Your European Wedding Celebrant is a collective of symbolic wedding celebrants based in Portugal and was founded in 2014. Offering to preside over marriage ceremonies across the continent of Europe, we aim to create personalized events which reflect your distinctive bond. Founded by Carly Petracco, the team comprises several officiants eager to create your perfect wedding ceremony in Portugal and across Europe.
We only conduct symbolic wedding ceremonies. In Portugal the only way to be legally married is by a priest or a lawyer, we are neither. So while we cannot marry you in the highly formalized and impersonal way that the law requires, we can however, conduct an entirely bespoke wedding ceremony for your day. Thank you for understanding.
The bespoke ceremonies created by Your Euopean Wedding Celebrant allow couples seeking to celebrate a destination wedding to do so in safe hands. Through a combination of thorough communication, coordination, planning, and creative assistance, we are able to bring your destination ceremony to life - right up to the moment you walk down the aisle as newlyweds.
Typically, we preside over ceremonies that last no longer than thirty minutes. This allows an unhurried, lovingly crafted ceremony to take place while also keeping everything running smoothly and in accordance with the rest of the day’s schedule.
Conveniently, Your European Wedding Celebrant offers multilingual services - we can officiate your ceremony in English, French, German, Portuguese, Flemis, Spanish or a combination of those languages.
Regardless of the type of celebration taking place, we are able to accommodate your needs thanks to our inclusive approach.
Already, we have joined over 100 couples in marriage since the company was founded - will you and your partner be part of the next 100?
23 Reviews for Your European Wedding Celebrant
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Robin Wakefield · Getting married on 07/08/2021
We had such an amazing experience with Vanessa Walsh. After interviewing a few celebrants, it was clear she was the right choice for us from the start. She was warm, professional, and kept us on track when we got caught up in all the planning details. Vanessa was flexible with all of our non-traditional requests , encouraging, and a wealth of information and suggestions while drafting our ceremony outline. We cannot offer higher praise or be happier that she was a part of our day.Sent on 12/13/2019
Your European Wedding Celebrant's reply:Dear Robin & Nick, Thank you so much for your kind words. Your day was unique and wonderful in so many different ways and I was proud to be a part of it. Best wishes and love to you both, Vanessa
António Silva · Getting married on 03/08/2021
From the first contact, Isabel gave us the serenity that we had found the right person to carry out the ceremony in the intimate and emotional format we wanted.Sent on 09/13/2020
She managed, in an exemplary way, to tell her our love story. This sharing was done in detail because there was a sweetness and a genuine desire to live with us this very special moment of our lives.
More than providing a service, we had an unconditional support from Isabel. It was our dear ally during the reverse that the wedding plans were suffering due to the Pandemic, but always reinforcing us that it would be magical. And it was, surreally wonderful. We felt that we were like living in a giant bubble of love.
Without a doubt, Isabel was able to overcome any expectations, especially with such an exciting and dedicated devotion where we didn't even know if we lived or dreamed. Her professionalism is impeccable and, above all, tenderly empathetic. This is the encouragement that we all need at this stage in the world: to continue to create memories about Love at this strange times.
All the guests loved it and were touched by the ceremony, they were delighted to talk about all the details and were very touched by the environment that was experienced in the middle of the forest of Vale da Corga.
We are very grateful that our paths crossed! Much happiness and success!
Catherine Wong · Getting married on 11/09/2020
Shahnaz was our celebrant and she was always cheerful, very responsive and being flexible to our schedule given the fact that we were in 2 different time zones. At the beginning she sent us a packet with all the information needed to create a beautiful ceremony and she guided us through step by step. She created the ceremony based on our love story so it was not the cookie-cutter type but very personalized. The speech was so well written and she made it humorous and witty by throwing in a few famous quotes. Shahnaz and her team really made our day memorable. Thank you so much!Sent on 11/24/2019
Your European Wedding Celebrant's reply:Cathy & Alex, Thank you so much for the kind words. It was a pleasure to work with you, to learn your story, and to craft a speech that did justice to your connection and personality as a couple! Thank you!
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