The A to Z of planning an Italian Destination Wedding

The A to Z of planning an Italian Destination Wedding

We have done our best to help you with everything you'll need to make sure your Italian wedding is planned to perfection. Read on for some incredible recommendations of planners, bridalwear, venues, caterers, photographers and more

The A to Z of planning an Italian Destination Wedding
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  • Destination weddings
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Who can really blame the likes of A-list celebs Kim Kardashian and George Clooney for choosing the beautiful country of Italy as their wedding destination. Whether in the Tuscan hills, the romantic Verona, or under the bright lights of Rome, this European country is a dream spot for couples all over the world. 

When choosing to marry in another country, even another continent, the amount of options and research you have to do is pretty overwhelming. That’s why we have done our best to help you with everything you’ll need to make sure your Italian wedding is planned to perfection. So read on for some incredible recommendations of planners, bridalwear, venues, caterers, photographers and more. 

The Dress

First things first, a bride tends to start thinking about that all-important dress. And since you’re having a beautiful Italian wedding, why not search for an exquisite Italian gown to match? Italy is the fashion capital of Europe – and the world.

Maison Signore should be your first point of call, with 4 boutiques in Italy and a diverse array of bridal collections. Every gorgeous dress is manufactured in Italy and handmade by an experienced tailor and embroiderer. The artesanal skill goes together with research and innovation – the designs blend tradition with modernity, and always set the trends year after year. They are perfect for a fashion-forward bride seeking elegance and chic minimalism. We’re sure you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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When jetting off abroad for your wedding, it’s really important that you seek the help of a destination wedding planner who is local to your chosen location. This means you’ll be able to relax while your fairytale wedding in Italy is planned to perfection! One of our top recommendations in Italy is Giorgia Fantin Borghi, one of the most successful professionals in the Italian wedding industry. Listed by ELLE magazine as “one of the top 5 wedding planners” and by Zankyou Italy as one of the “10 best wedding planners in Milan” – you really can’t go wrong!

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Alessandri Giulia is based in Tuscany. Speaking with Alessandri, she told us that the ‘main characteristic is the way I naturally bring love into the event I create and supervise and the way I make it unique by taking inspiration from the land where I was born’. Alessandri Giulia offers the ideal location to celebrate the happiest day of your life in one of the most romantic place in the world: Tuscany. They guarantee a unique and unforgettable Destination Wedding in the most romantic and stunning venues in Tuscany.

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Destination Wedding in Rome, also specializes in destination wedding planning. These experts of the Italian capital know all there is to know about the local cuisine and venues, and will ensure your wedding is  truly authentic. Italy is the epitome of love and romance, so let this team recreate that with every exquisite detail. Ensuring everything is personal to your needs and requirements, Destination Wedding in Rome is guaranteed to give you the perfect wedding.

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Now let’s get into the subject of Venues. Your chosen place will be in your memory forever, and you’ll want to give your guests that wow-factor, so here are our top picks:

If you’re looking to tie the knot in the country’s bustling and bright capital, then look no further than Gran Melià Rome. This venue boasts pools, magnificent views, a spa and luscious gardens – just a five-minute walk from the Vatican and Rome’s other major attractions. Indulge in top-quality dining, because like most Italians, these guys put food first. With menus inspired by Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, this place not only looks, but tastes amazing.

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Or, check out the majestical Palazzo Boncompagni, a prestigious and historic 14th century mansion. Within the enchanting city of Bologna, just a few steps away from Piazza Maggiore and the marvelous Two Towers, this venue will be unforgettable for you and your guests, right in the vibrating heart of the town. Perfect for an elegant fairytale wedding theme!

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The Mencarelli Group are the ones to talk to if you just can’t decide – they have a choice of four amazing hotels, one if which will certainly be ‘the one’. Firstly, there is Hotel Cristallo, located in Santa Maria degli Angelia few kilometers from Assisi and close to the Saint Francis’s Portiuncula church. This hotel is equipped for up to 150 guests, with a rooftop courtyard, gardens and bar overlooking stunning views.

