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.

Natalia and Alberto’s wedding in Marbella

Natalia and Alberto, a Russian-Spanish couple, contacted us a few months ago in order to plan their wedding in Marbella. We got to work, and the result couldn’t have been more perfect. In this article, we’ll give you all the details and share a few of the most special photographs from the big day.

The outdoor ceremony took place in a spectacular hotel in Marbella. The couple got ready in their separate rooms with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, cherishing the special moments before the couple said “Yes, I do”.  Natalia wore an amazing princess dress with suspenders and pronounced cleavage, and a flattering makeup look with red lips as the main feature. In fact, red was the main colour of the wedding: the bridesmaids wore pretty red dresses, and the groomsmen wore red ties. Meanwhile, Alberto wore an elegant blue suit with a white shirt. They were a picture of elegance!

The ceremony was flooded with white, with a beautiful altar decorated with flowers and a large carpet in the hallway. After getting married, both the couple and the guests threw white balloons in the air, which made for some fantastic photographs.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed an outdoor wedding banquet, thanks to the ideal weather conditions in this exclusive region of Andalucia. So that she could dance easily, Natalia changed into a short and very comfortable dress…now she was ready to enjoy the whole night!

We will leave you with the marvellous photographs of this adorable couple and their wedding in Marbella. Thanks for having faith in us!

Credits

Photography: Olya Kobruseva
Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
MUAH: LTMUA
Showman: Maestro de Ceremonias

Planning a wedding in Asturias

Asturias is a beautiful region located in the North-West of Spain, and it is famous for its beautiful mountains and religious sites, as well as its rocky coastline. The landscape is very green and unspoilt, and the picturesque features of this region make it perfect for a stunning wedding. If you have been looking into a wedding in Asturias, you cannot miss this post, as we have put together some reasons for coming here and some of the best venues to choose from for your wedding. Let’s begin!

The landscape

So as briefly mentioned, one of the most important reasons why Asturias is a fabulous location for a wedding is its breathtaking landscapes. Indeed, it is home to the Picos Europa Mountains, which can provide a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photographs. The mountains are a National Park, filled with nature and characterised with gorges and canyons as well as the mountains. This national park is huge, covering approximately 64000 hectares!

wedding in Asturias
Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Buenas Photos
The coastline

As well as mountains, Asturias is also located on the coast, so it is also a great location if you are sea lovers. The eastern coast is home to Llanes, the largest of the resorts in Asturias which has around 50 km of sandy beaches and it is becoming a very popular place! In addition, being located on the coast means that you can enjoy various activities on the days before or after your wedding, and some activities you can do here include:

Sea kayaking
Canoeing
Paddle boarding
Surfing
Fishing
Paragliding
Horse riding (very romantic!)

Elopement in Asturias

The food

Linking back to the last point, another advantage of the coastline of Asturias is that it allows for the production of fresh seafood, but it is also famous for meat-based dishes and its cheeses, so there is a variety of choice for everyone! The food is that good in Asturias that celebrity chef Jose Andres recommends coming here for the food. Therefore a wedding in Asturias is perfect is you love food!

Now, let’s discuss venues!

Castle San Cucao

This historic castle is perfect for holding prestigious weddings, as it was home to many Lords and leading figures. The castle is surrounded by nature and is very tranquil indeed. Moreover, you have the option of having either an outdoor or indoor ceremony. Or if the weather doesn’t permit, an indoor ceremony in the castle’s hall.

Sanctuario de Covadonga

Finally, if you wish to have a religious wedding in Asturias, Sanctario de Covadonga provides you with this. The views are spectacular and the church itself is very ornate – an extremely impressive structure.

Elopement in Asturias

Here you can see a wedding in Asturias we planned come to life! If you want more information regarding organising a wedding here, write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru

How to Choose a Friend to Officiate Your Wedding in Madrid

Having a friend officiate your wedding could be a good idea if you want your wedding to have as many personal touches as possible. You may also feel more comfortable and less nervous saying your vows in front of a friendly face. However, if you want your friend to officiate your wedding there are certain things to take into account. Here we run through each of the most important elements to think about if you want your friend to officiate your wedding – let’s go!
Make sure that both you and your partner agree on who should officiate your wedding.

Choosing a friend to officiate your wedding is a good idea if you and your future spouse have the same friends. It is important that you are both happy with who you choose to be the officiator, as this is potentially the most important part of the wedding, and it could be difficult to agree if you have different friends!

wedding in Asturias
Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz / Photography: Buenas Photos
Consider the basics

When choosing a friend to officiate your wedding, you need to go back to basics. Ask yourself if they can read well, if they have a clear voice, and if they are a confident public speaker. If you want your friend to officiate your wedding, you need to make sure they feel comfortable doing so, and that they will be able to conduct the ceremony to a good standard.

