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 fantasized 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.
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If you enlist the help of VB Events, anything is possible. This professional planning team has exceptional experience organizing events for couples. They can organize every detail, choosing with care the suppliers in order to make sure that you have a stress-free day with the most beautiful flowers, the most professional caterers, the most exclusive location and the most romantic event.
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.
Everyone dreams of a wedding in Venice, so how about getting help fromVenice Events, a British Italian company based in the heart of Venice? The owners, Lindsey and Renzo put together their knowledge and passion for the Venetian and Italian territory to create weddings that are planned to perfection and remembered for the extraordinary attention to details. They organise civil, religious and symbolic ceremonies in stunning venues, castles and palaces, for your intimate event or a grand affair with hundreds of guests.
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.
Paola Repetto Consoli was one of the first respected wedding planners in beautiful Sardinia, and now she’s been working with destination wedding couples for over 18 years. This has allowed her to deepen her knowledge of the area, in terms of accommodation, venues, amazing backdrops, and a network of qualified suppliers. Your package can be completely bespoke and personal to you, with the added touch of specialising on floral design. Starting from an idea, often suggested by the spouses, she moves step by step, to a complex wedding project that always exceeds expectations.
WeddInTown, in Milan and Trieste , was born from the passions of Fabrizia and Antonella who creatively combine their talents to create perfect wedding days. This agency that puts body and soul into best expressing the love story and personality of each couple. Once your budget is established, the professionalism and quality of their services will ensure that the event is simply unforgettable. They have many unique services available: flower design, the creation of original photobooths, personalised invitations, wedding cakes, and diverse venue choices – you won’t worry about a thing!
Professionalism, competence, creativity and, above all, passion: Claudia of Claudine Weddings will also help you achieve the wedding of your dreams, without anxiety and stress. She’s a perfectionist by nature, with a great network of specialised suppliers that will optimise your budget. Claudia loves the places that tell her story, in particular Lake Iseo and the mountains of the Vallecamonica : the perfect locations if you dream of a destination wedding with an intimate and refined atmosphere. She offers many packages, but the all inclusive one will take care of absolutely everything so that you don’t have to.
Alternatively, 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 honored 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 customized 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:
- Top Wedding Photographers for your Destination Wedding in Venice
- Stunning Photography for your Destination Wedding on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
- The Top Wedding Photographers for your Destination Wedding in Naples, Italy
With these recommendations and top planning tips, Italy can certainly be the place where fairytale wedding dreams come true!