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Behind the scenes of planning our 2017 Weddings!

November 23rd, 2016 Posted by About Us, Bridal Hair and Make Up Marbella, Bridal Showers, Bridesmaids colours, Bridesmaids Ideas, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Ideas for Weddings, Inspirations, Life in Spain, Lifestyle photography, Marbella Weddings, My life, Our Weddings, Photoshoots, Planning a Destination Wedding, Running a business in Spain, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in the UK, Wedding Photographers, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding Trends for 2017, Weddings in Marbella, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “Behind the scenes of planning our 2017 Weddings!”

We are busy here now planning our 2017 and 2018 weddings with some delightful clients and cannot help but get excited!

Gorgeous venues are being booked, suppliers are being organised, food tastings, hair and make up trials, meetings with photographers, music being organised, churches and ministers being chosen,  and of course working on the styling, flowers and decor for these beautiful weddings.

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The Wedding with the Tiniest Car Ever!!

November 6th, 2016 Posted by About Us, Blush for Weddings, Churches, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Getting Married in Spain, Gorgeous Table Settings, I Love, Our Weddings, Planning a Destination Wedding, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration, Spanish Weddings, Storms in Marbella, Styling Weddings in Spain, Table Settings, Weddding Photographers in Spain, Wedding Cakes in Spain, Wedding Flowers Spain, Wedding Photographers in Spain, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding Suppliers on the Costa Del Shttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifol, Wedding Venues in Spain, Weddings in Andalucia, Weddings in Malaga, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “The Wedding with the Tiniest Car Ever!!”

Some weddings have certain elements about them that will always be etched in your memories and this fabulous wedding of Niamh and Andrew is one of them.

Actually for quite a few reasons, of which some they have no idea about, but firstly because of their tiny vintage 500 fiat car they hired for their wedding.   For me, it just made their day, it was fun, cute and just probably the most unwise choice for a wedding car but gosh did we love it and doesn’t it make for some really great photos!   (more…)

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Exotic Wedding Planning Conference

October 23rd, 2016 Posted by About me, Celebrity Weddings, City Weddings in Spain, Destination Weddings, Fairy godmother of weddings, Getting Married in Spain, Life in Spain, Luxury Weddings in Marbella, Luxury Weddings in Spain, Planning a Destination Wedding, Reviva Weddings Exclusive Weddings, Running a business in Spain, Wedding Planners Spain, Weddings in Spain 0 thoughts on “Exotic Wedding Planning Conference”

I always love a trip to Barcelona and in a few weeks we will be heading up to this wonderful city again,  having been interviewed and selected by the Exotic Wedding Planning Conference to be one of their 12 Key Speakers and Jury Members, how exciting is that!

Reviva will be involved and playing a key role in a big event with over 100 wedding planners attending from all over the world along with hotels, designers, luxury brands, chefs and other wedding providers showcasing one of the largest conferences in the wedding industry. (more…)

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A Thoughtful Day

October 4th, 2016 Posted by About Us, Beach Weddings in Marbella, Charity Evenings, Churches in Marbella, Destination Weddings, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Fairytale Weddings, Getting Married in Marbella, Getting Married in Spain, Legalities of getting married in Spain, Life in Spain, Marbella, Marbella Weddings, Mediterranean weddings, My Inspirations, My life, Our Weddings, People we love, Planning a Destination Wedding, Romantic Weddings in Spain, Spanish Weddings, Weddding Photographers in Spain, Wedding Ceremonies in Spain, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Weddings for physically challenged people in Marbella, Weddings in Marbella 6 thoughts on “A Thoughtful Day”

It is not often I post about things like this but I do feel after the past few months that I need to sound my voice on a subject I had not really experienced before but wish to share it with you.

Our jobs, as wedding planners, means we meet people from all walks of life, some very wealthy in terms of life and money, others planning delightful weddings on a budget and sadly I have done weddings for terminally ill people. (more…)

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We are being spoilt, some more fabulous testimonials!

