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There are so many great reasons to get married in the Algarve it is hard to know where to startd. From popping the question to enjoying the honeymoon, the Algarve has perfect settings for each moment of your wedding abroad. Here are some of our favorite reasons for getting married in the Algarve.

The Algarve is packed with romantic spots - see our favourite romanctic places. Stunning beaches, unique coves and caves, ochre cliffs topped by green pines with the blue, blue ocean in the background, solitary light houses and ancient castles - perfect settings for romantic and intimate wedding ceremonies, not to mention ideal photo opportunities. With so much romance in the air, it's not surprising that many a proposal is made in the Algarve. 

If you are planning a special proposal, the Algarve not only offers the perfect setting, there are plenty of people on hand to help it happen.
- If a romantic picnic on a secluded beach is what you yearn for, then Event Spirit can make it happen, with bespoke picnics on the beach. They take care of the set-up and all the gorgeous details, as well as the catering.

- Or why not propose at sea? charter a yacht and sail the beautiful coastline at sunset. There are many yacht charter companies that can help you set the scene.

Senhora da Rocha chapel

For the day itself, there are quaint and traditional chapels where you can marry, such as the village church in Boliqueieme or Alvor, or the town church in Lagos. For a show-stopping church setting, it would be hard to beat the Senhora da Rocha (Lady of the Rock) chapel which sits atop the cliffs and overlooks the ocean.

Or add some history to your story and hold you wedding at the very pretty Palácio de Estoi, a gorgoeus palacette located near Faro. A luxurious neo-Baroque and neo-Rococo mansion, with beautiful gardens. Truly something a little different.

Great weddings need great planning - and the Algarve has some of the best wedding planners around. Some resorts and hotels have dedicated wedding planning teams who work closely wth you to craft your perfect day.

Quinta do Lago Weddings - The Quinta do Lago wedding team don't do production line weddings. Each wedding they plan is as individual as the bride and groom, with special and unique touches that make your wedding day absolutely yours. And as one of the leading luxurios lifestyle resorts in Europe, there is a fabulous choice of venue for the wedding day itself, accommodation for your guests, as well as lots of before and after fun and food.
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Vila Vita Parc, set right by the ocean is famous for its outstandig hospitality and the very high standards it delivers on everything it does. The team is on hand to help create a luxurious wedding experience to match your dreams. 
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For beach vibes and sunny wedding fun, then a pool and beach club may be just what you want.
WELL in Vale do Lobo is a stunning venue, matching amazing views and scenery with a stylish ambience. 
Find out more about WELL in Vale do Lobo

NoSoloÀgua in Portimão is one of the most popular beach and pool clubes in the Algarve. And it is also a super wedding venue. Opt to stay poolside or go for a bare-foot-on-the-beach vibe at the beach club. Hard to beat.
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Wedding at Vila Vita Parc. Photo by algarvephotography.

Vila Vita Parc

Algarve nightlife is very lively with lots of clubs and bars, ideal for traditional Hen and Stags where lots of drinks and party fun is the plan. But your options are not limited to that. There are lots of awesome things to see and do in the Algarve.
- For both Hen and Stag parties, a boat trip along the coast is a great way to relax and have some fun. Sip some bubbles or enjoy a BBQ on the beach before hitting the nightspots. 
- There are pleny of sunset sessions at great seaside venues all year round in the Algarve, and they are perfect for a party. Find the best sunset spots in the Algarve
- if pampering is your thing there are plenty of superb spas in the Algarve, not to mention mobile spa services and spa parties.
- add some competition to your Hen or Stag party. Try for top speeds at the indoor, electric Karting at Albufeira, play Foot Golf or may be give padel, one of the fastest growing sports, a go. There are plenty of padel clubs in the Algarve

WELL, Vale do Lobo

There are lots of practical considerations to take on board when planning a wedding abroad. One of the most important is ease of access to your chosen location. Happily there are flights from just about every major city in Europe to Faro airport, with a flight time of under 3 hours from most of them.With plenty of low cost airlines flying into the Algarve, your wedding guests should have no trouble finding a suitable flight.
And in 2024, there will be direct flights from the USA to Faro. Starting in May 2024, United Airlines will have direct flights from New York to Faro.

The Algarve is a great value wedding destination. It's not the cheapest destination but you get valeu for the money you spend, in great services, beautiful locations and excellent choice of before and after wedding fun. Do some research, have a clear idea of what you want and you should be able to source what you want at the price you need. Better still, get a wedding planner to do that work for you. Their contacts will probably save you money, and will definitely save you time and stress. 

The Algarve isn't good just for weddings, it's great for honeymoons too. There are beautiful and intimate boutique hotels perfect for romantic interludes, countryside retreats for a tranquil start to married life, as well as indulgent luxury. 
Check out these great Algarve honeymoon recommendations.

Vila Vita Parc

If you want to get married in the Algarve you have plenty of options. You can opt to have both the civil and religious ceremony here (the bureaucratic and legal side is not as bad as you might think and a good wedding planner will make it easy). You can opt for a symbolic ceremony only, and there are some excellent wedding celebrants in the Algarve that will craft beautiful words to suit your occasion. You can choose a large and lavish affair at a leading resort or a quiet event at a private villa. And your guests can choose the type of accommodation that suits their tastes and budget from incredible luxury right through to campsites.

While there are no guarantees, with over 3.000 hours of sunshine per year, chances are the weather will be just fine on your wedding day in the Algarve.

The wedding destination you choose will always be special to you. The Algarve is the kind of place you can come back to time and time again at different stages in your life, revisiting old memories and creating new, from your wedding day to family holidays with your future children and grandchildren.