Beautiful new villa venue

Beautiful new villa venue


This beautiful 5 bedroom villa set in peaceful gardens is available for private hire for your wedding.

The perfectly manicured front lawn is the ideal location for your ceremony with the house providing a stunning backdrop.

Once the ceremony has taken place, guests can then move around to the back of the house by the pool to enjoy drinks and canapés while the lawn is transformed for dinner.

Outdoor noise restrictions require a 2am finish to the celebrations.

The property is available for day only rental from €2,710 in low season.  3 day stays also popular throughout low and mid season.

Daily or shorter stay rentals in high season will only be taken if they fit within bookings already made.

The villa is a short drive from the centre of Benahavis, which is a pretty white village around 15 minutes from cosmopolitan Marbella.

Gorgeous new venue available

Gorgeous new venue available

This family owned and run restaurant is located around 15 minutes from Marbella on the Ronda road with views of La Concha mountains from the gardens. The owners have an allotment nearby where they grow most of the food served.

The venue has ample space for the ceremony, cocktail, dinner and partying with no noise restrictions (a hard thing to find so close to the coast!)

 

Wedding menus start from €60pp + IVA and include cocktail and canapés following the ceremony and a 3 course dinner with wine and water. Their 3 hour open bar package is only €19pp + IVA with additional hours from €5pp per hour + IVA.

The venue can hold up to 350 guests but the areas are still intimate enough to host a smaller wedding. The main restaurant can be used year round and is ideal for weddings of up to around 100 guests. In the warmer months, weddings would be held outdoors.

Ceremonies can take place at whatever time you prefer and you can celebrate until 7am!

 

For more information on this great wedding venue please get in touch with us today

 

 

Choosing your diamond shape

Choosing your diamond shape

DIAMOND SHAPE – which shape will you choose and what does it say about you?

Virtually all diamond cuts sold for use in jewellery are one of ten round or fancy diamond shapes. The most popular diamond shapes are

Round Diamond

The round cut  is the most popular diamond shape, representing approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes at the proper reflection of light, maximizing potential brightness. Its wearer has a classic, fuss-free approach to style. You don’t bend to trends; you know what transcends the seasons, and have confidence in your own tastes.

Princess Cut 

First created in 1980, is the most popular fancy shape, especially for engagement rings. Like round cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds are a good choice for their flexibility in working in almost any style of ring. If you wear a princess cut  engagement ring, you love a mix of tradition and change. A modern thinker with respect for the past, you embrace different influences for a well-rounded world-view.

Oval Diamonds

Because the oval diamond is a modified brilliant cut (like virtually all round cut diamonds), the two diamond shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance. However, oval cut diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size. A sophisticated choice for brides who value elegance but are looking for something a bit more unique.

Marquise cut 

The marquise cut  is  football-shaped but because the marquise diamond is long and narrow, it can also create the illusion of greater size. Carat for carat, the marquise diamond has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, making it a good choice when trying to maximize perceived size.Its elongated shape lengthens the ring finger, while its history will inspire those with a love for romance. King Louis XIV of France requested a new diamond cut for the woman he loved, and the fancy cut was born.

Pear shape

 

The  pear shaped diamond is a combination of a round and a marquise shape, with a tapered point on one end. Ideally, a pear shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry. This is for women who mean it when they say they want to stand out.

 

Cushion Cut

The cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow . This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years. If you wear a cushion cut, you’re romantic and elegant, with a love of vintage luxury.

Emerald Cut

The unique look of the emerald cut diamond is due to the step cuts of its pavilion and its large, open table. Emerald cuts produce a hall-of-mirrors effect, with the interplay of light and dark planes. Dramatic and distinctive, an emerald cut engagement ring is for a woman with confidence and an appreciation for vintage design.

 

Asscher Cut 

The asscher cut diamond was first produced in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland, an is a forerunner to the emerald cut. The asscher cut is similar to the emerald cut, but in a square shape with larger step facets and  a higher crown. This combination often produces more brilliance than the emerald cut.n recent years its popularity has soared, and it is now seen as a pick for women in the know. Beloved by Hollywood, the asscher cut has adorned such iconic figures as Elizabeth Taylor and Gwyneth Paltrow. If you opt for an asscher cut, you have a keen eye for style. You want to stand out from the crowd with an engagement ring that will attract lots of admiration.

