Getting Married in Ibiza??

Lesley&Grant_COLOR_SMALL-517 Today being Valentines day! No better day to talk about Weddings!!! Well why wouldn’t I get married in Ibiza, I do live here so my opinion may be biased, but what a stunning island to get married on, with so many amazing locations. Ibiza being a small Island at 571 km 2, almost six times smaller than Majorca! Now there is a fact! Being a small island it doesn’t affect how much choice is on offer to find your Perfect wedding venue. From beach coves, beautiful hotels, rural locations, stunning villas and Sunset views plus lots of hidden treasures.

As a hairdresser on the island I have been lucky enough to be part of ladies big days, by being their hair stylist for the day. Taking me to too many different areas on the island .What I didn’t realise is a lot of these brides where actually already legally married (through the U.K). Most couples just go to the registry office in their home City or Town with their choice of guests and witnesses, saving the main celebrations and parties for their big day on the island. One bride of mine did say that they exchanged rings during the service but took them off afterwards so that for them it didn’t feel real. You then have a blessing here in Ibiza which everyone treats as their REAL wedding ceremony and wedding! This side of the legalities is normally unknown to the guests and they treat the big day in Ibiza as the official day. This works well as you can do all the legal formalities yourself in the UK in your own language. This is because you can not marry on location here legally. I have since come to realise this is the same all over Europe apart from Cyprus..

When I set upon my own journey this was something that quite concerned me. As for me personally I only want to say my vows once, now this is when I began to look into a church wedding. I always thought I wanted to get married on a beach or villa but once I began to look at some churches in Ibiza I was took back by their beauty! I went to a mass one Sunday morning at the San Jose church and it was so beautiful I quickly changed my mind and decided on a church wedding. Marrying in a church of course makes the marriage legal. Here are the three I looked into as they are close to the afterwards celebrations. From left to right, San Augustin, Es Cubells and San Jose Church. However there are many church’s all over the island for you to choose from.

 

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The Catholic church requires for at least one of you to be Catholic to marry. The service is either a full mass or half mass. My Fiance is the Catholic so we are able to undertake this journey. Helping us along the way and doing all the paper work is Sam & Johnny @ www.weddingceremoniesibiza.com. I first met the couple last summer with my mum & step father. We met in San Carlos and Sam took us through all the paper work, she then took us into San Carlos church and sang ‘Songbird’ the Fleetwood Mac version and can I just say WOW! She brought tears to all our eyes! Sam gives you everything and all the information you need to legally marry here including the completion of a marriage course in the UK. Now as me and my fiance are not in the UK together much we are doing ours on-line which is a great idea, so keep this in mind. Plus you need to get permission off your catholic priest, who will deal with all the paper work in the UK, while Sam deals with all the paper work in Ibiza. Once all is in place plus the other relevant paper work including Birth certificate’s and Baptism certificate’s It can all go ahead, if the church here has the date available that is!

Hope this may have helped you in some way as when I got engaged even after living here for a few years and with experience through my profession of meeting numerous brides I still didn’t realise the complications involved. Now I do I am happy to share it,as a problem shared is a problem solved! Good luck to all you future brides and if you need a hair stylist for your big day please feel free to contact me!

Ibiza really is a stunning island with a lot of love to give to the people who choose to marry here. I don’t believe there is anywhere else in the world I would like to begin my married life!

Happy valentines day x

Kellie – Mrs Tulip to be!! xxx

www.stylistichairibiza.com

Photgraphy of bride Ana Lui @ www.analui.com

Living in Ibiza and having The Salon in the UK.

I first came to Ibiza at a very young age with my parents, it held of lot of lovely memories for me, so when I met my future husband to be and he told me he was born here in Ibiza, you can imagine my excitement! Jose was living in the UK at the time, he had since the age of 3 , he had made the decision to move back to the island to work with his father , who is Ibizican.

So my adventure begun, I visited Jose over a period of two years, in the second year visiting twice a month when possible, you just couldn’t keep me away! Obviously for two reasons Jose & Ibiza 🙂 Then finally the decision was made for me to make the move to the white isle. Having opened my own Salon, ‘The Salon’ in the UK in 2007 I had worked really hard to establish the business and it was becoming a success , so when I made the decision to move to Ibiza I had also decided to keep the business on!

Having come from a family of hairdressers it’s not only a passion of mine its in my blood. I honestly think I was put on this planet to do this! As my job is also my hobby, my love and my passion. So The Salon means a lot to me, a lot of blood sweat and tears have gone into it! I decided when moving to Ibiza that I would commute back for the last 9 days of every month to do my existing and regular client’s. This worked fantastic as I had clients booking their appointments for the year in advance . This also works well for me as we all know Ibiza is a seasonal Island. I have to add I couldn’t do it without my mum who is the nail technician at The Salon, the rest of the team and of course my long-standing clients in the UK.

 

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But I also knew I needed work for when I was in Ibiza I looked into a few respectable salons at the time on the island but decided with going back and forth I wouldn’t be able to commit to them and when I do something I want to give it my all. So then came Stylistic Hair Ibiza , I decided on the name due to the island always being right on trend every summer! As Stylistic Hair I am lucky enough to work alongside the best concierge on the island as well as other companys . Its been quite different for me as I have always been a salon stylist , where now Stylistic Hair I am freelance, but what an island to be freelance on, I can honestly say I have been to places I never knew existed this island has so many hidden treasures! So it’s worked for me , again I have to thank my clients here in Ibiza for being patience when I leave for work at The Salon in the UK.

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I do believe you can create anything within you! I have created a life I didn’t know existed! Plus now we are planning our wedding here! I feel lucky and blessed. I do however enjoy going back to the UK regulary to see all my family, friends also now my friends baby’s!

People often ask when will I just settle in one place but if something works then why change it, that day will come when I become a mummy but for now I am just enjoying the ride!

But I am happy to say Ibiza is now the place I call Home!

Kellie X

www.stylistichairibiza.com