Charlie & Sam, september 2014 I happened upon the Sonho a Dois website as I was trying to find some way to plan an Algarve wedding from London and it turned out to be the luckiest find I have ever made. A wedding is something that is very difficult psychologically to put into the hands of a stranger and trust can be a major issue, along with the "foreignness" of the whole thing. Would language be a problem? Do the Portuguese have ways of doing things and looks and styles that I would never want at my wedding? Would the team at Sonho a Dois understand what I wanted and would they be able to create what I asked for? I needn't have worried because Noélia and her team created a day for us that just blew everyone away. It was amazing and it was entirely down to Sonho a Dois. The Sonho ladies seem to have some kind of sixth sense and know what you want and what you mean even when you can't quite get it straight in your own mind. All the suppliers from the caterers to the venue owners to the florists to the photographers to the car suppliers have a huge amount of respect for the way the Sonho team works and are therefore willing to go that extra mile to give them what they, and therefore what you, want. The ones that aren't willing to do that dont't last long on Sonho's books. Noélia and her team took all the stress out of the eight months of planning, even for an impatient control freak like me. No detail was neglected and I never had to chase up emails or information. If Noélia wasn't available then one of the others would always reply to me so I knew exactly what was happening and never had to worry. The whole process was so easy that I began to worry that I must have missed something but I hadn't - Sonho a Dois had it all under control. On the day of wedding Noélia and Sandra took complete control and everything run like clockwork. Amazingly, however, once at the venue they just melted into the background and the only way we knew they were there was because everything was going right. There wasn't a single thing we had to sort out or think about ourselves because the team had it covered, right down to getting the guests home again at the end of the night, and there were so many little details and extras that Noélia had thrown in throughout the day that it really was a stunning event, the like of which I've never experienced elsewhere. I didn't have to "settle" for anything - everything was top quality and genuinely world-class. No compromises, no disappointments. It was perfect. It's hard to find the words to adequately convey to a third party how utterly brilliant the Sonho a Dois team is and to reassure anyone trying to choose a wedding planner that you genuinely couldn't get a better, more trustworthy, more professional group of people than the Sonho a Dois ladies. They are worth every penny (and more, in my opinion!) and really have to be seen in action to be believed. And like lots of other couples have already said (although you always assume this must just be na axaggeration, written while they're still high on romance), these girls will become friends for life. It's true. So thank you Sonho a Dois, from the bottom of our hearts. We couldn't have done it without you and we wouldn't have wanted to.
What can we say about Noelia and her team at Sonho a Dois? They are an amazing team and they saved our wedding day! We first signed up with a different Algarve wedding planner in October 2013. To say this was a disaster would be an understatement, venue & church weren't booked or even reserved, etc etc, I won't go on. We cancelled this service in November 2013 and by coincidence Noelia & Carla were in Dublin that same weekend doing a meet & greet. We jumped in the car and drove to Dublin early on Saturday morning, Noelia kindly squeezed us in to their already hectic schedule. We explained where we had been at with the other planner and within 3-4 days Noelia had the venue, church etc pinned down and secured for our wedding date of 12th Sept, the rest was detail which we could sort out later. To say we were relieved would be an understatement! We later found out that Noelia already had 2 weddings booked for the same date of 12th September and they normally will only do 2 weddings per day, so they could have easily said no. We felt so lucky. After that everything was superb, Noelia, Carla & their team gave us an excellent service. I wasn't convinced on the idea of a wedding planner when my wife mentioned it at the start, but when you see how much there is to do with a wedding abroad and how much can go wrong, not to mention making sure you are legally married, it made a lot of sense and the extra expense was an absolute bargain!! Noelia worked with us the whole way along to make sure we got what we wanted and also that we got good value for our money. They really work hard for you. Some people might say that wedding planners are pushy and out to sell you their own suppliers, but that is absolutely not the case here. If we wanted to change anything or swap to someone we had found (we found our own photographer, flowers and post wedding party venue, none of which Noelia had used before), it was no trouble at all. On the big day, Noelia was like a sneaky ninja, she was always one step ahead and everything was really seamless, so we didn't have to worry. This meant that we and more particularly my wife, really got to enjoy and savour everything about our wedding day, as it can go so fast if you are rushing & worrying. We've been at 22 weddings in the last 3 years and at 21 of them the bride always looked worried about "have the band been paid" or "did mum get the right dessert" etc, all that stuff. Not so for us, Noelia was on top of everything and that meant a brilliant day for us. In summary, Myself and my now wife, Deborah, couldn't have asked for better. If you're considering getting married in the Algarve, we couldn't recommend Sonho a Dois highly enough, they are BRILLIANT! Thank you so much guys!! Conor & Deborah
