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What is Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa?
Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa is an exclusive wedding planning company established in the Coast of Portugal, in Cascais near Lisbon.
The company specializes in planning weddings and events in the luxury oceanfront five-star Boutique Hotel Senhora da Guia. The team consist of two senior Wedding Planners, three wedding coordinators and a large wedding production team.
How much experience do the Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa specialists have?
Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa's Wedding Planner service is on the market since 2011. The team has the experience, passion, and international reputation. It gathers profound expertise in planning weddings in the distinctive five-star Boutique Hotel Senhora da Guia with fantastic ocean views.
They will organize every detail to ensure your Destination Wedding in Portugal is truly sensational.
When should I start to plan my Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa Wedding in Portugal?
Between 6 to 12 months is an ideal amount of time for your Wedding Planner to guarantee your dream wedding in Portugal. It is possible to organize luxurious and intimate weddings at Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa wedding venue with a tighter schedule: we've done it before. However, if you want a big wedding with a lot of guests and exquisite details, the sooner you start, the better. We always recommend booking and start planning your wedding as quickly as possible, to secure your preferred wedding date.
What are the different Portugal all-inclusive wedding packages by Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa?
You can find our all-inclusive wedding packages in our Packages Page. Our all-inclusive wedding packages simplify the planning process, offer ideas, and serve as a starting point to creating your perfect day. All the prices are final and include the legal VAT rate.
What is included in my Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa all-inclusive wedding package?
In our all-inclusive wedding packages, we include every significant moment of a wedding program to make your dream wedding day in Portugal come true.
Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa's average all-inclusive wedding packages include a proposal for the wedding ceremony, the wedding reception, the wedding entertainment, the wedding cake and guest accommodation. Find out every detail about our all-inclusive wedding packages in our Packages Page. Please note that all prices are final and include the legal VAT rate.
Can I customize my all-inclusive wedding package when booking with Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa?
We designed a collection of all-inclusive wedding packages according to the season of your choice and considering the number of guests you will have at your Portugal destination wedding. However, we can customize your all-inclusive wedding package incorporating your wedding requests. Please note that tailor-made options will change the final price of the all-inclusive package.
What are the legal requirements for getting married in Portugal?
Every country has different legal requirements for officializing marriages, in-country and abroad. Foreigners can marry in Portugal legally, but there is quite a bit of paperwork to go through and translate.
Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa's experienced and diligent Wedding Planners will assist you through the legalities, as they have extensive knowledge of the bureaucratic requirements. Most couples, to simplify the process, opt to perform all legal marriage procedures in their home countries and afterwards celebrate the wedding in Portugal.
If you wish to wed in Portugal, the essential documents required legally are ID documents, such as passports and birth certificates, marriage capacity certificates, power of attorney, and a marriage license application.
Where can my guests and I stay accommodated for my wedding night?
Since Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa is the Wedding Planner for the Senhora da Guia five-star Boutique Hotel, you and your guests will stay at the Hotel. Senhora da Guia is a Boutique Hotel by the sea with five-star services and amenities. All Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa's all-inclusive wedding packages include in their rates, a specific number of overnight stays at Senhora da Guia Boutique Hotel.
Can I have a Beach Wedding ceremony planned by Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa?
Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa's Wedding Planners, can organize your beach wedding in Portugal. In the outskirts of our wedding venue, there are several fantastic beaches, like, for instance, Guincho beach, the largest beach in Cascais.
Our planners will show you all the beach options, and you can choose the one you like the most, and we will create the loveliest setting for your celebration at the beach. Our usual wedding ceremonies at the beach feature the Atlantic Ocean's horizon, a graceful canopy in the sand, chairs for your guests: all you need to enjoy the perfect ceremony at the beach.
Please note that all beach ceremonies require a specific license that we will request for you.
Can I have a customized wedding cake?
Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa can customize everything of your Destination Wedding in Portugal, including your wedding cake. At Villa Guia, our wedding venue, catering staff know that the wedding cake moment is a crucial moment for every wedding. Therefore, once you describe us what you like in terms of design, flavour and size, we will find the best baker in the Lisbon area to deliver the most remarkable and yummy wedding cake especially for you. See some of our wedding cake cutting inspirational images in Cake Cutting and Party Pages.
What is the weather like in Portugal, for my Destination Wedding?
Portugal has a mild climate, with an average of 290 days of sun a year. So the chances are that even in the winter you'll enjoy a bright sunshiny day. To know more about the climate in Portugal we recommend that you check this weather page.
How can I contact Villa Guia| Portugal Wedding Villa?
You can send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call / WhatsApp us: +351915 355 566.
Why choose Portugal as my Destination Wedding location?
