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Your Wedding in Spain

Your Wedding in Spain will reflect how you feel about each other, how people see you, with your characters and personalities shining through. You might want to express your vows to each other in your own words. You might want to be formal, or thoroughly informal. You might want the special part of your wedding ceremony in Spain to be shared by many friends and family or a select few.

With a Wedding Blessing Ceremony there are no legal issues: it is not legally binding, as it is so difficult to get legally married in Spain (see legalities page) couples are choosing to deal with the legal paperwork in a registry office in the UK then coming out to Spain for their Wedding Blessing / Wedding Ceremony. Myself and my Husband chose this route as it was the simplest. We didn’t have anyone except 2 witnesses at the Registry Office in the UK. We then held what was for us our actual Wedding in Spain with 100 guests, we had the exchanging of rings and vows, signing of the register and I had the white dress and all the trappings of a Wedding.

This to us is our real Wedding Day, celebrated with our friends and family, and is the date of our anniversary which my husband regularly forgets.
Therefore, the beauty of it is; there are no legal ties to have your Wedding Blessing / Wedding Ceremony in Spain in a licensed building, thus you can hold your ceremony in a place which appeals to you – on a boat, in an Olive grove, on a beach, in a restaurant, in a Villa. Where you choose, with the guests you choose and the Ceremony you choose!

You might want people close to you to have particular roles. You'll probably want to choose readings and music which mean something to you, as a couple. Having a totally bespoke ceremony, celebrating your commitment to each other exactly where, when, with whom and how you want it to be enables you to do all this to make a truly beautiful and meaningful day.

I will help prepare and create your perfect Wedding Ceremony with you. I can suggest and help you choose your vows, readings, songs and music. I will then plan every aspect of your wedding in spain with you so you feel relaxed, confident and ready to really enjoy your special day.

Rituals available as part of your Ceremony

Before the ring exchange some couples choose to perform a symbolic ritual of commitment.
More information on each type of ceremony can be seen by clicking on the links below.
Some of the materials involved in the Wedding Ceremony Rituals listed below may incur an extra cost.

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Unity Candle Ceremony


A candle can be lit by a representative from each family ie the Mothers. The two candles are brought together and a third candle lit by the couple. It signifies the giving of each child by their family in support of this loving union.

Or the couple can each light a candle, and then the central one together symbolising their new life together.
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Unity Candle Ceremony

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Hand Fasting


We have all heard the expressions "tied the knot" or "giving one's hand in marriage". It's in reference to the ancient tradition of handfasting.


The term Handfasting is taken from Old Norse "hand-festa" meaning "to strike a bargain by joining hands". Handfasting is the tradition of lightly binding the hands of a couple together using a cord, rope, ribbons, a scarf, tartan or strips of fabric. It is meant to signify a couples coming together as "One". Whatever it's original intention, it has become a popular new tradition for today's couples seeking new and Spiritual ways to honour their love.
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Hand Fasting

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Traditional Scottish Quaich


The Quaich is a traditional Scottish two handled drinking cup. The word Quaich comes from the Gaelic word ´cuach´or cup. They can be made of wood, pottery, silver or pewter and come in a range of sizes.

The Quaich is often referred to as ‘the loving cup’ or cup of welcome, or friendship and its´ two handles make it ideal for sharing.

It is unique to Scotland and part of the tradition of Celtic hospitality was that of welcoming guests with a drink from a Quaich. Sharing a cup was also seen as a sign of trust between the people drinking from it – because it is offered and taken with both hands, the drinker could not hold a weapon at the same time and the sharing of the drink was also a guarantee that it hadn’t been poisoned! 

During your ceremony you will drink whiskey from the cup (a great way to calm your nerves too!!). I will then read a traditional Scottish poem.
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Traditional Scottish Quaich

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The Wish Tree


My inspiration came from a wonderful Dutch custom of substituting the guest book with a wedding "wish tree."

