Why Lisbon could be your perfect ' I do' destination
If you’ve found yourself dreaming of a sun-drenched ceremony with a picturesque backdrop to boot, then the idyllic location of Portugal needs to be high on your wedding priority list. More specifically, the city of Lisbon, thanks to its postcard-worthy vistas, blissful sunshine and so much more…
1. There are beautiful coastlines
Lisbon has all of the perks of being a vibrant city base, but with the added bonus of a coastal border, gifting it some of the most pristine beaches in the whole of Portugal. These sandy edges lapped by azure waters provide breathtaking locations for outdoor ceremonies, al fresco receptions and stunning photograph backdrops. So if sun, sea and sand are high on your wedding criteria, you’ll be pleased to know there is no need to venture as far as the Caribbean.
2. The food is incredible
From the fresh fish plucked straight from the ocean to the legendary sweet treat of pastéis de natas, great food is in abundance in Lisbon. Plan carefully and your wedding breakfast is sure to be a hit with your guests when you showcase the very best Portugal has to offer.
3. It is easily accessible
The southern European country of Portugal has excellent transport links around Europe, meaning that whatever location your guests may be travelling from, they will be able to seamlessly glide to your all-important big day.
4. You can choose your wedding type
As long as you have the correct paperwork (do check before you book), you can have a legally binding marriage in Portugal. Catholic ceremonies are regularly performed in here, but you can also opt for a civil ceremony if you prefer.
5. The place is brimming with colourful backdrops
Lisbon is awash with kaleidoscope colours - whether you’re gazing out at the piercing blue sea or admiring the eye-catching yellow trams in the heart of the city, you will be surrounded by a rainbow of shades. Get outside for your wedding photos and the city itself will provide the most inspiring backdrop.
6. The dessert wine will be delicious
Famed for their Port wine, Lisbon excels in the beverage department. The final course of your wedding breakfast is naturally going to be accompanied by a super-sweet treat in the form of an alcoholic tipple. This type of red wine is packed full of berry flavours which will be sure to delight your guests.
7. Sunshine is expected
With 290 days of sunshine a year, a sunny ceremony is likely to be on the cards in Lisbon. Well, much more likely than planning your nuptials in the UK, for example.
8. It’s ideal for a minimoon
The warm climate and beachside possibilities make this location idea for a post-wedding break too. So, after your nuptials are complete, you can simply retreat to the coast to soak up even more of what stunning Portugal has to offer instead of having to face a long-haul flight.