Posting a bit of a different post today as we asked the opinion of the Florence based wedding planner Claudia at C&G Wedding and Event Designer about destination weddings in Tuscany. We thought that giving a little insight and a different point of view on a topic so dear to us would have been helpful to all the brides taking their first steps into planning their wedding abroad.
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In the meantime, we leave you to this lovely chat we had with our dear friend and colleague Claudia.
Benni & Carol xx
"How do couples choose the destination for their wedding and why is Tuscany such a good Italian region to get married?"
Claudia: - "Couples get often in touch shortly after the proposal has been popped and they usually don't have a clue on how to even start planning their day. The hottest destinations in Italy are Tuscany, the Lakes region, Rome, Venice, but lately a few more regions have been emerging, like Apulia and Sardinia.
But, why is Tuscany such a popular destination and why is it one of the "easiest" region in which you can have your dream day?
1) LOGISTICS - The first challenge you face when you are planning a destination wedding in Italy, is logistics: it is key to find a location that is not too far from an airport and possibly that has several flights a week. In Tuscany you can choose between two airports, one in Florence and one in Pisa. Florence Peretola is served (among other airlines) by Vuelling and British Airways, while Pisa Galileo Galilei is served by EasyJet and Ryanair (again, among other airlines). The good thing about Tuscany is that within an hour/an hour and a half drive, you can be pretty much everywhere, especially if you need to travel to the most popular destinations!
2) VARIETY - Tuscany offers a huge variety, both in terms of venues and in terms of territory.
As far as regards venues, you can find castles, agriturismi, vineyards, old towns - the so called "borghi", historical villas. The choices are infinite, you just need to understand which type of venue would suit your personalities best and then start your research!
As far as regards the "territory" aspect instead, you can opt for our unique cities, full of art and beauty like Florence, Siena or Lucca for example, in which you can enjoy bars, restaurants, museums and unique pieces of art.
Otherwise, if you are nature lovers and you want to have a little retreat in one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in Italy, you can find your perfect destination in the Chianti region and in Val d'Orcia, where there are breathtaking landscapes. You want to be close to the sea? The Maremma region is a unique and wild territory, a stone throw away from the coast.
"Which formula do couples usually choose for their day?"
Claudia: - Usually couples that reach out to me want to spend 3/4 days in Italy, with a group of people consisting of 40/80. They often want to sleep at the same place, maybe a borgo or a villa, where they can enjoy a few days alone amongst their dearest family and friends. In alternative, I get asked to find a location where they can host only closest family and friends, while the rest of the guests find their own accommodation.
"What's the line up of these 3/4 days?"
Claudia: - Usually, when the guests arrive, we organise a welcoming party, maybe in a typical Tuscan restaurant, or we organise a group activity, like a wine tasting or a visit to a canteen. The evening before the wedding, we usually have a rehearsal dinner, where guests get to know each other and where (sometimes), we rehearse the ceremony too. Then, it's wedding day! The bride and groom usually get ready in location and they opt for a symbolic ceremony, which is easier to arrange and which is much more affordable! After the ceremony, it's reception time!
"Let's talk about numbers now, what is the typical budget for a wedding in Italy?"
Claudia: - You will be happy to know that often getting married in Italy is so much cheaper than getting married at home!
But how is this possible?
1) When you decide to get married abroad, you often invite less people. Choosing to have an intimate wedding with the people you care about the most, makes you live a unique experience.
2) Part of the expenses (like for example, accommodation and other events not happening on the wedding day) are often paid by the guests who see the wedding as the occasion for having a holiday abroad.
3) The average cost for a destination wedding in Italy is usually between £30.000 and £42.000, depending on the number of guests you want to have on your day and the type of wedding you want to plan.
Want to know more about destination weddings in Italy? Curious to go through a few more albums to get inspired?
Just head over to our dedicated section on the blog: DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN TUSCANY AND ITALY.
For more advice from the Florence based wedding planner Claudia, just get in touch at email@example.com or visit her website at www.cg-eventdesign.it