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How to Marry in Portugal

It's easier to get married in Portugal if you aren't a resident, so why not make the most of this and marry in this beautiful country? There are many, many gorgeous locations here including the popular beaches of the Algarve in the south, the wonderful hills in the vibrant capital city of Lisbon, the historical beauty of Porto in the north, and of course, the miles and miles of unspoilt beaches the length of the country.

Portugal makes a great choice for a wedding abroad, and is often chosen over other European countries due to its mild climate and easy legalities. Take a look at the Portuguese marriage legalities below to see if it's right for you, and browse the contact details for quality wedding planners there as well. 

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Portugal Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Portugal?

Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If you are 16 or 17 years old then parental consent is required.
Bride and Groom may not be related.
The wedding ceremony will take place in Portuguese, so you may wish to have a translator present at the ceremony.


How long do I have to be resident in Portugal before I can get married?

There are no residency requirements to get married in Portugal.


How to get a marriage licence in Portugal

You must bring the papers mentioned below to the Civil Registry where the marriage will take place, and also bring them to the place where you will marry on your wedding day.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?

Certified birth certificates issued less than six months ago and translated into Portuguese.
Residence permit or passport if not a permanent resident of Portugal.
Certificate of No Impediment. This can be obtained from the local registry office in  your town.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown, certified within the last six months and translated into Portuguese.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown, certified within the last six months and translated into Portuguese.
All UK documents can be certified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


Portugal Registry Offices


Av. 5 de Outubro, 25 to 27A
8000-077 Faro
Tel: +351 289 804 625
Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm


Conservatoria do Registro Civil
Avenue Fontes Pereira de Melo, No 7 a 11
1050-115 Lisbon
Tel: +351 213 566 281
Fax: +351 213 566 259
Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm

Vila Nova de Gaia (near Porto)

Praceta Henrique Moreira 244, store0.29
Arrabida Shopping Center
Sao Pedro da Afurada Shopping
4400-349 Vila Nova de Gaia
Tel: +351 223 771 020
Mon - Fri 9am -4pm


Portugal Average Weather

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Our Portugal Wedding Providers

Sonho a dois

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Location: Algarve
Business Type: Wedding Planners
Contact: Noelia & Carla

The day of your wedding is a day to be treasured forever. With the awarded wedding planners Sonho a Dois Algarve Weddings to help you plan your special day, it is guaranteed that your wedding day will be filled with amazing memories. From the biggest decisions to the smallest details, they are at hand to help you turn to life your special day, leaving no stone unturned and making sure that the wedding day will run smoothly and all the couples need to do is relax and enjoy the day.
All the weddings are tailored to suit couples tastes, personalities and budget as each couple is unique. Their moto "Your Dream, Our Passion" truly reflects the spirit of service provided - professional, personal and easy-going.

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Our Top 5 Wedding Locations in Portugal

If you like the idea of getting married in Portugal but haven't decided exactly where to marry, then take a look below at our choice of the best regions of Portugal to get married.
the Douro Valley Portugal
This beautiful valley is famous for producing wine and sherry, so it's ideal if your wedding reception requires local wine!

UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site, so you can be sure it's a picturesque location where you'll find a wide range of quintas (country estates) and stunning views of the vines.

The historic and pretty town of Porto is the main gateway to this area, and makes a wonderful honeymoon destination in its own right with lots of bars, restaurants and excellent cuisine.

This entire area is exquisitely pretty, with rolling hills covered in vineyards either side of the Douro river which winds its way through the valley. Traditionally boats were used to move the sherry and wine out of the valley, and nowadays you can float down the river yourself if you so wish - perhaps an option for a pre-reception cocktail or two?!
Porto portugal
Gateway to the Douro Valley, the magical city of Porto has a medieval centre with charming streets meandering between the banks of the river.

If you're thinking of getting married here in town then there are plenty of gorgeous public gardens to choose from where you could have an outdoor ceremony, along with many churches and no end of hotels of all styles.

Porto is also well known for its gastronomy, so if you'd like to combine your wedding with a honeymoon filled with food and rink then this is definitely the right place.
sintra portugal
Not far from Lisbon is the fairytale town of Sintra. Filled with beautiful villas, the town has long been a royal retreat from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon and is home to several intricately decorated palaces and a ruined castle.

Sintra really does make a truly unique wedding location with its charming pastel (and brightly) coloured buildings, sumptuous gardens and view over the Atlantic. Surrounded by forests, the town is elevated so it's cooler than in Lisbon, so ideal if you don't want to sweat buckets on your wedding day!

You can also get to some pretty stunning beaches here too, and there's also a mysterious-looking lake if you'd like some unusual wedding photos.
cascais portugal
Just south of Sintra and west of Lisbon is another charming town, Cascais. More of a traditional fishing village than Sintra, it's right on the coast so there are plenty of whitewashed houses and little boats bobbing about in the marina - all of which would make a lovely wedding photo backdrop!

Cascais has plenty of top end wedding venues (including ornate villas and luxury yachts), along with some great food and drink and some brilliant views along the coastline.
the algarve portugal
Last but by no means least, the Algarve is probably the most well known of all regions of Portugal, and for good reason.

With plenty of busy (and secluded) beaches, a plethora of hotels and venues to suit any budget, and almost guaranteed good weather, this is one of the top wedding destinations in the country.

Flying in to Faro puts you right in the heart of the Algarve, so it's easy to pop over from the UK or elsewhere in Europe to find a location for your wedding, and also to make visits while you plan the day. You could easily go for a long weekend and meet several wedding planners and venues before deciding on the right one for your big day.
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