First Dance Wedding

Step into the Spotlight

Your first dance is a magical and memorable moment, and all eyes will be on you, so what will you choose!

The first dance song is the most memorable one of any wedding. Couples can spend months deciding on the perfect tune but it shouldn’t become a stressful matter and ought to be very personal to the bride and groom.

Traditionally, the married couple performed the first dance to open up the dancing for their guests. In days gone by, this was usually a waltz, but these days any style of dance goes.

First Dance Wedding

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12 Month Wedding Planner Checklist

12-month planner

There’s a lot to remember when organising a wedding, so our checklist will help you stay on track of what to do and when to do it.

Twelve months to go (or immediately if you have a shorter lead time)

  • Fix your budget
  • Decide on your wedding date and book your minister or registrar, discussing arrangements and legal requirements with them
  • Book your reception venue (if different) and if required, a caterer
  • Book your photographer/videographer and discuss your requierments with them
  • Draft your guest list
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Start looking for your dress and remember most shops need at least a six-month lead time for a made-to-measure gown to be delivered
  • Choose your bridesmaids (and their dresses), ushers and best man

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Tips Hairdresser Wedding Mallorca

Hair today

A good hairdresser will do everything in their power to make your wedding day special!

Don’t delay thinking about what to do with your hair until the last minute. It’s worth booking a professional; that way you can sit back and relax with a glass of bubby while they do all the hard work. Here are some top tips for booking your hairdresser and other beauty treatments for the big day.

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Shapes and Sizes Perfect Wedding Dress

Figure it out

Searching for the perfect dress? First define your shape

Every bride wants to look fabulous on her wedding day and the best way to see what is right for you is to make appointments at bridal shops and try on a variety of dresses you like. Keep an open mind and take the advice of the experts in the shop as they are well practised at knowing what suits brides of all shapes and sizes.

Shapes and Sizes Perfect Wedding Dress

THE PEAR

The pear-shaped bride is smaller on top than the bottom with hips wider than her shoulders. Princess dresses will help disguise fuller hips and emphasise your better half, balancing you out. Strapless ballgowns also work well in this regard and empire line dresses highlight the smallest part of your body.

Avoid:  Tiered, trumpet and mermaid dresses which draw attention to your bottom. Sheath dresses are another no-no.

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Wedding Transport Cars Mallorca

Wedding Transport: Step on it …

Wedding transport comes in all shapes and sizes and prices vary greatly so make sure you allocate enough of your budget to match your requirements. Firstly you should decide on what type of vehicle you would like.

If your journey from home or a hotel to the ceremony venue, and/or ceremony venue to reception is anything more than a local journey, make sure the car you book is suitable and comfortable for the length of time you are travelling.

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Checklist Wedding Suppliers

Essential Checklists

Arm yourself with these useful questions when chatting to your wedding suppliers:

Caterer

  • What style of food do you offer?
  • Do you have set menus or could you prepare something special for me?
  • Have you catered at my chosen venue before?
  • Are you able to provide alcohol? If so, do you charge corkage?
  • Are you able to supply waiting staff?
  • Do you also offer hire of furniture, linen, china, cutlery and glassware?
  • Do you charge for a menu tasting?
  • Can you cater for guests with dietary requirements such as nut allergies?

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Wedding Honeymoon Where To Go

Some like it hot

Want to get away and relax in the sun on your honeymoon?

Our travel guide suggests some perfect locations and the best time to visit them.

Bahamas

Comprised of 700 islands in 100,00 square miles of ocean, the Bahamas boasts some of the clearest water on the planet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef!

When to go?

November to April, although the trade winds bless the Bahamas with year-round weather, with winter lows averaging around 70f.

When not to go?

Although June to October is the hottest time of the year, these months also see the most rain, with a chance of hurricanes.

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DESIGNER Collette Dinnigan Gatsby Weddings

Gatsby glamour

Fashion has travelled back to the Jazz Age since the release of Baz Lurhmann’s film of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio as sartorialist Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as elegant socialite Daisy Buchanan.

The bridal industry in particular has taken inspiration from the lavish film based on the iconic American novel depicting the era when the rich got richer and style ruled.

In this post we take a look at some 1920s inspired dresses – perfect for that vintage Gatsby inspired wedding!

Which one is your favourite dress?

