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Beija-flor Events wishes everyone a fabulous New Year!! Hope you have lot’s of exciting new adventures in 2014! And above, is a little inspiration board for your New Year’s wedding.

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Fattoria San Donato – take over this charming medieval village for your special day

San Donato is a farmhouse set in a tiny medieval village amidst the green hills of San Gimignano in Tuscany, offering charming panoramic views of the unique town and countryside.

San Donato

San Donato

The Fenzi family, who have owned the farm since 1932 always provide a warm welcome and are happy to assist with your special day. Federica used to be a wedding coordinator herself and can provide recommendations for local suppliers.

San Donato

San Donato

San Donato is a working farm which produces wine, oil and cereals and the friendly owners are renowned for offering guests local produce and organising delicious dinners with typical Tuscan food.

We think this is an outstanding venue offering a magical Tuscan experience, which will be remembered for many years to come.

San Donato

San Donato

Location: 11 minutes from Tuscany’s San Gimignano and approximately 30 minutes from Volterra (Italy)

Accommodation capacity: Space for 32 guests spread across several self contained apartments, plus some extra bed can be added. Next year (2014) they will be adding two more apartments accommodating two people in each

Price per room: From €90 for a double room

San Donato

San Donato

Price per wedding meal: €80 per person if in-house catering is used. There is an option of using outside caterers  

Venue fee: None if in-house caterers are used for the wedding reception. If off-site caterers are used, there is a fee of €500

San Donato

San Donato

Post-reception entertainment: Music can be played until 12.30pm

Restaurant on site (for meals before or after the wedding)? Yes – meals need to be pre-booked a day or two in advance. A traditional light lunch costs €22 while a traditional dinner costs €32

Minimum stay:  Three nights (though this may be flexible)

Website: http://www.sandonato.it/english/agriturismo.html

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fattoria-San-Donato-Agriturismo/78801493172?fref=ts

Anything else? San Donato is well known for its wines and cooking lessons too, all of which can be sampled by the guests during their stay. Also as expected, hosting a wedding reception there is only possible if you are staying on-site

San Donato

San Donato

Os Agostos – Get married in an exclusive country estate close to Portugal’s Algarve

Dating back to the 18th century, Os Agostos is a beautiful private country estate with an on-site marquee, located close to Portugal’s Algarve and 14 kilometres from Faro.

Os Agostos

Os Agostos

It offers an exclusive setting with a stunning marquee hosting up to 300 guests. The romantic gardens full of lavender, rose bushes and a traditional orange and fig orchard offer a perfect backdrop for photos.

The wedding ceremonies at Os Agostos take place in the intimate Palm Tree Garden.

Os Agostos

Os Agostos

Location: Between the coastline and highlands of Portugal’s Algarve – 14 kms from Faro

Is there on site accommodation? There are three bedrooms available with ensuite bathrooms – a twin room, suite and double room. They are located in the main (and oldest) house on the Estate. Guests can use the swimming pool near the orange grove.

Os Agostos

Os Agostos

Exclusivity? Yes

Entertainment? The venue can provide contact details for suitable wedding ceremony/reception musicians

Price per wedding meal: Private catering company HortelĂŁ da Ribeira manages the catering service for Os Agostos. They can be contacted at agostos@mail.telepac.pt

Reception room options: The garden marquee can host up to 300 guests for a seated meal

Os Agostos

Os Agostos

Anything else? Decoration services are available through the venue

Website: http://www.osagostos.com/index.html

Os Agostos

Os Agostos

Fortaleza da Luz – Algarve Wedding Venue

Set in a picturesque fishing village, this Algarve gem offers stunning ocean views.

Fortaleza da Luz

Fortaleza da Luz

The historic Fortaleza (Fortress) is situated at the heart of Praia da Luz and dates back as far as 1670. Today, a listed building, this fortress has been fully restored and operates as one of the Algarve’s premier restaurants offering traditional Portuguese classics with an international infusion in a spectacular setting.

The venue is located opposite a picturesque village church and also offers couples the opportunity to get married on sire on a sea view terrace or in the beautiful gardens.

