Getting married in Spain: some tips
In the last years, there has been a rise of destination weddings by international couples taking place in Spain. Why? Simple! Because it offers good weather, nice places, amazing wedding venues, and reasonable prices on both wedding suppliers and accommodation for the couple’s guests.
If you’re thinking on getting married in Spain, you may like to read about our vision as wedding photographers here. We’re part of many weddings every year all over the country, so we have experience on knowing how weddings work over here.
For international couples who don’t have the time to be in Spain many times before the wedding in order to arrange services, decoration, etc, the best idea is to get a wedding planner who makes sure everything is perfect during your wedding day. They’ll help you with suppliers, and they’ll find the perfect decoration for your big day.
The first thing you’d need to get arranged is the wedding venue. In Spain, you should be contacting them 1-1.5 years before the wedding date, because your perfect wedding venue could already be booked if you contact them later. If you’re flexible on dates or you’re not getting married on a Saturday (most weddings take place on Saturdays), you may not have these availability issues. If you’ll be having a civil ceremony, make sure the wedding vneue has a nice spot to celebrate the ceremony! Open air ceremonies in Spain are often a great option because of the good weather, but make sure the area where the wedding will take place doesn’t get too hot in summer.
We have a wide offer of wedding venues: castles, palaces, wineries, beautiful hotels by the sea…The list is huge. Your perfect wedding venue in Spain is a google search away.
After that, other suppliers you should be contacting as soon as you choose your wedding venue are the photo, video, live music and DJ for the party. These often go unavailable quite fast. Make sure they speak fluent English (we are wedding photographers, and we do!).
Arranging the accommodation for your guests is also a top priority. Many wedding venues will have spaces (rooms, a house, etc), for you and your closest family or friends, but probably you won’t be able to fit all of your guests in those. You will then need to find additional accommodation outside the wedding venue (hotels). If you will get married in a not so touristic area, book hotel rooms as soon as your guests confirm they will attend your wedding.
As the wedding day approaches, we strongly recommend being in Spain some days before the wedding, so you can arrange final details yourselves.