Last month we invited five savy guests to come to Portugal and talk to us about destination weddings: it was the first edition of The Destination – international wedding conference – Lisboa 2016, and it was epic!
Together with these fantastic speakers – Liene Stevens, Manoela Cesar, Fernanda Silva, Esther Friedrich and Naoise McNally – we discussed the profiles of brides and grooms who are interested in destination weddings in relevant markets: who are they and what are they looking for, what do they expect from their vendors, how do we approach and surprise them, how do we obtain and keep their trust.
We’ll also talked about the influence of new media and social networks in this sector, the globalization of ideas, formats and trends, and shared some good practices and marketing advice for being successful in this business.
The conference was a total success and of great value to the audience. Alongside to the event itself, we prepared three full days of treats for our guests, so we could showcase Portugal at its best (well, Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais…!): our gastronomy, hospitality, variety of venues and landscapes, and friendliness. We ate, drank and had the best of times with our kind hosts Penha Longa Resort, who prepared a beautiful reception at Forte da Cruz, with a view to the sea, and a delicious farewell coffee at Palácio de São Vicente, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisboa, who hosted the Conference, provided accommodation for everyone and invited us for a fancy and intimate dinner at the presidential suite and Quinta de Sant’Ana prepared the most relaxed and delicious picnic lunch on the last day of this wonderful press trip… Even the weather was perfect!
Now, we feel even more prepared to host destination weddings in the most professional and friendly way, as we know more about all of you, brides and grooms from afar, and we hope we delivered to our guests what we promised: talent and quality in this very interesting market.
Portugal has a lot to offer and we want you to taste it! We had the best of times and hope to repeat it next year!
The 1st edition of The Destination – international wedding conference – Lisboa 2016 was sponsored by Portugal 2020.
We want the thank the generous support of our partners:
Jukebox – Música e Produção Audiovisual para Eventos (sound partner and selected vendor), Quinta de Sant’Ana (wine partner), Look Imaginary (who captured the beautiful photos and video), Em nome da Rosa (flower decor), Arqta. Catarina Batista (set design), Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisboa, Penha Longa Resort.
A huge thank you to Rita Soares Alves, from Wedwings (our selected vendor), who produced this event, to Maria João Soares, from Design Events (also a selected vendor), who never doubted this crazy idea of mine, and sweet Vânia Oliveira, who did my flawless makeup (another of our exquisite selected vendors)
Also, a generous acknowledgement to everyone who believed in this event: our guests and the participants.
Cheers and we will meet again next year!