Portugal has a powerful combination of perfect features. In essence, a mild Mediterranean climate, 3000 hours of sunshine, a coastal line of over 850kms, a variety of spectacular landscapes, a unique, eclectic cultural identity, top-quality wedding venues and trademark hospitality.
The range of Destination Wedding options in Portugal is also remarkable. From a romantic wedding venue in Sintra to a beach wedding venue along the Lisbon Coast or even an urban contemporary wedding venue in cosmopolitan Lisbon. Choosing Portugal as your Destination Wedding location gives you an incredible array of possibilities to create great memories. Additionally, you'll experience the bounty and the sympathy of the Portuguese people who will turn your Destination Wedding in Portugal an even more enjoyable experience. We are confident that when you leave, you are going to feel what we call "Saudade."
What is the concept of a Destination Wedding in Portugal?
The concept of a Destination Wedding in Portugal is when a foreign couple decides to have their wedding celebration in Portugal, a beautiful location abroad. Destination Weddings in Portugal can be an intimate experience for two like an elopement or a once in a lifetime travelling adventure for close family and friends.
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• Where is Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa located?
Portugal Wedding Villa is located in the Cascais Coast, known as the Portuguese Riviera, in a prime seafront location where Sintra-Cascais Natural Park meets the Ocean. At a convenient 30-minute drive from Lisbon's international airport, it is also close to Cascais centre and romantic Sintra village, a Unesco world heritage site.
• Are there any good alternative accommodation options for our guests around the Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa?
There are several excellent options for accommodation around Portugal Wedding Villa, from luxury five-star hotels, to affordable four and three-star hotels, to private rental villas and also local Airbnb accommodations.
• What is the maximum and minimum capacity of Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa wedding venue?
Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa wedding venue's maximum capacity is of 125 guests, and minimum capacity is of 50 guests during high season. The minimum number of guests may differ during low season.
• Are all the VAT taxes included in the Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa all-inclusive wedding packages prices?
For convenience, all our all-inclusive wedding packages prices include VAT taxes at the legal rate. All prices are final, and there are no hidden fees or taxes in our all-inclusive packages prices.
• Are flowers included in the Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa all-inclusive wedding packages? Can I choose the design?
Portugal has a fantastic selection of seasonal flowers all year around.
The florals included in our all-inclusive wedding packages are:
- One bridal bouquet;
- Two buttonholes;
- Petals for the aisle and for guests to throw at the end of the ceremony;
- Six refined and high-end centrepieces with candles for the reception.
All our floral design are made with national seasonal flowers, beautifully and tastefully composed.
We've curated a variety of six inspirational mood boards to help you chose your favourite floral style.
• Are the Wedding Planner services included the Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa all-inclusive wedding packages? Can you share a description of the Wedding Planner services?
Yes, the Wedding Planner services and the wedding day coordination services are included in your wedding package. During the time preceding your wedding, we will be assisting you in your wedding planning process. A timeline will be shared with you to guide through the entire planning process. Our wedding consultation and guide includes:
- Regular email support;
- Phone support for situations which requires an immediate resolution;
- General planning consultation;
- Customized schedule and plan for your wedding day;
- Supplier referrals and contacts, e.g. hairdresser/make-up artist /video /transportation /lawyers for legal advice;
- Professional Wedding Planner/Coordinator on-site on your wedding day.
• What is the F&B included in Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa all-inclusive wedding packages? Is Open Bar included?
Our all-inclusive wedding packages include all F&B for the entire wedding day:
- Welcome drink for guest arrival;
- Ceremony Toast;
- Two hours of cocktail with an unlimited number of canapes and drinks;
- Four-course wedding meal with a palate cleanser and selection of wines and beer BBQ and Buffet options also available;
- Three-tiered wedding cake with Sparkling Wine;
- Open bar for 3 hours with an unlimited amount of drinks.
Please consult our wedding menu for further details.
• Why is the accommodation for our guests mandatory?
Accommodation for your guests is mandatory to enhance the profound sense of intimacy/privacy of your destination wedding. Having your guests staying together at the Wedding Villa, not only allows everyone to enjoy the party without additional worries but offers full-exclusivity of the Villa and the fountain garden. It also allows your celebration to last up to 2 am, with little to none limitations or privacy concerns. Additionally, by having the wedding venue and guest accommodation at the same location at Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa, we offer an authentic and extraordinary Destination Wedding experience.
• Is a Wedding DJ included in our package? Can we access the Wedding DJ's portfolio on social media?
Yes, we have included a professional wedding DJ in Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa all-inclusive wedding packages.
