American couples often dream of jetting off to Europe for their romantic wedding day. It’s a continent full of regal history, incredible castles, Renaissance cities and coastal towns.
Italy, in particular, is bursting with romantic spots to delight both couples and guests alike. So, if a fairytale wedding in Italy is something you have fantasised about ever since you were little, have a read of our top tips for planning such an incredible day (we’ve included some great recommendations too!).
1. Choose your location according to your childhood dreams
When you were younger, what was most magical to you? Did you indulge in stories about princesses being courted by their prince charming in castles? Were you enchanted by the likes of Alice in Wonderland or Snow White, set in magical landscapes? Did you think of Little Mermaid every time you visited the seaside?
A fairytale wedding can be spectacular simply because it makes those childhood dreams come true. Italy has glorious coastlines, rugged rural landscape, medieval castles and more. So pick your location first, and the rest will all fall into place.
If you enlist the help of DAG Wedding Planner, anything is possible. This professional planning team have loads of experience when it comes to American couples seeking the very best of Italy. Think of any of the magical locations that the country has to offer, and they can take you there: from authentic Venice, to bustling Puglia, the serene Lake Garda, dreamy Sicily, gorgeous Sardinia and even romantic Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet.
For a rustic yet luxury venue with expansive views of the Umbrian landscape and chic reception rooms, check out Hotel Golf Valle de Asissi. The elegant barn-style space is perfect for an indoor reception for all your family and friends, while the lush green grounds of the resort can be transformed into a pretty outdoor ceremony, surrounding the crystal waters of the pool.
2. Find a wedding planner who will turn those dreams into a reality
Wedding planners are really important for destination weddings. Whether its a fairytale you’re seeking, or an intimate affair for you and a few loved ones, planning a wedding all the way from the US really is difficult!
A wedding planner local to your chosen location will take your stress away, especially with their network of wedding providers and services in the area! They can sort everything from the transport, venue and catering to the decoration, flowers, accommodation and the legal requirements for marriages in Italy. Think of them as your fairy-godmother.
Let us introduce you to Cristina Rocco, of Italian Allegria, who knows of charming venues in every region of Italy. She loves working with couples to achieve their every desire with a touch of creativity, and will strive to show them all the wonders of the country she so loves. Your wedding should be all about you, which is why Cristina Rocco’s team custom tailor each and every event.
Alternatively, for a fairytale lakeside wedding, look no further than the expert team at Lake Como Bespoke Weddings. Lake Como is increasingly popular with destination wedding couples. Its glistening waters are surrounded by luxury hotels, scenic cliffs and bustling ports. Here, the Bespoke planning team can give you an unforgettable experience: saying your vows and celebrating your marriage in front of the spectacular and romantic backdrop of Italy’s most beautiful lake.
They are also known for an impeccably flawless service, leaving nothing to chance on your big day.
3. Eat like Kings and Queens
A true fairytale doesn’t involve empty stomachs. In fact, all happy endings seem to end in a joyous celebration and feast with loved ones. So, to have a truly authentic Italian experience and to indulge with your family and friends, make sure you find the best caterers for the job.
The team at Colasanti Catering would be honoured to put their expertise and high standards at your disposal. They operate in a number of beautiful locations in and around Rome, serving tasty food according to your customised menus. As of 2015, they became one of the only catering services in Italy to also offer 100% vegan catering services.
4. Get an artistic photographer to document the love story
As we always say, there’s no point splashing out on a stunning location, intricate decor and glamorous bridalwear if you don’t hire a talented photographer to document every special moment. You’ll want to remember everything about your fairytale day in years to come, from the scenic location to the small moments between you and your loved one.
Luckily, since Zankyou has a presence in 23 countries, we have an impressive network of Italian photographers for you to choose from. You can search on our Italian wedding directory by location, or get some inspiration from our article recommendations below:
With these recommendations and top planning tips, Italy can certainly be the place where fairytale wedding dreams come true!