The Islands of Madeira, the new discovery for Destination Weddings.
The whole of Portugal offers everything you could wish for in a wedding destination; great weather, stunning venues and really friendly people that welcome you with open arms. The mainland, especially the Algarve, has been very popular over the years for weddings, but Madeira, the Portuguese island, south west of mainland Portugal, and its little sister island Porto Santo, are their hidden secret, which are now being discovered as the most magical wedding destinations abroad.
The archipelago, discovered by the Portuguese in 1418, is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the uninhabited islands of Selvagens and Desertas. Both the Madeira and Porto Santo islands are well equipped for destination weddings and you will find everything you need in our wedding directory.
Madeira is a nature lovers paradise. Famous for its spectacular landscapes, vibrant flowers and sea views, it is the hidden treasure ready to host your wedding.
Porto Santo is a much smaller island, but stretching the length, it has a long sandy beach and crystal clear water. If it is a beach wedding your are dreaming of, with toes in the sand, Porto Santo is the island for you.
Both islands come gift wrapped with great food, Madeira wine and some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. And if you like bananas, Madeira is jam packed with banana trees.
Its southerly position in the Atlantic ocean, renders the warmest year-round subtropical climate in Portugal, with winters being extremely mild and summers long but with relatively modest heat. We have heard it called the Island of eternal Spring.
The great benefit of choosing to marry abroad is that your wedding is not just one day! It is incorporated within a fabulous holiday with lots to explore.
Whale and Dolphin watching are a very popular excursion to treat your guests, either in the lead up to the wedding as an informal way to get everyone to know each other, or after the celebrations to relax on the ocean. The trips are usually between 2-3 hours on either a catamaran, yacht or glass bottom boat.
If you are a land lover, then there is lots to explore. The island of Madeira is wet in the northwest and dry in the southeast. In the 16th century the Portuguese started building levadas or aqueducts to carry water to the agricultural regions in the south. There are over 1,350 miles (2,170 km) of levadas and they provide a network of walking paths, allowing visitors to explore the most beautiful parts of the island.
Weddings in Madeira can be a romantic elopement surrounded by beauty, a family affair in a restaurant or a large glamorous experience hosted by some of Europe's top 5 star hotels. You can have a religious ceremony or use the services of a Celebrant and enjoy a ceremony that is focussed on love and unity.
Now with Your Madeira Wedding, you can find everything you need within the directory and contact suppliers and venues direct. All of the suppliers listed in the directory speak English and are at your service ready to make your day a day to remember.