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.
A wedding is, at its most basic, a celebration. And every celebration needs music. That’s why it’s such an important part of the big day. From creating mood and atmosphere to getting people on their feet and dancing – different parts of the day require different tunes. So how do you go about choosing your wedding music?
Here’s a quick look at some of your options:
Spinning some stone cold classic on the wheels of steel late into the evening, even gran is up and dancing. The wedding DJ is a firm favourite because they can play tunes you all know and love, with a back catalogue that includes all recorded music. Not so good for walking down the aisle though.
Romantic, elegant and sophisticated. Just imagine walking down the aisle to Bach. It’s also a great option for playing throughout drinks and dinner. Although, even though they might be supreme musicians, it’s hard to get a party started with a cello.
Choose your style – folk, rock, funk, heavy metal? – and then get band to rock your party all night long. The force of a full band gives your wedding a real festival and fun time feel. And they can even scale it back for some more atmospheric playing throughout the day. But some bands can have a limited set list. And we really don’t recommend heavy metal for a wedding. Not unless you want your guests to go home with a stiff neck from all the head banging.
It might not feel like it but winter is coming to an end. Freezing temperatures and icy winds will soon be replaced by bright sunny mornings and leaves on the trees. That’s right, spring is coming. And in celebration of the natural world coming back to life, we’ve come up with five great reasons to get married in the springtime.
Winter is drab, grey and dark. But something incredible happens in spring. The colour returns. Think of spring and you think daffodils and bluebells. So why not incorporate these natural spring colours into your wedding?
The evenings grow longer, and when the clocks change, it’s an extra couple of hours of light. So you and your guests can enjoy the sunshine for that little bit longer.
Winter weddings can look spectacular but no one really wants to be standing around in the freezing cold wearing nothing but a wedding dress. In spring, things have thankfully warmed up a bit, which means its possible to spend some time outside. Especially here in Portugal, where spring means hours of sunshine and warm breezes.
Embrace the beauty of spring by using flowers or the blooming natural world in your pictures. Surround yourself with flowers and foliage, and make good use of the crisp spring light to bring out your good side.
Combine bright and bold spring colours with flowers to make a big wedding statement. Think flower crowns and head dresses, and the groom party can add a bit of colour too.
Having your wedding abroad is a great way to inject an extra level of excitement and glamour into the best day of your life. But, given than planning any wedding is a mammoth task, doing so in another country is an even bigger challenge. Which is why you need a local wedding planner to help things go smoothly.
Overcoming the language barrier
This is perhaps the most fundamental problem when tying the knot on foreign shores. But a wedding planner who not only speaks your language (in more ways than one) but can communicate in the local tongue is essential. After all, a breakdown in communication could lead to things all unravelling on the big day.
You might have visited your dream wedding destination before. You might even be very familiar with the city or region, but only real local knowledge will let you into its secrets. A local wedding planner will have the inside info in the best venues, suppliers, florists and more. Which will save you valuable time and money when sourcing.
Travel can be stressful. Organising a wedding is probably the most stressful thing you’ll ever do. But you can avoid it all by using a wedding planner to take on most of the burden. All that’s left for you to do is make sure you get to the airport on time.
If you’ve ever wanted to have your dream wedding right here in beautiful Portugal, then get in touch to find out more about how easy we can make it.
When you’re planning a wedding, there’s no escaping the traditional. The idea of two people coming together to declare their love for each other in front of their loved ones is as old as time. Plus, the need for the event to be witnessed and certified by a legitimate authority is also pretty clear cut and died in the wool. But there are ways to stray from the formula – ideas that can help to make your wedding day a little more unique.
Why not make the way your transport your guests from ceremony to reception all part of fun? Think antique busses, horse and carts or even taking to the skies.
There are plenty of elements of a wedding that you can encourage your guests to get involved in. From a make-your-own cocktail bar to DIY flower arranging – getting your guests involved is a great idea.
Rather than just letting the party wind down around you, why not plan a memorable exit? Stage a mini parade through the venue, have a band play you out – that kind of thing.
Don’t fancy a DJ? A string quartet a little stuffy? Then how about a mariachi band? Or a German oompah ensemble?
Can’t decide between the meat or the fish? Then why not go left field and try something new. We’re not talking kebab vans but ice cream trucks, posh fish and chips, pizza ovens – these are the kinds of things that people really love.
No wedding should be without a cake. And not just any cake. A cake that looks good, tastes better and is bang on trend. And to help you out, here’s a list of five kinds of cake that will tick all those boxes in 2018.
Hand painted flowers
To match the spring wedding theme, garden style and hand-crafted themes that will be big in 2018, a cake with hand painted flowers is a perfect fit. Not only are the hand painted details beautiful but they are very eye catching too.
Along similar lines, a watercolour painted cake will add a new dimension of colour that ebbs and fades around the cake. Watercolours provide a subtle shading that contrasts with some of the bolder tones we’ve seen in cakes in recent years. Obviously you need to use special edible paint to avoid poisoning your guests.
A popular topping for 2018, combining the subtle colour elements mentioned above as well as extra details such as thick brushstroke design. Hey, we never said these cakes were going to be good for you.
Add a touch of opulence with some gold leaf (remember to keep it edible again). Gold is as colour that works well with almost any other design scheme so it’s a flexible, as well as eye-catching, choice.
Your wedding should be the most special day of your life, filled with joy, laughter, romance and much more. But it’s also a reality that dream weddings come at a cost. However, there are certain ways you can save money before the big day that will help to keep your budget big enough to get everything you’ve ever wanted.
Stay away from Saturday
More or less everyone wants to get married on a weekend because it’s easier for guests to attend. But depending on where you’re holding your wedding and who is coming, tying the knot on another day of the week makes much better financial sense. Why limit yourself to one day out of seven?
Avoid high season
Just as above, everyone wants to get married in the middle of summer to stand the best chance of getting beautiful weather. So unsurprisingly, venues put their costs up in a bog way for the summer season.
Use your own vendors
Venues that provide their own vendors often do so at huge mark-ups. So try and choose a venue that lets you arrange your own food, drink and more. It’s a great way of saving money.
Combine your service and reception space
Why drag guests from one venue to another when there are plenty of great places where you can do both?
Hire a wedding planner
A planner will help you find suitable venues, draw upon a vast contact network to get you great deals and knows the real value of goods and services.
Here in Portugal there’s a huge choice of wedding venues from beaches, to castles to olive groves. Plus, as the sunniest country in Europe you stand a much better chance of getting the perfect weather.