Guests write their special wish for the happy couple on their leaves, which the happy couple can then read and hang on the tree. I’ve incorporated this into the Ceremony.

You can choose family members or a selection of guests to write a word each and to walk up, say the word, and hang it on the tree (that I supply). For example: Love, fun, patience, tolerance, understanding, joy, memories.

Any word you or they choose. Or a sentence / wish for the happy couple. You can keep all the ‘leaves’ in your wedding box after the big day. If the couple are from another country or countries you can have some of the words written in different languages.
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The Wish Tree

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Passing of the Ring


The couples rings are tied together with ribbon (or any cord) and passed amongst all your friends and family.

They are passed full circle back to the couple loaded with the good wishes and love of your friends and family.
Simple, but touching.

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Passing of the Ring

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Arras / Coin Ceremony


A very traditional Spanish Ritual where 13 pieces of coins (silver or gold) called arras are placed into the Groom's waiting hands, who in turn drops it into the Bride's hands. The Bride then puts her hand above the Groom's then drops the arras into his hands again. The Groom allows the coins to then be dropped into a plate held by a family member or myself.

The metal tinkling of the coins being passed from one pair of hands to the other, is a distinctive reminder of the groom's promise to take care of his wife materially. The bride in return, by giving back the coins to his hands, conveys that what they both earn becomes part of each other's. The trickling sound also signifies abundance and success in the couple's joint efforts.
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Arras / Spanish Coins

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Unity Sand Ceremony


A meaningful symbolic joining of two lives.
In this timeless ritual of marriage, the couple ceremoniously pours a different colour of sand from separate containers into one special container, the unity vase, symbolising their coming together as one.

The layers represent their two different personalities, still separate but mixing as one.The top is sealed and you can take this home to display in your home. Some couples have the vase engraved. You could bring sand from a beach near where the couple are each from. Or include members of your family. This is especially touching when either, or both of you, have children.
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Unity Sand Ceremony

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Unity Canvas Painting Ceremony


A fun alternative to the traditional Unity Candle Ceremony or Sand Ceremony. The Unity Canvas Painting Ceremony lets the couple celebrate their Wedding or Vow renewal, in an artistic way that truly represents themselves. Depending how artistic the couple is: you can choose to paint an image or you both pick up your pot of paint and pour it over the top of the canvas resulting in an abstract style painting.

I would say a few words about marriage: Every marriage starts out as a blank canvas and every day is a splash of colour. This blank canvas represents the day of the wedding, and a new beginning.
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Unity Canvas Painting

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Two Indian Hindu Rituals



These two rituals are based on a Traditional Indian Hindu Wedding Ritual. It may appeal to the more spiritual couples. You can include both, or you may choose to just include one. Totally up to you!

Jai Mala Ritual: During Hindu wedding ceremonies the bride and groom exchange a garland of flowers, which signifies the acceptance of each other and that they enter their marriage freely.  


Saptapadi Ritual: This is seven sacred steps, that they will take together as a couple, whist making a promise during each step. The seven promises are:  “Together we will live with respect for one another. Together we will develop mental, physical and spiritual balance. Together we will prosper, acquire wealth and share our accomplishments. Together we will acquire happiness, harmony and knowledge through mutual love. Together we will raise strong, virtuous children. Together we will be faithful to one another and exercise self-restraint and longevity. Together we will remain lifelong partners and achieve salvation.”
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Hindu Rituals

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Rose Ceremony


Simple yet profoundly moving. The couple exchange two roses, symbolising the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life..


The Rose Ceremony also conveys how to use the rose and its symbolism in difficult times in order to forgive each other. In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing – it meant the words “I love you.” So it is appropriate that for your first gift – as lifelong partners – that gift would be a single rose.
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Rose Ceremony

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Wine Ceremony


There are two small glasses of wine, with one bigger empty glass in the middle.
The bride and groom take a small glass each and hold them, facing each other.
Their individual glasses of wine represent who they each are: their ideals, thoughts, passions,
their individual life experiences that make them the person they are today.

