Tuscany has become a very popular destination wedding getaway. From the picturesque scenery to the hustle and bustle of the city, it's truly one of the best places to get married. Couples coming from abroad are sure to have plenty of questions, so here are the top 5 tips from Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events, a Tuscan wedding planner to help ease your destination wedding planning.
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.
The best months to get married in Tuscany might be totally different from your home country. Tuscany's best months for weddings are typically from mid-May to the end of September; for one, this time of year features the longest periods of natural daylight. We all know that the best part of getting married in Italy is the alfresco dining and outdoor venues; you'll surely want plenty of daylight to enjoy these outdoor features. And since it's Italy's most bustling wedding season, you'll want to make sure that you book your wedding at least 10 months in advance since venues fill up fast.
Another important issue to consider is that most Italian businesses close for the month of August. This month is also a very hot time of year, so if you do consider this month for your wedding, think about hosting it in the countryside where the airy hills will provide a fresh breeze and more space to keep cool.
Since all legal marriages have to be conducted in a church, town hall or by a celebrant (symbolic ceremony), this means that everyone will be searching to find a ceremony space in time - and they get booked rather quickly. Start searching was soon as you've picked your date to ensure that you get the best pick. And don’t forget to pick a wedding venue close to the ceremony since most of the guests won’t be familiar with the location.
There are tons of options when picking a wedding venue, from ones that offer all-inclusive wedding packages to spaces where you can rent the location but hire each vendor individually. Depending on what you decide, make sure to get all the rental information regarding the length of the rental, minimal stays and what is included.
If Tuscany is your wedding destination, be sure to hire someone experienced in handling the local vendors and venues. There's nothing worse than having to plan a wedding in a foreign country without someone who knows the area and its customs. A good wedding planner can make the process of planning a wedding much easier and stress free. They will act as your liaison, giving the best advice in all the technical, legal and creative aspects of your big day. They'll be your ears, eyes and voice, ensuring that everything is planned and ready to go upon your arrival. And don't forget their ability to help you save time, costs and overcome the language barrier.