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Everything you need to know about your destination wedding in Mallorca.
Planning a destination wedding and looking for a Mallorca wedding photographer? I’m here to inspire you to have the wedding of your dreams.
On this page you will find everything you need to know about weddings in Mallorca – from legal requirements to wedding photography tips.
Hi, I’m Manon – Mallorca wedding photographer.
I create intimate wedding photographs filled with emotion for couples who follow their hearts. I’d love to share my knowledge with you so that you can plan the romantic destination wedding you deserve.
Why have a destination wedding in Mallorca?
Imagine saying your vows with the sweet smell of bougainvillaeas in the air and taking some wedding photos with Formentor in the background followed by an alfresco dinner under festoon lights while the music plays. Drawing inspiration from the local culture and the island’s natural beauty will make your wedding in Mallorca unique and unforgettable.
Mallorca is the largest Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and is well known for its stunning beaches but there’s a lot more to this beautiful island. Soulful and authentic towns hide in the hills of its lyrical landscape along with Roman ruins and a rich history. I have great memories from summers spent swimming near Cala Ratjada with the scent of pine needles, hot sand and salty breeze.
The dramatic coastline with azure views hides many secluded beaches, away from the crowds while evenings are filled with music, food and parties. Summer is when the island comes alive with plenty of activities to choose from and countless festivals that range from jazz and classical music, sailing regattas, tennis events to traditional festivals like Nit del Foc.
Nit de Foc, which translates to “Night of Fire” is the most important and astonishing of the festival – think Lewes Bonfire Night times a hundred. Towns are usually rigged with firecrackers and fireworks that the procession of “devils & demons” lights up they make their way to the central square. Although the largest celebration is the one in Palma, I highly recommend going to one of the smaller towns like Capdepera for a more authentic experience.
As with many Mediterranean islands, Mallorca is a popular destination for weddings so make sure you book at least a year ahead – or more – to avoid disappointment. It’s also worth spending time doing research before you book your wedding venue to avoid the more crowded and popular spots and find more authentic options that suit your wedding.
It might also be a good idea to get married on slightly less popular months like September and October. For a more relaxed vibe and to avoid the crowds completely, Mallorca is also a good option for a winter wedding.
How to get there – Mallorca
Mallorca has an international airport (code PMI) located near Palma, the capital. You can get a direct flight to Palma from most European countries and there also many national flights from Spain.
The easiest way of getting around the island is o rent a car. Unless you plan to stay in Palma, public transport connecting different towns on the island is cheap but unreliable.
Another way to get to Mallorca is by ferry from Barcelona which is really handy if you plan to drive there and it saves you having to rent a car.
Quick pros of getting married abroad
- Since it’s less traditional, it will be easier for you to do exactly what you want. Read this blogpost on how to navigate family pressure and avoid wedding stress.
- Spend more quality time with your guests by planning a weekend-long wedding, it’s what I call an “immersive wedding”.
- Combine your love for each other with your love for travel!
- A lot of European countries have less restrictions on what time you have to end the party, yay!
Quick pros of a destination wedding in Mallorca
- Gorgeous weather for an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception
- Wide variety of wedding venues to choose from
- Delicious food and wine
- Great party vibe to dance the night away
- Gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photos and breathtaking views
THE LEGALITIES OF GETTING MARRIED IN MALLORCA
Most couples planning a destination wedding usually hold a symbolic ceremony on their wedding day and get legally married in their home country beforehand. This is because the legalities of getting married abroad can be a little complicated and time-consuming, especially in Spain where you’re required to be a resident.
- Both civil ceremonies and religious weddings are legally recognised in Spain.
- Same sex marriage has been legal since 2005.
- At least one of you needs to be a Spanish citizen or have resided in Spain for at least two years unless you’re having a religious wedding.
What paperwork will you need?
Here’s a quick list of the paperwork you will need for a civil ceremony in Mallorca. Always do your research and check with the local authorities. Keep in mind that you might need additional paperwork depending on your circumstances.