Discuss with your friend in advance how you want the ceremony to be

You need to inform your friend how you want the ceremony to be, for example do you want it to be light hearted and funny or more subtle and emotional? You should also tell your friend if you have any ideas or anything you want them to say at your ceremony. As it is your friend officiating the wedding, you will have more opportunities to speak to them and voice how you want it to be. Ensure that they make your wedding personal and to reflect your personalities.

Wedding in Quinta de Illescas
Photography: Tanya Vasiliuk / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Outfit

The officiator at the wedding will feature on the photographs of you saying your vows, which could potentially be the ones you treasure the most! As a result, you should carefully consider what your friend will wear when they officiate your wedding – you will likely want your friend to be comfortable and stylish at the same time.

Wedding in Tenerife
Photography: Kseniya Bunets / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Practice!

One of the most important things to ensure is that your friend who will officiate your wedding practises what he or she is going to say over and over again. They are unlikely to be a professional officiator, and therefore practice will be key if you want the ceremony to run smoothly!

So, here are some things to think about if you’re choosing a friend to officiate your wedding. If you want more information, you can write to us at info@svadbavispanii.ru.

Wedding coordination service

Wedding day coordination is one of the most important parts to make your Big Day a success. Our wedding planning services include wedding day coordination. Because of this, you can be sure that your planning and coordination will go hand in hand for a perfect day.

Why are wedding coordinators important?

Wedding coordinators are a crucial part of your wedding because they take your stress away. With a wedding coordinator, you can forget last minute panicking because they make sure every detail of your day is perfect. You can simply relax and enjoy your wedding with your loved ones.

Wedding in castle Buen Amor
Tatiana and Thomy. Photography: Buenas Photos / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
What do wedding coordinators do?

There are many parts to a wedding coordinator’s role. However, to summarise, wedding coordinators take care of every detail on your big day, from set-up to when your last guest is ready to go home. Here is a list:

  • They will set your wedding up. They’ll make sure your decorations are in the right place, and the same for the seats. When the time comes for the cocktail reception or banquet, they’ll set this up too.
  • They will ensure that your vendors are ready. They’ll call vendors such as your photographer, DJ and caterers to make sure they’re on their way.
  • They will be the go-to person to answer questions which your guests may have.
  • Your coordinator will inform your photographer of when important moments are about to happen. For example, they will tell the photographer when the cake will be cut, or first dance is about to happen so they can capture the most important moments.
  • Finally, they can ensure that your guests are looked after and are behaving well at your reception. Sometimes guests can get carried away if they’ve had a few to drink, so having someone control them can be very helpful.

The role of a wedding coordinator is limitless as every wedding is different, but these are the main points. Wedding coordinators are trained to adapt to all kinds of wedding, and they are ready for anything.

Luxury Weddings
Anastasia and Richard. Photography: Buenas Photos / Wedding planner: Natalia Ortiz
How much does a wedding coordinator cost?

This depends on how many wedding coordinators you need. We suggest 1 coordinator per 25 guests to make sure there are enough coordinators for your day to be smooth. Certain coordinators will look after certain groups of guests, such as the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the couple, and the vendors. The price also depends on the location of your wedding if your coordinator doesn’t work for the venue.

Wedding coordinators are undoubtedly crucial for your Big Day. This service comes as part of our wedding planning service, so you can contact us at info@svadbavispanii.ru to team up with us. We look forward to coordinating your wedding!

Why have a small wedding?

Nowadays, more people opt for a destination wedding in Spain and, as a result, small, intimate weddings are becoming more common. In this article, we go through all the most important advantages of having a small wedding in Spain.

Costs

Firstly, by having less guests, you have the opportunity to spend more money on the decoration and entertainment areas of your wedding. As a result, your day can be exactly as it is in your dreams. This in turn will make your wedding more memorable for your guests, as well as yourselves, as you can have a small, more luxurious wedding for the price of a basic wedding with hundreds of guests.

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

Small destination weddings offer a more personal experience for both the couple and the guests. You will be celebrating only with your nearest and dearest, and you will not have to feel obliged to invite people you are not as close to. Additionally, you can spend more time with each of your guests which makes their time more enjoyable too.

Wedding in Tenerife
Anita and Alexey. Photography: Kseniya Bunets / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
Choice

For small destination weddings you have a lot more options for venue and accommodation at your disposal. Additionally, it will be a lot easier to accommodate your guests all in the same place. Moreover, you can often accommodate at the same place as the reception. This is generally the preferred option as it cuts down the need for extra transportation.

Wedding in Girona
Angelina and Sergei. Photography: Aljosa Petric / Organisation: Natalia Ortiz
More days to celebrate

If you opt for a small wedding in Spain, you will tend to spend a long weekend there, or even a week! This will mean that you can spend quality time with your closest friends and family. More over, doing unforgettable activities to make your wedding even more special.

If you want more information about small destination weddings in Spain, you can write to use at info@svadbavispanii.ru.