Our Top Picks for Destination Vow Renewal in Barcelona

Our Top Picks for Destination Vow Renewal in Barcelona

 

     If you always dreamed of a destination wedding but weren’t able to have one, a destination vow renewal is just as romantic and even less stressful! The beauty of vow renewals is that there does not necessarily need to be a proper ceremony or even a reception. The way you want to celebrate is completely up to you, just leave it in our hands. Use it as the perfect opportunity to tick Barcelona off your bucket list. What better time to see an amazing city and remind each other just how in love you are?

     No matter what kind of ceremony you have envisioned, there is something to cater to your tastes in beautiful Barcelona. World Heritage sites and architectural marvels serve as the ideal backdrop for your ceremony. If you prefer an outdoor ceremony there are several parks and a beautiful beach to top it off. 

Since we are based in Barcelona, we can help you with any and all of your destination vow renewal needs. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we can assist you in planning even the most minute details.


The Great Outdoors

    For a destination vow renewal ceremony, the beach is the obvious option – it’s remarkably beautiful and will guarantee stunning photos. The location is ideal too. The beac is a short walk from the city center – meaning you can whisk yourselves off to a nice dinner right after you exchange vows. If you’re not looking to get your feet sandy or the weather doesn’t cooperate, fret not. There are also several charming restaurants scattered along the boardwalk. We can help you choose the right one and arrange everything from the ceremony to the after-party.

If you are looking for a dramatic and impressive setting, Gaudí’s Parc Güell is the place for you. Mosaic tiles with views overlooking the whole city and plenty of greenery. 

     Another beautiful outdoor option is the Laberint Park, not only for its whimsical labyrinth but also for the extravagant fountains, flowers, and forest setting that will make you feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The ideal place to make you feel young and in love again.


Heavenly Hotels

Barcelona is full of dazzling hotels that are adapted to intimate functions such as vow renewals. With a wide range of facilities and helpful multi-lingual staff, hosting a reaffirmation ceremony becomes a totally stress-free affair. A hotel is a great option because you can have the ceremony, reception, dinner and drinks all at the same place. Once the celebration is over, you can whisk yourselves off to your room. If you are looking to include friends or family in your celebration, we can help you arrange to have your rooms grouped together. Some of our favorites are the beachside Hotel Arts, the grandiose El Palace, or the luxurious Cotton House Hotel.


Private Villas

Barcelona’s long and decadent history means there are also several private villas scattered around the city. These can accommodate friends and family and afford you a level of privacy that hotels do not. Reaffirming your love at a villa guarantees intimacy and allows your loved ones to join in on your destination renewal. One of our top choices is the Villa Modernista, a centrally located villa complete with 4 bedrooms and a swimming pool.

 

 

I do, again: Couples Share Why They Renewed Their Vows

I do, again: Couples Share Why They Renewed Their Vows

 

     Wedding vow renewal is a tradition that started in Italy decades ago has been gaining traction since the 70s. What started out as a way for couples to celebrate special anniversaries has turned into a much more diverse celebration of the milestones a couple may cross throughout their relationship. We asked some couples to share their stories about why they chose to reaffirm their love for each other.

Terri & Kevin, married 31 years

“So many years had passed since we got married, and so much had changed. Together we had battled illness, raised children and buried some of our dearest friends. Renewing our vows helped us reignite those feelings we had for each other and see how much our relationship has matured. Sometimes when we are going through a rough patch, I reread the vows we wrote for our renewal ceremony and it fills me with love all over again.”

Sonia & Aydin, married 11 years

“Our wedding was massive. We both have huge families and there was pressure on both sides to plan this really over-the-top wedding, which neither of us wanted. It was such a stressful day for both of us and we barely got to enjoy the day because of all the pressure. To be honest I barely remember it. A few years later I whisked her off to one of her favorite cities and we remarried, with just the two of us there. We even changed the day we celebrate our anniversary from our wedding date to the day we renewed our vows, it’s much more special day for us.”

Nia & Travis, married 17 years

“We had our first vow renewal on our 5-year anniversary and it was such a blast that we decided to do it every year and have kept up that tradition for 12 years! Some years we plan something really elaborate and include friends and family and some years we just do something romantic the two of us. It’s a great way to reflect on the past year together, and on the relationship as a whole. This year we are travelling to Barcelona and our son will be the officiant!”

Kelsey & Lane, married 5 years

“I didn’t get to have the fairytale destination wedding I dreamed of. My fiancé had gotten laid off just as we started planning our wedding and even though both of our families pitched it, we still had to cut a lot of corners. Our wedding was still great but I always dreamed of a do-over. A few years later we were in a good place again financially and we had a smaller, but much more elaborate destination renewal ceremony. It was perfect.”

Eleni & Andre, married 23 years

“We were young and in love and we eloped. We didn’t even tell our family until years later that we were already married. We went a long time without having a ceremony and the more time that passed, the more we talked about throwing ourselves a party. It was an intimate ceremony with family and friends and we had such a great time walking down memory lane together. At the reception we had a slide show with photos of us at our elopement. We’re still the crazy in love kids we were so long ago!”

Yuki & Evan, married 16 years

“We were on holidays and out of nowhere he got on one knee and proposed to me – for the second time. It was such an incredibly romantic gesture. We decided to renew our vows while we were still on vacation and we had such a blast putting together a small, impromptu ceremony. The vows we wrote for our wedding day were so much different from the ones we wrote for the renewal. We had lived so much together and learned so much about each other and what love and marriage mean to us. It really felt like we were falling in love all over again.”

