Legal requirements for getting married in Portugal
One of the first questions we get asked by couples considering getting married in Portugal is “ what are the legal requirements for getting married in Portugal ? “
There are so many reasons to choose Portugal as a destination for your wedding, but more about that over here on another blog post !
So when you have made the decision to marry in beautiful Portugal, its useful to familiarise yourself with the legal requirements for getting married in Portugal. And its well worth starting this preparation as soon as possible, as it takes time. As your wedding planners in Portugal, we will make this process as easy as possible for you.
There are two legal forms of marriage in Portugal – Civil and Catholic. You are unable to marry legally in other religious ceremonies as Portugal is a Catholic country.
Thankfully there are a many solutions ! Some couples marry legally in a small ceremony in their home country and then a have a full religious blessing or a simple symbolic blessing in Portugal with all of their family and friends.
This really cuts down on the paperwork and our celebrants are so experienced that they can really make your blessing look very much like the real thing, so your guests do not have to know you are already legally married.
For my own wedding in Portugal in 2015, myself, my hubby and all our guests were really surprised and touched by how warm and individual our celebrant made our ceremony. It was really quite emotional which we didn’t expect of a symbolic blessing !
You can also choose to have a Civil ceremony in Portugal and then have your religious blessing afterwards. Either way the main ceremony takes place in the relaxed ambience, fab weather and gorgeous locations of beautiful Portugal.
Have a look at just a small selection of our venues ( we have more that are not on the website yet ). Then when you identify a theme you like, drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and lets chat !
Happy wedding planning and warmest wishes for 2017 xx