A Mediterranean Wedding in the Balearic Islands

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beach wedding dress

What makes an already magical day even better? For many people, it’s travelling to a beautiful country with warm weather, breathtaking scenery and the buzz of exploring somewhere new as you take the first step into married life. The potential downside to planning a wedding in another country is that it adds to the already stressful tasks on your list, as well as having to navigate the legalities of getting married abroad. If you are hoping to tie the knot on one of the stunning Balearic Islands – Menorca, Ibiza or Mallorca – here are some of the most important factors you need to consider.

A Mediterranean Wedding in the Balearic Islands 

Accommodation for you and the guests
When travelling abroad to get married on any of the Balearic Islands, accommodation will be top of the to-do list. You might leave it up to your guests to arrange their own accommodation, but if you are travelling with family and close friends who you would like to near before and after the ceremony, consider booking one or more of the luxury villas in Balearics. You can choose a villa with enough bedrooms for everyone or even two separate villas if you and your fiancĂ© wish to be apart the night before the wedding (and alone for the wedding night!). 

Balearic Islands yachts

Choosing the best time of year
While there are no restrictions on when you can get married in Spain, you should select your month carefully. The most popular period for weddings is between April and October with most taking place in June and September. If you would like your wedding during the summer, it is best to book as early a possible, for example, at least a year in advance. It’s also worth noting that if you will be getting married outside in the summer, it would be better to have the ceremony later in the afternoon to avoid the full heat of the sun. 

bride and groom by the seashore

Wedding ceremonies and the rules for non-residents
Unless they are Catholic, non-residents of Spain will need to be legally married in a registry office in their home country either before or after the ceremony in the Balearic Islands. If you are getting married legally at home before the ceremony, you can bring a religious leader from home to bless the marriage.

If one or both people getting married are Roman Catholic and would like to be married in a Catholic church, this is allowed even for non-residents. There will be some paperwork to complete at your local church so they can send the necessary documents to the Spanish diocese.

Legal civil ceremonies have to happen indoors, but non-legal blessings can take place anywhere. Civil partnerships are legal but only for people who have lived in Spain for at least 2 years. The law regarding same-sex couples changed in 2005, and they can now be legally married in Spain. 

multiracial couple beach wedding

Choosing a venue and caterer
Whether you choose Mallorca, Ibiza or Menorca, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a venue. There are luxury hotels, fairy tale castles, breathtaking Spanish mansions, rustic farms and, of course, the natural beauty of a beach or clifftop wedding. You will also need to consider catering as although some venues will provide food, this will not always be the case. 

wedding tables by sea port

Choosing a photographer
Hiring a photographer abroad is the same as hiring one at home as you need to look at their previous work to ensure their style is to your taste, but you also need to consider language. The last thing you want on the day are communication problems between the photographer and your wedding party, so make sure your photographer is bilingual. 

beach wedding photographer

Choosing a dress
While you may have already found your dream dress, you could always go for the full Spanish theme and buy your dress when you’re there. There are some beautiful bridal boutiques on the Balearic Islands such as Rosa Clará on Avinguda Jaume III or Nuestras Novias on Carrer Paraires in Palma, Mallorca, as well as department stores which stock gowns by Spanish and international designers

married couple running by the beach

Hiring a wedding planner
Planning a wedding in your home country can be stressful enough so imagine doing this when your venue is in another country, your suppliers speak another language, and you have to arrange travel and accommodation for all of your guests. It’s perfectly doable, but to make the process run a bit smoother, you might want to hire a wedding planner who can take care of the small details so you can focus on the big picture. 

wedding table piece flower by the beach

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