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Weather forecast

Although Spain boasts predominantly good weather all year round, perhaps consider checking the weather forecast for your big day. This means that you can be prepared in the unlikely case that it rains.

Have the timeline for your wedding day

The timeline for your big day is very important so you know what’s happening when. If you are having a wedding coordinator make sure he/she has a copy. Also make sure that you, your partner, bridesmaids, and groomsmen know the timeline so you can all be ready. The wedding coordinator will ensure that your guests are in the right place at the right time.

wedding in Asturias
Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Buenas Photos
Plan how long your bridal party needs to get ready

Having an idea of how long it will take everyone to get ready is important to ensure that the ceremony will not be delayed. It is always a good idea to have a trial hair and makeup styling for the bride and bridesmaids so you can plan timings. If you are marrying in Spain and you don’t live there, try to arrive at least a day early to allow for these trials.

Outfits

Ensure you have the all the outfits ready and clean. Make sure you have the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses where the bride and bridesmaids are getting ready, and the same for the suits for the groom and groomsmen.

Wedding in Tenerife
Photography: Kseniya Bunets /Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Pack spare clothes!!!!

Don’t forget your overnight bag with everything you’ll need in it for the day(s) after your wedding! So make sure to put this on your to-do list for the wedding day in spain.

Say your thank yous

On your wedding day it is important that you ensure that your guests know that you appreciate them coming. A nice touch is to provide a small welcome gift for your guests. You can leave this either in their accommodation rooms, or on the banquet table at their seats. If you’re getting married in Spain, it is likely that some of your guests will have travelled. Therefore a nice idea for a welcome gift could simply be useful information about tourist activities in the area, with a Spanish themed souvenir.

Wedding in medieval castle Buen Amor
Photography: Buenas Photos / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz

For more examples of gifts for your guests, click here for our article dedicated to this topic.

So here are some of the most crucial things to put on a to-do list for the wedding day in Spain. Don’t forget that a wedding planner will create this to-do list for you. She can also make sure that everything on it gets done so you don’t have to think about it. For more information on this topic and to partner with our expert wedding planner to make your big day a success, you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru.