Over the years we have had quite some request to have a wedding taken place here at El Guarda. Most of them we had to turn down because they were too big for our small place. True, the patio could host several hundreds of guests for drinks and may be half of those for a dinner. But we felt we were not equipped for it as parties like these require more than just space, for example toilet and kitchen facilities. One other important factor is that – when we expand in a certain way – we always ask ourselves “why did we enter in this type of business in the first place, and does this move fit in to that?”. Well, we started El Guarda as we wanted to provide hospitality related activities and be doing so being able to get in touch with interesting people from all over the place. This means a small scale, so that we have enough time to really “get to know” most of our guests. Hundreds of strangers running around here don’t fit in that idea. Furthermore they would not be our guests, but those of the happy couple. We would just provide the accommodation in exchange for some money.
So when we were asked by the Belgian couple Tine and François if they could organise their small wedding here, we felt that if it was small enough, we somehow could still be ‘part of it’ and interact in a – be it more distant – way with the people.So we agreed and last weekend we had our first wedding here. Everybody was happy and excited about the venue, making us proud, of course.
Yes, it was a lot of planning organising and letting go (to caterers and wedding planners). Yes, our normally homely kitchen became a professional food processing unit and yes there were many people on our turf that we didn’t know nor interacted with.However, being able to provide and create a place where the happy couple chose to spend one of the most important days of their lives gave us a new type satisfaction and pride.
And now? Well, the next reservation to host a wedding has been made for next years. A Scottish one this time. So on the To Do list are now: get a kilt; start shaving my legs; throw away my underwear and begin drinking whisky.