Europe isn’t the first destination, which couples think of when planning an unforgettable elopement, destination wedding or a honeymoon. Please, however, take a second and check #madeira out on Instagram and you will be amazed. Can a European island really look that beautiful and exotic? Yes it can, and it can be a perfect European destination for your destination wedding or a honeymoon.
Destination weddings in Madeira
Luckily, there are many good international wedding planners on the island, who can organize your ceremony, dinner and party on your behalf. You will have a lot of options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a modern 5-star wedding with a beautiful view, an elegant wedding in an exotic garden or a simple and affordable boho style wedding. There are many beautiful venues to choose from. If you are a mountain lover, hotel Eira do Serrado might be something for you. It has a nice deck with a beautiful view of the mountains and the famous Nun’s Valley. If you are looking for something truly spectacular, such as exchanging vows in a remote location, the wedding planner can help you organizing a symbolic ceremony.
Honeymoons in Madeira
You can literally have a honeymoon on Madeira. One of Madeira’s most famous sweets is a delicious honey cake. Honey is also one of the ingredients of the famous traditional Poncha drink.
Madeira Island is a great honeymoon destination for those who enjoy active holidays and hiking as well as those who prefer simply staying at luxurious spa’s and hotels with great views. And if your dream honeymoon is a mix of both of these travelling styles, Madeira will be perfect choice.
During the day you can see what the island has to offer: Beautiful mountains, multiple observation points, exotic gardens, lava pools, laurel forests, dolphin watching tours and a great network of stunning hiking routes are just some of the things. Madeira is famous for its levadas – small aqueducts – which now also serve as magnificent hiking trails. If you take a ferry to the second island of the Madeira Archipelago – Porto Santo – you will be able to enjoy a stunning white sand beach and clear waters. When you are in a lazy mood, on the other hand, you can enjoy the amenities at one of the great hotels and spas.
One of my favorite hotels is a luxurious and modern Savoy Saccharum Resort and Spa in Calheta. The lounge beds or bars on the top deck of the hotel of the are perfect for observing the sunset with your new husband of wife.
Another advantage of Madeira as a honeymoon destination is the possibility to shoot some beautiful wedding pictures there. The spectacular and diverse scenery of Madeira will be a perfect setting. There are many professional wedding photographers on the island speaking English.
How to get to Madeira Island?
There is only one airport on the Island: Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in Funchal – FCL. Porto Santo also has an airport, but it has a much smaller capacity.
There are many direct flights from different European and Portuguese cities. A great idea would also be a one or two days long layover in Porto or Lisbon before catching the connecting plane to Madeira. Other way to get to Madeira is with a cruise ship.
Would you like to know more about eloping and getting married in Madeira?
Checking my blog will probably be the best first step. See you on my blog!
Edyta from Say Yes To Madeira blog
Edyta married the man of her dreams in Madeira Island in 2017 and shortly after she started a blog promoting holidays, honeymoons and destination weddings in Madeira Island. She would like to put Madeira on the weddings map and help others fulfil their dream of a spectacular destination wedding. Whether you are looking for elopement and destination wedding inspirations, practical tips on organizing a wedding in Madeira, or simply travel tips, hotel reviews, interviews and interesting facts about Madeira, you will find it all on her blog.
If you’re planning to attend a wedding, you’ll want to make sure you show up on your best behavior. After all, the bride and groom have likely spend a tremendous amount of time, energy and money into the celebration - the last thing you want to do is deter from that. Fortunately, being a great wedding guest isn’t too tough. Want to know how to be the best wedding guest ever? Keep these tips in mind as you gear up to attend your next wedding:
RSVP as soon as you can.
Don’t be the invitee who waits until the last moment to let the bride and groom know they plan to attend. Instead, start acting like an A+ guest before you’ve even arrived at the wedding by submitting your RSVP as quickly as possible. You should, of course, wait until you can commit before you let them know - but don’t delay your decision too long, or you’ll add unnecessary stress to the bride-to-be’s plate.
Show up on time.
Make a plan to arrive at the wedding well before the ceremony is scheduled to begin. Unless an emergency catches you off guard, there’s no acceptable reason to be late. And if you are? Find a place in the back of the room to respectfully watch without causing a disruption and keep the focus on the vows, not your tardiness.
This one shouldn’t be too tough, but a surprising number of wedding guests struggle to interpret directions as instructions - not guidelines. If the invitation includes a dress code, follow it. No kids allowed? Find a sitter if you’d like to attend. No photos during the ceremony? Keep your cell phone on silent mode in your purse or leave it in the car.
Make new friends.
Introducing ourselves to strangers isn’t always a ton of fun, but weddings present a perfect opportunity to meet new people. You’re all connected in some way through your relationship to the bride or groom, so you’ve got an easy conversation starter. Spend a few minutes catching up with the newlyweds, but don’t monopolize their time. Instead, circulate the room and find new folks to introduce yourself to.
Enjoying a cocktail or two is often part of the fun during wedding dinners and receptions, but when there’s an open bar, there’s the potential for trouble. Keep an eye on your level of intoxication and don’t let things get out of control. Eat plenty of food so you aren’t drinking on an empty stomach, and switch to water once you start to feel a buzz, and you’ll escape the evening unscathed and unembarrassed.
As you can see, acting like an A+ wedding guest isn’t impossible. With a little consideration and planning and the right mindset around the day, you’re sure to have a great time - without having too much fun. What are your best tips to stay on your A game when attending weddings? Alternately, do you have any faux pas to avoid at all costs? Leave a comment and let me know!
You’ve got the girl (or guy), you’ve got the rings, you’ve got the date, and you know what level of grandeur your ceremony is going to be. Now it’s time to share the news with the people closest to you -- and your invitation sets the tone for the occasion.
We got married at the Gala hideaway in leyton and I loved it. I loved my photography, Amanda Able and everything about my wedding was just perfect. I wouldn't have changed anything.