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In this episode of our podcast Dream Italian Weddings and Travel, I want to focus on a frequently asked question about getting married in Italy: How much does it cost to get married in Italy?
Ok, there are 3 major factors determining the costs of your Italian wedding. Let’s dive into this! We want our engaged couples to be prepared for every little detail!
Location, location, location.
I know this is probably one of the most popular questions asked of me. Jeanie, how much does it cost to get married in Italy?
Ok, I know you’re going to dislike what I’m going to say — but it really depends. Yes, it does. The biggest variable in your destination wedding in Italy budget is the cost of the venue.
Generally, Italian venues have different levels of pricing. What are you saying, Jeanie?
So let’s start with the type of venues I normally work with — particularly luxury venues, including picturesque villas and 4 or 5-star hotels. When working with an Italy destination wedding specialist, whether me or others, I would ask them if the venue has an exclusivity requirement.
Also, are you just using the venue for the wedding ceremony? Or are you also staying at the venue? Will you be hosting any other events, like the rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch, at the venue? These are all factors to consider when including the venue in the pricing.
Exclusivity is the fee that is associated with having your wedding being hosted at a particular venue. For example, some venues will require you to “buy out” a venue to make it worthwhile for them. And this buy out fee will differ from venue to venue. Some of the places we work with have a fee of 5000-10,000 Euros on the low end to 60,000 Euros or more on the high end to have the venue for the day… and the luxury ones require a 2 to 3 day buy out to host the wedding. This means that to have a wedding in Italy, you will need to spend a minimum of 15,000 Euros to reserve a venue.
You may see some wedding planners offering a cost at a lower fee, but I would ask them to send you the details of what is being offered at the cost. And because I’m a Virtuoso travel advisor, I am able to get additional perks and privileges for my guests at Virtuoso properties, such as Villa D’Este in Lake Como — even more if you stay at the venue.
As you can see, the prices of venues can highly determine the overall cost of your wedding.
Well, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the second and first factors affecting the cost of a destination wedding in Italy are interrelated. The second major factor affecting the cost of a destination wedding is the extra events surrounding the wedding. Remember, this is a destination wedding — not a one-day affair. Your guests have traveled, perhaps, thousands of miles away to celebrate your union. And because of this, most destination weddings in Italy include a rehearsal or welcome dinner and post-wedding brunch.
Where will you host these events? In addition to these events, will you also do any organized sightseeing or experiences — such as cooking classes, wine tastings, or visiting local sights? I know I might be putting a lot of ideas in your mind, but hopefully, you realize that coordinating a destination wedding can be tiring and exhausting. If you love planning the details, sure you can do it yourself. But if not, why not work with us – Riveting Trips – for your wedding.
Getting back to the second factor. I want to mention a trend in destination weddings. It’s like a mini-destination event. What I mean by that is the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and post-wedding brunch are held at different venues — to keep your Italian destination wedding fresh. We can always talk about this in planning your wedding.
And now we’re off to the final factor determining the cost of your wedding in Italy.
Ok, so now we’re down to the last major factor affecting the costs of your destination wedding in Italy.
The wedding vendors — including photographers, videographers, hair and makeup stylists, florists, and any others you may hire during your wedding.
While it is common for destination weddings held in Mexico or the Caribbean to have an in-house photographer, this is not common in Italy. While some couples do hire photographers from their home, I think it’s generally best to work with local photographers who know the best vantage points to shoot your wedding.
The same goes for local wedding vendors such as florists and makeup artists. The pricing of these services will obviously vary depending on how much you need. One thing to note is that these vendors charge differently in Italy than in the United States. For example, in Italy, makeup and hair artists’ fee generally covers the makeup trial test and the day of wedding makeup and hair — and not multiple hairstyles or makeup.
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