Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

You can’t have a wedding without wine (well, you could but your guests might not be best pleased), and here in Portugal we’ve got some of the best in the world.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

But what we’ve also got are plenty of beautiful and traditional wineries, where this delicious nectar has been made for centuries.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

From the enigmatic slopes of the Douro valley in the north, famous for its Port wine, to the rural idyll that is the vast and majestic Alentejo region, small wineries dot the countryside.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

So, why not choose a winery to be your dream Portuguese wedding venue? Set up the tables among the ancient oak barrels, and wine and dine in the place where the magic happens.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

And, of course, you won’t have any worries about what to serve. You’ll be able to give your guests some stunning Portuguese wine, right in the place where it was made. How’s about that for reducing your wedding’s carbon footprint?

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

We just love winery weddings. There’s something so magical about dining amongst the history and elegance of the wine barrels that makes these weddings so special.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

As far as wedding venues go, it’s a hard one to beat.

Wine not? A reception venue close to the source

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Don’t tell the bride – Our wedding flower secret

Want to make a big impact with the flowers at your wedding but don’t quite have the budget to match? Well, because we’re feeling extra nice today, we’re going to let you in on a little secret.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

It’s hydrangeas.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

Ok, so that’s not exactly the world’s best kept secret. Most people are well aware of hydrangeas but we think they have incredible wedding potential. And here’s why…

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

These spherical flowers are durable, long lasting and come in a wide range of colours, from natural and neutral shades to bold and vibrant colours. So, whatever colour scheme you’re going for, you can find hydrangeas to match.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

Secondly, they grow everywhere here in Portugal, and they get BIG. So, that means they are in plentiful supply which both cuts down on costs and keeps things nice and green too.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

From centrepieces to bouquets, hydrangeas are big impact flowers. They don’t really do subtle but they do impact better than almost any other flower. Which is how you can create bold, impressive and eye catching wedding displays.

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

Wedding flower secrets - Hydrangeas

Now you know our wedding flower secret, Just promise you won’t tell too many people.

Paper wedding – not just an anniversary anymore

Paper generally doesn’t featured heavily in wedding celebrations. Paper napkins, table clothes and even invitations are usually a big no-no in the wedding world. It just doesn’t scream class and quality – you might as well eat off paper plates. In fact, the only time paper should really feature is as the name of your first anniversary.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

However, since the Chanel 2011 all white spring show, things have changed and paper has increasingly become a big part of weddings. And we just love it here at The Wedding Portugal.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Karl Lagerfeld decorated that whole show with white paper flowers that looked simply stunning and since then we’ve noticed a big increase in this versatile material. You still won’t find any table clothes or napkins, but as part of the venue décor it makes perfect sense.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Paper flowers are less expensive than the real deal but still look stunning. And because they’re paper, they won’t wilt or dry out in the heat. Hang them from ceilings, cover the walls, dress the tables – there is no end of ways to use this flexible and colourful material to dress a venue.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Here in Portugal, paper is one of the country’s biggest exports, which means top quality paper is affordable and in great supply. There’s even a whole town, called Tomar, that decorates itself in paper flowers every four years, so we know a thing or two about it.

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

So, why not consider paper flowers as an option for your Portuguese dream wedding?

The Wedding Portugal - Paper wedding

Getting your grove on

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

Ah the humble olive. Delicious snack, healthy oil, stunning wedding decoration. That’s right, you read it correctly, olives (or rather the trees and groves where they grow) make stunning backdrops for gorgeous weddings in Portugal.

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

The unmistakable leaves, sun faded green, give us wedding planners great colour palettes to work with. And you can use the foliage to dress chairs, tables and even as centrepieces. There’s lots of great ideas to use this Mediterranean marvel – from setting up your reception under their branches, to dressing the plates and even the cake.

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

Brides can wear laurel wreaths in their hair for a touch of Roman chic, and speaking of the Romans, it was these adventurous souls who brought the olive tree to Portugal from Italy all those thousands of years ago. So you have us Italians to thank for the beautiful Portuguese olive groves.

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

Take a look at these stunning images of olives in weddings and get some inspiration for your big day. We just love these pictures which prove it’s not all about flowers and bright colours, the tiny olive can be just as spectacular.

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

Get your grove on - olives at weddings

And of course, you have to serve some as a snack for your guests.

Nice day for a white (and blue) wedding

There’s something about the Mediterranean that speaks to my inner romantic. And no, it’s not just the beautiful people – although they certainly don’t hurt.

Nice day for a white (and blue) wedding

People from all over the world flock to the Med every year on holiday. The unique atmosphere and environment affects the attitude of the people. And when your surroundings are this gorgeous, how could you not fall in love?

Nice day for a white (and blue) wedding

It’s the light and shade, the food, the scenery – I could go on. But it’s also about the classic Med colours – white and blue.

