Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life but that doesn’t mean that it has to have a huge impact on the planet. There are plenty of ways you can have a blast but reduce your footprint too. Here are some top ideas for keeping things green.
OK, so we know your wedding dress is a big deal but what’s the use of wearing it once, then chucking it in the back of the cupboard to get old and dusty? There are plenty of ways you can reuse it, you just need to find a good seamstress. You can even sell it on, helping someone else to look fabulous on their special day. The same goes for the groom’s suit – choose one that has a shelf life.
Use decorations that can be reused or recycled. Think paper, glass and greenery and try to avoid plastics where possible.
Flowers can make a wedding but there’s nothing that says their shelf life ends at the end of the day. Give them to your guests to take home, or use plants and foliage that can keep on growing.
Try and use accessories that keep on giving. Candles can be used for months after the big day. Leftover lights and decorations will come in handy at other festive occasions. And items like table centrepieces will always make great birthday gifts later in the year.
Colours remain the same but the way we use them and appreciate them is constantly evolving. As we head into 2018, a range of colours and palettes are emerging as favourites for weddings and celebrations this year. Here’s our quick guide.
Lavender and lilac
Similar but distinct, these two colours offer a dusty but elegant colour palette to play with. Both are light and fresh, and the combination allows you to play around with various shades and hues without rigidly sticking to one or the other.
Dusty rose and green
Shocking or bright pink can be a little too bold for many, but a dusty rose combined with natural floral greens is a great way to incorporate it in a more versatile way.
Black, white and gold
A true wedding classic combining the simple elegance of contrasting black and white with the glamour and sparkle of gold.
Blues are quite limited in the natural world, at least in terms of flora and foliage so bring in your blues through fabrics and decorations. Blues can work in any season, with a range of shades reflecting different moods.
Vintage red and peach
Bright red is perhaps not the most natural wedding colour so this slightly offset vintage alternative lets you play with bold colours that don’t dominate everything else.
Tying the knot on New Year’s Eve is a great way to combine celebrations. Everyone will be in the mood for a party, and it will be great fun seeing in the New Year as a newly married couple. What a way to start your new lives together. Here are some ideas to help it all go off with a bang.
You can’t have New Year’s Eve without champagne. You can’t have a wedding without …well you get the idea. So why not buy in some Bollinger and dish out the Dom Perignon at a champagne bar?
Everything really will go off with a bang at midnight when the frieworks start going off.
Resolution guest book
Get all your guests to sign your wedding guestbook and state their New Year’s resolution. Then you can keep track of who is sticking to their guns throughout the year.
Midnight confetti drop
As the clock strikes midnight, shower your guests with confetti in an unforgettable moment.
New You favours
Send your guests away with a goodie bag that will help them get over their new year hangovers.
So, somehow we’re just a few days away from Christmas once again, and 2017 reaches its end. It’s been another fantastic year here at The Wedding Portugal, doing what we love best: planning and delivering stunning weddings in one of the most beautiful countries on the planet.
From vineyards to castles to sun-kissed beaches, our happy couples have celebrated in style throughout the year and there’s more to come in 2018.
If you’re thinking about tying the knot in the coming year or even beyond, then have a look at our website to find out more about the comprehensive planning services we offer, our stunning venues or to look at the gallery of the weddings we’ve staged over the last year. Get inspired by our decoration ideas, and start thinking about your own big day. Or you can get in touch to have a chat about your plans.
And in the meantime, have a wonderful festive season full of joy, love and happiness.
Blessed with one of the best climates in Europe and countless hours of summer sun, the June to August season is always popular for weddings in Portugal. However, even outside of the high season, there are plenty of reasons to get married here.
The months of September to November are when the harvests take place, when villages across the country hum with activity as people pick grapes to make wine and olives to make oil. These were traditionally times of celebration and with the weather still often remaining sunny and warm for weeks on end, it can be a beautiful time to have a wedding.
After the scorching summer, the cooler autumn temperature and showers bring life back to the ground, with lush green colours returning and ripening of many fruits. This means there’s an abundance of natural autumn foliage with which to decorate your wedding venue. If you’re looking to source food locally, this is also a bountiful time of year.
The colours, weather, food, and if we’re being totally honest, affordability, of Portuguese autumn weddings make them a very attractive proposal. And with less competition for venues, you can get the weeding of your dreams at a truly beautiful time of year.
