I was in Madrid this weekend playing at a wedding. Spanish weddings normally start a lot later than English weddings, presumably because of the heat. This particular wedding ceremony started at 19:00 and was open-air. The weather was amazing and the venue was great too. The venue is called Finca Molino del manto and is in a town called Chinchón, about 20km from Madrid City.
The Bride chose my arrangement of What A Feeling for her aisle walk and my arrangement of The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba for the Bride and Groom Recessional. There were also various other musical excerpts...
...The Bride booked me after hearing me accompanying the famous Spanish Comedian Maru Candel in at a show in Madrid. She is a friend of Maru's and a professional dancer herself, having recently finished a tour with the Michael Jackson musical Thriller. Maru sang a song during the ceremony and the singer from the Thriller tour sang a beautiful version of Speechless and another song called Burn For You which I hadn't heard of before the wedding. It's by an Australian singer wh had a lot of success in the 80s.
During the meal I discovered a Spanish tradition at weddings whereby the guests start to chant "que se bese, que se bese!" - "we want to see a kiss!" this happened at several points during the wedding breakfast started randomly by different tables. The guests keep chanting until the Bride and Groom kiss (which is followed by a round of applause).
The wedding reminded me of when I lived in Madrid studying flamenco guitar, especially when I was told that there were buses laid on to take guests back to the City Centre... at 3am, 4am and 5am!!!