Top Tips For Planning a Fairytale Wedding in Italy

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 fantasised 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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DAG Destination Wedding Planner

If you enlist the help of DAG Wedding Planner, anything is possible. This professional planning team have loads of experience when it comes to American couples seeking the very best of Italy. Think of any of the magical locations that the country has to offer, and they can take you there: from authentic Venice, to bustling Puglia, the serene Lake Garda, dreamy Sicily, gorgeous Sardinia and even romantic Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet.

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DAG Destination Wedding Planner

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.

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Hotel Golf Valle de Asissi

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Hotel Golf Valle de Asissi

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.

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Italian Allegria by Cristina Rocco

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.

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Italian Allegria by Cristina Rocco

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.

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Lake Como Bespoke Events

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Lake Como Bespoke Events

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.

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Colasanti Catering

The team at Colasanti Catering would be honoured 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 customised menus. As of 2015, they became one of the only catering services in Italy toalso offer 100% vegan catering services.

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Colasanti Catering

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

Sebastiano Longano Photography

With these recommendations and top planning tips, Italy can certainly be the place where fairytale wedding dreams come true!

How to Organise a Destination Wedding in Italy

Italy really is an A-list destination for wedding ceremonies. Stars as like Kim Kardashian and George Clooney chose to tie the knot in this beautiful country, and who can blame them? With stunning landscapes, food and wine, Italy has a little something for everyone, and can provide the perfect backdrop to any wedding. Whether in the Tuscan hills, the romantic setting of Verona, or the bright lights in the capital of Rome, Italy is truly a destination to consider if you are planning a wedding abroad.

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Photo: Park Hotel Villa Grazioli

The choice can sometimes seem overwhelming when there are so many options. Fortunately, we are here to help you a with a touch of inspiration that will make you go weak at the knees knowing that you can have everything you would ever need to make your Italian wedding as special as possible. One things for sure: when you’re planning a wedding abroad you want to make sure you have a helping hand from someone who knows the area like the back of their hand; someone who can help your wedding go as smoothly as possible.

LeccEventi wedding & event planner is based in Puglia, Italy’s most Southern region that is famous for it’s white sandy beaches and picturesque fishing towns. This tailor-made wedding planning company has been making dreams come true since 2007, with exclusive weddings for destination wedding couples.With their talented hands, designing the whole event according to your personality, as well as co-ordinating the event and your guests – you really cannot go wrong!

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You can get married absolutely anywhere in Italy (and the rest of the world), with the help of Dalila Azzerra Giordano and her talented team at the D.A.G. Wedding Planner agency. With her help, you can discover Venetian villas, Tuscun vineyards, ancient Roman ruins… all of which can be the backdrop for your dreamy Italian wedding. This wedding planning team adapts accordingly to each and every couple, and will make your planning process a whole lot easier. D.A.G Wedding Planner offers additional services too, such as the organisation of the marriage proposal, a personal shopper service, beach weddings, honeymoon organisation and the reception and transportation of the guests.

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Photo: DAG Destination Wedding Planner

Based in Lake Como, Il Pavone Bianco is a wedding planning company based in the north of the country, and they are an ideal candidate to choose, should you want to be in safe hands. Experts in local cuisine and venues, they will ensure your wedding is authentic, memorable and truly beautiful. They emphasise the importance of local catering and traditional Italian food, which, to us, sounds delicious! Their philosophy is that anything imaginable is possible. They encourage you not to put barriers on your imagination, all to ensure that you don’t have to compromise on the wedding of your dreams. Ensuring everything is personal to your needs and requirementsll Pavone Bianco is experienced, trained and guaranteed to give you the perfect wedding.

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Another option based in Sacile, is GAP Eventi. Experienced in wedding planning and passionate about traditional Italian touches, Gap Eventi pride themselves on being detail oriented and collaborating with you to ensure that the wedding lives up to the dreams you have created for your big day. Using authentic sources, they will make sure that everything from your hair to the venue is perfectly organised for the smoothest and most enjoyable day for you.

