Welcome to Sunshine Weddings Spain – leading wedding planners for the south of Spain and Mallorca. For over twenty years we have specialised in finding your perfect wedding venue, alongside planning every last detail of our couples’ special day. Our dedicated planners are always on-hand to guide, advise, support and help you make the most important day of their life truly unforgettable.
Organising a wedding is never easy, especially when choosing to marry abroad, which is why our bridal couples leave the tough stuff to us so they can focus on the parts that mean the most to them. Our job as wedding planners in Mallorca, Marbella and the Malaga region isn’t to take over your wedding ideas or make all the decisions; it’s simply to enhance your vision of the perfect destination wedding. We work together with couples to ensure that not only is planning their dream wedding in Spain easy…but it’s a lot of stress-free fun too!
At Sunshine Weddings Spain we manage wedding celebrations of all faiths – including spectacular Jewish and Hindu weddings stretching out over a number of days. We work with both Koshers and Halal suppliers, as well as partners who speak a number of languages. Our wedding partners provide the very best service in the area and are always sensitive to your requirements. Because we understand how difficult it is to manage a wedding budget, we are the only wedding planners in Spain who don’t accept payment until a week before the wedding. We know how eager you are to get started, which is why we don’t slow things down demanding down-payments and deposits. We appreciate that you have chosen to place your trust in us, which is why over the last twenty years we’ve placed our trust in our couples. So plan your big day now, and worry about payments later.
‘Why do I need a wedding planner?’ is a question we get asked a lot. Why, when we all have online access to suppliers and venues worldwide, is a wedding planner so important? Take a look at our short Q&A below and discover the advantages of having one of our team assist you with your destination wedding in locations including Malaga and Mallorca.
Plus, when you get in touch with us, you will receive a FREE Wedding Venue Guide full of fantastic locations for your big day.
Before moving to Spain in 1999, Scott was involved in over 400 events throughout Europe, Asia and Australia with Sunshine Events.
When Scott’s sister Lisa decided to marry in Spain in 2002 together they formed Sunshine Weddings Spain. From Scott’s experience in organizing Lisa’s wedding and the events he has worked on over the years he has a wealth of expertise and knowledge with the pressures that a wedding day can bring, and with his calm and approachable manner he is able to ensure each event is as perfect as the next.
Scott is renowned for putting his heart and soul into each and every wedding, not just the day, but the entire process from start to finish.
“I feel very lucky to be doing a job that I truly love; the attention to detail in each area of the planning process, and the quality that the Sunshine Weddings Spain team delivers to each Bride and Groom’s special event ensures everlasting memories for the whole bridal party. To be in involved in each wedding is an honour and I am proud to have put together such a great Sunshine Weddings Spain team! I look forward to creating many more Weddings in Spain in the years to come.”Scott Gibbons
Wedding Co-ordinator, Sunshine Weddings Spain
Raquel, who has lived in Marbella most of her life, became one of our lead wedding co-ordinators in 2016.
In the winter months she’s busy showing couples around the venues and assisting with food tastings and choosing suppliers, and during the wedding season it’s non-stop weddings.
Calm, knowledgeable and super friendly, Raquel is always on hand to turn your wedding dreams into a reality.
Getting to know Raquel
Sunshine Weddings Spain is a close-knit team with a shared love of weddings. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love to meet new people, the attention to detail I have to put into every wedding and the challenge of making sure that a couple’s big day is truly the best day of their lives!
We’ve worked on some really enjoyable weddings together. What has been your funniest moment?
Probably the time I had to conduct a groomsman meeting with a groom and his five ushers in the walk-in fridge because they were all dressed in 3 piece wool suits in 39C heat! Always think about your attire when marrying in the sunshine.
What makes you laugh?
I have a very British sense of humour so I would say comedies like Only Fools and Horses…and my cats!
What’s your favourite part of any wedding?
My thirty seconds chat with the bride just as she is about to walk down the aisle. And if the Dad cries, I always cry too.
