Brian & Emily's Wedding

We arrived a full week before the big day. We had rented a villa in Port Soller. It was really fabulous - breathtaking views and furnished with everything we needed. Most nights we had BBQs on the terrace and drank, danced, swam in the pool, chatted to the early hours. We had brought our projector with us so movies were always on in the background on the big white wall....very cool to have movies on the big screen by the pool. Days were spent in the pool, swimming in the sea, eating on the terrace and catching up with friends. My two best friends stayed with us (and their partners) – and a great friend from London. It was wonderful to spend so much time with them – and they helped us with all the last minute planning etc.....

On Thursday evening we had invited all guests over for tapas and cava. A family friend prepared lovely food – tortilla, empanadas etc. We had welcome bags for everyone which we handed out that evening - containing:
- a book that we had professionally printed with itinerary for the weekend, maps, things to do, an A-Z of services/shops etc plus a photo and some background on all 97 guests. It nearly killed us to do this but it was so worth it!
- a CD with music we like....everything from summer of 69 to la vie en rose....
- neurofen – much appreciated by all!
- a Spanish fan
- a copy of the movie 3 Amigos. Our wedding had a Mexican theme and my h2b had three brothers as his best men.....AKA the three amigos. We inserted their names/photos on to the cover of the DVD.... it helped set the theme for the weekend!

On Friday h2b and I were running around a bit - but this was after I had a manicure/pedicure & massage on the terrace. Bliss!
We had booked Agapanto for 8pm (I totally copied Phlux, another WOL-ie!). h2b and I arrived by fishermans boat - my sister arranged it. The fisherman wouldn't accept a penny and said it was “un regalo para los novios”....a present for the newlyweds. In a world where the very word wedding makes people see $$$$ I thought this was just so lovely.

We arrived to see all our guests waiting for us on the beach. I actually got a dress made – copying a dress I saw in a mag - and my mam made me a birdcage hat so I was almost as excited to wear that as the wedding dress! All the women were given leis and this set the beach party theme.....
H2b carried me in his arms from the boat....the Agapanto staff met us with a glass of cava. Agapanto were great by the way – and they’re doing weddings there – organised by Maria, their wedding planner. We caught up with all the newly arrived guests and had a great night there....possibly too good as I could not leave my own party! Got back to Ca's Xorc at 3am....apparently singing 'I’m getting married in the morning' to all who would listen! No recollection! 4 hours later a flipping goat woke me up! Funny now - not so funny at the time!

I had put a lot of thought in to the detail for our wedding.....and had decorations etc to set up that morning. After breakfast we set to work. We had a table of framed photos of all parents/grandparents on their wedding day. I also brought a typewriter from the 1940s over with us and set it up for people to leave us a message. I made a garland of photos of h2b and I over the years (we've known each other forever!) - the school annuals of our final year at school (we were in schools across the road from each other) I also put a copy of Midsummer Nights Dream on a bench as this had been the invite we sent out.....and love potion bottles (referencing Midsummer Night’s Dream).... Little things like that - dotted around the grounds for people to discover..... So - once all that was set up I went for a lie down by the pool. Couldn't sleep so went to the room for a lie down....couldn't sleep .....so had a bath/face mask and generally tried everything to make sure I didn't look like i only had 4 hours sleep! One regret is that I had the hair/make up lady do too many people. In the end I was done last, in a hurry and I didn't really like the end result (hair....ugh!)....but sure what can you do!? The girls had all sorts of presents for me - cava, of course! a Seamus Heaney book with a message from the man himself....a garter etc etc. All lovely. I had Mallorcan pearls for them as a small gift.....

Before I knew it it was time to head....my dad and brother were waiting at the foot of the stairs for me....so nice to remember that image. The girls handed me my bouquet - a simple gathering of hydrangeas – I had a photo of my granny and granddad when they first met and I tied this with a ribbon to the bouquet.