Radiant cut

The radiant cut is the first rectangular cut to have a complete brilliant cut facet pattern applied to both the crown and pavilion, creating a vibrant and lively diamond. The modified square shape is a nice bridge between a cushion and a princess cut, and for that reason looks beautiful set with both rounded or square cornered diamonds.This is for those who want that traditional sparkle but don’t want to veer too far from the classics.

Heart shaped

The heart shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love, popular in solitaire pendants as well as rings. Heart shaped diamonds less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, since the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs. A definite choice for the dreamy and sentimental.

Wedding seating plan – our handy hints

Wedding seating plan – our handy hints

Organising the wedding seating plan can be a real headache for most brides and grooms. Trying to take into account all the individual requirements of your guests can be quite daunting.

Hopefully, our handy hints will help…

Firstly, decide if you want a seating plan. Not having one, works well for smaller and less formal weddings and buffet receptions. Its nice to allow your guests to sit where they like especially if they all know each other. It does create a relaxed atmosphere and saves you a lot of stress free time.

You could let your guests know  that they may sit wherever they like with a personalised sign saying something like“we’re all family now, please sit yourself”. Think whether this will work for your wedding

If you are having a larger celebration with more guests, a traditional sit down dinner or you want to add formality to your wedding then go for a seating plan.

You can assign tables and seats to your guests, for this you will need a table plan for your guests to look at and place cards on the table. Alternatively you could just assign your guests to tables and allow them to choose their actual seat themselves.

Before you start, find out how many tables you will be having and how many guests they sit.

Try using post-it notes with the guests names on and move them around until you find an arrangement you like. There are plenty of websites where you can obtain a template or indeed do it all online.

Don’t split up couples if you can help it – most guests will prefer to sit with their partner.

Don’t have a singles table or a same sex table.

Mix and match guests but try to put at least a couple of people who know each other on each table

Think about your guests who may need access quickly to the bathroom, guests with small children, pregnant guests or elderly guests.

Think about the top table seating plan. Traditionally this table should seat the bride, groom, the bride and groom’s parents, the best man and the chief bridesmaid. Seating order runs from left to right as: chief bridesmaid; groom’s father; bride’s mother; groom; bride; bride’s father; groom’s mother; best man.

Spending hours staring at your table plan, adding people in and taking people out will make you literally boggle-eyed. Set aside just one evening to do it with your hubby-to-be, and then come back to it the next day with a fresh mind to make minor changes. And then leave it alone.

 

Our guide to seasonal wedding flowers

The availability and cost of flowers changes throughout the seasons and although flowers can be imported or specially grown to help make certain types available all year, seasonal wedding flowers tend to be better value and easier to find.

Wedding costs can creep up so it’s worth doing a bit of research before you choose your flowers.

Here’s our guide to seasonal wedding flowers:

 

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SPRING FLOWERS

Agapanthus — large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.
Anemone — delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium — waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Aster — daisy-like flowers on upright stems.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Calla Lily — Striking lilies. Available in white and other colours. Not all colours are available throughout the year.
Carnation — long lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cherry Blossom — delicate blossom – perfect for weddings.
Cornflower — usually available in blue, but other colours can be found.
Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Cymbidium orchid — striking orchids, up to 12 flowers on each stem.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes
Forget-me-not — tiny blue flowers on short stems.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Genista — masses of tiny flowers on straight stems.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gloriosa — bright yellow and cerise, dramatic flower.
Heliconia — tropical flower.
Hyacinth — beautifully scented and various colours.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Lily of the valley — tiny bell-shaped flowers. Can be very expensive.
Lisianthus — popular and available in various colours.
Muscari (grape hyacinth)
Narcissus — spring-like. Also known as daffodil.
Nigella — also known as ‘love in the mist’. Delicate, papery flowers.
Oncidium Orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large flower, perfect for a wedding bouquet.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Ranunculus — delicate, papery flowers. Wonderful for romantic weddings.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Make wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.
Sweet pea — short lived. Wonderful colours and scents.Sweet William — country garden flowers
Tulip — a very popular cut flower with many different varieties.

