Hints and tips for Your Destination Wedding in Italy.

When you come to the decision to celebrate your wedding in Italy, you feel thrilled, and you cannot wait to tell this to all your friends. Today, we want to give you some insights to focus on priorities a destination wedding planning could involve. Italy has different regions, and each region is different from the other, so it will be an excellent choice to entrust your event to a local wedding planner. That being said, for those who are more reckless, we prepared a synthetic guide to help you out to focus on the most critical aspects.
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If you’re planning to book your wedding in Italy, well you need to know essential information to get started.

First of the wall examine the legal perspective. If you want a civil ceremony and obtain the legal effect of the marriage in the territory of your country of origin, there are some bureaucratic steps to follow. An experienced destination wedding planner in Italy can undoubtedly help you to understand the procedure related to your country of origin. In case you would hold a symbolic ceremony, there is nothing to worry about; you can exchange your vows wherever and whenever you want.

Civil ceremony in an Italian town hall

2) Venue

In Italy people, 95% of the time, book their wedding one year before. This happens because attending guests are always many, and couples want to get the best venue on the market. The advice is to book very early (1 year and a half, at least) to gain the time to evaluate more venues without losing the chance to book the venue you like.

Wedding venue in Arezzo among vineyards.

Lake Como Wedding in a Villa

3) Vendors

In Italy, there is a big business for weddings. For this reason, many beginners want to start their business to gain money even though they are not experienced.

The advice is to evaluate the website and social media channel of the vendor you’re contacting, and sending them a written request in which you ask every aspect that concerns their job. Remember to ask the vendors to send you a formal quote and release a regular invoice. This will consent you to understand if the vendor you’re contacting fiscal respect rules.

Floral designer while making a floral composition.

4) Destination Wedding planner in Italy

There are very trained destination wedding planners in Italy, mostly in the main cities (Milan, Rome, Florence, Naples). However, the best way to meet them would be in person. You will have to entrust her/him with the most crucial moment of your life, so the advice is to make a trip to Italy, meet him/her and the staff, and take the occasion to inspect some venues and taste food and wine in a catering. company Besides, consider whether they have experience with destination weddings and proper knowledge of the English language. Many excellent wedding planners have a perfect picture (of their works) on their website, but they don’t speak a word in English and do not know the laws to hold a legally binding ceremony in Italy.


picture of wedding Timeline of a professional wedding planner.


5) Tourism VISA in Italy

A picture of Schengen Visa to get legally married in Italy.

The tourist visa allows entry, for a short duration, in Italy and the other countries of the Schengen area, to the foreign citizen who intends to travel for tourist reasons and a maximum of 90 days. With the circular 23.6.2017, n. 20060 of the Ministry of the Interior (Department of Public Security – Central Directorate of Immigration and Border Police), a new tourism visa subcategory was established, called a “Tourism – Visit Family / Friends” visa.

Where to make the request for the VISA to travel to Italy?

The visa application must be submitted: To the application form, the foreigner must attach a valid travel document on which it is physically possible to affix the visa and if requested, the supporting documentation. In the event of an invitation from an Italian citizen or a foreigner legally residing in Italy, the compilation of the data relating to the inviting person has been made compulsory, as the presence of a letter of invitation from relatives or friends has become a characterizing element of the new type of visa «Tourism – Visit family/friends.» The indication of the new kind of visa will be printed on the label to be applied to the applicant’s travel document.

Madonna di Vitaleta Church in Tuscany during vesper.

Requirements and conditions

The records required for issuing a tourist visa are:

– application form completed online and then printed with an entry visa;

– recent passport photo;

– valid travel document expiring at least three months longer than the required visa (passport or other equivalent titles);

– round-trip booking or ticket or demonstration of the availability of personal transport;

– documented availability of accommodation (hotel reservation, declaration of hospitality, tourist vouchers, etc.);

– demonstration of possession of adequate financial resources to support credit documents (bank guarantee, surety policy, etc.);

– supporting documentation of one’s socio-professional status;

– health insurance with a minimum coverage of € 30,000 for emergency hospitalization expenses and repatriation costs.

– any declaration of invitation signed by an Italian citizen or foreign resident, with which the declarant certifies his willingness to offer hospitality in Italy to the applicant. To demonstrate the possession of adequate financial means of sustenance, where the foreign citizen does not have his standards, the inviting person can make a bank guarantee or surety policy in favor of the guest. With a tourist visa, it is not possible to carry out any work activity. Removed the requirement to apply for a residence permit. From June 2007, foreigners staying in Italy for less than three months for visits, study, tourism, or business do not need to apply for a residence permit. Even if for a short stay and even with an entry visa, a foreigner who has just entered Italy must still submit a declaration or self-report of his presence (at the border crossing point or the police station) within eight days of entry. This residence declaration must be presented with a specific form.

Bell tower immersed in Reschensee in South Tyrol.

Duration of visa

The visa specifies the duration of the authorized stay in the Schengen area typically. In any case, the PDS for tourism is not released for a period exceeding three months, so it is discretionary and scarce the possibility of extension and renewal for another three months. Only in the presence of unusual and documented circumstances (for example, due to health reasons), the police can very discretion authorize the extension.

PLEASE NOTE: those who present themselves at the police station with the tourism visa expired to request a renewal may risk getting an expulsion. Those in possession of tourist visa permits could request conversion to self-employment within the annual flow decree quotas. The issuing of the entry visa for tourism is highly discretionary; in fact, the “Bossi Fini” law even provides that the refusal to issue a residence permit for tourism must not even be motivated by the competent consulate. In conclusion, booking a wedding in a foreign country is always a hard task. Today we tried to give you as much information as possible. Let us know if you need the full legal assistance of our wedding planners in Italy.

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A newly wed couple hugging each other among vineyards in Tuscany.