Italy is one of the most desired places on planet earth to get married. The culture, landscape and cuisine ooze romance, making complete sense to have your destination wedding in Italy.

However, most couples hum and haw about the necessity of having a local Italian wedding planner for their big day.

Facts and fiction of having an Italian wedding planner:

Fiction - having an Italian wedding planner is a waste of money.

Fact - Having a local wedding planner guarantees your wedding stays on budget.

Fiction- My family and friends can be my wedding planner Fact- It is wise to have a local, professional wedding planner Fiction - A planner only knows how to do their style.

Fact- A professional Italian wedding planner will bring your ideas to life.

Fiction - All a planner does is make things pretty.

Fact- Planners do make things gorgeous but, it goes far deeper from pre and post celebration planning, legal documentation to family counselling, a wedding planner will help you through it all.

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Is an Italian wedding planner a waste of money?

Many couples believe that a wedding planner is a luxury and an added cost to their wedding budget, but that could not be more wrong. Every couple deserves a wedding planner for their big day.

"A wedding planner helps couples save money and time while providing peace of mind on their wedding day."- Shutterfly Community.

Having a wedding planner will ensure that you have access to all the local deals and vendors. Italian wedding planners spend their careers fostering trusted, meaningful relationships with events vendors. Meaning that you not only have access to reliable vendors that will deliver the highest possible quality, you get them at the most competitive price.

If you went directly to the vendor, they would charge you their top price for their service. Having a local wedding planner negotiate contracts for you saving time and money. They know the cost of delivering that service and will be able to deliver it at the best price.

Experienced Italian wedding planners will also know what they are doing. They most definitely have planned more weddings than you! They will know the common mistakes to avoid, helping you dodge costly errors.

Planners know where to cut costs and what is necessary, they can advise against impulse buys or splurges of money and keep a tight belt on the money bag.

Why having a local wedding planner is a good idea:

Engagements and weddings are exciting and family and friends often wish to be as involved as possible. A lot of the time, couples will recruit friends and family to help plan and organise aspects of their wedding day.

This is wonderful to have such support but it can often get muddy. Plus, this is a celebration and none of your guests should be working during the festivities.

Senior Italian Wedding Planner is making the event perfect

Having local Italian wedding planners is optimal for a couple reasons:

  1. They know the land far better than anyone, they have scouted venues and have the connections at hand.
  2. They speak the language. Having a destination wedding in Italy, you may not speak fluent Italian, having a planner that can be the middleman between all parties will be a huge help. Lastly, they have the experience working with other local Italians and you will benefit from these relationships.

Do Italian wedding planners only produce their style events?

It is true that Italians and Italian wedding planners are very proud of their style and believe that there should be a sense of Italian flair if you are to wed in Italy. However, this is your wedding and a professional wedding planner will help bring your vision to life.

When it comes to styling and decor a planner is merely there to help in decision making. You want your day to be perfect and it can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing every aspect of your wedding from colour palette to menu selection.

Your planner will walk with you through every choice and help break down each choice. With perfectly curated Pinterest and mood boards - bringing a space to life with accurate digital renderings of layout options and designs.

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When selecting a wedding planner it is important to go through their portfolio of past events to see if they have a similar aesthetic to you. Read the reviews of past couples to see their experience working with that particular Italian wedding planner.

What does a planner do?

It is assumed that all a wedding planner does is make things pretty, although it is true that they make your day picture perfect it goes far deeper than that. A planner manages every aspect of your wedding including everything between layout and decor to scheduling and legal paperwork. A good wedding planner is hyper organised, having lists on lists, meticulously planning every detail. Some wedding planners even act as counselors, keeping the couple calm while helping to manage family and friends.

Your planner will schedule and coordinate the entirety of the celebrations. Including pre and post-wedding festivities, like rehearsal dinners and brunch the following morning. Working on a tight time plan and making sure everything is synchronised and runs seamlessly.

When having a destination wedding, it is ideal to have someone on the ground, overseeing every aspect. Your planner will become an extension of you, being your eyes and ears on location. Your wedding day is considered the most important day of your life. It can be difficult to give up any control over your wedding day; that is why it is so important to find an Italian wedding planner that you trust, someone experienced and reliable.

Having a wedding planner manage all the nitty-gritty planning of the day takes huge pressure off the couple and allows them to have more time to enjoy their engagement and the wedding day and less time stressing about planning.

What Italian Wedding Planners Offer

When looking for a planner, look at what packages they offer. It is ideal to find a wedding planner that can deliver a comprehensive package. Meaning you can then tailor to your needs for how hands-on you wish to be in the planning.

Finding a wedding planner that has an array of services means they will be able to make your day unique to you, with elements you would not have thought were possible initially. A good Italian wedding planner will deliver the perfect Italian experience of good food and drink, music, entertainment and beautiful settings.

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“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.”

Juliet to Romeo, the balcony scene. Act 2, scene 2.

Italy is for lovers. Couples from Romeo and Juliet to the Lovers of Valdaro can tell you that, in Italy, love is as eternal as the historic city of Rome. When you find The One, you imagine being with them forever. Why not promise to love each other “till death do we part” in a beautiful destination ceremony in Italy?

View of Rome at sunset Romantic wedding in Italy

Why Have a Romantic Wedding in Italy?

More and more couples are choosing to be adventurous and have destination weddings in beautiful locations. Getting married in your hometown is out, and saying “I do” in the middle of a breathtaking Tuscan villa is in.

Having a romantic wedding in Italy is ideal for couples who want a little adventure or who want to stray from tradition. Not only will the ceremony be a hundred times more romantic and beautiful in the Italian countryside, it also allows couples to combine their wedding and their honeymoon.

According to Brides.com, there are several wedding trends that came out of 2020 that are here to stay. Among them, big weddings are becoming a thing of the past. Now, small, intimate weddings with only your closest friends and family members are the hot, new way to tie the knot.

Part of this trend is that more and more couples are choosing destination weddings over traditional weddings. If the last year has shown us anything, it is that life is short and, at some point, you have to stop dreaming of the perfect romantic wedding in Italy and start making it a reality.

Some of our favourite celebrity couples have taken their romance abroad. The much-loved power couple, Amal and George Clooney walked down the aisle in 2014 at the Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, Italy. According to the bride, the couple wanted a “wedding that was romantic and elegant,” making Venice the obvious choice.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel also chose Italy as the backdrop to their love story. According to the bride, they chose the destination because “we like to eat.” Not only was the food reported to be amazing, but the historic luxury hotel in pristine, white Puglia provided the perfect setting for the vows and the reception.

5 Reasons Why Italy is The Most Romantic Destination For a Wedding

Everyone knows that Italy is home to some of the more romantic cities in the world. Whether you want to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and be a princess for a day with your beloved in the eternal city of Rome or say “I do” in an intimate ceremony on the beach, Italy is waiting for you.

View of Venice at sunset Romantic Wedding in Italy

You only get the wedding of your dreams once, so it should be everything you hoped for. If you want to set your marriage off to a romantic start, a wedding in Italy is the way to go. Here’s why Italy is the most romantic destination for a wedding:

  1. The Beauty - Look at those rolling hills that surround Tuscan Vineyards. Think of the historic hotels and resorts. One reason why Italy is such a romantic setting for a wedding is because of the natural beauty of the country. Italy also has a diverse selection of wedding venues, so you and your beloved can find a beautiful setting for your love story. Whether you want to be surrounded by history or by beaches, VB Events can help you plan the romantic wedding of your dreams.
Detail of the Florentine Dome Romantic Wedding in Italy

How To Plan a Romantic Wedding in Italy

Weddings are fun, romantic, joyful, and exciting. Wedding planning, on the other hand, has a reputation as being stressful, anxiety-provoking, and an overall unpleasant activity that causes you to pull your hair out.

If the idea of planning a wedding in Italy sounds daunting, here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Hire an expert wedding planner. VB Events will take care of photography, videography, location scouting, hair, makeup, design, catering, flowers, the band, the lighting, and anything else you can possibly think of.

