Let there be light

Here at The Wedding Portugal, we plan and design weddings in all sorts of stunning Portuguese wedding venues – from small and intimate chapels to vast vineyards and castles. But there are a few constants in all our weddings, and one of them is definitely candles.

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

There is something about the flickering glow of candlelight that oozes charm, romance and atmosphere, showing off Portuguese wedding venues in their very best possible light (in every sense of the word).

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

From candles lining the aisle to table decorations, the humble candle is incredibly versatile.

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

Hanging candles, candles in glass vases, candles on the beach – who knew wax and string could have so many uses.

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

Candles are also a very green way of dressing Portuguese wedding venues. Made from natural materials, readily available and producing no nasty by-products, the candle is a natural way to light your venue that also happens to produce spectacular results.

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

Shed some light on your wedding with a beautiful candle display. Visit The Wedding Portugal to see how it’s done

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Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

You can’t have a wedding without wine (well, you could but your guests might not be best pleased), and here in Portugal we’ve got some of the best in the world.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

But what we’ve also got are plenty of beautiful and traditional wineries, where this delicious nectar has been made for centuries.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

From the enigmatic slopes of the Douro valley in the north, famous for its Port wine, to the rural idyll that is the vast and majestic Alentejo region, small wineries dot the countryside.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

So, why not choose a winery to be your dream Portuguese wedding venue? Set up the tables among the ancient oak barrels, and wine and dine in the place where the magic happens.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

And, of course, you won’t have any worries about what to serve. You’ll be able to give your guests some stunning Portuguese wine, right in the place where it was made. How’s about that for reducing your wedding’s carbon footprint?

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

We just love winery weddings. There’s something so magical about dining amongst the history and elegance of the wine barrels that makes these weddings so special.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

As far as wedding venues go, it’s a hard one to beat.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

Don’t tell the bride – Our wedding flower secret

Want to make a big impact with the flowers at your wedding but don’t quite have the budget to match? Well, because we’re feeling extra nice today, we’re going to let you in on a little secret.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

It’s hydrangeas.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

Ok, so that’s not exactly the world’s best kept secret. Most people are well aware of hydrangeas but we think they have incredible wedding potential. And here’s why…

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

These spherical flowers are durable, long lasting and come in a wide range of colours, from natural and neutral shades to bold and vibrant colours. So, whatever colour scheme you’re going for, you can find hydrangeas to match.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

Secondly, they grow everywhere here in Portugal, and they get BIG. So, that means they are in plentiful supply which both cuts down on costs and keeps things nice and green too.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

From centrepieces to bouquets, hydrangeas are big impact flowers. They don’t really do subtle but they do impact better than almost any other flower. Which is how you can create bold, impressive and eye catching wedding displays.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

Now you know our wedding flower secret, Just promise you won’t tell too many people.

Paper wedding – not just an anniversary anymore

Paper generally doesn’t featured heavily in wedding celebrations. Paper napkins, table clothes and even invitations are usually a big no-no in the wedding world. It just doesn’t scream class and quality – you might as well eat off paper plates. In fact, the only time paper should really feature is as the name of your first anniversary.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

However, since the Chanel 2011 all white spring show, things have changed and paper has increasingly become a big part of weddings. And we just love it here at The Wedding Portugal.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Karl Lagerfeld decorated that whole show with white paper flowers that looked simply stunning and since then we’ve noticed a big increase in this versatile material. You still won’t find any table clothes or napkins, but as part of the venue décor it makes perfect sense.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Paper flowers are less expensive than the real deal but still look stunning. And because they’re paper, they won’t wilt or dry out in the heat. Hang them from ceilings, cover the walls, dress the tables – there is no end of ways to use this flexible and colourful material to dress a venue.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Here in Portugal, paper is one of the country’s biggest exports, which means top quality paper is affordable and in great supply. There’s even a whole town, called Tomar, that decorates itself in paper flowers every four years, so we know a thing or two about it.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

So, why not consider paper flowers as an option for your Portuguese dream wedding?

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding