(Closed) Anyone planned a destination wedding in Italy? Help!

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I haven’t planned a wedding in Italy, but I routinely look at a couple of destination wedding planning services in Italy. I think they might be helpful to you, even if you just look at the sites. I haven’t done business or corresponded with these businesses, so I can’t vouch for them when it comes to that, but I do like their work and have for some time now. I hope you find these links helpful.

http://www.distinctiveitalyweddings.com

http://www.italiancountrywedding.com

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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nlovesm:  Hi! I got married in Italy this September. We were married in Vatican City and had our reception dinner in Rome near the Forum. We hired a wedding planner and I can tell you she was worth every penny. She took care of everything and we didn’t even have to show up until a few days before the wedding (we live in Canada). I believe we were quoted at 3000 Euro for her services. If you want I can PM you her info.

Any other questions though feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer 🙂

Post # 4
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Newbee

hello! My first post too! I just got engaged last week and my fiancé and I are also going to have a destination wedding in italy! I think we are going to elope and legally marry here in the US a few days before our trip, and then Go have a small symbolic ceremony on the Amalfi coast. We are hoping to get our finances together and be able to do this late sep/early October 2016. We are also just going to continue on through the rest of italy on our honeymoon.

i have also just started the planning process and it seems overwhelming! Glad to see another person wanting to have an italian wedding as well 🙂

a few things I’ve come to realize:

if you legally marry in Italy there are quite a few rules and it seems like a lot of paperwork and visits to government buildings. We opted to legally marry in the US to avoid that hassle. However, we did hire a wedding planner and she seemed to know how to make that whole process go very smoothly.

have you looked at slow dreams italian weddings? I emailed the and got a prompt response, however my wedding wasn’t going to be large enough for them. Oh well, they were very nice and put me in contact with the planner I am going to be using from here on out.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

commenting to follow.  I want an amalfi coast wedding.  Great advice so far 🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Sept 2016 Venice, Italy

Glad to stumble onto this thread.

I too am having small (20 or so pax) wedding in Italy next year, Venice specifically. I am using a company called http://www.exclusiveitalyweddings.com. So far the planner has been quite responisive. We’ve booked the church and also doing a civil ceremony where we live just to avoid the additional paperwork.

Please keep us posted. Would love to know everyone’s progress. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Rome

We’re getting married in AUG 2017 and are using Exclusive Weddings Italy. It will be in the Rome Town Hall (Campidoglio) and we are having a reception near Piazza Navona. So far they have been great and very communicative! We are having 6 guests and for all of her services we are paying around 2000 EUR. Our wedding in total will probably be around 6000EUR including dress, photographer etc.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My fiance and I are getting married in Positano on the Amalfi Coast on June 15th. I did a TON of research, so to be honest by now it’s all become a bit blurry other than what I’ve done recently, but googling will end up filling most of that gap. As you can see, there are a ton of planners online. I do find they are a bit expensive, but it is probably helpful to have everything out of your hands if you don’t speak Italian and are planning a large reception. Just make sure you find positive reviews if you choose one – I have heard a few bad stories.

I initially was going to have a civil wedding in Positano and hire a planner mostly to handle the paperwork (this would be hard without speaking Italian) but that sure is expensive just for that, and we are kind of eloping – it’s just the two of us, so I didn’t need help with a reception, we are just going to a fancy restaurant after photos. Also, I found out for a civil wedding you have to visit a consulate in a major city in Italy around 3 days before your wedding and I really didn’t want to deal with bureaucracy on my trip. So now I will be legally married in America and have a symbolic wedding – a full ceremony – in Italy. This opens up way more locations – a civil wedding can only be done in a town hall. 

I ended up doing all of my own planning online through Google and finding English speaking companies – Photographer, Celebrant, Hair, Makeup, Venue. It was easy and I saved thousands!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

We had originally looked into getting married in Italy; it’s a stunning and beautiful country, and I thought it would be a great setting for our wedding.  Our original vision was getting married at a vineyard estate or castle.  But when we looked into it, we found that they only allowed civil ceremonies at town hall buildings, which wasn’t quite what we wanted (unless you were catholic, in which case you could be legally married in a church).  The additional rules and paperwork were also a deterrent.  Since we couldn’t quite get the experience we were looking for, we ended up looking at altenate countries (although in the end we ended up getting married in our home town).

It is a beautiful place!  Enjoy your planning!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

We were in Italy in June and noted a number of spots we love for a wedding, and my fiancé proposed to me while we were there. We are now thinking of a wedding there just him and I, but need to make a decision first between the Villa on Lake Como which we adore, or in Tuscany where we got engaged. There are a lot of companies, just do a Google search and find one that suits your style and budget. Not sure where to start if you don’t want to go through a planning company though. Will be following this discussion. 

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