2016 Marbella Weddings

2016 Marbella Weddings

Another fabulous year for destination weddings in Marbella in 2016! All our weddings for 2016 have taken place , the dresses have been worn, the confetti has been thrown and the parties have gone down a storm 🙂

We have loved every single minute of this years wedding season! The last few months have been full of hard work but so fulfilling and we are honoured that so many couples chose us to take part in the biggest day of their lives.

As well as a massive thanks to all our fabulous couples, we must also thank the very talented suppliers who we have worked alongside this year. In order to make each wedding a reality, it takes the skill, dedication and professionalism of many and without this team work our job would be impossible.

Over the next few weeks, we will put up pictures of some of the weddings we have done this year as we look forward to 2017 and beyond!!

 

Wedding Ring Engraving, a personal touch

Wedding Ring Engraving, a personal touch

The custom of inscribing romantic poetry onto wedding rings began in the courts of medieval Europe. Today, engraving a message on the inside (or outside) of the ring is one of the easiest ways to add a more personal touch.

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Make the request to get your ring engraved by your jeweller when you order the ring. If they can’t do it, they should be able to refer you to an engraver. Be sure to double-check the spelling of the requested inscription before you pass it on to the engraver, and check it again when you receive it.

When to Do It

Engraving can be done as quickly as while you wait, or it can take up to one month. Ask your jeweller how long yours will take and plan ahead.

Popular and sentimental wedding ring engraving ideas:

  • I love you
  • Our love is eternal
  • To my soul mate
  • C.R. to D.L. July 10
  • Always
  • Forever
  • Eternity
  • C&D forever (use your first initials)
  • I thee wed
  • All my love
  • I marry you
  • You have my heart
  • My heart is in your hands
  • Never to part
  • To my wife/husband
  • Soul mates forever
  • I’m always with you
  • To have and to hold
  • Schmoopie (Your private nicknames for each other)
  • Here is my heart; guard it well!
  • No one but you
  • God for me provided thee
  • God unite both in love
  • In thy breast my heart doth rest (Old English)
  • Pour tous jours (For all days, 15th-century French)
  • Joie sans fin (Joy without end, French)
  • Mon coeur est a vous (You have my heart, French)
  • Je t’aime (I love you, French)
  • Mon amour (My love, French)
  • Il mio cuore e il tuo per sempre (My heart is yours forever, Italian)
  • Amore mio (My love, Italian)
  • Vivo per lei (I live for her, Italian)
  • Myn genyst (My heart, Old German)
  • Mizpah (May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent from one another, Hebrew, Genesis 31:49)
  • Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li (My beloved is mine and I am his, Hebrew, Song of Solomon 2:16)
  • Semper amemus (Let us always love, Latin)
  • Semper fidelis (Always faithful, Latin)
  • Pari passu (With equal step, Latin)
  • Amor vincit omnia (Love conquers all, Latin)
  • Deus nos iunxit (God joined us, Latin)
  • 百年好合 (Happily ever after, Chinese)
  • 花好月圆 (Blissful harmony, Chinese)

First dance song.

 Of all the wedding planning process, choosing your first dance song is the easy bit right? I mean, how hard can it be…it’s just a song!

Wrong…

This is a 3 minute moment where all eyes are on you, to be recorded on phones and cameras and remembered for eternity… no pressure then! 

Do you play it safe and choose a classic, romantic first dance track, slowly sway (hopefully not too awkwardly) and gaze into each other’s eyes? 

Or book in for a series of dance lessons so you can impress your (slightly worried looking) wedding crowd to a Dirty Dancing lift move?

Decisions…decisions…

Some couples choose a song with a special meaning, for others it’s a track that reminds them of an event. You could choose something that fits in with the theme of your wedding or simply choose a song from your fave artist or band (if you can both agree on that one!)

If you aren’t into the whole “first dance alone thing”, then you could choose a funky party starter and encourage everyone to join you.

It doesn’t have to be a slow waltz if you’re more into jitterbugging, line dancing or headbanging than shuffling, then do it, it’s your wedding!

If you are struggling to decide and need a little “A list”inspiration, scroll down to see what 15 celebrity couples chose for their first dance song:

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Kate Middleton and Prince William
“Your Song” by Elton John (performed by Ellie Goulding

David Beckham and Victoria Adams
“It Had To Be You” by The Starlight Orchestra

Giovanna Falcone and Tom Fletcher
“Easy” by The Commodores

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jnr
“Someone to Watch Over Me” by Gertrude Lawrence

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
“No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
“Last Night on Earth” by Green Day

Beyoncé and Jay-Z
“Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
“My Valentine” by Paul McCartney

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
“Chandelier” by Sia


George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
“Why Shouldn’t I” by Rosemary Clooney

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
“At Last” by Etta James, mashed with “These Arms of Mine” and “Tenderness” by Otis Redding

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
“A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway

President Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson
“You and I” by Stevie Wonder

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince
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Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato
“Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin

Check out the Angels latest appearance…

Together with the Kempinski Bahia Hotel Estepona and other wedding suppliers we regularly work with we are proud to present the promotional video below.