SUMMER FLOWERS 

Agapanthus — large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.
Alchemilla — common garden flower with tiny yellow/green flowers.image004 (1)
Anthurium — exotic, waxy looking flowers.
Aster — also known as a Michaelmas Daisy. Daisy-like flowers.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Carnation — long lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cattleya orchid — large, brightly-coloured orchid.
Celosia — crinkled flowers. Different varieties are available.
Cornflower — usually available in blue, but other colours can be found.
Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Dahlia — dramatic round flowers.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gypsophila — tiny white flowers. Perfect as a filler or used on its own.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lavender — Fantastic scent. Perfect for a country celebration with a lilac theme.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Marigold — daisy-like flower.
Mint — mint has a wonderful scent and a feathery flower.
Nerine — clusters of delicate flowers.
Nigella — also known as ‘love in the mist’. Delicate, papery flowers.
Oncidium orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Peony — soft, papery, large flower. Available in May and June.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Rose —Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Make wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.
Sweet pea — short-lived. Wonderful colours and scents.
Zinnia — a similar flower to a dahlia.

AUTUMN FLOWERS

Acacia — also known as Mimosa. Tiny yellow flowers.
Alstroemeria — also known as a Peruvian Lily. Popular and long lasting.
Amaryllis — large, trumpet-shaped flowers.
Anemone — delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium — waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Aster — also known as a Michaelmas Daisy. Daisy-like flowers.
Bouvardia — clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Calla Lily — Striking lilies. Available in white and other colours. Not all colours are available throughout the year.
Carnation — long-lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Cattleya orchid — large, brightly coloured orchids.
Celosia — crinkled flowers. Different varieties are available.
Chrysanthemum — large, showy flowers.
Cymbidium orchid — striking, with many flowers on each stem.DSC_0774
Dahlia — dramatic round flowers.
Delphinium — tall flower spikes.
Echinops — globe-shaped, prickly blue flower.
Euphorbia — curving stems with a lot of tiny flowers. Various colours.
Freesia — highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera — contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gladiolus — traditional flower used in large arrangements. Miniature varieties are also available.
Gloriosa — dramatic yellow and cerise flower. A type of lily.
Gypsophila — tiny white flowers. Perfect as a filler or used on its own.
Hydrangea — enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Hypericum — the berries are a popular autumnal filler.
Iris — popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lilac — popular with a lovely, strong scent.
Lily — lilies are available throughout the year, but not in all colours.
Lisianthus — popular and available in various colours.
Marigold — daisy-like flower.
Nerine — clusters of delicate flowers.
Oncidium orchid — small yellow flowers along the stems.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.
Phlox — popular country garden flower.
Rose — needs no explanation! Available in almost every colour.
Stephanotis — individual white, waxy flowers. Makes wonderful buttonholes and bouquets.
Sunflower — striking flower usually in yellow.

WINTER FLOWERS

Agapanthus — large, striking flowers, also known as African Lily.DSC_0486
Amaryllis — large, trumpet shaped flowers.
Anemone – delicate flowers available in various colours.
Anthurium – waxy looking, exotic flowers.
Bouvardia – clusters of small, tubular flowers.
Calla Lily –  striking lilies. Available in white and other colours.
Carnation – long-lasting and wonderful for using on their own in pomanders.
Chrysanthemum – large, showy flowers.
Cymbidium orchid – striking orchids, up to 12 flowers on each stem.
Euphorbia – curved stems with lots of tiny flowers.
Freesia – highly scented flowers in various colours.
Gerbera – contemporary, daisy-like flower in various colours.
Gloriosa – bright yellow and cerise, dramatic flower.
Hyacinth – beautifully scented and various colours.
Hydrangea – enormous flowerheads in various colours.
Iris – popular, but relatively short-lived.
Lilac – popular with a lovely, strong scent.
Lily – lilies are available throughout the year but not in all colours.
Muscari – tiny clusters of blue flowers. Also known as grape hyacinth.
Narcissus – spring-like.
Phalaenopsis orchid — large, striking orchids. Wonderful for bouquets.
Rose –  Available in almost every colour.
Sunflower – striking flower usually in yellow.
Tulip – a very popular cut flower with many different varieties.