The main event of any wedding is the moment the bride and groom say ‘I do’. Of course it is. But then again, as a guest, what you’re really looking forward to is an incredible meal in beautiful surroundings with lovely people. Taking nothing away from the happy couple, obviously. Which is why putting a lot of thought and effort into your tables can help to make this even more special.
So here is a handful of really great wedding table ideas, some inspired by the beautiful Portuguese landscapes all around.
From pine trees to eucalyptus and cactuses, all around you in Portugal is stunning greenery that can be used to dress any table. Don’t forget about the olive branches that cover the countryside from north to south.
As the evening wears on, having candles and even table lamps can help to create an atmosphere conducive to good times. Choose styles that suit your overall design theme.
Experiment with adding colour in different ways, with glassware and crockery that matches your tones.
Think about the table itself
Why dress the table too much when it can be the star of the show? Think chunky wood tables and chairs for a natural option that looks beautiful too.
Create space and add another dimension by hanging flowers and centrepieces above the table. That way everyone can see each other and you can create eye catching displays that don’t get in the way.
These days it’s more or less possible to get whatever flowers you want at any time of year. But just like going local with the food, more and more people are choosing to use flowers that are seasonal, arranging their floral displays around the flowers in bloom when the choose to get married.
And here in Portugal, there’s an extensive calendar of flowers running right through the year.
In January, February and March you should be looking at camellias, orchids and hyacinths. May through July is time for hydrangeas, carnations and lavender (which has the added bonus of smelling incredible).
Roses and sunflowers are big in July and August, with gladiola and irises coming in September to November.
If you’re going for a winter wedding, then white lilies usually flower in December. Plan your wedding around these beautiful plants and you’ve got a ready made colour and design scheme from Mother Nature herself. Add some native foliage, such as olive branches and you can dress your wedding without the environmental impact.
Vintage weddings just never seem to go out of style. There’s something about the past that resonates in the present, and a vintage style can create a timeless feel that won’t date. So if you want a wedding where you won’t look back in 20 years time and wonder at what you were wearing, here are five vintage trends to try.
Rather than the groom party all wearing the same suit, why not mix and match while sticking to one colour scheme. Just make sure the groom stands out.
Velvet and marble are just two examples of vintage materials that add a touch of glamour and luxury to your big day.
The Pantone colour of 2017 and an effective and, we might add, affordable way of dressing your wedding in an elegant way.
Flowers and floral
From lush arrangements to floral prints, flowers in a vintage style are big for 2017.
If icing is a bit much for your palate, then leave your cake undressed and drizzle some delicious colour and texture to the top.
Everyone wants their wedding day to be the most special and perfect of their lives. But nowhere does it say that it can’t also be a sustainable and low impact affair.
For more and more brides and grooms, keeping their big day green is a big part of the celebration. So here are some top tips on how to reduce your wedding footprint.
Dressing the venue is very important but try and use materials that you can reuse or recycle. Even better if you can source recycled materials to begin with. Think paper, card and glass rather than plastic.
Local and seasonal food
Here in Portugal there’s an incredible range of local and seasonal produce to choose from. From classics like sardines and cod, to olives, chorizo and olive oil, keep your food miles to a minimum.
It wouldn’t be a wedding without flowers but try and use native flower species that haven’t been treated with pesticides and other nasty chemicals. You can even add foliage like olive leaves to keep it greener.
Invites, wedding info, photos and more can all be sent and stored online (just make sure you back up). This will help to keep your paper trail to a minimum.
These days most couples have already set up home or at least have plenty of stuff so the traditional wedding gift list is dying out. Think about if you really need any more stuff or ask for donations to a worthwhile charity instead.
The bridal bouquet can often be the centrepiece of any wedding design theme. Think about what you want to carry down the aisle and very often you can build your whole wedding style around it.
With that in mind, here are five top ideas to give you some ideas and inspire you to create a bouquet that’s a little different.
An ancient symbol fertility, the orchid also brings beauty and charm to your bouquet. Different colours have different meanings too, with white bringing reverence and humility, as well as innocence and purity.
These fleshy and geometric plants bring a beautiful contrast to any bouquet. There’s a huge variety to choose from with patterns and textures that can bring your bouquet to life.
Why opt for the traditional bunch design? A cascade can be draped over the arm and add a trail of colour to your dress. Plus, the bigger it is the more flowers you get to use.
Beautifully coloured and fragrant, lavender is a an excellent framing flower around which you can add further colour and texture.
Representing new life and bountiful fruits of nature, berries make a stunning addition to any bouquet design. They also contrast with the colour and texture of flowers for a unique bouquet.