Why get married in: Évora

One of Portugal’s most historic and sunny cities, Évora is the capital of the vast Alentejo regions. This agricultural area is one of the Europe’s least densely populated areas, so if you’re looking for peace and tranquillity for your big day, this is the place for you.

Why get married in: Évora

Évora boasts Roman and Arabic influences, with the walled city surrounded by endless rolling countryside. Stroll around Roman temples and beautiful churches, staying in converted former monasteries and choosing from a range of superb venues.

Why get married in: Évora

It also sits in the heart of Portugal’s famed gastronomic regions. The food in the Alentejo is envied all around the country, and as the capital this is the place to come for incredible cuisine.

Why get married in: Évora

 

The city sits on a hill, with beautiful views in every direction. And the historic squares are filled with a lively hum, courtesy of the university students who study here.

Why get married in: Évora

With golden sunshine, ancient history, stunning food and incredible views, Évora is a wedding destination that’s got the lot.

Top romantic breaks in Portugal

Portugal oozes romance. Everywhere you look there is beauty and history. From the terracotta rooftops of Lisbon to the rolling farmland of the Alentejo and vineyard covered Douro valley, there are perfect romantic getaway destinations all around.

So, if you’re looking for a destination to rekindle the romance, as a first break together or even to pop the big question, here are some top choices.

Lisbon

One of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful capitals, the red rooftops and pastel coloured buildings tower over a labyrinth of cobbled streets, stylish restaurants and boutique hotels. Check out the views from hilltop Graca, stroll the exotic gardens at Estrella or hang out in hip Cais do Sodre.

Top romantic breaks in Portugal

Porto

Portugal’s second city is perched on a steep hill beside the Douro river. The other side of the river is covered with vast port cellars and the city’s tall stone buildings line streets that almost all lead down to the lively Ribeira. Catch a boat up river or cross the towering iron bridge for the best views of the city.

Top romantic breaks in Portugal

Coimbra

This ancient city and one time capital is home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Gown wearing students wander the streets of this most typical of Portuguese cities, with its steep hill side and grid of narrow alleyways. The iconic Quinta das Lagrimas is steeped in romantic tragedy.

Top romantic breaks in Portugal

Douro valley

This steep valley sides are covered in rows of vines, in one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. Stay in an estate, sipping stunning wines as you gaze out over the river sparkling below.

Top romantic breaks in Portugal

Azores

OK, it might be in the mid-Atlantic but technically it’s still Portugal. These volcanic islands are simply majestic. Huge sharp peaks rise out of rolling green hills, covered with waterfalls and fringed by rocky coves. Soak in thermal springs or stroll tropical gardens. It’s enough to make you fall in love all over again.

Top romantic breaks in Portugal

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

If you’re planning a 2017 wedding, then Portugal could be your perfect wedding destination. Here are just 10 of the hundreds of reasons why.

The sunshine

Endless hours of hot sunshine in the long summer months and mild, warm winters give Portugal one of the best climates in Europe. Beautiful weather is never guaranteed but it’s as close as you’re going to get.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The coast

With more than 1,000 km of coastline – with rugged rocks, golden beaches and secluded coves – this is the ideal place for a wedding by the ocean. Just imagine a warm sea breeze in your hair as you walk down the aisle.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The architecture

From luxurious villas to the red tiled townhouses of Lisbon and Porto, Portugal’s romantic buildings offer an incredible choice of inspiration and accommodation.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The attitudes

One of the first countries in the world to allow same sex marriage, Portugal is a liberal and welcoming country that opens its heart to everyone.

The legalities

No residence is required before the big day and witnesses are not required by law, so if a secret wedding is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The cost

As one of the most affordable countries in Western Europe, Portugal offers incredible value for money.

The planners

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet too often, but Portugal is also home to some of the world’s most stylish wedding planners. Check out our site to see what we mean.

The food

With traditional cooking and some of the best seafood in the world, you can serve up an unforgettable wedding feast for your guests.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The wine

Home to some of the best wines imaginable, not to mention the port, madeira, and a choice of traditional spirits, you can perfectly accompany your wedding menu.

