There are few things we love more here at Tailored Entertainment than a seaside wedding in the sun. And seaside wedding destinations don’t come much more picturesque and perfect than the sun-drenched island of Ibiza. So much more than just an 18-30 party destination, this beautiful island in the Balearics is one of Europe’s most popular locations for British couples booking a destination wedding. And it’s really not difficult to see why. Ibiza has everything you could want from an international wedding location – stunning scenery, a laid-back, easy-going dining culture, incredible food and wine, and of course, a thriving party scene.
Yet travel uncertainty as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has given many couples pause for thought. With Spain left off the ‘green list’ for foreign travel, you may feel it’s safer relocating that sunlit Ibiza wedding for a celebration back home, even if your date is a year or two into the future.
But whether you’re reconsidering an Ibiza destination wedding, or you’re just hankering for a taste of sun, sea, and sand after nearly two years of holidaying in the UK, there’s nothing stopping you from bringing a bit of Mediterranean island life to your summer wedding right here at home. And as the UK’s foremost supplier of wedding entertainment, we’re in a perfect position to help you do just that.
So, in this blog, we thought we’d assemble a bit of advice on how to nail that perfect Ibiza-style wedding, without having to get your whole wedding party on a plane or take your chances with foreign travel rules.
Let’s get cracking, shall we?
HOW TO CREATE AN IBIZA STYLE WEDDING IN THE UK – A TAILORED GUIDE
Get your location right.
Part of the great appeal behind an Ibiza wedding is the beach side location. And whilst there’s no recreating a Mediterranean beach resort here at home, the UK is still blessed with some absolutely jaw dropping coastal locations that can make for an incredible alternative.
For many years, seaside wedding venues in the UK were a bit of a mixed bag. The decline of the British seaside resort and – admittedly rather ironically – the appeal and accessibility of beach holidays in places like Ibiza meant UK seaside towns and their accompanying wedding venues suffered as a result. However, in recent years, all that has turned around. Investment in tourism infrastructure has taken place at coastal locations right across the country, and seaside wedding venues have come along with it. Far from struggling to find a suitable venue for your coastal wedding, you are truly spoiled for choice. We’ve written extensively in this blog on great seaside wedding venues, so there are loads to get your teeth into there. Here’s a couple of our favourites to get you started.
SANDY COVE, ILLFACOMBE, DEVON
The North Devon Coast contains some off the most jaw-dropping scenery this country has to offer. There’s lots of wedding venues littering its sandy shores, but few manage to be quite as impressive as Sandy Cove Hotel. This tastefully designed contemporary venue has a whole host of wedding day packages, all of which allow you and your guests to make the most of the impressive cliff-top location regardless of the time of year. If you’re after a beach wedding that’s chic, stylish and sumptuously beautiful – this is the spot for you.
THE ROSLIN BEACH HOTEL, SOUTHEND
In this blog, we’ve often mentioned how easy it is to get beach wedding venues wrong. Well, The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend is a perfect example of how to get a beach wedding exactly right. In fact, it’s possibly one of the best wedding venues in Essex. Suggested by Pulse, one of our Essex wedding bands, there’s so much to love about this beautiful boutique hotel and its wedding packages that it’s difficult to know where to start. First off, the venue itself is exquisite. Each of its ceremony and reception rooms boasts fine views across the Thames Estuary, making it a truly unique location to tie the knot. What’s more, their in-house wedding planning team is second to none, putting together pitch-perfect wedding packages that you’re sure to love.
Capture the laid-back vibe of an Ibiza wedding.
To really capture the essence of an Ibiza wedding, you need to transfer a bit of that laid-back island mentality into your wedding planning. The regimen of the standard UK wedding doesn’t quite fit with the relaxed, carefree attitude of the Balearic Islands. So rather than fighting against it, embrace the theme and allow you and your guests to kick back a little.
You can immediately set that island tone by going a little left afield with your outfit choices. For the bride, you could try something like the beautifully paired-back look of Charlie Brear’s Desert Dreamers Collection. This stunning new range offers a restrained take on the classic wedding gown without compromising on style and elegance – the perfect combination for a beautiful beachside wedding.
For the gents, you could try something light in tone and fabric, like this fabulous stone linen suit from Moss Bros. The white, open necked shirt completes a look that feels sharp and contemporary with an irresistibly laid-back, sun-soaked vibe.
Keep the relaxed theme rolling with your catering, too. You could bring a little bit of that Mediterranean feel to your wedding breakfast by opting for food that captures the essence of the Spanish way of life. Expert wedding caterers like The Paella Fella offer all-encompassing packages for every aspect of your day, including tapas-style canapes, sharing salads, and a huge paella for all your guests to get stuck into.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Spanish cooking whilst keeping that laid-back vibe, you could take a look at one of the newest trends in wedding catering – grazing platters. Companies like Graze & Glory will set up stunning grazing plates for you and your guests to enjoy. They really look the part, too!
Book a wedding band that transports you to Ibiza
Whilst we’ve mostly focused on the laid-back, sun-soaked essence of Ibiza life in this blog thus far, it wouldn’t be an Ibiza style wedding without a serious party. And every great wedding reception needs a seriously great live wedding band to keep the dancefloor packed from the first song to last orders.
But you’re not just resigned to a DJ if you’re looking to capture the essence of an Ibiza style wedding here at home. Dance anthem wedding bands are a pretty new addition to the wedding music scene, but they’re absolutely taking the market by storm right now. They bring all the energy of an Ibiza nightclub to your big night, and all of it is performed by a stunning live band. LFX is one of the best dance anthem bands in the country, with bookings that take them right across the world. Check out their promo to see why!
Don’t forget about the after party!
For it to be a true Ibiza party, you’ve got to make sure the good times keep rolling way into the early hours. And what better way to do that than with an Ibiza style wedding DJ of your very own? We at Tailored Entertainment represent some of the UK’s most popular professional wedding DJs, and our roster is brimming with exceptional DJ talent for you to choose from. But how about injecting a bit of live music into the mix, too?
DJ Live acts are another new addition to the wedding scene, combining pro DJs with scintillating live music add-ons to really make your night unforgettable. With options like saxophone, percussion, and even live vocalists on offer, one of these acts is sure to absolutely blow your guests away and keep them on the dancefloor until the sun is peaking over the horizon. Soho: DJ Live is one of our biggest DJ Live acts – a perfect way of bringing that sound and vibe of an Ibiza nightclub to your wedding reception.
So, there you have it! Your Ibiza style wedding night, right here in the UK, done and sorted. For more information or to hire one of the acts listed in this blog, pick up the phone and give us a call. We’d just love to hear from you.