Weddings

Many people choose to follow in the footsteps of Sir Sean Connery and John Lennon and Yoko Ono and get married on the Rock.

If you want a really stress-free run-up to your wedding, and you don’t mind paying to offload the nitty-gritty of the organisation onto someone who is based here in Andalucia, and speaks the language, then why not consider hiring a wedding planner to make all on-the-ground preparations for your big day?

Whether you choose to get married in a church, a registry office or a specialist licensed venue such as a hotel, you will want to treat your guests to a fine meal afterwards – especially if they’ve come from abroad to celebrate your big day with you.

Your wedding dress may stay mothballed in your cupboard for years after your wedding day, but the photos from your special day will be on display in your house forever. The most popular moments include: the bride walking down the aisle; exchange of rings (alianzas); the kiss; cutting the cake (tarta nupcial); speeches (discursos).

The glamorous coastal resorts of Andalucia have earned the region a worldwide reputation as a luxury holiday destination. Bustling locations like Marbella and Mijas remain a focal point for celebrity visits, in particular, and have the widest selection of impressive rental villas available.

In Spain, it is possible to arrange civil and religious marriages between foreigners or a foreigner and a Spanish national provided you do your paperwork first. In addition, the Spanish government is working on agreements with major non-Catholic faiths in terms of accepting their religious marriage ceremonies.

On 30 June 2005Spain became the third European country after the Netherlands and Belgium to legalise same-sex marriage between native Spanish citizens and also registered foreigners living in Spain.

You will want your wedding venue, and the location for your meal, whether a hotel, restaurant, function room (sala de celebraciones) or private house, to be decorated to reflect your own personal taste. Then you need to think about your own ramo (bouquet), which should reflect the blooms you choose to adorn your venue.

You have to feel comfortable and special on your wedding day, whether you want a sexy skin-tight sheath, a loose, bias-cut slip, or a formal, fitted gown. Andalucia has many home-grown wedding dress designers, if you want a made-to-measure traje de boda.

Have you ever faced the pressure of throwing an important party and had things not go the way you had wished? If you can answer "yes" to the previous question, then you can appreciate just how reassuring having a professional caterer look after your needs can be.