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Interview: Melissa Palmer from Bespoke Weddings Spain

We asked wedding planner Melissa Palmer to explain why she set up as a wedding planner in Spain and why it's such a good wedding choice.

How did you decide to become a wedding planner? / What inspired you to start your business?
I worked in the commercial and Events department at one of the Costa del Sol’s most popular Wedding venues, and after 5 years of doing the Wedding fairs and printing table plans etc. I decided to take the plunge and set up in wedding planning. I then spent a year shadowing another planner before taking on my first clients.

What's the best part about being a wedding planner?
Being a part of the most special day of a couple’s lives. I suppose that’s every planner’s answer though. I also really enjoy the beginning stages of the planning, showing venues, chatting about ideas and what has been dreamt of.

Which areas of Spain do you enjoy organising weddings in, and why?
 We work along the Costa del Sol, and I must say I don’t have a favourite venue, as over the years we’ve now narrowed it down to work only with venues we’re fully confident with, so now I know they’re all fantastic.

What's the most unusual wedding you've organised?
This would probably have to be a few years ago, in a boutique hotel in Benalmadena. There was no expense spared, the couple arranged a private jet for the family travellng over, and then a convoy of limousines to chauffeur them to and from the Church on the Wedding day. There was also free flowing champagne for the entire day and night, for everyone in or around the Wedding. They even invited all of us suppliers to join them for the 6 course meal.

What's the most popular type of wedding you organise?
We work about half and half with romantic blessing ceremonies and Catholic Church Weddings. I’d say blessings are more relaxed, as we don’t have to worry about transporting guests from venue to Church. I enjoy the variety though of having the two different options.

What advice would you give couples wanting to get married in Spain?
Good food, good entertainment and a free bar are what your guests will enjoy most. Favours and gimmicks are a nice extra, but don’t prioritise these things.

Melissa runs Bespoke Weddings Spain

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