Planning a Wedding In Italy - The Complete Guide

September 1, 2021

Having a wedding in Italy is a lot more than simply exchanging your vows. It is a once in a lifetime experience that should be marvelled at and profoundly enjoyed. Having a destination wedding and planning a wedding in Italy should be at least a week-long affair.

Curated by multi-day events, packed with culture and experiences. Including wedding celebrations composed with rehearsal dinner, wedding day and brunch the day after.

Planning a wedding in Italy means having the chance to live like a movie star and experience some of the worlds bests. With a rich history, phenomenal art, exciting activities and renowned gastronomy, you will be doing more than walking down the aisle.

Honeymoon before, during and after the wedding in the beautiful country of Italy! More than an exchange of vowels it is:

  • A chance to tick off Bucket list moments
  • An experience of great culinary moments
  • Perfect photography opportunities
  • A constant honeymoon

Arriving for your wedding in Italy

Touch down and immediately dive into Italian culture. The smell of good coffee and sight of great style will be evident immediately. Speak to your wedding planner before your arrival to arrange transport from the airport, port or station to your hotel for you and your guests.

This will remove an element of stress from your day as you will not have to wait for a taxi or use public transport. Having your planner organize your transport will also avoid a loss in translation regarding the final destination and directions - planning the most simple, stress-free way to get to your venue.

In these initial moments of your wedding celebrations in Italy, look up and marvel at the gorgeous architecture, bell towers and steeples. Look down and be in ore of the ancient cobbled streets and tiled floors.

You will notice between these two gazes that you are surrounded and wrapped by charming frescoes and breathtaking landscapes with soaring skies. There are no words to describe the gratitude and excitement one feels when in love in Italy.

Bride and Groom during a destination wedding in Florence (Italy)

Bucket list moments

Planning a wedding in Italy is the moment where you and your beloved guests can encounter once in a lifetime experiences. You will be in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Why not take full advantage of this and tick a few things off the bucket list?

Depending on where you plan your wedding in Italy, there are breathtaking experiences in every region.

Boating on the best

Planning your wedding in Italy around water has a certain charm, and being on a boat elevates that experience, connecting you more so to the scenery. Each region offers a unique aspect and vibe to its waters, so if you have the chance to float on the canals, rivers, lakes and seas of Italy, it will be an experience that will live in your heart forever.

Canals of Venice are synonymous with romance as the floating city boasts a rose-colored light and harmonious voices of Gondoliers gliding on the amazing canals. Famous city rivers like the Arno and Tiber provide a distinctive view of the city, few are lucky enough to see from rowing boats.

The Great Lakes skirted with luxurious villas and hugged by rolling hills is true sophistication, you will feel like a movie star on gorgeous speed boats. And of course, the sea surrounding Italy is a sight to behold.

With Sardina, Sicily, Puglia and Amalfi coast, constantly being kissed by the waves. The brilliant blue waters, grottos and islands are best experienced aboard a boat.

Need for speed

The land of Italy can cater for all speeds, with a rich history and pride in automotive design. Being the home of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Fiat and Alfa Romeo. Driving these masterpieces through the Italian landscape can be spiritual. "Only those who dare truly live."

High on Love

Do not limit yourself to land and water, planning your wedding in Italy you will be high on love so why not see it from the sky. Hot air ballooning over the city and countryside from a bird's eye view.

For more help on where to get married in Italy, look here. For more experiences, look here.

Rehersal dinner at Rowing Club in Florence overlooking Ponte Vecchio

Wedding week- Italian style

Drink and be Merry

Planning your wedding in Italy, you can guarantee that you will be fed and watered well. With such a proud culinary landscape, it would make sense to incorporate this into your wedding celebrations, exploring new flavour profiles and experiencing famous traditional dishes prepared authentically.

Inquire into the flavour pairings and experience the bold flavours of each region's food, wine and liquor.

When planning your Italian wedding, food will always be on top of the list. Authentically made Italian pizza will be a guaranteed hit with your guests.

As they say, "Italians do it better," a pizza night will be a casual welcome to your wedding celebrations and kick off your destination Italian wedding. Made traditionally, perfected over centuries, it will be a meal raved about for ages.

Italians are celebrated for their culinary skills past pizza. Having your wedding planner arrange a private chef or a cooking class for your party. To have and learn how to prepare, pair and eat authentic Italian dishes. Depending on where you plan your wedding in Italy, you will experience different flavour profiles and dishes.

The rehearsal dinner

Planning a wedding in Italy means your wedding will span over a couple of days. The first big celebration relating directly to the wedding is the rehearsal dinner.

When planning a wedding in Italy, you have the opportunity to have an array of venues for every aspect. Think about mixing up your venue's vibes to give you the most diverse experience. If you are planning to have your reception in a villa it may be a nice change to have the rehearsal out in the open under the stars.

Having this juxtaposition between venues allows your guests to have a well-rounded experience of what Italy has to offer. Plus you will have the most gorgeous array of photographs and video footage to look back on forever.

Rehearsal dinner venue ideas:

  • Luxury Villas
  • Olive groves
  • Between cypris avenues
  • Rooftop restaurants and bars
  • In a Grotto
  • On a boat
  • Beach

Talk to your wedding planner and ask for their ideas for rehearsal dinners. Use your imagination and your wedding planner can make it happen. Perhaps even a dinner on the banks of the Arno under the famous Ponte Vecchio.

Planning a Wedding In Italy - The Complete Guide

The Big Day - Your wedding in Italy

We say that Italian landscapes reign supreme when it comes to a wedding backdrop; we are yet to be proved otherwise. Congratulations on planning your wedding in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

We believe the rest of your lives together will mirror this beauty. Whether or not you are religious there is no doubt that Italy is spiritual.

After every ceremony, we have planned, there is a sense of enlightenment, that hearts have been filled with gratitude. Your wedding planner will ensure your day runs seamlessly to deliver moments you will never forget and

cherish forever. Planning your Wedding in Italy you are most likely to fall deeper in love with your partner.

Bride and Groom kissing each other having Florence’s Dome as background

Brunch The Morning After

You and your party's feet may be aching from the night of dancing but spirits will be high on love and memories made. The first day as newlyweds should be as celebrated as your engagement.

Welcome to the next chapter of your forever after. Again, venues can add a different element to the celebrations. Indoor or outdoor, each provides a different feeling and energy to the party. Indoor is close and cosy, offering an element of gratitude and fondness. The outdoors are fresh, exciting and full of energy.

The first day after the wedding is important to plan, to tie the wedding celebrations up and to end your wedding festivities on the highest note. Photos of the combined families and friends will prove to be irreplaceable assets to you and your partner. And good food will prove to be invaluable to your guests the next morning.

Buddymoon and honeymoon

Planning your wedding in Italy, you will already be in a state of honeymoon, surrounded by so much natural beauty and culture. Celebrations do not have to end after brunch.

Depending on you and your partner and your party you can explore more of Italy on a buddymoon with your close family and friends, ticking off more from the bucket list and writing a wonderful first chapter of your marriage.

Speak to your wedding planner for honeymoon inspiration to see all options available before you leave with the 'just married' sign on the back of a Vespa.

Red Vespa and Red Heart shape Balloon

Conclusion

To us, planning a wedding in Italy sounds like a week-long honeymoon of nothing but love and celebration. You will leave elated with memories to be cherished forever. All this can be possible for you and your partner too, book a free consultation with VB- Events here, and let us start planning your dream wedding in Italy.

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