(Closed) Italy Elopement Bees! Help With Italy Elopement!!!!

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

Congrats Bee. I’m eloping to Venice and it has been challenging. I have seen Italian Wedding Planning companies that can put pretty much every aspect together for you, I’m sure there is one that handles Florence. We’ve also found that our hotel has been extremely helpful and have pretty much accommodated every single request since we’re marrying there.

 

Good luck!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

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tassenne: I agree with 
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lawandbeauty53: — this is going to be very challenging and you probably need to seek out a Florentine wedding planner. Alternatively, your hotel concierge might be able to handle a lot of it, especially if you book a very high-end hotel, but you will need to tip/pay them accordingly. 

ETA: A quick Google search revealed multiple wedding planners. This one looked particularly promising: http://www.wedding-in-tuscany.com

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Newbee

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tassenne:  Congrats! We are eloping to Italy as well! We are having our ceremony at our hotel on the Amalfi Coast. We are then honeymooning throughout the rest of Italy for a week and a half.

 

we picked a nice hotel on the Amalfi Coast, and their event planner has been wonderful. They don’t even care about how small our ceremony and elopement is, they’ve been wonderful. The photographer we booked has also been a lot of help. I contacted a few wedding planners, but have been able to piece most of it together myself. It helps that I am marrying an Italian man who is familiar with the language, and we started planning almost a year in advance.

Another suggestion would be a good travel agent. We got one and she has been invaluable. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that much money, but she has taken a lot of stress out of planning a lot of the details.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Villa in Florence, Italy

Hello! My fiance and I are eloping in Tuscany in June. We intially were planning on Florence….but couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for : (

Please let me know if you have any qeustions. I HIGHLY suggest getting a planner if you do not speak Italian, also…be prepared for some sticker shock when it comes to hair and makeup.

PM me if you want the name of our planner she is great and was around $1500

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Hi – my fiance and I are planning a small wedding in Italy.  

Haleyz — you are right about sticker shock for hair and makeup!!  We are getting married on one of the lakes so there are not many options for salons.  The makeup artist I am going with will be travelling to the hotel and it is quite expensive.  We are having just immediate family and a couple very close friends at the wedding.  I was talking to a friend of mine who had quite a large wedding with 5 bridesmaids – I will be paying the same or a bit more (for me and my 2 sisters) than what she did so it made me feel a *little* bit better that if I was a home with a larger wedding the cost would be somewhat similar.

One great idea I heard was getting makeup lessons at MAC or a similar store.  My sister-in-law to be did that for her destination wedding.  I saw her pics, she looked great!  I was surprised she did her own makeup.  I don’t wear a ton of makeup so that may be my back-up plan if the trial doesn’t go well.  I don’t want to feel like I am wearing a mask for my wedding 🙂

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Congrats on planning your wedding! If you’re thinking Florence, I would consider going a bit further out the city. There are some gorgeous hotels but there is one called Borgo Santo Pietro about an hour from Florence that would be just stunning for a wedding but close enough for your guests to stay in Florence/do the tourist bits while there. Good luck planning! 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Hi guys. We are throwing around the idea of an Italian elopement (we are both British). Would it be a legal marriage or would we have to get married here first? 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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writersblock:  Hi – congratulations!   I have been looking into legal marriage with a civil ceremony in Italy and the process is more complicated for Canadians than it is for UK citizens (we would have to go to the consulate in Rome if we don’t work wtih a planner) but it seems like you can do all of the paperwork from Britain.  These links may be helpful

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad

http://www.distinctiveitalyweddings.com/paperwork-requirements-for-british-citizens.html

If you work with a wedding planner, they can help out with paperwork.  

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Busy bee

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andygirl:  you’re an angel. Thank you, I will check out the links.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

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tassenne:  I thought I’d responded to this. It’s possible to get legally married in Italy, but for me there were too many moving parts (official certified translations, doc stamps, possible embassy trips). Plus, as a divorce lawyer, I’ve seen too many defective, void and voidable marriages, including one from Mexico. 

I wasn’t willing to waste days of my expensive vacation waiting on translations and doc stamps, so we did a courthouse wedding here at home where I could oversee my own paperwork in my native language and then do the symbolic cermony in Italy.

The religious aspect was another consideration, as the Catholic Church requires permission from your home church, Priest, etc. Many of the churches require marriage by a Priest. It was darn near impossible to find a Baptist minister in Venice (or any Protestant minister available in Venice, for that matter.) 

As to the planner, I highly recommend one.  We just used our Hotel Manager to give us recommendations for florists, violinists, photographers etc. Then I just contacted each of them and negotiated terms and payment. The Church is located on the grounds of the property and our romantic feast, cake etc. will be provided by our hotel. It has been a lot of work. I cannot wait to GO!

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Wannabee

Hi!! I got my engagement in florence and I reccomen you to get a wedding planner or contact some local vendors. As i told to another girl here try http://www.tuscanywed.com!! Florence and chiantishire are lovely!

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