Getting married abroad can seem like an intimidating experience - you may not speak the language, you don't have any contacts with suppliers, you are not familiar with local traditions, you don't know the right price to pay for services, you don't know who to turn to if there is a problem - the list goes on. Most couples solve these issues by putting themselves in the hands of a wedding planner: imagine if you could just find a local person, intimately familiar with all of the wedding venues and services, formidably well-organised, friendly and creative, able to negotiate good deals with suppliers and a voice of calm on the big day itself, then surely you would be prepared to put yourself in their hands? Well look no further - here at <a href="https://douroweddings.com">Douro Weddings</a> we have an experienced team to provide the professional curated service that every bride and groom need, to cater for every request and find a solution to every issue that arises. <img class="alignnone wp-image-594" src="https://douroweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/wedding_pool-300x200.jpg" alt="douro wedding" width="824" height="549" /> Here at Douro Weddings, we understand that it is a leap of faith to put your wedding in the hands of a wedding planner that you do not know, so we take our responsibilities extremely seriously - we stick to rigorous timelines and take and we work extremely hard on every event we are contracted to. Our experience extends beyond wedding planning to running corporate events via our sister company, <a href="https://portoevents.com">PortoEvents</a>, so we know what it takes to run an event large or small and are used to working with the most demanding of clients. Spending your money wisely on the right wedding planner, can in the end save you money: we are experts at knowing the very best suppliers who charge fair prices for their services and in many cases we are able to negotiate a much better deal for our clients than they would be able to obtain independently or suggest an alternative venue or supplier that will save a lot of money on the budget. We are very happy to offer an initial consultation free of charge, when we will look at your requirements and give you an idea of what is possible for your budget as well as a flavour of how weddings generally work in the Douro Valley!
The Douro river runs 210 kms through Portugal from the Spanish border to the city of Porto. To help our clients understand the best location for a wedding in the Douro valley, we like to break the river into 3 sections - the lower Douro from Porto to Resende, which benefits from shorter access to Porto, but has fewer dramatic locations to host a wedding; the mid Douro from Resende up to Pinhão which is where many of the historic vineyards (quintas) are located and is the most popular area for wedding venues; the upper Douro which is much more sparsely populated and harder to get to, but does have some striking scenery. In recent years the construction of a number of brand new venues and restoration of some old ones has significantly added to the number of Douro wedding venues on offer. There still remains a real shortage of venues with higher capacity and these tend to be located in the middle section of the Douro valley - be prepared for a journey of at least 90 minutes by car from Porto to get there however (although you can take the train or even a boat, both of which are fantastic ways to get to know the Douro valley). [caption id="attachment_572" align="alignnone" width="1024"]<img class="wp-image-572 size-large" src="https://douroweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/upper-douro-1024x683.jpg" alt="upper Douro" width="1024" height="683" /> upper Douro[/caption] Holding a wedding in the upper Douro can be problematic not just because of a shortage of wedding venues, but because of the inaccessibility, which not only means a long journey to get there, but makes it more difficult to organise the wedding in general in terms of arranging a band, photographer, flowers, celebrant, waiting staff and so on. Meanwhile, venues on the lower Douro do not have the dramatic backdrop that the terraced vineyards provide in the mid and upper Douro - rather the valley sides tend to be more forested with private houses dotted around. So the sweet spot for the Douro valley is between Resende and Pinhão, where you capture the most striking scenery of the valley, all the history associated with the Port wine vineyards, the infrastructure and services you need to run a wedding and it is relatively easy to access from Porto. [caption id="attachment_573" align="alignnone" width="1024"]<img class="wp-image-573 size-large" src="https://douroweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/douro-vineyards-1024x638.jpg" alt="mid Douro" width="1024" height="638" /> mid Douro[/caption] With regard to the pricing of venues along the Douro, there is not actually all that much variation, so you will not tend to save money by moving up or down the river. One of the main reasons for this is that the issue of accessibility for all the wedding services can make it more expensive to hold a wedding in a more remote location even though the venue itself may be less sought after, as most of the wedding venues have to contract in catering and other services, which can be very expensive if there are no contractors nearby. Having good access to the main motorway that runs alongside the river from Porto (the A4), is also a key factor in terms of access. For an idea of pricing, you can see a <a href="https://douroweddings.com/douro-wedding-venues/douro-wedding-packages/">Douro wedding package here</a>. [caption id="attachment_574" align="alignnone" width="1024"]<img class="wp-image-574 size-large" src="https://douroweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/lower-douro-1024x684.jpg" alt="lower Douro" width="1024" height="684" /> lower Douro[/caption] If you need help choosing your <a href="https://douroweddings.com/douro-wedding-venues/">Douro wedding venue</a>, then why not tap into our expertise? We are here to listen to your requirements and find the perfect venue for you that fits your budget and your dreams!