“Just prior to the ceremony I couldn’t find the mother of the groom. We delayed the wedding whilst searching for her, but she was nowhere to be found. We eventually located her, patiently waiting at the bar in a completely different venue, at a completely different wedding, wondering why she didn’t recognise any of the other guests.”
Name: Edyta Kroliczek
Place of birth: Andrychow, Poland
Do: Wedding & Event Manager
What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a couple getting married here?
I’ve planned so many weddings in Ibiza that I don’t find any request to be strange. I think the more colourful asks are part of what makes my job interesting. I like that couples enjoy expressing themselves on their big day. I once planned a cabaret-themed wedding for a comedian and the event was filled with variety-shows, entertainment and unusual, romantic decorations. But perhaps most entertaining was that just prior to the ceremony I couldn’t find the mother of the groom. We delayed the wedding whilst searching for her, but she was nowhere to be found. We eventually located her, patiently waiting at the bar in a completely different venue, at a completely different wedding, wondering why she didn’t recognise any of the other guests. I think she took the comedy theme too seriously (Laughs).
When did you know you wanted to plan weddings in Ibiza?
When I was young I dreamed about living on a Mediterranean island, but I never thought I would plan weddings in a beautiful place like Ibiza. I had a passion for events but I also other ideas for life, so it was never set in concrete. Believe it or not I had no intention of coming to Ibiza. When I was at University I had arranged a summer of work in Cyprus and in the middle of booking my flight my inbox pinged with an unexpected job offer in Ibiza. I remember thinking “Okay, that’s sounds more fun, I’m going to Ibiza” and I made the decision to come here in that very moment.
Tell us every job you’ve had since coming to Ibiza
(Laughs) My first summer here I was a sports entertainer in a hotel. Then I had a complete culture shock when I returned to University for an internship at the European Parliament, planning the diary of a Polish MEP. My second season I worked as a waitress (good tips!) after which I went home to complete my Masters degree. I spent further summers as a receptionist in a boutique hotel; in real estate as a property manager; in a catering company doing sales, events, social media and then I also became their wedding planner. I think all of this experience really set me up for the ever-changing wedding world.
Tell us something about you some people might consider weird.
I use vinegar with essential oils instead of softener on my laundry because it’s eco-friendly. Is that weird? (Laughs)
Somewhere you always pass by and mean to go but haven’t yet got around to yet?
Many times I’ve flown over the Pyrenees yet I’ve never been. It’s on the list.
“I think small islands generally have a life and culture of their own.”
What do you miss about Poland?
The beautiful nature, especially the mountains and forests. Also some of our traditional foods, like Polish dumplings, fermented cucumbers and beetroot borscht.
Has your dancing improved since you moved here?
(Laughs) I hope so! During my first season I performed on stage in many shows, so that was my warm-up for future seasons on the dancefloor.
Have you got into the local food & liquor?
Yes, I really like the local restaurants and chiringuitos. I love paella, seafood, seasonal veggies & fruits. A meal accompanied with Spanish wine followed by hierbas is a must-do here. I always make a list for my friends of where to go and what to eat & drink here.
In what ways do you think Ibiza is more sophisticated than other places you’ve lived?
I think small islands generally have a life and culture of their own. In Ibiza there is a stark contrast between the crazy-busy summers and quiet winters. The island embraces it’s multiculturalism, which I like. But the most special thing for me is that you can see wealthy and not-so-wealthy people in the same room having a really good time together. The spiritual, open-minded and hippie island-spirit makes this place special and gives you a lot of freedom to be who you really are.
How would you describe your style?
I think it’s a mixture of casual, bohemian and feminine. I can mix it up in Ibiza, so I don’t have one specific style I’m loyal to. One of the many things I love about living here.