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Enjoy the wedding as a guest

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One of the things that make us unique wedding planners is that we also strive to create an unforgettable wedding experience for the guests.

That being said, of course, the wedding couple comes first.

Over the past weeks and months, we've carefully created a detailed wedding plan/script for their wedding.

Costa Blanca Events wedding coordinator(s)

They're professionals who perfectly know the wishes and preferences of the wedding couple.
They're part of the wedding planner team, or they have been instructed by the.

They know of all the details of the wedding plan/script.
 
It's their task to make sure that on the wedding day, everything goes exactly the way it has been planned during the previous months.

They will guide the wedding couple and their guests through the day, and will stay until the dance party is well underway.
When they've left, the DJ is the Costa Blanca Events representative.

Though we cannot go into details about the specific wedding you'll be attending, we can share some general information with you about the proceedings.

Going to the ceremony venue

At the meeting point, our wedding coordinator(s) will be waiting to accompany you to the ceremony venue.

Welcome drink

Upon arrival on the ceremony venue, a welcome drink will be waiting for you. 
We kindly request you to place bags, etc. out of sight of the wedding setting, so that they don't appear in the wedding photos.

Personal welcome cards

At the welcome drink, kindly take your personal welcome card from the board.
It shows, if, and if so where, you have a reserved chair for the ceremony.

If the plan has 1 green chair amongst all red coloured chairs, then the green one is reserved for you.

If the plan has lots of green, and lots of red chairs, then you can choose to sit on one of the many green chairs.

Seating

As soon as the bride is nearby, the officiant will ask all guests to their seat for the ceremony.

Please do so via the outer side of the setting, not stepping, nor walking on the carpet.

The card may also show that you're part of the arrival of the groom (pre-processional) or of the bride ( processional).
In that case, please do not take your seat, but wait at the beginning of the aisle.

The processional

Traditionally, the father of the bride "gives the bride away" or it's done by another family member or close friend. 
Often other persons such as bridesmaids, flower girls, etc. take part in the processional.
Sometimes there is also a pre-processional where the groom walks the aisle, usually with his mother.
 
The ceremony

If you wish to do a reading, you can ask us to include that in the ceremony, either a text your prepare, or one we select for you. 
Please send a request and a copy of the text you want to read no later than 2 weeks before the ceremony, as this is the time we finalize the service.
 
During the ceremony, we often request the assistance of some persons.
If so, we will always ask you before the ceremony starts.
Our officiant will stand beside you, so no need to worry about what to do or where to stand.
 
Mobile phones

During the ceremony, you're requested to switch mobile phones off, or in flight mode.

Photo or video during the ceremony.

The wedding couples have contracted professional photographer(s), who will do their best to make the best shots possible. 
On behalf of the wedding couple, please do not take photos or shoot video during the ceremony.

Please - unless otherwise asked by the officiant - remain seated for the whole duration of the ceremony.

The recessional

At the end of the ceremony, the wedding couple will leave the setting together, and you'll be requested to follow them, starting with the first row, then the second and so on.
 
Throwing of rice, confetti, ...

It's not allowed to throw rice, confetti, etc. 
Instead, we arrange for soap bubbles which look great on the photos.
 
Receiving line

The wedding couple, sometimes accompanied by their parents and/or the bridal suite, will form a receiving line.
This allows their guests to congratulate them before continuing to the bar for a drink.

Gifts

The receiving line and reception are also an excellent time for guests to offer a gift or envelope to the wedding couple.

As wedding planners, we cannot take responsibility for objects, valuables, gifts etc.

Reception

Usually, there is a reception of 1 hour.
During the reception, there will also be a photo shoot.

Photoshoot

After a while in the ceremony, the photographers will go on a photo shoot with the wedding couple.
After a while, the 'photoshoot coordinators' assigned by the wedding couple will start requesting guests to join the wedding couple.
If so, please do so, and stay at the photoshoot location.
Towards the end of the reception, all guests will have joined the photoshoot, which is the perfect time to take some group photos.

Invitation to dinner

When the group photos are taken, the wedding coordinator will invite all guests to the wedding dinner.

For sit-down dinners, the personal welcome card you've received at the welcome drink shows your table and chair number.
The tables all have a number on them.

Each place at the table also has a personal placeholder with your name, so it should be effortless to find your spot.
Kindly do not move this placeholder until the end of the dinner, as it also contains your menu preference, so the waiters know what you've ordered.

For walking dinners, there are, of course, no placeholders.

The wedding dinner

During dinner, soft drinks, beer and wine are included.
Long drinks, liquors and cocktails are not included and usually not available during dinner.

Guests with food intolerances or special diet requirements

If you've advised us of your dietary requirements or food intolerances via Yoep-P than your personal placeholder will show them.
Depending on the requirements, you'll be served the dish chosen by the wedding couple, a modified version thereof, or an alternative 'chef suggestion' dish.
Unfortunately, it's not possible to change the dish, but you can, of course, ask a guest to swap with you.
 
If you've requested a speech, act or surprise via Yoep-P than the wedding coordinator will contact you when it's time to do so.

End of the wedding dinner

Usually, the dance party is held in a different part of the venue than the dinner.
Therefore, at the end of the dinner, the wedding coordinator will request you to follow him to the dance party area.

The wedding cake

If the couple has ordered a wedding cake, it's usually served after dinner, in the dance party area.

Fireworks

Due to the high temperatures and fire risk, fireworks are subject to a license.
Setting of any fireworks without a license extremely hazardous.
Since the venue can also be held liable, they will immediately terminate all services, without any refund.
Aside from that, we've seen police or Guardia civil arriving within minutes, and the fines are enormous!
 
The open or free bar

During the open or free bar, a selection of drinks is included.

Depending on the venue, caterer and preferences of the wedding couple, other drinks may be available. If so, each guest needs to pay for them individually.

Call it a night

You've had a great day, but now you're tired and want to call it a night.
So how do you return to your accommodation, if it's not within walking distance of the venue?

In Spain, taxis cannot be pre-booked, and in some villages, there is minimal availability. This can result in long waiting times. 

If you have a rental car, then driving it is only an option when you did not consume any alcohol. Police and Guardia civil controls are frequent and unpredictable. The fines are huge, even up to imprisonment.

So we recommend our wedding couples to order a shuttle service.
During the contracted number of hours, a shuttle bus will drive back and forth between the venue and up to 3 different accommodations.

We advise our wedding couples to inform their guests via their welcome page in Yoep-P.

Any persons remaining at the party after the last voyage must make their own arrangements, like a taxi. The shuttle service can usually not be prolonged on the day.

 

Related pages on our site or useful links to other sites :

Get ready to go to the wedding (page 29-15)
Enjoy rest of your stay (page 29-18)
Travelling with your wedding dress. (page 28-10)
Get ready to travel (page 28-11)
Travel to Spain (page 28-12)
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