However, one that we’ve overlooked up until now is Italy. Many brides flock to this country to get hitched, after all, it’s the home of romantic locations including Venice and the scene of Romeo and Juliet, Verona.
Other parts of the country, which are also perfect for that wedding are the wine regions of central Italy, which include Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, and conjure up romantic images of rustic farmhouses, bountiful vineyards, tumbling green hills and ancient villages of a bygone era. Somehow these areas have escaped the crush of modernity, and their beauty remains intact and very real and the ideal setting for your special day with close friends and family.
We give you a few hints on how to have that perfect wedding in these regions.
The legal bits
The process for getting married in Italy is fairly simple and can be arrange at short notice. For full guidelines you should always contact an Italian Consular Officer in the UK or the City Registrar (Ufficiale di Stato Civile) of the city where the marriage will occur, and before you do anything, you’ll need these in place: A British passport, full birth certificate (must include the names of both parents, Deed Poll (in case of change of name). If you were previously divorced/widowed, you’ll also need your divorce decree or death certificate.
You can then obtain a Certificate of no Impediment (Nulla Osta), which is issued by the British Consulate for the area where you intend to marry. You must marry within three months of completing the required paperwork, or it will expire.
Flowers and photographers
It’s advisable that you enlist the help of a local wedding planner (see here for a list) who can assist with this process and arrange those special finishing touches such as flowers, music and photography.If you’re not keen on shelling out for this then make sure you head to your destination at least once before your wedding day to track down those important bits and pieces. Remember though, mentioning that “Wedding” word will drive those prices up.
The best thing about getting married in the Tuscan region of Italy is that you can basically have any style of frock you like. However, one style that will really stand out and tie in with the destination is a medieval frock with floaty sleeves, that will look amazing against the vines in the vineyard or the old monastery.
A dream wedding in romantic wine land needn’t remain an expensive dream if you’re prepared to cut down your guest list and hire exclusive, and affordable, Tuscany villas in Italy can also come with a chapel and outhouse to hand.
One example of this is Casale Bellaluce, which is hidden in the Umbrian countryside near Orvieto.
It’s a beautiful restored farmhouse that at one time was a Benedictine Monastery – the chapel attached to the side of the house is what remains of the Monastery. This original consecrated chapel at the end of the farmhouse is where the wedding ceremony can take place.
In true Italian hospitality, the owners of the farmhouse can arrange a wedding meal; the price of this depends on the menu chosen but can start from as little as 40 Euro a head to enjoy a feast of local cooking.