Your wedding planner in Spain
Alejandra has been organising destination weddings since 2017. She speaks three languages (English, Spanish and French) and it’s her passion to help couples make their dream destination wedding in Spain come true by taking care of every single detail. Alejandra is a ‘list-making’ type of girl and this, together with an abundance of creativity, allows her to foresee and deal with any problems before they happen. These characteristics give couples the assurance that the word ‘stress’ will never become a part of their wedding planning journey.
As your dedicated wedding planner in Spain, Alejandra will be a guiding beacon to help bring to life the sort of intimate destination wedding, elopement in Spain or vow renewal that you’ve imagined. From suggesting the right wedding venue to putting together the best team of vendors for your big day, Alejandra is here for you.
Alejandra was an absolute dream to work with! We're based in NYC and planned an elopement with Alejandra. She was caring, responsive, and detailed. It's a little frightening to hope all details come together to your liking without vetting firsthand and it was so helpful being able to trust Alejandra's taste with flowers, photographers, make-up, etc. I couldn't recommend more!
Peach perfect helped us to set our wedding the way we wanted, in a beautiful location, in a short notice. Everything ran smoothly on the day, completely stress free. Thanks Alejandra and Peach Perfect!
Why get married in Spain?
Spain’s vast landscape includes beautiful cliffs and mountainous peaks, old villages perched on hill tops, scenic beaches and modern iconic infrastructures. For adventurous couples looking for a truly unique way to get married in Spain, the autonomous northern region of Basque Country should be a top priority due to its dramatic cliff tops and modern architecture mixed with villages straight out of fairytales.
Couples who prefer medieval and historic venues will find the “Pazos” of Galicia (splendid stone manor houses surrounded by vibrant gardens) to be the perfect venue for their small destination wedding in Spain. For lovers of the sun and sea - a beach elopement in Spain is for you! The beaches of northern Bilbao is where you’ll find scenic coastlines, competing in beauty with the southeast of Almería where the most flawless and least crowded beaches of Spain are located.
Art & History
The richness of Spanish arts is a product of centuries of evolution from the Golden Age, the Greco-Roman times, and the Renaissance, which all led to the extravagant Baroque historic art. These works of art are preserved as World Heritage Sites, making Spain the third country across the globe with the highest number of heritage sites. As of today, Spain has 47 recognised sites which are all very special and beautiful spots to have a photoshoot for your wedding or elopement in Spain. Or you may want to check out an artfully designed icon in the country - the Guggenheim museum which is the brainchild of Frank Gehry. It’s a quirky titanium-clad museum that is located in the city center of Bilbao. You absolutely must visit this tourist spot during your Spanish honeymoon or even as a pre-wedding activity for your destination wedding in Spain.
Rich Culture & Fiestas
They say Spain is a place that you experience, not just a country to set foot in. Its rich culture and festive atmosphere always manifest in every region you visit. One of the richly preserved traditions is the popular Spanish dance called Flamenco, which found its roots in several folklore music. In Seville, you’ll find the best Flamenco dancers who can teach you how to perform this traditional dance, so why not incorporate it into your first dance routine at your destination wedding in Spain? Whilst Spanish fiestas are mostly inspired by religion, thanks to the country’s strong historic ties to Catholicism. For example, the Sanfermines in Pamplona that takes place on 6-14 July each year, is a week-long fiesta in honour of the legendary martyr Saint Fermin. Set the date of your elopement in Spain within this summer period to personally witness the festival.
When to get married in Spain?
The three prevailing weather types in Spain are Mediterranean warm-to-hot temperatures on the southern edge facing the Atlantic coast up to the inland Andalucia, the semi-arid climate in the southeastern part of Spain, and the milder Oceanic climate in the North. If you don’t want to mix with the crowd, March to May is a good time to get married in Spain. It’s during this spring season that there are fewer crowds and the weather gets pleasantly warm and mostly clear. It’s also during this time that natives observe abundant festivals.
June to August is considered the peak season in Spain where most tourists visit the country. If you prefer to join the influx of people that bring a festive atmosphere here, then summer is the best time to have your elopement in Spain. Go to the beach spots in San Sebastian, Barcelona, Bilbao, Galicia, and on the skirts of Spain and say your I do’s there.
The start of autumn here is September - November. It’s when the temperature starts to cool off and the crowds lessen. At this time, a trip around Spain is more endurable because of the relatively kinder weather. September is also the best time for couples to enjoy Spanish wines since it marks the season for wine tasting of the year’s harvest.
The winter season in Spain lasts from December to February. This period is considered low season so expect the travel costs to be cheaper. The only exception is the Christmas period when many cities get very busy. Winter weather in the north and centre of Spain can get chilly, whilst the southern parts remain mild.
Types of wedding venues in Spain
If you’re a Catholic who wants to experience walking down the aisle in an old church steeped in history, then Spain is definitely a preferable country for your destination wedding in Europe. The Catholic church has a very important position in Spain, resulting in the preservation of many stunning centuries-old churches here. Take a look at our venue pages to see the complete list of our hand-picked wedding locations in Spain that you can hire for your big day. If you’re looking for something more specific, you can get in touch with us so we can suggest the best wedding venues for your special day!
