Portugal offers many things to its visitors: beautiful views, rural charm, wine routes, road trips, incredible surfing, sandy beaches, natural parks, luxury hotels and, of course, incredible destination wedding spots.
There is something in this Southern European country for everyone. Whether your preferred wedding style is a rustic boho-chic affair in the hills, or an intimate wedding on a secluded beach, Portugal awaits. And if this is not enough to persuade you, then here are 7 reasons to have a destination wedding in Portugal:
1. For the weather
The problem with weddings in the UK is that you can NEVER predict what our glorious British weather is likely to do. This means that couples rarely plan an alfresco reception at home, and opt instead for an indoor set up with a drinks reception outside if they are lucky.
That is why you should travel to Europe, and specifically, Portugal, which borders Spain on the Iberian Peninsular. It may be the other side of the Atlantic, but its weather does not disappoint, and despite some low temperatures in Winter, Portugal generally has year-round sunshine. For example, the weather in the Algarve is both warm and breezy, which allows for sunny vows and a cooler evening, perfect for dancing the night away. The Algarve actually has the most hours of sun a day in the whole of Europe – with the most popular wedding months being from March all the way to October.
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To make the most of Portugal’s glorious weather, have your wedding planned to perfection by experts. Lisbon Wedding Planner combines exceptional wedding venues with excellent services. They aim to create outstanding destination weddings in Portugal by providing an essential list of contacts, professional knowledge of all the legal wedding procedures required to get married in Portugal, and a mix of professionals fluent in both Portuguese and English. When you plan your wedding with Lisbon Wedding Planner, you need not worry about details being lost in translation. In short, Lisbon Wedding Planner will organise your wedding however you want it, and wherever you want it along the Lisbon Coast.
The Sonho A Dois team are passionate about their region and always feel very proud to welcome couples who have chosen it to celebrate such a special moment in their lives.
Sonho A Dois means “a dream shared by two people” and it came to life in June 2005 as a company dedicated to romance. Now, it benefits from a wealth of experience, professionalism and dedication – the perfect recipe for your destination wedding planners.
2. For the food
The Portuguese LOVE their food and drink, which bodes well when it comes to catering for your wedding guests. You will be able to find a delicious menu and talented chefs wherever you choose to host your wedding, and typical Portuguese celebrations include seasonal ingredients, fresh seafood, and spicy meats.
Just imagine a beautiful destination wedding in Lisbon, combined with a sumptuous and authentic menu prepared just for you and your guests. Menus tend to focus on traditional Portuguese cuisine and all their dishes have a beautiful homemade quality to them. An example of some main dishes include tender fillet of cod on a bed of broccoli, or veal with a creamy wild mushroom sauce, and just wait until you taste their desserts.
3. For the variety
As we have said, there is something in Portugal to suit all wedding styles. For an urban, glamorous affair, there is Lisbon or Porto, both with stunning architecture and authentic cobbled streets. Meanwhile there is the Duoro River vineyards for a rustic-chic wedding style, the Algarve for a Mediterranean influenced beach event, or one or Portugal’s paradisiacal islands, Madeira or the Azores. Overall, Portugal boasts over 850 km of beaches!
If you long for a vintage style wedding, you must check out The Quinta – My Vintage Wedding in Portugal. It is the first wedding venue with a genuine vintage charm in Portugal. Located in the Sintra Mountains, The Quinta boasts 500 years of rich Portuguese history and culture. Sintra is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the world thanks to its royal retreats, castles, and UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Not only is The Quinta absolutely stunning, but it also comes with a team of wedding designers and wedding planners to have at your disposal throughout the planning of your wedding and the actual day. Wedding venue, planner and designer – sorted!
For a garden wedding on the outskirts of Lisbon, which has the benefits of a city airport and possible excursions for you guests, as well as a serene countryside location, look no further than Quinta Fonte de Aranha.
