Hola friends! We may be in the time of Covid-19 but that’s not going to stop me from daydreaming about gorgeous wedding details. In fact, a little bit of escapism may be exactly what we need right now! So if you’re planning your wedding and you love beautiful, romantic, European style details, settle in and enjoy this one… I hope it gives you some great ideas.
Maybe you & your fiance bonded over your shared love of Spanish food, music and culture – or you’ve spent time travelling in Madrid, Barcelona, or Andalusia. Perhaps you’re celebrating your cultural heritage and family lineage that hails from Spain, or even Portugal.
(Fun fact: I am half Portuguese and have visited the country with family a few times over the years. This may explain my fondness for painted tiles and vinho verde…)
Whatever your personal connections are, a Mediterranean-style Spanish inspired theme is perfect for a romantic, elegant wedding day celebration. The Spanish look is a versatile one, too—the textures and colors can be soft and romantic, or bold and vibrant.
Read on for my tips for how to style all the details for your Spanish style wedding:
1. Set the tone with pretty paper goods.
Remember, your Save the Dates and Invitations are the first thing your guests will see related to your big day, so make them count! Our Spanish Tile Invitation suite, available in a brightly hued color theme or a more muted romantic palette, is a great option. For Gabby & Alejandro’s wedding (below), we created a custom version of our Abstract Dot Invitation, paired with Spanish inspired Day-of details, like the seating chart cards shown below. We created hand-painted watercolor tile artwork for this fun and colorful display.
Above from left to right: Bougainvillea and cacti decorates the tables at Gabby and Alejandro’s Spanish themed wedding; customized invitations inspired by our Abstract Dot design; their Spanish tile-inspired seating chart; Gabby’s romantically detailed dress and bold blooms. Planning by Wild Sky Events; photography by Sophie Epton; Florals by Bristol Lane; Stationery & Signage by Fine Day Press
2. Go Old-World Romantic with your bridal look.
When dress shopping, look for beading, embroidery and embellishments to add an old world European flair to your wedding style. Loose locks, a soft updo, or a half up half down look would be in sync with the Spanish vibe; incorporating flowers into your ‘do is another way to bring the magic. Simply ask your floral team to bring a few extra blooms that match your decor, and have your hairstylist weave them into your hair, or use them to create a flower crown.
Clockwise, from top left: Cake via Southern California Bride; Bright Spanish Tile Invitation by Fine Day Press; Romantic couple via Open the Door Events; Ceramic Tile table number via Southern California Bride
3. Incorporate festive, whimsical florals to tie it all together.
Bougainvillea is the signature Mediterranean bloom — I’ll never forget seeing walls covered with this vibrant fuschia vine during my trip to the historic town of Obidos in Portugal. This leafy bloom ranges in tone from light peachy pinks to hot pink to red, and its elegant shape lends well to both bouquets and tabletop arrangements. Plus, it plays well with poppies, dahlias and ranunculus in softer tones.
4. Bring a Mediterranean inspired experience with your ceremony and reception details.
Ask your caterer to include some spanish style food choices like grilled octopus or paella, and feature a temperanillo or rioja on your wine list. Consider a live Spanish guitarist for cocktail hour entertainment or to accompany you down the aisle for a special touch. We did this at our destination wedding in Puerto Rico and it was an incredibly memorable moment! For your tabletop decor, you can include details like terracotta dishes, copper cafe chairs, and vintage glassware in warm tones. Lastly, I love the idea of adding Spanish tile-inspired decoration to your wedding cake for the final, fun touch!