How the Portuguese celebrate weddings….

Officially – HIM and I got married in Cape Town, South Africa on the 2nd November 2013 at De Grendel Wine Farm – with family & friends. CORRECTION… with MY family and a good proportion of MY friends.

max & luis pillars

Because HIM & I decided to have 2 celebrations … one in South Africa and one in Portugal in order to avoid the major costs of travel for either of our families & friends. We were however very lucky to have some friends who attended both (Mr Draper, both of HIM’s bridesmaids & Sas).

South African’s celebrate weddings in multiple different ways, depending on cultural background, etc… But our SA wedding was somewhat traditional (in my eyes) – an 11am church service followed by a 3 course sit-down luncheon at a wine farm.

The Portuguese celebrate weddings in a more lavish & much longer way… normally starting with breakfast, whereby the Bride eats with her friends & family somewhere & the Groom with his friends & family somewhere else. Then people head home to change & get ready, before meeting at the church late morning for at the service (this part is the same). Afterwards is a 4 (or more) course sit-down lunch (still pretty standard, right?)… then folks relax, the photographs happen for bride/groom, some people go home & change and then come back for the buffet – yes… more food… tables groaning with fruits, desserts, cheese & seafood…. followed by dancing & partying all night … and the next day, everyone returns to eat the leftovers!

We decided to scale down our Portuguese portion of the celebration… no breakfast & no late-night partying or next-day leftover eating… we did however enjoy the 4course lunch followed by a buffet (served an hour and a half after the dessert)… a lunch that started at 1pm and ended around 10pm… Oh, how I love the Portuguese!!

Here are a few pictures of the food that we got to enjoy at the venue Quinta Nova in Pernes (just outside Santarém in Portugal)

First Course: Fish soup
First Course: Fish soup

 

2nd course: Bacalhau fish topped with prawns, served with mash & salad
2nd course: Bacalhau fish topped with prawns, served with mash & salad
3rd course: MEAT: Pork with mushroom sauce, rice with sultana's & vegetables
3rd course: MEAT: Pork with mushroom sauce, rice with sultana’s & vegetables
4th course: Dessert - we choose cheesecake with slices of fruit
4th course: Dessert – we choose cheesecake with slices of fruit

and then the buffet tables (these are not the photo’s of our actual event tables – but of a wedding that happened a few weekends before ours, when we were there to taste-test the menu and got to peak at what we would also be having)…

Portuguese celebration prawn buffet Portuguese celebration fruit buffet Portuguese celebration fruit buffet 2 Portuguese celebration dessert buffet Portuguese celebration cheese buffet

how awesome are the fruit sculptures??? We got a frog carved out of a watermelon… I dare not place the photos of it on here – as the guests took great joy in being photographed with it…

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9 thoughts on “How the Portuguese celebrate weddings….

  1. I am half portuguese and I know exactly what you mean, we eat damn lots but I must say portuguese culinary is thee finest in the world LOL… Congrats on your wedding, great post… Beijinhos…

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