Church Weddings in Spain
The two most popular churches used by guests staying at Sunset Beach Club are the Spanish churches of “Inmaculada Concepcion” and “Virgen del Carmen” which both offer wedding services in English and are just a few minutes from the hotel.
Virgen del Carmen
The Virgen del Carmen church is located in Benalmadena’s bustling Bonanza Square. Bonanza square is one of the most touristic parts of Benalmadena and does not have such a traditional appearance, but don’t let this steer you away from the charm of this more modern church and it's beautiful and traditional interior.
The parish priest speaks English and is very flexible about doing English speaking weddings. The priest is away in August so is not taking bookings during the month of August. Weddings in July and August are no earlier than 18:00hrs. The ceremony is without communion as per Spanish tradition and takes around 35/40 minutes.
Virgen Inmaculada Concepción
Inmaculada Concepción Church is situated in Arroyo de la Miel. The Church is white washed and has a traditional feel. The priest is the same here. The Parish priest does not do the weddings, but there is an Irish priest attached the church. The ceremony here would normally be with communion and takes around 1 ¼ hours. The ceremonies are at 13:00hrs, 16:00hrs and 17:00hrs. In line with Irish tradition the Father Daly does expect an invitation to the meal. If you choose the 17:00hrs slot then the first dance would be around 23:00hrs. The Parish priest does prefer to meet couples when you come out the taster meal as he likes to know who is getting married in his church. He keeps Saturdays for Spanish couples and the church is closed on Mondays.
Santo Domingo, Benalmadena Pueblo
The Parish Priest from Arroyo is now also the Parish priest at Santo Domingo. As with Arroyo de la Miel it is the Irish Priest, father Daly who would do the ceremonies with communion and taking around 1 ¼ hours. In this church Father Emilio, the parish priest has to go to Santo Domingo to open the church so he has said that he will only do weddings during Spanish hours which would be 12 noon or after 17:00hrs. As with Arroyo, the 17:00hrs slot gives a first dance at 23:00hrs. The Parish priest does prefer to meet couples when you come out the taster meal as he likes to know who is getting married in his church. He keeps Saturdays for Spanish couples and the church is closed on Mondays.
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción
This church was built in the upper part of the town on top of the ruins of the castle. One of the towers (the square one) of the castle was incorporates into the church as the bell tower. Seating can accommodate up to 200 people, but such is the intimacy of the church that 50 people are lost in there. The beautiful gardens and fountains surrounding the church and the magnificent views across the coast make this a perfect wedding location all round.
Mijas is a small “pueblo blanco”, a whitewashed village with cobbled streets lined with geraniums and nestled in the mountainside overlooking Costa del Sol with stunning panoramic views down to the sea all around it. It is a very clean and pretty place which the locals are incredibly proud of welcoming visitors to, and they love a good wedding! The journey time from Benalmadena is approx 20 minutes.
Iglesia de la Virgen de la PeñaHidden away in a corner of the village, overlooking the wonderful valley leading to the coast, is the hermitage of the "Virgen de la Peña". It is built into a rocky outcrop by Mercedarian monks in 1520 and inside is the image of the "Virgen de la Peña", the patron Saint of the village. In 1656 work started on the sanctuary cave, which is nowadats always decorated with flowers and pictures as offerings. It is a perfect spot for small, intimate weddings, with seating for around 20 people inside and makes for beautiful photos with the dramatic scenery and surrounding whitewashed village.
Iglesia de San SebastianThe Hermitage of San Sebastian was built at the end of the 17th century. The main chapel is square and is topped with a semisperical vault and has many plaster decorations. There is a camarin with sculpture of San Sebastian arrived at the hermitage, as well as the sculpture of San Jose with the child Jesus. This church is located in the busy centre of the village and can seat up to 40 people.
Iglesia Cristo Resucitado
Cristo Resucitado is on the Torremolinos/Benalmadena border. It is a very traditional and quaint chapel. The priest there speaks good English and can usually do weddings at any time on any day, but prefers late afternoon in the Summer (after 17h).
Information and schedules are for guideline purposes only, as they are subject to change without notice by Third Party providers. Please contact your wedding planner to book your Wedding Ceremony
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