 

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A Vow Renewal Guide in 9 Easy Steps

A Vow Renewal Guide in 9 Easy Steps

 

Luckily, there are few rules when it comes to renewing your vows, and this freedom of choice is exactly what draws couples to this special ceremony. Make it even easier on yourselves and hire the services of an event or wedding planner, especially if you decide on a destination vow renewal. Whatever your reasons are for renewing your vows, we’ve come up with a 9-step guide to help you visualize your ideal ceremony.

 

1. DECIDE WHEN
…to renew your vows. We say, no time like the present. Some couples choose to renew their vows to mark significant anniversaries, some choose to renew following important life events, and some even renew every single year. That’s the great thing about renewals, there are no rules!

2. PICK WHERE
…you want to reaffirm your love. Choose somewhere meaningful for you – feel free to get creative. You’d be surprised at how many places that cannot or do not host wedding parties are more than happy to help you with a small, intimate celebration of your love. A destination vow renewal can be just as exciting as a destination wedding but far less stressful!

3. CHOOSE WHO
…will share this special day with you. Some couple host their own renewals, while others have their children or close friends do the honors. Keep the guest list limited and you’ll save yourselves a lot of hassle. And since the ceremony isn’t legally binding, you can choose anyone you wish to be the officiant of the ceremony, even your Golden Retriever!

4. SEND INVITATIONS
…to the lucky ones, that is
if you have decided to invite your loved ones to join you. Don’t forget, this day can be just about you and your partner and you might be able to skip this part altogether, especially if you are doing a destination renewal. Think green and opt for electronic invitations, we like the ones at Paperless Post.

5. PRE-PARTY
…like it’s the first time around…or not. Since it is counter-productive to have a bachelor(ette) party, use this as an excuse to catch up with old friends, but this time do what you all really wanted to do the first time around – go out for a nice meal together, or better yet, take part in a cooking class!

6. WHAT TO WEAR
For the ladies, you can definitely wear white, but not something that looks like a wedding dress. Those who cherish nostalgia may opt for wearing their original wedding dress, or a altered or dyed version of it. Decide upon more or less formal attire, depending on the setting and atmosphere. For the groom, you might wear an updated version of you your original tuxedo or suit, or choose an entirely new look altogether.

7. THE CEREMONY
…should be exactly how you want it to be. If you have an aisle, why not walk down together? Or include children, grandchildren, or pets. Exchange original vows, reflecting on your relationship and what brought you here. Decades may have passed since you last exchanged vows and this will a good time to think about how you feel about your love.

8. THE RECEPTION
…that’s what we’re all here for, right? We all know the party is the most exciting and part, so focus your energies on what comes after your vows have been exchanged. Again, there is no blueprint for this part your celebration, so do exactly as you wish. A family barbecue, an intimate dinner at a swanky restaurant, or a cocktail party – let your imagination run wild. Maybe you want to share from photos from the first wedding and your time together since, maybe you want to give a toast to each other or the attendees, and maybe you just want to dance the night away! Reserve tables and book photographers and DJs accordingly.

9. GIFTS
Skip the registry and ask guests to donate to a charity on your behalf. If it is a big anniversary like 25 or 50 years, you will probably receive some gifts so make sure to personally thank the givers. And between you and your beloved? A nice idea we like is to exchange a piece of jewelry with your partner and wear it on your renewal day, be in cufflinks, earrings, a watch, or even another ring.

5 Unique Places to Visit in Barcelona

5 Unique Places to Visit in Barcelona

Whether you’re here for an engagement, elopement or destination wedding, nothing spoils a romantic getaway like hordes of tourists at every step. We’ve compiled a list of 5 places that the guide books don’t tell you about, where you can get the best of Barcelona – without the crowds.

Joan Fontcuberta’s Kiss Mural
Plaça d’Isidre Nonel
In the heart of the Gothic quarter, tucked into a romantic plaza, you can find an enormous mural of two lip-locked lover. El món neix en cada besada (“The World Begins With Every Kiss”) is a photo mosaic mural made up of more than 4000 pictures printed on ceramic tiles. It was was designed by Barcelona artist, Joan Fontcuberta. He asked local residents to participate by sending in a photo that captured a moment of freedom, and then incorporated these photos to create his masterpiece.

Beneath the mural is a quote from the poet Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The sound of a kiss is not as loud as that of a canon, but it’s echo lasts a great deal longer.”

A great place to take a photo of you and your beloved!

Rossend Arús Masonic Library
Passeig de Sant Joan, 26
Step back into time and head to this once-secret Masonic home and meeting ground. Miraculously surviving Franco’s rule until 1975, it was converted into a library which nowadays houses an impressive collection of books and manuscripts, including many cult and anarchist texts.

Located just a short walk away from Arc de Triomf, it is located on Passeig Sant Joan, named after the patron saint of the Freemasons, Saint John. You can visit parts of the library free of charge and poke around a little bit. And If you’re interested in learning more about Barcelona’s long and complicated history with Freemasonry, you can book a guided tour, which allows you to access all parts of the library and deciphers some of the mysticism behind it.

Jardins de Ca n’Altimira
Carrer de Maó, 13
Following the theme of freemasonry, our next stop is the Ca n’Altimira Gardens, in the Sant Gervasi neighborhood. Once home of the eccentric billionaire Josep Altimira, who was known to rub elbows with Freemasons, it is supposed that the gardens once occupied a much larger area than they do now. There are rumours of Altimira keeping orangutans, throwing lavish parties and tunneling out underground grottoes leading to his private estate.