Please click on the link to see us in action.

 

Valentine’s Day… how do you celebrate?

Valentine’s Day… how do you celebrate?

Do you love it, embrace it in all it’s glory, go all out to celebrate your love for that special person?

Or, do you loathe it, wish it never existed and think it’s an over commercialised waste of money?

Valentine’s Day seems to be one of those things, like marmite, that divides the opinions of many people but love it or hate it, the day is fast approaching and is celebrated in many different ways all over the world.

Even here in our little Isles we have different ways of celebrating;

m-llwy010_MEDIn Wales, they celebrate ‘St Dwynwen’s Day'(the patron saint of lovers) on 25th January and it’s customary for a man to present a ‘love spoon’ to a lady they are interested in courting or marrying. These spoons were traditionally hand carved and decorated with various symbols to display love and show off the makers carving skills.

In Scotland, cards, poems and gifts are exchanged by adults and children alike but there is another little Scottish custom that makes their day different. The first young man or woman encountered on the street or elsewhere on Valentine’s Day becomes his or her Valentine and the day is celebrated with them (Hope George Clooney is passing my door!)

Further afield in Finland and Estonia, 14th February is a celebration of friendship. Ystävänpäivä, as it is known in finvalFinland literally translates to ‘Friends Day’. Cards, presents and pink roses are given and received by friends and relatives. It is though, still one of the most popular dates for engagements and weddings.

 

Over in Japan, they do things much differently…Feb 14th has a tradition of women giving chocolates to men. There are two kinds of chocolate given“Giri-choco” (obligation chocolate), and “Honmei-choco”. Giri-choco is meant to be for friends, colleagues, bosses, and close male friends. “Giri” means obligation hence this Giri-手作りチョコchoco has no romance involved. Honmei-choco is given to a boyfriend or husband with true love. Japanese women often prepare the Honmei-choco by themselves as many of them think it is not true love if they just buy the ready made chocolate at shops. On March 14th  ‘White Day’ is celebrated. Men give return gifts to women who gifted them chocolates on Valentine’s Day.

 
In South Korea they follow a similar custom to  Japan, but they then have a third date April 14, known as Black Day. Single friends get  together to eat noodles and celebrate their (lack of) relationship status. The holiday takes its name from the noodle dish, which is white noodles in a black bean sauce.

 

In Guatemala, the day is known as El Día del Cariño. Showing your affection for friends and family is as important as your romantic partner. Guatemala City celebrates with lots of colorful pageantry, with revelers dressing up in feathered masks and Mayan-inspired clothing.

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 On Valentine’s Day in the Philippines, the tradition of mass weddings has become incredibly popular. Hundreds of couples come together to be wed in a massive public ceremony. (Can’t decide if that’s a wedding planners dream or worst nightmare)

 

So whatever your opinion of Valentine’s Day and whatever your romantic status why not use this day as an opportunity to shower some love on your nearest and dearest, your friends and family. It isn’t just about romance, it’s about love and caring.

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Gorgeous inland Hacienda

Gorgeous inland Hacienda

Exclusively renting a whole hotel for your wedding is more affordable than you think at Hacienda La Herriza.

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This beautiful hotel is approx 50 minutes drive inland from Marbella. At more than 600 metres above sea level, you will be far from the madding crowd and in a truly beautiful and relaxing place. Surrounded by 25 acres of natural woodland, this venue makes for some unique and spectacular wedding photos!

The Hacienda can accommodate 44 guests (or 76 with sofa beds) and a further 32 in its sister hotel a few minutes’ drive away (with transport incl).

Up to 300 guests can be comfortably catered for. So it’s perfect for weddings of any size.

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The ceremony can be performed in the gardens with beautiful views across the Andalucian countryside followed by cocktails with a musical accompaniment of Spanish Bards.  The pretty courtyard decorated with fairy lights, garlands, tealights and torches is the perfect place to enjoy the wedding breakfast.

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All food is prepared on site by the Hacienda’s renowned chefs.

3 course dinner including cocktail hour with a choice of 4 canapes, wines and water start from €57 per person. There is a choice of menu including the traditional sit down or a more relaxed bbq option.

 

The hotel has a 24 hour licence and there are no music restrictions. So whatever after dinner entertainment you prefer can be arranged for you.

Why not have a traditional Flamenco show, followed by live music or dj to dance the night away!

Special 10% discount for weddings Nov to Apr and for weddings Mon-Thurs.

Please contact us for more information and a no obligation quote.

 

Beautiful Marbella Restaurant Special Offer

Beautiful Marbella Restaurant Special Offer

Special offer for every Friday wedding in 2016!

This stunning restaurant is offering unlimited hours of open bar for every couple getting married here on a Friday in 2016!

