1. Do I really need a destination wedding planner?
This is something I get asked a lot, and I will try my best not to be biased here, but the truth is, yes.
Wedding planning in your own country can be intense, and, let’s be honest, it isn’t always fun or easy for the bridal couple the whole way through.
Consider all the usual purchases, details, negotiations and information needed to plan a wedding, then multiply them by a language barrier, a different culture and foreign currency! All of the planning and tasks you need to do are amplified when organising a destination wedding. I can’t emphasise enough how much of a relief it will be to have someone born and raised in Italy to speak to your vendors, to negotiate for you, and to take care of the bureaucracy. They will know how to approach people, when to fight for you and when it’s not worth it. They are the bridge between the two different cultures, and that is essential when planning a destination wedding.
A great wedding planner will become your best friend, personal assistant, travel agent and more. They will take care of the somewhat less glamorous elements of your plans, whilst you decide how much or how little you would like to organise yourself. They will guide you when you are insecure, and they will ALWAYS be on your side.
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2. Why should I get married in Italy?
In my opinion there are three main reasons to choose to have your special day in Italy:
- Gorgeous Weather
- Delicious Food
- Value for money
Let’s not kid ourselves: the weather is one of the biggest factors people consider when choosing a wedding abroad, and with a Mediterranean location like Italy you can be (almost) certain it’s going to be glorious! What is better than having your wedding on a sunny summer day in the countryside, with olive groves in the distance and the smell of freshly picked wild flowers?! Maybe the addition of a succulent fresh tomato and basil tagliatelle…
Which brings me nicely on to the food. I am a proud Italian, and this means I do firmly believe Italian food is the best in the world. Not only you will have the freshest, tastiest wedding meal you have ever had, but the service will be impeccable because that’s what we do best. The whole point is that Italian people have food in their blood; they just want you to eat and have a good time, and that is what you will have. A fun, tasty, beautiful time!
You will also have that for 20% less than it would cost you for an equivalent wedding in the UK. Weddings in Italy are simply cheaper than England, and what you do pay for will end up being extremely good value for money!
3. Can I legally get married in Italy?
You certainly can. The three options when getting married in Italy are:
- Religious Ceremony
- Civil Ceremony
- Symbolic Ceremony
Many Italians get married in Catholic churches, which is also possible for foreign couples if you are both Catholic. If you are of a different religion but still would like to have a religious ceremony, it is possible - however, you are likely to need a civil ceremony elsewhere first.
You can also get legally married with a Civil Ceremony in a Town Hall. Traditionally Italian couples go to the Town Hall in the morning, then the whole party travel to the chosen location for the wedding meal. There are also a few selected wedding venues in Italy that are licensed to hold a Civil Ceremony, so it is a possibility if this is very important to you.
For UK couples the legal process should start 6 months before the wedding, so give yourself plenty of time when enquiring with a wedding planner!
Many foreign couples choose a Symbolic Ceremony. That means they will get legally married in a civil ceremony in their own country, and then hold a non-binding ceremony in Italy. This is a great choice if you want to have the ceremony and meal in the same venue. You will also be able to completely personalise the ceremony and tailor it to your needs.
4. Do you organise travel for the bridal party?
I do not organise or book any travel for my couples or for the bridal party from their country to Italy. I am very happy to give my couples plenty of advice on what is the best way to reach your destination, however I do not deal with travel arrangements.
5. What is your booking process?
Following our first chat, I will send you my contract. I ask that you read it thoroughly to make sure you are happy with it. When you are ready you will send it back to me signed, along with an initial deposit.
6. How much of our wedding will we have to pay in advance?
Paying for a wedding in Italy is a gradual process: All venues and suppliers will ask for an initial deposit to be settled at the time of booking, with the remainder to be paid either in instalments or cash on the day, so it’s never going to be a huge lump sum to be paid all together! Also so many suppliers in Italy are extremely flexible and will accommodate almost any payment schedule.
7. Will you be there on our wedding day?
Absolutely. On-the-day coordination is included in my Complete Planning Package, so I will be there making sure nothing is left to chance!
8. Are we able to meet you in person?
I love meeting my couples in person! Usually I would try and schedule our first and last meeting in person if distance allows, however lately for obvious reasons Zoom meetings have become the norm, and they work just as effectively.
9. How do you keep in touch with your couples?
My way of working is very much ‘hands on’ and I like my couples to be able to easily get in touch with me and vice versa, so I am always available on Whatsapp, phone and email!
10. How much will my Italian wedding cost?
To estimate the cost of an Italian wedding, there are a few things to consider:
- The area of Italy (a wedding in the Amalfi Coast will have a different overall cost than a wedding in Tuscany.)
- How many guests you invite. Ultimately numbers equal cost, so the more you invite the more expensive the wedding will be.
During our first free consultation I will break down costs for you based on your requirements, so you have a clearer idea of what your expected overall spend would be.
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11. Do you plan weddings in the UK?