How many people have dreamed about their wedding since they were little kids? What did you imagine for yourself? A luxury wedding in Italy?

Most people want their wedding day to be perfect. But not just perfect: they want it to be luxurious. As travel restrictions are lifted, luxury weddings in Italy have become the hot, new way to tie the knot.

Luxury wedding table setup with lilac candles, flowers and glass underplot

What Makes a Wedding a Luxury Wedding?

Is it the price tag? The decor? Is a wedding luxury if it has a certain colour scheme? Or if the dresses and tuxes cost a certain amount? What makes a wedding luxury is all of the above, and more.

There are 3 factors that make a wedding into a luxury wedding: the location, the details, and the entertainment.

 

Location is a big part of a luxury wedding. Imagine getting married on the Amalfi Coast in a historic Italian villa. Or in the middle of Rome, the most romantic city in the world, where you will be surrounded by centuries of art and history.

The best way to turn your wedding into the most amazing experience of your life is to tie the knot in Italy.

The second aspect that makes a wedding luxurious is the details. Bridal Guide suggests using lighting, a unified theme, bouquets for chairs, lounging furniture, and pooling table linens.

However, if this sounds like a lot of work for you and your beloved, that’s because it probably will be.

If you don’t want to worry about every little thing on your wedding day, consider working with VB Events to take the stress out of wedding planning.

The last aspect of a luxury wedding in Italy is the entertainment. Most people think they have to choose between a DJ or a band for the wedding, and that those two are their only options.

However, what makes a wedding luxury is going beyond just a band or a DJ. Luxury weddings in Italy often have live dancers, fireworks, and light shows to entertain the couple and wow the guests.

Top 5 Locations For A Luxury Wedding in Italy

The truth is that you can’t go wrong when it comes to wedding locations in Italy. Whether you want a vineyard wedding, a beach wedding, or a villa wedding, Italy is full of beautiful, historic wedding locations. Here are the 5 most luxurious venues for your wedding.

1.    Donna Carmela

Donna Carmela, near Catania, dates back to the 19th century. Since then, it has become a prime location for luxury weddings and for those who want to enjoy exquisite cuisine.

The resort sits on 550 hectares that are home to a nursery full of tropical Mediterranean plants, a vineyard, 26 private rooms, and a restaurant to give your guests a taste of Italy.

If you and your guests value your privacy, you will love Donna Carmela because you can rent out all 26 rooms for up to 70 guests.

This means that you will have the entire resort to yourself, where you can enjoy privacy with your closest friends on your special day.

Donna Carmela wedding location surrounded by palms and mountains
Carrubba di Giarre. Donna Carmela Country Resort

2.    Grand Hotel Timeo

Located in Taormina, the Grand Hotel Timeo has historically been home to artists, writers, and political thinkers.

Nothing is more luxurious than being surrounded by art! When you have your wedding at the Grand Hotel Timeo, you can book the exclusive Presidential Suite, which has its own private terrace, a jacuzzi, and panoramic views of both the city and Mount Etna.

Many couples choose the Grand Hotel Timeo for their special day because they want nothing but the best.

3.    Villa Erba

Villa Erba is an architectural gem on Como Lake in Cernobbio. Built in the 19th century, its carved ceilings, expressive frescoes, expansive gardens, and lakefront view make it the most luxurious setting for a wedding.

If you recognize the architecture, it may be because Villa Erba was the backdrop to Tess and Danny Ocean’s elaborate, heist-filled love story in Ocean’s 11.

Villa Erba is a popular destination for a luxury wedding in Italy because it is so large that you can walk the aisle in the garden, on a terrace, or inside one of many grand ballrooms.

Villa Erba wedding location
Como

4.    Castello Odescalchi

Castello Odescalchi is just north of Rome, the eternal city. As one of the most imposing mansions in Rome, it provides a romantic setting fit for royalty.

The castle is large enough for weddings of up to 1,000 guests and has ample room for all your wedding festivities.

The castle is a popular wedding destination among the rich and famous, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, but you too can tie the knot within those historic walls.

5.    Borgo Santo Pietro

Borgo Santo Pietro is a 5-star luxury resort near Siena in the heart of Tuscany. At the centre of this beautiful resort is a lovingly restored 13th-century villa.

Couples from all over the world fall in love with Borgo Santo Pietro because it marries nature with luxury.

 The restaurant honours a “farm to table” tradition, so you will be eating the freshest, most natural food during your reception. Once you and your beloved are ready to unwind from the big day, visit the immersive spa for a complete healing experience.

Borgo Santo Pietro wedding location
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The Details of Luxury: How Decorations Can Transform Your Wedding

Luxury is all about the details. This is as true for weddings as it is for fashion. You don’t need to go big to enjoy a luxurious experience.

When it comes to the decorations, having a destination wedding in Italy takes care of most of that for you. When your venue is a stunning, historic castle, you really don’t need much else to tie the whole wedding together.

