Besides organising the most amazing wedding for you, your planning journey will be much more enjoyable, more efficient and cost effective, and it will reduce your stress levels! You’ll have fun working with my team and me!
I’ll provide you with support from the start, beginning with our initial consultation, designing the concept, vendor selection and contracting, budget management and to the day itself.
It takes hundreds of hours to plan the perfect wedding, dealing with minute details, schedules and contracts. If this isn’t for you, then having a planner will really help you to focus on the important and fun bits, leaving the rest to me.
With me you get full wedding and event planning services. Whether it’s the creative and design side of things, navigating the admin that comes with getting married in a foreign country or the logistics, we’ll handle the various aspects that go into planning a fabulous event so that you can relax and enjoy the journey.
The first step is our initial complimentary consultation, where we get to know each other and see if we’re a good fit to work together. We’ll talk about the ideas you have and the kind of wedding you’ve envisioned. We’ll also talk about us and what you can count on when you work with me.
Once you’ve booked my services, I’ll start looking for the perfect venue for you. Portugal is an amazing location for your wedding as there are all sorts of options: palaces and castles, wine estates, urban chic venues, boho country estates, private villas, etc. It all comes down to what will work best for you and I’ll shortlist the options that best suit your style. If it is not possible for you to travel to the venues, I’ll put together detailed info packs and arrange virtual tours so that you can get a feel for the options, as close as possible to an in loco visit.
Once the venue is sorted, we move on to the design phase. I’ll prepare several mood boards detailing the concept, colours, and other ideas for each event and/or moment of the wedding day.
I’ll then source, with you, a team of the most talented professionals that will help us to bring the wedding and related events to life. You’ll keep track of the planning process because I’ll prepare a detailed timeline that is simple for everyone to follow and that ensures that everything is happening when it should. You’ll be updated regularly so that you know what my team and I are doing for you and to ensure that you’re happy with the way things are developing.
On the day of the wedding, we’ll be with you from the start. Our team will support you and the bridal party, manage the vendors from build to tear down, we’ll keep the event running to schedule and doing everything to ensure that you’re having the best day.
The answer to this question is that it depends on what type of wedding you have, the number of guests, the time of year… Based on your ideas and wishes, and on the concept that we develop together, I’ll prepare a comprehensive budget for you so that there are no surprises further down the line.
We don’t set a minimum budget per se, but minimum fees apply in some cases. We usually charge a flat rate for our services which, in turn, depends on the level of support we’ll be providing you with and the number of associated events.
To give you an idea of the cost of getting married in Portugal, click here to receive a editable and customisable average sample budget. Input your expected guest numbers, the services you need and it will automatically calculate the average investment to consider.
How do you approach sustainability and working with the local community?
I encourage my couples to work, in as much as possible, with the local community. Be this through the catering provider by sourcing local products and seasonal produce, using seasonal flowers for the florals or local vendors and artisans when acquiring items for the wedding such as decor, welcome gift bags, favours, etc.
More often than not, the food prepared for the wedding and/or welcome and rehearsal dinners is not all consumed, and we partner with local organisations to distribute this food to those in need of it, immediately after the event.
Furthermore, where materials acquired for the wedding can be reused, I donate these to local charities or organisations who can reuse them in their day to day activities such as arts & crafts activities for the elderly or children.
The vendors I work with are also very sensitive to the importance of operating in a sustainable manner and, together, we implement measures we consider to be steps in the right direction. Examples of this are reducing the use of single-use plastic, such as that used in packaging materials and containers, or looking for the most efficient transport solutions for guests and staff.
I am always learning and looking for ways to improve.
I’m based in Lisbon, but work wherever my couples take me. I cover the whole of Portugal, including the islands of Madeira and the Azores. I’ve also worked extensively in Europe especially in Switzerland and Austria.
The first wedding I ever planned was in June 2003! It’s been a while! Since then I’ve had the privilege to be part of the lives of many couples.
I only commit to a limited number of weddings each year and don’t take double bookings. You get my full attention so that your day is perfect.
I work across all types of weddings and will design the event around you. It can be a massive party, an intimate wedding or an elegant elopement – we’ll celebrate you.
I’ve worked on a wide scope of wedding styles – from cool, urban weddings to more laid-back settings, from beach weddings to palatial celebrations. I won’t try to fit you into a mould.
I create events for all denominations and civil, symbolic and LGBTQI wedding celebrations.
It all comes down to you, the couple. I’ll ensure that your wedding will be a moment to remember and treasure forever and that it will reflect your style, your story, your personality, and your vision.
Absolutely! We can hit the ground running. I love brainstorming ideas with my couples. Planning your wedding is about you. It involves intense teamwork with you as the captain.
That’s fine – don’t worry. I’ll help you to navigate what may seem like endless options. I’m certain that, together, we’ll develop an amazing concept, full of fantastic ideas and personal touches that reflect your style and translate your taste impeccably to create the most memorable day.
I don’t do packages! I work across various types of venues and with the top, tried and tested vendors in their category to develop the solution that will work best to bring your vision to life.
I will only recommend suppliers and venues that guarantee the highest level of quality.
I don’t set a minimum budget. Based on your ideas and wishes and on the concept that you choose, I’ll prepare a comprehensive budget for you so that there are no surprises further down the line. I only recommend quality venues and vendors and that will be reflected in the budget.
I charge a flat rate for my services which, in turn, depends on the level of support I’ll be providing you with and the number of associated events.
A payment structure will be included in our contract which we can adapt to suit your needs.
It all starts with an initial, no strings consultation. We’ll talk for a while, I’ll ask you loads of questions about you, your partner, what you like and dislike, your ideas and dreams for your wedding. This allows me to get a sense of who you are and your style so that I can build the most amazing creative concept for you. Planning a wedding implies an intense collaboration and from this chat you’ll also be able to gauge who I am. Once you’re happy we’re a great fit, we move on from there.
This is our specialty! Over 90% of my work is with couples who don’t live in Portugal and who’ve chosen this beautiful country for their destination wedding. As a team, we’ve worked in many countries so we’re sensitive to cultural traditions. I love logistics and all that’s involved with having a group of guests from abroad – be it sorting out accommodation, transport arrangements, day trips etc. I’m here to make life easier for you.
In this day and age, we’ve all become adept at working remotely and that comes in handy when you’re planning a destination wedding. I can arrange virtual visits to venues, online meetings with suppliers if needed and our communication with you will flow effortlessly whether it’s online or in person. We’ll manage different time zones easily with all the tools at our disposal.
Yes! Organising rehearsal dinners, welcome receptions, wedding brunches – these are all services I provide all the time.
If most of your guests are from abroad and you’d like to give them the opportunity to get to know a little more of the region, I can plan bespoke tours with qualified guides.
My team and I will also find solutions for you if any of your guests requires special assistance.
My team is discreet and professional and will ensure that your wedding day runs as we’ve planned. We’ll be there from when the set-up begins, ensuring that the full production team is running to schedule. We’ll liaise with suppliers, help guests if they have questions and, above all, we’ll be on hand for anything you need.
Let’s get your complimentary consultation booked to discuss your plans in detail. Can’t wait – it’s going to be great!