Top 10 reasons for a 2017 Portugal wedding

The honeymoon

Combine your wedding with a dream honeymoon in one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Historic cities like Porto, Lisbon and Evora combine with stunning coastline, mountaintop castles and more to create a truly romantic honeymoon destination.

Top 10 wedding destinations in Portugal

Fancy a beach wedding? Maybe a mountain top castle is your thing? Or even a volcanic paradise? Believe it or not, it’s all available in the same European country. Portugal’s sumptuous selection of lush landscapes, venerable venues and handsome history ticks all your boxes.

Top 10 wedding destinations in Portugal

Lisbon

The oldest capital city in Europe is famed for its beautiful light, tile covered buildings and historic landmarks. With a vast selection of stunning venues, including the Palacio Marques da Fronteira, you’re really spoiled for choice.

Sintra

This magical place just outside Lisbon was described by Byron as a ‘glorious Eden’. Romantics should  need no further encouragement.

Top 10 wedding destinations in Portugal

Cascais

Located just along the coast from the capital, where the Tagus meets the Atlantic, this former fishing village is an upmarket destination complete with stunning coastal villas and a picturesque marina. The Farol Design hotel sits on the cliff top above the Atlantic and hosts spectacular weddings.

Evora

Enjoy a wedding in the heart of historic Portugal. Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by the natural beauty of the Alentejo region. The magnificent Convento do Espinheiro is just one of the incredible venues on offer here.

Porto

Portugal’s second city and Lisbon’s equal in terms of beauty and history, you have the added bonus of the port cellars and the majestic Douro Valley to explore.

Top 10 wedding destinations in Portugal

 

Coimbra

The former capital, home to one of the world’s oldest universities, is a beautiful city on a hill. With historic churches and superb venues nestled amongst the alleyways and staircases, Coimbra hides its magic well.

 

The Algarve

Head south for warm weather and guaranteed sunshine (well almost) in Portugal’s welcoming Algarve region. Traditional fishing villages nestle between beautiful seaside villas and golden sands.

Top 10 wedding destinations in Portugal

Azores

Ok, not technically mainland Portugal but this mid-Atlantic paradise is formed by a series of lush volcanic islands. Natural beauty is everywhere you look, creating an unforgettable wedding destination.

Top 10 wedding destinations in Portugal

Monsanto

This small village clings to the mountain top, nestled among immovable boulders, many of which form parts of the buildings. With panoramic views in every direction, there are few better wedding backdrops in the world.

A wedding in the heart of historic Portugal

Imagine a wedding in one of Portugal’s most ancient and beautiful cities. Évora lies at the heart of the vast Alentejo region, a UNESCO World Heritage site and area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s also home to the historic Convento do Espinheiro – one of the city’s most spectacular hotels and wedding venues.

Dinner at the Cloisters by night (set up white & bordeaux)

The Convento dates back to the 15th century, when an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared above a thorn bush (espinheiro in Portuguese) in around 1400. A shrine, church and convent were built to honour the event over the course of the following century. And over the next several centuries, the convent was visited by Portuguese royalty and nobility many times.

A wedding in the heart of historic Portugal

In the last few years of the 20th century, the convent (no longer in use for religious purposes) began the process of being turned into the region’s first five star hotel. Today, the Convento do Espinheiro is one of just two Luxury Collection hotels in Portugal.

A wedding in the heart of historic Portugal

Situated just outside the city and sitting in eight hectares of beautiful gardens, the Convento has maintained it’s ancient charm but added some luxury features – it’s the perfect combination of old and new. There are 90 rooms, stunning event facilities and a spa – making it the perfect size for wedding celebrations. Plus, couples can even get married in the church on site, which has been painstakingly restored to its former glory – complete with iconic Portuguese hand painted tiles and engravings.