They each pour their glasses into the large glass to combine the two wines to symbolise the union of their two lives.

Just as these two wines can never be separated and poured back into their own containers so will your marriage be: a moulding of two individual personalities, bonded together forming one heart.
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Wine Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony Fees 499€


My prices include:

  • Ceremony on the day, including taxes
  • Local pre ceremony meeting if you are coming out to Spain before hand
  • PA Microphone system and IPOD docking (if required)
  • I will guide you through choosing vows, readings and design your perfect ceremony to compliment your special day.
  • I can supply a decorated altar table (if required)
  • Wedding Certificate & signing of the Register (if required)


Includes all the necessary planning, discussing and designing of your special Ceremony as many times as you require until you are totally satisfied. The cost also includes the Ceremony on the day.

Please contact me with any questions you have regarding your wedding in spain, or to reserve your Wedding Date.

Please read Booking conditions. I am willing to travel further afield but please understand that for any venues outside of the Costa del Sol region there will be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
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For couples, that for legal reasons, are unable to Marry. I will help prepare and create the perfect Wedding Ceremony with you. I can suggest and help you choose your vows, readings, songs and music. I will then plan and rehearse every aspect of the ceremony with you so you feel relaxed, confident and ready to really enjoy your special day.

Commitment Ceremony Fees 499€


My prices include:

  • Ceremony on the day, including taxes
  • Local pre ceremony meeting if you are coming out to Spain before hand
  • PA Microphone system and IPOD docking (if required)
  • I will guide you through choosing vows, readings and design your perfect ceremony to compliment your special day.
  • I can supply a decorated altar table (if required)
  • Wedding Certificate & signing of the Register (if required)


Includes all the necessary planning, discussing and designing of your special Ceremony as many times as you require until you are totally satisfied. The cost also includes the Ceremony on the day.

Please contact me with any questions you have regarding your ceremony in Spain, or to reserve your date.
For couples looking for an intimate Commitment Ceremony. Maybe with just the two of you or a small gathering then you may want to consider the CEREMONY PACKAGE, which is also kinder on the purse strings!
Click on the link above.
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Same Sex Weddings

same sex civil partnership weddings in spain
As of July 2nd 2005, same sex couples can be married civilly in Spain. However, the same rules apply as with all Civil Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, and proof of residency is required. (see legalities page). Therefore many same sex couples choose to have a Humanist Wedding Blessing/Ceremony.
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Your Wedding in Spain will reflect how you feel about each other, how people see you, with your characters and personalities shining through. You might want to express your vows to each other in your own words. You might want to be formal, or thoroughly informal. You might want the special part of your wedding ceremony in Spain to be shared by many friends and family or a select few.
gay wedding service in spain
With a Wedding Blessing Ceremony there are no legal issues: it is not legally binding, as it is so difficult to get legally married in Spain (see legalities page) couples are choosing to deal with the legal paperwork in a registry office in the UK then coming out to Spain for their Wedding Blessing / Wedding Ceremony.

Myself and my Husband chose this route as it was the simplest. We didn’t have anyone, except 2 witnesses at the Registry Office in the UK. We then held our Wedding Ceremony in Spain with 100 guests, we had the exchanging of rings and vows, signing of the register and I had the white dress and all the trappings of a Wedding. This to us is our Wedding Day with our friends and family.
lesbian wedding blessing in spain
Therefore, the beauty of it is; there are no legal ties to have your Wedding Blessing / Wedding Ceremony in Spain in a licensed building thus you can hold your ceremony in a place which appeals to you – on a boat, in an Olive grove, on a beach, in a restaurant, in a Villa.