DESIGNER Peter Trends Bridal Gatsby Wedding

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Wedding & Event Venue Mallorca

Location, location, location – Finding the perfect wedding venue

From stately homes to traditional fincas, rustic barns to contemporary hotels with the quirky thrown in, there’s literally hundreds of venues a bride and groom can choose for their big day in Mallorca, whether they want the whole day there, or just the ceremony or reception.

You’ll need to make sure you choose the perfect one for your needs.

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Planning Wedding Mallorca Spain

Planning a Wedding Abroad ✈ | Our Top Tips

Planning on getting married abroad? | Getting married in Mallorca

Don’t miss our top tips!

  • Start your planning early – until you start researching you don’t know what legal requirements you might have to fulfil or how long they will take.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – no question is stupid, you’ll only have your perfect wedding if you make the right choices, and that means asking questions.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help – there are specialist wedding planners who deal with destination weddings and can offer you all the advice you need. Most resorts also have in-house wedding planners.
  • Visit before you book – if you think you want to marry in a certain location why not take a little holiday there first? You wouldn’t think of booking a venue at home without visiting first after all.
  • Get everything in writing – especially before you pay any bills.
  • Arrive early – that way you and your groom can acclimatise, check any last minute details and relax before greeting your guests.

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Bedouin Tents Event Wedding, Mallorca Spain

In-tents appeal

How to plan the perfect marquee reception

So, you’ve decided that a marquee either at home or in the grounds of a breathtaking venue is the way to go. There are bound to be things you haven’t considered so here’s your guide to making sure all goes smoothly.

Size matters

The size of your marquee will depend on how many guests you invite, how you intend to use the space and how much space is available where you are erecting it. For 100 people seated you’ll need a marquee around 9m by 12m, but you might want to also consider adding on extras like “chill out” tents as well.

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Oui-Ring Wedding Christian Dior

Circle of love ♥

Your wedding rings are something that you’ll wear for a lifetime, so make sure you make the right choice

Style

Make sure you are happy with the look and design of your ring. A traditional band is plain gold, however you might want something more modern and unusual. Consider the style of your engagement ring and make sure the two can be worn together comfortably.

Oui-Ring Christian Dior Wedding Mallorca

 “Oui” ring from Christian Dior

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Chief Bridesmaid Duties Weddings

Weddings: Your chief bridesmaid

Traditionally the bride’s sister or her best friend, the chief bridesmaid needs to be someone who is unflappable, organised and there to provide a shoulder to cry on during the ups and downs of planning a wedding.

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Wedding Entertainment Mallorca

Key questions when choosing musicians and entertainers

What do you need?

Think about important moments during your day. At the ceremony, do you want an organist/a string quartet/a choir? Do you want music while your guests are eating? And, if the wedding includes evening entertainment, will you need to book a band or a DJ, as well as other styles of entertainment such as magician or a caricature artist?

How can you set the right mood?

Choose the musical style according to the formality of the wedding. A grand venue and formal meal will be best accompanied by a live band. A funky DJ is more in keeping with a civil ceremony and coctails. If the rooms are large, remember to check whether speakers will be necessary – and if they are permitted.

How can all tastes be catered for?

Your guests are bound to be a mixture of ages and they won’t all share the same taste in music. You’ll find choosing a mixture of classics and modern songs will appeal to most people. If you want the dance floor heaving, 70s and 80s disco tunes are always popular.

What is your budget?

The more performers you have the greater the cost so, if your budget is limited, think about keeping things simple: have just an organist for the ceremony; compile a CD of your favourite background music to play during the meal; and then book a DJ for the evening.

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Florist Weddings Mallorca

Key questions when choosing a florist

The key questions

Do they seem creative?

You need to find someone who shares your vision for your wedding. Arm yourself with pictures from magazines and expect to be inspired.

What time of year are you marrying?

Although just about any flower is available all year round – at a price – using seasonal flowers for your wedding will look right and save you money. Find out from your florist what will be available and in what colours.

How many flowers do you want, and where?

Be clear from the outset about how many floral arrangements you want and where you want them to go. Do you need a lot of flowers at the ceremony? Most time is spent at the reception, so this is where the majority of the flower budget should be spent.

How much of your budget is set aside for flowers?

It’s essential to find a florist who can come up with good ideas to suit how much you have to spend. If they trying to get you to spend more than you’ve allocated, this florist is not the one for you.

What flowers do you like?

Make a list of your favourite flowers. If the blooms you would like are particularly expensive, remember that just a few can make an impact if used creatively.

Bouquet Florist Weddings Mallorca Spain

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