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Destination wedding guide – a romantic Italian wedding

It’s time for the next in our destination wedding guide series and today, we’re escaping to Italy. Italy is definitely one of the most popular locations for destination weddings in Europe and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful, picturesque settings, fabulous weather and delicious food and drink all come as standard! If you’re considering an Italian wedding, here’s a quick guide to all the essentials.

 

Kate Halfpenny Wedding Dress, Italian wedding in a castle, Venice wedding, image by Italian wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography

Blue suit hanging at castle wedding, Italian wedding in a castle, images by Italian wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography

 

When you start planning your Italian wedding, possibly the hardest thing to do will be to choose where you want to get married! You’re absolutely spoilt for choice in this beautiful country so think about what will make your wedding special for you. Does the thought of a hilltop villa set among vineyards appeal or would you prefer a cliff-top ceremony with views to the ocean? Take some time to decide what you want and then do your research carefully.

 

An Italian wedding shoot by Italian wedding photography team Amanda Karen PhotographyAn Italian wedding shoot by Italian wedding photography team Amanda Karen Photography

 

Another element to think about carefully is the ceremony itself. If you want to keeps things simple, a symbolic ceremony might be your best option. An independent celebrant will work with you to write a personal ceremony for you and although this isn’t a legally binding marriage, you can include all the elements you like from a traditional wedding so it will feel special for you and your guests.

If you’d prefer a legal ceremony, you could opt for a civil ceremony. These have to take place in certain locations and you’ll need to complete all the formal paperwork beforehand. Lastly, you could choose a religious ceremony but again, research these carefully as they come with their own restrictions and formalities.

 

An Italian wedding in the mountains by Italian wedding photographer Amanda Karen PhotographyAn Italian wedding in the mountains by Italian wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography

 

Depending on the style of wedding day that you want, working with a wedding planner could be a great idea. An Italian wedding planner will know everything there is to know about ceremonies and receptions and they can certainly help you to bring your plans together. It can be super helpful to have someone ‘on the ground’ to take care of all the details for you and act as a translator for you too! Finding someone with regional knowledge is a great idea so Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi could help your Tuscan dreams come true whilst Ema Giangreco could be a great choice if Venice is calling you and the lovely Federica from The Wedding Nymph could be just who you’re looking for if you’re looking to wed on the Amalfi Coast.

Alternatively, lots of UK based planners such as Louise Perry,  Matthew Oliver, Perfectly Planned 4 You and  The Event Designers work on weddings in Italy if you’re prefer to have your planner closer to home for meetings and consultations.

 

Village church Italian wedding venue, image by Italian wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography

 

Lots of couples that choose to get married in Italy include lots of Italian elements in their wedding day. After all, you’ve probably chosen Italy because you love it so it makes sense to acknowledge this in your plans. Think lemon yellows and fresh greens for your colour palette and why not offer guests olive oil or limoncello favours? Of course, an Italian wedding feast would certainly be something to remember so work with your venue to create a seasonal, regional menu that no one will forget.

 

Castle and vineyard Italian wedding, images by Italian wedding photographer Amanda Karen PhotographyCastle and vineyard Italian wedding, images by Italian wedding photographer Amanda Karen PhotographyCastle and vineyard Italian wedding, images by Italian wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography

 

Finally, I’d also recommend arranging specific insurance for your destination wedding. This needs to cover the wedding itself and your travel plans too. Be sure to check that the policy includes everything you need it too and double-check any exclusions too.

 

Italian wedding at a castle, golden hour wedding photography, image by Italian wedding photography Amanda Karen Photography

 

Oh and one more thing… make the most of your time in Italy, especially if friends and family are joining you. Explore the local area, see the sights and remember that your wedding can be about more than just the one day so enjoy la dolce vita with your nearest and dearest.

We’ve had the absolute pleasure to travel to Italy a few times now for lots of wedding loveliness, for more inspiration take a look at Nkima and Ricky (and their pre-wedding shoot), Suzanne and Glenn (and their post wedding shoot in Florence) and we will soon be blogging Abi and Eddie.

If you’re planning your own romantic getaway for your very own Italian wedding then we would love to hear from you and talk about how we can perfectly capture your wedding day.

Until next time,

Amanda x

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