WEDDING DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING
• For weddings in 2017, a non-refundable deposit of £350 must be paid by yourself to Planet Holidays at the time of booking.
• Some resorts may also require a non-refundable deposit of £100 to secure the registrar.
• We will also confirm to you if your wedding venue / hotel requires a non-refundable deposit to secure your wedding date.
• Most deposit required for resorts / venue / hotels need to be paid directly to the resort / venue in Euro.
How soon do we need to book?
For weddings in Portugal, we need at least 7 weeks notice prior to your wedding. Your stay must be a minimum of 7 nights.
Documentation required for Weddings in Portugal:
For weddings & Civil Partnerships in Portugal, you will need to produce the DOCUMENTS LISTED BELOW (as applicable to you). Documents need to be legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and translated into Portuguese.
Important: Please note that only original documents or certified copies dated less than 6 months prior to the wedding are acceptable. If necessary copies of documents can be certified by a solicitor in the UK.
• PASSPORT (Compulsory): Both the bride and groom must be in possession of a 10-year British passport. Non-British passport holders MUST notify us at first contact.
• FULL LENGTH BIRTH CERTIFICATE (Compulsory): Both the bride and groom must produce a recent certified copy of their full length Birth Certificate showing the names of both parents. The short version of the Birth Certificate is not acceptable in Portugal. IMPORTANT: this must not be dated/issued more than 6 months prior to your wedding day.
• DECREE ABSOLUTE (If applicable): If either the bride or groom has been divorced, she/he must produce an original Decree Absolute. This must carry a coloured court stamp.
Wedding certificate must also be produced ( this does not need to be apostilled) .
• DEED POLL CERTIFICATE (If applicable): If either the bride or groom has effected a change of name for any reason (including personal reasons, remarriage of a parent or if the bride reverted to her maiden name after divorcing), a Deed Poll Certificate must be produced. This document must be stamped and signed by a solicitor and must include the solicitor’s practice name and address plus the full name of the solicitor who witnessed the change of name. The British Consulate must also issue a declaration in Portuguese stating why the name change took place and confirm that it is the same person. Therefore the couple must also request this document from the British Consulate in the Algarve.
• WRITTEN CONSENT FOR UNDER 18’s (If applicable): If either the bride or groom is under the age of 18 years, written consent from parents/guardians must be supplied to us with the Application for Marriage form.
• ADOPTION CERTIFICATE (If applicable): If either the bride or groom has been adopted, an Adoption Certificate must be produced.
• DEATH CERTIFICATE (If applicable): If either the bride or groom has been previously widowed, a Death Certificate must be produced.
Wedding certificate must also be produced ( this does not need to be apostilled).
• LEGALISATION OF DOCUMENTS (Compulsory): All the documents required for your civil wedding in Portugal must be legalised by the FCO (www.fco.co.uk). It is your responsibility to ensure that this has been done before any documents are forwarded to Portugal. The FCO charges £30.00 (as time of going to print) per document and an extra £6.00 to cover Special Delivery postage to send the legalised documents back to you. The amount due to the FCO is paid online (www.fco.co.uk) and you will be requested to complete an application form.
Please send your documents including a self addressed envelope and the application form to The Legalisation Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, P.O. Box 6255, Milton Keynes, MK10 1XX (TEL: 03700 00 22 44)
• TRANSLATION OF DOCUMENTS (Compulsory): For civil weddings in Portugal, all required documents must be translated into Portuguese. This will be done by our office in Portugal. Costs are:
- Translation per document €50.00 (€100.00 for 2)
- Certification of the translation by a Portuguese Notary per document €25.00 (€50.00 for 2)
All documents must be scanned and sent first by email to Planet Holidays to be checked. Once we have confirmed all OK with documents, these are to be forwarded by post to Portugal (full postal details will be given to you).
PLEASE NOTE: ALL DOCUMENTS WILL BE KEPT IN PORTUGAL AND WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO YOU.
Legal Requirements for CIVIL WEDDINGS in Portugal:
Upon your arrival in Portugal, your Wedding Co-ordinator will assist you to complete the various procedures and make the necessary appointments.
- A visit to the Registry Office to register your intent to marry.
- A return visit to the Registry Office after your wedding to collect your wedding certificate but if this is not possible our wedding coordinators will arrange for this to be sent to you.
Legal Requirements for CATHOLIC CHURCH WEDDINGS in Portugal:
A Catholic Church wedding can only be allowed if neither the bride nor the groom has been previously married. To arrange your Catholic church wedding in Portugal, you will need to tell your local Catholic priest that you wish to get married overseas and take to him your and your future spouse’s Birth Certificates as well as the contact details (supplied to you by us) of the overseas priest who will conduct you wedding. Your local priest will then confirm to you which documents are required and he will be responsible for forwarding them to the overseas diocese
Upon arrival in-resort, your wedding coordinators will assist you with any further requirements.
Important: All religious weddings must be preceded by a civil ceremony. Please check the requirements for Civil Weddings above.
In-Resort Expenses & Visits in Portugal:
Travel expenses for the various visits you need to make in-resort will need to be paid by yourselves locally.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding Engligh-speaking Registrar in Portugal:
The date of your wedding will be confirmed to you at the time of booking but the exact time for the ceremony will not be known more than 6 months before your wedding day along with details of which registrar will be performing your ceremony.
We aim to have most of our weddings in Portugal performed by an English-speaking registrar. However, should we only be able to book a Portuguese registrar on your behalf, a translator will also have to be present during the ceremony and a fee of €300 (correct as of January 2017) will apply and will need to be paid by yourselves. This will be confirmed to you as soon as we are advised, approximately 6 months before your wedding.
Issue of Marriage Certificate:
A few days after the ceremony has taken place an international wedding Certificate will be issued (costs €25.00 to be paid in resort - subject to change) and with this document you can register your wedding in the UK to prove that you are legally married.