About Getting Married in Mallorca
Mallorca is a picture-postcard destination wedding location. Whether you prefer to celebrate your magical day on an idyllic beach, in a lavish villa, a rustic finca or a luxury hotel, this island has it all.
With brides and grooms travelling from far and wide, Mallorca has become well versed in hosting weddings and delivers to make dreams come true time and time again. You can have it all, from smaller intimate gatherings to traditional weddings or dance-till-dawn parties.
From of coastal hotels, to mountain escapes and inland retreats, the island offers many different options to choose from. Picture getting married in a clifftop venue overlooking the sea? Or perhaps a rural vineyard estate might take your fancy? For a more private affair, you could hire a yacht to take you and your guests off into the sunset, the list of options in Mallorca is endless.
However, the logistics of organising a wedding can be stressful enough in your home country, never mind having to negotiate the rules and regulations of a foreign culture. Here we answer some of the most common questions relating to getting married in Mallorca.
Best time of the year to get married
The most popular time of year to get married in Mallorca is between April and October, especially June and September, so it's worth planning a year or more ahead if you're considering getting married in either of these two months. If you want to have an outdoor wedding in the peak summertime, we would also recommend a late-afternoon ceremony from 16:00 onwards, so that you and your guests are not outside in the heat of the day.
Wedding ceremonies for non-residents
If you aren't Catholic, hold another faith or no faith at all, then you'll have to get legally married in a registry office in your home country before or after the non-legal ceremony or blessing in Mallorca.
If you or your partner are Roman Catholic and looking to get married in a Catholic church, then this is permitted even if you're non-residents. You will need to start the process early at your local church, where they will help you with the paperwork. Some of the documents they need to send to the Spanish diocese are your passport or ID card, birth certificate, a certificate of your and your partner's single, divorced or widower status issued by your home parish, certificate of baptism and confirmation, your local parish church permission to get married abroad, and certificate of having completed the marriage preparation courses.
Religious leaders from home conducting ceremonies
It’s possible to have religious leaders from home conducting ceremonies, but only if you're having a religious blessing after the official legal wedding has been declared. This is often a good idea when the two of you have different religions.
Symbolic wedding ceremonies
In Spain, legal civil ceremonies must be performed indoors, but there are no restrictions regarding non-legal blessings which can be performed anywhere. You can either have the symbolic ceremony first and then return to your home country for the legal ceremony or, as most couples do, have the legal wedding first then to Mallorca for the blessing and wedding celebration.
Civil partnerships in Spain are fully legal and recognised around the world, although they are only available for those who have resided in the country for at least two years. You will need to register your marriage in the local registry office by presenting your passport or ID card, birth certificate, certificate of residence and a certificate of your and your partner's single, divorced or widower status. As of July 2005, same-sex couples can also get legally married in Spain.
In Palma, civil ceremonies are held at the City Council, also known as Cort and located inside a 17th-century Baroque palace, and in the 14th-century Bellver Castle which overlooks the Bay of Palma. There are no civil ceremonies in the city during the months of January, August and December.
Wedding venues & caterers
The island offers a huge choice of venues so you will surely find the ideal spot to hold the wedding of your dreams. Historic mansions, imposing castles and fortresses, luxury hotels, charming rural fincas and sophisticated beach clubs are all options to consider. They all have their own unique selling points, while the services that come along with each location vary; some even offer wedding planners and suppliers, whilst others let you take the lead on your special day.
There’s a long list of talented event caterers on the island who are experienced in both large and small scale events. Many venues work with their own catering companies but, if you are in a position to decide yourself, you will find you are spoilt for choice. Many of the island’s top restaurants have a side business as a catering service, be sure to keep these in mind too.
An event planner can take away the stress of organising your big day in a different country where geography, language and logistics can all get in the way. With their help, your dream wedding will run so smoothly you really will be able to relax and cherish every moment, safe in the knowledge that behind the scenes someone else has taken the stress out of putting together a flawless and memorable event
There is a range of multilingual wedding photographers on the island, so you can take your pick. We recommend you check out their work before hiring a photographer to see which of their style’s would suit you and your day the best.
If you haven’t found the dress of your dreams already, hit the shops in Palma. Rosa Clará on Avinguda Jaume III, Nuestras Novias on Carrer Paraires, and Pronovias in Plaça Major are three of the most popular places to go. There are also a number of boutique shops in the city centre, while a few leading designers sell their wedding dresses at the two large department stores of El Corte Inglés on Avinguda Jaume III and near Plaça d'Espanya.
Also see: Shopping in Mallorca
Location: Mallorca Island