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Many people dream of having a beautifully charming Italian wedding in the hills of Tuscany…and understandably so, with the enchanting villas filled with historic frescos centred in acres of countryside, who wouldn’t want the Italian dream as their wedding day setting?
To help you create just that, there are a few things you should know when planning your destination wedding in Italy…
When planning a destination wedding, a wedding planner is always a good idea. As much as you may want to organise everything yourself, it isn’t always possible when you’re not located in the same country as where you intend to get married.
Not only that, but you’re unlikely to be familiar with the venues or the suppliers so recommendations from a reliable wedding planner are always advantageous.
If planning a Summer wedding in the UK, you may tend to go for July or August therefore these are often considered the best months to get married. In Italy however, June and September should definitely be strongly considered too; in fact these may even be preferable months to July and August due to a slightly more comfortable temperature.
Even if opting for June or September, make sure you plan ahead where possible as these are popular months in Italy and tend to get booked up just as quickly as July and August.
Couples are often disappointed when they learn that it’s not always possible to have a legal ceremony in the grounds of an Italian wedding venue. There is often a requirement to go to the local Town Hall for your civil ceremony.
This shouldn’t put you off as there are alternative options available; you can either make the trip to the Town Hall part of your wedding, with the reception at your chosen venue, or you could have a symbolic blessing (which all your guests would think is the real deal) in the venue and save the legal paperwork for when you’re back home; this is also a good money saving option.
Depending on your preferences, this may or may not be a significant factor to you so discuss your options with your wedding planner.
The best thing about a destination wedding is the fact that your wedding day isn’t just a day; it’s a wedding experience. You get to enjoy the build up with friends and family, and continue the celebrations over the days either side too, so when planning a destination wedding, budget allowing, consider before and after events too such as a welcome dinner and post-wedding lunch.