Beautiful beach wedding

Beautiful beach wedding

One of the most popular requests we have is for beach weddings. As the beaches in Spain are public, the best time to have your wedding would be before or after the summer. If your wedding has to be between the months of mid June – mid September many venues insist on an evening wedding. Many venues allow you to celebrate long into the night so even though you will be saying your vows around 8pm, you will still have plenty time to party afterwards 🙂

This wedding took place in early May before the holiday makers filled the beaches. It was a beautiful day, not yet hot but warm with blue skies. If you opt for an out of season wedding, many venues may be flexible on the starting/end times of your celebrations.

 

 

Our real weddings feature in Spring 2014 Confeti Magazine

Our real weddings feature in Spring 2014 Confeti Magazine

We are delighted to have 2 of our ‘real weddings’ feature in the latest issue of Confeti magazine, the Costa del Sol’s wedding bible!! Both weddings were a joy to be part of and show how diverse the venues are in the Marbella area. One was a beach wedding and the other a garden wedding in a private villa.

Both had a fantastic atmosphere, fabulous weather and of course the angels!!!! To read all about them click here and see pages 70-73;

Congratulations again to both couples and if you would like us to help make your dream wedding a reality, get in touch today!!!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!!! Today is the perfect opportunity to show your special someone how you feel about them. You don’t have to spend lots of money on flowers, chocolates, or dinner. A homemade card with your own words will often mean more than a bag full of gifts.

Many couples get caught up in the small details of their wedding and get incredibly stressed about all sorts of things. Your wedding day IS an important one as it marks the beginning of your lives together with all those you care about and who care about you. Of course you want everything to look beautiful, the food to be delicious and for everyone to have a good time but after 10, 20 or 40 years together what will the lasting memories of your wedding day be? Will it be the canapés, or the colour of your flowers or will it more likely be, how you felt on that day? How excited and happy you were to be married to each other and to begin your lives together?

Our job is to take the stress out of the planning and let you enjoy the day with your family and friends. We are honoured to do this for all our couples as we know how quickly the day will pass and that you need to be present in every moment and let someone else make sure it runs smoothly.

Whether you are engaged, planning to propose today, newly married or have been married for years, I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day and celebrate your love for each other.

And on that note, congratulations to my mum and dad on their their Ruby wedding today!! Now that’s something to celebrate!!

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MWA wedding featured in Confeti Magazine

MWA wedding featured in Confeti Magazine

We are delighted that one of our weddings from this year has been featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Confeti magazine!!! Our couple, Daniela & Steve were so pleased with their day and wedding celebrations in Estepona earlier this year, they wanted to share it with everyone (and we were pretty happy with it too!!)

We love all our couples and it’s not unheard of for us to shed a happy tear on the big day but this couple were so obviously in love and excited to be making this commitment to each other that we were not surprised they wanted to shout it from the rooftops 🙂

They really lived each moment of the day and the smiles on their faces were so infectious. We were honoured to be a part of their big day and wish them both a long and very happy life together xxxx

Click here to see the feature (pages 65-66)

 

Real Weddings – A truly family affair

Real Weddings – A truly family affair

Real Weddings – A truly family affair

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Nadine & Benjamin from Germany are one of our couples who decided to go with our wedding planning package for smaller ceremonies. This lovely couple wanted to have a beach blessing with only their immediate families in attendance.

After considering a few venues, they opted for Tikitano with beautiful views over to Gibraltar and Africa.

Despite being an intimate affair the couple were keen to have the usual elements present in their celebrations and enjoyed their ceremony with the sea in the background, fine wine and dining at the restaurant and a delicious cake to top it all off.

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