Tying the knot in Madrid: A Mini-Guide to Everything You Will Need For Your Destination Wedding

Now that you are engaged, a whole world of planning and organisation lies before you until your big day. In order to make all of this easier, Zankyou has created a practical guide to help you achieve the wedding of your dreams in Madrid. As a destination city that has so much to offer, it will be perfect for your special day, but there are a few things to remember! With the following steps we will help you ensure that your day goes according to plan:

Closer to love Photographs
Photo: Closer to love Photographs

You first need to decide what kind of ceremony you would like: civil (at the District Court or City Hall), Catholic, or under another religion. If you want to celebrate in an estate, a hotel, or an alternative venue, you must remember that it will have no legal value. In this case, you will have to sign the papers either before of after the wedding, and present them to the Registry Office, unless a judge, magistrate or city councillor can marry you at your chosen location.

What documentation will you need for a civil wedding? The first thing you need to do is visit your corresponding Civil Registry Office to start the legal process at home. There, you will need to present:

  • the Birth Certificates of both contracting parties (obtained from the Civil Registrar of your place of birth, and will take about 5 days to receive)
  • Certificate of Unmarried Status (a sworn statement of civil status issued by the Civil Registry itself)
  • the City Registration Certificate (granted by the City Council where you have lived for the past two years)
  • a photocopy of your current ID card, passport or resident card, as well as the original. Finally, the witnesses must provide their ID card or passport.

Once signed by your local consulate at home, you can present your documents in Madrid. To get married in Madrid you do not need a residency status, but remember to have all of your documents translated into Spanish! The cost to get married in Spain varies among different localities.

Blanca Gelo
Foto: Blanca Gelo

Once the documentation has been processed, the steps to follow differ between City Hall and District Court. In the case of the City Hall, one of the parties will send out the marriage application, and then pay the estimated amount and choose the date and, lastly, the Godparents and witnesses must provide their ID card together with the Civil Registry Application at least 15 days before the marriage. In the case of the District Court, you must request an application form at the Family or Magistrate’s Court in order to fill it out correctly, and you must make an appointment to submit the documentation and so the judge can authorise the marriage. Afterwards, the scheduled date of the wedding will appear on the form, along with the documentation at the Civil Registry as well as a sworn statement of the civil status of both contracting parties, and the witnesses will present their documentation.

Are you having a Catholic wedding? You must speak with your corresponding priest about dates, and pay the estimated amount, as well as attend premarital courses. After the big day, the registration will be carried out in the Registry Office with the ecclesiastical certification. If you want to know of the most beautiful churches in Madrid we will remind you of them…

Francisco N Merino
Photo: Francisco N Merino

Next steps:

The preparations begin by distributing the invitations. They are a prelude of what your big day will be like and therefore, ideally, you should opt for something professional! The  Fundación Carmen Pardo-Valcarce could be an option, since their specialists work towards creating a brief but unique invitation. You may also choose Maite Sanz,  who have brilliant experience in calligraphy and hand-drawn illustration. Finally, we present to you Giset Weddings, who provide the best international, graphic designers in order to create graphic planning and totally personalised wedding branding.

Maite Sanz, Giset Wedding y Fundación Carmen Pardo-Valcarce
Photos (from left to right): Maite Sanz, Giset Wedding and Fundación Carmen Pardo-Valcarce

Are you looking for an urban wedding? Zankyou recommends several venues in Madrid so you can find exactly what you’re looking for: Casino de Madrid, Palacio de Linares, Palacio de Aldovea, Hotel Wellington or Hotel Westin Palace.

Casino de Madrid, Palacio de Aldovea y Palacio de Linares
Photo (from left to right): Casino de Madrid, Palacio de Aldovea y Palacio de Linares
Hotel Wellington y The Westin Palace Madrid
Photo: Hotel Wellington and The Westin Palace Madrid

Fancy more of a rural style? In Madrid you have a plethora of locations in every type region: the highlands, down south, next to the Manzanares River…If your dream is to get married in a natural environment where you can take delight in the views, we advise you to do it at either Castillo de ViñuelasQuinta del JaramaSoto de Mozanaque or Hacienda Jacaranda.

