Choosing the type of wedding ceremony you wish to have, depends if you want a civil ceremony, a ceremony celebrated by a member of the Civil Prefect or a religious ceremony. Before you decide, analyze all the available options.
Civil Ceremonies are legally recognized in Portugal. The ceremony will be conducted in Portuguese. Therefore, if neither marrying parties speak Portuguese, you should arrange for an interpreter to be present throughout the ceremony.
Portugal is recognized as a Roman Catholic country and, therefore, church weddings are legally recognized under Portuguese law.
The ceremony will be conducted in Portuguese. Consequently, if neither marrying parties speak Portuguese, you should arrange for an interpreter to be present throughout the ceremony.
In the region of Portugal you wish to marry, you will need to get in touch will the local priest in advance, in order to make all the necessary arrangements.
Other religious ceremonies
If you wish to celebrate any other type of valid religious ceremony, you will be required to have a Civil Ceremony first, otherwise the marriage will not be legally binding under Portuguese law. The Anglican churches in Lisbon, Estoril, Oporto and the Algarve, as well as the Scottish church in Lisbon, are not licensed for marriages.