Italy is one of my favourite countries in the world – overflowing with history, artwork, mouthwatering food and wine, it’s extremely difficult not to fall for the country’s charms. In 2014, my love for Italy deepened even more when I made the transition from Miss to Mrs. Whilst I haven’t quite turned into the domestic goddess my husband may have been hoping for 😆, I did organise a pretty epic Italian wedding. If you’re currently wedding planning and you’re looking for some wedding inspiration, then here are 5 fantastic reasons to have a wedding in Italy!
Italy is blessed with every single type of landscape imaginable. Whether your heart beats for Tuscany, you’re captivated by the Amalfi or you’ve fallen for the shores of Lake Como, wedding landscapes really don’t come more idyllic than Italy.
Italian wine needs no introduction. As producers of some of the best wine in the world, you can’t go wrong when it comes to sourcing excellent quality wine and prosecco for your wedding. Even more enticing however is the cost! Italy is full of vineyards so, the chances of a wine producer being located within close proximity of your wedding venue is high. Mr O’T and I married in Tuscany at Castello di Meleto and aside from boasting stunning grounds, the castle run their own vineyard. This is not uncommon in Tuscany which makes it an ideal wedding location in more ways than one and gives you that much needed excuse to go wine tasting in Chianti 😉.
Whilst you can never quite predict the weather, you have a much better chance of glorious weather in Italia, than you do closer to home. This is especially true if you’re not opting for a winter wedding. My wedding in Italy was on the last weekend in September and we were blessed with temperatures of 28C. The following week, the hubbie and I mini-mooned on the islands of Capri and Ischia and temperatures hit the early 30s and this was October!
The Fairytale Wedding Venue
With so many different types of venue to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice. Whether you’re looking for a vineyard, a beach wedding or a historic venue, Italy really does have something for everyone. I opted for a Castle wedding which surpassed my wildest dreams. I hadn’t really considered castles as a viable option until we began hunting for a venue but I was knocked for six when we arrived in the Chianti wine region and found ourselves surrounded by rolling hills and stunning castles, all at a snippet of what you would pay in the UK. Our guests were overjoyed at flying out to Italy and the majority took additional time off and made a holiday out of it by staying even longer!
If you have a slight obsession with food, then the one thing you categorically don’t need to worry about, is your guests going hungry as the Italians really know how to put on a feast! Guests are treated to unlimited cocktails, prosecco, beers and all you can eat burrata, mozzarella and prosciutto during Aperitivo hour before sitting down for a wedding breakfast that consists of between five and seven courses!
Some might say that getting married abroad is risky but I would disagree. As long as you do your homework and do thorough research into your venue and suppliers, as you would with any wedding, then you can’t go wrong. Getting married in Italy was truly magical and the setting absolutely spectacular. The outpouring of love that was shared by all over delicious food and wine ensured that a memorable weekend was had by all. Here are a few of my favourite photos from the day just incase you need a little more convincing 😉….
Would you consider renewing your vows or having your wedding in Italy?