We just returned from the most amazing wedding and we felt we had to pass on our experience. Although everything turned out fantastic on the day and felt like all our dreams had come true this was not without some hard work and some hiccups along the way! We hope we can help some couples avoid pitfalls!We love Lagos, Portugal and have holidayed many times here. So when we decided to get married it had to be Lagos and the Tivoli hotel and its beach resort Duna Beach.We signed up with a main Algarve wedding planner in February 2012 to help us organise our wedding and all seemed to be going well. However on a visit to the Tivoli in October 2012 we found out that they had not booked the hotel rooms or even the venue Duna beach!! The hotel contacted their booking firm and the hotel was told that there would be no wedding in the Tivoli in Lagos in May.We were shocked and upset at this news as most guests had their flights booked and holidays planned. We immediately dismissed the wedding planner and with the help of our band, ‘Double Cocktail’ which we had booked ourselves and Luciana from the Tivoli, we organised our own wedding. The result was a wedding never to forget.‘Double Cocktail’ went well beyond the call of duty to assist us in our preparations. It was no surprise they are accredited as the best wedding band in Portugal and Spain, so good in fact they are now doing weddings in Ireland. If you are getting married they are a MUST!Luciana from the Tivoli Lagos was also superb and the attention to detail and excellence was unbelievable! The staff from the Tivoli were out of this world and the Tivoli hotel even supplied a magician as a surprise wedding gift to mingle with the wedding party before our 5 star meal.‘Manuel Neto Santos’ was our celebrant and he made our day so special with his beautiful ceremony and words.‘Yes I Do’ did our photos and again we hit the jackpot with them. Our flowers were done by Vera from ‘Aquaflor’ who done a very professional and artistic job.Over two thirds of our guests stayed in the hotel and others stayed in apartments nearby. ‘Yellow Fish Transfers’ did all the transfers and were very professional and reasonably priced.It is hard to believe how everything came together so well despite being so let down at the beginning by our wedding planner. If you are stuck with a wedding planner make sure you have everything in writing even if you have paid cash for it as when family and friends have flights etc booked you are then at the mercy of these wedding planners and extras are often then added. We also felt we had to write to let future couples know about an ideal place for a wedding…. Duna Beach LagosBest wishes and enjoy every minute of your journey!
Jen and Gavin