A really popular way of organizing your wedding abroad is by renting a villa, mansion or manor house. In the Barcelona region there are many, beautiful and rustic villas for rent. In this post I will describe a bit what you need to think about when you plan a wedding at such venue.
Accommodation for your guests
A part from being beautiful and exotic locations for weddings, these venues are also practical solutions for those who wish to celebrate it all in one place. Therefore, there is no need to worry about coach transfers. If you are planning an intimate wedding for up to 30 guests, the houses can usually offer accommodation to all of them. Some properties can even sleep up to 50 guests.
Rustic, Catalan manor houses
These properties are beautiful, historic stone buildings that are very common in Catalonia and Aragon region of Spain. Locally known as “masias”, which means a farmhouse or manor house in Catalan, they are usually located on the country side and many times date back to the Middle Ages. The surroundings areas are many times wine fields, olive groves or mountains. For this purpose, these are perfect locations for those couples who want a relaxed, intimate wedding venue. The masias are usually located inlands, and therefore don’t have the option to provide sea views. However, the masias that we normally use are not located too far away from the sea, but you will need a car.
Luxury villas and seafront venues
Spain has many luxury villas too, many of them by the seafront. They usually have a much more modern style and have large gardens where you can have your ceremony. One thing that they usually have in common is that they have large gardens, so you can have the ceremony there and some of them also have ceremony areas facing the sea.
What to think about when planning a villa wedding
It’s important to research if the venue itself allows weddings, and if this is something that they have done previously. It’s of course not a must, but it does make the whole thing much easier because they will most likely have a designated area for the catering, enough bathrooms, reliable Plan B’s and other important things.
Another very important thing is that even if the villa owners are used to housing guests and weddings at their premises, it doesn’t mean that they are wedding planners. You can not expect the villa owners to do the same job as an independent wedding planner will do. They will most likely help out with a lot of different things. But it’s not their job to make sure that everything runs according to schedule on the wedding day, or take care of the guests. Most venues will directly ask you if you have a wedding planner.
Most properties apply a minimum stay depending on the time of the year. In high season (June-September/October) many villas require a minimum stay of 7 nights. In mid-season which will be spring and autumn, they can offer minimum stay of 3-4 nights. During low season some venues offer 2 nights, but it will vary depending on the venue. Private seafront venues with accommodation will have similar rules as the masias.
What does it cost to rent a masia or villa?
The prices will obviously vary. But to give you an idea:
High Season, when the minimum stay is 7 nights (usually mid June, July, August and mid September), prices will range from 19 000 – 26 000 EUR/week.
Mid-season, when the minimum stay is 3-4 nights (usually April, May, September, October) prices will range from 12 000 – 19 000 EUR. Price per night is around 3000-4000 EUR per night.
The villas always ask for a safety deposit, which will be refunded if there is no damage to the property and premises.
Examples of properties
Castell Resort (Cal Marqués & Cal Forner)
Xalet del Nin (seafront)
Masia Casa del Mar (seafront)
Casa Nova Estate (natural park, in the middle of nature)
I hope you found this useful! If you are interested in some of the villas, you are very welcome to send me an e-mail to email@example.com, and we can continue the conversation there. In these complicated times when traveling to Spain is complicated, I have no problem at all to go to the villas and take photos or videos for you. I will be more than happy to do it!