Tag: Wedding Reception Music
Sam and Johnny Hocking from Wedding Ceremonies Ibiza are not only musicians who can perform during your Ibiza wedding ceremony and at your reception, they also assist UK couples who would like to marry in a church upon the island. A Catholic Church wedding ceremony is the legally binding way for UK couples to marry in Ibiza (one or both of the couple getting married, must already be baptised Catholic).
You Mean The World To Me caught up with Sam to get her top tips for choosing your big day music and to find out a little bit more about getting married in one of the beautiful churches on the magical White Isle.
Ibiza church weddings:
YMTWTM: What assistance do you offer to UK couples looking to marry in a church in Ibiza?
- Sam: “Firstly we provisionally book the date in our diary so that our services are guaranteed on that day. We then book the church on that day when we are allowed to by the parish priest. If the church does not have an English speaking priest then we engage the services of one for the day. Once the church is booked we will send a checklist for everything that the couples need to do their end and we take care of everything this end. No translating of documents is needed as I help with this as well! During the months leading up to the big day I will guide the couples on how to put together their order of service, helping them to choose readings, psalms and music. I arrange a meeting with the priest and rehearse the whole ceremony with the couple and their wedding party before the day. On the day, my husband and I make sure everything runs smoothly and we also supply the live music in the church. The priests prefer that recorded music is not used and we have been doing the music for wedding ceremonies for over 10 years now. After the wedding I will obtain an International Marriage Certificate from the local registry office and this will be sent on to the couples in the UK. This is very important as the marriage liscence that is signed in church stays in the church!”
YMTWTM: How long before the wedding date do couples need to contact you in order to make the church booking?
- Sam: “Most couples get in contact with me a year before to reserve the date with us. Each parish has its own rules about when they will take a booking. Some of the churches will only confirm six months before the date and others can be booked at the end of the summer (September/October). This rule applies to anyone wanting a church ceremony.”