Earn your stripes: The beauty of parallel lines

Black and white – direct opposites but forever linked together. The light and the dark, a perfect metaphor for life itself. Or, just a stylish, glamorous and simple colour scheme for a wedding.

Black and white wedding

The beauty of black and white is that they can be teamed with more or less any other colour.

Pink

Black and white wedding

Yellow

Black and white wedding

Red

Black and white wedding

There’s something about the contrast of the two arranged in parallel lines that’s elegant and sleek, drawing the eye along its length.

Black and white wedding

Use striped fabric on tables

Black and white wedding

As ribbons

Black and white wedding

As a backdrop

Black and white wedding

As cushions

Black and white wedding

And design your colour scheme around it.

Black and white wedding

Here at The Wedding Portugal, we love to dress our weddings in this classic colour scheme. It works well in almost every single venue, allowing the use of colour to add definition to your special day. We love it so much, we’ve even based our website around the theme.

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Do me a favour?

Wedding favours should never be expected by guests (after all, your hosts are paying for you to eat and drink all day in beautiful surroundings) but providing those you love enough to invite with a little gift is a classy way to say ‘thanks for coming’.

Wedding favours don’t have to be huge or expensive, with even little, well thought out favours having a big impact.

Here’s a run through of some of our favourite favours for the perfect Portuguese wedding. Some of these have special relevance to this beautiful country, reflecting a national icon, tradition of style. Others are just lovely touches.

Love in a glass – a special home made jam, chutney or sweet using Portugal’s incredible natural produce. Or whatever you want to out in really.

Portuguese wedding favours

Personalised biscuit with Portuguese tile design. Everyone loves Portuguese tiles.

Portuguese wedding favours

Cookies with names and wedding dates inscribed

Portuguese wedding favours

Handmade notebooks with Portuguese tile design. What did we say about tiles?

Portuguese wedding favours

Portuguese flor de sal (one of our favourites) with a meesage attached as an ode to the saltwater – perfect for seaside weddings on Portugal’s beautiful coastline

Portuguese wedding favours

A typical Portuguese favour is a lenços dos namorados – a typical embroidery from the north that girls would give to their loved ones

Portuguese wedding favours

A CD of music including the couples favourite songs

Portuguese wedding favours

The classic sardine – in chocolate form. Or you could go for the real ones too. But they’re harder to nible on after dinner.

Portuguese wedding favours

So, there you have some wedding favour ideas, including some Portuguese favourites. What better way to say a little thank you to your guests for being such a big part of your special day?

The Great Jazz Age wedding

Debate rages (well, at least in some circles) about whether the ‘Great American Novel’ has been written or remains to be committed to print. However, if there’s a leading contender for this prestigious prize, it must surely be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

The Great Jazz Age wedding

This tale of ambition, unrequited love, decadence and despair is set against the stylish backdrop of the Jazz Age. A cautinaory tale about the futility of the American Dream.

The Great Jazz Age wedding

Cocktail parties, late night extravagances and boat houses form an aesthetic that’s as important to the novel as any of the characters.

The Great Jazz Age wedding

It’s also the inspiration for incredibly stylish weddings. Feathers, art deco stylings, impeccable bobs, flappers – it’s a timeless look that’s as elegant and classy now as it was then.

The Great Jazz Age wedding

The Great Jazz Age wedding

 

 

And here in Portugal, we’ve got the destinations to match. Gothic mansions overlooking the ocean, beachside palaces, and vintage cocktail lounges all fit seamlessly with The Great Gatsby look.

The Great Jazz Age wedding

Have a look at our selection of venues and start planning your Roaring Twenties-style extravaganza. Give your guests a chance to dress up and dance the night away.

The Great Jazz Age wedding

Why you should get naked at your wedding

Ok, now we’ve lured you in with our lurid headline (sorry about that, but you have to do what you can in business these days) we can admit that we don’t mean you should get naked at your wedding. Unless you want to that is. We’re completely cool with that. Honest. But what we’re really talking about is naked cakes.

Naked cakes – top wedding trend for fall 2015

This has been one of the surprise trends for weddings in 2015, and here at The Wedding Portugal, we love it. Looking at these pictures, it’s easy to see why.

Naked cakes – top wedding trend for fall 2015

Naked cakes – top wedding trend for fall 2015

The traditional wedding cake is usually a rich, marzipan or heavily iced affair. It sits on the table looking pretty but a little dull, and when it’s eventually cut into pieces, they weigh as much as a house brick. People fold pieces up in napkins and forget about them.

Naked cakes – top wedding trend for fall 2015

Not so with naked cakes. These cakes are lightweight, elegant, delicious, versatile and will almost certainly get devoured.

Naked cakes – top wedding trend for fall 2015

 

After all, when so much effort has gone into lovingly creating a gorgeous sponge or cake mix, why cover it all with sickly icing? These slimline (in every sense of the word) and simple cakes have proved to be incredibly popular at our wedding events.

Naked cakes – top wedding trend for fall 2015

They work really well in winter and fall weddings, and offer great opportunities for decorations with natural colours and flowers.

Naked cakes – top wedding trend for fall 2015

So, how about getting naked at your wedding now? Tempted? We know we are. naked cake 10

Fall into your perfect wedding

Whoever said that weddings have to be summer events? Sure, there’s a better chance of the sun shining (especially here in Portugal where it is more or less guaranteed) but summer weddings can also have their drawbacks. After all the last thing you need when you’re wearing formal clothes is baking hot sunshine. Which is why a fall/autumn wedding offers something a little different.

Fall into your perfect wedding: The Wedding Portugal

The fall colour palette is warm and sumptuous, with rich browns and reds adding warmth to your decorations and dressing.

Fall into your perfect wedding: The Wedding Portugal

In Portugal, the fall is still warm enough, sunny enough and dry enough for outdoor weddings where you can really bring the best of nature to your table.

Fall into your perfect wedding: The Wedding Portugal

Fall into your perfect wedding: The Wedding Portugal

Our Portuguese wedding venues, including olive groves in full fruit, woodland settings, elegant courtyards and more look stunning in their autumnal glory. It’s harvest time and you really know about it.

Fall into your perfect wedding: The Wedding Portugal

Fall is the time of ripe summer fruits, changing leaves, of grapes and wine, and the last chance to enjoy the great outdoors before winter claims it. So why not celebrate this wonderful time of year with a sophisticated fall wedding?

Fall into your perfect wedding: The Wedding Portugal

Fall into your perfect wedding: The Wedding Portugal

Keep summer for holidays and sun tans, and enjoy our stunning fall Portuguese wedding venues at this special time of year.

Fall into your perfect wedding: The Wedding Portugal