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The Good, The Bad and the Slugs Under Rocks

June 30th, 2017 Posted by About me, About Us, Cancelling a Wedding, Churches in Marbella, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Life in Spain, Marbella, Marbella Weddings, My life, Running a business in Spain, Storms in Marbella, Useful Information, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Suppliers on the Costa Del Sol, Wedding venues in Marbella, Wedding Venues Marbella, Wedding World Unveiled, Weddings in Marbella, Weddings in Spain 4 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad and the Slugs Under Rocks”

It is very rare and probably never happened before that I have posted such a blog post but I am so angered by this situation so here it is in black and white and for everyone to read in the big wide world of the internet in the hope that word gets out and about of this utterly ruthless couple who are currently plaguing and taking the piss our of our wedding world.  Excuse my French!

Our Wedding World, as we like to call it here, is a very close knit community.  All the venues and suppliers know each other and we are like one big family, with a few exceptions, and we look out for each other.

Together, with Lucy from Boutique Weddings, one of my good friends, we set up a closed Facebook group about 2 years ago,  purely for all the wedding suppliers here in Southern Spain.

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A Guide to Real Life Working Inspiration Boards for your Wedding

June 24th, 2017 Posted by About me, About Us, Beach Weddings, Beach Weddings in Marbella, Blogging, Botanical Weddings, Bouquets, Churches in Marbella, Cool Wedding Ideas, Cultural Weddings in Spain, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Exclusive Wedding Venues Spain, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Fairytale Weddings, Florists in Marbella, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Gin Bars for Weddings, Gin Palaces for Weddings, Gorgeous Table Settings, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Ideas for Weddings, Inspiration Boards, Inspirations, Luxury Weddings in Marbella, Luxury Weddings in Spain, Marbella, Marbella Weddings, Mediterranean weddings, My Inspirations, My life, Planning a Destination Wedding, spanish wedding themes, Spanish Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in the UK, Table Settings, Themes for weddings, Useful Information, Wedding Colours, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Flowers Marbella, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding props Marbella, Wedding Stationery, Wedding Stationery Marbella, Wedding Stationery Spain, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding Trends for 2017, Wedding venues in Marbella, Wedding Venues in Spain, Wedding Venues Marbella, Wedding World Unveiled, Weddings in Marbella 0 thoughts on “A Guide to Real Life Working Inspiration Boards for your Wedding”

As many of our followers know we are not just Wedding Planners with excel spreadsheets, although of course we have these and like to make them look pretty 🙂

With a background in interior design and retail merchandising, I am an experienced wedding stylist and I work with our clients to ensure their imagination is perfectly translated in preparation for their day.  I don’t just turn our clients over to a florist and other suppliers to pull off a look in the hope you will get the dream day you imagined.

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How to handle a hot wedding!

June 18th, 2017 Posted by About me, About Us, Churches, Churches in Marbella, City Weddings in Spain, Cultural Weddings in Spain, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Life in Spain, Luxury Weddings in Marbella, Luxury Weddings in Spain, Marbella, Marbella Weddings, Mediterranean weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Running a business in Spain, Spanish Drinks for Weddings, Spanish Flowers for weddings, Spanish Weddings, Useful Information, Weather in Marbella, Wedding Flowers Spain, Wedding Planners in Barcelona, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Venues in Spain, Weddings in Malaga, Weddings in Marbella, weddings in private villas, Weddings in Ronda, Weddings in Seville, Weddings in Sotogrande, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “How to handle a hot wedding!”

This past week Spain has had a heatwave, which is unusual for the middle of June, but temperatures have risen to the 40’s inland and over 30 on the coast.  This, my lovelies, is shade temperature 🙂

Many of my past clients have said to me “don’t worry we have nothing but clouds and rain here and are looking forward to seeing some sunshine and blue skies”.

Well this ain’t pleasant sunshine and blue skies, this is searingly fierce heat, it is like being locked in a sauna for the day!

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Asking for money as a wedding gift dilemma solved!

May 13th, 2017 Posted by About Us, Cool Wedding Ideas, Destination Weddings, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Ideas for Weddings, Nailed It!, Planning a Destination Wedding, Useful Information, Wedding Budgets, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Trends for 2017, Wedding Websites 2 thoughts on “Asking for money as a wedding gift dilemma solved!”

Ok so here goes, the touchy subject of asking guests for cash donations as a wedding gift instead of a toaster.

Many of our couples face this rather tricky dilemma, having already asked their guests to travel to their wedding which in itself is quite an expense to commit to with flights and accommodation.

So here is our take on this delicate subject,  do you then also expect them to contribute to your gift registry as well?

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Getting engaged at Christmas?!

December 16th, 2016 Posted by Christmas inspirations, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Engagement Shoots, Engagements, Fabulous Finds, Festive Fun, Getting Married in Spain, Helpful Hints for Weddings, New Products, Romantic Ideas, Shiny Sponsors, Sparkle and Shimmer, Useful Information, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, Wedding Planners in Barcelona, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain 0 thoughts on “Getting engaged at Christmas?!”

