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The Costa del Sol
I have lived here for a number of years, and supplied Bridal Hair, Make up, and Beauty Treatments for the last 6. Each season I become more convinced that the Costa del Sol is by far the best wedding location in Europe.
With 300 days of sun each year and almost no rain from May through October, its weather outperforms any other area by a huge margin.
The new Malaga Airport extension, new road network, high-speed train links, and excellent bus service, makes it easy to get here and a breeze to get around once you arrive.
3 hours flight time will get you here from any UK or Irish Airport and if you book far enough ahead you can get flights for a fraction of their average cost.
Accommodation is as diverse as your budget and taste. Self catering Apartments, luxury Hotels, Golf or Sea view Villas, Mountain Castles, Old Cortijos - whatever you want can be found here in abundance. If you are willing to shop around you can usually find it for less than you expect!
As for wedding venues - the sky is the limit- beach side, hilltop, inland, golf front, tropical gardens.... Whatever your dream, you can find it here, and be virtually guaranteed that the weather on your special day will be perfect!
The options are many and varied. It is the perfect place to combine your wedding and honeymoon without the hassle of another flight.
By combining both wedding and honeymoon the overall cost can be considerably reduced. I am not sure that couples take this fact into consideration when they are computing the relative cost of venues at home and away.
If value for money is a priority, then the Costa del Sol can meet your needs for your special day.
Most Hotels include much more in their charge per head than you would get at home; for instance the Kempinski Hotel charges €135 per head for a party of 50, for its wedding package. However, included in this is, a Cava reception on arrival, set up and use of their beach side tropical gardens for your ceremony (including red carpet!), pre-dinner Canape's & Drinks , a 5 course Cordon Bleu Dinner with all Drinks, a Cake of your choice, Cava for the toast, the Afters Room and Decoration, 1 hour free Bar in the room, the Bridal Suite for the night, a room to get ready in on the day, and the services of their in house Wedding Planner.
Bearing in mind that this is one of the top hotels in Europe, with direct beach access, beautiful tropical gardens and one of the best Chefs in the region, I very much doubt you could find a like for like match anywhere near the price at home.
A luxury Villa with 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, huge Gardens, a Swimming Pool. Jacuzzi and Hot Tub can be hired for a week starting at around €2,500. Marquees, Caterers, Florists, Bar Staff, Hair and Make up Artist, Entertainers, Dj's, Celebrants, etc. can all be found locally to make your Villa a wedding extravaganza to remember forever - if that is your desired fairytale!
If you want to really get value for money, go native - Spanish locals use dedicated celebration venues for everything from Christenings and first Communions to Weddings and Birthdays.
These venues can cope with large numbers and can work out at no more than €35 per head for all your food and drink for the whole day!
Eating out here is much cheaper than at home, if you are willing to explore a bit. Move out of the tourist areas and go native! A meal of the day or "menu del dia" which is usually 3 courses and includes drinks, can be had for as little as €6 in a local "venta". Typically drinks in these Ventas are 70% cheaper than in the tourist Bars.
Wedding suppliers are here in huge numbers: Wedding Planners, Florists, Cake Makers, DJ's, Entertainers, Celebrants, Coaches, Wedding Cars, Favours, Hair & Make up Artists, Photographers, Videographers, etc., can all be easily found and there are enough of them so that you can shop around for your perfect match. Most will negotiate on price if you approach them early enough and ASK!
We even have our own local Wedding Magazine - Confeti is a glossy fountain of information on getting married on the Costa del Sol or in Gibraltar.
It also has a comprehensive wedding suppliers directory. You can view it on line by clicking on the link.
Over the years I have provided my services to numerous Brides at venues ranging from beach parties to Moorish Castles. No matter what the budget has been, the shear delight of blue sky's and warm nights have always worked their magic. I have never had a Bride who regretted her choice of location.
The Costa del Sol is truly a Wedding Wonderland.
Come on down and check it out!
A wedding wonderland for every budget!