Step 2: You get to do the fun, non-stressful parts of wedding planning, such as leisurely picking out what you will wear down the aisle while sipping champagne, writing memorable vows, enjoying your bachelor or bachelorette party, and spending quality time with your fiance.

Step 3: On the day of the wedding, the team at VB Events will handle everything. All you have to do is enjoy yourself, greet your guests, eat delicious food, shove cake in your beloved’s face, and feel like a prince or princess on your wedding day.

There is a common mistake that brides and grooms make on their wedding day. Many couples forget that this day is for them and that they are supposed to enjoy it. Instead, they often spend

their entire special day putting out fires, organizing the caterers, and running around trying to make everything perfect.

Bride and Groom cutting the wedding cake while having cold fireworks shining

The secret to a romantic wedding in Italy is not about DIY-ing everything or making a ton of work for yourself; the secret to a romantic wedding is to actually enjoy yourself with your beloved. When you hire a wedding planner, you get to experience your special day, completely stress-free. We will handle the rest.

When you plan a destination wedding, it is especially important to hire a local wedding planner. We speak the local languages and will be able to most effectively book all the most talented caterers, make-up artists, florists, and bakers to make your wedding luxurious and glamorous.

Experienced local wedding planners also know all the best venues, especially the beautiful and unique spots that you won’t read about in travel magazines.

VB Events also offers a variety of wedding packages, so you can pick and choose what services you do and don’t want for your wedding. When you schedule a consultation, you and your beloved can explain your vision for the wedding. Maybe you want to skip certain traditions or experience certain aspects of Italian culture for your wedding.

When you book with VB Events, we will work with you to make your romantic wedding in Italy everything that you dreamed it would be!

The Best Locations For Your Romantic Wedding

Italy has an endless number of beautiful, luxurious places to get married. These cities are the 6 most romantic destinations for your wedding.

  1. Tuscany

The capital, Florence, is a symbol of Italian elegance and beauty. Tuscany is a very popular romantic wedding destination because it is home to several Tuscan vineyards where couples from around the world have enjoyed the luxurious and rustic scenery as the backdrop for their love story. For art lovers, Florence is the perfect destination for a wedding because it's home to iconic Italian art and architecture.

There is nothing quite as magical as vowing to love each other forever in The Eternal City. Rome has everything, from historic sites to the best shopping destinations and delicious food. You don’t have to be a classicist to enjoy the sights as you zip along the streets of Rome on a Vespa. No matter your style, there are so many ways for you and your beloved to customize your romantic wedding in Rome.

Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea and home to both the perfect wedding venues as well as a number of fun activities for after the wedding. The food is well-worth the trip; no matter what Italian food you have had before, it won’t compare to authentic, lovingly cooked Sicilian food. Sicily is also an ideal wedding destination because it is easy for couples to extend the adventure into a mini-honeymoon. The beaches, the historic baroque churches, and the Etna Volcano are all once-in-a-lifetime sights for a pair of newlyweds to enjoy.

You may recognize some of the architecture in Puglia from the newest James Bond instalment, No Time To Die. Perfect for both car chases and romance, Puglia is surrounded by coastline, giving you a view over the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.

The natural beauty of this location makes it the perfect backdrop for an elegant and simple wedding. The city is adorned in lights and home to an expanse of pristine, white, historic buildings. With so many beautiful locations in this part of Italy, it is almost impossible to choose which location is the most romantic.

Detail of Trulli, the typical accommodation of Puglia

The Amalfi Coast is home to historic architecture as well as unique landscapes. Imagine saying “I do” while overlooking the Gulf of Naples. For couples who appreciate history and architecture, this one's for you. The VB team recommends having your wedding at the 11th century Belmond Hotel Caruso or the 5-star, 12th century Palazzo Avino. If you are especially adventurous, the 1st century Villa Astor sits on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Como Lake is located at the base of the Alps and is home to relaxing beaches, world-class spas, and glimmering lakes. If this location sounds familiar, it is probably because celebrity couples like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, as well as Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, picked this iconic location for their glamorous ceremonies.

If you want to roll your wedding and honeymoon into one, Como Lake is the perfect destination for both. After you get married in one of many historic luxury hotels, you and your beloved can unwind with a spa day, see the sights with a private boat tour, and experience the idyllic small towns nearby.

Are You Ready To Start Planning Your Romantic Wedding in Italy?

It is time to stop daydreaming and making Pinterest boards about your dream wedding. It is time to make it come to life. Schedule a consultation with VB Events to get started! Let us make your dreams come true, the way we have for couples from all over the world.

You may have the universe if I may have Italy - Giuseppe Verdi.

Italy is renowned for its magnificent scenery and rich culture. Marvelled over for centuries by the rest of the world. However, many people do not know that each region in Italy is fiercely proud of its cities and countryside and claims to be superior in every aspect. A never-ending debate as each region is so uniquely different it is difficult to compare. Italy is celebrated for its top wedding destinations across the country.

The easiest way to choose which city to have your Italian wedding in is to know what describes you, your tastes and habits as a couple. These are the top wedding destinations in Italy:

1) Florence- Cultured couple

2) Rome - History Lovers

3) Amalfi, Sardina, Sicily and Puglia - Sea Souls

4) Siena and Chianti -Wine connoisseurs

5) Fabulous Foodies

6) Milan and Florence - Fashion Fanatics

7) Lake Como - Pure Glamour

Black and white photo of bride and groom top wedding destination italy

Cultured Couple

Italy is pouring with culture with some of the most renowned works of art and artists hailing from Italy. The Italians have been at the forefront of intellectual achievements for centuries. Art, literature and music dance through Italy romantically, but the culmination of this culture happens in Florence.

"A city-size shrine to the Renaissance, Florence offers frescoes, sculptures, churches, palaces, and other monuments from the richest cultural flowering the world has known." - National Geographic.

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, home to polymaths like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and pre-renaissance masters like Sandro Botticelli. Florence also boasts architectural marvels such as Brunelleschi's Dome and Brancacci's Santa Maria del Carmine.

Literature geniuses such as Boccaccio, whose most influential work is The Decameron.  Carlo Collodi, the author of the cultural icon Pinnochio, both call Florence their home.

If arts and culture excite you as a couple, Florence is the top wedding destination in Italy.

Florence is submerged in history and romance with fresco villas and cobbled streets filled with character.

Picture of Ponte Vecchio in Florence top wedding destination in Italy

History Lovers

Rome is the city of love - and one of the top wedding destinations in Italy. It is clearly in the name; Roma reversed is amor - meaning love in Italian. That is the exact essence of the streets of Rome true romance. Rome is also known as the 'Eternal City' as the Romans have always believed that their city will last forever.

Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does;

when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome;

when Rome falls, so will the world. -Saint Venerable Bede, English Benedictine monk

Ancient Rome was so impactful that we can see traces of it in today's life from the military, political, and social institutions. Having a powerful military force, the Romans invaded land all over the world. The success in these advancements is evident still today.

In Rome, parts of the ancient city still stand, giving us a glimpse into the lives of ancient Roamans. With iconic feats of architecture like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Vatican City still standing. 

There is an element of grandeur and importance to the city. The locals are fiercely proud this never has and never will change.

From the dome of St. Peters, one can see every notable object in Rome. He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe. - Mark Twain, American Writer

Rome is the ideal place to wed if tales of the past inthrill you. The ever-lasting city seems to be the perfect place for a long-lasting, impactful marriage. An ideal destination wedding location.

Sea Souls

Living a Mediterranean lifestyle only comes if there is a sea in your background. Italy has the most breathtaking sea senes, dotted with luxury villas and hotels. A top wedding destination in Italy, fit for movie stars, we are spoilt for choice here in Italy.

The south of Italy is infamous for "la dolce vita," where the sun, sea and sand are in perfect union. The crystal blue water is charming, interrupted only by perfect islands scattered along the coast. Including the luxurious islands of Capri, Sardina and Sicily.

The Amalfi coast explodes with colour and flavour. With its cities gripping to the cliffs overlooking the ocean, it is nothing short of breathtaking.

"They say that when Judgement day comes, the lives of the people of Amalfi will not change, for they are already living in paradise."- Anon.

