Our Packages for Italy
Tailored packages for intimate weddings and elopements in Italy created and brought to life by your dedicated Italian wedding planner.
Designed for an intimate wedding with friends and family, often in venues for exclusive hire which have on-site catering, accommodation and ceremony spots, for a small destination wedding in Italy.Marry in Italy
An intimate celebration with only the two of you or together with a couple of friends and family members: keep-it-simple Italian wedding packages to save you all the hassle so you’ll just focus on the magic of the moment.Elope to Italy
Renew your wedding vows in Italy, just two of you, or with a bunch of your favorite people. It’s so simple with our smallest Italy wedding package, created for couples who only need the essential services.Renew Vows in Italy
Bespoke vs. Package
If you’re up to 100% designing your wedding by yourself, then a bespoke wedding could be the right choice for you. Usually a longer and more intricate wedding planning process is involved with a bespoke service, compared to a package wedding. Bespoke weddings are mostly chosen by couples when hosting a bigger celebration with a lot of guests and also if they have the patience (and budget!) to guide the creative process from beginning to end.
Packages are intended to make couples’ lives easy when it comes to planning and organizing their wedding abroad in Italy. Thanks to being in contact with some of the best wedding venues and vendors in the country, we’re able to offer cost-effective and well thought out Italian wedding packages which include all the essentials for your special day. Plus, you can personalise them to your liking – just add or remove services as you wish!
Your destination wedding planners in Italy
One of our Italian planners will be your ultimate guide from enquiry to the day of your wedding!
Being a born-and-bred Italian, Eleonora is in tune with the local way of life and will be an invaluable asset in making your dream wedding in Italy come true!
Mary understands how daunting it may seem to plan an important life event in another country. Her aim is to make you feel comfortable and confident in bringing your special day to life.
Reasons to have a destination wedding in Italy
Lake Garda & Lake Como
Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, thanks to the rich cultural scenes and diverse experiences that this northern Italian lake offers. It borders three regions - Lombardy, Trentino Alto-Adige and Veneto where you’ll find beautiful establishments in old villages for your dream wedding in Italy! As for the famous Lake Como, elegant villas and historic luxurious hotels with views to the sparkling water and the rolling hills are the best wedding venues.
The secluded Sardinia
Sardinia is a lesser known Italian island located in the Mediterranean Sea with a breathtaking two thousand-kilometer coastline and a beautiful mountainous territory. This is an ideal destination for micro weddings in Italy for couples in love with secluded white-sand beaches with fewer crowds. The island of Sardinia is a lovely place to have an elopement for two or an intimate wedding with your closest friends and families. You’ll also love the unique regional cuisines served in its local restaurants.
Sorrento, Positano, & the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast, especially its picturesque towns of Positano and Sorrento, is currently the highest ranking spot for our weddings in Italy. We blame it on none other than the turquoise waters and unique architecture where you can see hundreds of hotels and villas vertically arranged along the entire Amalfi coast. Imagine having theis as the backdrop for your destination wedding in Italy. Choose any hotel or villa and we’ll help you arrange a wedding ceremony on one of their rooftop terraces with breathtaking sea views! Some of them are licensed for a legal wedding ceremony so you can fulfill your dream of getting married in an outdoor Italian beach wedding venue!
We’re sure you’ve heard of this Italian region (or rather, island!) somewhere sometime. You’ve probably seen photos of ancient Roman ruins, crystal clear beaches of the Sicilian coastline and the famous Limoncello! The region of Sicily is just too gorgeous not to be included as our recommended wedding location in Italy. If you’re obsessed with the idea of getting married on the beach or an important historic spot in Italy, we can help you plan a micro wedding in Sicily!
The country feel of Tuscany
Italy’s most well-known region, Tuscany is famous for its peaceful landscapes, artistic influences and high culture, not to mention the wine! This Italian region is also popular for its medieval castles, picturesque vineyards, rustic farmhouses, impressive country villas, and scenic green hills and valleys. These can all be part of your micro wedding when you choose a Tuscan wedding venue. It's a perfect setting for couples who dream of an Italian destination wedding with rich countryside views.