Nowadays the gardens are much more humble than in their heyday, but they still an incredibly pretty and oft-forgotten green space in Barcelona definitely worth visiting. There are several bridges connecting parts of the property, as well as grand hall hoisted by 36 enormous Romanesque columns, making for some romantic photo opportunities.

Frederic Marès Museum
Plaça Sant Iu, 5
This endlessly fascinating museum houses the private collections of the namesake sculptor. In addition to the sculptures he amassed during his lifetime there are also vast collections of many more eclectic items. Spend hours exploring eclectic collections of anything you can imagine – stamps, watches, fans, pipes, jewellery, and even art made of human hair. And to think this was all one man’s personal collection!

A great activity if you get rained out – a rare occurrence here in Barcelona, but something to plan for nonetheless. And if you visit on a sunny day, you can enjoy a relaxing break in the picturesque courtyard, where they have a café open in the warmer months. Located just next to the famous Gothic Cathedral, it’s definitely worth a visit

Mercury Fountain at the Joan Miró Foundation
Montjuïc Park
You’ll undoubtedly visit one of the city’s many museums during your visit, but if the seemingly endless lines at the Picasso Museum aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of other great options. If you make the trek up the scenic Montjuïc mountain (also easily accessible by funicular), head to the Joan Miró Foundation afterwards for some art and culture. The museum not only houses an immense collection of the Miró’s works but also many pieces from other contemporary artists.

Most fascinating, however, is Alexander Calder’s ‘Mercury Fountain.’ Alongside with Picasso’s ‘Guernica,’ these works were commissioned for the 1937 World Exhibition in Paris. At the time, Spain supplied 60% of the world’s mercury and Calder paid homage by creating this stunning liquid metal art fountain, where quicksilver flows instead of water. Word has it that the museum’s caretaker has to wear what is essentially a spacesuit to clean the exhibition, because of how toxic mercury is to humans!

Where to Celebrate your Engagement in Barcelona

Where to Celebrate your Engagement in Barcelona

Well, you’ve made it. You popped the question and she (or he!) said yes. Now that the hard part is over, it’s time to celebrate. We’ve chosen a few places around Barcelona, specially tailored to the kind of celebrating you and your to-be are looking to do. Don’t hesitate to contact us to help you book a table or help plan your post-proposal celebration.


The Hopeless Romantics

Hotel Neri Rooftop

    • Celebrate your proposal in this quiet oasis right in the heart of the Old Town. Tucked away in what is already considered Barcelona’s most romantic square, this terrace is the ultimate in Mediterranean romance. Lay in hammocks sipping celebratory drinks while the dizzying smell of jasmine and romantic candlelight surrounds you.

Carrer de Sant Sever, 5
http://www.hotelneri.com

Café Vienés Jazz Club

    • If you’re lucky enough to have popped the question on a Thursday, there is nowhere to go but here. Located in the impressive Hotel Casa Fuster, every Thursday evening this bar turns into a jazz club like you’ve never seen before. Reservations recommended!

Passeig de Gràcia, 132
www.hotelcasafuster.com

The Gourmands

El Nacional

    • So you and your new fiancé(e) are foodies, you say? Well then look no further than this glorious ode to cuisine, architecture and good taste. A multi-faceted space with a selection of cocktail, oyster, and tapas bars and specialized restaurants, there is something for every taste, no matter how exquisite.

Passeig de Gràcia, 24
www.elnacionalbcn.com

Torre d’Alta Mar

    • Undeniably one of the most impressive restaurants in all of Barcelona, this is where you want to take your husband or wife-to-be when you simply cannot help but outdo yourself. A well-earned Michelin star is only one of the reasons to come here – panoramic views, a cable car ride and luxurious atmosphere are some of the others.

Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 88
www.torredealtamar.com

The Connoisseurs

Can Paixano aka La Xampanyeria

    • Cava is Spain’s answer to champagne, and this tapas bars is dedicated solely to the enjoyment of this golden bubbly potion. Don’t expect a romantic atmosphere here – it’s known for it cheery, bustling atmosphere. You’ll surely find some new friends to raise a toast with here.

Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7
www.canpaixano.com

La Confiteria

    • This gorgeous cocktail bar is housed in what once was a pastry and confectionery shop. As you walk through the doors, the 19th century Modernist decor will instantly transport you to a time that once was. Intimate lighting and cozy seating, the atmosphere is perfectly paired with their incredible cocktail menu.

Carrer de Sant Pau, 128

The Adventurers

Sunset at Bunkers del Carmel

    • With 360º views and the Mediterranean glistening in the setting sun, the hike up is worth it to see one of Barcelona’s most romantic spots. Pack some snacks and bring a bottle of bubbly and celebrate your future with the whole city before you.

Turó de la Rovira – Carrer de Marià Labèrnia

The Beach

    Always bustling and full of interesting characters, Barcelona’s beaches definitely don’t scream romance. They can, however, be the perfect setting to calm your nerves after the big proposal and relax to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore. Bring a picnic and your drink of choice and forget the world around you two exists.

 

The Revellers

Marula Café

    • So you’ve spent the day feasting and toasting to your love, and you’ve still saved room for more? Right in the city center and open late, this intimate club is one of your best bets for partying as a duo. You’ll surely be greeted by smiling faces dancing the night away to funk, soul and if you’re lucky, some really excellent live music.