Puglia, located on the 'boot' of Italy, is known for its whitewashed towns scattered on the hills surrounded by miles of coastline. Home to the UNESCO heritage, Trulli huts.

If you want an unforgettable destination wedding of true luxury and bliss, we think the south of Italy is for you.

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Amalfi Coast view top wedding destination in Italy

Wine Connoisseurs

Oenophilia reigns throughout Italy, being the number one producer of wine in the world. The French have champagne, in Italy, we have Prosecco, which we think is far better. There are over 20 wine regions alone in Italy. However, most will agree that Tuscan wine is supreme. Although Veneto, Apulia, Emilia-Romagna, Sicilian wine is also highly regarded.

Non si può avere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca - One can't have a full barrel and a drunk wife.

The Italian proverb for you can not have your cake and eat it. We disagree. In Siena and the Chianti regions, there will forever be barrels full and festivities high.

With renowned vineyards such as Antinori, Castello di Nipozzano and many more, you will never go thirsty.

Set in the perfect landscape of rolling hills covered in vineyards and cypress-lined avenues, we can hear the bottles popping already. Tuscany is a classic choice for any wine lover and a top wedding destination in Italy. Saluti!

Fabulous Foodies

If you decide to have your destination wedding in Italy as a foody, you have made the right choice. Exploding with flavour and passion, Italians are immensely proud of their gastronomy.

In Italy, they add work and life to food and wine. – Robin Leach

Knowing what Italian flavours you and your partner love may help you identify where to get married in Italy. Each region in Italy offers a unique flavour profile that has been perfected for generations. 

A very simplified flavour profile of Italy is:

Lombardy

In the north of Italy, cities in Lombardy are famous for dishes like ossobuco and risotto.

Piedmont

Rich, warm flavours of veal, truffles, Barolo and herbs from the north.

Venice

In the romantic maze of Venice, seafood and polenta are readily available. Cicchetti, like finger food for aperitivo and tiramisu for dessert.

Bolonia

The birthplace of bolognese. Known for its meat, you will find premium pork and sausages that pair perfectly with Lambrusco, a wine from this region.

Liguria

The iconic dish from this region is made with Trofie and pesto, accompanied by the finest focaccia and a bottle of local white wine from Cinque Terre.

Tuscany

Brunello and Chianti pair perfectly with a florentine steak. Or if it is a warm summers day, a glass of pecorino with gelato is fitting.

Rome

Rome is the home of pasta carbonara, pizza bianca (white pizza), fresh, beautiful artichokes and oxtail dishes.

Naples

The birthplace of the true pizza, Napoli style. Thick crust, tomato base and tones of mozzarella. Limoncello is a must after every meal in the south of Italy.

Puglia

Renowned for its production of olive oil. Puglia has a simple flavour profile, letting the ingredients speak for themselves. Fresh seafood and clams will always be on the menu.

Sardinia and Sicily

Being islands seafood is king with lobster, sardine pasta, clams and more. The sweet tooth of the south is satisfied with fresh sorbet and Cannoli.

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No matter where you decide to have your destination wedding, you will be fed to contentment and watered till you are merry.

Bride and groom cutting the wedding cake

Fashion Fanatics

The most stylish country in the world is Italy.– Nick Rhodes

Italy is infamous for being home to some of the worlds most luxury fashion houses. Notorious for their craftsmanship and ability to create works of wearable art. Houses such as Valentino, Versace, Prada, Miu Miu, Max Mara, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, Missoni, Trussardi, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo, Pucci and Gucci to name a few, are all proudly Italian.

Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world, the streets of Milan reflect this. Milan is one of top wedding destinations in Italy that offers elegance and sophistication, but with a modern twist.

The houses of Prada and Miu Miu are local to Milan. Visit the Prada foundation, celebrating out the box thinking. For a fashion-forward wedding, the streets of Milan lend the perfect backdrop, especially the gothic architecture of the Dome.

Florence is the origin of the "Made In Italy" brand and the destination of the annual Pitti Uomo. Florence is known for its artisanal craftsmanship and leather goods. Gucci, Ferragamo and Pucci are all heritage luxury stores that are all deeply rooted in Florence.

Italians know that what matters is style, not fashion. Italian style does not have social or age boundaries.– Stefano Gabbana

It is impossible not to look fabulous on your wedding day when you have Italian flair throughout your event. Milan and Florence are the top wedding destinations in Italy for true fashionistas.

Pure Glamour

If you want to escape and live like a film star, Italy is the place to do it. It is possible to rent entire islands off the coast or even a yacht to host your big day. We will be able to bring all the mainland goodness with us.

If you want to be like George Clooney- Lake Como is the perfect option. With grand Villas overlooking the great lakes, it is something out of a love story. With the divine villa grounds and the rolling hills, meeting at the lakeside. The Great Lakes are the perfect place to have your destination wedding if you want pure luxury and glamour, a location that Jay Gatsby would have marvelled over.

Conclusion

We could go on forever! Italy has everything you could want for a luxury destination wedding.

Having an experienced local wedding planner will help identify the perfect location for your taste, budget and party size. For a free consultation on the top wedding destinations in Italy, wedding planning, and more, please contact our team of experts.

The beautiful blue sea as your backdrop with the fresh ocean mist in the air, we could not think of a more perfect place to say "I do" than on an Italian beach. Beach weddings are truly enchanting and although the outcome is light and easy, the planning takes a lot of consideration.

Here is our list of the 3 main things to focus on when planning a beach wedding in Italy:

1) Location, location, location

● Where in Italy?

● The degree of beach

● Accessibility

● Permit necessity

● Avoid the crowds

2) Know your environment - prepare in advance

● Beach set up

● Sturdy seating

● Prepare for all weather

● Sound system for ceremony

3) Dress to Impress - Dress code

● Light, easy material

● Skip the veil, do an updo

● Ditch the heels

● Plan your tan

● Brief your guests

Bride and groom walk hand in hand at their beach wedding in Italy

1) Where to have your beach wedding in Italy?

Italy has an abundance of breathtaking beaches for your wedding day. All with a unique twist and culture, completing the Italian wedding fantasy. If a sunny, amorous atmosphere is what you desire these are the ideal places to be wed:

Amalfi Coast - filled with vibrant ceramics and zesty lemons.

Capri - true luxury in retail, cuisine, scents and views.

Puglia - with the longest coastline, boasting stunning beaches and exploding with flavour, known as the "breadbasket" of Italy

Sorrento - Known for its Lemoncello and historical landmarks

Italian Riviera - the home of Cinque Terre and beautiful fresh produce.

Sicily - Sicilian cuisine and sandy beaches

Beach wedding Italy - Belmond Hotel Caruso view in Amalfi coast

The Degree of Beach

Having a beach wedding in Italy you are spoilt for choice, able to cater for any couples desire,even up to how much beach they want. 

With luxury villas and hotels resting on the seaside or mounted on the ocean cliffs, you have control of how sandy you want your toes to get. 

Beach wedding in Italy, Riviera Liguria

You could be fully immersed, saying your vowels next to the waves or miles above it on top of a cliff with the stretching ocean as your backdrop.

Accessibility

When planning your beach wedding in Italy it is vital to consider accessibility to your venue, for your vendors and guests, whether on the beach or miles above, accessibility should be the priority. 

If you decide to get married at Capri, an island just off the Amalfi coast, consider the logistics of getting all your guests there in time. The same is true with being on a long stretch of beach, make sure all your guests know how to locate the ceremony and have access to it.

Depending on your party you may have to think about putting in ramps or boardwalks to cater for the elderly or handicapped guests to make it out onto the beach safely.

Permits

Many beaches in Italy are open to the public, so you must get the relevant permits to have your beach wedding. This may not always be necessary but better to do your research to avoid any hick-ups on your big day, talk to your wedding planner about how to obtain permits if needed.

Avoid the Crowds

It is important to choose a location that offers a sense of privacy to avoid wedding crashers. The time of year and day you want to get married is vital to research beforehand.

2) Know your Environment

Being surrounded by nature on your wedding day is truly magical, with the sand between your toes, sun on your skin and wind through your hair. However, it can be unpredictable so it is essential to plan for all possible outcomes.

