Getting married in Marbella is kind of a big deal. It’s on a lot of bucket lists out there, going by the number of couple who flock here to tie the knot. Who can blame them? It’s an incredibly beautiful city, and getting married here goes hand in hand with finding the perfect property for sale in Marbella too.
In other words, people want to start a new life here. Whether they find their house for sale on the Costa del Sol first, or marry here first… it doesn’t really matter. These are worthy goals and where there is will, there’s a way!
If you’re thinking of having your big day here, we have a few pointers to set you on the right track:
Why marry in Marbella?
Marbella weddings are memorable to say the least. Your guests will get to dine on the finest Spanish cuisine, for a start. Delicious traditional dishes typically served up at Marbella weddings are fresh, line-caught fish and Spanish tapas.
You can easily get your hands on fine wines, and people love to celebrate here so your wedding venue is likely to know exactly what is required; you’ll have many options where you can dance, drink and celebrate your big day, any way you wish to.
Just imagine the memories you’ll create, all perfectly captured for the albums with backdrops of stunning mountains, beaches and twinkling lights from the beautiful port. Many people also choose the pueblos blancos for their wedding, as they are so picturesque and romantic that they can’t fail to facilitate a perfect day.
Just imagine… the bride’s flowing white dress billowing in the breeze by a glinting stream, with the bright white ancient architecture in the background. Another great thing about having your wedding in Marbella is that you don’t need to go anywhere else for your honeymoon. Marbella has it all!
Your Marbella wedding venue
So the question is, where will you hold this wonderful event? Take a look at the ones we love:
Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina
The Castle of Santa Catalina is an Arab Renaissance style palace built back in 1932 by French architects and Levard Lahalle. It is linked to the city’s old fortress and is now a stunning hotel, despite holding onto the appearance of a stately palace.
Since 2006, the hotel has been offering pure luxury and comfortable accommodation for guests; you won’t miss out on any mod cons here. All rooms have been uniquely designed, including two junior suites and six deluxe rooms. This place is more than equipped for wedding celebrations, which it frequently hosts. The catering here is nothing short of spectacular; it’s delivered by the renowned Lepanto Catering.
El Cortijo de Cortes
The Cortijo de Cortes hacienda, with its stunning courtyards and towers, is situated on Marbella’s famous Golden Mile, five minutes from Puerto Banús. It is nestled between two golf courses in the sought after Paraiso Alto urbanization. El Cortijo de Cortes unfolds around a central courtyard that is just perfect for weddings.
This charming traditional setting won’t fail to wow your guests, and it will provide a truly gorgeous backdrop for your big day. Here you will also receive first class cuisine thanks to their excellent caterers. The venue is even happy to help with advice and organization of your wedding ceremony.
If none of these suit your purposes, don’t worry. There are many more wedding venues in Marbella. You might also consider a captivating villa, a church, the beach, or even a beautiful courtyard. Public is an option, and private is too. Your wish is Marbella’s command.
Who hasn’t fantasized about a beach wedding at some time or other? It’s the quintessential romantic spot for tying the knot. As Marbella has such picture perfect beaches, choosing this city is a no-brainer.
The beautiful Mediterranean waters bear witness to your celebrations, while the sea breeze whips through your hair and the Sangria flows. If you’re considering a Marbella beach wedding, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a wedding planner who knows the beaches here and is adept at organising such events.
Beach venues set up for weddings include Villa Tiberio, Finca Cortesin Beach Club, The Beach House, and Vincci Estrella del Mar Beach Club. The great news is that it doesn’t have to be a summer wedding just because it’s on the beach. Weddings happen here all year around because of the sunny climate and its seemingly endless days of sunshine.
The practicalities of a Marbella wedding
There is bureaucracy here in Spain (as there is in every country) that applies to marriage. Well ahead of the big day, you should contact the wedding venue; e.g. the church or registry office. There is some paperwork that you’ll need in order to go ahead with your wedding, and this will be inspected for legality by the Spanish authorities.
If this paperwork isn’t something you want to bother with, consider having the wedding at home and then celebrating here in Marbella afterwards. If you already live here, you will simply need to have the marriage certificate translated for town hall and legal transactions.
All that’s left now is to prepare yourselves for the big day! Marbella Wedding Guide has a few ideas to get you started, from engagement and hen parties to hairdressers, jewelers and even teeth whitening! Paradise Marbella wish you the very best wedding imaginable, and if you and your spouse are looking to settle here in Marbella, we’ll be happy to help with that too. Let us know!