Carrer dels Escudellers, 49
www.marulacafe.com

Macarena Club

    • They say good things come in small packages, and this house and techno club is no exception. With limited capacity and one of the best sound systems in all of Spain, its intimate atmosphere will keep you and your beloved dancing into the early dawn.

Carrer Nou de Sant Francesc, 5,
www.macarenaclub.com

Our Guide to Elopement Etiquette

Our Guide to Elopement Etiquette

The rules of wedding etiquette have long been set in stone, but side-stepping a traditional wedding means that you don’t have to worry about these details. This doesn’t mean there aren’t some things to consider when eloping. We’ve answered your elopement etiquette questions so you can focus on what matters – your romantic getaway to Barcelona.

Should our elopement be a secret?
The element of surprise is what differentiates elopements from traditional weddings, so do your best to keep quiet. If you are already engaged then your best bet is remaining vague about your plans until the big day. If you’re not engaged then it may be a better idea to keep things completely hush-hush until after the elopement. Your loved ones may try and talk you out of it or convince you to have a big wedding. And a little white lie about a romantic getaway to Barcelona will throw anyone off your tail!

If you do decide to only tell one or two people, make sure that they will be happy to carry your secret until the elopement. Some people may feel burdened by having to keep a secret and some people are not good secret-keepers at all!

Kids are notoriously bad at keeping secrets, so this is something you’ll have to navigate carefully if you have children. Depending on your situation, you will have to choose between telling your children in advance and risk them spilling the beans, or telling them once you’re already on your way to Barcelona, and run the chance of flustering them. The most important is that you give them time to ask questions and make them feel involved in the celebration.

How do we tell our parents?
Depending on your circumstances, in person or on the phone. Since your families likely don’t live in Barcelona, you could video-call them shortly after the ceremony and show off both of your beaming smiles and give them a peek of this amazing city. Plan a lunch or dinner for when you return so you can all celebrate together. Be prepared to answer their questions and soothe any apprehensions they may have. They’re appreciate and respect your decision, especially if they are as in love with your future bride or groom as you are.

When should we break the news? And how?
Once you’ve told you your parents, spread the news to other family members and close friends. It’s up to you if you want to do this in person, by phone, or even by sending out a quick video to your loved ones. This is especially useful if you’re dealing with different time zones.

It’s a good idea not to wait too long to mail out announcements once you’re back home and settled. Perhaps you’ll want to include a few professional photos so you can share not only the news, but also some of your beautiful moments. Just like an elopement is a toned down version of a wedding, the announcements you send out should follow a similar vein – sweet and simple, “[Name] and [name] wish to announce their wedding at a private ceremony in Barcelona on January 22, 2018.”

Can we still have a reception?
Of course! Just because you’ve opted not to have a traditional wedding doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the party that comes with it. If you have friends or family in Barcelona, or if just you and your partner, we can help you organize a night out on the town to celebrate. If you’re heading home after the elopement, you can plan a get-together with family and friends.

What about gifts?
You’re bound to receive some gifts and the same etiquette applies here as for traditional weddings – a handwritten note thanking the sender for their thoughtfulness. If you are planning a reception upon your return home, having a wedding registry isn’t a bad idea as it takes the guesswork out for your guests. If you are adamant about not wanting gifts, you can always register with the charity of your choice. Just be sure not to mention gifts in the invitation, as this is seen as bad form, in both weddings and elopements.

The Most Romantic Things to Do in Barcelona

The Most Romantic Things to Do in Barcelona

Barcelona is the city of romance, exquisite fashion and a mesmerizing night life. Enjoy the perfect romantic getaways, Barcelona has to offer with your partner. It does not matter whether you are eating at a restaurant or taking a stroll through one of its many iconic streets, there is always a romantic Barcelona flair to everything you do there! The city’s air is heavy with love, romance and an exciting magic that trickles down your soul to awaken the romantic diva within you. Here we describe some of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona that are a must-try for every couple!

Enjoy the beaches at La Barceloneta

Things to do in barcelona

The beautiful expanse of relaxing golden sand and stunning blue waters call you for a fun time together. Also, visit the Mediterranean beach and enjoy sunbathing, dipping your toes in the sea or even building a sand castle. You can also enjoy volleyball or table tennis gams. Sometimes, a simple walk along the beach hand in hand with your lover is all you need. Moreover, the beach also gives you the opportunity to have a look at some modern art on display. This art is on diplay at the Homenatge a la Barceloneta monument or at the Peix d’Or sculptures. Plus, the lasting romantic Barcelona touch is fortified by a visit any of the many cozy little seafood restaurants. These are along the beach to enjoy some bonding time and a great freshly caught seafood lunch or dinner.

Stroll through the romantic, mysterious lanes of El Barri Gotic

Enjoy a trip through time as you wind down the many historic lanes of El Barre Gotic. The place is popular for its cozy winding streets and its flavorful history that burst out at every twist and turn. The area is preserved to display much of the medieval architecture and it certainly gives you a charming experience of walking through ancient times. You are instantly shifted into a romantic Barcelona fairy tale of the days gone by as you stroll through its vintage streets, hand in hand with your lover.

