Post # 1
I am planning a destination wedding in Tuscany and HAVE NO IDEA HOW. We are trying to get married in Nov and we don’t know what is good, bad ugly. How it all works. Iti s goinig to be a small wedding. More like an elopement. I don’t know where to begin. No one I know knows anything.
Post # 3
I had a destination wedding last month…but fairly big. We had 111 guests!
– Hire a planner who can take care of everything for you
– Look into the legalities of getting married over there. What paperwork do you need, and how far in advance do you need to be there to lodge it?
– Invest in a good photographer!!! As it’s a small wedding, everyone who doesn’t get to attend is going to want to see your photos, so you want to be happy with them and proud to show them off
– Try and have all your guests stay in one area, if not at the same hotel as you. This makes it much easier to coordinate their movements to and from the wedding, and to organise activities with them before and after the wedding
– If you can afford to, make a trip over to scout venues. We did this for ours and are very glad we did. If you can’t, read as many reviews as you can. Don’t just go by the website’s photos.
I hope that gives you something to start with!
Post # 4
@Vera Girl: Thank you. We canot afford to hire a planner or go and scout areas. The reason we are going to Italy is to combine our wedding and honeymoon at the same time. Thank you for the suggestions and help. i plan on investing in a good photographer, have seen way too many bad wedding photos. I will read tons of reviews now. THANK YOU. Wanting to pull out my hair and cry at the same time.
Post # 5
@NancyCP: In that case, your hotel should be able to help you with some of your needs, like:
– booking a reception dinner at a local restaurant
– having an officiant to marry you
– providing a location on the hotel grounds for your ceremony, or suggesting a location elsewhere
Post # 6
You need to invest in a planner. The amount a planner will cost you will offset any mistakes you will make without one.
Even getting the right paperwork in order will be a challenge, let alone trying to arrange travel for your guests, booking a site without seeing it, etc.
Post # 7
We can’t afford one. Would love to but sadly cannot.
Post # 8
u will just have to work with ur hotel then, if they have wedding packages available. or decide to have a home wedding. i am not even attempting a dw for us without working with a coordinator of some sort at the hotel or independent.
Post # 9
Here’s what I would do:
go to http://www.stylemepretty.com/destination-weddings/italy-weddings/ and searchfor all the Tuscan weddings you can find. At the end of the photos they list the venue where it took place. I’d look up that venue and see what they offer in terms of weddings. Sometimes a place may offer a package wedding deal where you don’t really need a planner, it’s kind of built in.
The idea is to not to reinvent the wheel. Look for somewhere that someone else got married at.
Also it’s helpful to google “Wedding photographer” “Tuscany” “elopement” all in the search window. You’ll find photographers’ blogs and hopefully images of other people’s elopements so you can get a feel for what you’re going to see.
I planned my elopement which was in a different country (not as far as Italy though). In fact I had planned a wedding in about 5 different states, and 3 different countries all remotely. (planned meaning did all the research)
I’d also do googles for “americans marry in italy” so that you are up to speed on all the rules.
Post # 10
@sienna76: Your response has been most helpful. THANK YOU!
Post # 11
My love and I are also getting married in Italy! By November, do you mean 2 months away? If so, we’ve got a lot of work to do Sister!
I can recommend several wedding photographers:
David Bastianoni: http://www.davidbastianoni.com/
Edoardo Agresti: http://www.edoardoagresti.it/?lingua=_L2
For soft and romantic tastes, Jules may just fit your style: http://www.jules-photographer.com/
That being said…my Fi and I are about 99% sure we are going to go with Cristiano Brizzi: http://www.photographertuscany.com/ We love dramatic photographs…in order for us to love it, it needs to look like artwork.
My Fi is a photographer and our interviews seemed to be more like interrogations lol. =) This should help get you started!
We have a wedding planner but I looked at several places all on my own (I’m a certifiable control freak). Do you want a country wedding or a city wedding? You may also consider doing the ceremony symbolically. If you don’t, you will need a translator and a stack of papers the size of a phone book! You can always come back and sign a piece of paper at the courthouse to make it official.