Let your location speak for itself and let its natural beauty show. You do not want to compete with it when it comes to extra decor, less is always more. You can however have pops of colour in your flowers to contrast the sand and sea, think local and see what natural product is available to add this contrast.

Beach Set up

If you plan to be married on an Italian beach next to the lapping waves and in the sand, there are a few things one needs to consider when planning the set-up:

● Sturdy seating

Being in the sand you must have sturdy seating for your guests. Look at seating that will not sink in the sand, be hefty enough not to blow away in the wind or collapse with the uneven grounding.

● Changes like the weather

Regardless if you are on the beach or not, if you are outdoors for your ceremony, you are at the mercy of the elements. This includes everything from rain to shine. 

Consider planning your ceremony in the morning or late afternoon to avoid guests being in direct sun at midday. If it is expected to be full sun, think about providing favours to make your guests, keep them cool and comfortable such as Panama hats, day umbrellas or fans

With warmer weather, it may also be wise to have refreshments available at the beginning of the ceremony.

It is also wise to have a backup plan when it comes to an outdoor Italian beach wedding, in case the weather changes drastically with rain or wind.

Another thought for guest favours is to have a shoe changing station. If you are having a beach wedding, to avoid guests having sandy shoes you could gift them all a pair of flip flops to wear during the ceremony.

● Hearing your vows

As soothing as the wind and waves may be, they can drown out your voices, leaving your guests strained trying to hear your vows. Having a sound system in place will prove hugely helpful for your guests and even your videographer.

3) Dress to impress with your wedding attire

Having a beach wedding in Italy will cause all your senses to be tantalised with calm and romantic vibes of tranquillity. Your attire should match this spirit of harmony, consider wearing lighter shades to keep you cool. Avoid stuffy suits and uncomfortable shoes.

We suggest ditching the heels and opting for delicate sandals or barefoot.

When selecting your dress, think about how the material will feel and flow on the day. Look for light, airy dresses that will have a playful element on the beach, with materials like chiffon or charmeuse

Trains and heavy gowns may be difficult to manoeuvre down the aisle, ultimately leaving you hot and flustered on your big day. When it comes to your hair, try an updo to avoid your hair blowing around during the ceremony, so you can focus fully on your partner and what they are saying, we also think this allows for unobstructed pictures. 

The same is true with a vail, more likely than not it is going to be a bit windy so consider skipping on the vail.

A small side note for you to consider before your Italian beach wedding is what swimwear and shirts you will be wearing before the wedding. Being in a sunny destination you are bound to catch a bit of sun, make sure you avoid tan lines that do not fit your dress style.

Consider a spray tan if necessary, always have plenty of SPF on and avoid basking in the sun days before your wedding, you would hate to be burnt walking down the aisle.

Beach Wedding in Italy -Bride getting ready with hair updo

Brief your guests

When sending invitations out to your guests for your Italian beach wedding let them know the exact dress code for your big day. Depending on your location you may discourage heels and penguin suits.

Promate light flowing outfits to ensure everyone is comfortable throughout the day. You could even take it a step further and limit the colour pallet and aesthetic, this always results in having the most beautiful pictures.

Start Planning Your Beach Wedding in Italy

Beach weddings are always alluring and Italian beaches add that extra layer of romance and luxury with turquoise, blue waters and breathtaking views. The crisp air is transcending and you can not help but be infatuated with the whole experience of starting your next chapter together.

Italy is the perfect place to have a beach wedding and VB- Events is the perfect planner to help make your dream day a reality, stress-free. Book a free consultation now.

Beach Wedding in Itali, rings laid on the sand

You’ve been working on your wedding Pinterest board since you were 11. You’ve seen Under the Tuscan Sun only about a million times. It’s time to make your wedding dreams come true with a stunning Tuscan vineyard wedding!

Rustic-style weddings have made a huge comeback in recent years. However, getting married in a local barn is so last year. With VB Events, you can take your wedding to the next level. Experience all the beauty of the Tuscany countryside, while marrying the love of your life in an intimate, rustic ceremony.

Bride waking through Tuscan vineyard

Why You Should Have a Tuscan Vineyard Wedding

The Tuscan countryside is a romantic and adventurous wedding location. The lush vineyards make an amazing backdrop to the happiest day of your life. This location is perfect for couples who love wine, and who want to experience some of the best wine in the world while they tie the knot.

Whether you had to postpone the wedding due to COVID-19 or you are planning a ceremony for the very first time, you and your beloved should consider a wedding held in an authentic vineyard in Tuscany.

Not only will the venue embrace an authentic rustic-chic aesthetic, you will get to walk down the aisle in the fresh hair - against a backdrop of rolling country hills.

According to The Knot, the top wedding trends of 2021 include pops of color, outdoor ceremonies, more intimate weddings, and an increase in travel.

Since everyone has spent the last year cooped up at home, couples across the world are excited to travel, try new foods, and see the sights.

Why not plan a destination wedding and get married in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside?

It is like a wedding and a honeymoon all rolled into one. The best part is that you get to share the experience with all your closest friends and family members, giving them a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What To Look For in a Tuscan Vineyard Venue

Wedding planning can be a lot - from outfit shopping to putting together the guest list, and all the work that goes into decorations. One benefit of having your wedding at a vineyard in Tuscany, is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time on DIY, Etsyinspired decorations and signs.

However, it is important to make sure that the venue meets all your needs. When you plan your destination wedding with VB Events, you have several options for where to have your Tuscan vineyard wedding.

Here are 5 things to consider when you are picking out a vineyard venue:

1. Size of Wedding and Guest List

In general, destination weddings and rustic weddings are usually smaller and more intimate than traditional weddings. However, different couples have a different definition of what constitutes an intimate wedding.

Some small weddings have 10 or fewer guests, and some have as many as 50 guests. The most important thing to look for in a venue is that it can comfortably accommodate all your guests.

If you guests are staying on-location, then you will need to either pick a venue with enough rooms for everyone, or narrow down the guest list.

2. Mobility and Accessibility

This is you and your beloved’s reminder to think about the grandparents. If your elderly relatives are attending your destination wedding, then you should take into consideration their mobility.

While outdoor weddings are beautiful, it can be hard for people in wheelchairs or with canes to make it across great distances. Of course, no one wants to be left out because they have difficulty walking across a field of grape vines.

If you or your wedding guests have any mobility concerns, let your wedding planner know. There are many available locations in Tuscany that would be easily accessible to everyone on the guest list.

3. Luxury or Homey

There is a wide range of directions you can go in when you decide to have a rustic wedding. The term “rustic” itself can describe a wide range of wedding aesthetics. For some couples, their rustic wedding is a casual affair in the family barn, complete with a relative manning the grill, games of cornhole, and a few dogs running around.

On the other hand, a rustic wedding can also be a luxurious wedding, complete with a high-fashion designer gown, wooden signage and centerpieces, 5-star food, and a black-tie dress code.

Vineyard weddings can be easily tailored to meet you and your partner’s desires, whether you want to go earthy and casual or luxurious and high-fashion.

Rustic chic wedding round tables decorated with white robe and wooden chairs.

4. What Kind of Experience Do You Want?

One of the best parts about planning a destination wedding in Italy is that you and your partner can use it as an opportunity to save money on a honeymoon. Some couples like to stay in Tuscany after their guests return home in order to enjoy some alone time while exploring the culture.

If you and your beloved want to roll your wedding and honeymoon into one, it would be best to choose a centrally-located vineyard or all-inclusive resort for the wedding. That way, you have all your accomodations for the honeymoon already taken care of and you can easily tour Italy.

Tuscany is a very popular wedding destination for this exact reason. Located in central Italy, you can spend your honeymoon in Florence seeing the art, or you can journey south to Rome and spend your first days as newly weds in the most romantic city in the world.

5. Stay True To Yourself

It is easy to get carried away when putting together a wedding Pinterest board. Just because something looks beautiful online, doesn’t mean that it is the best thing for you and your partner. According to Brides.com, the biggest mistake that most wedding planning couples make is to go too trendy with the outfits and makeup, get wedding envy, forget to prioritize what they want, exhaust themselves with too many DIY projects, and forget to set boundaries with the parents.