A farm venue with a capacity for up to 250 people and an outdoor space perfect for civil ceremonies and beautiful photos, Quinta Fonte de Aranha also has a dedicated wedding planning team, Premium Eventos. This team will ensure that every detail of your wedding is taken care off with impeccable efficiency and professionalism.
4. For the culture
Portugal is packed with culture for you and your guests to experience and admire. Much of its architecture, especially in its charming cities, dates back to 1500s – 1800s. In fact, is one of the oldest states in Europe, as its territory has been invaded and settled since prehistoric times.
The culture of the Portuguese people is centred around the family, so it is the perfect place to celebrate the union of two families and two lovers with a wedding. The Portuguese just LOVE weddings, so you can be sure that yours will be taken seriously by every supplier and service involved.
A venue rich with Portuguese history and culture is Quinta do Torneiro, an incredible venue for weddings and events in Lisbon, Portugal. Despite its city location, the impressive estate is surrounded by vast grounds including a beautiful French garden and a 17th century chapel.
Quinta do Torneiro is a family owned and operated business that is devoted to satisfying their customers by providing quality service. They are a friendly, helpful, supportive team that wants nothing more than to see you experience your dream wedding.
A palatial building with both an exquisite interior and exterior, Quinta do Torneiro is the ideal venue to host your dream wedding in Portugal whilst enjoying both the glamorous city and the gorgeous countryside.
One wedding planning team that has a real passion for Portugal’s rich culture, is Wedwings. They excel in planning weddings across this diverse landscape, from Douro Region to Algarve, as well as the Azores and Madeira Islands. This team want to show you how easy it is to fall in love with the country and some of its hidden pearls, giving you a truly local experience. Think centuries-old buildings steeped in history, local gastronomy and of course the true Portuguese sense of hospitality and community will welcome you with open arms.
5. For an elegant and sophisticated wedding style
The Portuguese, with their predominantly Roman Catholic or Cristian religions, are an incredibly romantic and traditional population. This means that their customs and style of wedding celebrations are beautifully traditional, oozing timeless elegance and sophistication. Any wedding planner you meet will add this touch to your fairy-tale wedding day.
It is always advisable, with a destination wedding, to hire a wedding planner who is local to the area. This way they can reflect the best bits of Portugal and its culture in your event, and will always carry with them a strong network of quality suppliers and services in your chosen location.
Mary Me Eventos does exactly this, and more. Specialised in destination weddings all over Portugal, this wedding planning team put the elegant and the sophisticated in all events and weddings, still working flexibly to achieve each and every couple’s personal style. Winners of Zankyou International Wedding Awards, you can trust them with every single detail, from design to logistics. All you will have to do is turn up and enjoy the day!
Alternatively, you could have an incredibly luxurious and fairy-tale style wedding in Lisbon or the surround areas, with the help of The Wedding Wonderland planning team. They take care of everything efficiently and responsibly, from invitations, photography, wardrobe, flowers and everything else you need. Their attention to detail is second to none, with a really creative eye for design. Your guests will be incredibly impressed not only with the magical destination, but the sophistication and elegance behind every detail of your special day.
6. For the perfect atmosphere
Your love story should be told in a magical place! So, you should plan your wedding at Quinta do Pé da Serra in Colares! Here, you can be sure to have the best day of your life – the experts of the renowned Portuguese wedding venue will support you with every detail of your dream wedding and offer you one of the most amazing locations in the whole country close to the sea!
7. For the memories
One of the most important parts of an incredible destination wedding are the memories – after getting married in a special country like Portugal you surely wish to have a wonderful wedding album! The perfect wedding photographers to help you with that are Lidesvideo, a photo and cinematography studio based in Leiria. These photography experts work in Sevilla and London as well and have more than 20 years of experience filming wedding videos. As a team they will support you throughout the day and capture the most exciting moments of your celebration through different techniques and perspectives. Let’s have a look:
So what are you waiting for? There are numerous reasons to get married in sunny Portugal, but the most important is that it is a romantic and beautiful place in which to start the next chapter of your love story.