I it possbile to be legally married in Portugal
Yes totally! you no longer need to be resident in the country weeks before. It is possible to do it yourself but most couples seek help from a wedding planner or a lawyer.
I really like the idea of a beach wedding is this possible?
A beach wedding is is one of the most popular requests for wedding planners. It is possible but it's important to note that all beaches are public. The privacy that you may have liked is not possible you also need a special licence effectively 'renting the beach space'
Can we write own vows for the ceremony?
Of course the registrar, priest or celebrant will consult with you to create a personalised wedding service.
Do I really need a wedding planner? I'm a very organised person
It is possible to plan your own wedding however if you are not in portugal or used to its customs and laws you may find it challenging. In addition your planner will be able to source all suppliers, liase with them on your behalf and of course be present on your special day managing all aspects and ensuring that your day runs smoothly
My parent have a villa in Portugal can I have my wedding ceremony in their garden?
Yes you can no special licence is needed unlike the UK where premesis do need a licence