Remember, this wedding is about you and your beloved. While it is important to consider your guests, it is even more important to not lose yourself in all the suggestions and requests. Just because so-and-so had an expensive wedding with a full candy bar, an explosion of flowers, and custom bridesmaids dresses, doesn’t mean that you have to play “keeping up with the Joneses.”

If you and your beloved really want to see the sights, drink Tuscan wine, and keep the ceremony small, then do it! Don’t let all the Pinterest DIY ideas distract you if you’re not into DIY. And you are under no obligation to wear a certain outfit on your wedding day just because it is in style.

Italian vineyard rustic chic wedding. The location is decorated with lights and the tables have with robe and chairs.

What Are the Best Venues For a Tuscan Vineyard Wedding?

When you plan a destination wedding with VB Events, it is about more than just your big day. It is also about having an authentic, immersive experience where you can experience the culture and enjoy the food and the architecture. Tuscany is renowned for wine tasting, as well as home to world-famous art and views. No matter what you and your beloved are looking for, one of these amazing venues will be the perfect backdrop as you say “I do.”

Where Nature Meets Luxury

Borgo Santo Pietro is located near Siena in the heart of Tuscany. It is a 5 star luxury resort that offers both closeness to nature as well as opulence and grandeur. The resort is built around an authentic 13th century villa, which is also home to a “farm to plate” restaurant and enough thoughtfully decorated hotel rooms for all your guests.

Art in the Garden

Palazzo Pfanner is located in Lucca, Italy is perfect for hosting weddings. The grand staircase and arched ceilings, with a lush garden filled with Roman-style statues, provides the perfect big entrance to wow your guests as you walk up the aisle to say “I do.”

The Palazzo has several historic and artfully decorated rooms to host your beloved and your wedding party in the lap of luxury.

History With a View

Villa San Michele is nestled in the Fiesole hills in Florence, Italy. This location was once a medieval monastery, so it is rich with history, Renaissance art, and classic luxury. The view over the bright lights of Florence and the Chianti hills is unparalleled! This location is ideal for couples and guests who want to learn about the craftsmanship of Florence through guided tours.

Private and Personal

Il Salviatino is a hand-restored 15th century villa that sits on 12 acres of lush, green land. Considered the gold standard for hosting bespoke events, this location is home to 40 available rooms - more than enough room for everyone invited to a small, intimate wedding.

Couples who want their privacy will love this location! Complete with a dreamy pool, a sparking spa, and beautiful green rolling hills, Il Salviatino is the perfect place to host and then unwind after your dream wedding.

Wedding chairs details. The newlyweds chairs are decorated with the sign “Mrs” and “Mr”.

Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner For Your Vineyard Wedding

Weddings are stereotyped as being stressful to plan, labour-intensive to make everything, and time consuming. You may know a bride or two who didn’t even get to enjoy her own wedding because she was too busy running around and making sure everything went according to plan.

However, weddings do not have to be stressful; not when you hire an experienced wedding planner.

It is especially important to have a wedding planner for a Tuscan vineyard wedding. Not only will a local wedding planner be an expert in the best venues, caterers, and florists, they will be able to help you book everyone from the photographer to the makeup artist.

Since all wedding planners at VB Events speak the local languages, you will never have to worry about a language barrier when you try to make plans.

For a rustic Tuscan vineyard wedding, it can really pay to hire a wedding planner.

If you are obsessed with Pinterest, then you will probably notice that rustic weddings can involve a lot of DIY projects. From the centrepieces to the signage and the venue decorations, many couples discover that, in their attempts to plan a down-to-earth wedding, they are in way over their head. This is where a wedding planner comes in; they can handle all the decorations, design, catering, and scheduling.

On the happiest day of your life, you should be spending it with your beloved. You should not be rushing around organizing the caterers or setting up an entire venue’s worth of decorations by yourself. Trust us, you will want to remember every second of your amazing vineyard wedding. Leave the planning to VB Events while you and your partner enjoy the experience.

Tuscan vineyard landscape how To Plan the Perfect Tuscan Vineyard Wedding

Johny Goerend

Let’s Make Your Dream of a Tuscan Vineyard Wedding a Reality!

With the pandemic nearly over, now is the best time to travel, try new things, and to tie the knot in luxury. There is nothing like saying “I do” surrounded by beautiful gardens and historic architecture. Make your wedding truly memorable for everyone by planning a rustic destination wedding in Tuscany.

When you work with VB Events, we will take care of:

● Venue Scouting

● Design

● Photography

● Videography

● Catering

● Music

● Flower Arrangements

● Hair and Makeup

● Scheduling

● Lighting

All you need to do is say “I do” while enjoying yourself with your closest friends and family members. Contact VB Events today to begin planning the wedding of your dreams!

Italy has forever been a place of wonder and romance. Home to some of the world's most celebrated works of art, architecture, culinary creations, unique style and exquisite landscapes.

Exploding with culture being the birthplace of the Renaissance and having more Unesco World Heritage cultural sites than any other country on Earth. Italy is truly the perfect place to plan a wedding.

Planning your perfect day can be overwhelming so here is the perfect breakdown of how to plan a wedding in Italy:

Choose a local wedding planner

Pick your dream venue

Decide on the number of guests

Curate your ideal menu

Time of year

Have a unique Italian flair

Legal and religious considerations

Choosing a Wedding Planner

When you are planning a destination wedding in Italy it is always a good idea to have a wedding planner. Finding one that will work well with you and deliver your aesthetic within budget can be challenging to find.

So here is what we suggest:

1. Find a local wedding planner - having a local planner is indispensable. They know the lay of the land and should have connections to offer you more than commercial options on every aspect of your wedding package. They could even help you save money!

2. How many weddings have they done?- It is imperative to have a planner that is experienced. The more weddings and events they have done the better!

3. Look at their portfolio good wedding planners will have an endless portfolio displaying varied types of weddings. Look for their signature and the vendors they use, does their level of execution meet yours?

4. Find someone you trust This is your big day and your wedding planner must be someone you trust to make it happen and reduce the stresses that come with it. Finding someone you can lean on and gel with will be a saving grace.

For more on the importance of hiring a local wedding planner.

Valentina, our founder and senior event planner, gives instruction to the waitress.

Picking Your Dream Venue

Picking your dream venue is one of the most important steps in how to plan a wedding in Italy. In Italy, the venue options are endless, from elegant villas, beachside balls to gorgeous grottos.

Finding what will be ideal for your big day can be overwhelming- here are our top tips to make it easier to pick:

1. Talk to your Planner - before you lose yourself down a rabbit hole of links searching for the perfect place, ask your planner. Planners will generally have a list of possible venues. They will know the capacity and capabilities of the space. Also, they may have ideas on how to transform a certain space to make it uniquely you and meet your other criteria.

2. Is it your taste?- Choosing a venue that fits your theme and has the vibe you want to deliver. If you want your guests to feel close and cosy an outdoor wedding may not be best suited.

The same is true if you want a romantic, classic look a Villa filled with fresco paintings may fit the brief for instance. What is important is that you are true to yourselves and fits your taste as a couple and that you are not just recreating a Pinterest board.

3. Know your Guest List It is helpful to have a rough grasp on the number of guests you will be expecting. This will dictate the size of the venue and the layout.

4. Budget - this possibly may be the biggest decider on the venue selection. It is not just the renting of the space that you have to think of but also to consider, floral and decor that will be needed on top of that.

It is essential to find out what is and is not included in the venue cost i.e. tables, chairs and linens. This may also affect your budget whether or not you will need to bring in more vendors.

How to choose where to get married in Italy, and our top pics for where to get married in Tuscany.

Bride and Groom look over the Tuscan landscape and villa grounds. The bride’s veil flows in the sky.

How Many Guests

Having a rough idea of the expected number of guests you wish to have at your wedding will help you not only with selecting a venue but to have better control of your budget.

The more guests you have the bigger the budget should be.

Having large weddings and sharing your wedding day with the world is amazing, the more the merrier. In saying this it is a special moment for you and your partner so being surrounded by your nearest and dearest is essential.

