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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
We spoke to Matt who chose a trip to Barcelona to propose to his partner Louise. He had some hints and tips that he learned whilst planning his proposal that he says everyone planning a destination proposal should know.
Here you will find ideas from the wonderful world of destination weddings and proposals, highlights from our own weddings and tips for better travel and romantic adventures in the city where love meets adventure.
So grab a glass of cava and enjoy our blog: romance in Barcelona is alive!