The experts at VB Events recommend that you let the natural beauty of the setting speak for itself and focus on the details of the reception instead. Here are some small ways to make your wedding a luxury wedding in Italy to remember:

It is best to avoid anything too garish. Using muted, classic colors that look good on everyone is the easiest way to elevate your wedding.

A wedding can’t be luxury if everyone in the wedding party isn’t looking their best. When you style your wedding party in different complementary outfits, you can add layers of beauty to the wedding and highlight each person’s important role in your lives.

Bride and bridesmaids with bouquet of buttercups and flowers

For brides: consider wearing a simple dress that flatters you and pair it with a large, statement piece for the veil. For grooms, prioritize a tux that fits like a glove and is made from quality materials, over a glitzy outfit.

Here’s the most important thing you can do to have a luxurious wedding in Italy: don’t try to do it all yourself. There is nothing luxurious about being stressed.

Instead, hire the experts in luxurious wedding planning, VB Events. We will handle everything from the venue to the flowers. All you and your beloved have to do is enjoy your special day.

The Best Food in Italy For Your Luxury Wedding

Food is a big part about what makes a wedding luxury. When you get married in Italy, the home of the best food in the world, no wedding would be complete without a locally sourced, custom menu from Italy’s best chefs.

This is where VB Events comes in. We specialize in handling all the catering. Our team will source the best chefs in Italy to cater your wedding and help them customize the menu to your tastes.

If your guests have any food allergies or preferences, we will ensure that everyone’s needs are met.

Some venues for luxury weddings in Italy come equipped with a farm-to-table restaurant on the grounds.

This way, you can enjoy the freshest menu with ingredients that are sustainably sourced. If your venue does not have a local restaurant, VB Events will help you find a caterer to make your wedding dreams come true.

Mozzarella and tomatoes for wedding cocktail

The key to making your wedding luxurious in every bite is the details. No one wants anything mass produced or frozen on the most important day of their life. Gourmet is a must.

The ingredients should also be organic and locally-sourced. VB Events team also recommends tailoring the menu to tell your unique love story. For example, if you and your beloved have traveled extensively or lived in different countries over your courtship, consider having each course represent the cuisines of those countries.

Entertain Your Guests With These 6 Unique Ideas

There are so many popular games that couples can incorporate into their weddings. From the shoe game to lawn games like cornhole and giant Jenga, wedding receptions are as much about the activities as they are about the dancing.

These activities are fun and entertaining, but are they a good fit for luxury weddings in Italy?

The key to unlocking luxury is to think outside the box. For your wedding to be truly luxurious, it has to offer new, elevated forms of entertainment. Here are 6 unique ideas to blow your guests away during your luxury wedding.

  1. Fireworks - Nothing says grandeur like fireworks. A beautiful firework show across the sky is the perfect way to end the night for all guests.
  2. Light Shows - Light shows for weddings are a contemporary twist that will add a little something extra to your big day. If you are concerned for the local pets, a light show is a quieter, safer alternative to fireworks. Not only will you and your beloved get some amazing photos with the light show, it will render your guests speechless.
  3. Dancers - There is something so magical about a live performance. If you and your beloved are former dancers or if you just enjoy the arts, consider hiring dancers to perform at your wedding. A ballet performance will perfectly match the high-class venue by incorporating one of the most beautiful dance forms. Depending on the venue, you could book aerialists to perform a silk waltz in the air.
  4. Wine Tasting - Everyone loves to drink at weddings. The trick to elevating your wedding is to drink mindfully with a wine tasting. There is nothing more luxurious than wine tasting in Italy, especially when you say “I do” in a historic Italian vineyard. Your guests can experience world-famous wines while they celebrate your love.
  5. Classy Bars - Candy bars, ice cream bars, and cocktail bars are very popular at weddings. The trick to making them luxury is to give guests a chance to sample some of the finer pleasures in life. Consider offering a cigar bar, a whiskey bar, or a scotch bar. Guests can taste the woodsy undertones as they enjoy vintage bottles.
  6. Elevate the Music - You have more options than just choosing between a band or a DJ. Consider hiring a harpist or opera singers to perform at the reception. The music will echo all around your castle venue and wrap the guests in beautiful music.
“Emotional Band” playing on stage during a wedding

Learn More About Luxury Weddings in Italy

Are you ready to feel like royalty for a day as you tie the knot? Planning a luxury wedding in Italy does not have to be hard or stressful.

When you work with VB Events, we will handle everything, including booking the venue, the decorations, the entertainment, and all your translation needs. Contact VB Events today to make your dream wedding a reality!

Being surrounded by phenomenal scenery, with the warm sun on your face and delicious Italian aromas in the air. Booking a wedding in Italy is a dream come true.

However, planning a destination wedding in Italy may seem like a steep hill to hike to make this a reality. But we are here to help your dreams come true! When booking your wedding in Italy, there are a few key steps that you need to consider:

Top five steps for how to book a wedding in Italy:

  1. Find a local wedding planner
  2. Set a realistic budget
  3. Find the best location
  4. Come up with your theme
  5. Execution and final decisions

Bride on piazzale michelangelo, overlooking florence

1. Find a Local Wedding Planner

When you first start looking into how to book a wedding in Italy, it is imperative to have a local wedding planner that is on the ground and that you trust. A good wedding planner is an extension of you.

