When spring arrives not so much in a flurry of blossom as an avalanche of snow and all thoughts of standing in your wedding finery beneath a warm sun and blue sky are abandoned to visions of guests trying to smile for the camera through clenched teeth and goose pimples, it’s natural to consider shifting the venue to somewhere tropical. And Tenerife fits the bill beautifully.
Much closer than the Caribbean, there are cheap flights available on a daily basis from across the UK so that friends and family can afford to join you on your special day. With sunshine, blue skies and bare-arms warmth pretty much guaranteed, Tenerife is a very attractive option for a dream, tropical wedding.
Throw into the mix a variety of stunning backdrops, from golden beaches and flowery gazebos by the poolside to dramatic coastlines and tropical gardens, and your wedding photos can be as glamorous as any in the pages of glossy magazines. What’s more, plan to arrive a few days before the ceremony and you can trade that deprived-of-sunlight look for a sun kissed glow.
But legally tying the knot in Tenerife is not the most straightforward of processes, particularly if neither of you are resident. A Catholic ceremony will be legally binding but requires enough paper work to destroy a small forest, can take up to six months to process and can cost a tidy sum. Civil weddings between non-residents are not legally binding. Most people choosing to marry in Tenerife will wisely opt for the services of a wedding planner to do the paper trail for them and you’ll find a selection of planners if you search on Google.
An easier and popular option for many people is to hold a quiet civil ceremony in the UK and then to hold a ceremony or blessing on Tenerife so that you get your tropical wedding but without all the hassle. The wedding day itself will set you back considerably less than its UK equivalent, particularly when you consider it’s the honeymoon too. Again, a wedding planner is a useful person to have on the ground to arrange photographer, flowers, hairdresser, wedding cake and all those other details for you.
You’ll find lots of venues right across the island in which to celebrate your special day. Many hotels specialise in weddings including the lovely Costa Adeje Gran Hotel in Costa Adeje and the popular Arona Gran Hotel in Los Cristianos; the classy setting of traditional Canarian with contemporary chic of Hotel San Roque in Garachico; the fabulously kitsch Mare Nostrum Resort in Playa de Las Américas or the fantasy village of Bahia Del Duque in El Duque; the luxurious Hotel Botánico in Puerto de la Cruz and equally luxurious Roca Nivaria in Playa Paraiso and the über opulent Abama Hotel in Playa San Juan.
For something a little different, you can also opt to get married on a luxury yacht, in private gardens such as the Franchy Gardens in La Orotava or in the pretty model village of Pueblo Chico in Puerto de la Cruz.
Wedding cake photo by Shelley Panzarella
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