Enjoy the magic fountain in the romantic Barcelona city

Along with some exotic Barcelona wedding venues, the city has some pretty romantic attractions for you to enjoy as well. Do you want to experience something truly magical? Drop by the beautiful performances of water, light, and music at the magic fountain. All through the evening, the beautiful place features an elaborate display of romantic music, accompanied by the most lavish combination of dancing lights and stunning water display. It truly looks like a romantic scene out of a book. In addition, there is quite some history behind this magnificent fountain as well.  Plus, touring the frequent, 15-minute displays of the fountain of lights sometimes accompanied with enchanting fireworks in the evenings is one great way to spend a romantic Barcelona night out.

Wine tastings

Romantic things to do in barcelona

Of course, the romantic Barcelona experience is incomplete without the exotic touch of wine delicacies. These wines are from locally exquisite, small produce vineries, all with their own particular story. The special wine tastings held in Barcelona aim to introduce the less well-known delicacies of the area. A wine expert often guides these tastings. If you are a wine enthusiast this is the place to be. Clearly there is nothing quite as remotely romantic as a subtle evening of wine tastings, which give your soul that mysteriously romantic thrill that you desired.

Visit the El Café de la Pedrera

If you are into the architecture and enjoy exploring with your partner, the mysteriously controversial design of the café de le Perera is sure to strike you as a great attraction. The hotel is popular for its stone façade. Moreover, its enthralling iron decorations make a statement. Plus, its roof is the highlight of the café. Often, there is often an exquisite show of musical performances that you can enjoy to your heart’s content. All in all, if you are looking for a romantic Barcelona evening, this is one of the best places to visit for sure.

Palau de la Musica Catalana

Blow yourself away with the beauty of this beautiful palace. The stunning colors, the stained glasses and the mosaics in the towering place can take your breath away! Moreover, it is often the venue for a number of musical concerts. If you get a chance to enjoy a musical experience in this beautiful hall, then go for it. Just listening to the beautiful chords resonating off the walls makes the entire visit worth it. The beautiful in all its glam and majesty is certainly an awe-inspiring place to visit. A concert may not be something, you like. So, you can always enjoy the romantic ambiance of the place, which is sure to blow you away!

Rent a bike in the romantic Barcelona city

Romantic things to do in Barcelona

 

One of the greatest things that you can enjoy in Barcelona is riding a bike. Roam free through the calm and romantic city. Thankfully, your wedding planner Barcelona city is sure to suggest this romantic trip. Simply rent one with your partner.  You can chose different ones, including the regular bike. You can also try the different but interesting tandem bikes and cargo bikes. In addition, ride your bike through the winding streets of the romantic Barcelona city. Take in the beauty of the place as you go. You can enjoy a complete tour of the place on your bike. Moreover, use the calm mode of transportation to switch between the different attractions on your list. Also, take a ride through the many street shopping lanes of La Boqueria. Perhaps roam through Las Rambalas for an experience to remember!

La Sagrada Familia

Last but not least, take a trip to the Majestic La Sagrada Familia that is a symbolic architecture in Barcelona. The magnificent church has a breathtaking height with stunning detailing. You can visit the nave, crypt or have a look at the interesting pieces in the museum or shop. These are located in the heart of the city.  You can also visit the two towers for an unforgettable view from the church. Clearly, this is a must-visit place in Barcelona. Take your partner on board and experience this beautiful wonder together!

Clearly, getting married in Barcelona is a wonderful and charismatic experience. The place offers you romantic Barcelona venues to have the destination wedding of your dreams. Moreover, you can also enjoy an extremely romantic honeymoon here too. Take your partner on a romantic city tour. Do remember to visit the mesmerizing places mentioned above. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the place and the air thick with love as you get married in Barcelona.

Tips For Writing Your Elopement Vows

Tips For Writing Your Elopement Vows

Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for a romantic break. Many couples choose to get married in Barcelona because of its unique charm: incredible architecture, interesting history, unforgettable views and delicious food and wine!

So now that you’ve decided you’re eloping in this beautiful city, you need to make sure you know what you need to pull it off. It turns out there’s a little more to do than just showing up and saying: I do!

Writing wedding vows undoubtedly add a romantic, even cheerful touch to the entire ceremony, making it truly unique!  As you open your heart to embrace your partner and get married in Barcelona, you want to do it with promises that you truly mean… however this can be a challenging task!

Don’t worry though,  here are some tips that will help you!

Cover the basics

As you attempt to write your own vows, there are certain basics that you need to cover. Sit down with a pen and try to answer some important questions before you set out to get married in Barcelona. These will be the structure of your vows and will make them official. Ask yourself what is the one thing that you love about your partner that makes you marry them. Also flashback to the time when you actually realized they were the one.

It makes a great line in your vows and adds a sweet personal touch. You can also write a few things about what marriage means to you and the promises you want to make to them. One great way of doing so is by imagining the promises you want to hear from your partner. Another way of adding a fun little addition to your vows is by recapping to your childhood when you used to imagine how your wedding would be like.

Read a lot of vows

You can take this as your own little assignment. Try to look into the traditional vows of people who got married in Barcelona before you, especially if your partner has another faith or is from a different culture. Reading many different examples will help you to figure out those special words that inspire you. In addition, you can find that basic format which can help you create a basic skeleton for your own vows.

Try to separate some styles that you really like. You can then choose the one that appeals to your fantasy and write your own vows according to the style. It will make your vows much easier but still incredibly romantic and unique as you stand up to say them when you get married in Barcelona.