Often the guest list gets out of control so here are a few ways to get to grips with it when planning your wedding:

  1. Write two lists Your 'Need to Have' and 'Nice to Have' lists. Your Need to Have list is composed of people you can not imagine celebrating your wedding without - your immediate family, close extended family, best and long time friends.

Your Nice to Have list is composed of further extended family, colleagues and friends that you are not that close to. If you need to cut, look at your Nice to Have list.

2. Parent’s Invites Often parents are just as excited as you and your partner are for your union. However, this can get out of hand as they extend an invite to too many people that you may not be close to. A good way to be respectful and ensure everyone's happy, is if you agree to give them a limited number of invites that they can send out.

3. This is your wedding- It is okay to say no to people. To keep your numbers at bay you can limit the number of people who can bring a plus one. Perhaps only extending the invite to guests who are in a relationship or who have a plus one you know will get on with your other guests.

The last thing you want is your guest having to babysit their date and not spend time celebrating. Talking about babysitting you can also decide whether or not you want children present. This can also limit your numbers.

Food to Consider

Italy is exploding with flavour, with globally celebrated dishes rooted in tradition. Italians are fiercely proud when it comes to cuisine and their region of origin. They have every right to be, it is delicious.

It is important when planning your Italian wedding to infuse this passion into your menu. There is nothing better than local, fresh produce, to completely immerse your guests in a true Italian experience.

Depending on the region you decide to get married there are different flavour profiles for food and drink that are unique to that location.

The North including the region of Lombardy flavour profile is warm and cosy, comprising of dishes like Risotto and Pizzoccheri. The famous Panettone, the essence of Italian Christmas originates from this region.

Sprits are the perfect drink for an aperitif in the north of Italy Campari being born and still being produced in Milan. Aperol is a staple throughout the country but it does taste extra good in Venice.

Central Italy includes the Tuscan and Lazio regions rich in flavour. Celebrated for its production of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, truffles, Prosciutto, steaks and cheese. The home of beloved recipes like Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe and many more.

Admired for its Chianti wine region - a glass of red pairs perfectly with the rich pallet of flavour.

Southern Italy has diverse dishes to offer. Naples is the birthplace of Pizza, sweet cannoli founded in Sicily and the endless pasta seafood dishes all along the coast.

Southern Italy boasts its culinary creations and is topped off by the iconic tot of Limoncello from the Amalfi coast to digest.

You may even consider traveling to these destinations to try the food before you decide which region you want to have your wedding. Sampling the local food and cuisine is a very important step when starting to think about how to plan a wedding in Italy.

Time of Year

The perfect time to say "I do" when planning your Italian wedding. Having a Mediterranean climate of dry, hot summers and cool, wet winters.

Depending on what you are after the time of year is important to remember and note if the weather will work in your favour when planning your wedding in Italy.

Typically May and September are the most popular being at the tail ends of summer, the weather is pleasant, not overly hot. June, July and August are also favourable as there is less chance of rain but can be hot and humid.

Unique Italian Flairs

Another reason to plan your wedding in Italy may be to incorporate a unique Italian flair into the celebrations. This can not only be done through the catering but infused into every element.

Location: Choosing a typical Italian Venue such as "masserie" in Puglia or Renaissance villas in Florence

Decor: Including local produce like lemons, olive branches, basil or Sicilian maioliche

Entertainment: Pre and post-wedding activities can embody the Italian dolce vita, with Italian vintage or supercar tours through the countrysides. Vespa tours in the cities or a Pizza night for the rehearsal.

Local Favors: Bomboniere made with Murano glass, Amalfi Limoncello, Tuscan or Apulian olive oil or bottle of Italian wine to thank your guests.

Table set up decorated with Italian tomatoes and Basil

Legal and Religious Considerations

Legalizing a marriage varies according to your residence. If you are concerned with the legalization of your marriage being a destination wedding, you can either:

1. Get legally married in your home country and have your ceremonial wedding abroad.

2. Talk to your wedding planner, who can lease between the two embassies to ensure the paperwork is in order. If you are planning a religious wedding in Italy it is also possible to arrange the appropriate officiant for the ceremony no matter your religion.

Start Planning Your Wedding

This article provided everything you need to consider for how to plan a wedding in Italy.

Planning a wedding in Italy is an exciting adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories. It can be overwhelming to start the planning of it all, that is where VB Events steps in, to take the pressure off you and point you in the right direction! Book a free consultation now.

When planning a destination wedding, it is essential to know what your wedding package includes so that all your needs and requirements are met for your special day. The uncertainty of not being on the ground can be overwhelming so having a wedding who you trust is imperative. 

What should you look for when choosing your Italian wedding package?

Our wedding experts have compiled a list of the top things you need to look for when starting to plan your luxury Italian wedding. Below is a list of things you must consider when you get started:

● Find an experienced Italian wedding planner

● Emerge yourself in the Italian culture and start reserving you locations and vendors

● Consider the costs of an Italian wedding package

● Infuse your personal style and taste

● Consider the must have items: Venue, Photographer, Caterer & more

● Other Items to Consider: Legislation, Accommodations, Transport & More

● Extras in your Italian Wedding Package - the cherry on top (Fireworks, live band, &

Gifts)

Find an experienced Italian wedding planner

With VB-Events we are rather methodical and have perfected the steps of planning over years of experience. To start we always have a complimentary consultation where you and your partner get to meet our team. This allows both parties to understand the dynamic and get a feeling for each other. It is of great importance that you feel like you have been understood and your vision is seen. We want your wedding celebrations to be stress-free, allowing you and your partner to focus on each other and not all the nitty-gritty things. 

Emerge yourself in the Italian culture and start reserving you locations and vendors.

Once you have fallen in love with your planner and the excitement is bubbling, VB-Events makes a bespoke agenda. This well thought out plan includes everything from locations to vendors galore. When possible we encourage our couple to meet us in their Italian destination, where they can experience the sights, smells and tastes themselves. When it is not possible to be submerged in the environment we have multiple online meetings and video calls, where you take you through it all just as detailed.

Every aspect of the wedding is time-sensitive when it comes to booking. Reserving your ideal location and vendors early on is a must as this can dictate your dates. VB-Events only works with the highest level of vendors such as Waterfall Visuals and David Bastianoni.

bride and groom in perfect lighting

Photo by David Bastianoni

Consider the costs of an Italian wedding Package


One of the most common questions about wedding packages is how much it is all going to cost. VB-Events specialises in bespoke luxury events, that are uniquely tailored to each couple, it would be impossible to give a cooky cutter figure for all the different events. Rather, during our consultation, we ask what you are prepared to spend and what you really want. Then we will make it happen.


Each couple we work with has a well planned and managed excel sheet. We manage all the quotes and contracts to best suit your budget. The budget is strictly managed to avoid any unnecessary costs and ensure complete transparency. After being in the industry for so long we are lucky to have built up amazing relationships with the Italies best vendors. This has proven to be an asset to our couples in not only being able to book them but get them at a competitive price.

bride and groom with traditional Italian wedding cake


Infuse your personal style and taste


Each couple we work with is uniquely different and has their own personal style and taste that we infuse into their event. VB-Events takes special note of your aesthetics and needs, in our initial meeting. The VB team then carefully constructs a comprehensive mood board, that includes everything from colours and textures to lighting and layout.


VB-Events love to include hints of true Italian style into the styling of the venue to make it coherent within the location. This is often done with local produce and indigenous foliage and carried through into the menu and plating. After all, if you are wanting a wedding package, it is important to have a splash of Italian style to have la dolce vita.


Once aesthetics have been approved, the talented VB team will make sure that is consistently carried through every aspect of the wedding. For couples that possibly have not seen the venue in person or have intricate aspects such as lighting, the VB team renders scaled sketches of the space to better visualise what it will look like on the day.

Moodboard of a wedding composed by photos of the table set up, with pink roses, candles, silver dishes


Consider the must have items: Venue, Photographer, Caterer & more!


Venue:


One of the most important services needed in your destination wedding package is a variety of venue choices. Not being a local there yourself it may be difficult to know of every venue that is available to you. Having a local wedding planner can be vital to introduce you to less commercial options that may be better suited for your big day.