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Secondly, there is the Bosone Hotel, which is located in the Medieval center of Gubbio, the hotel was built up inside Palazzo Raffaelli with beautiful views over the valley of Gubbio. A stunning venue indeed. There’s also the Hotel Relais Ducale in Gubbio. Here you can discover suspended gardens, a beautiful terrace and more assets to let your guests feel like they’ve traveled to an authentic paradise. This also hotel offers elegant renaissance rooms – the perfect oasis to discover the medieval town, with Gothic buildings, churches and squares.

And lastly but not least, Mencarelli Group also offer the Hotel Villa Montegranelli, south of Gubbio, with a choice of 3 beautiful restaurants and 21 rooms from which you can admire the beauty of the park, the circular Circle Labirint, and also the striking view of the city of Gubbio on the slopes of Mount Igino.

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Hotel Quirinale Rome is a venue that will transport you and your guests back to 9th century Rome. For weddings, the hotel has its own private garden where the guests can enjoy the peace and quiet in the shade of a magnificent cedar of Lebanon. The restaurant rooms host up to 250 people and the exceptional chefs are able to prepare any kind of traditional dishes inspired by the changing needs of international cuisine. The hotel also boasts an excellent location in the centre of the eternal city, within minutes of Rome’s best attractions.

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Or, if you fancy a villa wedding in Rome, check out Park Hotel Villa Grazioli. Stunning views, beautiful architecture and magnificent works of art – this place looks like it has been constructed from our dreams. Their destination wedding package includes elegant rooms for the symbolic/civil official ceremony, a four-course lunch or dinner with local wine for 2 as well as an additional one night in a Charme Deluxe double room with breakfast. A great place to kickstart your honeymoon!


After booking your fairytale venue, the next priority is to make sure you have an artistic wedding photographer on board to capture all the magic of your destination wedding – so you can remember it for a lifetime.

Marcella Fava is exactly the person for the job. She takes pictures of even the smallest of details, catching things you’ll be too busy to notice,
 especially all those little precious moments that make a wedding so special. 
You’ll barely notice Marcella and her team, with their relaxed and friendly approach to destination wedding photography. The result is one of candid spontaneity – joyous emotions preserved in time forever.

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Now – you definitely need to think about what food is going to live up to the stunning Italian views you have chosen. There’s nothing quite like Italian cuisine, and when you’re locating your wedding in the midst of this culinary world, you’re spoiled for choice. Here’s our top choice:

We’ve already mentioned Mencarelli Group as a specialist for wedding venues. But they also help you with the catering and impress you with their long experience in the wedding industry. As passionate food lovers, they help you to explore the special world of wedding menus and create a wedding day full of tasty pleasures for you!

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Le Voila Banqueting are the ones to talk to if you want to make sure every step of the process is designed to meet your needs. Offering A crescendo of tastes and scents that will delight both your eyes and palate, they truly know what they are doing. Le Voila Banqueting benefits from 20 years of worthy experience, and commits itself to being able to produce the most amazing dining experiences for parties of all sizes. They understand that being able to strike the right balance of styles, tastes and locations is vital to creating the most beautiful day of your life.

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Colasanti Catering truly strives to place you and your desires at the heart of the operation, placing significant care and attention to designing menus and ensuring it guarantees and lives up to the expectations not only of the bride and groom but also of their hosts. Not only this, but they will help you find the most suitable location for your party! They truly understand the importance of a perfect marriage between menu and venue. Not only this, but the staff is composed only of professional maîtres and waiters that are careful and diligent in ensuring the smooth running of the event, working with sincere professionalism and care.

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Are you looking for some sweets on your wedding day? Then contact Crispo Confetti and fall in love with their great range of different desserts for unique events. They are known for their quality production and professionalism and have become a leading producer of various candies and sweets over the past few years. Bridal couples are always awed by their delicious sweets made of first-rate raw materials – they are always used according to old traditions and processed with tender care. Their sweets are not only delicious, but because of their unique, eye-catching packing also a wonderful detail in your wedding album!

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Lastly, you should ensure your wedding planning process is both fun and relaxed. This will be the most magical day of your life, but the whole experience of planning a wedding in Italy should be truly memorable. By choosing all the right suppliers, you have the ingredients to create a truly personalized day in beautiful Italy.

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