When you think of romance, you think of Italy. Not many places can really compare to the authentic hustle and bustle of Rome, the quaint and sparkly skyline of Florence by night, the beautiful buildings of Venice connected by iconic waterways, or the backdrop of vineyards and mountains found on the Amalfi Coast.
Italy is the setting for the language of love: have a Romeo-and-Juliet-style wedding for a truly authentic and unforgettable experience. In fact, Italy has most recently become one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations, and here’s why:
1. Spectacular Venues
In Italy you can choose to get married in anything from a grand castle, a small villa, a gorgeous outdoor space, an authentic village church, a typical Italian restaurant, or a luxury hotel. The choice is endless, but you can be sure that whatever your venue, the backdrop to your wedding will be just as spectacular. From beautiful, historical cities to breathtaking coastlines, tranquil lakes, or romantic and quaint villages. Passion and romance permeate through Italy’s art, architecture, food… and pretty much every aspect of its culture.
How about a beautiful Italian villa? The country has a plethora of historic and elegant villae – they carry a lot more tradition and culture than you might first assume when you hear of a luxury villa. In fact, they were the grand homes of some of the country’s most prominent historic figures. Villa Chiringuito is simply perfect for a destination wedding because it has beautiful gardens for an al fresco ceremony, always accompanied by helpful staff for an impeccable service. Your big day will be unforgettable in this idyllic spot.
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Another villa we love is Villa Quaranta, especially if you’re looking for that extra touch of luxury and comfort. The SPA Terme della Valpolicella will pamper you before and after your romantic marriage, and there are 79 ultra-comfortable rooms for you and your guests to relax after the big celebration.
Fancy something more historic? More grandiose? Something out of a fairytale? Well look no further than Castello Benelli – who doesn’t want to marry in a rustic European castle? The impressive stables bring us back to ancient eras and a noble life. Here, the expert staff will be on hand to help you with every detail of the event, from the décor and catering to the on-the-day logistics.
Alternatively, the 16th century Masseria Grieco is full of magic and wonder. We’ve never seen a quirky structure quite like it. The Apulian architecture consists of arches, terraces and local stone bricked walls – there’s also a little church for the ceremony, as well as a pretty garden and an elegant pool on the horizon.
We also love how Tenuta Monacelli is a venue that blends the architecture of the two complexes, Masseria Monacelli and Masseria Giampaolo, dating back to the fifteenth century. Surrounding this, you’ll discover a pool, a courtyard, centuries-old olive groves and the holm oak forest. Nature and history come together in what makes an ideal location for country/rural-chic weddings.
Back to looking at gorgeous villas now – Italy just has so many! Villa Mosconi Bertani offers a perfect setting to set up an unforgettable event. Despite its wonder and charm, its also a venue you can add your creative and personal decorative touches to, so your event will be truly bespoke. Your guests will enjoy a unique and refined atmosphere, which will guarantee an incredible celebration for your wedding reception, after which you’ll dance all night long under the stars.
Immersed in the charming medieval village of Trezzo sull’Adda, there’s Villa Appiani, a prestigious historic residence of the 18th century. Now the venue welcomes joyous wedding receptions, as well as offering accommodation for guests. Here you can have romantic photoshoots in the nearby Villa Appiani is located halfway between Milan and Bergamo, a great location to start your honeymoon, too!
2. Reliable Weather
The weather on your wedding day is always a big concern. Everything else can be planned perfectly, only to have it ruined by some unpredictable rain – ruining your photos, your dress, and your overall mood.
With a wedding in Italy, you can be assured that your perfect day will be made even better by the sun. It is pretty much perfect from May to October every year, so a wedding in Italy is definitely worth the journey. Your guests will be sun-kissed whilst enjoying your special moments.
With such a good climate in Italy, there’s more reasons to choose a spectacular venue with outdoor spaces to enjoy. You won’t want to be cosy indoors when the sun is glorious outside – so consider somewhere that allows for an outdoor ceremony, reception, and celebration.
Or consider the beautiful Cascina Spiga d’Oro, a historic farmhouse dating all the way back to the early ‘900s. You can make the most of Italy’s climate by having up to 400 guests by the large illuminated pool or in the gardens – what a celebration! Think modern elegance combined with vintage details and an authentic history.
La Reggia is a paradise in the countryside, for lovers of nature, sport and relaxation. There’s ample accommodation for everyone to stay and enjoy such gorgeous surroundings, deep in the lush green Umbrian landscape. Have your welcome drinks right by an elegant swimming pool. Outside the La Reggia Restaurant, where chefs create innovative and award-winning dishes, there’s a panoramic terrace perfect for your reception, with gazebos and twinkling lights.
3. Flawless Food
Italy is world famous for its food: think fresh ingredients, hearty meals, world class catering… need we say more?
What makes Italian food taste so great is probably the amount of time put into its preparation. Love and effort goes into every culinary creation, even their pasta is often made from scratch with fresh ingredients. From aged cheeses, to freshly baked bread – the Italians do it best.
4. It will be Magical
The Italian Lake district offers vast landscapes with breathtaking water – get married in a grand waterside house or a secluded castle, and feel the fresh lakeside air on your special day.
Alternatively, the stunning city of Florence is full of art and culture, gardens, squares and the famous Duomo. Beautiful stone palaces are surrounded by lush rolling hills and blue sky. This romantic, renaissance city will certainly not disappoint! Use VisitFlorence for more information.
5. It’s easy!
Tying the knot in Italy is easy, as there are no residency requirements. The documents that you need must be correctly translated into Italian and put before an Italian counselor. However, it is advisable that you get expert wedding planning advice from someone actually based in Italy, in order to ensure your day goes perfectly to plan.
Thats wherecome in handy. As wedding planners operating in France and Italy, they are used to couples flocking to the most beautiful places on Earth for their destination weddings. According to Wendy and Marion, “destination weddings are very fashionable today since they allow couples to live an experience beyond compare, on the most beautiful day of their life.” So when it comes to planning everything about your day, from the legal issues to the caterers, venue and finishing touches, these wedding fairies will work their magic, every step of the way!
So, if you fancy an enchanting location for your special day, such as Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, Lake Garda, Bologna… don’t let anything hold you back!