Papa’s got a brand new (wedding) bag

Now, obviously, your wedding day should be all about you and your soon-to-be other half but it’s only fair that you spare a little though for all of your lovely guests. They’ve travelled all this way to see you look fabulous so the least you can do is give them a little reward for their efforts. That’s why wedding gift bags and baskets are such a good idea.

Gift ideas for wedding bags

Seeing as you’re going to be pretty busy preparing to astonish them with your radiance and natural beauty, you might not get to see any one until after the ceremony. So a little trinket or two to occupy them until you blow their minds might not be a bad idea.

Gift ideas for wedding bags

The other great thing about wedding bags and baskets is that you can put more or less anything in them. But it’s a nice idea to start off with a little note welcoming them to the big day.

Gift ideas for wedding bags

From there, it’s all up to you. It could be a boozy treat to loosen them up before the show starts.

Gift ideas for wedding bags

Gift ideas for wedding bags

Or perhaps some little nibbles.

Gift ideas for wedding bags

Since you’re in Portugal, why not a typically Portuguese treat – like a hand painted tile or some fancy sardines (but then again you might not want all guests smelling of fish so chocolate ones might be better).

Gift ideas for wedding bags

Gift ideas for wedding bags

A map or some useful info about the venue and destination always comes in handy too.

Gift ideas for wedding bags

Basically, everyone loves free stuff, so be a bit creative and give your guests some lovely little presents. It’s a great way to start the day and get them in the mood.

Gift ideas for wedding bags

And something to help them recover the next day is always appreciated.

Gift ideas for wedding bags

It ain’t easy being green. Or is it?

We have to take our responsibility to the planet seriously these days, even if it is our wedding day. That’s why we are seeing more and more couples asking us to plan low impact weddings that don’t damage the environment. With all those people travelling and so much planning to do it might not seem easy to keep things simple, but trust us, it might be easier than you think.

Green weddings in Portugal

The key is to think local. Use the materials and environments around you to both connect you with place and reduce transportation. In Portugal, that means using olives…

Green weddings in Portugal

oil…

Green weddings in Portugal

flowers…

Green weddings in Portugal

Green weddings in Portugal

decorations and props…

Green weddings in Portugal

Green weddings in Portugal

and of course, the array of stunning wedding destinations and venues on offer…

Green weddings in Portugal

Green weddings in Portugal

As this F&F wedding in Portugal proves, you can keep things simple, use local produce, facilities and venues, and still have a stunning wedding that’s as green as possible. We told you it was easy. Oh yes, and don’t forget the haystacks for seating. Can’t get greener than that.

Green weddings in Portugal

Setting the date: How to choose your wedding season

 

When you chose to have your wedding is one of the biggest decisions you need to make. The time of year you have your big day affects the venue, flowers, food, decorations and even your dress choice. So you need to think carefully about when you plan your celebration.

Seasonal weddings

Choose a winter wedding and an exterior venue and you’re going to have a lot of chilly guests on your hands. Of course, each season has its own distinct beauty and advantages, but there are also drawbacks too.

Seasonal weddings

Here’s a quick guide to help you choose your perfect wedding season.

Spring weddings

Advantages

  • In Portugal, the spring has beautiful weather. Sunny but not too hot, so perfect for wedding celebrations
  • A great selection of flowers, fruits and vegetables to serve

Seasonal weddings

Drawbacks

  • There are no guarantees with the weather, and rain is a possibility in spring months
  • You may have to work around existing festive celebrations at Easter
  • All those flowers means allergies could be an issue

Summer weddings

Advantages

  • Long, hot days with almost guaranteed sunshine and sunsets
  • It’s holiday season so more guests will be available to come to your celebration, along with their kids

Seasonal weddings

Drawbacks

  • In Portugal, the summer can be very hot indeed so you’ll need to plan extra shade
  • It may clash with guests’ existing holiday plans
  • Flights and accommodation is more expensive in holiday season
  • It’s the busy wedding season which means booked out venues

Autumn weddings

Advantages

  • Beautiful colours and foliage to use as decoration
  • Mild weather and stunning sunsets
  • Plenty of stunning seasonal produce around the harvest time

Seasonal weddings

Drawbacks

  • The cold weather can suddenly appear forcing a quick change of plans
  • Guests may have burnout after holidays in the summer
  • Autumn weddings are increasingly popular so you may face competition for venues

Winter wedding

Advantages

  • Wintry scenes and landscapes can be very beautiful and romantic
  • It’s off season so you can get the best deals
  • Flowers, food and drinks do better in cooler temperatures
  • Cosy atmospheres

Seasonal weddings

Drawbacks

  • Even in Portugal, it can get cold. So you need to have a plan to keep people warm
  • Less daylight for ceremonies and photos
  • It can conflict with winter and Christmas holiday plans (it is ski season after all)

Whenever you get married, it can be a stunning affair, especially at our incredible Portuguese venues. But you do need to think carefully about what kind of wedding you want and plan contingencies for the season.

Top wedding trends for 2016

A new year always brings new ideas, and 2016 is set to be a big one for weddings here in Portugal. With that in mind we thought we’d bring you our top ten wedding trends to watch in 2016.

Metallic colour palette (rose, gold and copper)

Metallics are very versatile, working with a broad range of colours. They also add to the celebratory theme of weddings and can be incorporated across materials, foods and decorations.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Bold Lighting

Subtle is so 2015. This year it’s all about big, bold, statement lighting. Think chandeliers and pendant lamps with chic Edison bulbs.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Loose organic flowers

Why spend all that time arranging? Let the flowers do the talking, with some freshly picked, organic flowers scattered around or bunched for the natural look.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Creative seating plans

Top tables and round group tables always have the air of a business conference lunch and your wedding should be anything but. Experiment with large lined tables of intimate smaller tables around a central hub.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Pattern

Pick a pattern and design your wedding theme around it. You’ll be amazed how much your choice of pattern will chime with your personality and just what you can do with it throughout the venue.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Pre-ceremony cocktails

Why wait until after the ceremony to get your guests in a good mood? It’s supposed to be a celebration after all, right? A cocktail or two before the formalities will loosen everyone up and create a livelier atmosphere.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Vintage inspired engagement rings

It may be 2016 but vintage is always hot. Heirlooms and vintage jewellery is set to be big in 2016.

Top wedding trends for 2016Top wedding trends for 2016

Two piece wedding dresses/wedding dress separates

The wedding day is a fluid and changing event, which means just one dress isn’t always suitable for the whole day. That’s why brides are increasingly choosing two or more pieces, with removable sections so they can look stunning and still hit the dance floor.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Calligraphy everywhere

Handwritten calligraphy will give your wedding that unique and chic hand made look, personal and individual to you. Much better than poorly printed Times New Roman invitations.

Top wedding trends for 2016

Multiple music options

The wedding disco died sometime in the mid 90s and wedding bands were everywhere in 2015. So why not mix and match your music options – with a string quartet for the ceremony, DJ for later or a country and western line dancing act for the after party (ok, maybe not the last one). But a jazz band or swing act would certainly fit the bill for later in the evening.

Top wedding trends for 2016