Ibiza is a fab destination to hold a wedding. I know that the fact of me being a wedding planner does change the lense of my glasses HOWEVER having said that I have seen quite a few Ibiza weddings and I can say that people love it here. The skies are blue, the sun is always shining, the food and drinks is to die for and staff is friendly but this doesn't make Ibiza a budget friendly destination. In fact Ibiza can be quite expensive specially when considering a Villa wedding - the catering add ons can sky rocket your expenses if you're not careful!
Here we have give you some wedding tips that we think you should bare in mind before putting down a down deposit with any Catering company in Ibiza:
Check that you have enough food.
I know this can sound out of place but most couples because they are planning on not spending much on their Ibiza wedding decide to go ahead and make their own shopping list for their catering. This is a good option if you know what you're doing. Here are some suggestions:
* Downgrade your welcome drink: offer your guests a non-alcoholic refreshment upon arrival. Caterers can not charge you much for this service and it makes more sense to give guests non-alcoholic beverages before sitting under the sun to witness your wedding ceremony.
* Upgrade your canapes: I am the type of person who thinks that if you're guests have come all the way from home to Ibiza to be with your on this special day, you need to give them something to eat. You can't expect people to not be hungry at this time and if you're serving alcoholic drinks during the reception (which is the most common) then I think you must give them a bite to eat. Include in your canape list 4-6 canapés to be served during the 1.5-2 h reception.
* Check what's on the menu - BBQ: the reason why we specialize in offering BBQ packages is because it works so well, everyone loves it and it is a no brained when it comes to the wedding planning stages. Have a good selection of meats and make sure that there is at least one vegetarian option (or vegan if you have someone in your party that is vegan). Include in this meat wish list: 1 chicken to cover the difficult ones, steak that everyone loves, and local lamb. Ensure that you've got 2-4 sides/salads and of course if this is a buffet something on the table for people to nibble while waiting for their turn. If you can also have a mixed selection of desserts then this would make it easier for the planning and it will cover for all tastes.
If you're on a budget and you're not too picky on your wedding Photographer then I would recommend that you make it a last minute booking. There are plenty of wedding photographers on the island and if you plan to send them an enquiry in Feb - March of the same year you can ask them for last minute discounts.
This move is a bit risky if you're very particular on how you want your wedding pictures to look like.
There are lots of wonderful ways of decorating your wedding venue on a small budget. This may be with paper lanterns, pom poms, bunting, DIY projects, etc. I have even seen people set pom poms as centerpieces for the tables, cutting down on the flower budget and still giving the table that elegant and colorful touch you'd expect to see at an Ibiza wedding.
If you're holing your small wedding in Ibiza at a villa then you'll have plenty of time to do this yourselves.
I've had couple bring their own artificial flowers that will last them for a life time. It isn't a very Eco friendly move but it will definitely bring your overall wedding expenses down.
Wedding cakes for some reason are extremely overpriced in Ibiza. Why not bring your own one? I don't recommend that you bake it here, but I have seen beautiful M&S wedding cakes that travel very very well and do the job just perfectly (and on a small budget).
If you're on a budget, then I would take this off the list, unless someone in your family is semi-professional. Prices start at 420 €/h VAT included. Just arrange some really cool background music for all the stages of your event. You know the timings so you only need to ensure that you're fully covered.
Also if anyone is good at dejaying then ask them to play for you at the wedding. One of my favorite weddings I can recall had 3 family members DJ at different times. It was so much fun! It was in fact the father of the bride that managed to get everyone off their seats to dance to the 80's hits!
As I am happy giving suggestions on how to save on an Ibiza Wedding I also want to point out where not to cut the cost in your Ibiza Wedding:
- Photographer: do not delegate this to a friend or family member. Have someone professional do the job for you. I can recall an event in which the photographer was a good friend of the bride and groom and she wasn't up for the job, she wanted to have a good time too (I completely understand that!). Have someone emotionally detached do this job. This is far more important than your live music and DJ as it will be in a portray above the chimney for the next +40 years!
- Dancefloor lighting: I have seen weddings with and without the lighting and I can't recommend strong enough to keep them in. It really sets the tone of the open bar! Cut out the Mojitos and keep the lights if necessary!
- End of event transpiration: Ibiza's public transport is not that great. Book 19 seater buses to take your guests back home at the end of the night. Expect to spend around 10 € per person and finish the night on a good tone.
At Silver Spoon Ibiza we have taken all the above suggestions into consideration and therefore we have designed our Catering Wedding Packages that can be Inclusive or Exclusive of the full wrdding planning. Get in touch today to start planning your small wedding in Ibiza!
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