Planning Your Wedding In Italy

Italian WeddingItaly is indisputably the world’s most loved travel location. What other country can offer beautiful captivating cities such as romantic Venice, Isle of Capri, The Amalfi Coast, Taormina, Rome, Florence or the spectacular coastal settings of the Italian Riviera, the historical charming villages and towns of Tuscany not to mention the mesmerizing Italian lakes? It is the world’s most desirable destination for a marriage ceremony. Weddings in Italy are full of romance and celebrations unlike any other places in the world. Not only does Italy provide all the famous destinations and a variety of locations for your wedding, you’ll enjoy exceptional food, wines, charmed romance, and excitement in order to create a wedding and reception in just the way you have always pictured it. Most weddings in Italy take place in and around Florence, Tuscany, Venice, Capri, Positano, Taormina, and the Lake Region. Selecting and working closely with a tour company that specializes in travel to Italy is essential to planning your wedding. They will be able to assist you in selecting the perfect spot and coordinate all the planning for this very special day in your life. They are well aware of all the necessities you will need to plan your wedding from selecting the perfect spot, accommodations, pre-ceremonial needs, flowers, reception, and legal paper work for a civil wedding or a religious ceremony.

The most favorite spots for Italian wedding locations besides Florence are: the Amalfi Coast with the beautiful seaside villages of Positano and magnificent Ravello, Sorrento and Capri, Taormina, Venice, Rome and the Italian Riviera. Tuscany is constantly the most cherished with its fabulous castles, villas, beautiful landscape, historical farmhouses and local wineries. What can you say about Venice! When it comes to romance no other location in the world comes close to Venice. Italian surroundings are often incredible and unknown scenery with picturesque Italian villas and breathtaking medieval castles.

Italy marriage ceremonies are the most romantic, no matter what location you choose. Where more admirable than Italy, with its romance, its colors and culture, its spectacular landscapes, its cities rich in history and charm to attain your wedding memories last eternally? Think about your Italian wedding – a luxurious villa wedding in Tuscany held in a small hamlet or an historical medieval village, a fairy tale castle wedding on the rolling hills of Chianti, or a gondola gliding romantically over the Venice’s Grand Canal. Imagine an afternoon wedding in a magnificent cathedral in Rome, or the blue Mediterranean skies of your wedding in the coastal town of Sorrento, beach weddings in Italy on the Italian Riviera or glorious food and great wines, a memorable Tuscany wedding.

For Non-Italians a civil marriage is required before you can have a religious or symbolic ceremonial in Italy. If you prefer to have a simple civil wedding in Italy it is highly recommended that you appear in front of the town registrar at the least four days prior to the date of the ceremony just to insure enough time for all papers to be attested and the necessary paperwork to be completed. You will need to present your passport. You will also need to present your birth certification. If this is not your first marriage you will need to certify the end of your earlier wedding. You and your witnesses must also assert before the Italian Consulate office in the USA that under the laws of your jurisdiction you have the legal right to marry. All documents must be rendered into Italian by a certified interpreter and certain written documents must have what is known as an Apostille Stamp from the Secretary of State in the state in which you are living. With all the paperwork in place it takes anywhere from three to four days to get permission to get married for a civil ceremony held at a town hall.

A Catholic religious ceremonial in Italy is possible but can be very difficult to arrange unless you have a civil ceremony first which can be done here in your local town. A catholic wedding in Italy is not so easy for strangers. If you wish to marry in a non-Catholic church it is virtually unattainable to do so without first getting a civil wedding license; it is highly recommended that you have a civil ceremonial first and a religious ceremony after. This is still true if you are attempting a Catholic ceremony. While it is possible for non-Italians to have a Catholic wedding ceremony in Italy, the number of priests who will conduct marriage ceremonies for non-Italians is small and the practice is frowned on. If you have your affection set on a Catholic ceremony it is certainly possible. You will need first to talk to your local priest or bishop to see if they know of a catholic church in Italy that is willing to perform your ceremony. The tour company that you are working with can also assist you in identifying a local catholic church that will perform the ceremony. At the very least you will need a formal letter on church letterhead from your local priest telling that you have completed all Pre Cana routines and further putting forward that your church gives license for the ceremony. It is also possible to marry at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Basilica. There is a side chapel in the main church where wedding ceremonies are performed. However, there are many restrictions to be considered. Neither of the couple being married can have been married before nor can either have any children from either union or prior unions. Both must have been baptized, made first communion, confirmed, etc. Most churches charge a fee ranging from 500 to 900 Euros with an organist to perform the ceremony. There is a great deal of paperwork and preparation required for them and they request that you make a contribution for their church accordingly. It is also customary to tip the priest performing the ceremony as none of the church contribution goes to him personally. The whole package, including the two letters plus a copy of your baptism, first communion and confirmation must be posted all together to the priest at the Italian church where you want to marry. You will also necessitate the original of the wedding encounter with all of the church seals and signatures. If you are considering getting married in Italy and need additional information and assistance contact me at 330-633-2292 or E-mail: peter@davincicustomtravel.com.