Nice day for a white (and blue) wedding

All across the Med you’ll find whitewashed houses with brilliant blue trims. And here in Portugal, an entire part of the culture is dedicated to these two colours. Azulejos are the traditional Portuguese tiles that adorn buildings, parks, pavements and pretty much everywhere else there’s a spare bit of space.

Nice day for a white (and blue) wedding

These tiles are inspired by the natural colours of the Med but also serve to define it in our imaginations. As a wedding planner in Portugal, I love to use them in my events. Whether that’s using the tiles themselves or just taking inspiration from the colour scheme, white and blue weddings look beautiful in the Mediterranean sun.

Nice day for a white (and blue) wedding

 

So, why not come and enjoy your very own white and blue Mediterranean wedding in sunny Portugal? Beautiful country, beautiful people, even more beautiful weddings.

 

Top ten wedding trends in 2015

Weddings, like any art, style or culture, follow trends. And each year brings a new set of wedding aesthetics that can make your big day stand out. Seeing as weddings are our passion, we can’t help but notice when new ideas and styles come into fashion.

So, we thought we’d share with you our top ten trends of 2015 so far. Some of these we absolutely love and are set to become firm wedding favourites for years to come. Others might pass out of style again just as quickly. Either way, we’re excited to see what happens.

No flowers decoration

Everyone loves flowers but let’s face it, they’re not the most eco-friendly form of decoration. That’s why more and more people are opting out of the floral style and choosing a greener path. We mean this in more ways than one, as greenery can have just as big an impact as colourful flowers.

No flower wedding decor

Suspended décor

Why have the flowers and centrepieces on the table disrupting the conversation? Raise them up, hang them from the ceiling and you can really lift the whole mood of the wedding.

Communal dining

Ever been stuck on a boring table at a wedding? Thought so. The whole idea of communal dining is that it’s a more sociable experience where everyone site together and eats. It works well in rustic settings but with the right styling, you can communal dine in any setting.

Communal dining

Destination weddings

Something we know all about here at The Wedding Portugal. Why choose a venue because its close to home when you can make the destination a part of the big day? With plenty of incredible venues across Portugal, why not celebrate your big day in an equally special location?

Long sleeve dresses

Long sleeves are in for 2015. But don’t worry because so are cut outs, so you won’t be completely covered up on the big day.

Long sleeve dress by Inbal Dror 2015

Selfie invites

Face it, the selfie is here to stay so why not embrace it? Send a selfie invite. If you think about it, it’s probably the only time when it’s 100% fine to be completely about you. After all, it’s your wedding day. Just remember to make it fun and don’t take it too seriously. Basically, that means no pouting.

Hair accessories and tiaras

It’s not all about the dress either. Draw the eye to your beautiful wedding hair with an eye-catching tiara or accessory.

Hair accesory by Valentino couture

Multi-day weddings

Who said that a wedding has to be just one day? Why not make it last as long as possible. Over a couple of days or a weekend your guests will get to know each other and you’ll have plenty of time to fit in everything you want. Why limit yourself to one special day?

Food and drink stations

Keeping everyone fed and watered is part and parcel of a successful wedding. So, as well as the main meal, a few well placed food and drink stations throughout the day and night will keep everyone in a good mood and dancing ‘til dawn (provided that’s what you want of course).

Beer station

Marsala shade 

And finally, every year there seems to be one colour that dominates weddings. This year it is most definitely marsala. This sultry yet sophisticated tone works in almost any wedding environment, which is why we’re seeing it everywhere.

Nature on your table: Dream green weddings in Portugal

Your wedding day is supposed to be the biggest day of your life and all about you – the happy couple. But more and more people are realising that in this life, it’s never just about us. That’s why green weddings are becoming more common, with more couples looking to celebrate their special day without having a detrimental impact on the environment. Nature on your table: Dream green weddings in Portugal Every event carries with it a potential for environmental consequences. There’s energy consumption, emissions and waste to think about to begin with, as well as the indirect impact of renting cars, cleaning products and so on. With a little thought, however, it really is possible to significantly reduce the impact of your wedding, especially here in Portugal. This is a country blessed with an abundance of natural food, light and energy. It’s possible to celebrate your wedding at a venue where almost all the food and drink you’ll consume has been grown on site or at least sourced nearby. In other words, it comes from the farm to your table. Nature on your table: Dream green weddings in Portugal Delicious and colourful local fruits, regional wines and a natural outdoor environment all add to the low impact, green effect of your wedding. Get married under the olive groves or vines, using local produce and you’re also cutting back on waste products, transfer costs, and packing, which are a serious concern at some wedding events. Portugal is also blessed with a huge range of gorgeous wildflowers that can be picked on the very morning of the big day. There’s no costly florists bills and transport to worry about. It’s all grown, picked and arranged on site. Nature on your table: Dream green weddings in Portugal Using locally sourced ingredients and produce is also a real boost for the local economy, meaning that you can offset some of the footprint of the big event against the benefits this will have for your chosen destination. With so much natural and organic beauty, Portugal is truly a dream green wedding destination.