They will need to understand your needs and your desires. They will make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to, so you must find a planner that gets you and that you work well with.

A local wedding planner will help you exorbitantly when booking your wedding in Italy. They have spent their careers building strong relationships with reliable vendors and they will know the ins and outs of what you have access to with your budget, ultimately giving you a bigger bang for your buck.

Not only will having a local wedding planner help you save money and keep within budget, but they will also be able to give you access to venues and vendors that are not publicly advertised and have restricted access to.

A local wedding planner can help you book your wedding in Italy and make it a reality as they have the experience and know each step required.

They will be able to take an enormous amount of pressure off you and allow you to enjoy your time as an engaged couple.

Finding a planner may seem daunting as you are giving up some of the control of your day to someone else, but it will be so worth it.

Here are our top three steps in picking the perfect planner:

  1. Look at their portfolio - Look if they have done events similar to your style and to the party size you estimate your wedding to be. Also take note if they can cater for different religions and cultures if that is something you want as part of your day.

For more information on wedding planners and if you need one, click here.

Bride and groom holding their hands

2.   Set A Realistic Budget for your wedding

Once you find your perfect, local wedding planner you can rely on, it is important that you sit down with them and have a frank conversation about how much you are willing to spend.

This is one of the most important steps when looking into how to book a wedding in Italy - and is vital as this will dictate all your decisions moving forward.

Having a set budget allows you to work with your planner in dividing and prioritizing what you want to spend on and where you can cut back, for example, what type of entertainment you wish to have.

Breaking down your budget will allow you to see each section of your wedding and help manage expectations of delivery. Your segmented budget will help your planner propose ideal venues that fit your budget and meet your taste.

3.   Find The Best Location

When it comes to booking a location for your wedding in Italy, this should be one of the first steps tackled. Venues are often snapped up quickly and availability is scarce. It is imperative that you reserve and book a venue as early as possible.

The availability of the venue may also affect the date of your wedding, so if you can not be flexible with your dates booking the location months in advance is a must.

This may seem overwhelming but this is the exact moment you need to lean on your planner for support. They will have the contacts and the knowledge of when venues will be available at the most competitive price.

Working with and sharing your expectations sincerely with your planner will also help them find a venue that suits your style, party size, entertainment and most importantly budget.

The best location for you and your partner will be able to cater for your needs and not bust the bank. And lucky you, to book a wedding in Italy with the top wedding destinations in the world finding the perfect venue will be a joy as we are spoiled with choice in this beautiful country.

Little grotto of villa gamberaia in florence

4.   Coming Up with Your Theme

Now the fun begins!

Another important step when you start looking into how to book a wedding in Italy is coming up with your theme. Once the budget and venue have been ticked off the list you can work with your planner to start visualising how your venue will be laid out and transformed into your perfect day.

A professional wedding planner will develop bespoke mood boards for you; curating all your colours and textiles to develop your theme.

If the space is large or hard to imagine how the layout will work; your wedding planner can draft mock-ups and wireframes of how tables, lighting and floral arrangements will be placed. Doing this allows you to see all available options and use the venue most optimally without the cost and all the labour.

When coming up with your key colours and theme there are a few things that can help you create cohesion throughout:

Firstly, develop a theme that works in harmony with your selected location, use the surrounding landscape to inspire your creative decisions. Bring in natural elements to pull in your theme and make it flow through the venue.

Be respectful of where you are and give simple nods to the location. You could do this simply by adding olive branches in your arrangements if you were in Tuscany or make a statement with bold, bright ceramics local to the Amalfi region.

Secondly, curate a theme that is natural and genuine to you as a couple.

You can do this simply through your stationery choice, your favourite colours or a nod to how you met. By adding these quirky elements that are authentic to you, it will make your day that more memorable and special.

Wedding stationery

5.   Executions and Final Decisions

Lights, camera, floral, food and action... Once you tackle the first three steps in booking a wedding in Italy, the fun of creating it and seeing it come together is euphoric. Making the final decisions or what florals to include, the lighting set-up and what food to serve your guests is all just the cherry on top.

Booking a wedding in Italy should be a joyful experience and a chance to delve into the culture.

\Take advantage of your wedding planner's knowledge to curate an unforgettable day for you and your guests. The same is true with the vendors you collaborate with; ask your florist their suggestion on ideal flowers for the day, as well as your caterer for traditional flavour profiles.

Wedding fireworks

Booking a wedding in Italy will be one of the most special things you do in your life. This country of pure love and passion will be the perfect start to your chapter as newlyweds. We would love to be a helping hand in writing that chapter. Please feel free to schedule a free consultation with us here; to help you book your dream day and make it a reality. Or read more about how to plan your luxury wedding in Italy in 12 months.

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:

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:

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.

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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