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!

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