- A valid passport
- Certificate of capacity to marry
- Notice of intention to marry
- Original birth certificates
- Certificate of residence
- Two witnesses
What’s the process?
To be legally married in Spain – and Mallorca – at least one of you needs to be a Spanish citizen or have resided in the country for at least two years. This is unless you or your partner are Roman Catholic and would like to hold the ceremony in a Catholic Church in Mallorca, in which case you’ll need the help of your local church to get the paperwork sorted.
You will need to apply for a certificate to marry before your civil or religious wedding and you must register the marriage with the authorities or it won’t be legally recognised.
It’s also likely that all your documents will need to be translated, authenticated and bear an Apostille Stamp. The Apostille (from The Hague Convention) is an official government-issued certificate added to documents so they will be recognised and have legal validity in another country.
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MALLORCA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Coastal Wedding Inspiration – Mallorca, Spain
Plan a romantic and relaxed beach wedding – Recently featured on the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog, this shoot is full of inspiration for couples planning a relaxed, intimate wedding by the sea.
You will find a super cool bride in a blue tulle gown, a picnic table for two styled to perfection and an exquisite stationery suite. Whether you’re planning an elopement for two or a wedding with all your loved ones, if you’re getting married by the sea this blogpost is for you.
Plan a modern, Mediterranean wedding – Mallorca, Spain
Wondering how to style your wedding in Mallorca for a fresh, summer vibe? – As seen on Bloved Blog, this sun-drenched-inspired shoot is for you.
You’ll find a colour palette of buttery yellows, apricot, blush and coral and added earthy tones and simple elegant forms to keep the overall look modern and contemporary, a simple yet elegant wedding dress and three tips on how to achieve this look.
MALLORCA: THE BEST WEDDING PHOTOS
Time passes faster than you think and your wedding day goes by in a blur. I believe that you deserve photos that capture who you are, the emotions and your love story in a truthful, effortless way so that you never forget your wedding or the way you felt.
Weddings are a collection of moments that represent your life together and all the days that have led you here. They’re a celebration of love, friendship and all the values that are important to you. Your love is unique and I believe that you deserve meaningful wedding photos that honour your story and capture who you are.
The Answer Is Simple: to get beautiful, natural wedding photos you need a photographer who cares and who will take the time to get to know you BEFORE your wedding. It’s my job to create a space where you feel comfortable and you can be yourselves, unapologetically. This is why I exclusively photograph 20 weddings per year.
Although these aren’t specific to Greece, this is the best advice I can give you as a destination wedding photographer:
1. Choose a photographer you trust and whose work you love –
As a wedding photographer, I truly believe everyone can look great in photos as long as they’re comfortable and having a good time. Your wedding photographer will be with you all day and your wedding photos will forever be attached to the way you felt so it’s important you choose someone whose personality you like. Have a chat with your photographer before booking, whether it’s in person or via video call. This will give you a good idea of whether you’re a good fit or not.
2. Consider the light –
The light sets the mood. If you’ve booked a great wedding photographer, I’m sure they will have already thought of this and perhaps even mentioned it to you. When planning your wedding timeline take into account the sunrise and sunset time as well as when the sun will be at its highest as this will vary depending on the location and time of year.
3. Golden hour –
I always ask my couples to set aside ten to fifteen minutes for couple portraits around one hour before sunset on their wedding day. I do this not only because this is the best light for photos but also because usually by this point you’ll be more relaxed. It’s also a great time to sneak away from everyone and spend some time together to reconnect. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
4. Explore the surrounding area –
It can be really nice on your wedding day to escape for a little while to spend some time just the two of you, this is also a great time for your photographer to tag along and do couple portraits. If there’s any unusual landmark or stunning view near the venue, it might be worth heading over there for the couple portraits as it will allow your photographer to capture beautiful wedding photos, unique to you.
5. Late afternoon ceremony –
When getting married in sunnier places like Mallorca, Menorca or Ibiza, it’s also worth holding your wedding ceremony later in the day. This will not only mean the light will be softer and you’ll get better wedding photos but it’s also a good way of avoiding your guests getting heatstroke!
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