DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNING IN PORTUGAL
We specialise in planning weddings around the world and trips like the one that we have enjoyed recently with Luxury Gourmet Portugal, allow us to explore different countries, build relationships with the very best local wedding suppliers and expand our knowledge of different regions.
We are always very honoured to be invited on wedding planning trips, but from the first email inviting us to attend The Luxury Gourmet Portugal Forum, we knew that this was going to be a pretty special event, and we weren’t wrong!
The LPG team – Alan, Susanna and André – put together an interactive forum, where all VIP attendees were told to ‘ditch their laptops and bring their charm’. This trip was all about showcasing the Lisbon Coast, exploring this beautiful destination wedding location and experiencing an array of activities to share with our wedding couples.
Luxury Gourmet Portugal exceeded all expectations and it was an honour to experience such fabulous Portuguese hospitality and see firsthand the service that our couples and their guests can enjoy, should they choose Portugal as their destination wedding location.
We were treated to an incredible few days with a wonderful group of people and have put in place solid foundations for future working relationships and will certainly be recommending the hotels, venues and services to our clients over the coming months and years. This event was so much more rewarding than the usual format of networking and certainly one of the best ways to build and sustain long term business relationships with overseas companies. Ensuring the very best for our clients is imperative to our business and we can hand on heart inform our couples that Portugal has a great selection of beautiful wedding venues, endless opportunities to spoil yourself with the most hospitable and friendly people!
On arrival in Lisbon, we were taken to Palácio Estoril, where we stayed for three out of the four nights of our trip. The Hotel Palácio Estoril is a five star hotel, located in the heart of Estoril, 20 minutes journey from the centre of Lisbon. It is a very elegant and classic hotel, with beautiful views over Estoril and the Bay of Cascais. It is rich in history, having been the chosen venue of European Royalty and where Ian Flemming is rumoured to have written Casino Royale. On the first night, we were invited to a welcome dinner in one of the private dining rooms and experienced the delicious food and attentive service that guests would enjoy if we were to book an event there. Lisbon is the centre of Fado, traditional Portuguese folk music and after dinner, four talented Fado singers and musicians performed for us in one of the private rooms at the hotel.
The following day, we were driven to Cascais Marina, where we boarded a luxury catamaran and enjoyed a cruise along the stunning Lisbon coast line – an wonderful experience and great trip to share with your family and friends during a wedding weekend in Lisbon.
Following the cruise, we dined at Restaurant Eleven, a Michelin star restaurant and intimate wedding venue, where we savoured the culinary delights of leading chef Joachim Koerper. Eleven is more than a dining experience, it is a place of culture and art, with breathtaking views over the city and can be hired as a rather unique wedding venue.
Following lunch, we were taken to Lisbon helicopters who have provided tourist and private flights in and around Portugal for over 20 years. We were then surprised with a scenic flight over Lisbon, before the days finale….
Cocktails were waiting for us at Bairro do Avillez , an authentic Portuguese restaurant that would be perfect for a pre or post wedding meal, before we were led through a secret passageway to Beco, a gourmet cabaret club, a converted chapel and an exclusive, adults only club. Expect the unexpected here, it is a nod to a 1920’s / 1950’s cabaret club, where you enjoy a fabulous show whilst indulging a 12 course dinner by Chef José Avillez.
The following day, just when we thought that the trip couldn’t get any better, a selection of classic cars had been delivered to the hotel by Fabrice Le Roy, from Rent a classic car. There really is no better way to explore the hidden delights of Portugal, than behind the wheel of a vintage car and a perfect pre wedding activity for wedding couples and their guests! We drove a red Ford Mustang cabriolet from Cascais to Sintra along the coast, meandering through the winding mountain roads, stopping at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais for morning tea. For couples looking for a fairy tale wedding, the palace is perfect! Surrounded by gardens, with spectacular views over the surrounding areas and period architecture that dates back to the XVIII century.
For the second part of the journey, we swapped cars and were driven to Quinta De Sant’Ana in a gorgeous Jaguar XK 120, where we participated in wine tasting before a traditional lunch. Quinta De Sant’Ana is a beautiful wedding venue set in the grounds of a family run vineyard, hidden in a quaint village in a private estate. If you are looking for a quintessential Portuguese wedding, look no further!
That evening, we were taken to Casino Lisboa for a pre dinner drink and a show around of the event space, before dining at Restaurant Fora de pe , a delicious seafood restaurant in Cascais that you can hire exclusively for weddings, events and parties.
On Saturday, we checked out of The Palacio Estoril and visited Palacio dos Arcos to discuss the possibility of hosting a wedding or an event there. We then had the afternoon free to explore the beautiful town of Cascais and enjoy some late Winter sun.
We then checked in to Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel and Spa, a five star hotel hotel and the former residence of the last King of Italy – Humberto II. Our farewell dinner was at fabulous Ristorante Belvedere where we were invited to experience first hand how well looked after our couples would be, should they book a wedding here.
Thank you for Luxury Gourmet Portugal for showcasing the luxury wedding opportunities available to our couples in Portugal
If you would like to talk further about planning a destination wedding in Portugal, call:
Wedding Planner Mobile: +44 7917273180
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London: 0203 7014016
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