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Rachel & Chris 

IRELAND

The language barrier issue and getting our vision executed were huge problems we faced before having a wedding planner. Marleen from Hello Portugal Marleen responded always very quickly and she was adaptable to all our requests and ideas. We appreciated that she sourced different vendors, and came up with creative ideas that matched our vibe, and how incredibly organized Hello Portugal was on the day of our wedding  Marleen and the team were incredibly professional and fun. We loved spending time with them planning our big day and they made it perfect! 

Read this article about Rachel´s & Chris´ amazing wedding day in Pousada Mosteiro Amares

Nieta & Conal

GOA / IRELAND

The sole obstacle to us working with a planner would be that that person did not share our vision and “vibes” for what we wanted to do. We did meet someone else before Hello Portugal and it was clear that there was no chemistry there. The biggest positive Marleen presented to us was contacting local vendors on our behalf, followed closely by keeping us on top of our always-lengthy to-do list! On the first point, it was not just that you reached out to the vendors, it was that you also always got multiple quotes. Finally, as a function of getting multiple quotes, we felt that you really helped us get excellent value for money.  

Your lovely personality made you a pleasure to work with in the months leading up to the event and on the weekend itself you were so warm and treated our families with such care and respect, that meant the world to us. Wholeheartedly, we recommend Hello Portugal.

An intimate and joyful moment between bride and groom

Laura & Pedro

Marseille, France

"We felt from the beginning that you would be the perfect match for our big day, and we are so happy that you were on this journey with us. Even all the vendors said to us that they had never seen a wedding planner who was as organized or on top of things as you were. We cannot thank you enough for everything you did to bring our wedding to life, it went beyond our wildest dreams."

Abbey & Wayne 

UNITED KINGDOM

It was important for us that we found someone who we trusted, we felt we could form a bond with, who understood us and our requirements, and who was able to guide us along the way. 

Marleen put us at ease straight away from the first email and as soon as we met we knew we’d found the one! Not only is Marleen an excellent wedding planner with great organizational skills and professionalism, she is also very personable; possessing a kind, caring, happy, and fun nature which made the whole process more enjoyable and definitely less stressful. Having a wedding abroad would have been very challenging/impossible for us, especially in the time frame we had to organize (10 months) if we had not engaged in Hello Portugal´s services. Location and venue, all the vendors put in front of us, even those we did not choose were appropriately selected following the initial brief.

The timeline of events and organisation of every element would not have been as streamlined without you. Your experience and guidance were invaluable when we were trying to make decisions. Marleen made the whole experience stress-free and fun along the way! We can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make our day so special!

Kelly & Andrew

UNITED STATES

The sole obstacle to us working with a planner would be that that person did not share our vision and “vibes” for what we wanted to do. We did meet someone else before Hello Portugal and it was clear that there was no chemistry there. The biggest positive Marleen presented to us was contacting local vendors on our behalf, followed closely by keeping us on top of our always-lengthy to-do list! On the first point, it was not just that you reached out to the vendors, it was that you also always got multiple quotes. Finally, as a function of getting multiple quotes, we felt that you really helped us get excellent value for money.  

Your lovely personality made you a pleasure to work with in the months leading up to the event and on the weekend itself you were so warm and treated our families with such care and respect, that meant the world to us. Wholeheartedly, we recommend Hello Portugal.

Bride and groom posing in the vineyards

Amanda & Gavin

United States

" Marleen, you are a godsend. 
We wouldn't be able to do this without you. "

E & U

THE NETHERLANDS

The best decision we made was picking Marleen as our wedding planner.  Generally, wedding planning can be a stressful event, especially if its location is in another country. However, we never felt that way because Marleen always seemed to be one step ahead of us. Planning the locations, speaking with the vendors, outlining future steps, introducing us to handy wedding planning tools and regularly updating us with all that was going on. From the first meeting with Hello Portugal onwards, we felt we were in really good and professional hands and planning our wedding became a joyful happening.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and we had to cancel the arrangements. Postponing our wedding was disappointing, but not a difficult decision. Once again, Marleen was very supportive and handled everything: updating us on the lockdown measures in Portugal so we could make an informed decision, negotiating new clauses and new dates with the different vendors etc.

Her proactive and accommodating attitude lifted all the (emotional and financial) pressure from our shoulders. 

Even though the wedding was cancelled in Portugal, we went ahead with a small and intimate civil marriage in August 2020. While Marleen wasn´t the organiser, she still supported us all the way through, with lovely and caring messages, flowers and wishing us well.

Her enthusiasm and love for the work she does, shines through in everything she does. It makes for a very pleasant and relaxing experience, and we will highly recommend Hello Portugal to any couple starting off on this momentous journey!