Selecting the dream venue is very time-sensitive and the availability of the location can affect your dates. We suggest reserving your venue 11-12 months before your dream wedding day.


It may be difficult to choose where to get married in Italy. As it is overflowing with beauty. You will not be disappointed no matter where you choose. Here are our top 5 places to get married in Tuscany.

Villa Gamberia and grounds at dusk


Photography and videography:


An absolute must. After building and your dream Italian wedding surrounded by your nearest and dearest, we guarantee that you will want to have these moments capture and reserved for years to come. This too is very time-specific, good photographers are generally booked year-round, so again start looking and ask the planner of your wedding package about this from the get-go.


Catering:


You can not get married in Italy and not think about the food. Italians pride themselves on their
bursting flavours and catering abilities. Every region has their own signature flavour profile. This
distinction may prove helpful when deciding what region to wed.


The spritz and spirits of the north, the warm Tuscan red wines to the sweet limoncello of the south.


Having a local wedding planner will help bring out the famous flavours of your location, resulting in an unforgettable wedding experience.


Flowers:

An Italian wedding would not be complete without breathtaking florals and foliage. Having a
reputable florist is essential, wedding arrangements are rather specific. We would hate to see
wilting flowers or pollen dusted all over your precious dress or lapel. VB-Events has a long
relationship with our florists who only deliver the highest quality.


Concierge:


Lastly and possibly most importantly, when looking for a wedding package make sure concierge is included. Being a destination wedding it is dier that your planner is reachable when you need them. VB-Events is available 24/7 so you can reach us from anywhere in the world.

We handle every meticulous detail to ensure that your wedding celebrations go off without a hitch.


Other Items to Consider: Legislation, Accommodations, Transport & More


Legalisation:


This is very important and something to double-check! Depending on where you are coming from it may be necessary to have all legal documents done in Italy to make sure the marriage is legal. VB-Events can manage all the legalisation processes of the day to make sure you have all the essential paperwork.


Accommodation:

Having accommodations will be necessary for you and your party, as well as all your guests. This
may be difficult to manage and organise the logistics for all members, so it may be a stress reliever if it is included in your wedding package.


Transport:


No matter the size of your party it is always a good idea to arrange transport to and from the venue. This takes the stress of you and your guest and avoids guests from being late or getting lost.


VB-Events also organises luxury and vintage vehicles for the couple to leave the ceremony and
celebrations in. The perfect cherry on top for a day of love and luxuries.


Lighting:


Depending on the venue and what you want, extra lighting can be added. As well as intricate or statement lighting that creates an awe-inspiring ambience.


Hair and Makeup:


VB-Events has worked with the best in the business when it comes to hair and makeup. This can often be stressful for the bride sourcing a reliable artist for her big day, so your planner must be someone you trust to refer you. After meeting with you and understanding your style the VB team will be able to select a professional artist that can deliver exactly what you want. We also suggest that you have a trial before the big day.


Extras in your Italian Wedding Package - the cherry on top


These are not often included in traditional Italian Wedding Packages but they can be the icing on the cake to your wedding celebrations.


Fireworks:


Typically done at the reception adding excitement and colour to the event. There is nothing more beautiful than the Italian night sky lit up celebrating your love.


Live band:

Feel like you are the main character of the night with the band serenading you and your partner. Playing all your favourite songs. This is the perfect way to make sure everyone is on their feet and dancing into the night. VB-Events manages one of the most talented bands with years of experience and the ability to pull off almost any genre.


Gifts and Favours:


Once the campaign has been drunk and the fireworks popped. It is a lovely sentiment to give your guests a little token of your thanks for celebrating your marriage. VB-Events and source and arrange that each guest gets a parting favour, unique to your event.

For a time-specific plan on booking and vendors see our other blog.


Trust The Professionals


There is an endless list of things VB-Events can offer you on your big day and having a tailored wedding package can ensure your dream day becomes a reality. Taking all the stress and panic away from you and making it appear like magic.

Tuscany is a province in central Italy, encompassing breathtaking scenes of rolling hills, dotted with olive groves and vineyards. Beautiful beaches of crystal blue; and majestic towns and cities that are hubs of history, culture, cuisine and art. 

You are spoilt for choice, as Tuscany is known for its diverse natural landscape, if you are struggling to find the perfect place where to get married in Tuscany, here are some gorgeous places to make your Big Day even more magical.

5 Amazing places to get married in Tuscany:

1. Florence

2. Siena & Chianti area

3. Lucca

4. Versilia

5. Elba Island

Florence:

‘The City of Lilies' - The capital city of Tuscany, Florence, is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many masterpieces of art and architecture. Florence is an open-air museum, exploding with history.

Florence must-see:

· The Duomo

· The Galleria dell’Accademia - displaying Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture.

· The Uffizi Gallery - that exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

In Florence, you will experience not only Italian beauty in scenery but fashion too. You will be able also to walk by the iconic, luxury boutiques of the most famous brands like Gucci, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci and so many others. 

Many of these brands were born in Florence and have unique flagship stores and museums here, that have unique and selected pieces only available these locations:

· Gucci Garden - Holding the brands most prised archives as well as unique collections available for purchase. The famed Gucci Osteria is also located in the garden.

· Salvatore Ferragamo Museum - is a fashion museum dedicated to the life and work of brilliant shoe designer Ferragamo, containing over 10,000 models of his work.

Florence has been the capital city of Italian fashion and its streets are the mirror of this. Together with the worldwide known brands, you can find typical boutiques that sell the finest jewellery or leather products that Florence is famed for.

Last but not least this city is packed with suggestive spots where to enjoy your time with a glass of wine and some typical Italian finger food. 

In the evenings the streets fill with music and people gather in the piazzas or along the magical River Arno to enjoy  an aperitivo and watch the sunset.

Florence is the perfect place to get married in Tuscany if you love art, culture and historical cities. Known for amazing villas with stunning panoramas a stone throw away from the historical centre, such as Villa Gamberaia and Villa la Fontanelle

Planning your magical day in Florence means being surrounded by Italian beauty. 

This city is nothing short of spectacular and every church, square or street will be the perfect backdrop to create indelible memories. 

Florence is known as "the city of dreams," the most idyllic place to have your dream day.

Photography: Photo Santucci

Siena & Chianti area:

If you love the idea of planning your magical day in a country rustic chic style, then Siena is the right place for you to get married in Tuscany. 

The city Siena lent inspiration to the naming of the reddish-brown hue due to the colour of the earth and its brick buildings. Globally known for its artistic treasures and medieval monuments this city is the perfect fusion of art and nature.

Siena Must see:

· Piazza del Campo - a square, shaped like a shell with scalloped edges square

· The Palio, the traditional horse race held in Siena twice a year.

· Antinori's estate

Bride and groom holding each other hands while walking in the Tuscan countryside.

Photo: David Bastianoni

The Chianti area is mostly known for its vineyards where it produces one of the most famous Italian wine that is adored all over the World: Chianti.  Historically bottled in a squat bottle and enclosed in a straw basket. 

The Antinori's estate is one of Italy's oldest wine producers and possibly the most indelibly linked to the Chianti region. It is not widely known that this place is also crawling with small historical hamlets with very typical boutiques and restaurants where you can taste the real Italian cuisine.

Planning a wedding in Siena and the Chianti region means plunge yourself into an idyllic atmosphere. You will Photo: David Bastianoni experience and see landscapes that belong in movies and storybooks. 

With beautiful Villas and venues, this area represents at the very best what is on offer, the gold of the wheat, the green of the cypresses trees and the blue of the sky.

It may be the best place to get married in Tuscany. 

View on the Tuscan countryside at sunset. The hills are full of green cypresses, typical trees from Italy

Luca Micheli

Lucca:

Lucca has many nicknames, from “the city of the walls” to “the city of the 100 churches”. 

Lucca lays on the Serchio River and is its historical old town is encircled by fantastic Renaissance walls

These massive 16th- and 17th-century ramparts are lined with majestic trees and are pedestrian zones, that are the most well preserved in all of Europe. 

