If you have decided to organize a destination wedding in Spain, congratulations! You’re going to have an amazing day! But before the big day arrives, there are many steps that needs to be taken. One of the first- and most important ones is finding the perfect venue.
I’m sure you have been looking online and comparing venues, am I right? Or maybe you’ve seen some really dreamy venues on Instagram that you have fallen in love with. And it’s true, the internet and social media is a very good place to start. But there are also other things that you need to take into consideration when choosing your venue…
Since you are organizing a destination wedding, I will assume that most of your guests will be coming from abroad as well. Knowing this, one thing that is important to think about is the transfer time between the different locations. Try to avoid too long transfer times, if possible. My advice is to make it easy for your guests.
Are there any hotels or other accommodations close to the venue where the guests can stay? Will transfer be necessary between the venue and the accommodations, or can the guests walk? If the venue is in a very remote area, you will need to book a coach for your guests. But even then, try to make the transfer time as short as possible. I wouldn’t recommend more than 30 min transfer.
If you have a smaller wedding, chances might be that the venue can offer accommodation for all your guests. Private villas are a great option for smaller weddings. It will reduce the overall costs. Firstly, you will be able to save on transports. Secondly, there is no need for a second venue if you can have everything in the same place.
But many weddings have more guests than there are rooms available at the venue. So you might have to look for a hotel to accommodate some of the guests.
I suggest you make sure that the hotel is not located too far away from your venue. If possible, it’s good if it’s located in an area that is nice for the guests to stay in. That way they can really make the most out of their stay abroad.
But if you have your eyes set on a very remote area, no problem! It’s still your day, and after all people are coming to celebrate you.
If the guests are planning to stay longer after the wedding, they could always stay the wedding night at a close by accommodation, and then change the next day to one of their choice.
questions you should ask the venue
What spaces does the venue offer? Can you have the ceremony and dinner outdoors?
Will there be sun or shade in the ceremony area at the time that you are getting married?
Can they offer a Plan B if it’s raining? And most importantly, will you think the plan B is good enough?
Will the outdoor areas always look the same, or will it change depending on the time of the year? As an example, if you get married at a vineyard in Penedés wine district, you should choose your date carefully. It’s not the same thing to get married there off season. The vines will be all brown and dry, and not lush and green as you’ve imagined.
What about noise restrictions? Are there any neighbors, or can you keep the party going to very late?
Can coaches reach the venue without a problem?
Do they have their own kitchen, and what type of food do they offer?
Can you bring which catering firm you like? Is there any additional fee for bringing your own catering firm?
Are they doing more than one wedding a day?
Do they have experience of previous weddings? Experience with international weddings?
Can they speak English?
There are plenty of things to think about when you’re looking for that perfect wedding venue in Spain.
Hopefully this has been helpful!