Your wedding is one of the most important and special days of your life, so, the place where you choose to have it is very important. Gran Canaria is lots of couples’ favourite destination in Spain for tying the knot because of its incredible beaches and coves, and its marvellous scenery which make this island so unique. Now, we will show you a fantastic example of how to celebrate your wedding in Gran Canaria in a different and original way.
The ceremony took place in Hotel Salobre Resort in Gran Canaria – a marvellous 5* resort, perfect for celebrating such an important event such as your wedding day. Every aspect of the wedding had a tropical inspiration, which made it so different from the classic wedding image that most people go for.
For the occasion, the bride wore a stunning long sleeve dress with a low back, from Chiffon Atelier. Whilst for her hairdo and makeup, she opted for a pretty half-up half-down style and natural colours for the face, done by Sheila Makeup Pro. On the other hand, for the bouquet which Aura Boheme was in charge of, she chose warm pink and green tones which suited the summery style of the wedding. The groom chose a classic black suit with a black bow tie and a white shirt – the perfect look for the occasion.
When it came to the actual wedding, they opted for a very original tibetan altar, in one of the most exclusive and pretty areas of the whole complex. And for the dinner, the bridegroom and guests were seated on the ground, surrounded by warm coloured decoration. Celebrating a wedding in Gran Canaria, (specifically at Hotel Salobre which has all the necessary facilities) is always a perfect option, thanks to its pretty grounds and incomparable ambiance. It is, without a doubt, the best destination to be the centre of attention on your big day!
A wedding is such a special moment in anyone’s life, therefore the place that you choose to say ‘I do’ is very important. Barcelona is always a fantastic option to throw a romantic and magical ceremony, and a favourite destination for foreign couples looking to get married in Spain.
This was the case for Joana and Gonzalo who decided to celebrate their wedding in the fabulous Mirabé restaurant, situated in the centre of the city of Barcelona. A perfect place for a beautiful weddings with one of the most unbeatable views in Barcelona and a variety of spaces where you can host the reception.
For the occasion, the bride wore a gorgeous dress from Jordi Anguera, with lace and sheer sleeves. A bohemian style that fits perfectly with the chosen decoration for the wedding where there was a large rural and vintage influence. While for her hair, she opted for a wavy half up-do, providing simplicity and harmony to the whole style. While for her makeup, by Anna Segura, she opted for natural tones with nothing over the top.
The bouquet and the rest of the flowers for the ceremony were handled by the florist The Boj. They chose pastel tones where a pale pink was especially dominant, adding a very romantic touch. On the other hand, the groom chose and grey suit, an original and different option to what we are used to seeing and is perfect for such a great moment.
Lastly, for the ceremony, they chose the spectacular terrace, with incredible views of Barcelona, which is available at the Mirabé restaurant. For the decoration, the macramé arc was hugely important, and an element that was also used to decorate the seats at the reception. Hosting your wedding in Barcelona and in this fantastic space is always the perfect choice. Don’t hesitate, it is the best place to live out the most important day of your life!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will love designing your great day!
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
Let’s start with the 8 best places to get married in Spain, with examples!
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.
If you wish to see more options of churches in Spain, you can see this blog of ours.
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.
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.
Castle of Viñuelas. This castle is in Soto de Viñuelas, a protected, natural area in Madrid and can host up to 1000 guests!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here, we comprised a list of advantages of getting married in a hotel.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 email@example.com.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Whilst we’re on the topic of food, now could be a good time to think about your cake.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get the process started.