Weddings in Italy: A Mystical Land of Romance, Art, History and Culture

by HollieT

Before you save the date you'll need to decide on the ideal location for your wedding. From the quaint and informal to the grand and opulent; weddings in Italy have it all.

Choosing a location for the one of the most important days of your life can be both an exciting and daunting task. Perhaps you are undecided as to whether you want to make those all important vows whilst standing on a sun drenched beech, at the foot of a majestic mountain range, by a shimmering and tranquil lake, or at the heart of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Weddings in Italy can provide all of these options and more.

The country's landscape is both stunning and captivating; a tapestry of vine groves and olive trees merge with snow capped mountains and vast swathes of golden coast, but more than this, Italy is steeped in history, art and has an enviable culture. The land of romance and mystique; an idyllic location for your wedding.

Planning Weddings In Italy.

Many couples use the services of a wedding planner or reputable travel company who specialises in such events to arrange their weddings in Italy. Nevertheless, if your budget will not stretch that far it is quite possible to arrange the wedding yourself. Of course, making the arrangements will be much easier if you can speak Italian, or manage to find an English speaking Town Clerk.

As with any other country, laws and protocol specific to the country in which you intend to marry and not your country of origin will have to be respected and adhered to. In essence, this means that you will need to provide specific documentation to the Town Clerk before he will perform the ceremony. You must ensure, however, that you have all the documentation the Town Clerk requests, because if just one document is missing, they can and in most cases will, refuse to perform the ceremony. 

For couples who want a religious ceremony the process is slightly different, and also depends on the denomination of the couple. If you do intend to marry in Italy and have decided to plan this special day yourself, you will need to research the documentation required, and also how to proceed with the Italian Consulate in your country of origin prior to the wedding. Fortunately, there are several books which outline the process in detail, such as the books illustrated beneath, which will ensure that you have the correct information and that your magical day goes, exactly, according to plan.

 

Visitors from the UK can access A Marriage made In Italy and Weddings In Italy using the links highlighted.

Choosing the Region in Italy for Your Wedding.

"You may have the Universe if I may have Italy" Giuseppe Verdi

Choosing the region and venue for your wedding might initially seem like an insurmountable task. Why, you might ask? Because Italy's beauty, culture, history and traditions cannot be rivaled, the sheer number of stunning regions and unique wedding venues, could, without some guidance, overwhelm you.

Nevertheless, once you have decided on the type of location you want for that special day in your life; countryside, beech, mountains or city, the selection process becomes much easier.

In Italy most civil ceremonies take place within the town halls, religious ceremonies, of course, will be performed in the church or synagogue of your choice. 

City Weddings: Rome.

"Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning."  Giotto di Bondone.

The iconic city of Rome, also known as the eternal city, has to be one of the most breathtaking locations on the planet. There are no fewer than 900 churches and an array of museums, fountains, theaters, baths and monuments, and that's before you're even touched on the city's renowned landmarks such as the Colosseum, St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Lovers of architecture will be treated to a visual feast; an eclectic mix of Renaissance, Etruscan, Medieval, Baroque and Christian influences. 

Should you decide that you want to tie the proverbial knot in this magnificent city, a civil ceremony would take place in one of the two town halls and be performed by the Ufficiale di Stato Civile. You must bear in mind however, that this is Rome, and the two town halls are no ordinary Spaces. 

The very beautiful and ornate Salla Rossa is located in the main town hall and can accommodate up to 90 guests. Terme di Caracalla, a former convent constructed from stone, is slightly larger and can accommodate up to 140 guests. Both venues are not only historically important, but aesthetically pleasing. After the nuptials have taken place, the reception can be held at either venue or, if you prefer, there are an array of hotels and private houses which cater for weddings. The choice is yours.

Visitors from the UK can access Eyewitness Travel Guides: Rome and City Secrets Rome using the highlighted links.

Venice.

"A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness of what he saw before him." Arthur Symons.

Venice, or the city of love as it is so named, allures thousands of couples who are planning  weddings in Italy, each and every year. This city of love, in true Italian style, offers romance, beauty, art, history, superb dining, stunning architecture, and of course gondolas!

Just as with other regions in Italy, a civil ceremony in Venice will take place at the town hall. However, should you wish, an open air symbolic ceremony can take place after the 'official' nuptials. And in Venice there are no shortage of iconic and beautiful spaces in which to profess your love and commitment.

The Magic of Venice
The Magic of Venice

Getting married at the town hall in Venice, the Palazzo Cavalli however, is no bland affair. In true Venetian style you will travel to your wedding venue by gondola and pose for your wedding photographs by the Rialto Bridge. When it comes to the wedding reception, you will find a myriad of hotels and high end establishments overlooking the amazing Grand Canal, who can not only cater to your every need, but provide the most stunning backdrop for your celebrations.

Visitors from the UK can access Eyewitness Travel Guide: Venice and the Veneto and Rick Steve's Venice 2013 using the highlighted links.

Italian Weddings in the Countryside: Tuscany.

"Travelling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy." Fanny Burney.

If you have been dreaming about uttering the words "I do" against a backdrop of lush green countryside and sprawling vineyards, then it's highly likely that you'll find your ideal wedding location in the picturesque region that is Tuscany. 

The town halls in Tuscany are impressive to say the least. In fact, many of Tuscany's town halls not only contain magnificent and priceless works of art, but are also beautifully decorated with elaborate frescoed ceilings. You will also find that due to their historical and artistic value, the town halls themselves actually belong to the Beautiful Arts Association.