Here at Reviva, we adore Christmas, I find it such a fun festive time and it goes without saying we love the decorations, entertaining, glitter and sparkle and my love of fairy lights comes into it’s own!

Many couples will be getting engaged this Christmas, it is such a romantic time of year and we are always very busy after the festive season with clients enquiring about getting married in Spain.

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Ceremony Times for Summer Weddings in Spain

September 13th, 2016 Posted by Beach Weddings in Marbella, City Weddings in Spain, Cool Wedding Ideas, Destination Weddings, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Life in Spain, Mediterranean weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Spanish Weddings, Weather in Marbella, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Venues in Spain, Weddings in Andalucia, Weddings in Barcelona, Weddings in Malaga, Weddings in Marbella, Weddings in Ronda, Weddings in Seville, Weddings in Sotogrande, Weddings in Spain, Weddings in Stiges 1 thought on “Ceremony Times for Summer Weddings in Spain”

The long awaited cooler September weather arrived today much to the delight of all the people who live and work in Southern Spain, we had fresh winds, even some rain, lots of yays on Facebook and even considering cardis and boots!

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Becky Sharpe on Dating and Wedding Photography

January 11th, 2013 Posted by Cinematic Wedding Videography, Destination Weddings, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Wedding Photographers in Spain, Wedding Suppliers on the Costa Del Sol 0 thoughts on “Becky Sharpe on Dating and Wedding Photography”


We love Becky Sharpe.

Fabulous and funny, Becky is one of our favourite wedding photographers and videographers based here in Southern Spain


Becky enjoys life as a mother to her very handsome son Charlie, eats, lives and breathes photography and filming (and chocolate) and to top it all is a witty storyteller.  Becky will always tell you how it is!

Today Becky has shared with us her humorous and, we think, hugely helpful take on choosing your Destination Wedding Photographer, along with some of her fab photos 🙂

I was tickled pink to think that choosing your wedding photographer is a lot like online dating. But then when I think about it some more, I think we can take some tips from that…

A few years ago a friend of mine was bewailing his experience of online dating, as he was having no luck. I could not understand this as he is a good looking guy with fun conversation and was looking for a long term relationship.


Isn´t that what women are seeking? 

 So we wrote him a totally new profile – just focusing on the points that women are more interested in (IMHO)… 

A few photos uploaded, and something written that demonstrates he really has a sense of humour – and his situation totally turns around. He could hardly keep up with all the interest he then got.

Being a wedding photographer in Marbella, I realise that much of what wedding suppliers do is similar to online dating – especially in a destination location.

 Essentially, we are showing ourselves to you as you view our profile… oops, I mean website. 

So much like online dating, I am trying to my best to show who I am as well as what I do all on my website. I have to let you get to know me to see if you want to go on a date with me (albeit a photo shoot date!)

This is important because if you, the bride, hire a photographer to document your wedding, you need to like that person. A lot. 

You will be with your photographer more than anyone else (the groom included) on the wedding day. 

So here are some tips to brides choosing their wedding photographer online.

 After all, you want to find a photographer who fits as perfectly as a glass slipper.


Finding your Photographer Online – Sharpe Tips

Top Tip One – Do The Research

Photographers have resources at our fingertips to create an online identity to convey who we are – in our websites, blogs, and other social media like Facebook. 
You might realize you share the same humour, or have similar interests or find a photographer’s point of view enlightening
The opposite can be true as well, so be sure to follow up your research with some communication…

Top Tip Two – Email or Telephone

An email to say Hi is always a great start. 
If you find that you only get an automated response from a photographer by email and then you are ignored… how can I say this?! 
That is not a beginning of a great relationship.

If you are looking to communicate with the photographer best suited for you, it’s best to email a couple of times and see how your chosen photographer responds. 

But you will also want to progress to chatting to your photographer too… so, at some point before the wedding, I suggest picking up the phone – possibly as a scheduled call if you are busy, and if your photographer is busy (we are! but not too busy to talk to you!).

Top Tip Three – Read The “About Me” Section

The best pitch a photographer has to capture a bride’s attention is this section on our website. This is our opportunity to let you know who we are and what we’re passionate about. 


As Brits we may not want to be seen to be bragging, but we are using this Biography section to introduce ourselves to you – so you can choose if you want to go to the next stage of our relationship.

Top Tip Four – Ask Away

Don’t be afraid to ask any and every question. 

A professional wedding photographer knows a bride is preparing to draft an all-star team for her wedding day, so you can ask whatever questions you need to ensure you feel good about your decision to book someone.

My friend’s dating worked out really well for him and he is now in a serious relationship as a result. At the end of the day, his profile needed to showcase his best attributes and not leave her guessing about who he was. 

