Couple eloping in Lisbon

What to Know About Destination Weddings in Lisbon


January 17, 2024
Words by Kristi Blane
Photos courtesy of Heritage Story

From historic architecture to breathtaking views, Lisbon, Portugal has emerged as a highly desired city to visit, especially in the last several years. That’s why we consulted Maryem of Heritage Story and Manon of B.event– both specialists in Portugal destination weddings–to delve into the compelling reasons why Lisbon stands out for destination weddings.

blue and white florals and shots of Lisbon buildings

First of all, Lisbon boasts absolutely enchanting architecture with azulejos (hand-painted ceramic tiles) adorning building facades, narrating the city’s history. Its proximity to the sea adds a touch of romance with breathtaking views and refreshing sea breezes. Vibrant colors punctuate the city, while local cuisine and the warmth of Portuguese culture add to the overall charm of the city.

bride and groom photos at São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon

Best Places In & Around Lisbon For Wedding Photos

For these reasons and more, capturing love in Lisbon is a photographer’s heaven. With so many ideal backdrops, Maryem suggests couples book a “Day After” session with their photographer to truly incorporate the destination into your wedding photos. If you have to narrow it down to the top places to take wedding portraits in and around Lisbon, however, Maryem advises prioritizing the following locations:

Praça do Comércio

Statue in the heart of Praça do Comércio in Lisbon

São Vicente de Fora

elopement ceremony at the top of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon

Palace of Fronteira 

fountain at center of Palace of Fronteira

Town of Sintra

Town of SintraPhoto by Andrey Khrobostov

What to Note for Your Lisbon Destination Wedding

Couples seeking a sun-kissed celebration should consider planning their wedding between June and September when the weather is generally more reliable and sunny. 

While many Lisboans, especially in the service industry, speak English, it can be helpful to know some basic Portuguese phrases. This can enhance your overall experience and communication with locals.

Lisbon has a well-connected public transportation system, including buses, trams, and the metro. If you have specific venues in mind, check transportation options for easy accessibility.

Make sure you have reservations and a detailed plan before exploring the city! Luckily, a specialized destination wedding planner like Manon can assist with the necessary documentation, recommend suitable hotels, manage transportation logistics, coordinate with vendors, and craft a detailed itinerary.

fountain at center of Palace of Fronteira

Overall, we love Lisbon for its enchanting atmosphere, architectural diversity and stellar wedding vendors!

Vendors: Photographer: Heritage Story; Wedding Planner: B.event; Hair and Makeup: Joana V. Bastos Makeup; Floral Design: kckliko and Pomegranate Colours; Dress: O’Bridelook; Groom’s Attire: ALFAIATARIA LUSA; Bride and groom: Tamires and Diogo

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