Format discussion

Remember that you both will be presenting your vows. It is important that both of you agree on a special format. Will you like your vows to have a bit of humor? Or would you like them to be romantic and traditional? Skipping from one style to the other can really upset the tone and you would not want to do that on your wedding day. You should also discuss the logistics. Decide whether you want your vows to be identical or you want them to include similar promises as you get married in Barcelona.

Another thing that is important to know is whether you want to share your vows with your lover beforehand or keep it a secret until the very last moment. It really depends on your choice, but you need to establish certain things to ensure both of you are on the same page. Talking with the wedding planner can also be of valuable use. She can help guide you to the most romantic and best wedding vows for your ceremony.

Write and read them all out

It is always a great idea to write out a rough draft first. It is highly unlikely that you will remember your vows just by thinking of them. Write them all down and have a look to see how they sound. Would you like to edit them down or add a line? Write and reread a number of times to ensure that the words really speak to your heart. only when will they speak to your partner as you get married in Barcelona.

You may want to read your vows to your close friend or someone you trust before you actually get married in Barcelona and get an impression of what they think. This will help you gain confidence and will assure you that you have done the right thing. It is important that you truly know and believe that you have written your vows correctly to be able to say them aloud at the altar!

Practice and practice

As you stand, holding your partner’s hand, the best thing will be to recite your vows while looking into your partner’s eyes. It really makes the entire thing so much purer! The only way you are going to achieve this is by practicing and practicing. Say your vows over and over again. Say them until you can recite them in your sleep. Tension and stress on the big day are common and you need to memorize your vows so that you can say them with confidence on the big day.

Believe in what you say

Your vows are your words. You are making these sacred vows to your partner to be with them for the rest of your life. Drown in the beauty of this feeling and embrace every word to say it with every ounce of feeling in your heart. Remember, it is not about the flowery words or the huge promises you make. Instead, it is about how you say it, the effort you put into it and the feelings emitting from every word as you speak each sentence as you stand on the alter to get married in Barcelona. Believing in your vows yourself will naturally add enormous weight to your sentences, which is all that your partner really wants as you get married in Barcelona.

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Summing it all up, writing vows is not as daunting as you think. It can be a fun experience for each of you and they will really add a charming flavor as you get married in Barcelona. Keep these tips in mind to materialize your thoughts and feelings into meaningful words. And remember that, in the end, as you stand and hold your partner’s hand at the altar, what is truly important is what you really mean.

10 Reasons To Have Your Destination Wedding In Barcelona

10 Reasons To Have Your Destination Wedding In Barcelona

Are you an adventurous spirit seeking to make your nuptials unforgettable in every sense of the word?

Do you find the idea of some far off exotic location dreamy and perfect as a backdrop for your special day?

 

If you are among the growing number of couples who feel the need to make travel, romance, and adventure a new way of life, you’ll love this article because I’m sharing ten reasons why Barcelona will be perfect for your special celebration.

In recent years a research-based survey was released proving that in America alone, November and December account for 26% of all marriage proposals throughout the year.

Fairchild Bridal Group sponsored the survey. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because you probably know them as “Modern Bride”.

That’s a very astounding number of couples getting ready to tie the knot and start their happily ever after.

Since we are approaching the holidays, chances are you don’t just have Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and New Years on your mind.

You’ve got something even bigger to think about and plan for. T’is the season to be jolly and the perfect time for you to be connecting with me on my blog because not only can I help you make this season the most glorious for you and the love of your life, I will also help make your planning process more effortless.

Some couples want to exchange their vows the traditional way. But with the advances, we’ve made as a global community, more and more ambitious, hard-working couples would rather trade in the old hotel/reception hall wedding for something more exotic, exciting and adventurous.

Does this sound like you?

If so, you are in the right place.

In this post I want us to focus on one specific area of Spain so you can have greater clarity on what having your special day here would look like.

After all, for a couple looking to start a new adventurous life together, nothing is more reassuring than knowing your big day will be everything you dreamed of and so much more.

That’s what Barcelona will effortlessly offer you and here are my 10 reasons why.

 

Why your destination wedding in Barcelona will be an unforgettable experience for you and the love of your life:

 

 

Reason #1: Breathtaking beauty all around you

 

An engaged couple wants nothing more than to create a day to remember for the rest of their lives.

As brides, we want to be surrounded by everything that brings out the magic in us and surely Barcelona has this on steroids.

This is a city that contains thousands of years in history and culture. Beauty, enchantment, and activities that create lasting memories are what Barcelona holds in store for you.

Whether you are taking a romantic stroll around the city or getting a little tan before your big day on some of the well-manicured beaches here, each moment promises to imbue you with timeless beauty and lasting impressions.

 

Reason #2: Beautiful natural landscapes form the canvas for your magical day

 

Spain, in general, offers a variety of natural landscapes that seems like a page in a fairy tale book.

Barcelona is often referred to as the crown of the Mediterranean and with good reason.

With so many intimate and beautiful backdrops to choose from whether we organize a setting on a beautiful Yatch or a bibliotheca on the  Tibidado Hill you will have a wide variety of dreamy options to choose from for your celebration.

 

Reason #3: Accessibility

 

We all know there are several dreamy and intimate spots in the world that would be amazing for a destination wedding.

I recently visited little Island in Africa commonly referred to as a hidden Jewel adjacent to the Kenyan coastline that had miles upon miles of gorgeous white sandy beaches.

There are many such jewels all over the world that would be perfect for an intimate wedding but accessing some of these Islands is a major headache.

That’s the part most people forget to mention when pitching you a package.

Luckily, this wouldn’t be a problem for you and your guests when you come to Barcelona.

