As far as wedding trends go, weddings in Italy are becoming increasingly popular. The romantic possibilities across the shoe make many couples dream of experiencing a taste of medieval times and scenic vineyards, or renting a castle or a centuries-old luxury villa as their wedding venue. In addition to the great location, excellent on-site service, experienced wedding planners and world-famous food and wine will definitely help in organizing the perfect event.
Let your imagination fly while reading the Eight Golden Rules to all those who dream of having their special day in a luxury Italian villa!
1. Place and date
When choosing the best place to get married, most couples would say that Tuscany is the ideal destination, which, along with Umbria, offers an infinite variety of scenarios, suitable for all needs and every sensibility. Luxurious villas in the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside are a favorite for five-star weddings for foreigners who choose Italy for events that feel like they belong in a fairytale. However, there are many other interesting sites on the peninsula that are able to give character and originality to the ceremony and reception. These locations will enhance the couple’s personality and provide the perfect setting for their perfect day: the Amalfi Coast and Lake Como, or the historical and artistic cities of Venice, Florence and Rome. There is no other destination close to Italy in terms of romantic vibe.
Another aspect to consider is transportation. How will guests arrive at the villa of your choice? If you plan to receive many international guests, it is recommended to choose an area with a major airport.
Speaking of today’s special date, what comes first? Choosing a wedding date or choosing a place? Some couples want to get married during a certain time of the year while others are more interested in finding the perfect location and choosing the date according to the availability of the villa. It’s best to be flexible with the dates so that there are more options to explore and the chances of finding the place of your dreams.
2. The villa
When searching for the perfect picture setting for your special day, it is helpful to know the number of guests to choose the most suitable villa that can comfortably host that number in both outdoor and indoor spaces.
Depending on your budget and the aesthetic you want to go for, you can choose between a more rustic location like agriturismo, which is a typical farm or vineyard, or elegant villa. Alternatively, why not celebrate your wedding in a castle and feel like a princess in medieval Italy for a day?
You have plenty of options throughout the most charming regions of Italy to experience the Italian wedding of your dreams.
3. Wedding Budget
Determining your wedding budget is hard work, and requires time and energy. This is why it will be much easier if you hire a wedding planner who works in Italy. Their knowledge of the local language, customs and the best sellers in the area will definitely come in handy while organizing the wedding so that your special day goes smoothly without any hiccups. The wedding planner will also be very helpful if you want to get married legally in Italy as they can help you navigate the sometimes confusing process.
Ask your rental agency to put you in touch with a wedding planner they trust. Some of them offer wedding packages for elopement, renewal of vows and intimate weddings in Italy that can help you get an idea of the possibilities and costs. Of course, the packages can be customized according to your needs and desires, resulting in a solution just for you!
4. When will you get married?
May and September are among the most popular months for a wedding in Italy, thanks to the beautiful weather. June, July, and August are also prime options if you want warmer weather and less chance of rain, but some areas will be more crowded during this time of year. Each region has something special to offer, but Umbria and Tuscany, in particular, offer a range of colors capable of turning every season into the perfect moment to tie the knot!
5. Say yes to the dress
There is no need to say that Italian wedding designers are among the most famous designers around the world and choosing one of the wedding dresses is sure to make you feel like a star ready for a fabulous entry. Italian wedding dresses are made of precious fabrics and reflect the famous Italian tailoring traditions. If you are planning a picture-perfect wedding in Italy, why not choose a wedding dress made by one of the best Italian designers?
A wedding is the moment your marriage becomes official! Keep in mind that this will require some preparation because you will be getting married in a different country. the only A type of religious wedding in Italy that does not require a previous civil ceremony is a Catholic wedding. If you want to get married in a catholic church, there are other steps that are required that involve a lot of paperwork and the wedding planner can definitely help you with that.
If you want to go to a civil ceremony, it can be done in common (City Hall) or in the villa you have chosen as your wedding venue, in case it has the required license. Since the civil part of the wedding is quite dry, many couples choose to have a simple civil ceremony in common It is followed by a more romantic symbolic ceremony in their place.
Italian people take food very seriously! The wedding ceremony turns into a perfect occasion to serve unique and delicious food to your guests. It’s not just about the quantity of the food, but the quality as well. The success of a wedding in Italy is primarily measured by the quality of the food (and wine) on the menu. This is why it is so important to choose the right food that will serve up great, beautifully presented Italian food with excellent service. A typical Italian wedding usually consists of:
- “Aperitif”. It usually includes preparing food ‘corners’, and buffets serving typical delicious appetizers such as fried vegetables, salumi dishes, mini fare, mini quiche, cheese and other delicacies. Usually this moment is the perfect opportunity to mingle and enjoy the surroundings while sipping on the famous Prosecco or Aperol Spritz.
- Primo course. The first course is usually handmade pasta or risotto, prepared and cooked in many different ways.
- “secondo” cycle. The second dish can be fish or meat, according to local specialties. A side dish is always served with the second dish and prepared with fresh seasonal vegetables or salads.
- The desserts are usually buffet style and feature the wedding cake. An Italian wedding cake is usually made with a single layer or double layer of sponge cake filled with chantilly cream. Cover the cake with ganache, whipped cream or fresh fruit. Another Italian tradition is to set a table withsweet almonds“, containers containing different types of sweet almonds, called”colored paper clipsWith fillings of hazelnuts, chocolate, pistachios and more.
8. Enjoy your D-Day!
Planning your wedding in Italy can be challenging; However, rest assured that it is also rewarding to have the wedding of your dreams! Once everything is arranged, don’t forget to enjoy the special day that will create memories for you and all your guests that will last a lifetime.
Daniela De Luca is the CEO of Home in Italy. Home in Italy is a luxury villa rental company that has been providing luxury holiday experiences throughout the best regions of Italy since 1993.
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