sonho a dois were brilliant fm word go..dey wer da 1st i saw on internet and looked no further.we dealt wit Sandra mainly and met her in may 14..we both found her v v helpful and nice and made us at ease...da constant emails wer not a bother to her no matter how many times i emailed her..da day of weding we felt v calm cos of her..we had brill day tanks to Sandra and would highly recommend sonho a dois to plan ur wedding..nicola and pat..ireland
I really don't know where to start with these girls ! I looked through forums and googled Wedding planners from Algarve and Sonho a Dois always seemed to pop up ! I knew from the first email we would book through them not only because they were popular but because of how many UK weddings they have done that was important to us and also how professional they came across. Nothing was ever to much hassle for Noeila she went above and beyond for us I cannot begin to explain all the little things that she done for us that isn't what you would expect from your wedding planner just to make me feel competely at ease and extra special I never once felt that my wedding was not important too them the way Noeila dealt with us was like we were the only wedding she was planning ( she had loads on that week!!) We swapped pictures back and fourth loads of times if I was unsure about anything at all it got sorted my mind was always put at ease. Noeila actually came over to Scotland to meet with us which was amazing for us to meet our planner face to face and have your mind put to rest was great she answered all my questions about everything before I could even ask! The professionalism from her was second to none they don't push you into anything, tell them your budget and you will get a range of venues, photographers, videographers etc... I have to say every single supplier we had were absolutely fantastic I cannot thank them enough for everything they did to make our day what it was! Our venue was in Balaia golf club, the food was out of this world and the staff there were brilliant. Our band was doublecocktail one word Amazing!! They really made our night it was some party and entertainment they put on, all of our guest are still talking about our wedding and it's thanks to everyone of them but espscially Noeila you were there from start to finish every step of the way you made me so relaxed and calm and that made my day so much better I could tell how much you love your job! You are so lovely and nothing was ever about money if you had a cheaper way of doing things for me you made sure I knew about it and actually saved us some money in the end! I cannot thank you all enough, our day was everything we dreamed of and more, it truly was ! I find myself crying it is all over lol but we have our DVD and photo's to look forward too :) Miss you guys loads!! Girls if you are reading through this for the perfect planners look no further I promise you won't be disappointed !! Gill & John 18/09/14 (Scotland)
We started to look at the prospect of getting married in the Algarve shortly after our engagement in September 2013 and wanted to set our date for September 2014. So we had a look online for wedding planners and venues. We flew out in December to have a look at venues and met Carla who took us to venues that would suit our needs. Carla was extremely helpful and patient and quick to communicate with us during our deliberations on which venue to choose and finally...we selected our special place. We then spent 8 months liaising with Carla on picking our suppliers for photographs and videographer (Joao Ataide and Orlando Horte are amazing!), cake, florist, entertainment (Double Cocktail are a must!). We visited Portugal again in April and July to confirm final arrangements and again Carla kindly took us to the wedding venue again....nothing was too much trouble. Carla also set up meetings with the other suppliers so we could meet those who would be involved in making our day special and memorable. Time quickly slipped by and we found ourselves back in Vilamoura for our special day. Carla met us again and introduced us to Sandra who would be with us throughout the wedding day. The day was fantastic...relaxed and such fun and these ladies are testament to the success of our wedding. We had a ball and every supplier we picked were outstanding. Carla never pushed one supplier over another, she was happy to show us the options and leave the final decision to us. As I am an Event Manager myself, my expectations are high, especially for communication, organisation and attention to detail and Sonho a Dois exceeded these..and more!! Thank you Carla and Sandra....two special ladies who obviously adore your work...for giving us and our guests a wedding day we will never forget! Joanna and Simon (Northern Ireland)