Today I will cover the popular beach venues and what to consider when you are looking for a beautiful ceremony and reception overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
Spain is a diverse country with the Costa Del Sol and the coast of Barcelona being the two most popular beach locations for weddings but the two coastlines are totally different.
We don´t cover the east coast Alicante region so I can´t talk about this area but here are my tips if you are planning to get married overlooking the ocean and for this post I will talk about the area of Malaga and Marbella and I will cover Barcelona in another post.
All along the southern coast of Spain are a mix of thriving trendy beach clubs, beautiful hotels and restaurants. When I say thriving I mean the beaches are packed with sunseekers. We are, after all, the Costa Del Sol!
Some hotels and beach clubs sit above the beaches allowing you to retain a sense of privacy and other venues are located on the beaches, obviously!!
If you are planning a wedding right on the beach do expect to share the beach with sunbathers and onlookers unless you have chosen a venue that is slightly away from the crowds.
A good example of venues that are set away from the beaches but overlooking them are the hotels.
Most of the established hotels here have stunning tropical gardens leading down to the beach and private beach restaurants.
These include the exclusive Marbella Club with the private Villa Del Mar overlooking the sea, the Puente Romano Hotel with it´s stunning gardens, courtyards, newly refurbed restaurant and beach club, the Don Carlos Hotel who host weddings by their pool and ceremonies in their beautiful gardens, La Cabane at Los Monteros Hotel a truly wow factor beachside pool club, the Melia Don Pepe pool and gardens overlooking the sea and the Kempinski are all hotels that are located on the beach but also offer beautiful gardens and areas to host your wedding.
Many of our Northern european clients prefer the chiringuitos, small, intimate, just Spain, food, drinks, simple and charming.
If you are considering one of this areas stunning beach venues the most important factor to consider is timing.
These are businesses and their business is beach, pool, lunches, drinks, and most of them will not close for a wedding until the evening until the sun seekers are heading home.
What does this mean for you, it means you won´t be able to start your wedding in a beach club or the majority of the hotels with pool side restaurants until the evening, most of them close at 7pm or sometimes slightly earlier if they are hosting a wedding.
Closing at 7pm does not mean you can start then as there needs to be a turnaround to set up your wedding, so realistically you are looking at a 8.30pm start. This also means you have to be practical as to what your decoration expectations are, if you want to cover the area with fairy lights this is not going to happen in an hour.
Many of the hotels and clubs have secluded areas where you can start earlier, such as a ceremony in the garden or on a private terrace but this is hugely important to bear in mind as we do know many countries such as the UK where people are used to starting weddings at lunchtime. Some of the venues are totally private such as the Marbella Club Villa Del Mar allowing you more flexibility.
Here in Spain they would think you were bonkers if you wanted to start a ceremony at lunchtime in the summer!
I also often get enquiries from clients asking for a castle or hacienda style venue overlooking the sea, really here on the South Coast of Andalucia they do not exist apart from the Castillo de Santa Catalina in Malaga.
This coastline is not full of haciendas, castles and fincas, they are set back in the mountains away from the beaches so you have to head inland. Something else to bear in mind when searching for a venue in Andalucia. I will cover inland venues in another blog post including Seville and Ronda.
A few venues offer a view of the ocean but the majority of the more rustic venues are based inland.
We do have some lovely new venues this year which are set back slightly away from the coast but with sea views which we are excited about, as well as our private villas located along the beaches here in Marbella, stunning and beautiful venues to host a wedding so do drop us a line if you are interested.
Finally, but very importantly, I would also like to stress that almost all of the venues here have to adhere to the noise pollution law, they cannot play music outside past midnight and there are no deviations from this rule.
This seems to surprise many of our enquiries but all of the venues have great inside spaces to move the party into after midnight, if you want to party outside all night there are a few exceptions to the rule but they are located in a non built up area and away from the coast.
I will finish this post by saying over the past 11 years we have created so many wonderful memories of fabulous weddings here at the venues I have detailed above and more, from the ultra cool La Cabane to the amazing iconic Marbella Club, Sex in the City at Puente Romano as I chose to call one particular wedding which made us giggle, to beautiful weddings at the Don Carlos hotel, Kempinski and Melia Don Pepe. We have created gorgeous intimate weddings at the chiringuitos along the beaches here and amazing weddings at the Castillo de Santa Catalina.
We have accompanied this blog post with some of our fabulous past weddings on the beaches here in Marbella.