There are three airports that are serviced by many airlines and accommodation choices are practically endless. Thus making your Barcelona experience enjoyable, hassle free and quite affordable for you and your guests.

 

Reason#4: Perfect weather for your perfect day regardless of the month

 

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Frankly it’s also one of the most preferred cities in the Southern Europe.

Unlike most of Europe where weather patterns can be very extreme, this city maintains a mild climate throughout the year.

That means you don’t have to experience the anxiety and frustration we know most brides have just before the wedding.

It also means you have the flexibility of choosing the time that best works for you because here in Barcelona, the weather is always perfect for love and romance.

 

Reason #5: The world famed Food and Drink variety

 

Choosing to have your destination wedding on the Mediterranean always guarantees you and your guest will be in for a gastronomical treat.

Food and wine are taken very seriously in Barcelona. There’s such a high-quality production of delicious vegetables, fruit, wine, and cava in this region it’s almost ridiculous. Perhaps this might be one of the reasons the city is home to various Michelin star chefs.

The seafood selection is amazing and oh so fresh! Whether you are a foodie or not, Catalan cuisine is famed for using excellent, local raw ingredients and we will make sure you experience the best that Barcelona has to offer.

Our highly trained team will ensure you design a top quality food and beverage menu that aligns with your budget and preference.

 

Reason #6: A shopper’s paradise

 

Do you love shopping or just need to find that last minute gift for your loved one? Barcelona has plenty of choices.

Whether you visit the chic Paseo de Gràcia or the shops in El Born area, spoiling your loved one will come easy.

 

Reason #7: The perfect wedding and honeymoon packaged into one

 

It’s simply impossible not to be charmed by the fact that you can have both the beach experience and the wildly diverse city experience that Barcelona has to offer.

For most couples, the wedding and the honeymoon have to be treated as separate things. In Barcelona, going from wedding mode into romantic honeymoon phase will be a breeze. And we can help align them perfectly with as much or little detail as you like.

From romantic air balloon trips, wine tasting tours to romantic fine dining beach restaurants. Whatever you can imagine as the perfect experience, we can bring to life effortlessly in Barcelona.

 

Reason #8: Great music and party scene

 

A wedding is not a wedding without awesome music. Music is hugely important both to set the right ambience for romance as well as to entertain the guests and keep people entertained and grooving.

In Barcelona, regardless of your guest lists and budget, you can have an epic party.

There are many talented artists and bands covering music genres from Rock & Roll, American classics, Latin American salsa and of course the famous classical Spanish guitar and flamenco performance.

Prices are extremely competitive so we are able to create for you something high quality at an affordable cost.

 

Reason #9: Your creativity, Passion, and Uniqueness can be fully expressed during your special day and throughout your stay in Spain

 

Barcelona is one of the world’s best culture hubs packed full of artists, architectural masterpieces, and as we said before amazing food.

If creativity is something you value and you wish to infuse that into your special day, a destination wedding in Barcelona will tick all the boxes.

Because there is so much variety and creative people, the cost of creating something unique that is customized to your specific taste by some of the most skilled specialists will truly surprise you.

 

Reason #10: Secrets waiting to be discovered

 

Choosing to have your destination wedding in Barcelona gives you the chance to also enjoy a most romantic and diverse honeymoon. It can be intimate and secluded or outgoing and social. Ideally, you can have a taste of both.

We can take off the guesswork and time-consuming efforts that goes into knowing the romantic spots, local attractions, and couples activities to engage in far beyond the scope of the wedding planning.

Let the narrow streets of Catalan, which are lively by day and magical by night, give you memories that last a lifetime.

From romantic couples’ sailing to wine tasting experiences or day trips to the Montserrat, there are secrets waiting to be discovered by you and your loved one during your stay.

One thing is for sure, running out of special things to do and explore will never be a problem in Barcelona.

Having your destination wedding in Barcelona not only guarantees an epic experience, it also promises to be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your new life with your partner.

This city is one of the oldest in the world dating back to about 2,000 years. I have no doubt, some of that lasting glory and enchantment will rub off on you as the new chapter of your happily ever after story begins.

And I am here to help make that happen.

Ready to learn more about what’s possible for your dream wedding in Barcelona?

 

How To Make A Dreamy Destination Wedding | The Adventure Of A Lifetime

How To Make A Dreamy Destination Wedding | The Adventure Of A Lifetime

Have you been obsessed with the idea of a dreamy, destination wedding? Something magical that’s also adventurous?

 

Whether it’s a newly married friend that inspired your vision, or a dreamy scene from your favorite Romance novel, being newly-engaged, you may be wondering, “Now how do I make that perfect balance of romance, luxury, and adventure a reality for our special day?”

Perhaps this will sound familiar to you…

That moment in time where the world came to a standstill as it finally dawned on you – the love of your life had finally popped the big question! More importantly, you said yes!

That magical memory is yours to keep forever with all the details; funny mishaps and uncensored scenes that took place which none of us really need to know about. Wink. Wink.

What matters is that you had your perfect moment in time. And you made that decision to spend the rest of your days with your soul mate.

Falling in love, getting engaged and making your special day come alive is very exciting for the newly engaged couples. But there are certain details and tough decisions that follow which often create a sense of overwhelm, confusion and at times even frustration for both you and your spouse to be.

To help with that, let me share some of the experience and expertise I’ve acquired in recent years. This is especially useful if you want to create something epic that will be remembered for a really long time.

