Apart from choosing your dress and probably your future life partner, picking the right wedding venue is the biggest decision you will make about your wedding day (some people might even argue that it even trumps the other two). So why settle for anything less than spectacular?
And they don’t come any more spectacular than a castle. Here in Portugal, there are plenty to choose from. But why choose such an impressive venue for your wedding?
Getting married in a castle adds a touch of elegance and fantasy to your wedding that other venues just can’t match. Turrets, keeps, great halls – they all come straight from a fairytale. And that just seems to fit perfectly with the romance of a wedding.
One of the beauties of a castle wedding is that everything is in the same place. Large dining halls, open spaces for drinks, perfect photo locations, and sometimes even an on-site church or chapel. After all, these castles were in part designed for grand celebrations and banquets.
Your wedding day should be truly unlike any other. And unless you happen to be royalty, or an eccentric billionaire, you probably don’t spend every day in a castle. So choose a grand and historic venue for your wedding can create memories that will last a lifetime.
Portugal may not be on many people’s lists of top wine countries but it actually produces some of the world’s best wines. However, many of their vintages are produced on a small scale so little is exported compared to France, Spain and Italy. But this does mean that it is a country covered in vineyards, with many still retaining their traditional charm – untouched by large commercial production.
With this in mind, it could be the perfect place for a vineyard wedding. And if you’re still unconvinced, then here three great reasons to tie the knot by the vines.
You love wine
If you’re a wine enthusiast, then what better place to get married than in the place where it’s made? If you know which wine goes with lamb and which with fish, or if you have a growing cellar at home, then why not indulge your passion on your big day?
A unique venue
A vineyard brings a lot of character and unique charm to a wedding. With the rows of fragrant vines, dapped sun coming through the leaves and overhead cover from the shade vines common in Portugal, it’s a beautiful, romantic and different wedding venue alternative.
Of course, a vineyard’s main purpose is to create beautiful wine. And what better place to taste it that right where it is brewed and bottled? Here in Portugal you can get married in some of the world’s finest vineyards, where you and your guests can sample some stunning wines.
Your wedding day is a in essence a celebration of your future together. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also plan a day that looks back at the past. Vintage wedding ideas can give your special day a little touch of something different. Here are five vintage inspired ideas to help make your wedding even more unique.
Music plays a big part in any celebration, and by choosing the right band you can create a whole tone and atmosphere. Think trad jazz, smooth swing or even 50s rock roll and you can create a mood for the whole day.
Arrive in style in a classic car from the past. Choose an elegant 1920s open backed carriage, a 70s sports coupe or an iconic 50s Rolls.
Add some vintage chic to your table designs with retro-inspired centrepieces. Think piles of leather bound books, classic typewriters, antique vases. It’s a great way to be creative.
Mix and match
Mis-matched retro china from a junk store can be a great way to add some vintage style to your tables. The beauty of vintage items is that they have their own charm and can look good in a variety of settings.
Another major benefit of vintage ideas is that you can repurpose items them for your needs. Think old suitcases as a gift basket, old birdcages as centrepieces. It’s a great chance to use your imagination.
The wedding is booked. You’ve got a wedding planner in place (hopefully that’s us) and the reception is all planned out. What’s left to do? Get yourself a wedding website, that’s what. Creating your online space is a must for any 21st century couple. Here are five excellent reasons why.
There’s a lot of information to give your guests. So why not save paper (and the planet) and put it all online for them to check at their leisure?
Avoid the questions
Your wedding day will be beautiful and fun. But also stressful. Especially if loads of guests get in touch to ask you the same questions. So why not create a website that hosts all the relevant information that your guests might need, so that they don’t all bother you.
Sometimes plans change of course, and rather than sending out individual updates you can simply update your site with all the new plans.
Share your story
Not everyone coming to the big day will know all about you, your partner, or your love story. So this is a great place to share it.
Getting sent several dozen or hundred RSVPs can be a bit of a fuss. So why not streamline your responses? And it makes it easy for guests to click whether they’re coming or not.