Castillo de Viñuelas, Quinta de Jarama, Soto de Mozanaque y Quinta de Jarama
Photo (from left to right): Castillo de Viñuelas, Quinta de Jarama, Soto de Mozanaque y Quinta de Jarama

And in order to ensure that the reception is the highlight of the day, what better way is there than with a catering team who make it easy to select a menu, knowing that the guests will enjoy the ultimate, signature Mediterranean cuisine, based on typical local products which is left in the best hands. For all this, opt for: Eneldo Catering, Catering In Zalacain or Goblin Catering.

Eneldo Catering, Goblin Catering y Catering In Zalacain
Photo (from left to right): Eneldo Catering, Goblin Catering and Catering In Zalacain

Another important step when organising a wedding is choosing the photographer. It is not the case of anything goes, because these are the unforgettable memories that you will treasure most from your big day. Their style, way of working and character will all contribute to your decision. If your wedding is being held in the Spanish capital, or in the surrounding areas, these great professionals may be of interest to you: Elena Bau, Noonu or Mira Fotografía. All very professional, each with a distinct but very beautiful and natural style, where your love  predominates.

Elena Bau
Photo: Elena Bau
Noonu
Photo: Noonu
Mira Fotografía
Photo: Mira Fotografía

What would a wedding memory be without having a video in which the most important moments of your special day are captured? In addition to seeing photographs, the idea of viewing these moving images will make you re-live your wedding day in a particularly special way, because every moment becomes that much more important. In order to capture these instants we recommend two unique studios for their professionalism and results: Studio Krrusel or Marmellata Films.

If you need help with the organisation, at your service in Madrid are some of the best wedding planners: Susana Príncipe, a scheduling organiser in search of all things fresh who will act as your assistant and an invisible hand making sure everything turns out without flaw; Bodas Colorín Colorado, a fantastic team that stands out for their desire to carry out the job with passion, achieving the ultimate fairy tale weddings; Nara Connection, whose service includes total custom design, from whole weddings down to the smaller details, and Vip Comunicación, whose mission is to offer you a completely exclusive and personalised service to achieve their ultimate goal: to surprise and move the guests.

Susana Príncipe
Photo: Susana Príncipe
Bodas Colorín Colorado
Photo: Bodas Colorín Colorado
Nara Connection
Photo: Nara Connection
Vip Comunicación
Photo: Vip Comunicación

The floral arrangements are perhaps the most neglected part of the decoration for such an important day, so we want to propose four top suppliers whose experience and work attest to the need to have them closely involved in the preparation of your wedding: Búcaro, Shally Hambleton, Bourguignon Floristas and Masshiro.

Búcaro, Shally Hambleton (Elia Sills Photography), Bourguignon Floristas y Masshiro
Photo (from left to right): Búcaro, Shally Hambleton (Elia Sills Photography), Bourguignon Floristas y Masshiro

And to complete the look you need the best experts in the hair and make-up fields. Get the best out of yourself thanks to  Lola AragónMónica Roldán, Bajobé and Mayte Lucas. Each of them will be able to make you feel like the princess that you are thanks to their techniques and experience. Choose your favourite!

Lola Aragón, Mónica Roldán (Ruth Roldán), Bajobé y Mayte Lucas
Photo (from left to right): Lola Aragón, Mónica Roldán (Ruth Roldán), Bajobé y Mayte Lucas

And if you don’t want your guests to get bored during the party, don’t miss out on these DJs. They will introduce the musical aspect that no one will forget: Dándote RitmoHey Mickey and Madrid Sound.

Julian Beattie
Foto: Julian Beattie

After all this, if you still need more information on these companies or any others you can research them through Zankyou’s suppliers guide. And if you like what you see, you must only contact the suppliers to reserve your date and enjoy the organisation as much as the wedding itself, which is just around the corner. The wedding is coming!

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