A right royal affair

You might have noticed, but there was a wedding last weekend. And not just any old wedding. This one involved a real life prince and princess. Prince Harry wed Megan Markle on Saturday. Although this was slightly unusual in that it went against tradition, as royal weddings usually take place on weekdays.

A right royal affair

On the morning of the wedding, the Queen conferred a dukedom on Harry, making him His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex and Megan Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex. And although the wedding was on the same day as the FA Cup Final, brother and best man William skipped his duties presenting the trophy to be in attendance.

A right royal affair

The invitations, as is customary for royal weddings, were from Barnard Westwood, each printed in gold and black. And the service took place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, making them the 16th royal couple to tie the knot there.

A right royal affair

The cake was a lemon elderflower bake made by Violet Bakery’s Claire Ptak and the flowers are arranged by Philippa Craddock. Guests included the Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Beckhams and film star George Clooney.

A right royal affair

With a choice of stunning venues and destinations, sumptuous food and elegant wedding design, you can enjoy weddings fit for a princess right here in Portugal.

A right royal affair

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Portugal’s Venice: Getting married in Aveiro

With its network of canals, humpbacked bridges and colourful boats, Aveiro is one of Portugal’s most unique cities. Occasionally dubbed the Venice of Portugal, it’s a picturesque city best explored on foot or by boat. Many of these colourful vessels were once used for the slightly unglamorous job of seaweed harvesting, but these days they adorn the waterways and ferry visitors around.

Portugal's Venice: Getting married in Aveiro

The city hugs the edge of a coastal lagoon, rich in wildlife and birdlife, with many thinking the name of the town comes from the Latin word ‘aviarium’, meaning ‘place of birds’.

Portugal's Venice: Getting married in Aveiro

Aveiro has a youthful vibe, with a buzzing city centre but remains largely undiscovered by the hordes of tourists you might find in Porto a little to the north. And although the canals are beautiful, much of the city’s charm lies in its diverse architecture and unique natural location.

Portugal's Venice: Getting married in Aveiro

Outside of the city, the stunning silver coast stretches out in both directions. Porto is just 40 minutes away, making it very convenient to get to by plane, with good rail links too. Aveiro might not yet be on the wedding destination map, but we think it’s a beautiful and charming place that still remains one of Portugal’s best kept secrets.

Portugal's Venice: Getting married in Aveiro

Wedding planning: A la carte vs package deals

If you’re planning a wedding, especially one abroad, you’re going to need some help. That generally comes in two forms. One is a wedding package, provided by a venue and built around a set wedding plan. The other is hiring a wedding planner and working together to create your own special day. Each has its plus points and drawbacks, so lets have a closer look at which might be best for you.

Wedding planning: A la carte vs package deals

Wedding planner

The pros are that you get a personalised service and a professional working with you to achieve your vision. Every detail is considered and you get to hand craft your venue, food, decoration and entertainment options according to your needs.

Wedding planning: A la carte vs package deals

The downside is that this obviously costs more because everything is not being provided on one package, which enables a more streamlined and cheaper service. But with weddings, as with everything else, you get what you pay for.

Package deals

Wedding planning: A la carte vs package deals

As mentioned, you get a lot for your money but is quantity always better than quality? It’s probably more time efficient too as your chosen package suppliers will take care of everything. So if you’re not concerned about the detail and trust them to deliver a wedding that meets you expectations, then it could be a good option. Package deals also lack a little of the uniqueness that makes weddings so special.

Wedding planning: A la carte vs package deals

Ultimately your choice depends on many factors, including budget, time, preference and more. But we know which one we would choose – not that we’re biased obviously.