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
● 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
2. Siena & Chianti area
5. Elba Island
‘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.
· 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.