Five Portuguese wedding traditions that will make your day even more special

If you’ve made the superb decision (not that we’re biased, obviously) of getting married in Portugal, there are plenty of things to look forward to. Great food, beautiful sunshine and a whole range of stunning venues make Portuguese weddings some of the best in the world (again, we’re being completely impartial). But there are also some Portuguese wedding traditions that will make your day even more special.

Walk to the church

In many small villages and towns, it’s customary for the bride to walk to the ceremony in the church accompanied by her wedding party and important guests. So bring your hiking boots.

Five Portuguese wedding traditions that will make your day even more special

Passing the shoes

At the reception, the bride takes off her shoe and passes it round for guests to stuff with money to launch the happy couple on their new life. So maybe go for a size or two bigger than usual when choosing footwear.

Money dance

This is when young single men pay money to dance with the new bride. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as weird as it sounds.

Five Portuguese wedding traditions that will make your day even more special

Slice of luck

The first slice of cake is usually given to a single friend to bring them luck in love.

Five Portuguese wedding traditions that will make your day even more special

Great escape

Towards the end of the night, the newly weds are expected to try and escape their own reception to spend their first night together. Not so easy when everyone wants to talk to you/pay you to dance.

Five Portuguese wedding traditions that will make your day even more special

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