A synthetic guide. First part


If you’re planning to book your wedding in Italy, well you need to know basic informations to get started.

First of wall examine the legal perspective. If you want a civil ceremony and obtain 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 certainly 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.


In Italy people 95% of the time book their wedding one year before. This happen because, attending guests are always many, and couples wants to get the best venue on the market.

The advice is to book very early (1 year and half at least) in order to gain the time to evaluate more venues without losing the chance to book the place you really like.

3) Vendors

In Italy there is a big business for weddings. For this reason there are many beginner that want to start their business in order to gain money even though they are not really experienced.

The advice is to evaluate the website and social media channel of the vendor you’re contacting, and sending them written request in which you ask every aspect that concern their job.

Remember to ask to the vendors to send you a formal quote and if they will release a regular invoice. This will consent you to understand if the vendor you’re contacting respect fiscal rules.

4)Wedding planner

In Italy there are very good wedding planners mostly in the main cities (Milan, Rome, Florence, Naples).

We suggest to be careful also if you’re planning to select the best professional on the market.

Consider that if you’re planning to wed in the summer period, a very good wedding planner in italy will be very busy and maybe he/she could not be able to respond to all your enquiries and concerns on whatsapp, skype or by phone.

Of course the result of their work will be amazing because this professionals know how to satisfy your expectations. But the time to be in touch with you will be certainly compromised.

Besides consider also whether they have experience with destination weddings and if they a proper knowledge of the English language. There are many very good wedding planners that have wonderful 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 civil marriage in Italy. So consider also this. Regarding prices of the wedding planners in Italy we will write a dedicated post.

5) Tourism VISA in Italy

The tourist visa allows the entry, for short duration, in Italy and in the other countries of the Schengen area, to the foreign citizen who intends to travel for tourist reasons and for a maximum of 90 days.

With the circular 23.6.2017, prot. 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

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 type of visa will be printed on the label to be applied to the travel document of the applicant

Requirements and conditions

The documents 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 title);

– 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.) [see table];

– 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 own means, the inviting person can make a bank guarantee or surety policy in favor of the guest.

With the 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.

A foreigner who has just entered Italy, even if for a short stay and even with an entry visa, must still submit a declaration or self-report of his presence (at the border crossing point or at the police station), within eight days of entry. This residence declaration must be presented with a specific form.

Duration of visa

The visa normally specifies the duration of the authorized stay in the Schengen area. In any case the pds for tourism is not released for a period exceeding 3 months so it is absolutely discretionary and very rare the possibility of extension and renewal for another three months. Only in the presence of special 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 a tourist visa permit could request conversion to self-employment, within the quotas of the annual flow decree.

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 other words, it is sanctioned by law that if one wants to grant a visa for tourism, if one does not want to, one does not grant it.

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