5 must-dos to prepare for your Destination Wedding in Italy

If you’re planning to tie the knot in the land of pasta, pizza, and amore, you have come to the right place. As Destination Wedding photographers that specialize in weddings in Italy and Greece, we are going to talk about 5 essential tips to ensure your destination wedding in Italy is nothing short of perfection. Whether you’re saying “I do” in Tuscany, by the sparkling waters of Lake Como, amidst the ancient ruins of Sicily, or along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, these five tips will help you prepare for the wedding of your dreams.

1. Research Your Location: First things first, let’s talk location! Italy is brimming with stunning wedding venues, from historic villas in Tuscany to cliffside retreats on the Amalfi Coast. Take the time to research different regions and venues to find the perfect backdrop for your special day. Whether you’re envisioning a rustic countryside affair or a glamorous seaside soiree, Italy has something for every couple. One of our favorite venues in Italy is Castello di Ristonchi located in Tuscany (about a 40 minute drive from Florence). This venue (or castle we should say) offers all inclusive packages for couples who are looking for a wedding weekend packed with an authentic Italian experience. If you are a couple wanting to be in the heart of Tuscany, sipping wine, looking over rolling hills of olive trees, then Tuscany would be right for you. However, if you are a couple that loves the beach, fresh seafood and sand in your toes, then booking a venue in the Amalfi coast or another southern coastal area would be better for you. There is no wrong choice here, just personal preference! There are ENDLESS options, do your research! 

2. Consider the time of year of your wedding: Italy, depending on where you are, exhibits a plethora of different climates. Good marketing of the past has shown us that Italy is just warm and sunny all the time, right? WRONG! The biggest mistake you can make when planning your destination wedding in Italy is not paying attention to the weather patterns. The hottest months of the year in Italy are June, July and August. If you like hot weather, this may be great for you. But also keep in mind, this is peak tourist season. If you want to avoid the crowds, open your calendar to early Spring dates and Fall dates. Our opinion? We love fall in Italy because it’s not too hot, and many tourists have gone home for the start of the school year. As you are deciding your wedding date, also keep in mind Italy’s national holidays. On national holidays, businesses will be closed and travel may be difficult! 

3. Embrace the Local Cuisine and Culture: One of the best parts of getting married in Italy? The culture and food, of course! Embrace the local cuisine by incorporating traditional Italian dishes into your wedding menu. Think homemade pasta, fresh seafood, and decadent gelato – your taste buds will thank you! And don’t forget to infuse some Italian flair into your wedding décor and entertainment, whether it’s a live band playing classic Italian tunes or a traditional tarantella dance to get the party started.

4. Plan for Travel and Transportation Logistics: When planning a destination wedding in Italy, it’s important to consider travel logistics for you and your guests. From flights and accommodations to transportation between venues, make sure to provide clear information and assistance to ensure a smooth experience for everyone involved. Many venues in Italy are in remote areas or can be hard to get to. If you are unsure of how to get to your venue, ask! They will be able to provide trusted partners that can transport you and your guests from the main city to the venue. 

5. **Prepare for the Legalities**: Lastly, and probably the most important is to not forget about the legalities of getting married in Italy. Depending on your nationality, there may be specific requirements and paperwork you’ll need to complete in advance. For US citizens, Italian authorities require a document called the Nulla Osta to get legally married. You can get this document from your home embassy located in Italy. Don’t want to do extra paperwork you say? Many of our couples get legally married in their home country and do a symbolic ceremony (and big party) in Italy to avoid the additional headache. 

Be sure to do your research and consult with your wedding planner to ensure everything is in order – the last thing you want is any unexpected hiccups on your wedding day!

So there you have it – five essential tips to help you prepare for your dream destination wedding in Italy. Whether you’re exchanging vows amidst the rolling hills of Tuscany or by the sparkling shores of Lake Como, these tips will ensure your special day is nothing short of magical. So pack your bags, practice your “ti amo,” and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!


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