I love to meet new people, the attention to detail I have to put into every wedding and the challenge of making sure that a couple’s big day is truly the best day of their lives!Raquel Bonnici
Wedding Co-ordinator - Region: Malaga-Mijas.
When she’s not busy making dreams become a reality, Cristina can be found sharing moments with family and friends in Malaga, the perfect place, according to her, to enjoy a quality lifestyle and life at its fullest. With an international education, Cristina’s trilingual, fluent in English, Spanish and German and has spent many years travelling far and wide, fitting in a MBM (Master of Business Management) in the process as well as heading her own retail company along the Costa del Sol for twenty years.
Versatile and naturally sociable, curious and adventurous, Cristina, with such a diverse and hardworking background has really found her feet with Sunshine Weddings as a lead wedding coordinator where she gets to meet different profiles of couples, and thrives off turning bridal couple’s dreams into reality.
Cristina makes you feel at ease from the word go, taking the pressure off you and aiding you every step of the way to make sure your wedding day is one that surpasses all expectations.
I’m proud to be a part of one of the most important days of people’s lives… I love the action and the buzz of a ‘live event’ all the more enjoyable knowing I’m surrounded and backed by big professionals who have been in the industry for over 20 years, being part of Sunshine Weddings’ journey is an amazing place to be.Cristina Aranda
Wedding Co-ordinator - Region: Almunecar-Malaga.
Carolyn Hasson, originally from Stirling, Scotland, worked in the travel industry for 15 years until her wanderlust took her to Nerja where it was love at first sight with the beautiful seaside town and the people, offering Carolyn and her family the perfect lifestyle they were seeking.
In the winter months Carolyn is busy showing couples around the venues on the East Coast of Malaga, where there is such a diversity of venues with the backdrop of the mountains and Mediterranean sea, and during the wedding season she is always on hand at each wedding, quietly in the background making sure everything runs to perfection.
More about Carolyn
Professionalism– The absolute best thing for me personally, as a wedding planner, is the gratitude I receive at every wedding at the end of the day, it means the world to me, and not only me but the whole Sunshine Weddings Team, that we have made a couples’ dream come true.
Hidden talent– I can balance a euro coin on the end of my nose!
Hobbies – During covid I found my love for golf! It’s something we do as a family and part of a social society group. I also run a weekly walking group for locals in and around Nerja and help raise funds for the local food bank in Nerja.
Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.Carolyn Hasson
Wedding Co-ordinator - Enquiry Team.
Meet Julie, an open book with a big heart!
Julie was born in Southampton in the South of England and by her own admission was a bit of a swat at school who then went onto college to do Business Studies. Her love for travelling took her to Spain as a Travel Rep for a well known UK Travel Company, during that first summer on the Costa del Sol, Julie met her husband and it was love at first sight and the perfect excuse to remain in the sunshine!
Let’s find out more about Julie…
You’ve supported Scott for almost a decade, taking bridal couples on the adventure of finding their ideal wedding venues, what do you most love about your job?
I have the best job in the world. It is so much fun to be out and about with couples from different walks of life, learn about them and what their vision is for their dream wedding. By the end of the venue tour, I often feel like I have spent the day chatting with friends and we end up talking about all sorts of things, not just the wedding.
Have you always wanted to work in the wedding industry?
If you had asked me years ago what a dream job would be, a Wedding Planner would definitely have been up there. I can’t believe that this year is my 10th Anniversary with Sunshine Weddings!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I live in a farmhouse in the middle of the countryside. So the house and garden take up a lot of time, but I love spending time with my husband and family and entertaining friends. We both love cooking and I also love baking when time allows. Oh, and walking my dogs along the river. I have always loved animals and we currently have 4 dogs, 2 cats and 5 chickens. That is it, though, and any more animals and my husband has said he is moving out.
I can honestly say that my wedding day was one of the best days of my life and I wish I could do it all over again (and yes, to the same man! LOL). I want every couple to have that experience. When I get a message from a couple after their wedding saying “Thank you, it was the best day of our lives”, it does make me feel emotional and happy to have been part of turning their dream into reality.Julie Elliott
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