November 27, 2020
Is it too costly to plan a destination wedding?
What are the average packages of weddings in Italy?
PLUS a special focus on prices for a destination wedding in Tuscany.
People often wonder how much a wedding in Tuscany could cost.
As wedding photographers based in Florence, we often get asked this question too. How much is the average cost of a wedding in Italy and in Tuscany in particular?
It may come as a surprise to you, but a destination wedding in Italy might cost you less than a wedding at home. But how you may wonder? Let's find out how you can plan your wedding in Tuscany without breaking the bank.
1. Number of guests.
This is the nature of a destination wedding. When you decide to get married abroad, your guest list will automatically be shorter. With a shorter guest list, your costs on catering will go shorter too.
When planning a destination wedding, try to focus on the people that are important to you. Remember, you are choosing to go in a non-traditional way, to opt for your own, unique way of doing things. Do not listen to what other people might expect from your wedding, it is you two that will get to decide and no one else!
An average destination wedding in Italy will have between 70 to 100 guests.
TIP FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHERS - Plan an INTIMATE wedding instead.
Take your destination wedding in Italy as the perfect occasion to celebrate sustainability. Plan an intimate wedding! With fewer people you will also save a lot of money plus the setting and the decor could be even more unique. Have a look at a few examples of intimate weddings we shot in Tuscany and find some inspiration:
2. The venue.
The biggest percentage of your wedding budget will go on the venue, roughly 40-60%. Hence, it is important to get this bit right!
Choosing the right wedding venue will need a bit of planning. For one thing, you will have to plan in advance your trip to Italy and book a few viewings beforehand. As a general rule, the first step should be to go online and start to look through a few real weddings. A good place where you can get inspired is Pinterest. Check out Benni Carol Photography's Pinterest pins and boards.
The second step would be to choose the Italian region for your destination wedding. Ask yourselves what kind of experience you want to live, are you mountain lovers? Or would you rather get married on the coast, in places like Amalfi or Sorrento? Are you more into Tuscany, with its unique vineyards and historical cities?
For some inspiration about getting married in the Italian Alps, check out our free guide here.
While, for a complete guide to plan a wedding in Italy, check out our free guide here.
Prices of wedding venues in Italy range between €2.000 and €10.000 per day.
Do not overlook practicality. When it comes to destination weddings, being practical will be essential. Think about transports, airports, how easy are these venues to reach?
A special focus on Tuscany:
Tuscany is not simply a unique beautiful region in Italy. It is its practicality that makes Tuscany the ideal place for a destination wedding.
There are two international airports in Tuscany.
Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence.
If you are travelling from the UK, you will find loads of flights to and from Pisa with EasyJet and Ryanair.
People might not know it, but Tuscany is also very easy to reach from Bologna's airport, Guglielmo Marconi Airport. Another way to widen your options.
3. The food.
If you choose to get married in Italy, chances are that you LOVE great food!
One little extra on this: weddings should not be the excuse to create unnecessary waste! There is nothing more painful to see at weddings, loads and loads of food being wasted. Plates that go away half full (if not FULL). People love eating well at weddings, but this doesn't mean that they want to roll home after the party. Think about your wedding food in a conscious and sustainable way, it will save the planet and your wallet!
Usually wedding venues in Italy do not have in site restaurants. If they do, quotes will usually be around €70-€80 per person. If you need to hire an external catering, the cost per person will range from €90 to €130. Remember that you will have to add VAT to all your quotes. The quotes usually include an aperitivo, the meal with 3 courses, water and wine. They also include the waiting staff and all the costs connected to rental (e.g. cutlery, chairs, linen..).
4. The ceremony.
When getting married in Italy you can decide to have:
- A church ceremony
- A civil ceremony
- A symbolic ceremony (our favourite!)
In terms of costs:
getting married in a church is free, but it is a nice custom to leave a little donation to the church (roughly €300).
If you opt for a civil ceremony instead, prices change depending on the town hall or venue you choose. Prices for a civil ceremony in Italy range from €300 to €5000 (roughly).
Symbolic ceremonies are also free and surely our favourite formula! They allow you to get married anywhere you want to. If you want to get married outdoors, there is nothing better than a symbolic ceremony. You get all the boring legal paperwork done at home and you just enjoy your wedding day!
Usually symbolic ceremonies are conducted by friends or family. If you wish to hire a celebrant, prices can range from €200 to €1600.
* Legal requirements to get married in Italy *
Italy recognises civil and religious weddings. There are no legal residency requirements. You will have to have your paperwork ready on the day of the wedding and you will need two witnesses. You will need an official translator if you do not speak Italian.
5. The photographer - Flying your photographer VS Hiring a local photographer
How much does a wedding photographer cost in Italy?
When it comes to a destination wedding, you have two options with your photography. You can choose to fly your photographer from your home country, or you can hire a local photographer.
There are pros and cons in both cases (as in most things). The pro of having a local photographer is definitely that they will know the area well. By area we mean that they will know when is the best time to get pictures. They will know exactly how the sun will behave in specific seasons. They will know the language and how to interact with all your other Italian providers. They will be the experts, going above and beyond to help you have te best experience with your wedding in Italy.
When hiring a local photographer, one of the main concerns couples usually have is the language barrier. Building up a good relationship with your photographer is quintessential to create wonderful images of your wedding day. So being able to communicate fluently with your photographer is definitely an important aspect. This is why we specialise in destination weddings: we are a team of two Italian sisters who are based in the UK and in Tuscany. Having lived for more than 10 years in the UK made it only natural to connect with all the couples who wish to plan their wedding in Italy.
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