Cities of love: Rome & Venice
Rome and Venice are called cities of love because of the romantic novels set in these locations and their popularity as honeymoon destinations. For us, destination wedding planners in Europe, we believe they are cities of love because of their Renaissance-inspired architecture, with buildings offering clear views of the cities’ medieval churches and the Roman landscape. You'll also fall in love with the famous Grand Canal that cuts between the scenic landscapes of Venice, and the Coliseum! Undoubtedly, Roman and Venetian wedding venues shout of romance and majesty.
Historic Milan & Florence
How about a small destination wedding held inside a piece of Italian history in the middle of Milan’s urban setting? As the fashion capital of Italy, you’ll never go wrong with the classy wedding venues in Milan. Some of them are historic indoor spots, modern luxury hotels, while some are gorgeous Catholic churches. A private elopement in a romantic villa above Florence may also be a good idea where you can tie the knot on a terrace with a full view of Italian gardens, vineyards, or Florence’s urban scenery.
When to get married in Italy
Spring wedding season: April & May
May marks the start of peak season in Italy because the cooler months have just ended and the country is beginning to feel the warm weather. Spring is preparatory to the busier months of June to August. Late April or May is an ideal time to get married in Italy because tourist visits haven't peaked yet. We also recommend May for destination weddings in Italy when flower fields and vibrant gardens in the Italian countryside start to bloom! If May is special for you, let our Italian wedding planner help you book the perfect venue and vendors ahead of time.
Summer months: June to August
June, July and August are the official summer months in Italy and obviously the busiest too. Summer beaches are fully packed and weddings happen in all Italian regions. Some couples fly to the Tuscan countryside at this time to avoid the hot and crowded cities of Rome and Venice. Some prefer to get married in a waterside wedding venue along the glorious sea or next to a romantic Italian lake. Venues and hotels increase their rates at this time. All for a good reason - it’s the season when nightlife is at its merriest and the atmosphere is alive day and night!
Fall: Season of love in September & October
Temperature starts to dwindle all over Italy after the month of August. On mid-September all throughout the month of October, the colors of the gardens, the fields, and the rolling hills in the Italian countryside fade from vibrant to autumn red and brown. Italians will be back to work and the atmosphere starts to shrink to the ordinary. Nevertheless, it’s still one of the best times to get married in Italy because it marks the harvest season of food and wine! Enjoy the rich harvest on your wedding feast along with fewer crowds, lower accommodation rates, and decreasing venue fees. For us, it’s also a perfect time for a peaceful honeymoon trip following your private elopement in Italy.
Winter season: November to March
The winter season in Italy is cold and damp, and rain frequently visits the country. Temperature changes from zero to fifteen degrees Celsius and drops to below zero degrees in the Northern regions. Winter season is an advisable time to get married in Italy for couples who want a winter wonderland wedding where snow covers the hotel roofs and the green Italian countryside. It’s also a good time to take advantage of declining rates for accommodation and venues.
Types of venues for destination weddings in Italy
Are you looking for a wedding venue with an elegant and historic vibe? You should see the castles in South Tyrol and in the Northern lakes region, or in Umbria. These Italian wedding castles were built hundreds of years ago but were preserved carefully as historical evidence of Italy’s past. Despite their old age, they have been immaculately preserved to retain their majestic vibe and iconic features.
The Italian villa - perhaps the most iconic type of venue for a destination wedding in Italy! Whether you prefer a private elopement for two or a small wedding with friends and family, there’s an Italian villa with a size that’s right for you. These elegant Italian villas with fresh and blooming gardens are some of the best wedding venues in Italy, with their outdoor ceremony spots and indoor reception areas for a weatherproof wedding feast.
Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan are bursting with elegant and luxurious wedding hotels aimed at impressing the millions of tourists visiting these popular cities. Elope to Italy’s fashion capital, Milan, and have an elegant micro wedding in an Italian boutique hotel, or have your wedding photos taken against medieval architecture in Rome, Florence or Venice!
