February 2, 2023
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You are at the very first stages of your wedding planning and you have already realised that a big destination wedding is really not your cup of tea! Too much stress, too much hussle and quite frankly, too much money! And who ever said that going for a big wedding is always the answer? Do you want to know a secret? We specialise in intimate destination weddings and elopements all across Italy and we get to witness some truly happy and emotional days that are really second to nothing.
If you are thinking of eloping in Italy, you have definitely landed in the right place, as we have a whole bunch of free and very helpful resources that will guide you on your exciting journey.
Whether you are envisioning your day on a sunny October afternoon in the Amalfi Coast or on a spring day in the Tuscan countryside, on our blog you will find all the information you need to plan a perfect Italian elopement!
As for most things, at the end of the day whatever you feel like spending on something will totally come down to you. And this is true when it comes to elopements too! A while ago, the term “elopement” used to refer to those couples that wanted to escape from their families together and get married secretly, quickly and without making too much fuss about it! You will be happy to know that nowadays the term elopement means SO MUCH MORE! When a couple chooses to elope, they are choosing to adventure together, often in a foreign country. They are choosing to start their married life with a celebration of intimacy, spontaneity and with a good degree of adventuring. It is very common for example, to meet our couples when they are on a big trip across Europe or across Italy, wanting to celebrate such an exciting experience with their union.
Your elopement is THE occasion to indulge on your selves, to potentially splurge on something that means a lot to you and to invest on experiences and quality rather than stuff and quantity. So, if it is true that eloping can be very cheap, it is also true that it has now become the one formula couples choose in order to experience something unique for which they are happy to invest a little bit of their money.
So, let’s have a look at the actual costs an elopement in Italy can have.
When looking for the perfect photographer to document your day, keep in mind that wedding photographers who specialise in elopements can assist their couples through the entire planning process and help them layout the best timeline and itinerary based on their experience (gained over the years).
To give you an idea of the actual costs, our elopement packages start at €3.700, with the highest package costing €5.000 and this includes a full day photography coverage and full assistance in the planning of the day, from laying out the itinerary, the time schedule, to booking the venue and all the vendors. (Please note that this price applies to symbolic ceremonies only. If you are interested in a legally binding ceremony, then a specific quote will be provided separately).
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Again, the cost of the accommodation will vary consistently depending on whether you are staying at a hotel, luxury villa, agriturismo or B&B, etc.. Most of the times the average spent on the accommodation is around €150 - €600 per night. Keep in mind that most likely this is the place where you will get ready in the morning and potentially this is also the place where your ceremony will take place. Again, never forget that when it comes to elopements, nothing is ever set and everything is very flexible! We shoot ceremonies in the mountains or on shores, as well as in the gardens of a Tuscan villa or within olive groves. Really, the sky's the only limit here!
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing your accommodation venue is the services they offer. If you are having an elopement in Lake Como, you might want to be at a place where they offer boat rental options. Whereas, if you are eloping in Tuscany, why not indulge in a spa in a typical thermal area in Val d’Orcia, for example? The options again are endless!
Please, note that depending on the venue you decide to go for, an exclusivity fee might be charged (in case you want an exclusivity on the location).
When you decide to elope in Italy, you can decide to have either a religious ceremony, or a civil ceremony or a symbolic one - we can’t stress enough how symbolic ceremonies are absolutely the best!
A civil ceremony can cost anything from €300 up to roughly €5000 (consider that you will have to go through lots of costly legalities, that you will need a translator and two witnesses and that you will be charged the fees of the town hall you’ll choose).
Lastly, a symbolic ceremony can be performed by someone you know (and in this case it is naturally free) or you can hire a celebrant. Surely, you can decide to exchange vows in pure intimacy and in this case you wouldn’t need a celebrant, however we think that opting for one always adds a great deal of emotion.
Costs for a celebrant for your elopement in Italy range from €350 to €1600 (depending on the type of symbolic ceremony you wish to go for). Also, keep in mind that if you decide to hire a specific place, like a terrace, the gardens of a villa, a chiostro.. then you will have to add this rental cost to the ceremony costs, and again it can be anything from €250 to €5.000.
When it comes to flowers and decor for an elopement, things can either be kept very simple and you can opt to go for “simply” a bouquet or a buttonhole. Or, you can decide to add sophisticated table decorations or/and go for a floral arch for your ceremony.
Again, we cannot stress enough how much you will enjoy, or better, you will LOVE to have what we call “an experience” on your elopement day.
Ideas of experiences a couple can have are:
These are just a few ideas. As you can see, the options are endless. If you can allocate about €600 towards it, you won’t regret it a bit!
The cost of a dinner in Italy very much depends on the area, on the location, type of restaurant, menu you choose and quality of wines you want to accompany it with. A fair and extremely enjoyable dinner would cost roughly €150 per person (and you would already have a very high quality experience).
When you start planning your elopement in Italy and you start putting down a potential budget, you should take into account two main things: the actual destination you’ll choose and the season you want your elopement to be.
Different destinations in Italy have different costs. For example, as a general rule, Lake Como, Portofino and Le Cinque Terre are a bit more expensive. Tuscany can also be quite expensive but you can easily navigate around it and find extremely valuable experiences at a very fair price. The Amalfi Coast has more costly destinations than others. Positano, for example, is generally more costly than Ravello, but this doesn’t make it necessarily a better destination.
Or even, Sicily can be a “cheaper” (in the good meaning of the word) destination. It is such a beautiful region that it is really hard to get it wrong. Having said that, “hot” destinations like Taormina can be more expensive.
Again, choosing a photographer that is Italy based and that has lots of experience when it comes to elopements, will definitely translate into a much more relaxing and much better experience. We can help you navigate through your many (many!) options and help you deal with all the Italian vendors to make sure you get a hassle-free experience at the best deal.
Check out the full album of this elopement in Taormina, Sicily
Same can be said for the season. “High Season” and "Low Season" in Italy are a HUGE DEAL. Prices change considerably depending whether you travel in July or in October. Keep in mind (and again we can’t stress this enough!) that certain destinations in Italy in October (as well as in less warm months) are MUCH MORE enjoyable thanks to much fewer crowds and much milder temperatures. And also, never underestimate Italian tourists that visit the country. Again, having a photographer that knows what the typical Italian bank holidays are, will really come in handy!
WHAT COUPLES SAY ABOUT US..
Working with Carol was a dream! She assisted us with all details of our elopement, including venue, officiant, hair/makeup artists, flowers and cake. This took so much pressure off of us. Her recommendations were so perfect that I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. She has a amazing, artistic eye for locations and poses. Carol’s sweet and sunny disposition made the entire day feel very natural and comfortable. We had rain on our special day, and Carol navigated around this obstacle effortlessly. Our elopement photos far exceeded any expectations that I had. I highly recommend BenniCarol Photography!
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