In the same way, if a photographer can put themselves out in a personal capacity — offering a bride to get to know them better — chances are the relationship will be happy, professional and mutually beneficial.”


Becky sends you some

Confetti Ideas for Weddings

October 8th, 2012 Posted by Confetti for Weddings, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Helpful Hints for Weddings, Ideas for Weddings, Wedding Trends for 2013, Weddings in Marbella 0 thoughts on “Confetti Ideas for Weddings”

I adore confetti, it is a must for every wedding, however I find many brides and grooms overlook this romantic moment and gorgeous photo opportunity.
 
So where does the tradition come from, according to Wiki it is a tradition that has stemmed from the Hindus throwing rice at their celebrations and was introduced to Europe by the The Ven. Thomas Dealty, rector of St. Mary’s Church in Swillington between 1872-1878, and he is credited with having introduced the habit of throwing confetti at weddings, from his observation of rice thrown at Hindu weddings in his previous position as Archdeacon of Madras.
 
 
The word confetti also comes from the Italian tradition of providing sugar coated almonds, confit.
 
Having had a lot of experience now with the art of confetti I thought I would share a few ideas and tips with you.
 
 
It seems now that the wedding party have to provide the confetti for their guests. Way back, many moons ago when I was a young girl, I remember at all weddings it was the guests who bought the confetti and took a cardboard box of the lovely retro horseshoe confetti in their handbags ready to throw at weddings.
 
 This is now something of the past and guests expect it to be provided for them at weddings and rarely do I see guests arriving at weddings with their confetti at the ready!
 
 
Perhaps it is as we are also now faced with the non eco friendliness of confetti having had it banned in so many churches due to the mess left behind that guests are never quite sure of the protocol and wait to see what is provided when they arrive.
 
So for the past few years we have found fresh or freeze dried petals were the way forward here in the Spanish churches but it is still a good idea to double check first. 
 
If the church or ceremony area where you live still bans confetti then do not write this off, good opportunities can be found throughout the celebrations, when the bride and groom enter the reception or cocktail, at the cake cutting or even the first dance. 
 
You can even have gorgeous retro style confetti balloons over the dance floor ready to pop over your heads as you do your first waltz :)!
 
 
Petals are either presented in baskets for the guests to grab a handful or in pretty confetti cones of which there are many different styles and colours available.
 
 
The advantage of providing delicate petals in cones is if the guests are clutching a handful of rose petals for a long time, sweaty hot hands and petals are not a good combination resulting in soggy squashed petals being thrown in clumps by the time the bride and groom make their exit from their ceremony.
 
Confetti cones are still a very popular item at our weddings, particularly our decorated and personalised ones and prevent the soggy hand syndrome!
 
This year we took a look at presenting some different ideas for our confetti at weddings aside from the petals, rice, lavender, dried delphiniums and petals (I am not personally keen on the smell of the dried flowers). 
 
The fabulous eco friendly rice butterfly confetti has been a big hit combined with the petals in confetti cones.  It stays in the air longer, as it is lighter, and is very pretty and of course eco friendly which is hugely important to me.
 
We also created some lovely personalised paper confetti bags, again stuffed with rose petals and rice butterflies, these are rather fun and we aptly used Spanish graphics and words on them such as Petalos de Rosas, a huge hit and very vintage 🙂
 
 
I do love the retro though and see this coming back into our weddings for 2013, using brightly coloured polka dot style paper confetti, gorgeous colour combinations of biodegradable tissue paper confetti with a bit of sparkle and different ideas of presenting it, either stuffed into see through glassine envelopes or to get into the Mexican fiesta style spirit of things presented as Cascarones in brightly coloured eggs!
 
 
You do not need to provide confetti for every guest, this is something that to be honest if you were providing 120 cones the costs would soon mount up and it is an awful lot of confetti cones to fit into baskets and rather a lot of people that need to be near you to throw it! 
 
Usually for a wedding party of 100 people I suggest that about 30 cones or confetti bags are suffice for guests to take and throw over the happy couple, obviously if you wish to add more then the merrier but if you are panicking about providing everyone with a confetti cone or bag don´t. 
 
If you want to do the maximum then I would suggest one cone per couple, it is the girls that love to throw them!
 
 
Present the confetti either in a basket for your ushers to hand out to your guests or place them on the seats near the ceremony and down the aisle.
 
Let´s not forget we do not need a wedding to thrown confetti it is a fun thing to do for hen nights, Christmas and New Year, perhaps we can even shower our friends on their birthdays just for a bit of colour and fun :)!
 
I am certainly going to have a go at the Cascarones for New Year they look rather fun and if you have one broken over your head it is supposed to bring you luck!
 
For our 2013 weddings and parties we will be offering a whole range of ideas for confetti from the pretty cones, rice butterflies, petal bags, retro style confetti, laser cut confetti shapes and confetti balloons.  If I succeed with the eggs for New Year then we will offer these but do think this will be a no go, I cannot see us blowing eggs in June!

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