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.
It’s hungry work attending a wedding.
Feeding your guests well is the key to them enjoying your day. Here are some ideas on how to keep them fulfilled.
Traditional wedding breakfast
This is still the most popular option for catering for your day guests, usually consisting of a meat and two veg option. Ask the venue to create your menu around ingredients that are in season or locally grown produce.
Ice cream van
If you’re having a summer wedding then hire an ice cream van. Ices can replace a traditional dessert, entertain the children and transport the adults back to childhood.
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.
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.
Your wedding rings are something that you’ll wear for a lifetime, so make sure you make the right choice
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 from Christian Dior
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.
Photo Credit: Married in Sheffield
The shape and colour of your bridal bouquet or posy will be guided by your dress.
Have you chosen a formal gown, which will be best complemented by an elegant bouquet filled with structured flowers and foliage? Usually these bouquets feature a single colour theme. Or will be wearing a cocktail, prom-style or flowing empire-lline dress, which will enhanced by gentle, delicate posies? For these styles, you could try wildflowers or cottage garden blooms in a mix of colours, loosely tied together.
Marquees, tipis, yurts and Bedouin tents offer fantastic opportunities for unusual and striking decorations not only on Mallorca.
Fields and farms can provide the perfect setting. Often farmers will rent out a field for a day or weekend; some will even provide local produce. Ask if you can borrow straw bales for seating, and whether there are toilets nearby for your guests. Always check with the relevant authorities if you need either a marquee or liquor licence for the event, and make sure there is access for your tent hire company and any guests with disabilities. You can set up a small kitchen tent and hire catering equipment, although food prepared beforehand will mean less fuss.
Tipis and kata tents consist of a hand-crafted timber pole structure covered with natural canvas. The design allows for easy assembly and is intended to include a real fire in the centre. Giant Hat Kata tipis are huge and can be joined together to form beautiful arrangements with enough space for hundreds of guests. Hire companies can provide gorgeously rustic trestle tables and benches, which you can decorate with foliage and candies. During chilly evenings, lay vintage woollen or sheepskin blankets across the benches.
Favours are traditionally given as a thank-you taken to guests for attending your wedding.
From heavenly chocolates to personalised cards, you can make all manner of gifts that will please your friends, young and old. Think of unusual options that say something about you as a couple.
Decadent little rounds of soft chocolate, dusted with fine cocoa powder, melt-in-the-mouth truffles are simple to make at home. Prepare them just a few days beforehand, and keep them cool. Continue reading
Mallorca’s annual Wedding Show, Nupcial, ended this year with a 29.5% increased visitor number and with a high degree of satisfaction regarding the results between the exhibitors. Thus, 95% of those said they will return to participate in the next edition, scheduled for the first half of November 2014. With more than 80 wedding experts and inspirational features, Nupcial is the ultimate wedding shopping experience with hundreds of ideas to plan your perfect day on Mallorca. If you didn’t make it to the show this autumn then you can take a look about what you missed here!