Givenchy’s Unforgettable Wedding Gowns exhibition, Évora, Portugal

Here at The Wedding Portugal, as you might expect, we love anything that’s both wedding and Portugal related. Which is why we were delighted to attend the recent ‘Unforgettable Wedding Gowns’ exhibition curated by Hubert de Givenchy in our very own beautiful city of Évora.

Givenchy’s Unforgettable Wedding Gowns exhibition, Évora, Portugal

The show, hosted by the Duchess of Cadaval at the palace’s very own private church in Évora, was conceived by Givenchy and brings together some of the most stunning wedding dresses in history, by names including Dior, Philippe Venet and Carolina Herrera. Of course, there were some pieces there by Givenchy himself, one of the masters of haute couture and designer of some of the most iconic wedding dresses of the 20th and 21st centuries. His masterpieces include gowns for Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and the Duchess of Windsor.

Givenchy’s Unforgettable Wedding Gowns exhibition, Évora, Portugal

A close personal friend of the Duchess of Cadaval, Givenchy has brought together these gowns in the stunning Church of St John the Baptist in Évora. Dating back to 1711, the church is decorated in beautiful blue and white tiles, of the kind that can be found all over Portugal. The church’s stunning gold main altar was the inspiration for Givenchy’s collection which will run until 7 September. If you’re lucky enough to get the chance to visit, we highly recommend it.

Givenchy’s Unforgettable Wedding Gowns exhibition, Évora, Portugal

It really blends together and shows off what a perfect combination weddings and Portugal’s beautiful venues can make, and is great inspiration for anyone thinking of getting married here. It certainly inspired us.

Discover Portugal – a land of remarkable wedding destinations

Perched out on the western, Atlantic edge of Europe, Portugal can often get overlooked in favour of its more prominent cousins Spain and France. But therein lies the country’s secret. Portugal is home to some of the most beautiful scenery, stunning whitewashed towns and breathtaking coastline, and a lot of it remains virtually undiscovered.

The Wedding Portugal

It’s almost as if Portugal is so confident in its own beauty it feels no real need to shout about it. It sits there, safe in the knowledge that all who visit will fall in love at first glance.

The main draw is obviously the capital, Lisbon. Once the centre of a mighty global empire, Lisbon wears its history with pride. Gorgeous palaces, elegant boulevards, and colourful barrios jostle for attention, and it’s all just a stone’s throw from the beach.

In the north, The UNESCO World Heritage Site of downtown Porto sits opposite the port cellars that house perhaps the country’s most famous export. All around these two gems lie miles of quietly spectacular countryside. From the rolling farmland of Alentejo to the mountainous Serra de Estrela and Silver Coast, Portugal never disappoints.

With such a vast selection of stunning destinations, plus magical venues that include mountain top villages, olive groves, golden beaches and chic palaces it’s a unique and extraordinary place for a wedding. As if this wasn’t enough, Portugal also happens to be one of the most affordable countries in Europe, meaning your budget goes a lot further here than elsewhere.

It’s not surprising that so many people who come here not knowing what to expect end up staying or at least coming back time after time. Portugal’s enchanting and unobtrusive beauty is capable of bewitching visitors, it certainly worked on us here at The Wedding Portugal.

Have a look through the site to discover the many stunning venues and destinations where you can get married in Portugal.

The Wedding Portugal launches new site

Here at The Wedding Portugal, we specialise in new beginnings. Each and every one of our totally unique and beautiful weddings represents a new start for the happy couple. And we love nothing more than helping them to celebrate this in the most stylish, chic and glamorous way possible.

The Wedding Portugal new site

However, we’re delighted to bring you news of our own little new beginning, in the form of our new website which has just launched. We’ve tried to bring together everything that we offer, all in one easy to use and well-designed place.

It includes information about our stunning destinations, venues and boutique services, as well as how to get in touch. You can browse through our gallery to see some of the stunning weddings we’ve already planned, designed and coordinated, which will hopefully give you some idea of the sheer diversity and beauty of what’s on offer here in Portugal.

Of course, we think this is one of the best places in the world to get married, but don’t just take our word for it. Look through the new site and you’ll see for yourself what’s possible and affordable in this incredible country.

We hope you enjoy our new site as much as we did putting it together. And keep coming back to this blog to find out all our latest news, photos and updates, plus everything else that’s going on in the world of Portuguese weddings.

We hope to see you soon.