My husband, David and I have successfully run the business since 1996 helped by our friendly and efficient staff team. Before coming to Portugal I had 7 years of experience in catering and wedding planning in the UK.
This website will help to answer some of your queries and gives a clear idea of our venue and its location. Most weddings take place in our beautiful pergola making use of the surrounding terraces, gardens and our wine and tapas bar, together with our horse drawn carriage all of the facilities are provided free of charge. In most cases you only pay for food and drinks. Prices are outlined on our website where it is explained that menus and wine packages can be tailored to fit your tastes and budget. We are flexible in our approach and can cater for intimate small groups or very large parties. I will help you to plan your wedding at no additional cost.
When thinking about arrangements here are some other general points that I hope you will find helpful.
*Before the Wedding
Plan to spend two days with us discussing every aspect of your requirements – including your wedding theme (if you have one), colour scheme and best use of our horse and carriage. It will be an opportunity for me to talk to you about other professionals such as the wedding photographer, celebrant and florist. Sample a taster wedding breakfast menu, decide upon a suitable wedding cake and get to know the Old Village, as well as Vilamoura’s marina, nature-park, golf courses and extensive beaches.
For your stay I can arrange reasonably priced accommodation in the Old Village. Out of season flights are inexpensive and Faro airport is just 20 minutes away.
*The Wedding Ceremony
As a legal requirement you will firstly need to register your marriage in the country where you live. It is not necessary to exchange rings as this will take place at your Wedding Ceremony conducted by an English-speaking celebrant in Portugal. I will make all the arrangements for this to happen following your instructions. You can select to have a religious or humanist ceremony and if you wish your vows can be expressed using your own words.
Weddings that take place in our pergola are enhanced by the natural surroundings and pretty décor. They are held on a stage under a floral arch with guests seated in rows beneath the shade of the pergola.
Any other venue can be chosen including a service held in a Catholic or Anglican Church.
This will depend upon the time of day you have selected. A ceremony held late in the afternoon can be followed by an evening reception. More usually the ceremony takes place during the day and is followed by photography in the gardens. Guests can be served with drinks and canapés while staff rearrange the seating and tables in the pergola.
If preferred the wine and tapas bar and its terraces are available for the reception or you may select instead to use our restaurant dining room.
Our culinary standards are high receiving an award for excellence given by the Portuguese Tourist Association. There are silver service, buffet and barbecue suggestions on our website indicating prices. There is the option to create your own menu, which we will cost and provide for you. We are able to supply champagnes, sparkling wines, good value arrangements for table and house wines and a separate bar if required. Prices are listed on our website.
One popular option is to hold the daytime reception in our pergola and retire in the evening for music and dancing to our wine and tapas bar with its candlelit terraces. We can supply a light buffet and/or tapas menu. We have a music licence until 2am and can arrange for a DJ, live entertainer and/or party quizzes that feature the newly wed couple.
We suggest self-catering accommodation in the Old Village close to Casa do Largo. Small studios and town houses for larger groups are available. Guests have full use of the semi-tropical gardens, three swimming pools, bars and restaurants. Members of the wedding party are issued with VIP cards giving 10% discount at Casa do Largo’s restaurant during their stay.
I can make bookings for you ensuring well-priced competitive rates.
If you would like to discuss any of these ideas or ask more questions, then send me your telephone number, a date and time and I will give you a call.
Hoping to be able to help you further in your quest to create the perfect Portuguese wedding.
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