Tips for getting married in Italy

Tips for getting married in Italy

If you are planning to travel to Italy to get married, it’s not as challenging as you might think.

Italy is a wonderful location for a wedding. It is romantic, beautiful, warm and sunny (most of the time), and it can offer good value for money. Here are our top tips for getting married in Italy, covering the main things you need to know to start you on your Italian wedding journey:

1. Find a wedding planner.

If you plan to get married abroad, please do think about enlisting the services of a wedding planner. They will help you organise the day you want, but they’ll also help you navigate the challenges that come with getting married in another country. You can read more about wedding planners in our blog on the subject.

2. Give yourself plenty of time.

Sometimes weddings, venues and services are booked in advance. So, to maximise your choices, it’s best to start making bookings around 12 – 14 months before the wedding. It can be done in less time but just like in your own country, you might not be able to secure your first choice of venue etc.

3. Think about what kind of ceremony you would like.

Is it a civil wedding held in a stunning Italian castle or a palace, for example? As Italy is a mainly Roman Catholic country, there are literally thousands of beautiful Roman Catholic churches to choose from, but obviously you will need to be a member of the faith. At Venice Events, we are able to advise on having a civil or a Catholic wedding, as well as Orthodox, Jewish, Armenian, Methodist and Anglican ceremonies in Italy. There’s also the option of a symbolic wedding (for those who are already legally married), and the options here are endless, as well as renewal of vows.


The options for the type of wedding you would like in Italy are endless.

4. Understand the legalities and paperwork.

What we really recommend is to hire a wedding planner. At Venice Events, we help lots of couples coming to Italy to get married and can organise weddings all over the country. A wedding planner is particularly useful when it comes to organising the legalities on your behalf. What we’re about to talk about here isn’t legal advice, but it will give you an idea of what’s involved…You’ll need a Nulla Osta or known as a No Impediment Certificate. There is other paperwork to organise, but this all depends on your country of origin. You’ll also need specific identification paperwork for you, your future spouse and your witnesses.

5. Think about the finer details.

Just as you would in your own country, think about what is important to you regarding your wedding day. What are the finer details you’ve always dreamed of? Look for pictures of these to help you articulate what you and your spouse would like. This will help you communicate with those who will be involved in organising your day.

6. Set the budget.

Simple. Understand and set out how much you want to spend on your nuptials.

7. Visit Italy and meet your wedding planner.

Once you’ve done that, engage with your wedding planner. If you are coming to Italy from abroad to get married, then we can’t recommend a wedding planner enough. When you are at home, they will manage your budget, your legalities and your finer details. Organise a trip to meet your wedding planner and scope out venues and services etc. If you can manage this, it is worth it, as it will help you picture and imagine the day you will have. A skype call is also a great way to meet.

8. Think about your guests.

Who are you going to invite? You would think about that if you were getting married at home, but perhaps when you get married abroad you need to think about it in a different context. Not only who and how many, but what will you be paying for and what will you expect them to pay for in terms of travel and accommodation? What are their needs? Do any of them have access requirements, for instance? Are there going to be children in attendance? Thinking about this means that you can cater to their needs as well as your own, and you can feed this information into your decisions on venues and format.

9. Investigate the Italian traditions.

Getting married in Italy might mean that you want something different from a traditional wedding in the UK. If that’s the case, investigate the Italian traditions. You will find something you like to help personalise your day and make it even more memorable.


Caption: Bring the best of Italy and her traditions into your wedding day.

10. Enjoy the process.

Above all, enjoy the process. It is a special time. Again, I’d recommend getting a wedding planner to assist you so you can remove all the stress and worry, leaving you to enjoy planning your wedding.

Planning a wedding in Italy?

If you plan to get married in Italy, then please do get in touch with the team at Venice Events. We are a British Italian destination management company, specialising in weddings and events in Italy. Visit our website at veniceevents.com/weddings, for full details on our services, and for what other couples have said about enlisting our services, including this pair from Australia:

“Jayne from Venice Events did the most fantastic job planning and officiating our wedding in Venice. We are from Australia and chose Jayne because of her down to earth personality. She listened very well to our requests and did exactly what we asked her to. She is friendly and thorough and communicated very effectively and promptly with us all the time. Our wedding went off without a hitch and we liked Jayne so much that we invited her to our reception as a guest. We would highly recommend Venice Events for weddings in Italy (not just Venice). We had our wedding reception at La Carravella near San Marco (suggested by Jayne) and it was absolutely fantastic, amazing food and service…. a perfect end to a perfect day. Thanks Jayne for all your hard work, care and friendship.”

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Good Luck!

The team at Venice Events.