Max & Katie’s Wedding

July 2, 2016

 

Dear Family and Friends,

As you all know by now, we are getting married on July 2, 2016, in Seville, Spain. Since some of you are hoping to join the wedding celebration festivities, but are wondering about the details, we wanted to give you some information that may help you in organizing your trip.

Why Seville? 

Katie’s most friends and family are either in Panama or the US.  Max´s family is from Spain and France, and friends from around the globe as well.  No matter where we had a wedding more than half of the people celebrating with us were going to have to travel…  And while Seville is definitely a destination, it is not a “destination wedding” in the sense that Spain is where Max´s mother´s family is from, so there is a connection.  Additionally, Seville – and the larger Andalusia region as well – is simply beautiful and just seemed the logical place for us.  We think you will agree once you get there.

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Agenda

Friday, July 1. Welcome Cocktail - 21:30
We hope you will join us at Restaurante Abades Triana, located at Calle Betis 69, for a welcome cocktail and some appetizers along the Guadalquivir River. The event will take place on the Embarcadero Terrace.
Saturday July, 2. Religious Ceremony - 19:00
The religious ceremony will take place at San Esteban Church at 19:00.

The church dates back to the Reconquista of Seville in 1248 when it was built on an ancient mosque, rebuild in the XIV century following the 1326 earthquake, it is one of the oldest in Seville as its architectural style suggests.

Should you need a taxi to get there, call +34.954.621.461 / 953.920.117 / 954.622.222 or other numbers listed below in FAQ.

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Saturday July, 2. Cocktail and Dinner - 20:00
Following the ceremony, we will celebrate together at Casa de Pilatos, 20 metres from the Church.  Here´s a link to the Casa de Pilatos website in case you are interested in knowing more on the place.

http://en.fundacionmedinaceli.org/monumentos/pilatos/.

Hotels

To make your trip easier, we have arranged special rates in 3 hotels (breakfast not included). The locator for the reservation is “Boda Max y Katie”.

*Note also that you can find many small charming hotels in Seville downtown.

NH Plaza De Armas 4*

Double Room:

55 euros + 10% VAT

Web here

+34 954.90.19.92

Contact: Ana Gayoso

Gran Melia Colon 5*

Double Room:

160 euros + 10% VAT

Web here

+34 954.50.55.99

Contact: Miriam Urquiza

Sleepin Sevilla Apartments

Apartment:

65 euros + 10% VAT

Web here

+34 609.54.15.49

Contact: Isabel Gil Arévalo

Wedding List

The best gift is sharing this special day with us. There will be no registry, but if you would like to give a gift, please consider a contribution to a charity. Coming from the humanitarian world, we feel a contribution to an NGO on child protection in Panama would be a great gesture: Pro Niños Darien

 

Frequent Asked Questions

What to wear and what to expect for the wedding?

Seville in the summertime is hot, so be prepared.  That being said, Seville is fashion conscious and stylish so the wedding will be a suit-and-tie affair for men and cocktail-esque or even long dresses for women (Really, for the ladies, whatever suits your fancy).   Coat tails are the standard wedding attire witnesses and family or other gentlemen feeling adventurous, but definitely not compulsory. Chaqué rental details: (chaquesevilla/ruachaque/listaorganizacion and La Trajeria 95 427 99 00).

To avoid the hottest hours of the day the church ceremony will start at 19:00 and the garden reception, dinner and party immediately after.  The church is a block and a half from the venue, so you will be able to walk – even if in 4-inch heels.

 

Are there other wedding-related events to be aware of?

Since you have come so far we want to make sure to be able to spend time with all of you so will be organizing an informal cocktail (vino, beer and tapas) on Friday, July 1st to welcome everyone and say thanks for joining!  Dress attire for that is business/dressy casual (i.e summer cocktail dresses for women). The place is Restaurante Abades Triana, Calle Betis 69, at Terraza Embarcadero.

Telephone: +34 954 28 64 59 and web: http://www.abadestriana.com

How do I go from my hotel/apartment to the Church and the event?

Most hotels and apartments located in the historic center are a few minutes away, but in July in your high heels, you may want to call a taxi (see numbers below).

How do I get there?

We recommend flying into Madrid (MAD – Madrid Barajas International Airport) and then either (1) taking the high speed AVE-RENFE train from the Atocha Station, Madrid to Seville, Santa Justa Station. (http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/) or (2) flying from Madrid to Seville.

 

If you go for the train option, trains leave about every hour so while reserving is always the best guarantee (online reservation is possible, but no more than 60 days ahead!), you shouldn´t have too much trouble if you buy your ticket straight at the station.  The high-speed train takes about 2.5 hours, is comfortable, and also gives you a chance to see the country side buzz by.

 

The difference in price between the train and a domestic flight may depend on the deal you get, and the flight is easier logistically since you don´t have to leave the airport, but there isn´t as much time flexibility as with the trains.  Also, the train station leaves you almost at the gates of the historic part of town, whereas the airport is about a 20-30 minute cab ride from where you´ll be staying in Seville.

How do I get from the airport in Madrid to the train station?

You can take an inner-city train from the airport (Terminal T4) to Atocha, check the signs and ask an airport attendant to point you in the right direction. You can either show your Renfe ticket to not have to pay for the train, or buy an inexpensive commuter train ticket (just be sure to keep the stub since you´ll have to put it in the machine to exit at Atocha).  When you get to Atocha you´ll have to take the escalators all the way up to the top (you´ll understand what I mean when you get there) and find which platform you´ll be leaving from.