In Seville, Madrid, and Barcelona, you can find the finest Spanish wedding hotels set in vibrant urban locations, some of which lend a panoramic view of the colorful houses and buildings in Spain. They offer a grand wedding experience inside their palatial reception halls and lavishly decorated function rooms. The restaurants inside serve gourmet Spanish dishes, sorbetes and delectable cocktails for a memorable wedding reception in Spain. For couples who want an outdoor ceremony with scenic city views, choose the boutique hotels with outdoor terraces, inner courtyards, and botanical gardens.
Wineries & Bodegas
Probably the most unique type of wedding venues in Spain are the bodegas and wineries. As a popular wine-producing country, this is a big and thriving industry in Spain, so much so that owners of the most successful wineries and bodegas have also ventured into the world of weddings. They expanded their properties to include function rooms and outdoor areas for weddings in Spain. You can find the most elegant ones in Salamanca, Catalonia, and Barcelona with huge historic gardens, breathtaking vineyards, and reception rooms filled with decorated wine barrels. Some wineries even constructed luxury hotels right next to their bodegas to compete with boutique wedding hotels in Spain.
Museums & Heritage Sites
There are museums in Spain that allow wedding ceremonies inside their buildings. One of them was built in the 19th century with horse-drawn carriages and harnesses on display within its halls. Imagine having them on the background of your photos when you marry in Spain! If you want an artistic vibe for your Spanish wedding ceremony, say your “I do’s” in the old city of Salamanca which was declared a world heritage site because of its Romanesque, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque monuments. You’ll find the same kind of buildings in Santiago de Compostela - another declared heritage site where the religious war between Spanish Christians and Muslims broke out.
If you’re the type who loves wedding locations with a historic vibe, then you’ll fall in love with Spanish villas built centuries ago, operating with their own wineries in the region of Andalusia. Despite their age, these venues for small weddings in Spain were revived to include modern facilities such as reception rooms, swimming pools, and lovely terraces. The interiors of these buildings, however, remain faithful to the essence of old palatial mansions. Some of them have courtyards and fresh gardens where you can hold a very intimate wedding in Spain.
Beaches, Gardens, Forests & Mountains
Along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea are the regions of Andalusia, Bilbao, and San Sebastian. These are some of the top tourist spots in the country because of their golden beaches, lush hillsides, and alluring dining scenes. These features make them the perfect elopement venues in Spain for couples who love the beach and the arts. As you travel up to the rolling hills of Spain, you’ll find snowy mountains and scenic cliffs, both of which are perfect spots to have a symbolic wedding ceremony. These natural beauties consist of concealed forests and botanical gardens that adventurous couples will find extremely interesting for their unique destination elopement in Spain.
Types of wedding ceremonies
Legalizing your wedding in Spain (i.e. having the marriage legally registered here) can be complicated due to the strict requirements set out under Spanish laws. Unlike other European countries, Spain does not allow non-residents to have a legally-binding wedding here. At least one of the partners needs to have a Spanish nationality or be a Spanish resident for a minimum of two consecutive years. In light of these stringent requirements, we advise that you take care of the legal paperwork in your home country (which is always the easiest option) and hold a meaningful symbolic ceremony at your chosen wedding venue in Spain.
To get around the civil marriage regulations, you can opt for a Catholic wedding in Spain. A Catholic church wedding is recognized as a legal wedding here as long as you comply with the Catholic church requirements (a pre-nuptial enquiry; certificates of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation issued by the local church; Free to Marry permission from your parish; and a special permit from your Bishop to get married in a Spanish church). By doing so, you can skip the 2-year residency requirement and still have your church wedding in Spain considered legal by the Spanish government. Just make sure you deliver your marriage documents to the local Spanish Civil Registry within one week after the ceremony. And for the last step, you can register this marriage in Spain in your home country. Take note that Jewish, Islamic and Protestant weddings are also considered legal marriages in Spain as long as they are performed by a licensed marriage officer.
Most couples choose to have a symbolic wedding ceremony for their destination wedding in Spain because it involves zero paperwork and you do not need to comply with any rules or regulations. Another bonus is that Symbolic ceremonies are highly customisable and you can make it as formal or as light-hearted as you want. As the name suggests, symbolic weddings don’t carry any legal effect in them, so you will need to take care of this step separately. We suggest to arrange the legalities of your marriage in your home country (this is best done before the symbolic ceremony) and come to Spain for a memorable celebration in your chosen Spanish wedding venue.
The age requirement for weddings in Spain is 18 years old for both the groom and the bride. Weddings can only happen between two consenting individuals. A civil ceremony is allowed only if at least one of the spouses meets the 2-year residency requirement. Otherwise, you’d have to get married in a religious ceremony to make your marriage legally-binding. However, as mentioned earlier, foreign citizens who are not resident in Spain cannot get legally married here.
