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Say 'I Do' in Italy: A Guide to Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding in Italy

  • Motus Weddings

Categories: Destination Wedding Photography , Destination Wedding Videography

Destination weddings are a magical and unique way to celebrate your special day. However, planning a wedding overseas can be daunting and stressful. That's why it's important to seek guidance from the experts in the field. In this blog post, we will share some valuable tips from a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings in Italy. Rosa Italiana, founder of Weddings Made in Italy, has shared her expertise with us on how to plan a successful destination wedding.

Notes from Motus Weddings:

"Planning a destination wedding it is crucial that you stay organized, on track with your plans, and communicate. Most of the time you will not be able to meet your vendors one on one but we recommend at least meeting virtually and booking as soon as possible. This could save you money on travel expenses for both you and your vendors and allows ample time to make sure your destination wedding is even better than your wildest dreams."

Expanding on what Rosa has said, here are some additional tips to help you plan your dream destination wedding in Italy:

1. Create a realistic budget and determine priorities:

The first step in planning a destination wedding is to create a realistic budget. Determine which aspects of your wedding are essential and allocate funds accordingly. Prioritizing certain elements such as venue, food, and entertainment will ensure that you have the wedding of your dreams within your budget.

2. Choose the perfect location:

Selecting the perfect location is a crucial aspect of planning a destination wedding. Whether you dream of a picturesque beach in Bali or a charming vineyard in Tuscany, your destination sets the tone for your wedding. Research your destination thoroughly to ensure that it meets all your requirements.

3. Create a timeline:

Create a timeline to keep your planning on track. Allow ample time for vendor selection and booking to avoid last-minute stress. Send your guests their invitations well in advance to ensure they have enough time to get themselves organized.

4. Select the right vendors and services:

Choosing the right vendors and services is key to the success of your destination wedding. Research local vendors and read reviews to ensure they meet your standards. Hire vendors who have experience with destination weddings to avoid any logistical challenges.

5. Manage guest accommodation and travel:

Managing guest accommodation and travel is crucial to the success of your destination wedding. Provide your guests with all the necessary information, including how to access the venue, transport options, and nearby accommodation. Consider arranging group activities or tours during their stay to enhance their experience.

6. Understand the legal requirements:

Understanding the legal requirements for getting married in Italy is essential. Obtain any necessary permits or paperwork well in advance to avoid any last-minute stress.

7. Consider the climate and time of year:

When selecting a date, consider the climate and time of year. This will impact not only the ambiance but also the availability and pricing of venues and accommodations.

8. Hire a local wedding planner:

Hiring a local wedding planner is highly recommended. They have expertise in navigating logistical challenges specific to that area and can recommend local vendors and services.

Planning a destination wedding is exciting but can be daunting. By following these tips, you can ensure that your dream destination wedding in Italy becomes a reality. 

We would like to thank Rosa Italiana, founder of Weddings Made in Italy, for sharing her valuable expertise with us. If you're planning a destination wedding in Italy, we highly recommend reaching out to Rosa for her expert guidance. For more information, visit the Weddings Made in Italy website and reach out to Rosa at