Eileen & Roderick

UNITED STATES / THE NETHERLANDS

Marleen helped us with every detail of our wedding in Portugal, perfectly tailored to us and all of our international guests from Europe, US, and China. She went far above and beyond our expectations with her thoughtfulness and organization, and we certainly could not have had such an amazing and stress-free time without her and her team. She not only took care of the wedding, but helped us with all of the planning for an entire long weekend.

Natalie & Vishal

NAIROBI, KENYA

Words can't describe just how lucky we feel to have found her, as she has made the entire planning process an absolute breeze. 

 

She has put us in touch with only the highest quality and most professional contractors and service providers, and I can't recommend working with her enough. 

Groom lifts bride while kissing on the beach

"The wedding was truly everything and even more than what we wanted. It was the most perfect day and the most perfect wedding. We have gotten many compliments that it was thus far the best wedding ever ;) haha. Our competitive minds of course like hearing this. You truly were a blessing to work with and we put all our trust in you on the day and you truly helped coordinate the day perfectly! "

Julia & Scott 

THE NETHERLANDS / USA

Words can't describe just how lucky we feel to have found her, as she has made the entire planning process an absolute breeze. 

 

She has put us in touch with only the highest quality and most professional contractors and service providers, and I can't recommend working with her enough. 

Puck & Dirk Jan

THE NETHERLANDS

"Zonder de hulp van Marleen hadden wij ons droomhuwelijk niet zo kunnen realiseren. In haar hebben we een ontzettend fijne sparrings-partner gevonden die haar zaakjes op orde heeft. Wat haar kenmerkt is de persoonlijke interactie en 'can do' mentaliteit. Vanaf het eerste moment heeft ze ons plezierig en professioneel geadviseerd. Marleen spreekt de taal en begrijpt Portugal en daarmee dus ook de Portugese leverancier. 

Zoek niet verder, je hebt je wedding planner gevonden.

Zoë & Kevin

BELGIUM

Vanaf onze eerste intake Skype call wisten we meteen dat Hello Portugal geschikt was om ons verder te helpen. 

We trokken naar Sintra om Marleen te ontmoeten en dit verliep zeer vlot, eerst samen lekker eten en daarna voor het eerst de trouwlocatie bezoeken, zo kwamen we weer een stapje dichter bij onze droombruiloft.

Om de paar weken hoorde we van Marleen via Skype of Whatsapp zodat we zeker alles in orde kregen en niets zouden vergeten. Wat we ook vroegen of welk voorstel we ook hadden alles was mogelijk! Wauw zoveel moeite voor onze dag! Hoe kan het ook anders dan goed komen als je deze job met zoveel passie doet! Nogmaals bedankt Marleen voor deze wondermooie dag die we zonder zorgen hebben kunnen beleven dankzij jou! Liefdevolle groetjes, Kevin & Zoë 

Beata & Karlo 

POLEN / USA

There are no words to describe how grateful and happy we are that we found Marleen as our wedding planner in Portugal.  She gave us that full peace of mind. She is excellent in communication and in keeping records of every single detail. From the selection of our wedding venue to selection of the flower bouquet for the flower girl. She helped us to keep our wedding expenses within our budget and answered every question that we had.  Without her help, we would not be able to make our wedding truly the best day of our lives. She is a very friendly, experienced, detail-oriented, and professional wedding planner who we highly recommend to all couples who would like to have their dream wedding in the beautiful Portugal. Thanks so much, Marleen 

Phena & Aidan

IRELAND

"Marleen helped us to have the perfect wedding day, exactly as we wanted. She is such a lovely thoughtful person and thinks of the little things that were so helpful. All her recommendations/suppliers were wonderful e.g. fantastic hair and makeup artist, beautiful flowers even recommendations for the rest of our trip in Portugal. We highly recommend Marleen at Hello Portugal Weddings. She really made our day to be perfect".

Marije & Gui

THE NETHERLANDS

"Geen woorden voor. Marleen heeft aan alle details gedacht. Van babysit voor gasten tot de gekke onverwachte speeches inclusief PowerPoint presentaties van de familie. Een persoonlijke gidse waarmee je direct een klik hebt en iemand die je kan vertourwen zodat je echt kan genieten van jouw dag? Ik wel nog wel 3x trouwen op deze manier..."

Tracey & Niall

UNITED KINGDOM

"If anyone is looking for a wedding planner in Portugal, we would 100% recommend Marleen from Hello Portugal Weddings. The service was 5 star and would like to thank you profoundly for your positive and helpful attitude."

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