A European Love Story: Destination Wedding Portugal

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 04/03/24
A European Love Story: Destination Wedding Portugal

A European Love Story: Destination Wedding Portugal

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 04/03/24

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A European Love Story: Destination Wedding Portugal

By  Tommy Peske
Updated on 04/03/24

Europe has a certain allure. It’s steeped in rich history and culture and has a near-endless supply of wedding venues — and with 50 European countries to pick from, you’re truly spoiled for choice.

So why Portugal?

Cozied up to Spain on the far western side of Europe, this small country (about the same size as Indiana) has a lot to offer. However, we’ll level with you right away. Portugal is not the easiest place to organize a wedding. It takes a lot of forethought and careful planning, and you can’t just rock up and get married on the spot. 

Here’s everything you need to know to plan the ultimate destination wedding, Portugal style.

Why Have a Destination Wedding in Portugal?

Hosting a destination wedding in Portugal is an unforgettable experience. Why? Well…

Firstly, the country’s beautiful scenery and sunny, mild climate set the perfect scene for your wedding day.

Secondly, you can’t walk more than five feet without tripping over amazing architecture. The architecture provides a unique backdrop for your wedding photos, from centuries-old churches to magnificent Gothic palaces and quaint cobbled city streets.

Thirdly, let’s not forget the rich culture and history of Portugal. As one of the oldest countries in Europe, it boasts a wealth of art, music, literature, and cuisine. 

In short, there are plenty of reasons to plan a Portugal destination wedding. 

The Cost of a Destination Wedding in Portugal

Cost for Destination Wedding Portugal

The cost of a destination wedding in Portugal depends on the type of wedding you want. The number of guests, location, season, type of venue, etc., can all greatly influence the cost.

However, according to some estimates, the average cost of a destination wedding in Portugal is around €15,000 (roughly $16,300) for approximately 50 guests, much cheaper than the U.S. overall average of $30k

Here are some of the main expenses for a destination wedding in Portugal:

  • Venue: Ranges from $500 to $10,000
  • Catering: Ranges from $50 to $150 or more per head
  • Entertainment: Ranges from $500 to $5,000 or more, depending on the type and quality of the entertainer
  • Decorations: Ranges from $500 to $3,000 (However, if you pick a venue with gorgeous scenery, you won’t need extra decor!)
  • Photographer: Ranges from $1,000 to $5,000
  • Travel/Airfare/Hotel: Ranges from $600 to $3,000 

One way to save yourself a lot of money — as well as time and effort — is to pick a venue that offers wedding packages. The packages typically include all the essentials: a ceremony space, catering, cake, wedding photography, entertainment, drinks, etc., for a single price.

The Best Time for a Destination Wedding in Portugal

Best Time for Destination Wedding Portugal
No one wants rainfall and clouds on their wedding day, and, fortunately, Portugal boasts one of Europe’s sunniest and warmest climates, with an average of 300 sunny days per year

April and October tend to be the best months in Portugal, weather-wise. However, this is also the peak travel season, when prices are higher, and finding a wedding venue might be more difficult.

To save some cash, go for a November or March wedding. The weather will be cooler and rainier but still pleasant. Plus, Portugal wedding venues will be more willing to cut you a deal.

FAQs: Destination Weddings Portugal

How Much Does the Average Wedding Cost in Portugal?

A Portuguese wedding costs anywhere from €4,000 to €26,000, depending on the number of guests, season, and location. However, the average cost tends to be around €15,000.

Is Portugal a Good Place to Get Married?

Portugal offers incredible venues, architecture, culture, and cuisine and is a great place to get married. However, the marriage license application process is complicated, so many only opt for a symbolic ceremony.

Is It Cheaper to Get Married in Spain or Portugal?

The average cost of a wedding in Spain is around €20,000+, while the average cost in Portugal is roughly €15,000. Therefore, it may be cheaper to get married in Portugal than in Spain.

How Much Does a Wedding Planner Cost in Portugal?

The average cost of a wedding planner in Portugal ranges from €500 to €3,000. The cost depends on location and scope of work. For example, a Lisbon wedding planner will cost more than a planner in a smaller town.

What Month is Best to Get Married in Portugal?

Generally speaking, the best months to get married in Portugal are May, June, September, and October. July and August are best avoided due to the heat, high cost, and crowds.

Before You Pack Your Bags…

At The Groom Club, we know how much planning and research goes into a destination wedding. If you need a little assistance, check out our many articles designed with the groom in mind, and we’ll help you plan the event of a lifetime.

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