Planning a Destination Wedding in Italy

Wedding in Italy

Planning a destination wedding in Italy need not be a complicated task. Follow the tips below to guarantee that the planning process goes smoothly and that your wedding pushes through without a hitch.

Know the best time to go

Italy is always a great place to visit and get married in, but it becomes even better if you know the right time to do so. It is important to know what to expect in terms of weather conditions and temperatures before making plans in order for your nuptials not to be disrupted by factors related to or affected by climate. It also pays to know when the holidays and feast days in Italy are when setting a date.

August in particular is not a good month for your Italian destination wedding, and not just because of the extreme heat and humidity. During this time, many hotels, restaurants and stores are closed because most Italians go on vacation. The only establishments open are mostly spas and those that are located in or near beaches, because many Italians prefer to spend their vacations on the beach. If most establishments are closed when you visit, you will find it very difficult to locate vendors. The period between November and February also is not ideal because it can get very cold; even spas and beach destinations are not open during this time. It would be best to set a wedding date between April and June, or September and October.

Decide where you want to go

There are so many beautiful places in Italy that can be the venue of your wedding (Tuscany, Florence, Venice and Amalfi Coast are just a few of them), but of course you need to pick just one. Southern Italy is a good choice if you wish to see natural breathtaking views when you tie the knot; the region boasts of wonderful valleys and impressive peaks, as well as an amazing coastline. However, if you prefer to hold your wedding in a place considered as a cultural hub, go north. Northern Italy has the best of both the old and new world, and offers much more when it comes to fine dining and art. Once you have made your decision, you can start planning your big day. Your choice of venue will dictate many other things, such as accommodations and vendors.

Choose the right wedding site

Most wedding experts would advise people who wish to get married abroad to seek the services of a planner or consultant. This is a good tip because couples are usually not aware of local requirements and are unfamiliar with local wedding resources and vendors. They certainly need someone to point them in the right direction. Wedding planners or consultants usually have connections with reputable vendors in the area, so they are in the best position to guide the bride- and groom-to-be when it comes to planning their wedding.

However, it is possible for you not to need a wedding planner or consultant if you choose a good wedding site. There are couples who got married in Italy without the help of planners because the venue they choose already afforded them the help they need. Many venues in Italy actually offer more than just accommodations—the owners and/or the staff of the venue can assist in the wedding planning. They can help you with anything from getting wedding requirements (like the necessary paperwork) to securing rentals. For instance, the staff at Hotel Splendido in Portofino are known for their ability to help couples plan destination weddings from scratch. Therefore, it would be more advantageous for you to select a venue that will assist in the wedding planning process. This move affords you not only convenience but also more savings. Do your research to see what options are available.

Understand the Process

Help is readily available in Italy, but you should not simply rely on other people to put the event together. You should have an understanding of how things are going to go once you are there. If you are planning a civil ceremony, learn about the documents you will need to bring with you in order for the Town Clerk to process all the documents. For the citizens of Australia and the United States, one important document is the Atto Notorio, which translates as ‘sworn affidavit.’ This document is obtained after a sworn declaration in front of the Italian Consulate (in Australia or the United States) as seen by two witnesses. This should be obtained in the country of origin, but it can also be obtained in Italy.

The author of this article is Lauren Bryant, a fulltime writer who is most interested in weddings and everything related to it. This is why she was handpicked as a contributor for Northern Star Wedding Band.

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