Full of culture, history and romance, and just a short 3-hour flight from the UK, Portugal is a beautiful, sunny place to exchange your vows. Here’s everything you need to know about weddings in Portugal.
As the legal marriage ceremony in Portugese is so formal, without the customary exchanging of rings or sharing of vows, many couples choose to have a more traditional ceremony on a gorgeous sandy beach or under a pretty floral canopy at their venue after the legal ceremony has taken place.
Legal Requirements to Weddings in Portugal
Weddings in Portugal are not quite as straight forward as in the UK. In Portugal both Roman Catholic and civil ceremonies are legally binding but it is important to note that the Anglican churches are not licensed for marriages. For any other type of religious ceremony you will need to be married in a civil ceremony first, or the marriage will not be legally binding. As in the UK, you must be 18 years old to marry, or 16 with the written consent of your parents. You must also ensure the publication of banns (publicações) prior to the wedding for either civil or church ceremonies.
We recommend you plan your wedding in Portugal with the help of a wedding planner based in the country as they will be able to ensure you meet all the legal requirements.
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.