Important steps to consider

In this column we are going to help couple who are evaluating the idea of getting married in Italy.

It is known that in the last decade Italy has been one of the most requested destinations for wedding tourism, with couples from all over the world who choose the beautiful country to pronounce the fateful “Yes I do”, so let’s go straight to the point to see which are first steps for a good wedding planning in Italy.

1) Catch the right location

Many couples have in their mind the most known cities such as Florence and Rome.Our advise is to consider better the Italian territory because the most enchanting places are outside the cities. Imagine the roman villas and valleys in Tuscany. The most common places able to host wedding ceremonies in the big cities are luxury hotels. We think it really doesn’t worth to come in Italy and live the stress of the town.

2) Evaluate the complicate legal procedure

In order to get married in Italy with a legally binding ceremony you should go through a complicate procedure that is different for each country. The Italian government signed different agreements with each nation, so you will need a wedding planner to examine your specific case and advise you on the better solution.

3) Hosting your guest

Normally destination weddings in Italy host from 50 up to 100 guests in the average. Even though you’re planning to have your ceremony in downtown you will need to consider logistic aspect regarding the transportation of your guest from the airport to the hosting venue (and vice-versa) and in some cases from the hosting venue to the place of the ceremony. It will be good to entrust everything to your wedding planner or to an agency of private transportation in order to ensure that everyone arrives at destination.

4) Book in advance

As it is known that Italy is one of the most targeted nation for destination wedding we strongly suggest you to book in advance Churches and venues, especially in Tuscany, Amalfi, Sorrento, Rome and Lake Como.When we say in advance we mean not less than one year before the date of the wedding.

5) Food tasting

Consider that there are many interesting venues in Italy who let couple free to choose the appropriate catering autonomously. This sometimes put in crisis some couple who don’t really know who choose, ending to ask the venue to give them some suggestion. Our advise is to be possibly present in Italy (at least one week) planning appointments with some catering companies which operates in the territory for a tasting food dinner. A good caterer will let you taste the best Italian food in order to satisfy your expectations. Once you will have done that, you will go back home more serene waiting for the date of your wedding.

6) Agreements

It is a good practice (in your interest) to request to all vendors to sign an agreement.

Good vendors and suppliers know how to deal professionally and certainly will propose you to sign an agreement.

If this does not happen we suggest you to look around and go further.

7) Plan a Journey

You have to consider the fact that maybe part of your guest has never been in Italy before and there are someone who will never be in Italy again after your wedding. Therefore, it would be kind if you could return the kindness of their presence at your wedding by planning a touristic journey for them. Maybe in the nearby there is an archeological site to visit (Italy is full of this places) or maybe in the nearby a folkroristic festival is on going. Organize something for your guest will be funny.

So be creative and altruist!

8) Consider other seasons

In Italy there is a good weather. Even-though the “most popular” season is summer, even in October you could find good weather.

The advantage in planning your wedding in October (and in low seasons) is that you won’t have dates booked and so you will be able to select you’re the date with more serenity.

Besides, with a wedding in fall you could space with so many interesting themes, imagine autumn leaves with pine cone and berries, just to give you an idea.

9) Select best wines

As already mentioned before, the experience in Italy for some of your guest could be their first and last, so why don’t enrich this moment with the appropriate food.

If there is space in your budget pot you could ask the venue or the catering if they can propose you a good sommelier. He/she will enchant your guests with the description of the best wines of the land you will marry in.

10) Locate your wedding planner

10) This is the “last but not the least”. We know that most of the reader of this column are not Italian so we turn to you considering that you may not live in Italy.

In order to give sense to these tips we gave to you, we strongly recommend you to hire the right wedding planner in Italy

If you desire to have your wedding exactly as you have it in your mind, there is no other way to do it.

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