Known to many as an 18-30 destination, the Spanish isle of Ibiza isn’t a first choice to get married. But with rustic charm, great weather and charming venues – there are few places that could top it
A wedding in Ibiza sounds tacky as hell.
We were nervous about telling our friends and family our decision because it sounds like a potential 18-30 disaster. However, after a couple of questions like "are you getting married on the dance floor at Space?" we found people started to take us seriously.
We’ve been going to Ibiza as a couple for the 10 years we’ve known each other, initially drawn by the clubs, but gradually discovering the other side of the island, which is incredibly beautiful, and sadly often missed by tourists.
Our decision to get married in Ibiza was brought on by soaring wedding costs in the UK and not wanting the competition with our friends over whose stately home was better. Once we decided on the island, the rest was easy.
The most important part of the wedding was getting all of our friends together in one villa for a party for the week. We agreed this would be the best place for the wedding reception as well. We found our villa called Casa Sol in Ibiza from www.Holiday-Rentals.co.uk. With 10 bedrooms and two pools, a DJ booth and outside bar, and situated on the coast just south of San Antonio in a very remote, quiet spot near to Cala Bassa Beach, we couldn’t have found a better place.
Our caterers were fabulous as well. www.eatibiza.com was our starting point and we met Vickki and Alex, the owners, a year or so before the wedding when we visited Ibiza. We didn’t want a formal silver service meal for our wedding reception (which they also offer and it does look great) so we went with their BBQ option which included a whole range of grilled meats and sides, home made sauces, plus an aperitif of pomegranate Cava and canapés, with fudge brownies and strawberries to finish. Simple but a huge success all round.
Whatever some of our guests may have thought previously about Ibiza we know they’ll have to agree – the wedding was one hell of a party. We had a beautiful ceremony in San Rafael church in the middle of the island, then ferried back to the villa via Cala Bassa beach for pictures with our photographer, Gypsy Westwood.
After a Spanish guitarist during dinner our DJ arrived at 10pm – the biggest bonus being that his housemates who arrived to pick him up turned out to be fire dancers and gave us a great show out on the villa terrace. Volleyball in the pool from 2am till dawn gives you a good idea of how the rest of the night went.
Leaving the villa and wedding reception aside, if you want to celebrate your hen party or honeymoon in Ibiza then it’s the perfect place as well. For the hen party we went to Agroturismo Atzaro - an idyllic spa/hotel/restaurant up in the north of the island. After that we moved on for dinner and drinks til late at the now famous Thai-inspired Bambuddha Grove.
After a night at the opening party of Pure Pacha with most of our wedding guests, we managed to escape for a few days’ honeymoon. We headed back up to Atzaro and opted to eat in the restaurant and have a few spa treatments to make the most of the place and they certainly made the spa worth its reputation. After that we moved on to a small finca near Ibiza Town called La Colina – family-owned, rustic, great pool and just eight rooms for complete seclusion.
So you’re still thinking about a wedding in Ibiza? Now I look back, I can’t imagine why we ever thought about getting married anywhere else.