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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Love Padlocks in Spain

Attaching a padlock to a bridge and throwing the key into the river is seen as a symbol of enduring love and this rather romantic idea of love padlocks, otherwise known as love locks, is proving a popular craze in most cities across Europe after the publication of the 2007 cult best-seller Ho Voglia De Te (I Want You) which saw a young couple attach a padlock to the city's Milvian Bridge and throw away the key into the river, as a sign of their love.  

This trend has spread, but not of course without controversy. 

Whilst it is a lovely romantic idea, it does appear sadly that in some cities it has caused problems with the weight of thousands of padlocks threatening structures and historical monuments, the Rialto bridge in Italy is one such structure that has suffered, I guess due to it´s already popular romantic setting. 

The not so romantic authorities of many cities have been apparently dismantling the padlocks with cutters, but in Moscow they have built metal trees instead on Luzhkov Bridge, giving a designated area for friends and lovers to express their love and affection.

Wouldn´t it be fabulous to have these in Marbella!

I was quite intrigued by this idea though and found out there is a bridge in most of the Spanish cities where this latest craze has developed including Malaga and Sevilla and even now in Madrid.

Perhaps Spain should now build some romantic structures to attract what I think is rather a romantic idea but in the meantime this could be perhaps bought into your wedding day either in the ceremony, stationery or even in the props.

I do love an inspiration so thought I would share this with you!


Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

I had seen this padlock practice somewhere before, but couldn't remember the city or country. So romantic (but apparently problematic, too) that it's spread through Europe! You're right, would be lovely concept to incorporate into a wedding. :-)

Anita Mac said...

I saw the love locks in Prague - such a beautiful and romantic act. Love the love lock tree. It would be a beautiful part of the wedding to add the love locks to the ceremony. With so many gorgeous custom locks out there - I can see it as a beautiful memento for the special day.

Anonymous said...

A new ¨Love Lock¨ has been seen on the historic city wall of Vitoria-Gasteiz, also known as the capital of the Basque Country located in Northern Spain.The wall is known as ¨La Muralla¨ and was founded in the early XI century. This couple has chosen the ideal spot, considering that the wall has stood the test of time, without a doubt, representing their love in present time.