My favourite bit was the church. The drive to the church was lovely - my brother drove myself and my dad in an open top mini we hired. Seeing the church at the top of the hill was fantastic – all the people we loved were waiting inside...including the man himself! What a warm feeling.....
As I approached the church tourists came to take pics (weird!).
Then the music played for the Bridesmaids: All
You Need is Love on trumpet and organ. Dad and I were dancing at the doorway! Then our turn came and I can honestly say the walk up the aisle was just the most amazing experience. It was like a glow of light and an aura of love surrounded us and all my friends. Amazing.....
I only met the priest at the top of the altar! He wasn't actually a priest - he is being ordained in October and ours was his first wedding!!! He was so nice and kind - before he was a priest he was the national coach to the spanish wrestling team!! a great character.
Two friends played guitar during the service. One played Tabhair Dom Do Lamh and the other sang I’ll Walk Beside You. We had friends read poetry and POTF. H2b and I also read a poem instead of the Prayer of the Newly Married Couple....
Sounds cheesy but it actually worked well....

Back at the venue we had a mariachi band play and all sorts of mexican stuff (coronas.....a pinata......my nephew, the page boywalked up the aisle dressed as Zorro...). Then pics - I don't think we got enough 'formal ones'- I was just so worried about the schedule for the evening. We were way behind.....I think brides are always regretful about the photos....

The aperatif flew by and I didn't get to walk around the gardens to admire all the decorations etc.....

Dinner was lovely – except I couldn’t eat a thing – never happened to me before. People tell me the food was excellent though.....(I managed dessert!)

We had made personalised Top Trump cards – relevant to each table so people played this all through the meal.....

After dinner we told the three best men, the three amigos to go up to our room for a surprise. We had three mariachis suits and hats for them. When they arrived to the dinner area they did the amigo dance (if you've seen the Steve Martin movie...pretty funny). Each table was a country (USA, The Vatican, USSR etc) and at this point we brought out country specific fancy dress for each table. The atmosphere changed from post dinner sleepy happy to fancy dress chaos!
It was hilarious watching people doing their speeches while in fancy dress (my dad as a mexican cowboy!) Everyone had moustaches/wigs/hats etc on – carnage!

Then we headed down for dancing in the Moroccan tent - The tent was decorated beautifully. I had hired in Moroccan tables and lanterns which we hung off the trees so that when you walked down the steps it created a beautiful setting.
Brian, my husband and I did our first dance – a tango, like in the movie Scent of a Woman. A friend gave us lessons and it was a surprise for everyone..... including us as we didn’t think we’d pull it off – but we did! I’m not sure if it’s on video – I hope so!
We then had a Cuban band for two hours and they were great but perhaps if I was to do it again I’d go for Weighless Astronauts.....but then again it was all a Spanish/Mexican/Cuban theme so maybe it worked for that reason.....
Anyway.....then the DJ came one – he was AMAZING! Loved that part of the night..... inflatable guitars included!
We danced till 5am and then headed to the pool with bottles of cava.
A friend had bought me a bikini with Mrs Magee on the back which I wore for this....

We had a bbq the next day - really lovely - and probably more relaxing for me. I had my appetite back so that was good. A singsong followed - perfect! Different people sang, told funny stories.....really special and hilarious. I set up a vintage sweet stall so people tucked in to wham bars and quarter sweets....I had sweet bags and the old fashioned jars etc – this was a nod to my deceased grandparents who had a sweet shop in Dublin.

Instead of cutting the cake we bashed the piñata – the photos are pretty funny of that.....
We went to bed at 5am - another late night.

Things I would do differently.....I would not have used a wedding planner. Perhaps I was unlucky with the girl we had (http://www.m-moments.com/) but they really let me down on the day ....here’s a run down of what went wrong on our day. You’ll see it was all due to the wedding planner!
- she was so unbelievably unprofessional - she just wasn't visible on the
day.....
- she set the tables wrongly, made my sister cry and then came to me
to tell me about this ‘huge problem’ - which it turned out was a tiny
thing – we had to tell her to calm down/not to worry about it...... still can't get over that part!
- she didn't get the microphone to the best men so father of the groom speech was done without mic. As we had paid for the DJ to come early just so we'd have a mic, this was an unnecessary disappointment
- Through a miscommunication, the WP didn’t bring water to the church.....best men saved the day....
- my hair piece went missing. I really spent too much on it (ouch) but I
figured I'd always have it. It fell out dancing so I put it somewhere
safe.....and then the WP team cleared it away and now say they don't
know where it is.

I’m so disappointed with Moments. I tried to tell them how I felt but they were so rude to me.....dismissing my complaints - they actually made me cry :(
My husband tells me to forget it - but - I paid these guys to help me and in the end they were the ones who spoiled things. I worked so hard for the day. I honestly would have been better off without them involved. They were more trouble than help...

