As you’ve already read, in January 2015 we decided that we were going to get married in Portugal. And yes, you read it right, we had never been there before! This is what shocks everyone who asks. They thought it was a country which has special meaning for us, but no, we just like to make things easy and fun. Life is an adventure right?
Just in case Portugal wasn’t THE place we didn’t want to spend too much on an exploration trip, nor did we want to use up too much time just in case we needed to travel the world looking for the perfect wedding venue. Luckily for us the lovely helpful people at Broadway Travel arranged a really cheap deal. It cost £305.45 for 3 nights accommodation and return flights for both of us! Amazing!! We arranged car hire with our trusty favourites rentalcars.com which was so cheap. They are a comparison site and we always find great deals with them wherever we travel.
As we hadn’t visited the Algarve we had no idea what to expect, also, we were short on time so we had to run a tight ship. We love travelling and wanted to fit as much into our trip as possible. Surely we could see a load of venues and do some sightseeing too? We scoured the internet before we went, compiling a list of suitable venues. We knew we wanted to get married on the beach so that gave us a head start. Google was our friend, we just searched and searched and any that looked good we contacted for an appointment. If you don’t know where you want to get married make sure you do your research, plan to visit as many places as possible. Every venue we contacted by email always replied and it wasn’t a problem that we could only speak English, they always understood and replied in English.
The day finally came for us to travel and off we went arriving at Faro Airport late evening. We picked up our Vauxhall Corsa from the car hire building opposite the terminal and headed for the open road. We were staying in Albufeira as it was central. We got so lost trying to find our accommodation, we ended up having a cheeky cheeseburger at McDonalds so we could make use of the free WiFi and use google maps to get us to the hotel. We finally arrived at midnight and went straight to bed ready for a day of appointments ahead. Everything so far had been so easy, travelling with hand luggage was key, it meant the flight cost was low, we saved on time not having to wait for our bags and we only needed a small car as everything fit in the boot fine.
Looking back, if I was to plan this trip again, or if I was to give advice to anyone planning a similar trip I would say what you think you want and what you actually end up doing could be two completely different things. If you’re putting your plan together now try to include a wild card, or something a bit different to the rest of your options. You don’t know what you’re going to find when you get there and variety is the spice of life!
My next post will be live soon, it will cover the venues and what we discovered on our break.