Walking on the walls looking at the city from above is an experience that you’ll never forget. The historical town of Lucca is made up of astonishing architecture, full of majestic gardens and cobbled streets. 

Lucca is yet another city of such beauty that you would expect to see in a film. In fact, it was the backdrop to the award-winning film ‘Young Husbands' directed by Mauro Bolognini in 1958. 

Lucca is also the "City of Composers" being the birthplace of worldrenowned composes Giacomo Puccini, Nicalao Dorati, Francesco Geminiani, Gioseffo Guami, Luigi Boccherini and Alfredo Catalani.

Lucca has also an abundance of churches of different ages, amazing buildings for planning religious ceremonies or even just for a visit. 

It is the perfect place where to get married in Tuscany if you look for amazing palaces finely furnished following the Italian taste for elegance and charm

Like all the Italian cities, Lucca has a renowned cuisine tradition. 

The most famous local dish is the “Buccellato”, a sweet bread stuffed with raisins and served during special occasions. 

The craftsmanship is another feature that distinguishes this city. Via Fillungo, the shopping street, is full of small craft boutiques where you can find authentic products, which contribute to making unique this wonderful convey destination. 

Ancient and avant-garde at the same time Lucca is a city full of values and traditions. 

If you like food in music wrapped in beautiful history Lucca may be the perfect destination to get married in Tuscany. 

View over Torre Guinigi, a historical tower of the city of Lucca

Marian Brandt

Versilia:

Versilia, a place for fun and parties, is the area right along the Tuscan coast named after the Versilia river. 

Its iconic long, fine-sand beaches and coastal dunes run between the cities Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio.

Forte Dei Marmi, with its famous weekly market and its luxury stores located on the promenade in the centre of town, has always been the face of refined glamour.

Notorious for its nightclubs, like La Capannina, perfect for bachelor and bachelorettes.

Pietrasanta, located further inland a town of classic and contemporary arts. With beautiful cathedrals, baptistries and bell towners.

It was here that Michaelangelo found the marble of his dreams, he was one of the first to work with this marble, comparing it to sugar in the 1500s.

Camaiore, a Romanesque city, nestled at the foot of the Apuan Alps, is celebrated for its cast-iron artisanry. 

Finally, Viareggio is the carnival city since the 1800s. Today it is a romantic seaside hub, boasting elegant Art Nouveau constructions. 

It is young and trendy, comprised of fashionable restaurants and clubs.

Versilia is characterized by its golden beaches and nature reserves, this place has always been a symbol of the Italian good life, “La Dolce Vita.” 

Versilia is the perfect place to get married in Tuscany if you are planning to have a dreamy beach wedding facing the Tyrrhenian sea, followed by a party.

Aerial view over the Italian coastline at night.

Clay Banks

Elba Island:

Elba Island is in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and one of seven islands in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, 10 Kilometers (6.2miles) from the coastal town of Piombino. 

Elba island is wrapped in beautiful beaches and surrounded by an aquamarine sea, sense to take your breath away. 

Like most of Tuscany, Elba has a rich and interesting history.

It is most well known for being Napoleon's place of exile in 1814-1815. 

It has been desired by many provinces and nations- being ruled by many Italian cities such as Pisa, Genoa and Florence; and being claimed by Spain and France, returning to unified Italy in 1860. 

While Napoleon was in exile he had two residences, his chief residence, the Mulini Palace and his summer residence, Villa San Martino, which is now a museum. There is a spring far west of the island named after Napoleon and is known for its mineral water and has been said to have healing properties.

Elba is rich in history and seeing its rich iron mountains and glowing coast, wrapped by the sea, it is easy to understand why so many have marvelled at it. 

Elba may just be the perfect spot for your destination wedding.

Final Thoughts:

Each and every location in Italy is infused with charm and romance. 

Deciding where to get married in Tuscany, however, will tick all your boxes; over-following with culture,art, music, cuisine and the most phenomenal views. 

Saying your “I Do’s” here and starting your new chapter as a couple could not be more perfect. 

VB- Events can help your Italian wedding dreams come true, from rehearsal dinners to sending you off on your honeymoon. 

Please get in touch and we can start writing your fairytale together.

Weddings are not only celebrations of love; they are an opportunity to gather and socialize with all your dearest friends, incorporating the latest trends into one’s celebration is often how a wedding is admired and loved by the guests.

But how does a couple meld their unique style with these sought-after influences and trends?

This is where the wedding planner plays a fundamental role. As experts within this field the wedding planner is equipped to make indispensable suggestions and recommendations. At VB Events, we utilise our vast array of insider knowledge and experience to ensure that the couple’s vision is strengthened and bolstered by any external influences or trends. (Click here to learn more about the importance of having a local wedding planner). 

We consult with each couple on a highly personalised level. This ensures that we understand YOU and YOUR PARTNER. It also allows us to deliver at our optimum as your singular tastes and aesthetics will be intertwined in your celebration.

How is VB Events aware of these sought-after influences and trends?

As our company is one of the leading, luxury destination wedding planners we have ample sources to draw inspiration and knowledge from. The bulleted list below details just a few of our available resources. 

What trends are popular now and which influences does VB Events think will be relevant in the future?

With COVID- 19 restricting the nature of social gatherings and densely populated events, we foresee an increase in ‘micro-weddings’ and elopements. Whilst we acknowledge that safety should come first, we are equally looking forward to larger events resuming in 2022. For this new wave of celebrations, we feel reinvigorated to produce new lighting setups, new entertainment options, and discover new luxury venues across our dazzling, Italian landscape.

For every event that we plan and execute we bring a fresh canvas and overflowing ideas. That is why we relish incorporating new colours, themes, set-ups and ideas into each bespoke event.

However, we know that luxury and destinations in Italy have a Timeless Appeal. Trends may change and be transient but these two fronts, that we have built our brand on, will remain sought-after and fashionable.

Italy’s multitudinous landscapes are renowned for displaying visually-spectacular scenes. At VB Events we know that this magic is best experienced in an immersive way. Our luxury tours and experiences provide the perfect way to appreciate the scope of our country. Italy is culturally decadent and artistically dense, which is why our museum tours seamlessly blend education, history and craftsmanship. Food is another avenue that brings our country much acclaim. Treat your taste buds to tastings as well as cooking classes. For those more inclined to adrenaline inducing experiences you can drive or ride in a myriad of high speed or luxury vehicles.

Now that you have an overview of what is on offer… let’s delve into 5 of our favourites.

1. Hot air balloon rides 

This is an enthralling way to survey Italy’s landscapes from an aerial point of view. Italy is an ‘open-air museum’ and provides a plethora of extraordinary sights. You can embark on a hot air balloon journey in almost every part of country providing you with the chance to admire anything from coastlines to vineyards, mountain ranges and more.

These tours can be enjoyed by couples wanting a private experience or anyone else with a larger group that wants to take to the skies. (You can usually accommodate up to 8 passengers or rent more than one balloon).

2. Vespa tours 

The Vespa is an instantly recognizable Italian vehicle. Their mobility and charm are iconic and allow you to explore all quarters of Italian cities, monuments and famous locations.  

3. Wine and olive oil tasting
Oil and wine are enmeshed in Italian culture. Elevate your destination wedding or Italian experience by sampling a number of these rich flavour profiles. Across Italy there are a number of esteemed locations where you can indulge your senses. 

4. Exclusive tours 

These tours are specially moulded to each client’s requirements. Some examples, according to region, can be seen below:

5. Boat tours 

Capri, Amalfi, Lake Como, Apulia, and Sardinia are just some of the idyllic locations where you can plan an exclusive boat tour. You can choose from elegant private yachts to sailboats and anything in-between. With a glass of Prosecco in hand and the sea in full view, Italy truly comes to life. Boat tours can be organised for the couple or even for a larger party of people.

A VB Events recommendation

Since we are based in Florence we suggest taking the Arno Boat Tour which is stunning, as well as wine tasting in the Chianti area, where the red wine is the main attraction. 

Our role is taking care of every client’s desire.  We provide thoughtful suggestions, inspiring locations and guide your every choice. Furthermore, we collaborate with elite companies and vendors in order to guarantee that our clients have sublime experiences.

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