April 5, 2021
All you need to know about the costs of a wedding in Italy and in Tuscany
3.3 Elope to Italy
€30.000 for a wedding with 50-80 guests, no accommodation costs included
People often wonder how much a wedding in Tuscany could cost. As Italian wedding photographers based in Florence, we often get asked this question too.
If you are planning a wedding in Italy (even though of course this applies to any weddings), one crucial thing is to set a budget and try to stick to it as much as possible. A good place to start in order to get this bit right, is to have an actual idea from the beginning of the average costs and prices a wedding in Italy might have. When you set your budget, try to be as realistic as possible and always work hand-in-hand with your suppliers to achieve the result you envisioned while also being kind to your wallet!
So, first things first: How much is the average cost of a wedding in Italy and in particular in Tuscany?
The average cost of a wedding in Italy is around €30.000, but you should take this number with a pinch of salt as there are so many different factors that might affect it. Please note that this average cost is calculated for a wedding with 50 to 80 guests and it does not include the accommodation costs.
Let's make a breakdown of the costs together and let’s have a look at all the elements that might affect your budget.
ALLOCATING YOUR BUDGET: THE WEDDING VENUE
What is the average price of a wedding venue in Italy?
€3.000 - €10.000 per day
The biggest percentage of your wedding budget will go to the venue and the catering, roughly 60%. Hence, it is important to get this bits 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. Feel free to start from here and check out Benni Carol Photography's Pinterest pins and boards for some inspiration. Having a general idea of the style and of the destination of your wedding in Italy is quintessential to set your budget right. As in most countries, remember that also in Italy there are more popular as well as more expensive destinations, so this is certainly something you should keep in mind before setting your heart on a place that might just be too expensive.
The second step would then 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 coastal wedding destinations like Amalfi or Sorrento? Are you more into Tuscany, with its unique vineyards and historical cities? As we were saying before, researching for the right destination is very important as some areas might affect your wallet in different ways.
One amazing thing about weddings in Italy though, is that our country can really offer any kind of experience, landscape and style for any kind of budget! It is just a matter of finding someone you trust (like your Italian photographer or planner) and see what alternative destinations they will suggest to you.
For a complete guide to plan a wedding in Italy, check out our free guide here.
Prices of wedding venues in Italy range between an average of €3.000 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?
→ WHY IS TUSCANY SO CONVENIENT FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING?
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.
COSTS BREAKDOWN OF THE FOOD AT A WEDDING IN ITALY
In site restaurant: €70 - €80 per person
External catering: €110 - €130 per person
If you choose to get married in Italy, chances are that you LOVE great food!
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 €110 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..).
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!
COSTS BREAKDOWN OF A WEDDING CEREMONY IN ITALY
Between €300 to €5.000
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.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES
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.
On the other hand, when hiring a local photographer, one of the main concerns couples usually have is the language barrier which you wouldn't have with a photographer from your home country. 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. After having lived for more than 10 years in the UK, English has become our second language. So not only don't we have language barriers with our couples coming from abroad, but we also communicate perfectly with all the Italian vendors you will hire on your wedding day.
To read all about this topic, have a look at this link:
Our packages start at €2500 and they include full day coverage and a team of two photographers for the whole day. To know all about the services we offer, feel free to get in touch:
TIPS TO PLAN A WEDDING IN ITALY ON A BUDGET
If you have always dreamt of getting married abroad and you fell in love with the Italian beauty but you feel like the expenses would be just too much, then read through our few tips to plan a wedding in Italy on a budget. A destination wedding doesn’t necessarily have to be a huge wedding, there are a few smart tweaks that can be put into place to still plan a beautiful destination wedding without necessarily breaking the bank!
AVERAGE NUMBER OF GUESTS AT A DESTINATION WEDDING
This is the nature of a destination wedding. When you decide to get married abroad, your guest list can 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 but most of the weddings we photograph in Italy are intimate weddings, with an average number of 30 to 40 guests.
PLAN AN INTIMATE WEDDING INSTEAD
Take your destination wedding in Italy as the perfect occasion to create an intimate and very personal experience with your dearest ones. But also, celebrate sustainability on your wedding day!
When you decide to plan an intimate small wedding in Italy, by no means are you compromising or downgrading to a lesser package. In fact, you are investing so much more on the quality of what you will be experiencing, rather than on the quantity. Focus on experiences rather than stuff, this is always our motto!
Have a look at the two real intimate weddings linked below to see for yourselves what amazing days you can still have without the biggest budget:
ELOPE TO ITALY
Do you want to create a unique experience somewhere incredibly beautiful but you don’t want to go through the stress of planning a wedding abroad? You want to save a little bit of money and you don't want to give up on the idea of getting married somewhere in Europe? Then, elope to Italy!
We are Italian wedding photographers who specialise in destination weddings and elopements and we have recently launched an all-inclusive elopement package in collaboration with the destination wedding planner Claudia at C&G Weddings and Events.
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or browse through our Elopement Resources on our blog:
EXTRA PLANNING RESOURCES FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING IN ITALY
If you are planning a wedding in Italy and you are looking for more planning resources, please feel free to browse through the articles below:
DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE TO PLAN A WEDDING IN TUSCANY
GET IN TOUCH!
If you are planning a wedding in Italy and looking for a photographer to document your day and help you on this exciting journey, then feel free to get in touch!
We would love to have a chat with you and help you create the day you dream of!
We are a team of two wedding photographers based in Florence, Tuscany and Hastings, UK and we specialise in outdoor, destination weddings.
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