Words: Marcella Koronna
Photography: Masha Kart
Planning your Ibiza wedding from another destination can be challenging, not least because it often includes the organisation of a holiday for you and your guests. Wedding planner Marcella Koronna of Ibiza Wedding Blog has a few tips regarding the most important steps for planning your White Isle nuptials.
Step One: Finding The Perfect Location
Ibiza is a dream holiday destination and a real hotspot for weddings! One reason is the variety of beautiful locations – Ibiza offers high quality venues for big and small celebrations, from stunning seaview restaurants to unique countryside spaces and exclusive villas, matching your vision and wedding style preferences. I recommend thinking about your desired location well in advance, and to consider the amount of guests. If possible, I suggest location viewings beforehand or to obtain detailed descriptions of the venue to make sure it matches your vision.
Step Two: Planning The Details
Different than planning an event in your hometown, a destination wedding always needs a lot more planning and local advice. A wedding planner is highly recommended to avoid spending months finding the right vendors and to have a more relaxed and fun experience in planning your big day. From the smallest decoration detail, celebrant, hair & make-up stylist to entertainment and transportation – everything can be dealt with in a professional way and you can choose among an exclusive list of Ibiza’s best suppliers – who all play a part in making this island a dream wedding destination.
Step Three: The Symbolic Blessing
Ibiza is known for boho, modern or casual weddings, held outdoors with a symbolic blessing. I highly recommend choosing an Ibiza Celebrant as they know the island and the venues, and are known for their personalised wedding ceremonies. Bear in mind that civil (legal) weddings are only possible for Spanish residents, while a church wedding is only legally recognised if one of you is Catholic. Symbolic ceremonies are therefore the most common blessings on Ibiza and an unforgettable moment for you and your guests.
Step Four: Choosing The Wedding Date
I highly recommend choosing a wedding date in May, June or September because these months attract less tourists, offer more venue possibilities and, in fact, are not too hot for a wedding ceremony, which can mean spending a minimum of 30 minutes in the sun depending on the location. It is easier to find the right accommodation and the island seems to be more relaxed than in high season months such as July and August.
Step Five: Making Your Guests Feel At Home
To make your Ibiza destination wedding a memorable trip, I recommend planning a relaxed day at the beach before or after the ceremony. A boat trip or villa BBQ are one of many options to pamper your friends and family. Start with an ‘icebreaker’ event to introduce your guests and families to each other before the actual wedding day. A casual dinner or afternoon at one of Ibiza’s famous beach restaurants, or a boat trip to Formentera is always a highlight! Ibiza wedding favours are a nice way to add a little thank you to everyone who came to Ibiza to celebrate your love. Another personal recommendation is to add a wedding website for your guests with advice on transportation, accommodations, beaches and the insider tips and most importantly a schedule and location information of your wedding venue.