A wedding DJ will ensure sound quality throughout the wedding day. From the bridal entrance song to the wireless microphone for the wedding vows exchange, to the ambience music playing during the cocktail, to the party, the assigned Wedding DJ will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Yes, we will share with you the Wedding DJ's online portfolio and social media.
• Can we book the entire Hotel in exclusivity?
It is possible to book the entire Hotel in exclusivity upon request and subject to an exclusivity fee, requiring a minimum of two nights during in high season. The exclusivity of the Hotel gives you full access to the Hotel's various areas. You can enjoy spaces usually not available, such as the pool or the Atlantic garden where you can have a pre-wedding cocktail or the wedding ceremony at the Atlantic Garden with beautiful views of the Ocean. With the exclusivity of the Hotel you also can host a pre or post-wedding gathering such as a welcome cocktail or BBQ in the garden.
• Is the wedding cake design customized for each wedding?
Included in our all-inclusive wedding packages is a three-tiered wedding cake which every couple can customize by choosing the frosting, shape and pattern.
Options of further customization like additional floral decoration with natural or sugar flowers will be subjected to a supplement in price.
• Can the guests pay for their own accommodation for the wedding night?
Our all-inclusive wedding packages include accommodation; and therefore as any promotional package, it's not possible to separate the room rates from the rest of the special offer.
• Does Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa offer special discounted rates for extra nights? Is breakfast included?
We offer our couples and their guests special discounted room rates for extra nights or extra rooms. Continental buffet breakfast is included and served in the panorâmica Ocean View restaurant. Special discounted rates vary depending on the wedding date.
• Can we book extra nights for full accommodation capacity (20 rooms, up to 50 guests) at Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa?
Yes, it's possible to book all rooms as extra nights at Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa. It's is subject to availability at the time of your reservation.
• How is the typical wedding day at Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa schedule? Could you describe the wedding day flow?
Our usual recommendation of wedding schedule and itinerary is as follows:
- Guests Arrival & Welcome Drink at the beautiful sea view Atlantic Garden: 15:45 – 16:00;
- Wedding Ceremony at the Atlantic Garden: 16:00 – 16:30;
- Post-Ceremony Toast at the Atlantic Garden: 16:30 – 17:00;
- Cocktail and Wedding Photos in the Fountain Garden: 17:00 – 19:00;
- Entrance to the Restaurant, Dinner and Speeches in our panoramic Ocean View Restaurant: 19:00 – 22:00;
- Coffee and Digestives at the Ocean View Restaurant: 22:00 – 22:30;
- Cake Cutting Ceremony and Toast in the Fountain Garden: 22:30 – 23:00;
- Dance Party and Open Bar in Sala Guia- event room: 23:00 – 02:00.
• We don't know which season to pick to get married in Portugal, could you advise?
The weather in Portugal is mild and sunny throughout most of the year. Summers are not too hot, Autumns are long, and Winters are moderate. So, anytime is a good time to hold a wedding in Portugal.
From May to October is peak wedding season ensuring weather stability and warm sunny beach days. During this time you'll undoubtedly be able to enjoy the venue's pool facilities and long outdoor hours.
Both early spring and late autumn are wedding shoulder seasons and offer fantastic value for money. Less crowded, cheaper rates for extra nights, flights and alternative accommodation. Early spring offers an incredible variety of seasonal flowers for your wedding decoration and blossoming at the Hotel gardens. Mild late autumn is a fantastic time for weddings with amazing sunsets.
Winter weddings offer incredible rates, the privacy of the venue and high chances of a beautiful sunny day. Furthermore, special packages are available in low season.
• What type of wedding ceremony could you organize at Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa?
When it comes to planning your wedding ceremony, the sky is the limit. We can organize any type of Religious Traditions (Catholic, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish etc.), Symbolic blessings (Handfasting, Candle Ceremony, Sand Ceremony, etc.) or a legally bidding Civil wedding, at your chosen location (at Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa, in a Palace, Church, Beach, etc.)
• Can we meet with Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa's wedding suppliers?
Usually, for your convenience, all other wedding suppliers are coordinated by us, on your behalf, after your supplier selection and approval. But of course, you can meet your celebrant, photographer and DJ by video chat before the wedding day.
• Would you help us with our wedding stationery? (invitations, save the date, menus, programs, place cards etc.)
Yes, we have excellent stationery supplier references who offer special discounts for Villa Guia | Portugal Wedding Villa's couples. They can assist with all your wedding stationery creating personal and beautiful details and matching with your wedding inspiration.
• Could you organize transfers for us and our guests?
Yes, we can organize and coordinate transfers for your guests, subject to an extra fee. Transportation transfer rates vary depending on the dates, the number of guests and the departure points.