The venue is one of the most important wedding ingredients because it could make or break your big day.
This might sound like a sweeping declaration, imagining the plethora of all other things in your wedding planning checklist. But believe us that half of the work is done if you have picked your wedding venue wisely.
Being wedding planners for quite a long time, we’ve arranged bespoke weddings, small weddings, elopements, and vow renewals. We’ve also witnessed how meaningful ceremonies and joyful receptions unfolded inside our couples’ wedding venues.
It breaks our hearts whenever we hear stories of couples who felt they did not make the best decision on this aspect. It’s not because they have a poor taste on venues. But because they have very limited time to inspect their options. This is so true, especially for couples who choose to have a destination wedding.
So we made a vow a few years back to personally hunt for the best places to get married in Europe’s different regions. We’ve searched all through out Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, and Italy to find the most promising venues that we can recommend to couples.
In fact, our search has become so enjoyable and productive that we now have hundreds of venues in our list, which are all included as suggested locations in our destination wedding packages!
During the past few months, we’ve decided to feature some of the top venues for a small wedding in Italy that we can proudly recommend to couples.
If you’re one of those who are planning to get married in this romantic country, you can say good bye to your research notes for now! Start reading our previous posts about the best Italian wedding venues that we’ve personally visited for you. One is about Lake Garda and the other is about a unique venue atop the South Tyrolian mountains.
Today, we’re unveiling the third instalment in our Italian venue series. It’s about a riverside wedding villa in Italy that offers a grand view of the Arno River in its most fascinating ceremony areas.
A hidden venue away from the busy streets of Florence
You can find this hidden 5-star villa at the skirts of the River Arno in the romantic city of Florence. It’s one of those venues located far from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Fresh from its 2014 renovation, it has already won the hearts of travellers from all around the world when it received the Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award for Hotels in 2016.
And what would you expect from a hotel skirting a tranquil Italian river? Nothing but a romantic, elegant, laid back, and calm ambience.
While located away from the busy streets of Florence, Hotel Ville sull’Arno is still accessible to various tourist attractions like the Piazza della Signoria, the town hall called Palazzo Vecchio, and the Dominican church, Santa Maria Novella.
Outdoor and indoor wedding spots
The primary wedding ceremony areas in this wedding villa in Italy are its two private gardens for intimate occasions. This hidden venue in Florence is inspired by the element of water, so don’t be surprised to see beautiful water features all over the place. The artistically designed pool with luscious green bushes and trees all around is most notable.
Don’t worry about having a little rain on your wedding day. This wedding villa in Italy has a perfect indoor venue for small and intimate ceremonies. This room is splashed with white and floral accents for a relaxed ambience. The furnishings are mostly wooden while the lights are uniquely dressed to look like gorgeous hats!
Hotel Ville sull’Arno has what they call the Flora and Fauna restaurant right beside the pool which is a good choice for receptions. We enjoyed the dishes prepared by the villa’s international chefs who cooked the food right in front of us. After the meal, you can have some refreshments in the mini bar near the restaurant.
What to expect from the hotel’s interiors
The room interiors, on the other hand, have three various themes – literature, fabric, and nature. So don’t be surprised if you see a mini library in your room or some historic Florentine artworks. Some rooms have book pages creatively pasted on your bed’s headboard too. They all have large windows so you can see the beauty of the Arno River anytime you want.
The furniture pieces of this wedding villa in Italy, on the other hand, are predominantly wooden and bronze. You’ll also notice a nice wine corner with shelves containing the finest Italian wines in one of its common areas.
Some of our favorite spots for relaxation are the veranda overlooking the river and a cafe by the river. These are our most recommended reception spots for couples who want to get married here. Should you feel tired looking at the river, there’s a poolside cafe that’s enclosed in fresh greenery!
Overall, we love how romantic every corner of the Hotel Ville sull’Arno is. So if you’re dreaming of a destination marriage ceremony in a quiet hidden venue, this wedding villa in Italy should be one of your options! We can assist you in booking this venue, along with other vendors that you’ll need to complete your wedding package for Italy!