 

First things first: Clarity on what a perfect wedding looks and feels like for you.

 

You might say you desire a dreamy destination wedding, but how much clarity do you have on what this looks like?

Lots of engaged couples are still conflicted because on the one hand, they don’t want a traditional ceremony but on the other hand, they haven’t set the right expectations.

So let’s gain a little clarity on some of the main differences that will take place now that you are choosing a dreamy destination wedding.

 

Ditching traditions and designing your wedding, your way:

 

A traditional wedding allows you to first and foremost have every single person you would wish to celebrate with you present. That high energy and enthusiasm make it extra special indeed regardless of the venue.

And of course, let’s not forget the abundance of gifts you would receive since everyone will be showing up.

These little pleasures will most likely not take place if you choose to have an exotic destination wedding in a far off place like Spain. And if you aren’t planning a luxury destination wedding in the crown of the Mediterranean sea, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

Nothing could combine adventure, luxury, and romance better than a destination wedding in Barcelona.

I know what you must be thinking.  If having a non-traditional wedding takes away the joy of having lots of gifts and all the friends and family we desire, what would be the point of having one?

Enter a few secrets that I’m sure will blow your mind.

  • A luxurious dreamy wedding is far more plausible and cost-effective when you plan it as a destination wedding.
  • It’s a perfect way to encourage some relax time and travel experience for your guests. I mean you get to pick and choose only those you love spending time with.
  • It’s also the perfect way for you to go all out in expressing both you and your partner’s sense of adventures, creativity and authentic tastes in life.

In other words, it can be as simple and laid back as you like with all kinds of themes attached to the special day and no one would find that unusual. It basically gives you the freedom to be truly yourself.

  • The memories of having this kind of a wedding are certainly beyond social norm therefore, you are probably going to treasure them for a very long time. And truth be told, so will the guests that attend it.
  • Creating a fairytale-like an event will be easy and it takes off most of the stress and pressure of planning every detail that a normal weeding often entails.
  • A dreamy wedding destination means it will definitely tick all the boxes when it comes to romance, exoticness, adventure, and newness of experience, which in my opinion makes most couples less occupied with little trivial problems such as the perfect table napkin.

 

So how can you actually ensure that your current wedding plans will produce that dreamy destination wedding that becomes the adventure of a lifetime?

 

First: Take some time to communicate with your “almost significant other” to make sure you agree on the elements that need to come together to form that perfect blend of the magic and adventure you both seek.

Good communication has to start now if you want this marriage to last a lifetime. This is, after all, a special day for both of you.

The only thing that matters at the end of the day is that you both get to feel and experience that specialness.

Second: Carefully choose a destination that can effortlessly combine the wedding and honeymoon effect without getting boring.

By this I mean, let it be a location that can offer contrast for you. As an example, one of the reasons I love organizing destination weddings in Barcelona is because it’s one of the few cities in Europe that has near perfect weather all year long.

It also has beach, city and wild nature all within reach. So you can have a completely different experience from one day to the next thereby satisfying diverse preferences simultaneously.

Creating your unforgettable ceremony and honeymoon becomes effortless when you start qualifying locations through the filters that best represent the sense of adventure both you and the love of your life desire to experience.

Third: Create an element of surprise!

Yes, planning to exact details is wonderful and having everything laid out perfectly from start to finish makes for a more stress-free experience.

But where possible, infuse some surprising element that corresponds with your ideas of adventure. It can be during the wedding ceremony or honeymoon.

Decide on something exciting that’s out of your comfort zone to experience together.

After all, you are both sharing the promise that you will walk through the journey of life together. Why not start infusing adventure into this journey?

Depending on the chosen location it could be something wild in nature, deep in the sea or behind closed doors.

I invite your imagination to take charge now to see what ideas you could come up with and then let your wedding planner help make it perfect.

Lastly, don’t try to have the perfect day arranged by unprofessional inexperienced people who don’t specialize in the chosen destination.

I’ve heard lots of horror stories lately where a couple organizes an Italian destination wedding through a so-called wedding planner living in California.

There’s nothing wrong with a wedding planner in your country, but I recommend doing a little research and finding a professional that lives and has access to a top-notch team in your desired destination. With just a little due diligence you will be able to find some amazing international organizers who specialize in all kinds of destination weddings.

If budget is an issue for you, find a good deal. And thanks to the Internet, it is possible to find something amazing and affordable locally run by gifted experts.

This is one of the reasons I decided to set my base here in Barcelona. After living in some of the most romantic cities in the world like Paris, and working in some amazing places across Europe, I knew the only way I would serve my clients best and help them customize that magical dreamy effect is by physically mastering the lay of the land and hand picking my team.

That way, I can bet my reputation and customer satisfaction on my products and services. Whether we are arranging your special day in a romantic spot here in the city or organizing your wine tasting tour – every detail is exceptional and professional because we are operating organically.

You can’t always rely on pictures online. You need professionals on the grounds that understand exactly what you’re looking for.

Getting in touch with and surrounding yourself with experts at planning intimate, luxurious exotic destination weddings will guarantee each moment is as dreamy as you’ve always wanted.

 

Conclusion:

 

While no one can argue with the beauty of sticking to a traditional wedding ceremony, if you feel that you and the love of your life are more interested in creating your own traditions, a dreamy wedding destination could very well be the best way to kick start your new future.

Whether you choose to go for a destination wedding or not, may you create magical moments that last a lifetime. And remember to enjoy your special day.