A wedding is one of the most important days in two people’s lives. It’s that special occasion when you give your most solemn and loving vows to your special someone in front of everyone who has ever mattered to you. Having said that, it’s no wonder that couples go to great lengths to have that one perfect day where everything is beautiful. Of course, making everything beautiful involves choosing the perfect backdrop for your wedding.
For those who can afford it, a wedding abroad can more than justify the costs of flying everyone over great distances for a truly special time. Whether it’s the beaches of the Bahamas, the cherry blossom-filled streets of Japan or the great Australian outdoors, an out-of-country wedding guarantees indelible memories for lovers, their families and their friends. However, since most people only get married once, choosing the best location becomes a real dilemma when it comes down to it. Of all the wonderful places on Earth, what’s the best land that makes everything worth it?
Our pick would have to be Italy. With all due respect to every other nation on the face of the planet, there’s a good reason why thousands of couples choose this awesome country for their weddings each year. Its natural beauty, iconic landmarks, rich history and sophisticated culture make it the premier destination for men and women who are looking to tie the knot. Read on as we list down the top seven reasons why you should have your wedding in Italy, the perfect place for your destination wedding!
1. Location, Location, Location
Italy is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. Why not start your celebration in the same country where you plan to spend some alone time with your spouse-to-be? Italy has so much to offer to create a truly unique event. Everywhere you look, breathtaking scenery, classic art and magnificent architecture can be seen. This meshes in a strange but lovely way with modern comforts, making Italian cities a romantic and mind-filling place for you and your guests.
In Rome, you can be married in a palazzo that sits in a square designed by Michelangelo. A ceremony in Florence can take place in the impressive and historic Palazzo Vecchio. Your wedding backdrop in Tuscany can be a field of sunflowers or a romantic castle. Speaking of romantic, the city of Verona holds civil weddings at the Tomb of Juliet — a true monument to undying love. The Amalfi Coast is a sparkling pastel dream with a sea view, perfect for lovers who have a liking for water.
We couldn’t talk about a wedding in Italy and not talk about the cuisine. An Italian wedding means a lot of food. A buffet of sliced cured meats and cheese (think fresh creamy mozzarella and salty proscuitto) usually gets the ball rolling.Then, a sit down meal of primi – a pasta course and second- an entree course follows. Dessert is obviously the wedding cake, which could be a towering millefoglie with layer upon layer of pastry and cream.Alternatively, how does a tiramisu wedding cake sound? The choice is yours and the options are just about endless in this country renowned for its cookery.
Prosecco and Franciacorta are delicious sparkling wines that are produced in Italy. They’re about as good as French champagne if you ask u, but they sell for a fraction of the cost. Many wedding venues in Italy are at or are near wine estates. This gives you the opportunity to serve truly authentic wines at your reception, which is a rarity for most celebrations.
For the most part, Italy has great weather. Summers are dry and hot,while winters can be clear and cold.These conditions make for great wedding pictures and celebrations. During the warmer months in the Amalfi Coast, you can have an outdoor reception with almost no chance of a thunderstorm. Rome or Tuscany in winter means you can snap incredible pictures with a bright, blue sky and have a cozy reception warm with candlelight.
5. The pictures
A wedding in Italy means memorable photo ops for everyone. Your wedding ceremony could be in an ancient frescoed palazzo or in a lemon grove above the Mediterranean Sea. For your wedding car, we recommend a tiny Fiat500 or how about taking a tour with your photographer in Italy’s capital for a Roman-style holiday? The light in Italy is remarkable no matter the location – it’s soft and golden in Rome while it’s sharp and contrasting in Venice.
You’ve picked the venue, chosen the menu and booked the flights. Once you’re done with your planning and you arrive in Italy, most of your hard work is behind you and you can enjoy authentic Italian hospitality for total relaxation. Plan a spa day to rejuvenate yourselves or even a vigorous hike to release some endorphins. Botch activities should result in a nice glow for you and your partner when your big day finally comes.
The customary Italian wedding favor to give guests isbomboniera. This small gift usually consists of a small, decorated package containing three or five sugared almonds (confetti).The odd number of almonds symbolizes health, wealth, fertility, happiness, and long life. The word confetti has ancient origins, coming from the Latin word confectum meaning wrapped or prepared. Make it a point to follow this small tradition to give everyone in attendance a sense of authenticity while they’re in a foreign land.
Alright, that just about wraps up seven of the best reasons to consider Italy for your upcoming wedding. The key to an enjoyable and memorable time is always research and planning. Read all the information and reviews about the places you want to book and visit before committing to anything. This helps you ensure that you get your money’s worth and everyone has a great time while they’re there. Ciao!