Probably the most common question we get asked – What are the differences between getting married at home in the UK or Ireland or here in Spain?
Well, let’s answer it!
Hotel Banqueting Team:
Rather than employing supply staff for Weddings and functions, the staff at our venues all work for the hotels full time throughout the year/season. They therefore know everything they need to know about the venue and the way things work there. We can personally vouch for the fact that at all of our recommended Wedding venues, the staff are: well presented, attentive, friendly and professional.
The majority of items that would be classed as add ons at home, are included in most of the Wedding packages here. Chair covers, chair ribbons, personalised printed menus, table plan and table centrepieces are included as standard at most of our venues.
Food and Beverage:
Let the “small glass of wine with your meal” be gone! Here it’s free flowing! After your Wedding ceremony (whether it be a blessing or Church), you will arrive on to an hour of drinks reception and canapes. The drinks for this hour are free flowing and include: house wines, local beers and soft drinks. Your guests will then move on to the Wedding breakfast where they can then enjoy a further 2 hours or free flowing wines and beer, along with cava for the speeches and tea and coffee after the meal. Most venues also offer very affordable free bar options – These are for after the meal (usually 4 hours, alongside the DJ set), they are priced per person and include beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
This is the one that comes as the biggest surprise to most couples! With the Spanish temperatures reaching heights that would be considered impossible in the UK and Ireland, it’s easy to understand why the infamous “siestas” play such a huge role in Spanish culture. It’s simply too hot to do very much at all between the hours of 2pm-4pm. For this reason, as well as the difference in daylight hours (in the summer months the sun does not set until way after 10pm), ceremonies and the whole celebration usually takes place much later than it would at home. While Spanish couples would usually marry no earlier than 7pm, we usually recommend 5pm as the best time to make that important walk down the aisle. This may sound very late to some, but it works very well and runs perfectly with the timings for the rest of the evening. From a 5pm ceremony, drinks reception would usually run from around 6pm-7pm with dinner then running 7pm-9pm followed by the disco. We eliminate all of those dreaded gaps, and your guests are sure to be happy as they don’t need to put their hands in their pockets for a drink until way on in to the night!
(The picture above shows a 5pm ceremony in September!)
A Complete Package:
Not only are there the many free drinks and great decoration packages, the majority of venues here in Spain also include: Wedding night accommodation for the newlyweds, discounted accommodation for wedding guests, taster meal before the event and even a Wedding cake!