If you want a bright, warm sunshine destination that’s just a short hop away from the UK, then Portugal’s Algarve is a perfect choice
Blue skies, white villages and golden sandy beaches framed by jagged limestone cliffs await visitors to The Algarve, making it idyllic for destination weddings and honeymoons. From pretty sheltered coves to wide stretches of pristine sand, not forgetting its pretty towns and villages and world-class golf courses, The Algarve has it all! However this region of Portugal has so much more to offer than simply sun, sea and sand.
Situated at the southern tip of Portugal, the 200-kilometre Algarve coastline blends a rich mixture of year-round warm sunshine, beautiful scenery, history, culture, lush golf courses, and an extensive choice of luxury hotels and villas that are ideal venues to host your ‘big day’ or honeymoon – or both.
For golfers, there couldn’t be a better destination to marry or honeymoon. The Algarve boasts over 30 challenging golf courses, in fact some of the luxury golf resort hotels in the Algarve cater for destination weddings, which is especially ideal for golf-loving couples and guests.
There’s also an abundance of watersports available, plus tennis and cycling along coastal paths. The lesser-known wild, western Algarve embraces the power of the Atlantic – it’s ideal for surfers as well as spotting dolphins, bird watching and nature trails.
The Algarve’s whitewashed villages beg to be explored, with their enchanting narrow streets and winding alleys while you shop for locally hand-crafted souvenirs and sample the regions delicious wines and cuisine, prepared with fresh local ingredients. The pretty town churches make a beautiful alternative to the beach for a more traditional wedding As night falls you can stroll along the marinas and sample the Algarve’s lively nightlife in bars, discos and casinos
Whichever part of the Algarve you choose, it will most definitely have all the ingredients for an unforgettable wedding or honeymoon – from the warm welcome you will receive and stunning scenery to excellent local wines – at superb prices – and delicious food, The Algarve has got it all!
Marry in the Algarve
Whether on a sandy beach, a cliff top, a hotel garden, golf resort, local church or private marquee or villa, you can choose from a host of gorgeous venues to tie the knot in The Algarve to suit your individual taste, style and budget. Select the style of ceremony of your dreams – from a legally binding civil wedding ceremony to a bespoke blessing performed by a Celebrant or a religious Catholic or Protestant ceremony. If you are marrying at one of the hotels, there are usually wedding co-ordinators on hand to help you every step of the way. However, we recommend you use the services of a dedicated wedding planner who can assist with ideas, venues, suppliers and all the necessary documentation.
The simplest way to marry in Algarve is for couples to have a civil wedding at their local UK Registry Office, followed by a blessing or religious wedding in the Algarve. Couples no longer need to have a 30-day residency requirement, making it easier for non-residents to have a legally binding Civil Ceremony in Portugal. Civil weddings can take place at many venues, from a Registry Office to a beach ceremony.
Catholic wedding ceremonies are always celebrated in churches rather than hotel and beach venues, and because Portugal is a very religious country it has an abundance of beautiful churches – from small and simple to grand and richly decorated in religious iconography. There are also plenty of English-speaking priests in the Algarve.
Church of England Ceremony
If you want a C of E ceremony in Portugal, there are several English-speaking Vicars in the Algarve who are able to perform ceremonies in the Catholic churches, with prior permission from the Catholic Priest. They can personalize the ceremony to your requirements and are also able to perform weddings at other selected locations.
Like a Civil Wedding, a Blessing Ceremony can take place at any location in the Algarve. This ceremony is ideal for couples wanting to renew their vows. However, a blessing ceremony does not form a legal marriage contract and is purely symbolic, so if you want to become legally married you will also need a Civil ceremony at your local Registry Office in the UK.
For your Civil Ceremony you will need:
- Identification documents
- Birth certificates
- A Certificate of No Impediment
- Additionally you may need divorce certificates or death certificates of former partners or previous marriage certificates.
- All documents must be translated into Portuguese and notarized locally, and you will need a translator for the civil ceremony.
For Catholic Ceremonies you will also need:
- Documentation from your parish priest granting permission for the ceremony
- Documentation for the Bishop of your parish
- Documentation regarding baptism, first communion and confirmation