Fortaleza da Luz

Fortaleza da Luz

The intimacy and exclusivity of the walled exotic gardens and lawn are an ideal back drop for photographs and the outside terrace has breathtaking views over the ocean and beach.

Depending on how many guests you have, The Fortaleza offers a variety of reception room options including The Baronial Hall with its fairy tale vaulted candle lit interior and the deck-room with fabulous sea views.

Fortaleza da Luz

Fortaleza da Luz

Location: Centre of Praia da Luz, 6 kilometres from Lagos in The Algarve, Portugal

Do I need a wedding planner? Fortaleza offers an in-house wedding coordination service at no extra charge. The coordinator can put you in contact with suppliers, assist on the day and help with set up for on-site weddings, sound systems for speeches and music during the meal, along with anything else needed.

Exclusivity? The venue is used exclusively for parties of 80 or more guests. An exclusivity charge may apply

Price per wedding meal: From €70 per person (excluding drinks). The wedding meal can be chosen from an extensive menu and a BBQ buffet is also available. Unlimited welcome drinks for one hour cost €15, while five canapés are €10 per person. Post-ceremony drinks packages can also be purchased for €15.

Reception room options: The Baronial Hall seats up to 80 guests while a further 40 guests can be seated at the adjoining Ocean Terrace.  The outside terrace can host 120 guests and the intimate deck-room can accommodate 50 guests. The Fortaleza and gardens can be divided into various areas to accommodate functions according to the number of guests.

Fortaleza da Luz

Fortaleza da Luz

Anything else? Generally private functions are not held in July, August or the first half of September. Reductions are offered for weddings from November to April.

Website: http://www.fortalezadaluz.com/lang/en

Fortaleza da Luz

Fortaleza da Luz

True Romance at Taverna di Bibbiano – a Tuscan Wedding Dream

Taverna di Bibbiano is a beautiful farmhouse situated just a few minutes from the tiny village of Colle di Val d’Elsa and close to San Gimignano in the heart of Tuscany.

Taverna di Bibbiano

Taverna di Bibbiano

The striking stone buildings are surrounded by roses and lavender bushes, rosemary shrubs and other aromatic herbs which make the perfect backdrop for wedding photos.

Taverna di Bibbiano

Taverna di Bibbiano

With the option of having both your ceremony at this beautiful location, Taverna di Bibbiano’s restaurant is the ideal venue for celebrating your marriage. With stunning views over the towers of San Gimignano and food which needs to be tasted to be believed, this venue can assist with flower arrangements and wedding favours and is happy to recommend other trusted suppliers in the area.

Location: 2 minute drive from Colle di Val d’Elsa and 5-10 minute drive from San Gimignano

Accommodation capacity: 9 rooms accommodating up to 24 people. This is made up of 5 standard double rooms, 2 junior suites (where they can add a single bed in each) and 2 suites (where they can add others 2 more beds in each).

Price per room: From €95 (low season) per double room including breakfast. An extra bed is €20 per person and €10 euro for a cot

Taverna di Bibbiano

Taverna di Bibbiano

Venue fee: None

Price per wedding meal: From €75 per person plus an optional open bar afterwards

Reception setup: The venue’s restaurant has a beautiful inner room which can host up to 40 people. The outer terrace can host approximately 90 guests and can be used even if it rains as it has transparent side covers

Taverna di Bibbiano

Taverna di Bibbiano

Restaurant on site (for meals before or after the wedding)? Yes

Minimum stay:  3 or 4 nights (though this may be flexible)

Website: http://www.tavernadibibbiano.it/index.php?newlang=eng

Taverna di Bibbiano

Taverna di Bibbiano

10 reasons to get married in the Algarve….

Wanderlust Weddings loves the Algarve. Here are just a few reasons why:

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1. Wonderful climate, even in winter

2. An abundance of beautiful venues

3. A short flight from anywhere in Europe

4. Possible to get married legally there

5. Lots of English speaking wedding suppliers

6. Beach.beach.beach

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7. Scrumptious Portuguese food

8. Reasonable prices

9. Guests can continue their vacations after the wedding

10. Some amazing (and reasonably priced) wedding planners available

Look out for some of our favourite venues and suppliers over the coming weeks…..

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