Sipping a flavorful glass of wine preserved from the wine cellar of an Italian wedding venue with a nice vineyard is a great way to cap your celebration. If you’re a couple who’s in love with fine wines, it’s a great idea to elope to Italy’s wedding estates with hectares of vineyards. The regions of Barolo and Barbera, Prosecco, Chianti and Lambrusco house the best wine estates here!
Though not as sought-after as the Italian beaches and historic hotels, luxurious mountain resorts and cosy chalets make for an interesting wedding venue in Italy. Imagine getting married with views of the Dolomites or the charming villages up in the Alps! Other venue options for a unique micro wedding in Italy are quaint chapels and ancient castles perched high above the mountains! Isn’t that lovely?
How can you resist the beautiful views in the Amalfi Coast or Portofino? Or the charm of the old and peaceful villages in Sicily? Celebrate your big day in one of the hotels and villas lining up along the coast in Capri or on the secluded island of Sardinia! Such long and sun-kissed coasts from the North to the South of Italy make for a perfect backdrop for your beach elopement or small wedding! Hold the reception in an impeccable restaurant within these venues and you’ll have a perfect experience of an Italian micro wedding.
Types of wedding ceremonies
A civil ceremony in Italy is the official legally-binding and non-religious type of wedding ceremony for the Italian law. It must be performed in a licensed venue or town hall and must be conducted in the Italian language by the local mayor (or his/her appointed representative). No worries because we will provide you with an English interpreter so you can understand what is going on! There should be at least two mandatory witnesses of 18 years or older. For the ceremony to take place, legal paperwork must be issued and it only takes around 20 minutes.
Another legally-binding type of wedding in Italy is a Catholic ceremony performed in a Catholic church. To be legally recognized, it must be performed by a priest; it must contain a portion of the civil ceremony under the Italian laws; at least one of you should be Catholic; and both your religious and civil documents must be issued prior to the wedding. Unlike in a civil wedding, the ceremony can be officiated in English so you can get an English-speaking priest if you prefer not to have a translator. A Catholic marriage ceremony usually takes about 45 minutes. In case you are already legally married, or would like to sign the legal papers in your home country before coming to Italy, then your Catholic ceremony can have religious value only. You’ll need to present your marriage certificate along with your Catholic documents, and your ceremony won’t contain the civil portion mentioned above.
There’s always an option to elope in Europe without any strict legal requirements. Have a symbolic wedding in Italy that does not require any annoying paperwork. This option will allow you to choose just about any wedding venue in Italy and any arrangement for your big day. You can take care of all the legal requirements at home and then have your intimate wedding celebration abroad anywhere Italy. You won’t be restricted to only licensed venues and you’ll be able to personalise the ceremony to your heart’s content!
Compared to France and Germany, for example, legally-binding weddings are realistically more possible in Italy. Nevertheless, you need to present proof of No Impediment to marry, along with proof of identity and other documents before you can be allowed to have a civil wedding in Italy. Your citizenship plays a role in the legal process as there are some variations in requirements for different nationalities. Our advice is always to check with your consular office in Italy for any unique requirements that apply to nationals of your country. Our Italian wedding planner can also assist with legal paperwork should you want a legally-binding marriage in Italy. More about the requirements for legal weddings in Italy here
Italian food and drinks
Some ice cream shops all over the world may have tried to perfect a sorbetto, but only in Italy will you taste the real deal. Sorbetto may be similar to ice cream in some respects but it’s unique actually, because it’s served in tall glasses and makes the perfect end for any meal. This icy dessert should be part of your wedding. Choose from the best flavours - strawberry, lemon, mandarin or mint - or better yet, have them all on the desserts table of your wedding reception.
Wine & liquors
A destination wedding in Italy is never complete without Italian wine and liquors. Dance the night away with a relaxed mind after sipping a good amount of delicious wine from the vineyard and cellar of your selected wedding venue. Choose from among the top wine regions in Italy: Sicily, Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto and you’ll have the best of both worlds - a perfect venue and an experience with the best-tasting Italian wines.
