To find out exactly why Portugal is one of the best places for a destination wedding, we spoke to Cláudia Gameiro, wedding planner at the Villa Sao Paulo who talked us through the many reasons why more and more couples are choosing Portugal for their destination wedding.
One of the things that will grab your attention the most is the wonderful climate in Portugal, with more than 3000 hours of sun per year! If you put this fact together with the spectacular views over the Atlantic coast, and one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, this really does make this an idyllic setting looking out across the sea, that will result in the most magical wedding photography session.
There are many plus points: “the natural sunlight here is perfect for photographs, and where there is sun there is happiness” says Cláudia, and who doesn’t want a happy ceremony?! They also have many options for your ceremony and reception: the beach could be a perfect scene or in one of their many indoor or outdoor spaces with spectacular views out to the ocean, the good weather here will certainly tempt you into something wonderful!
Beyond the advantages of good weather, there are financial benefits too. Portugal as a country, continues to have a cheaper way of life compared to the UK, and due to many low cost flights arriving in Portugal from the UK every day, it’ll be easy for your family and friends to enjoy your wedding and a little holiday for themselves without breaking the bank. Cláudia also adds that: “Portugal is a perfect central meeting point, whether you’re travelling from the USA, Europe, Africa or from the Middle East“.
When we speak of Portugal, we also speak of its facilities and advantages. Portuguese law permits civil ceremonies for same sex couples without too many barriers unlike some other European countries. Also, in Portugal it’s possible to celebrate your civil ceremony in the same venue as your reception.
Portugal is also proud to be one of the best countries when it comes to gastronomy, with its wonderful Mediterranean diet and its excellent variety of seafood. Here, it’s also quite standard to include an open bar at weddings, where there are no limits to the amount of drinks consumed during the wedding reception. We love that!
One of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan areas loved by tourists when they visit Portugal is the Estoril Coast. It ticks all the boxes and Cláudia spoke to us about one of the most sought out wedding venues in the area: Villa Sao Paulo – Wedding Villa.
Villa Sao Paulo is an historical palace situated on a cliff top with the most marvellous views out onto the Atlantic Ocean, the most incredible setting for your ceremony or reception, with the most spectacular sea views which can be shared with your loved ones. This wedding villa really is the perfect setting to celebrate your wedding and to enjoy a break in the sun with your guests.
The villa has 14 rooms for a maximum of 36 guests. This is definitely one of the advantages, allowing your guests to enjoy your party and then retire to their nearby rooms once their feet are too tired to dance anymore! Their receptions can hold up to 100 seated guests or with the addition of the exterior room for 150 guests, ideal for a more intimate celebration.
For the reception, the couple and their guests can enjoy a 5 course menu, followed by the wedding cake and an open bar, a standard package offered by the villa making it easy and more economical for the couple.
Outdoors, the Villa Sao Paulo has a large and beautifully maintained garden with a pool, private park and a terrace with panoramic sea views, perfect for a wedding photography session. The Villa Sao Paulo also has direct access to the beach and incredible views at sunset, allowing you to take the most unforgettable photos right by the sea until the sun disappears.
As well as hosting wonderful events, the villa is also available for holiday breaks in Portugal or for your dream honeymoon allowing you to enjoy this country’s great weather and delicious food with the airport only 30 minutes away.
The Villa Sao Paulo is perfect for those couples that are looking for the ideal destination wedding venue and location to share with their closest family and friends, as you can easily combine your event and accommodation in the one place. The villa also boasts a high level of service and packages that can be easily adjusted to meet the needs and budget of each couple.
Cláudia Gameiro is responsible for the team of wedding planners that will take care of all the details for your wedding. Professionalism, refinement, design and elegance are just a few of the things that describe the work carried out by the team for your big day.
Anything you’re looking for to make your wedding a dream come true can be found in Portugal. You don’t need to worry about a thing, you can leave everything in the very capable hands of your wedding planner that will be able to advise and guide you on how to create the perfect wedding. The Villa Sao Paulo adapts to all styles of weddings, from vintage to contemporary, and even helping to create themed weddings such as “beach”, “travel”, “halloween”, etc.
Still not convinced? Here are our reasons why you should choose The Villa Sao Paulo:
It has unique views over the ocean, it has direct access to the beach, it’s the perfect setting for spectacular wedding photographs, you can have your friends and family staying all under the same roof, it has high quality food service including an open bar, they will adapt to any style of wedding, they have their own wedding planners, they have designers that will help to style and decorate your settings… you’ll be near everything you could possibly need!
Want some reasons why we think you should choose Portugal for your destination wedding?
The great weather that is maintained throughout the year, cheaper way of life than the UK, reasonable prices for flights and accommodation, delicious food in their Mediterranean diet, marvellous views out across the Atlantic Ocean, simple laws for all types of weddings, most Portuguese people in the travel/tourism/wedding sector speak English (and other languages) and are known for their warmth and hospitality. In Portugal you can find everything you need and more for your special day!
We’ve given you our top reasons why we think you should choose the Villa Sao Paulo on the Portuguese Estoril Coast for your wedding… so what are you waiting for?!