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Costs of a wedding in Southern Spain

We often get asked about the cost of a wedding in Southern Spain, however, it’s difficult to say how much you are going to spend, as the final figure will depend on the couples wishes. Just like having a wedding at home, there are many variables; the venue, the number of guests attending, the supplies you choose, the time of year, your personal taste …

Costs Associated

Here are some of the costs associated with getting married abroad. These are just a few of the things to consider when budgeting for a wedding abroad, of course, wherever you get married there are additional costs for the usual items such as your dress, suit, rings, invitations…
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Even for simple weddings abroad, we recommend you to do one or two visits prior to the big day. 

First to visit the shortlisted venues and surroundings, second visit for the menu tasting, visit suppliers and design flowers and decoration. These visits are included with our Full Wedding Planning Service. However, if you cannot travel to Spain before your wedding, we’ll be your eyes and ears here!

Flights to South Spain (Costa del Sol Airport – Malaga) are usually very competitive in low season. You need to take into account accommodation and taking time off work, this can cost anything from 400 to 2.000 euros, depending on type of accommodation, the length of your stay and how many times you both visit Spain

As with any destination, where you choose to say your vows will dictate the cost. There are many areas in Southern Spain, the most popular are: Malaga, Marbella, Nerja, Ronda, Granada and Sevilla. Spain has a huge variety of venues with something to suit every budget. 

Typically, Luxury villas and five-star venues in coastal or mountains retreats will charge much higher than intimate lodges and private rooms in restaurants. It’s important to consider the sort of theme you want for your big day and the experience you want for your guests.

The cost of luxury private wedding villas usually start at 7500 euros (2-3 nights stay), whereas a laid back villa wedding can cost from 3000 euros.

Most Fincas and Palaces charge a venue rental fee, varying between Weekend and Weekday (Saturday is the most expensive day). Midweek weddings can end up costing around 20-40% less than weekend weddings. Rental fee for Saturdays start form 1500 to 6000 euros.

Boutique Hotels and Restaurants don’t tend to charge a rental fee. However, most hotels ask for all the rooms to be booked, or for a minimum number of guests.

The highest amount, close to 60% of the budget is allocated for the food and drinks, where you might spend 80-200 euro per person for Welcome Canapes and Drinks (45-60 minutes), a 3 course sit down meal and a few hours Open bar, YAY!

Buffet Style and Paella/BBQ menu may be slightly cheaper but this depends on the caterer, number of guests and type of food.

Most caterers include all the necessary equipment for the event, waiters and staff, chairs and tables, cutlery, glasses, basic centerpieces and Menu Cards.

For an overseas wedding, it may be wise to use a local wedding planner to help with planning on the ground. This has many benefits, including not having to travel to the venue as often, and potentially discounts from their network of contacts.

On average, a wedding photographer will charge between 1.100 and 2.000 euros in Spain, same for a wedding video. Wedding cinematography is a more professional service, a cinematic experience where usually two or more filmmakers work at your wedding, you can spend between 1.500 and 3.000 euros on high-quality wedding films.

Hairdressing, makeup and aesthetics for a bride are usually around 250-500 euros, including trials. For Bridesmaids, it can be from 80 – 150 euros hair and make-up on the day.

The average price of a DJ in Spain ranges between 400 – 900 euros, depending on the equipment and set up.
In addition to this amount there is an added expense of live music for the ceremony or reception (saxophone, spanish guitar, singer/duo…), which would be between 200 – 600 euros. An orchestra or band raises the budget with an additional 1.000 – 2.500 euros

The price of a bridal bouquet is between 100 and 200 euros. For Bridesmaids, it is around 40% to 60% cheaper than the bride. Buttonholes are between 8 – 15 euros each.

Decorating only the ceremony is different to decorating the whole wedding venue. The cost of flowers and decoration for the ceremony and aisle depends on the flowers and decoration you choose! Things to consider when thinking about decorating the venue are: Welcome corner, seating plan, table arrangements, photo booth, chill out area…

Some venues may include fairy lights in the reception area. If they are not included, fairy lights increases the budget by an additional 600 – 2.000 euros

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Can I legally Get Married in Spain?

It is only possible to legally marry in Spain if you are either Catholic and wish to marry in a Catholic Church or if you are legally registered as living in Spain and can then have a civil ceremony in your local town hall or occasionally in another venue conducted by the Town Mayor. There are no exceptions to this at the moment so if you are neither of these, we advise you to do the legal bit in your country of residence. You can treat this just as getting the license to making your blessing here legal and you don’t have to exchange rings or vows, keeping these special moments for your blessing ceremony in Spain

Symbolic Ceremony

A symbolic wedding ceremony, also called a humanist ceremony is a meaningful non-religious ceremony performed by a wedding celebrant. Many couples like to include one or two symbolic rituals in their ceremony to do something that they think reflects their personalities, or represents them as a couple or in some cases to incorporate a cultural element into their ceremony. Some couples include a symbolic ritual because they want to do something different during their ceremony, and why ever not?

Because it has no legal value, a symbolic wedding ceremony offers you a lot of flexibility: It can take place pretty much anywhere. You can include everything you like, provided it is suitable and in-keeping with the official nature of a traditional wedding ceremony.

A symbolic or humanist wedding ceremony allows you to make a statement if you wish to stray from traditions or, on the contrary, keep some elements of traditions in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.

Candle Ceremony

Sand Ceremony

Hand Ceremony

Memory Box

Catholic Ceremony

If you are catholic then again this process is a relatively easy one and we can help you with all the paperwork, contacting priests, arranging translators or if preferred an English speaking priest and also legalizing your marriage certificate with the relevant departments over here. To get the paperwork started for a Catholic ceremony you will need to visit your local parish priest. We strongly recommend you do this in good time and contact your priest at least six months prior to your wedding day.

Usually the documents you need are:

Once you and your priest have completed these documents he will send them off to the Archbishop in your area. From here they will be sent on the Archbishop of the diocese in Spain where you will get married. The Archbishop’s office will check your documents and send them on to the parish where your wedding will be held. They will arrive approximately one month before your wedding if all paperwork has been completed on time

Do I need to have a civil ceremony as well as the Catholic ceremony?

No. If you are having a Catholic marriage ceremony here in Spain then you do not need to have another legal ceremony either in the UK or in Spain as the Catholic service also counts as the legal one. At the rehearsal your wedding co-ordinator will take your civil letters of Freedom and use these and your other documents to register your marriage civilly at the townhall the day after your church ceremony.