Fashion grows married, unique buildings in Barcelona
Replace the altar, the plenary hall of a municipality or a farmhouse for jewels of the architectural heritage of Barcelona is an alternative that provide more and more couples wanting to celebrate yes I want in singular environments. Weddings spaces first division – the likes of Casa Batllo, Palau Requesens or Convalescència House, among others – does not seem to be exclusive to Mittal, the Indian family in December 2013 paid for that closed the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) where he was to hold a lavish wedding. Dedicated to event management businesses offer the most unique places in the Catalan capital to join some contracting parties that rather than overflowing love, must have deep pockets.
“Fashion goes back ten or fifteen years ago when wealthy couples riding weddings in special places. Over time, the trend has been extrapolated and now there are many other seeking to distance himself from the wedding of friends and family who have come and prioritize the stage: a palace or a museum rented by the hour, “explains Josep Carreras, owner and director of Catering Services Sensacions. The company specializes in celebrations of all kinds – not just weddings, also corporate events, private parties, etc. – Arranging up to sixty different locations in Barcelona, as stated in their website. Most are private, but in the extensive catalog there is also room for a few publicly owned.
Getting married in the MACBA
One of the public spaces that publicizes the caterer for the wedding is the MACBA. Gemma Romaguera, responsible for Space Management and Concessions museum explains that in recent years have held a couple of weddings petit committee in the Convent dels Angels. The space accommodates 180 people and reaches rent 6,500 euros per day. “Who can rent a space of this kind usually do weddings with many more guests than a hundred, so often not held by capacity issues,” he says.
One reason, of capacity, which would explain that of the 1,500 requests that the museum received last year for renting space, only 2% correspond to the holding of bonds. The other, that space is occupied 60% of the year with exhibitions and sometimes the decision of the couple is incompatible with the activity of cultural facilities. “We receive requests from individuals who want to marry and ask for the MACBA. For us, weddings and other celebrations are extra income, but can not interfere in the calendar of the museum. Links often are incompatible with the space due to its characteristics, “he says.
Singular, but with limitations
The number of weddings organized in this museum is anecdotal when compared with those made in other private spaces are also offered for it. Sternalia is another company that organizes events in three places as emblematic as the Monastery of Poblet, the Observatori Fabra and Palau Requesens. Although his goal is not weddings, in the latter each year an average of six or seven, some issues, such as the two that have managed set in the Middle Ages are mounted. The limitation mark the economic capacity of the contracting parties, unlike other places such as Observatori Fabra, where other restrictions also exist.
In the case of astronomical equipment at the foot of Tibidabo, the leisure activity from June to October focuses on ‘Els sopars amb estrelles’ impossible can be held marriages in that period, which coincides, indeed with high wedding season in question. Another handicap is dancing after the banquet, which can not be performed at the Observatory, as happens to the enclosure Convalescència House Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Although sometimes, that impediment is not an obstacle for the couple. According to sources of equipment, which depends on the Foundation of the UAB, have organized a few ceremonies in the Aula Magna, “most emblematic place.” Rent costs 1,022 euros excluding VAT.
“In the end, as in a conventional wedding, the total cost varies depending on the number of guests,” says César Blasco, commercial director of Sternalia. “We mounted weddings to 60 euros per guest and others, however, they not exceed 14 people, have left more than 200, “he adds. The client of this type of celebrations generally meets two premises: it is financially solvent and seeks a different wedding.
Couples “do not look for a hotel like the W or Arts, because in America have to choose, say those responsible for Sternalia. If expressly traveling to Barcelona with the whole family to marry want to do it in a special enclave, “Blasco said. According to him, it is common also find future marriages of diverse backgrounds seeking a “neutral” to get married and “Barcelona is a good destination”. Although insists its purpose is not to position “as a company that organizes weddings,” he acknowledges regularly receiving requests for budget treats in special places, which shows that there is demand. “Couples take precedence space and away from the typical wedding.”