The Tranquil Region of Tuscany
The Tranquil Region of Tuscany

When it comes to the wedding reception, Tuscany offers a plethora venues which are both unique and also provide the essential ingredient for weddings in Italy; the 'wow' factor. Perhaps you see yourself dancing the night away in a Medieval castle, a quaint and pretty farmhouse in the Chianti region, a country mansion, or how about the Botanical gardens? Tuscany has it all!

Visitors from the UK can access Rick Steves Florence and Tuscany and Eyewitness Travel Florence and Tuscany using the highlighted links.

Florence.

"Everything about Florence seems to be coloured with a mild violet, like diluted wine." Henry James.

One cannot talk about Tuscany without mentioning it's regional capital and birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; Florence. This vibrant and bustling city is one of many contrasts. On the one hand, the grandiose architecture of yesteryear dominates the skyline; Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, for example, the magnificent domed cathedral, stands as the epitome of Renaissance art and architecture. Yet, the city also exudes cosmopolitan chic- super fast trains and modern, boutique hotels. An intoxicating fusion of old and new.

Florence.
Florence.

Civil weddings are performed in Florence's city hall, the Palazzo Vecchio, which can be found in the city's famous square, the Piazza della Signoria. This majestic and spectacular building lies in the heart of the city, and as such, provides some jaw dropping and iconic monuments for newlyweds to pose for those all important wedding photographs.

Again you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the wedding reception; chose from a lavish affair held at a Renaissance Palace, or a more laid back and informal occasion at one of Florence's many fine hotels and restaurants. Decisions, decisions! 

Visitors from the UK can access Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture and The Italian Renaissance by clicking on the highlighted links.

Beach and Mountain Weddings: The Amalfi Coast.

"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." Anna Akhmatova.

Just south of Naples, and described by National Geographic as 'paradise found', lies a beautiful stretch of golden coast, the Amalfi Coast. The intoxicating blend of rugged, mountainous terrain, sparkling, golden sands and the deep turquoise Mediterranean Sea have to be seen to be fully appreciated. Along the coastline lies some of the most pretty, enchanting villages imaginable; houses, churches and other historical buildings in the Moorish style. A charming location for your wedding.

In true Italian style the region is filled with interesting historical artifacts, impressive museums and the local cuisine is world renowned. 

There are so many possibilities when it comes to the venue for your Amalfi Coast wedding; elegant and charming town halls nestle within the shadows of  imposing mountain ranges, or overlooking one of the many pretty harbors. You can literally take your pick between the two, or combine the two. 

And that's not all, the region is renowned for it's magnificent mix of hotels; from the small and quaint, to the grandiose and opulent. All of which can provide the most stunning and unique venue for your wedding celebrations.

Visitors form the UK can access Rick Steves Naples and the Amalfi Coast and Eyewitness Travel Naples and the Amalfi Coast by clicking on the highlighted links.

Italian Weddings by the Waterside: Lake Como.

"Thou paradise of exiles, Italy." Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Less than 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Milan lies the tranquil and spectacular Lake Como. If you have envisaged that your special day will take place in a romantic, haven of tranquility by the lakeside, surrounded by snow capped alpine peaks, then Lake Como is for you.

There are a selection of pretty town halls standing right by the lake to chose from; just imagine professing your love whilst gazing across this vast expanse of shimmering water. The nearby towns and villages are charming and quaint, with cobbled streets and inviting eateries, and of course a wealth of history.

When it comes to the venues for your reception and celebrations, Lake Como does not disappoint. The establishments in the region are world class, as you'd expect from a world class location. Lovers of nature and the outdoors will surely wish to make their vows by the beautiful Lake Como. 

Visitors from the UK can access Frommer's Northern Italy and Eyewitness Top Ten Italian Lakes by clicking on the highlighted links.

Updated: 03/12/2013, HollieT
 
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HollieT on 03/26/2013

Thank you, Katie. I'd definitely come with you! :)

katiem2 on 03/25/2013

What a beautiful wedding plan. Now I want to go to Italy. :)K

HollieT on 03/06/2013

Thank you, Kathleen. How lovely, getting married at Lake Como! I'd be very excited too if I were you. :)

KathleenDuffy on 03/06/2013

My son and his childhood sweetheart are getting married next year at Lake Como. Your page has made me even more excited! Lovely article.

HollieT on 03/03/2013

Thank you, Dustytoes. I'd love to visit Venice ,too. But Tuscany is definitely first on my list :)

dustytoes on 03/03/2013

I am not getting married but I want to visit all these spots in Italy! What a wonderful page Hollie. Venice is one area I would definitely love to visit.

HollieT on 02/28/2013

Thank you, Mira. I so want to visit Italy again after writing this. :)

Mira on 02/28/2013

This is a beautiful article, and I loved that you showed Eyewitness guides: those are wonderful.

HollieT on 02/27/2013

Hi 2uesday, that sounds lovely. I'd love to see the image. :)

2uesday on 02/27/2013

I have seen Italian brides having their photos taken with their new husband in front of the Vatican.
The most romantic bridal couple I saw in Italy, were having their wedding photos taken in Lucca's Piazza dell'Anfiteatro which is a oval shaped piazza with shops,resturants and houses surrounding it, the setting was beautiful for the wedding photos. The piazzza was crowded with people watching the photographer take the pictures but the couple only had eyes for each other.
I will send you a link of the setting so that you can see the place.

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