Types of weddings in Alicante
The ecclesiastical wedding in Alicante
Spain is one of the few destinations where a wedding before the Roman Catholic Church automatically becomes a civil marriage and therefore represents a first possibility, if the couple choose this option and if they meet the requirements of the Church.
The parish priest of the couple in the country of origin initiates the procedure. As soon as all required documents are available, they are sent to the bishopric in Spain, which in turn gives their permission to the Spanish parish to bless the union.
Most local priests only speak Spanish, but there is also the possibility of bringing a priest from the country of origin.
After the wedding the Spanish priest sends the act to the Justice of the Peace, who will draw up the legal certificate with which the couple have to register the wedding in their place of origin.
The civil wedding in Alicante
The necessary documents are different in each region, and even in each city, but the rules are the same.
A civil wedding is possible if at least one of the two parties has Spanish nationality, or if at least one of the two has been a resident in Spain for two years (although some cities also accept a shorter period).
It is obvious that many couples do not comply with this rule and therefore opt for the third option
The ceremonial wedding in Alicante
This is the preferred choice for an increasing number of couples, since it is the most personal and hardly has any requirements to meet.
The ceremony is usually much more personalized than with a civil or ecclesiastical marriage and is often made especially tailored to the couple, including music adapted to the occasion, possibly played by live musicians, and speeches by the guests.
The ceremony takes place in a location of free-choice, both on or near the beach, in a finca, an exotic garden, etc., also where usually the reception, dinner and party take place.
At the administrative level it is organized in the country of origin.
Marriages of same-sex people
Weddings for same-sex people are recognized by law in Spain and subject to the same requirements as the civil wedding.
This may be the reason why you opt for a civil marriage in Spain if you meet these requirements.
If in the country of provenance the law also allows weddings between people of the same sex, a ceremonial wedding in Spain is often chosen.
Getting married on the beach
Many couples dream of celebrating their marriage on a magnificent beach, with an azure blue sea in the background, a blue sky with the Spanish sun and a soft sea breeze.
Unfortunately the beach in most Western countries represents a ‘ public area ‘ and therefore not available for rent for a private celebration such as a marriage, a communion, a christening or a party.
Spanish law (the ‘ Coast Law ‘) literally describes it as such and to just go to the beach and celebrate your wedding there will inevitably end with the arrival of an extra person (not) invited, in uniform and apart from the immediate interruption of the ceremony or the party, it will often cause a fine of up to €3,000.
Still weddings take place on the beach, but how?
Some sites have special permission to operate a beach bar, a restaurant, or a hotel on or near the beach. A few of them are also willing, subject to certain conditions, to arrange a wedding within their special permission.
Professional wedding planners know these places and their conditions and how much they cost, and they can, therefore, be helpful in finding where to hold your dream wedding on or near the beach.
But it does not necessarily have to be on the beach. There are also magnificent locations near the sea, the beach or with a magnificent sea view and many times this kind of environment offers more privacy and more possibilities.
Getting married in a ‘finca’, ‘masía’ or a traditional Spanish ‘castillo’
A ‘ finca ‘ is a traditional Spanish hacienda or rural property, often very old and the historical property of the Spanish nobility or the bourgeoisie, although today the term is also used for not so old chalets that are in a more or less remote place.
A ‘masía’ is comparable but is often found inland and has a more agrarian origin, while a ‘castillo’ or castle of course refers to a building of this type.
These are often rented exclusively for a wedding, and since the rent is often the only source of income for their owners the expenses can be high, but the couple receive the enjoyment of a truly unique venue in return.
Some of these locations also frequently offer a limited possibility to spend the night there, but this also has its drawbacks.
If the guests sleep in another place and then they are transported by bus to the place where the ceremony is going to be held, the amazing effect of the venue is fully appreciated. If everyone is staying at the wedding place, they often preview everything from the time of the preparations, and this of course eliminates a large part of the effect of amazement.