(Closed) Help! Wanting a destination wedding in Tuscany but feeling overwhelmed

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

Trying talking to a travel agent and see if there arae any all inclusive wedding packages

Post # 3
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1305 posts
Bumble bee

 

Find a wedding planner that specializes in destination weddings. Style me pretty has some options to start your search.

Interview a couple of them, explain your vision, approx. budget and what activities you want to do, ask them about what their scope of services can cover and go from there.

We had a destination wedding in europe and it was amazing but we also had an amazing planner that was perfect for us. She brought us a few options for every decision (photog, cake, hair/makeup, etc) and it really kept the stress down. 

You can absolutely do it! But I highly, highly urge you to do it with a professional.

Post # 5
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Worker bee

dallastx2017 :  I originally started planning a Tuscan wedding too! Annoyingly it just didn’t work out for us, mostly due to my need to be in control and visit the venue and organiser as and when I needed. I had found this villa which is owned by a guy who has hosted a few weddings there already and was super helpful! http://www.casaledepasquinelli.it 

the villa sleeps 39 so will accommodate most of your guests and is about an hour – 1.5 hours from Florence airport or Pisa 

one thing to note, the ceremony isn’t legal unless you go down to the nearest town hall which is 30 mins away in Lucca. Not all venues are ordained.  However the owner can organise all of that for you. He sent me all the menus and if you specify a budget for decoration and flowers plus colour themes and photos of what you like e will organise it within your budget. He also helps you organise things like a pre wedding pizza party or wine tasting nearby for the group.

Honestly ive never had someone so helpful and I really wish it was within our budget to have the Tuscan wedding but with going back and forth to view venues and organise 60 odd guests it was just too much for us. 

We also looked at places in Umbria which is slightly cheaper than Tuscany but just as beautiful. Another thing to note, not sure when you’re looking to have your wedding but spring and Autumn weather can be temperamental so an outdoor wedding can be risky, summer is perfect if maybe a little too warm! 

Some venues have an in house coordinator who manages it all. We also looked at a venue in Rome. 

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

dallastx2017 :  no problem! I have somewhere in my email the other venues I looked at if you want me to message you them? 

i just personally found this villa mentioned to be the most responsive and helpful, he put together a full wedding package proposal for the weekend (3 day event). Food and drink was the most important for us and in Italy you definitely get the best food and wine for much less! If you search the venue on Instagram you can see some newer photos of a wedding recently hosted there. It’s so beautiful and totally gutted now I look at the pictures that we didn’t have it there! We looked at April for the wedding and were advised the weather was too cool to have the wedding outdoors which put us off big time so another reason we decided to do it in the uk

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

dallastx2017 :  Yes it was my top choice! The owner was incredible in communication and the photos just look amazing… now I’m sad we didn’t have an italian wedding!

I’ve messaged you a list of the venues I enquired at. Hope it all goes well! 

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Wannabee

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Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Wow. I just spent a solid 30 minutes on that site checking out the venue and it does look amazing. They did a great job on the renovations, and the food made me so damn hungry. I love how they said they grow their own produce, make their own honey and olive oil, etc. OP I hope you’ll keep us updated on whatever venue you choose. I’m so curious to check it out now. I love your vision!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2022

if you keep researching destination weddings in Italy you’ll start to see the same wedding planner names pop up on threads. 

Give a couple an email and see how quickly they get back to you with prices etc. If you don’t like their photographer or flowerist you can still find your own, the option is just there to make it as easy as possible for you. 

I’m in the same position as you, struggling through planners and venues on the Amalfi Coast! Think we’ve found a good planner now, just need an affordable venue!! 

Just remember, Italy never disappoints 🙂

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