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Now let’s get into the subject of Venues. There is so much choice here, enough to make you want to plan two or three different occasions! However, we are on hand to help you narrow down your search with our top picks:

If you are looking to tie the knot in the country’s bustling and bright capital, our top choice is the Gran Melià Rome. Described as a luxury hotel in the heart of the eternal citythe Grand Meliá Rome boasts pools, views, a spa and luscious gardens, all while being within walking distance to many of the city’s main attractions – just a five-minute walk from the Vatican! Not to mention the top-quality dining – these guys put food first. Their highly qualified staff are on hand to ensure that every request is not only met, but also completely customised to you. With menus inspired by Italian and Mediterranean cuisine,this place not only looks, but tastes amazing.

Photo: Gran Melià Hotel

Park Hotel Villa Grazioli, is a 16th Century villa overlooking the ancient city of Rome. Stunning views, beautiful architecture and magnificent works of art – this place looks like it has jumped straight out of a dream! The Villa also offers a small wedding package to help you to make your wedding dreams a reality! The package includes frescoed rooms for the symbolic/civil official ceremony, a four-course lunch or dinner with local wine for 2 as well as an additional one night in a Charme Deluxe double room with breakfast. To be surrounded by the historic building and overlooking the bright lights of the city is truly a lovely image.

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Photo: Park Hotel Villa Grazioli

However, if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of the capital, check out what Villa Balke has to offer. This place is practically designed to help you turn the fantasy in your head into a reality. The focus here is the high-class dining and service experience. Nothing is too much for these guys. The villa is equipped for receptions with its own private beach. Also boasting spacious and bright interiors with views over the Gulf of Naples, with the Mediterranean gardens and huge terrace with its own swimming pool – it’s truly spectacular. It’s not difficult to imagine hosting the perfect wedding here. The marriage of music, landscape and authentic Italian cuisine is as much of a perfect match as you and your partner.

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Photo: Villa Balke

Il Castello Borghese is a venue like no other. The castle itself is dated back to the 16th Century; magnificent to behold, while at the same time being a cosy and silent retreat. It boasts both wide gardens and extraordinary terraces and views of the sea. Placed in the amazing natural reserve and mapping along the coast for 11,000 square feet, the castle is part of the furniture of the landscape, amongst the stunning views of the region. There is a choice of indoor and outdoor dining experiences for your big day, and everything is customisable for you to ensure that the wedding is designed with you in mind.

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Photo: Il Castello Borghese

Now – you really do need to think about what food is going to live up to the stunning Italian views you have chosen. There’s nothing quite like Italian cuisine, and when you’re locating your wedding in the midst of this culinary world, you’re spoiled for choice. Here are a couple of our suggestions to kick things off:

Colasanti Catering truly strives to place you and your desires at the heart of the operation, placing significant care and attention to designing menus and ensuring it guarantees and lives up to the expectations not only of the bride and groom but also of their hosts. Not only this, but they will help you find the most suitable location for your party! They truly understand the importance of a perfect marriage between menu and venue. Not only this, but the staff is composed only of professional maîtres and waiters that are careful and diligent in ensuring the smooth running of the event, working with sincere professionalism and care.

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Photo: Colasanti Catering

Le Voila Banqueting are the ones to talk to if you want to make sure every step of the process is designed to meet your needs. They pride themselves on their services which make the most important moments and anniversaries of your life special, and unforgettable. Offering ‘A crescendo of tastes and scents that will delight both your eyes and palate’, they truly know what they are doing. With 20 years of experience, Le Voila Banqueting commits itself to being able to produce the most beautiful and successful dining experiences. They understand that being able to strike the right balance of styles, tastes and locations is vital to creating the most beautiful day of your life.

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Photo: La Voilà Banqueting

We hope that we have been able to give you enough inspiration to planning your perfect Italian wedding. By teaming together the right venue, staff, food and guests, you have the recipe to create something truly magical here. There really is no better place to tie the knot – we are sure that it won’t take too much persuading to convince your significant other about a wedding abroad, and with choices like this – why would it!