September 28th, 2016 Posted by About Us, Bridal Hair and Make Up Marbella, Candy Bars in Marbella, Castle weddings in Spain, City Weddings in Spain, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Fairy Godmother of the Costa Del Sol, Fairy godmother of weddings, Fairy Lights for Decoration, Fairytale Weddings, Getting Married in Spain, Life in Spain, Marbella Weddings, Mediterranean weddings, My life, Our Weddings, People we love, Planning a Destination Wedding, Running a business in Spain, Styling Weddings, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Stylists for Weddings in Spain, Testimonials, Wedding Decorations, wedding planners Marbella, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Planning service, Wedding props Marbella, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding Suppliers on the Costa Del Shttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifol, Wedding Suppliers on the Costa Del Sol, Wedding Venues in Spain, Weddings in Malaga, Weddings in Ronda 0 thoughts on “We are being spoilt, some more fabulous testimonials!”

As we head towards the autumn here now in Spain and start to quieten down, there is nothing nicer than receiving a thank you and we have been spoilt already this week with two :)! (more…)

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Clients that Rock! A Fabulous Testimonial

September 17th, 2016 Posted by About Us, Blush for Weddings, Delightful details, Destination Weddings, Elegant Weddings in Spain, Exclusive Wedding Venues Spain, Fabulous Florals, Fairytale Weddings, Getting Married in Spain, Gold Sequins for weddings, Gorgeous Table Settings, Luxury Weddings in Spain, Planning a Destination Wedding, Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration, Sequins for Weddings, Spanish Weddings, Sparkle and Shimmer, Styling Weddings in Spain, Stylish Weddings in Spain, Table Settings, Testimonials, Wedding Planners in Barcelona, Wedding Planners Spain, Wedding Stylists, Wedding Stylists Spain, Wedding Venues in Spain, Weddings in Barcelona 1 thought on “Clients that Rock! A Fabulous Testimonial”

We love our weddings, our clients and making fairytales come true and nothing beats opening up your emails to find a fabulous testimonial from absolutely delighted clients.

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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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Considerations when choosing a wedding venue in Spain

February 21st, 2016 Posted by Exclusive Wedding Venues Spain, Planning a Destination Wedding, Wedding Planning service, Wedding venues in Marbella, Wedding Venues in Spain, weddings in private villas 0 thoughts on “Considerations when choosing a wedding venue in Spain”

Finding the right wedding venue can be a daunting task, especially when you are trying to get as much information as possible whilst organising a destination wedding in a different country

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A Hip Hacienda Wedding in Seville

December 9th, 2015 Posted by Fairy Lights for Decoration, Hacienda Weddings in Spain, Lanterns and Candles, Planning a Destination Wedding, Wedding Planning service, Weddings in Seville 0 thoughts on “A Hip Hacienda Wedding in Seville”

Here in Spain on a pretty gloomy cloudy day we love nothing more than receiving photos of our fabulous, glorious hot summer weddings!  

This day was certainly no exception, in the heat of Seville at the end of July at one of my favourite venues, the gorgeous Hacienda San Rafael were hosting the wedding of Nicole and Andrew and the Reviva team rocked up to put many finishing touches to their day.

We had been working the day before in Malaga in a very hot venue which was hitting 56 degrees by the afternoon so I have to admit I was rather dreading heading up to Seville the next day but was pleasantly surprised to find it was only in the early 40’s with a slight breeze and luckily, Nicole and Andrew being sensible people had decided not to start their wedding until 8pm!  

We can never stress to our clients how hot it does get here and to plan accordingly.

Nicole had contacted us to help her with her styling and some aspects of her planning to make sure her day went as smoothly as possible and she knew we worked at this beautiful venue a lot.

We created personalised signs, dressed the chairs with Spanish lace, and created the magical twinkly setting in the dining area dressing the trees with lanterns, crystal fairy lights and chandeliers.  We ordered her wedding flowers from a florist we know and work with in Seville and made sure everything went smoothly.

Whilst Nicole had planned most of her wedding herself, we assisted Nicole with various suppliers, plenty of wedding advice and jumped in to help her when her make up artist had double booked and she had to fly over to Spain to find a new one.

