Perfect “I Do”

Tell us the date of your wedding and we will give you some guidelines to have in mind for this perfect moment.

12 Months before the Wedding

Budget Define a budget.
Location Choose ceremony and reception sites, and talk to us for booking them. We will show you different venues, according to your taste and budget, and help you find the perfect place!
Inspiration Start looking for reference images for inspiration. We will create and share with you a Pinterest board. This is an easy and fun way to keep all references in the same place.
Guests Write your guest list and mail save-the-date! This is very important if guests are coming to Portugal from all over the world, and need to book flights.
Papers f you plan to have a legal civil or religious marriage, talk to us so with can help you with the papers!

12 to 6 Months before the Wedding

Book the suppliers, for example photographers, videographers, musicians, transportation, make up and hair … We have amazing partners that we love to work with, and you’ll love them as well.

Define the wedding concept. We will create a unique concept for your wedding.

6 to 4 Months before the Wedding

Graphic design and decoration: it’s time to start designing the invitations. As for all the decoration, we will present a unique decoration proposal/concept.

3 to 1 Months before the Wedding

Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.

Confirm music details (choose the first dance, cake cutting, party opening and other significant moments).

Confirm with photographer and videographer any special requests.

15 Days before the Wedding

Finalize seating plan, place cards and table identifications. Meet Como Branco and we’ll give you a checklist for the last things to do.

On the week before the wedding we will also finalize the schedule of the wedding day - what happens and when. And on your wedding day, don’t forget to eat breakfast and lunch! We will be there until the end of the wedding, so we’ll take care of everything.

Enjoy your day and have fun!

Reception

We want something different

The entertainment options are infinite, all you need is imagination. From the traditional band to Tarot reading… Why not a dance class or have everyone jumping on a trampoline? Think about what you like doing together and start from there.

Reception

What music will there be?

A good DJ will understand the guests and adapt the musical choices to the audience in front of them. However, if there are songs that should really be played, make a list beforehand and give it to them. This way they’ll also understand what’s your style.

Guests

What about the children?

Depending on the type of reception you want, you have 4 options: 1) welcome them with open arms; 2) choose an adults-only wedding; 3) only include children from the immediate family; 4) hire a service to look after and entertain the children, usually in a separate room.

Guests

Expect refusals

It’s not a rule, but you should expect 30% of the people you invite not to be present. This will always depend on the location of the wedding, the number of guests that are from afar and on the time of the year, since it might coincide with previously booked holidays.

Guests

Give us an answer, please!

Give your guests at least 15 days between receiving the invitation and the deadline for replying. Sending a sealed envelope with the invitation or allowing replies via email might help getting faster replies. A week before confirming the final guest numbers to the suppliers, call the people who are still in doubt (this is the time to ask the godmother or another friend/family member for help).

Etiquette

Who will walk me down the aisle?

Traditionally, that role is taken by the father of the bride, but any significant person can do that. You can even go alone or have two people walking you. The most important thing is that this isn’t a last minute decision and that you have an open dialogue with your family so there aren’t any surprises.

Etiquette

We want to tell the whole world!

If there are children from a previous marriage, they should be the first ones to know about the engagement. Avoid sharing the news on social networks before telling your parents, grandparents, and closest friends and family.

Planning

Have a “survival kit”

Put first aid material, deodorant, tampons, stain remover, comfortable shoes and whatever else you remember in your “kit”. Ask your godmother, mother or friend to keep it and always have it available.

Planning

Don’t wear too much perfume.

Too much perfume might make you feel sick and attract bugs!

Planning

The best photos

If what can’t be missing are photographs of the couple that could be seen in magazines, it might be a good idea to schedule the ceremony in order to be available to that moment the photographers call “Golden hour”. Find out at what time the sun sets and enjoy the wonderful light.

Planning

Tent vs. Villa

A more natural and rustic environment doesn’t mean a smaller budget. Setting up a reception in the countryside, for example, implies renting generators, toilets, air conditioning, lights, tables, chairs and everything else, other than the tent if that’s the case. Despite the luxurious environment of a hotel, palace or villa, these already have all the necessary infrastructures to an event. The choice is just a matter of style and, of course, budget.

Planning

We want to get married outdoors. What if it rains?

Many people are tempted to simply hope it won’t happen. The better option is to be realistic and have a plan B. Trust us when we say you would rather have a covered alternative area, book a tent, awning or umbrellas for the ceremony, even if you don’t use them in the end.

Planning

Yay, we’re getting married! What’s the first thing we need to do?

Budget! See what you can and want to spend. It’s a delicate matter but defining a budget before everything else will save you some heartbreak, like falling in love with a location that would force you to cut on the guest number or on the honeymoon, for instance.

Planning

Friends, have a good breakfast!

You’re going to need energy, believe us! You’re going to be running from one place to the next and probably spend a few hours without eating until you can finally sit and rest, so on the big day have a breakfast rich in proteins and carbs.

Ceremony

On which side should the bride and groom stand?

The Catholic tradition is for the bride and her guests to stand on the left side and the groom and his guests on the right side. This is not a rule and in the cases where there are more guests from one of the sides, it’s better to have a balance and indicate a place instead of a side.

Ceremony

How old should the child who carries the rings be?

Usually between 4 and 7 years-old. Children under 4 years-old may not take instructions well or deal well with dozens of people looking at them. Children over 7 years-old may feel too grown-up for the job. But of course, if you know the little ones well and know they’ll do a great job, go ahead!