Post October 2022 - Our service fees for bookings will now be set by our service partner.
Venue fees for services: The venue costs for 'Family and Friends' service at a hotel venue may require a deposit or a payment for the full amount 7 days before the ceremony, other venues may require different payment stages. Some couples transfer the money by bank transfer in advance of arrival on Sal. Any additional services requested by the couple for the day of the ceremony, will need to be paid on the day before departure from the venue.
Where possible it is advised that couples will have visited Sal to look at venues before booking.
The hotels that we work with sometimes introduce new charges, or different charges to what was previously quoted.
Please provide as much information as possible, to enable us to identify other associated organisational costs, time, labour etc in providing your service. Additional labour is required when setting up for a ceremony and in addition to what a hotel venue can provide in decoration, as it's usually limited! There may be more decorations required and additional arrangements needed to decorate from other services. There may be other things you haven't thought of that hotels haven't provided for, such as a speaker system, which can be set up on the beach so that all guests can here the ceremony reading/ You may want to bring your own music on a usb stick for a DJ to play etc etc.
You must confirm your arrival date and place of stay prior to arriving on Sal. On arrival you should send us your room number (if staying in a hotel).
You may not want to use your phone due to high call charges made by your service provider, however you can use Wifi at your hotel or at local bars or restaurants to reach us if there is something we need to know, you can use Whatsapp for that purpose, if you have it on your phone. We will supply a contact number.
We require you to send us a recent photo of you both so we can identify you when you meet us at the pre-ceremony-meeting. A marriage certificate will be required from couples already married that are having a ceremony performed by the Pastor.
If you have asked us to organise a ceremony performed by a Pastor of the Church of the Nazarene (Evangelical Church) then although they are non-legal marriage ceremonies, the Pastor will normally also want to meet the couple before the ceremony day, only if they are going to get married officially at another time in another country. A translator is also present on those occasions if the couple do not speak Portuguese. A translator is also present at the ceremony if its a non-speaking Portuguese couple. Please note the service with the Pastor and translator takes longer as the Pastor will perform the ceremony as if it is official, then its translated if needed. There will be additional costs for this service.
Some people can't take really hot sun, so daytime ceremonies around mid-day or in the afternoon when the sun is at its strongest and, there is no shade, may not be ideal conditions for some of your guests!
There may be a need to walk across areas of hot sand with sharp pieces of rubbish under the surface, so bare feet or high heels may not be the best idea!
There are taxi's at or outside hotels on the west coast and they could charge 3-4 euros and take 5 mins to bring you into to Santa Maria or from Santa Maria to Ponta Preta. There are other venues we use for beach ceremonies, but we will make sure you know exactly where they are and how to get there on foot in case you are already in Santa Maria or 'out and about' and won't be using a taxi.
We have a number of readings for the Renewal of Vows, Marriage Blessing or some short poems to consider adding into the reading, just let us know which reading you have chosen a week before the date of the ceremony. I also need to know if you want to exchange rings so we can let the Layperson know and, include it in the reading.
You can provide us with a copy of a marriage certificate when you send us your chosen reading for renewing your vows with your photo, info on exchanging rings for other non-pastor ceremonies, however it is not a necessity, don't worry if you can't find it, its something I keep till the ceremony is over.
As from January 2019 we will introduce our 'Simplicity' Service aimed at those interested in a ceremony package price with our white decorated arch. This package will suit those wanting a Love and Devotion reading, Marriage Blessing or Renewal of Vows reading. What this means is, for 'one price' you will have several things included in your service, with the option to add other items that will have additional costs, such as the cost for a photographer.
Once you have decided that you want to come to Sal for either a Marriage Blessing, Renewal of Vows or Love and Devotion Reading and wish to book the Simplicity service through us, we will require you to pay 75e non-refundable reservation fee. It should be paid by bank transfer. Following that, 50% of the remaining balance is to be paid on the day of the pre-meeting, then the other 50% on the day of the ceremony.
Prior to arriving on Sal, we will arrange a date and time with you to have a Pre-Ceremony-Meeting with us on an agreed date and time soon after your arrival at or near the area of beach we will be using for your ceremony. We will tell you where the ceremony will be held so you can give the taxi driver bringing you to the Pre-Meeting, clear directions. For example if we agreed the ceremony was at Porto Antigo 1 (you must tell the taxi driver its Porto Antigo 1, as there are three Porto Antigo's).
Myself or my assistant will meet you at the Pre-Ceremony-Meeting venue on the day and time agreed and introduce ourselves to you. We will show you where the ceremony will take place and just give you some info and a few pointers, the meeting can last up to 30-40mins and you can ask any questions not previously covered. You are then free to leave or you may want to return to your hotel.
On the day of the ceremony, we arrange for you to be collected from your hotel about 15mins before the start of the ceremony, the driver will know where to bring you and, either myself or my assistant will be waiting to meet you at the ceremony venue.
After the ceremony you can have some more photos taken. You can then decide whether to stay in Santa Maria or return to your hotel. Before you depart, you will need to agree a day and time with the photographer to go and see the photos and collect the usb with the photos on it, before you leave Sal. We will show you where the photographer is located when you come along to the pre-meeting or give you directions.
The image below is of our 'Simplicity' set up. Further information on our 'Simplicity' service and what it includes is available within the weddings secure zone, under 'Prices'.
Access to Inquiry Forms
We have set up two different forms, one for each service. Both forms are held on two separate pages that provide information about each of these services. You can find these via 'Simplicity Ceremony' and 'Family and Friends' wedding pages.
Some islands are popular with sun seekers who love white sandy beaches, other islands are mountainous, popular with walkers and trekkers.