I do giggle when I arrive the next day to find our couples have lost their voices and are trying their best to entertain their guests and this was no exception but it was a delight to see how thrilled they were and what a fabulous evening they had enjoyed with their close family and friends.

Our congratulations to Nicole and Andrew and thank you to Richard at Elan Images for such fabulous photos.

Hidden Costs of Planning a Destination Wedding you Did not Count On

September 2nd, 2014 Posted by Getting Married in Spain, Hidden costs of weddings abroad, Planning a Destination Wedding, Wedding Budgets, Wedding Planners Spain 0 thoughts on “Hidden Costs of Planning a Destination Wedding you Did not Count On”

One of the first things you do when planning your wedding is work out a wedding budget so you can start the fun things of finding a perfect venue, the dress and suppliers such as photographers, entertainment and decor.

But you do need to be prepared for those hidden costs and the unexpected and we do advise all our clients to add an extra 10% onto their wedding budget as those unforeseens pop up.  


We thought we would share a few hidden weddings costs that most of our couples do not anticipate when planning a destination wedding and also I will share a huge bug bear of mine when it comes to dealing with wedding venues with ‘in quote’ ‘wedding packages’, so to avoid any big surprises do read on.


1. Hair, make up and beauty treatments


All of us want to look out best on wedding days so do take into account the cost of wedding pampering and the hair and make up trials.  


Most hair and make up trials will be around 60 euros each and having nails, pedicures, eyelash extensions and other beauty treatments will soon add to your wedding budget.  



It is always a good idea to set aside a budget for this dependent on how many bridesmaids and members of the wedding party you will be offering beauty treatments to.


2. Wedding Dress and Suits Steaming and Pressing


Many of our destination weddings have their outfits carefully packed and hung out ready for the big day but often they require some steaming or pressing, do add a professional steam or press into your budget as well as buying pre rehearsal and post wedding day outfits if entertaining your guests over a 3 or 4 day period which is common for a destination wedding.


3. Staff meals


There are usually a whole host of wedding professionals helping you along with your day and many of them are working more than a 12 hour shift in a hot climate.  


Most venues and caterers offer a staff meal and refreshments so you will need to account for the wedding planner, the photographer and videographer and perhaps the band, DJ, etc and any technicians who are required on site throughout the day and night.


4. On The Day Lunch


As you and your bridal party are getting ready you will need to eat as you prepare for your wedding.  


Most venues and caterers will bring a sandwich platter and drinks to your room and of course every bridal party needs to add cava or champagne to calm the pre-wedding nerves so allow for some pre bridal and pre groom lunches and drinks.


5. Stationery


It is always wonderful to receive a beautiful wedding invitation in the post but consider the cost of sending our your invites, including the postage, which can quickly add up.


Combined with on the day stationery such as Order of Services, table seating plans, table names and place cards and all your paper goods for the day, this can be quite a cost but also stamps a style to your wedding day so it is a very important consideration to add to your wedding budget particularly with destination weddings as it is not easy to DIY this when travelling abroad.


Regarding hidden costs of venues that offer wedding packages here are some of the things that may not be included, so be warned of the extras that pop up when negotiating and organising the extras with your venue.


1. Microphones and sound equipment for speeches

It goes without saying there will be speeches and some background music at weddings, but be aware many venues do not offer this as part of their package, it is an extra and can be anything from 150 euros to 300 euros.


2. Water


We host weddings in a very hot country and it is courtesy to offer your guests a cool water as they arrive ready for your ceremony.  Here in Spain we do not drink tap water so all water supplied is bottled and this comes with a cost that is not included in the pre wedding arrival of guests which can average around 2.50 euros per head.  Quite a cost with 100 to 200 guests.


3. Wedding Cakes


Bringing in your own wedding cake, again be aware that if you are ordering a cake from an outside supplier they maybe a cost from the venue per head to cut and serve this cake.


This service will require the venue’s staff time, you will be using their plates and cutlery and this needs to be paid for so do check with your wedding venue the cost of this if you are planning on bringing in catering in any shape or form from outside suppliers.


While some of these costs are unavoidable and others are not essential it is good to know from the start so there are no hidden surprises so do build this into your wedding budgets and always add an extra 10% just in case. 

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