Weddings in Portugal
A Wedding Videography Guide

Being a Portuguese wedding videographer based around London, I am in a privileged position to help international couples (British, American, Australian, German, you name it) to get married in Portugal.

So, as a wedding videographer I get questions of all sorts about the place, suppliers, venues, etc. Sometimes, I am hired later in the game, but I am still available to help my couples with whatever they need.

Because wedding videography is rarely catered for in weddings' timetables, this page will also show some important advice on how little effort you have to make to keep us happy whilst we work on your film. 

Contrary to photographers, who can (and sometimes do) shoot from the hip, videographers need a fair bit of planning. It's not that we cannot do the run n' gun thing of going with a handheld camera. In fact, for most of the day, I do just that.  Wedding films require a bit of planning to account for a storyline. Whilst photographs will be delivered one by one in a gallery, the all the shots we take will be just and assembled in a coherent and hopefully harmonic moving picture.

That is true in all weddings whether UK ones or destination, but destination weddings are slightly different. 

Finally, much to the surprise of most of my clients, wedding videos in Portugal can be incredibly varied in style and landscape. Despite the small scale of the country, Portugal has very different settings. From dry planes to mountains to the gorgeous coast lines so many Brits look for.

Here we go.

1. Get a wedding planner

As much as I am able and willing to help, I'll never do that as well as a wedding planner. As I alluded above, a good wedding film is one that has been properly planned. I do my bit to plan and capture things, but getting the whole picture right is up to you or, if you follow my advice, a good, international planner. A good wedding planner will liase with the venue and all the suppliers, making sure they explain and even negotiate the terms of contracts with them so you don't have to. Furthermore, they'll help with the logistical challenges couples are faced with when they get married abroad with language they don't (fully) understand. As far as I'm concerned, a wedding planner will articulate with the venue how wedding speeches work (wedding in Portugal don't traditionally have speeches, whilst in the UK and America they're common place); find out if there is a PA system I can hook up microphones to; help with any concerns regarding no-go areas in the venue, specially in wild(er) areas. Finally, they'll ensure things will run smoothly and nudge the catering and venue teams on the go keep things on track.

2. Fly a few days earlier

We all have busy lives, but flying can be pretty distressing with all the delays and stuff. Specially if you're coming from the UK, we don't have a clue how will things work. We don't even know how delayed we will be after Brexit, flying into Europe. How will border checks work? The key is to ensure you have enough time to settle, get used to the heat (in the high season) and ensure you get to know the travels you have to make and stuff. 

 

Alentejo wedding video

It's the mass of land sitting between the Algarve (bottom south of the country) and Setúbal, in the north. In latitude, it goes all the way from the country's Atlantic coast to the frontier with Spain. In the Atlantic weddings can be beach or coast weddings with big views to the ocean and large distant coastal and beach views. A wedding under a wooden hut springs to mind with cold drinks and seafood being served from a weather battered beach bar. In the interior, close to Spain, you get more of a frontier look. Large distant prairie views with cork tree fields or agricultural land. This is the place where some of the best food in Portugal comes from. It's land of some of the best wines as well. From this area you can expect strong, intense red wines to go with pork dishes and potatoes and a traditional dish called "migas" - none of this is obviously vegan or vegetarian friendly, so I'd stay clear if I had such diets. Alentejo weddings are often very relaxed affairs with fairly informal dress codes and ask for a mid afternoon ceremony for a sunset reception to escape the heat. Because venues tend to be farms or ranches in the middle of nowhere, 

Lisbon wedding video

Lisbon is the city I converged to as a child. It's a proper old city such as London or Oxford. It has been around as a Portuguese city since the 12th century D. Afonso Henriques came from the north to drive the