Cheese & pastries
Never ever get married in Italy without cheese on the table! Whether you’re eloping with zero guests or you’re celebrating an intimate wedding with your favourite people, be sure to have a taste of Italian cheese from the regions of Trentino, Veneto, Lombardy or Piedmont! They are the best in Italy! As for the sweet additions to your dessert table, try the world-famous tiramisù, sweet cannoli from Sicily, and the traditional “panforte” with its rich fruity taste!
Pasta, pizza & risotto
Everywhere in the world you can buy these popular Italian foods, but only in Italy you can have the authentic, best-tasting pizza, pasta and risotto! Make sure to have Italian natives at your wedding who will bake and cook these sumptuous traditional dishes. Cliche as it sounds, authentic Italian pizza is the best appetizer that you can have for your wedding in Italy. As for pasta and risotto, they are automatic inclusions in wedding receptions in Italy.
Italian wedding traditions
Everyone waits outside!
Yep. If you’re getting married in Italy, one of the things that you should know is that all the guests do not sit comfortably inside the venue as they wait for the bride to arrive. This includes the groom who, along with the guests, eagerly wait outside of the ceremony area until the queen shows up.
No coordinated outfit
Don’t be surprised if you attend a wedding in Italy and there seems to be no ‘motif’ so to speak. Weddings on this side of Europe usually don’t have any coordinated colors for the members of the entourage and the guests. Anyone invited can wear whatever color they want and that’s totally fine!
Another unique tradition in Italian weddings is that grooms carry a small piece of iron called the toc ferro the whole time. They believe that this small item will shoo away all the evil spirits and bad luck on the wedding day. That includes the tragic situation in weddings where the bride doesn’t show up after changing her mind.
Italians also observe the tradition after a wedding where the couple would break a vase to show how lucky they will be in their marriage. How does breaking of the vase predicts that? Well, according to this Italian tradition, the more broken pieces scattered on the ground after the vase was broken, the more blessings it will be for the couple!
Getting around Italy
For those who are pressed for time and would want to get around Italy in the most convenient way possible, traveling by plane might be your best option. Here in Italy, there are a total of 77 international and regional airports that can take you almost anywhere within these 20 Italian regions, and to the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Arriving from outside Europe, you will most likely be landing at Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Naples Capodichino or Florence Peretola, all of which offer onwards regional connections.
Renting a car is perhaps not the best way to get around Italy if this will be your first time driving in Europe, or you are a new and nervous driver. Driving along the narrow city streets can be a real headache, not to mention the questionable driving skills of local road users (Italians are famous for bad driving!). We advise that you take public transport instead, to avoid the hassle of driving and the expensive parking fees. However, if you are traveling to the Italian countryside such as in Tuscany, Veneto and Apulia, or if you want to reach smaller villages and coastal regions, then car rental is a viable option for better exploration.
Public transportation is the best way to travel in Italy. As a tourist destination, the train system there is quite comprehensive with lots of options for different preferences. If you’re traveling between small and big cities, there are ordinary and high-speed trains that will get you to your destination. Always pre-book your tickets, especially if you’re getting married in summer time. For a luxury trip by rails, you can take privately owned train lines with Wi-Fi and beautiful interiors. However, expect slower and simpler trains with no air conditioner if you’re trying to get to smaller rural towns.
Ferries and hydrofoils
As you may know, most Italian towns and cities are surrounded by inland and coastal waters, making ferries and boats popular modes of transportation in Italy. In Positano, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast, hydrofoils are even better alternatives than cars because hydrofoil trips are shorter and more convenient. Italy has over 80 ports to serve you as you explore the lovely spots in Portofino, Genoa, Venice, Ravenna, and Naples! You’ll find ancient town squares, centuries-old cathedrals, and historic palaces within these regions.
How much is a destination wedding in Italy?
Your budget for a wedding in Italy will depend on many factors such as the number of guests, the type of wedding venue, and the extra services that you might want to add to your wedding package. As mentioned above, summer is peak season here so prepare a higher budget if you’re getting married in Italy between June to August. To get a better gauge of your wedding cost in Italy, tell us more about your vision for your wedding and get an instant quote for your custom Italian wedding package.
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