Where you choose, with the guests you choose and the Ceremony you choose!
You might want people close to you to have particular roles. You'll probably want to choose readings and music which mean something to you, as a couple. Having a Humanist ceremony, celebrating your commitment to each other exactly where, when, with whom and how you want it to be enables you to do all this to make a truly beautiful and meaningful day.
gay and lesbian civil ceremony in spain
I will help prepare and create your perfect Wedding Ceremony with you. I can suggest and help you choose your vows, readings, songs and music. I will then plan every aspect of the ceremony with you so you feel relaxed, confident and ready to really enjoy your special day.
same sex wedding service in spain
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Celebrating the arrival of a new baby, a child or new step-children into your family and circle of friends is both a joyful and serious occasion. You are not only introducing them by name, you are also marking your commitment to their welfare and to them as significant people in your lives. You might also wish to take the opportunity of including older children in a ceremony.

I will help you can plan the ceremony that is right for your family, your situation. It can be as short or as long as you like (although the attention span and patience of small children should be kept in mind!) You can choose the words in which you, as parents, want to express your hopes and promises. You can decide whom you would like to have a special role in the ceremony – siblings, family or friends. You may also wish to choose Guardians, Guide-Parents or even ‘ungodly’ God Parents to act as supporting adults with a special interest in your child.

Baby Naming Ceremony 270€
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Many thanks for making our Daughters Naming Day celebration such a joyous occasion! You have been wonderful to deal with and made the arrangements for the ceremony really simple considering we were arranging it from the UK.

All of our family and friends commented on the ceremony it felt very intimate which made emotions roll!

A memorable service which we will always remember.

Grace & Stuart, Mirrens
Baby Naming August 2016
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A huge thank you for Amelia's naming ceremony. It was just perfect!!
Charley and Greg X
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Wedding and Vow Renewal Package

For couples looking for an intimate Wedding Ceremony or Vow Renewal Ceremony. Maybe with just the two of you or a small gathering then you may want to consider the following package, which is also kinder on the purse strings!

Package 850€ Ceremony and Professional Photographer

The Ceremony: Wedding or Vow Renewal/Commitment
  • Your personalised ceremony including all taxes
  • If you are coming out to Spain beforehand any local meeting you require
  • PA system or IPOD docking (if required) for playing music of your choice before, during and when your ceremony is complete.
  • I will guide you through choosing vows, readings and design your perfect ceremony to compliment your special day.
  • A decorated altar table.
  • Wedding Certificate & signing of the Register.

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Photographer
2 - 2.5 Hours coverage with your own professional Photographer: for the Ceremony and afterwards to photograph the happy couple and any group shots required.
Includes: approx. 80 – 100 colour optimised & retouched hi-resolution images, with a selection of black and white at the photographers discretion. Other particular photos can always be requested in black and white.

Location
A suggestion of venues if you don't already have something in mind:

La Cupula Lounge, Benalmadena Pueblo Village (15 mins from Malaga Airport).
Castle ‘Castillo de Colomares’, Benalmadena Pueblo.
Beach Location - ask me for advice if you're looking for something suitable near your accommodation.

At each location I would set up the decorated Altar table and silk flowers to enhance the already beautiful setting of your choice. I can provide cushions for guests if required (or seats in La Cupula).
You would just need to turn up with your bouquet and/or button holes!
(If you prefer I can get a quote for flowers from our local florist).


La Cupula Lounge and Gardens
This is situated in the Church Gardens in Benalmadena Pueblo, for more images and information please see my venue page.
Here I can hold the Ceremony in private in their outside Pergola, which overlooks the coast. There is a surcharge of 50 euros to use the Pergola privately.
There are stunning coastal views as a back drop for your Wedding photographs. After the ceremony there is the church plus church gardens with tropical flowers and small waterfalls, plus various stunning locations around the village (Benalmadena Pueblo) that the Photographer, with his local knowledge knows, to take shots of the happy couple.
After the photographs there are various pretty Spanish restaurants in the village where you can go for a drink or meal to celebrate. The Cupula Lounge restaurant opens from 6pm if you would like to eat there. It is available at any time during the day for your private ceremony.
Click here for more information about 'La Cupula Lounge'
or contact me to ask for a brochure and menus.
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Castle: Castillo de Colomares

The castle is also set in the beautiful village of Benalmadena Pueblo, overlooking the sea. It has the look of a fairy tale castle and will provide a very stunning and original backdrop to your Wedding photographs. How many people can lay claim to having ‘been married in a Castle in Spain!!’

