Since a destination wedding takes place in a different country, your first step is deciding what kind of ceremony you'd like to have. Couples can choose between a legally binding ceremony in Tuscany or in their home country, thus only hosting a symbolic ceremony in Tuscany. There are only two ways to have a legally binding ceremony in Italy. You can get married in a civil ceremony in the town hall or conduct a ceremony in a Catholic church.
There are a few venues authorized to conduct these ceremonies, as they are specified by town halls. Most small towns give permission to several venues and buildings to hold a civil ceremony outside the official town hall.
A symbolic ceremony in Italy offers couples a number of options:
- Some couples will get married in their home country, which makes the ceremony legally binding, and then come to Italy for their symbolic ceremony. Since a legally binding ceremony is only conducted once, this is a great option since it broadens the couple’s options as to where and how they can get married.
- A few days before the wedding, head to a town hall in your Italian town of choice, which allows you to be legally married and conduct a symbolic ceremony in a location of your choice.