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Situated in the heart of the golden mile in Marbella, just a few minutes from Puerto Banus and Marbella´s center.
It is undoubtedly an incredibly special place to host your celebration. The restaurant has over 30 years in the industry and they have an attentive professional team ready to make your day perfect.

 

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The art deco style of the place is lovely but what really makes this venue special are the gardens. The plants and foliage provide a cool retreat from the heat and make for a tranquil setting, a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Marbella.

The ceremony can be performed atop a bubbling water feature or on the terrace

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Table arrangements can be chosen to suit you with a choice of colour schemes and the wedding breakfast can be taken indoors or outdoors (dependant on numbers)11.TERRAZA INTERIOR.113

After dinner you can dance until dawn in the lovely main salon

3 course dinner including welcome cocktail, breads, tea, coffee, petit fours and wine, water and soft drinks, after dinner snack and 3 hours open bar (unlimited on Fridays 2016) start at €88pp + IVA and Exclusivity is available .17MONTAJE BARRA LIBRE- TERRAZA INTERIOR

Please contact us for a no obligation quote!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas is such a lovely time where people get the chance to spend more time with friends and family after a busy year. I love all the hustle and bustle, busy towns (but not too busy!) decorations, music, food and drink. We went into Malaga last night to see the Christmas lights and they were beautiful as always. The city was busy with families milling around, listening to all the brass bands playing Christmas carols, stopping for something to eat and drink before making their way home again. It really helped put me into the Christmas spirit as sometimes I find it difficult to believe it’s Christmas here as there is no snow and it’s often so warm!

We have had a great year and had the pleasure of working with some fantastic people, couples and colleagues alike. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to lots more weddings in 2016 🙂

With lots of love Jenny, Jeanette and Gaynor xximages (3)

Wedding Traditions….

Ever wondered why a wedding cake is tiered, or why a bride throws her bouquet?  Here’s the explanations!

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HAVE A TIERED CAKE

Bread or cake has been part of celebration foods since medieval times. Then, it was customary for wedding guests to bring small cakes to the feast to place in front of the bride and groom, who had to try to kiss over the pile to guarantee their future prosperity. But the traditional wedding cake as we now know it (separate uniform cakes stacked on top of each other), originated at the wedding of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, in 1882. Placing pillars between each of the tiers began to appear around 20 years later – they were originally made from chopped broomsticks covered in icing. Incidentally, when Queen Victoria used white icing on her 1840 wedding cake it gained a whole new title – royal icing.

STAND TO THE LEFT OF THE GROOM

Much of the traditional wedding ceremony is based on ancient Roman customs, when marriages were arranged. So this tradition symbolises the act of your FBride with her fatherather (quite literally) handing you over to a new owner. Usually, the bride was given away in exchange for a price or dowry.

 

 

THROW CONFETTI

Confetti is an Italian word used for a type of sugared almond tossed into the air during special occasions. In Britain, throwing grains of rice at newlyweds goes back to pagan weddings, when it was seen as a symbol of fertility. It was the Victorians – perhaps sick of picking food out of their hair – who first used shredded paper.

 

WEAR THE RING ON THE THIRD FINGER OF THE LEFT HAND images (2)

In the days before anyone understood the body’s circulatory system, the ancient Greeks believed that there was a vein that connected this finger directly to the heart. Technically, all veins lead to the heart, but it’s a lovely thought nonetheless.

 

 

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE AND A SILVER SIXPENCE IN YOUR SHOE

Something old

This represents the bride’s links with her past – more specifically, to the bride’s life with her family.

Something new

If the ‘old’ is the past, the ‘new’, of course, is the future – something fresh to start your new life with.

Something borrowed

If you borrow something you have to return it, and this line is to remind the bride that her family will always be around for her.

Something blue

Back in Biblical times, the colour blue meant purity, so wearing something blue at your wedding, as well as white, gives you two chances to show how innocent you are

Silver sixpence in your shoe

This is the line everyone forgets (well, walking with money in your shoe is uncomfortable), but it symbolises future wealth.

 

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This stems from a French 14th-century tradition. In medieval times, guests would rip the bride’s dress to shreds – having a piece of the dress was considered lucky, so after the ceremony, the congregation would pounce and tear it. This morphed into having the groom throw the bride’s garter into the crowd to keep the luck-hunters at bay, before the bouquet emerged as a more civilised alternative to the garter. And it also acted as a deterrent to anyone planning to prise the garter off a bride’s leg.

 

Setting sail – weddings at sea

Setting sail – weddings at sea

After a romantic church wedding in the beautiful white washed village of Mijas complete with white doves, a leisurely lunch with breathtaking views over the coastline and a little stroll through the village, what could be more perfect than heading to the sea for a cool breeze and trip out on this fantastic catamaran.

Our couple took their guests on board for a 2 hour trip out to sea, for swimming, relaxing and hopefully a Dolphin siting or two! As this was an intimate wedding, all guests were able to join in and cool off in the best possible way .

If you would like to get married at sea or celebrate your wedding on a boat, please contact us today for more information 🙂