When thinking about a wedding, any bride’s checklist will no doubt include: perfect partner, check. Perfect wedding venue, check. Perfect dress, flowers, decorations, check, check, check! Perfect celebrant or ceremony leader, check?
While many people do ask the right questions, some simply don’t consider their choice of celebrant. We, in the Anglican Church on Mallorca, consider this role to be one of the most important decisions to ensure your ceremony reflects your character and personality and the sense of occasion that you wish for, on such a big day. Following are some common myths about using an Anglican (Church of England) priest to lead your Mallorca wedding ceremony.
Myth 1 – You cannot get married in one of the beautiful Catholic Churches in Mallorca without one of you being Catholic.
Fact – The Anglican English Speaking Church in Mallorca (The Church of England in Europe) has special arrangements with many of the Catholic Churches. Your service can be tailored to your needs and carried out in the Church of your choice. Have a look at popular churches in Portals Nous; Deia; Valldemossa and La Victoria near Alcudia.
Myth 2: If you are not religious you cannot or should not have a priest to lead the ceremony
Fact – There are many interpretations of religious and many people feel this may be important, while others feel it is not for them or not particularly vital. Our priests are trained to listen first and foremost. Marriage is a big commitment and talking the ceremony through and discussing your needs may well reveal where you are in terms of religion. Our priests have over 60 years of experience between them in helping couples to devise the perfect ceremony for you. Many of these weddings have been traditional church ceremonies; whilst others have created services that have less overt references to religion or none at all. The vicars are happy to work with you as a couple to make the ceremony yours.
Myth 3: If we use the Anglican Church priests for our ceremony, we will have to stick with the traditional wedding service used in the Church of England.
Fact – Our priests realize that this is your day, your memories that you are creating, and your commitment. They are experienced in leading all types of public ceremonies and they will be able to help you to create the service or wedding ceremony that is personal to you, to include family and friends where you want to, and to create a ceremony that appeals to all who attend. Some couples love the traditional service; others will enjoy discussing alternatives with the priest.
Myth 4: If we do want a priest to lead the ceremony, we have to find a Church to get married in.
Fact – Our priests enjoy the wonderful task of conducting ceremonies in all types of venues. Mallorca has stunning beach locations, restaurants nestled in the mountains, cliff-top pagodas, intimate or grand fincas, villas and luxury hotels. Some of the more popular wedding venues in Mallorca are listed below.
Myth 5: Using a priest for our wedding in Mallorca runs the risk of them trying to convert us or our guests.
Fact – The Anglican Church offers first and foremost a professional, experienced service. Our priests are hospitable, flexible and will offer depth and spirituality to your ceremony. They will not try to convert those who come with no belief or different beliefs. They will see your marriage as an important, profound ceremony. Our priests are immersed in a daily, disciplined spiritual life and they will bring themselves to your ceremony as they are. This does not distract from their professionalism but enhances their willingness to help and support you to prepare and enjoy probably the most important moment of your life together so far.
Mallorca is a beautiful Island, has great weather and such a variety of beautiful venues. Mallorca will sell itself, but do not risk leaving the choice of celebrant until the last minute. A well planned and led ceremony will leave you and all your guests with the wonderful memories you deserve.
Popular Wedding Venues for a Destination Wedding in Mallorca
As we discussed above, these are some options for beautiful wedding venues in Mallorca.
A romantic boutique hotel, set on a hilltop with views across to the Monastery, Palma Bay, and the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains. The hotel is also home to a renowned fine-dining restaurant and a blissful onsite spa and wellness center.
Cala D’Or Yacht Club
A picturesque setting on the edge of the stunning Cala d’Or Marina. The yacht club has a range of venue options, from scenic terraces, indoor event rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a wedding gazebo with stunning marina views. They also have an onsite wedding planner to help plan your dream wedding day.
Hotel Miramar at Puerto Pollenca
A beautiful hotel located in the center of Port de Pollenca with panoramic views over one of the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean. The Hotel Miramar specializes in small weddings and has an onsite events manager to help create a personalized celebration just for you.
Son Vida Hotel, Palma
A sophisticated five-star hotel surrounded by three golf courses with panoramic views towards the bay of Palma. The Son Vida Hotel is the perfect location for a luxury wedding in Mallorca. Their dedicated team of Marriott Certified Wedding Planners is qualified to coordinate weddings of all types, including ethnic and military weddings
About the Author – The Anglican Church on Mallorca
The Anglican Church on Mallorca can help you to create the perfect wedding day. Timing is crucial, so contact us early to see what dates are available before you finalize your day and time and venue. If, after discussion you realize that you would prefer a lay celebrant, then we know very good celebrants on the island and can make introductions, depending on the type of ceremony you are looking for.
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