Spanish Food & Drinks
You can expect the best wine varieties to be served in your wedding reception when you get married in Spain. This popular wine-producing country is dotted with winery wedding venues that guarantee a luxurious drinking experience for your big day. But even when you don’t choose a winery for wedding venue, you can still have the finest wines from Spain’s 69 wine regions for your celebration. These wine varieties are complete with fruity, earthy, and chocolatey taste.
Expect tons of seafood dishes to be served on your reception table when getting married in Spain. One popular dish that originated from this country and spread out across the world is the dish called paella. It’s a rice meal covered in shellfish, clams, prawns, mussels, and langoustines seasoned with lots of garlic, tomatoes, onions, and sweet paprika! Spanish venues also serve salt baked fish with potatoes and oven baked sea bass with vegetables along with other alternative seafood dishes.
In Spanish weddings, there’s a special palette cleanser called sorbet that is served in between meals. It’s a frozen dessert made of sugar-sweetened water kissed by flavourful ingredients such as honey, puree, and fruit juice. The most popular sorbet is the sorbete de limón al cava served in fancy Spanish restaurants.
One thing that Spain is known for is their tapas - small portions of various types of local food served as appetizers. In Spanish bars, tapas come free with your ordered drinks. Tapas make an excellent companion to the post-ceremony drinks reception and work equally well as a late night snack. For your destination wedding or elopement in Spain, expect the venues to serve cocktails with matching cold and hot canapes for starters.
Spanish wedding traditions
The arras are 13 unity coins kept in a pretty container which is part of the Spanish Catholic wedding ceremony. These coins are blessed days before the marriage by the priest who is usually the same officiant for the Spanish wedding ceremony. The literal meaning of arras in Spain is earnest money or bride price. But nowadays, it symbolizes the couple’s commitment to share their wealth during the marriage. This Spanish wedding tradition is also observed in other Latin American countries and in the Philippines.
Groom’s Tie for Sale
Another unique Spanish wedding tradition is the cutting of the groom’s tie. This is done by the closest friends of the groom who then sell the pieces to the guests who would give money for the newlyweds in exchange for the tie. Obviously, there’s nothing so special about the groom’s tie. It’s not the expensive material that they are paying for. They do this to bless the couple with monetary gifts.
Wedding ‘til the Break of Dawn
Be warned! Weddings in Spain go on LATE, probably because the Spanish laws allow their citizens to enjoy a 15-day paid leave from work after getting married. That’s why 2 days for the wedding does not hurt that much. If in the US guests start to say goodbye after a few rounds of drinks, in Spain, drinks start to overflow at 4am. Thanks to cities like Barcelona and Madrid with their unbeatable nightlife, there are some amazing places for those who wish to celebrate ‘til break of dawn!
Cake & the Espada
Unlike in American and Asian weddings, the cakes at Spanish weddings are not so grand and huge. They are usually single-tier cakes with a minimalist design. The game changer however, is the cake slicing ceremony where the couple uses a long traditional sword called the espada to cut the cake. The use of sword is believed to be a Roman tradition that the Spanish natives still observe. Why not include this in your reception program when you get married in Spain?
Getting in & around Spain
With 47 public airports scattered in several Spanish entry points, it will be very easy for you and your guests to reach the venue of your small wedding in Spain. For instance, If you choose to get married in the beach wedding venues along the northern coast of Spain, you can arrive in Bilbao Airport. For a gorgeous Barcelona wedding in the northeastern Spain, the El Prat Airport is ready to serve you. On the south is another popular airport in Costa del Sol - the Malaga airport which are minutes away from historic wedding hotels in Spain, specifically in the region of Andalucia.
Rent a Car
If you prefer a more private form of transportation, go for a rental car. It’s perfect for couples who are planning to explore the country after their destination wedding in Spain. This option will allow you to have a DIY itinerary and to plan your own route in the streets of Spain. The quality of roads throughout Spain is excellent, even on minor country roads between small towns and villages - just don’t forget your international driver’s licence and credit card!
If your chosen wedding venue in Spain is far from the airport, there’s no reason to worry. Spain has one of the largest-scale high-speed train networks on the continent, which is the second most extensive and the third fastest in the whole world. Spain’s RENFE operates regular services around the country and in the neighbouring countries of Portugal and France.
Adventurous couples like you can easily reach off-the-beaten-path wedding venues in Spain when you travel by bus. While on the road, you can drop by some interesting spots in the rural areas of Spain that are not accessible via train. Convenience would be the least of your worries because Spain has a centralised road system consisting of six highways connecting Madrid to the Basque Country, Valencia, Catalonia, Extremadura, West Andalusia, and Galicia.
Cost of getting married or eloping in Spain
The cost of travelling to Spain would be around 80-175 euros per person per day and around 1,500 - 2,000 euros per week. Getting married in Spain is relatively cheaper than marrying in other European destination like Switzerland, Italy, France or UK because of the higher competition, thus lowering the rates of wedding suppliers. Check out our wedding packages to get a better grasp of the cost of a organising you destination wedding in Spain. You can also try our package builder to get an instant quote for your customised wedding package. For a relatively lower elopement cost, get married in Spain in winter season when travel costs and wedding venue rates are cheaper. Head on to our site to see our list of venues for weddings in Spain, and get a quotation too.
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