However, everyone says it was the best wedding ever etc etc
I think it was fabulous - I'm just a bit shell shocked by the WP!

What I loved was how everyone came together - singing at the wedding (and
sing song later), running around helping with the last minute details,
doing the flowers, shuttling people around. We could not have had our wonderful day without our family and friends helping us and giving us the day we wanted. Friends and family really
come together for a wedding. That's the stuff to remember - not the
pathetic WP or other little details (I’m kind of talking to myself now!) The issues on the day were only
noticed by me (and sis, mom as the WP involved all of us). Everyone
else had a ball. As I said to my sis, I would love to have been a
guest at my wedding!!! As time passes and I forget the feck ups the
WP made, I realise that it was magical. We were very lucky as well - Bombs went off the day before and the day after our wedding and it didn’t affect us. The weather broke the week after our big day. So many things could have gone wrong for us, we were very lucky.

Lessons learnt – things will go wrong but you have to focus on what goes right and remember why you’re there in the first place! The little details don’t matter.

At the end of it all, I married such a lovely person – in the sunshine of Spain, surrounded by friends and family in a bubble of love and good times. You can’t ask for more than that.

Un beso y buen suerte to all the future Mallorca brides!

Vendors & Venues Reviews

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M Moments
Soller 07100, Mallorca, Baleares
Coordinators/Planners

If doing it again I would not have used the same wedding planner - M - Moments. They really let me down on the day
....here’s a run down of what went wrong on our day. You’ll see it was
all due to the wedding planner!
- she was so unbelievably unprofessional - she just wasn't visible on the
day.....
- she set the tables wrongly, made my sister cry and then came to me
to tell me about this ‘huge problem’ - which it turned out was a tiny
thing – I had to tell her to calm down/not to worry about it......
still can't get over that part!
- she didn't get the microphone to the best men so father of the groom
speech was done without mic. As we had paid (wages and dinner) for the
DJ to come early just so we'd have a mic for the speeches, this was an unnecessary
disappointment
- Through a miscommunication, she didn’t bring water to the church.....
- my jewellery went missing. I really spent too much on it (ouch) but I
figured I'd always have it. It fell out dancing so I put it somewhere
safe.....and then the WP team cleared it away and now say they don't
know where it is.

I’m so disappointed with Moments. I tried to tell them how I felt but
they were so rude to me.....dismissing my complaints - they actually
made me cry whilst on honeymoon! :(
My husband tells me to forget it - but - I paid these guys to help me
and in the end they were the ones who spoiled things. I worked so hard
for the day. I honestly would have been better off without them
involved. They were more trouble than help... :(
Save yourself the heartache and don't book them for your wedding. At least then I'd know that someone was benefiting from my experience.


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178880 l
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beautiful finca. the staff were good but the management were a bit stiff and official. They didn't deal well with a small problem and this created issues.
however, the setting let's them get away with that....it's a spectacular place and the food was great.


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San Joan Baptista
deia, Balearic Islands
Ceremony Sites

Such a beautiful church - my favourite part of the day. The priest made the mass so special. My favourite bit was the church. The drive to the church was lovely - my brother drove myself and my dad in an open top mini we hired. Seeing the church at the top of the hill was fantastic – all the people we loved were waiting inside...including the man himself! What a warm feeling.....
As I approached the church tourists came to take pics (weird!).
Then the music played for the Bridesmaids: All
You Need is Love on trumpet and organ. Dad and I were dancing at the doorway! Then our turn came and I can honestly say the walk up the aisle was just the most amazing experience. It was like a glow of light and an aura of love surrounded us and all my friends. Amazing.....
I only met the priest at the top of the altar! He wasn't actually a priest - he is being ordained in October and ours was his first wedding!!! He was so nice and kind - before he was a priest he was the national coach to the spanish wrestling team!! a great character.
Two friends played guitar during the service. One played Tabhair Dom Do Lamh and the other sang I’ll Walk Beside You. We had friends read poetry and POTF. H2b and I also read a poem instead of the Prayer of the Newly Married Couple....
Sounds cheesy but it actually worked well....


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Port de Soller
Sóller, PM
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Soller
Sóller, PM
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Soller (Mallorca), Illes Balears
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