After our well rested summer holidays of 2013, we started taking our wedding preparations seriously. To start with, we decided that we wanted our wedding to occur during the day. Generally, most couples in Spain celebrate their marriage ceremony late evening and have a reception dinner. However, we wanted a reception lunch and be done by midnight latest. No, I am not Cinderella. LOL.
We pre booked our town hall city palace, since we wanted a civil ceremony. It was reserved for the last Sunday of September so that my husband by then would have finished his Masters program. Following that, we started the hunt for venues that would suit our requirements.
I already fell in love with Gran Hotel La Florida through my beauty therapist who had her wedding reception there a year or so before, she had a small wedding of only sixteen guests thereabout, and she would not stop saying how well everything went while she massaged my hand as the finishing touch of my manicure. One thing I love about this hotel is its views of Barcelona from the uphill where it is located. We love heights and views. I called and book an appointment. Upon our arrival, a valet asked for our car key to park our (old) car for us. Old, that is, if you compare it with the ones parked in front of the hotel. We were very well received. They invited us to have some drink, we did not decline. I asked for a glass of Martini Bianco with ice and lemon. My husband had a glass of beer as usual, while we waited.
At the end of the meeting, we liked everything about the hotel, the attention given and so on and so forth. However, the cost did not fit into our budget. We had to let it go.
Since we are interested in views, we visited Restaurante La Venta up the hill as well. The room where one could have a good view of the city only admits 20 people or so whereas our initial plan was to invite at least 50 guests more or less.
We went for Mirabé, the meal was too scanty.
We also visited Hotel W-Barcelona we weren’t impressed. Too crowded.
The heights and view were proving impossible, so we decided to do sea-side.
Then Hotel Bel Air, perhaps 2o mins out of town. The surroundings and the wedding meal did not appeal to us. Moreover its sea side is open to the public.
Next Hotel AC Gava Mar, its surroundings we somewhat found unattractive. The reception room was sort of claustrophobic.
Lastly, H10 Hotels Marina, click here to visit their wedding website. They were professional, the hotel has a wedding planner who knows his job. Our reception would take place in their basement with a skylight, very well illuminated and a fountain. We love daylight and water. They even invited us to witness a wedding, they were very well organised and their meals were yummy. They also showed us the junior suit were we would spend the night, and they would as well invite us to the hotel spa.
We thought about it and pre booked them as well. We also decided that we did not want a professional wedding photographer, no professional DJ, no professional make-up and hair artist. I would just be wearing a simple white dress, no official wedding invitation. I told my husband there was no need buying a suit he should just hire one. What for? it is simply going to be a family lunch together. Anyway, that was what we thought we wanted until our wedding planning took a different direction.