How To Choose Your Venue

There are many different types of wedding venues in Portugal, and making the right choice of venue sets the scene for the rest of the wedding. 

The first thing to think about is the number of guests you are expecting.  The venue you choose needs to be able to manage the size of your party.  If you are eloping to Portugal, than work with your photographer and celebrant to find a beautiful, romantic and private spot for your ceremony, followed by a nice meal in a restaurant. 

What is your theme…. and your dream?  Do you want modern luxurious surroundings or would you prefer rustic?  Do you want beach, cliff top or above the clouds?

Think about transport.  Where will you and your guests be staying?  There are lots of transport companies who can take you and your guests to the venue but you may prefer to have the ceremony and reception party in one place so that you are not spending the day herding up guests to move them from one place to another.

And what type of food will you want to enjoy?  Fine Dining or BBQ.  The Portuguese are real food lovers and most tastes can be catered for, but your venue choice will influence this.

Here are some examples of different types of venues.


There are lots of hotels in Portugal that make great wedding venues and are experienced in managing large numbers of guests. Many are also able to hold your ceremony in their stunning gardens, using an independent wedding celebrant, so you can have your entire wedding in one place and not have to worry about transporting guests from different locations.


The origin of the word Quinta is a farm rented at one fifth of its income, but these days is used to describe not only rustic farms, but also country villas or estates. They make fabulous wedding venues if you want something different from the 5 star hotels or beach weddings. Some of the Quinta’s in Portugal also offer accommodation allowing you to spend a week in a grand manor house.

Beach Venues 

Are you dreaming of a beach wedding? If you are heading to the islands of Madeira, go to Porto Santo and its long white sandy beach.  Madeira does have beaches but none like Porto Santo.  Both the Algarve and the west coast are also fabulous locations for a beach wedding.  Dont forget August is a very busy month for tourists so avoid if you can if you want privacy.

Cliff Top Wedding Venues 

The island of Madeira offers dramatic mountains and ravines and if you venture high enough, you could even get married above the clouds… literally! The sea view is amazing. If you are looking for a cliff top wedding venue, check locations of villa’s, restaurants and hotels in our directory.  The Algarve also has amazing cliff top wedding venues and you may also see the iconic pirate ship sail by.


Renting a villa in Portugal for a week and then hosting your wedding there, is becoming increasingly popular when choosing a wedding venue. You can bring in caterers, photographers, flowers and even have the ceremony in the garden using a wedding celebrant. This is a great way of treating yourself to a fabulous villa to stay in.


There are many restaurants that are large enough and experienced in catering for weddings in Portugal. There is a great choice of menu’s from traditional Portuguese cuisine to oriental or European tastes. Many restaurants will allow you to use a space in their grounds to hold the ceremony using an wedding celebrant to conduct the ceremony for you.

Botanical Gradens

If you want flowers and nature, go to Madeira for your wedding. Madeira is a flower lovers paradise and there are many Botanical Gardens to explore. The Palheiro Gardens has a small stunningly beautiful chapel located in them, which can be used for ceremonies with either an independent Celebrant or a priest from the Anglican Church.

So have a search through our directory and find the venue for you.

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