After the Castle the village with all its stunning spots is close by for further photographs if required and refreshments to celebrate.

(Additional Castle surcharge of 50 euros for up to 12 persons, extra 3€ per addition person).
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Beach Location

We are lucky enough to have a selection of sun kissed beaches along the coast line, depending on where you are staying.
(As mentioned above I would supply the decorated altar, cushions for small gatherings, etc).

After the ceremony the Photographer would be able to capture some stunning beach shots.

I can recommend beaches depending on your requirements eg: if you would like a harbour in the background, or palm trees, or a more rocky setting or a simple sandy open beach.

For more information on this package or to secure your date please contact me.
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To see this years Wedding photos and for more Wedding ideas please have a look at my facebook page. we all know it Nagelstudio Hamburg
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Wedding or Vow Renewal/Commitment Package on a Catamaran
(Available 1st May - 31st October)

For couples looking for something special and different! Treat yourselves, and up to 8 guests, to a Ceremony you will never forget!

The Catamaran Boat heads out of the Marina and your bespoke Wedding Ceremony or Vow Renewal / Commitment Ceremony, is held out at sea on your own personal, private boat! Followed by Cava to toast the happy couple and some Dolphin spotting and swimming if your guests fancy a dip in the Med. The magical memories are captured forever by the Professional Photographer.

Package 1550 euro, includes: Ceremony, Professional Photographer, and 3 hours private Catamaran hire.
The boat will be decorated especially for your ceremony cruise, and finest Spanish Cava will be served after the ceremony.


The cruise time is 3 hours, which allows time for departure and return to the harbour, cruise time at sea, the ceremony conducted at sea, dolphin watching and fun/swimming/relax time at sea.
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The Ceremony: Wedding or Vow Renewal/Commitment

  • Your personalised ceremony including all taxes
  • If you are coming out to Spain beforehand any meeting you require
  • PA system or IPOD docking (if required) for playing music of your choice before, during and when your ceremony is complete.
  • I will guide you through choosing vows, readings and design your perfect ceremony to compliment your special day.
  • A decorated altar table.
  • Wedding Certificate & signing of the Register.

  • Photographer

3 Hours coverage with your own professional Photographer: for the Ceremony and afterwards to photograph the happy couple and any group shots required.

Includes: approx. 60 – 80 colour optimised & retouched hi-resolution images, with a selection of black and white at the photographers discretion. Other particular photos can always be requested in black and white.
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Catamaran Lagoon Powercat 43

  • Fully qualified Boat ‘Master’ + 1 member of crew.
  • Cava for 10 people to toast the happy couple.
  • Decorated Altar table and boat: silk flowers.

Optional Extras:

  • Brides Bouquet + button hole flowers (I can get a quote for you from our local florist)
  • Canapés and/or fresh sushi (please ask for a quote)
  • Seafood and/or meat paella (please ask for a quote)
  • Drinks are sold on board (per glass: soft drinks 1.50€, Beer 3€ pint, Wine 2€, Sangria 2€.
  • Champagne: Moet Chandon & Dom Perignon approx 50€ per bottle.
  • The trip time is max 3hrs but you can add on extra time for 250€ per hour.

Romantic Sunset Overnight stay for the happy couple - please ask for a quote.

  • Bridal suite cabin
  • 3hr cruise to Marina del Este: a stunning port where you can alight for a romantic candle lit dinner for two.
  • Over night stay on the boat then morning cruise back to the main marina.