A wedding in the heart of historic Portugal

If you’re looking for a venue that combines the historic charm and beauty of Portugal with the modern convenience and comfort of a luxury hotel venue then the Convento do Espinheiro ticks all the right boxes. Celebrate your special day in an exquisite venue creating memories that you and your guests will never forget.

Station to station: keeping your guests topped up

We’ve all been to weddings when the service drags on, the rounds of family photos are never ending or when you’re generally stood around waiting in the scorching heat. By the time you sit down to eat you’re too hungry to worry about how good the food tastes.

Station to station: keeping your guests topped up

That’s why keeping guests fed and watered during the whole day is so important, and can really make the difference between a good wedding and a great one. And the best way to do it is with food and drinks stations.

Station to station: keeping your guests topped up

You can get really creative with these. If there’s something you love, why not share it with your guests? If you’ve got a sweet tooth for example, why not have a candy stand?

Station to station: keeping your guests topped up

Movie lovers could go for different flavour popcorn.

Station to station: keeping your guests topped up

If it’s going to be roasting, then why not give your guests ice cream?

Station to station: keeping your guests topped up

Or why not take the opportunity to show off the incredible local produce, which here in Portugal means delicious olive oil and freshly baked bread.

Station to station: keeping your guests topped up

It’s the little touches that make the big impressions.

Wedding on the water

Imagine a wedding day overlooking the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. A day spent celebrating in a stunning and sophisticated hotel venue just outside Portugal’s elegant and seductive capital of Lisbon, in the upmarket port town of Cascais. That’s what brides and grooms-to-be can enjoy in the magnificent Farol Hotel.

Wedding at Farol Hotel

Unlike some of the other five star hotels in the town, Farol enjoys the advantages of being literally located ‘on the water’. It’s balanced perfectly on the cliff top overlooking the ocean and the town’s picturesque marina.

Wedding at Farol Hotel

The hotel, a member of Design Hotels, is the result of a restoration of a 19th century mansion owned by several members of the Portuguese aristocracy and lately owned by the Count of Cabral. The Chalet was converted into The Farol Design Hotel in 2002  perfectly combining traditional architecture and the best in modern design.

Wedding at Farol Hotel

As you might expect of a hotel of this calibre, there is everything here you and your guests could possibly need. From a choice of sensational venues for your reception, to private terraces, pools, and massage facilities.

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There are eleven garden view rooms, ten sea view, eight designer and four suites – plenty of accommodation for your most treasured guests. The happy couple might like to slip into bed at the end of happiest day of their lives in the majestic penthouse. The perfect way to end the day.

Wedding at Farol Hotel

With a striking interior designed entirely in black and white (which just happens to be our very own preferred design scheme) this is one of our very favourite wedding venues in the Lisbon and Cascais area.

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Weddings here, which have included the Daniela Ruah and David Paul Olsen celebration recently featured in Vogue magazine, look scintillating. From saying your vows down on the sand to strolling back up the cliffs and dancing the night away in one of the most spectacular settings imaginable – it’s a hard one to beat.

Wedding at Farol Hotel

If you’d like to find out more about wedding celebrations at the Farol, then please get in touch to discuss your dream wedding day.

Wedding at Farol Hotel

Let there be light

Here at The Wedding Portugal, we plan and design weddings in all sorts of stunning Portuguese wedding venues – from small and intimate chapels to vast vineyards and castles. But there are a few constants in all our weddings, and one of them is definitely candles.

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

There is something about the flickering glow of candlelight that oozes charm, romance and atmosphere, showing off Portuguese wedding venues in their very best possible light (in every sense of the word).

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

From candles lining the aisle to table decorations, the humble candle is incredibly versatile.

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

Hanging candles, candles in glass vases, candles on the beach – who knew wax and string could have so many uses.

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

Candles are also a very green way of dressing Portuguese wedding venues. Made from natural materials, readily available and producing no nasty by-products, the candle is a natural way to light your venue that also happens to produce spectacular results.

Portuguese wedding venues – the power of candles

Shed some light on your wedding with a beautiful candle display. Visit The Wedding Portugal to see how it’s done

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

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.