One of the most romantic countries in the world, planning a destination wedding in Italy is on every couple’s bucket list! Also, thanks to Virushka and DeepVeer who started the trend of getting married in Italy.
Not just this, there are plenty of other reasons to host your wedding in Italy: its geographical location, picturesque venues, perfect romantic vibes, and warm weather. But planning a destination wedding in Italy isn’t as smooth and easy as it may seem.
So here’s everything you should know before you start planning your destination wedding in Italy.
1. Do Your Research
Aren’t we all guilty for spending hours browsing the Pinterest for that picture-perfect wedding inspirations? However, planning a destination wedding in Italy demands a lot more serious research that cannot be neglected. Consider making the list of:
- Locations in Italy, including Tuscany, Amalfi, Lake Como, Sicily and more. Know the kind of landscape these places have and where exactly you are looking to get married at and check the corresponding climate of that place.
- What local laws should you be aware of?
- Can you have a legal wedding in the country of your choice?
- What paperwork is required and in what timeframes?
Know that no matter how useless and tedious it may sound, it’s always better to find out about such details during the initial stages of wedding planning.
2. Choosing The Perfect Wedding Venue Is Important!
With picturesque alpine mountains, lakes, and valleys, rugged clifftops, verdant forests and icy glaciers, romantic Italy is blessed with all. Make sure you know what kind of backdrop you want for your wedding.
Taking the vows around the scenic views of Lake Como at Villa del Balbianello just like Deepika and Ranveer probably tops every couple’s list. However, this isn’t the only magical place to get married in Italy.
If you have always wanted to get married with picturesque mountains in the backdrop, a wedding at Cortina d’Ampezzo will be a dream come true. P.S. since it is close to Switzerland, you can plan a mini-honeymoon in Switzerland afterward!
Tuscany is yet another location in Italy which is perfect for hosting weddings. With on-point countryside vibes, have some of the most iconic moments of your life spent in Italy.
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Also, check out Questions To Ask Wedding Venue Before Booking.
3. Know The Exchange Rate
Planning a wedding is an expensive affair. And, planning a destination wedding in Italy would obviously cost a lot more. Make sure you know what the exchange rate is and how much the total cost would come up to in Rupees. P.S. The official currency of Italy is Euro.
4. Visa And Flight Details
Travelling to Italy is very easy via flights. It takes approximately 11 hours to fly down to Italy from India. However, citizens of India need a valid visa to travel to Italy. One can apply for a Schengen Visa via VFS global which would take around 15 days to be processed.
5. Knowing The Weather Is Important For Your Destination Wedding In Italy
If you are planning to get hitched in Italy, it’s most likely to be a summer wedding. However, you would want to avoid the scorching hot European weather. So, know that the best time to plan your destination wedding in Italy is between April and June or September and October. Hosting a wedding in the months of July and August would be comparatively expensive as these are the top tourist months in Italy.
ShaadiWish Tip: Consider having your wedding celebration after 4 PM as anything earlier than this will be too hot for everyone.
6. A Mix Of Local And Traditional Wedding Customs
Weddings in Italy are usually traditional and formal and are held at churches and gardens. Also, there isn’t any music until late evening when the couple has an after-party with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. However, if your planning to host a typical Indian wedding, make sure you plan onto the things perfectly. Choose venues that allow music at any hour of the day or burning of fire sticks or “Agni” inside the wedding venues. Make sure you have taken prior permissions for the same to avoid any last-minute hassle.
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7. Add Those Perfect Italian Vibes At Your Indian Wedding
There is so much that couples can do to make their wedding stand out and add a distinctive Italian touch! How about making a couple entry in a vintage car or in a chariot or have a rustic corner with Italian beers? You can even consider hosting an Italian wine tasting or fresh handmade pasta session for guests. Also, include Mediterranean style decorations like lemons, olive trees, grapes, chandeliers, etc. in your menu to give your wedding a personalized touch.
8. Don’t Forget To Go Viral i.e Create Your Wedding Website!
The best part of hosting a destination wedding is making it viral on social media with a unique wedding hashtag. Apart from this, creating a personalized wedding website is also necessary as it will be an easy way to keep your guests informed all about your wedding. Creating one with ShaadiWish will even let you include your love story and pictures of you two as a couple and collect RSVPs.
9. Do Hire A Wedding Planner!
Trust us, you will be needing our help to enjoy your dream vacation cum destination wedding in Italy. Also, it’s all worth it since we are familiar with not just the area but also the paperwork required, having tried and tested venues and local vendors to turn your dream wedding into reality.
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10. Include Italian Cuisine In Your Wedding Menu
Well, when in Italy, do as the Italians do! And, talking about Indian weddings specifically, food plays an important part in the celebration. So, make sure you make special arrangements for your guests who are strictly vegetarian. But, don’t forget to add the true Italian essence at your destination wedding in Italy with its authentic cuisine!
Well, you can have an awesome wedding in Italy with the right planning and help. It’s very easy to look and think that a destination wedding in Italy is out of your wedding budget. But, with the right wedding planner and help, you can have the wedding of your dreams here!
Also, Check Out The Complete Wedding Planning Checklist.