How do I get to the hotel from the train station in Seville: Grab a cab!

The train station is fairly close to the historic center where you will most likely be staying and the cab line is easily visible once you walk out the front entrance.

What is there to do in Seville?

Seville is a fantastic place to walk around, see some beautiful sights, eat and drink well, and just relax.  Below is a Top 10 list of things you definitely should not miss:

 

  1. Cathedral and La Giralda
  2. Reales Alcázares 
  3. Parque Maria Luisa and la Plaza de España
  4. La Juderia and Santa Cruz neighborhood
  5. Triana neighborhood
  6. Museo de Bellas Artes
  7. La Torre del Oro
  8. Metrosol Parasol Encarnación
  9. Stopping to enjoy a café, a vino and some tapas
  10. Walking around and simply enjoying the beautiful architecture and overall ambiance

And if you have more time: 85 things to do in Seville. (www.exploreseville.com/51things.htm)

Should I stay a few days to visit other places, what are some must-sees?

Seville is a fantastic place to walk around, see some beautiful sights, eat and drink well, and just relax.  Below is a Top 10 list of things you definitely should not miss:

 

  1. Cathedral and La Giralda
  2. Reales Alcázares 
  3. Parque Maria Luisa and la Plaza de España
  4. La Juderia and Santa Cruz neighborhood
  5. Triana neighborhood
  6. Museo de Bellas Artes
  7. La Torre del Oro
  8. Iglesia y Plaza del Salvador
  9. Stopping to enjoy a café, a vino and some tapas
  10. Walking around and simply enjoying the beautiful architecture and overall ambiance

And if you have more time: 85 things to do in Seville. (www.exploreseville.com/51things.htm)

Should I stay a few days to visit other places, what are some must-sees?

Again, so as to maximize time why not check out Andalusia?  It´s beautiful, full of history, and all places are within 2-3 hours of Seville so you´re not spending all of your time traveling from one place to another, but enjoying being somewhere amazing instead!

 

  • Granada:is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of AndalusiaSpain. Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and is home to the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Muslim historical legacy (Ál-Andalus) with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain. The Almohad influence on architecture is also preserved in the Granada neighborhood called the Albaicín with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco   It is absolutely breathtaking.  As July is high tourist time, if you want to avoid any potential problems with a visit and tour of the Alhambra be sure to make a reservation in advance.

 

  • Córdoba:is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was conquered by invading Islamic armies in the eighth century then became the capital of the Emirate and then Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula.  It has been estimated that in the 10th century Córdoba was the most populous city in the world, and under the rule of Caliph Al Hakam II it had also become a center for education under its Islamic rulers. Al Hakam II opened many libraries in addition to the many medical schools and universities which existed at this time. The historic centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the Cathedral-mosque, the Roman bridge the Jewish quarter, the synagogue and close to the city Medina Azahara, ruins from a former Caliphate capital, …

 

  • Jerez de la Frontera:is a Spanish city and municipality in the province of Cádiz in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in southwestern Spain, situated midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cádiz Mountains. Jerez de la Frontera is also, in terms of land area, the largest municipality in the province, and its sprawling outlying areas are a fertile zone for agriculture. There are also many cattle ranches and horse-breeding operations, as well as a world-renowned wine industry.  For a unique day in Jerez we recommend checking out the famous Andalusian dancing horses (realescuela.org/en/) and checking out a sherry tour either at Sandeman or Tío Pepe.  Just be sure to check in advance timing and availability of tickets.  If you go to the horse show, the Sandeman tour is right around the corner and they coordinate timing for after the show..

 

 

 

  • Madrid.You´re flying in and out of there anyway, so consider taking advantage and spending a day or two in Spain´s capital!  Check out the Prado or the Museo Reina Victoria, see some Picassos and other works of art you should know about, have a coffee in a café in the Plaza Mayor, see the botanical Museum and just enjoy meandering around.
What other things should I take into account?

Other logistical tid-bits:

  • Be sure you have an adapter/converter.Spain´s voltage is 220V (50 Hz).
  • Se habla español.In the airport, train station, hotels and most tourist places obviously English will be an option (with varying degrees of fluency…), but just remember not everyone on the street will be fluent in English.
  • Siestatime!  Not only shops are closed but heat is quite strong between 14 and 17:00. That being said, lunch is always an option at that time, as is partaking in a nap yourself to reenergize for the afternoon/evening.
  • Evening tapas.Due to the brilliance of the siesta, things kick back into gear a little later in Seville, to include normal dinner time, which will be no earlier than around 21:00.  Also, rather than full sit down dinners smaller portions (tapas) are quite common.  Take advantage of tons of tiny little plates to sample as much as possible of the local cuisine.
  • Taxis are available at 34.954.621.461 / 953.920.117 / 954.622.222 / 954.580.000 / 954.571.111. For the most intrepid, bike is an excellent option to circulate in Seville (outside hot hours) with the free city bike system (sevici).

 

If need some more details and information before figuring that out, please feel free to email us and we will be more than happy to answer your questions!

Contact Us

Max Bonnel

 

maxbonnel@hotmail.com

+57 (313)422 1834

Katie Mcaleer

 

katiemcaleer@hotmail.com

+507 6674 4740