If you think planning a wedding is hard, then imagine how it would be to plan for a destination wedding. On the other hand, if that destination is Italy – the land of La dolce vita, art, cinema, wine, and romance, then all the trouble of planning for a destination wedding will be worth it. Here are some tips on how to plan your dream destination wedding in Italy.
Italy is like a buffet of wedding locations for any bride-to-be – great architecture, coastlines, beaches, and villas – everything you want on your wedding album all in one place. But choosing a location for your wedding should go beyond aesthetic considerations. Not to say that you shouldn’t pick a place because it just looks magical, but that you should also consider how you’re guests, the caterer, the band, the truck carrying your tables and chairs will get to this magical place.
Also if there are “just in case” places nearby such as hospitals (just in case the bridesmaids get carried away in the bouquet toss), grocery stores (just in case you run out of napkins), or police station (just in case your groom tries to make a break for it) Ideally a location should complement not only the creative aspects of your wedding but its logistics as well.
Among the most popular choices for wedding locations in Italy are the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Florence, Lake Como, and Positino.
Trim the Guestlist
A wedding destination can be quite expensive with most of the budget going to your guests’ airfare and accommodation. So as much as you want everyone from your childhood neighborhood, your middle school, and your favourite barista to come to your wedding, you should make sure to keep your guests to a minimum if you still want to be able to serve entrees at the reception. The upside to a small guest list is the comfort that you’re sharing your special day with the people that matter.
Book Everything Early
Even with the risk of being called a Bridezilla, it’s best to book everything as soon as you start your planning. This way, you’ll be able to secure the location and dates that you want without much difficulty or the need for additional costs. For example, it’s traditional in Italy to hold weddings at churches. So if you’re planning to have a traditional Italian wedding, better book the church that you fancy as early as possible.
The months of April, May, June, September, and October are the best months to go to Italy. Naturally, these are also the months when a lot of tourists come for vacation. During this period, most hotels would already be fully booked. So if you’re planning your wedding on the following months, make sure to book your accommodation in advance. Also to avoid a lot of competition it’s also advisable to have alternative accommodation options in your pocket such as castles, villas, and boutique hotels.
Making early bookings also means making big savings on airfare. If you’ve already confirmed with your guests, you can already look for the best deals on airlines. Airlines like American Airlines, Continental Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines offer wedding travel programs and packages that give discounts to brides, grooms, and their wedding party.
Always have a Plan B (C, D, E, F, G….Z)
Do not kid yourself. There are a lot of things that can go wrong in a destination wedding. So always have a Plan B and Plan insert-the-rest-of-the-alphabet here up your sleeve. For instance, there will always be that one guest that will fail to RSVP but show up, luggage in tow, on your wedding day. If this happens (and it will) a Travelodge contact , extra plate at the table, and extra miles on your card will always come in handy.
Another common situation is an airport pickup gone awry. Whether the car got stuck on the highway in the middle of rush hour or something got lost in translation, having guests not being picked up at the airport is always a possibility. So instead of having a panic attack, provide your guests with how-to-get-to-my-wedding kit that contains a map to the hotel, a map to the location, contact details, and other information they might need to get themselves to the ceremony on time and, more importantly, in one piece.