Unique Weddings at Relais La Suvera

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We are happy to introduce a charming and unique venue in the heart of the green Tuscany: Relais La Suvera.

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Relais La Suvera was founded nearly 25 years ago, a project born from the passion of the Marquis Giuseppe Ricci Paracciani and Princess Eleonora Massimo for their countryside residence.

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The core and heart of La Suvera is the Papal Villa, surrounded by the Old Stables, the Farmhouse and the Church dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo.
The Papal Villa was originally a medieval castle, donated by the city of Siena to Pope Julius II. The Pope entrusted La Suvera to the genius of the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi, who transformed the austere medieval structure into a Renaissance villa, with beautiful loggias overlooking the valley, frescoes and halls.

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Unique for the historical furnishings coming from the family collections and for the taste and the creativity with which they have been reinterpreted for the needs of the hotel, Relais La Suvera retains the charm and the intimate atmosphere of a private house, while offering all the amenities and the attentive service of a luxury hotel.

The Museum at the first floor of the Papal Villa displays the statues, the furniture and the paintings coming from the Ricci and Massimo collections; its halls are open to all our guests and are also an ideal setting for receptions and meetings.

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The 36 rooms and suites of Relais La Suvera are located in three different buildings: the Papal Villa, the Scuderie and the Farmhouse. Each of the 12 rooms and suites of the Papal Villa are dedicated to a historical figure, which is often related to the owner’s family and are embellished with antique and rare furnishings combined with all modern amenities.

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 Wedinitaly by Raffaella Alflatt Wedding Weddings in Italy Florence Tuscany Relais La Suvera Casole D Elsa Dimora Storica Castle Medieval Middle Age History Historical Ceremony

The 24 rooms and suites of the Farmhouse and Stables are also decorated with furnishings coming from the family collections, with a slightly more modern feel. Most of these rooms have a private garden or balcony.

Unique Weddings at Relais La Suvera

Romantic Wedding in Venice

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Venice is certainly one of the most romantic destinations for an unforgettable wedding in Italy.

With its islands, bridges and picturesque views, Venice offers ample opportunity to celebrate a most special day in an unique way.

Laura and David are the stars of this very intimate wedding, held at the prestigious Hotel Savoia & Jolanda, with the civil ceremony at the Palazzo Cavalli, a magnificent building which overlooks the famous Grand Canal.

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The transfer between the hotel and the wedding hall, as well as the unique photo shoot, could not have taken place without the iconic gondolas that characterise the beautiful Venetian archipelago.

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Romantic Wedding in Venice

Photos: Eva Maria Ohtonen

Wedinitaly Vintage Wedding on Style Me Pretty

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Thanks to Style Me Pretty for posting an article about one of our most amazing wedding of the last season: a vintage wedding in the beautiful Borgo della Merluzza, Rome.

Click on the link below, or on the picture above to read the entire article.

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Dancing at Italian Weddings

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An evening of dancing is undoubtedly the ideal closure of the Wedding Day.

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Here is a series of photos taken during several weddings that we have organised.

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The bride and groom can release the emotional tension accumulated during the previous days, and finally celebrate their marriage by having fun with family and friends.

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A DJ and/or live music, an open bar and you’re done!

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Don’t you think that they perfectly convey the joy and fun that can come from the experience that is a Wedding in Italy?

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Dancing at Italian Weddings

Photos by Marco Buresti

Hindu Wedding in Tuscany

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One of the final events of our busy wedding season was held again in the charming village of Villa Catignano, a few miles from beautiful Siena.

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We have organised several Hindu weddings in the past, and every time is a great pleasure.

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The ceremony is set under and around the mandap, decorated with rich and diverse floral arrangements.

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A Hindu ceremony is always a fascinating experience, thanks to its rich symbolism and rituals that include deeply spiritual messages.

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A warm greeting and special thanks to Sona and Sunny for having entrusted to Wedinitaly the organization of their magical and unforgettable marriage.

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Click here to read about another Hindu wedding.

More pictures in the gallery below.

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Hindu Wedding in Tuscany credits

Thanks to:
Villa Catignano
Stiatti Fiori – Montevarchi (Arezzo)
Class Ricevimenti – Poggibonsi (Siena)

Photos by Marco Buresti

Romantic Rome autumn Wedding

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Rome is the perfect city for those who prefer to celebrate their wedding with a romantic elopement.

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Wedinitaly put the same care and passion into Rhonda and Ray’s special day that we use for larger events: from management of the paperwork, to choosing the perfect ceremony location, bouquet, hair-styling and make-up, to booking the most charming cafes and restaurants.

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A special greeting to Rhonda and Ray, with whom we have concluded our busy and successful season.

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Photos by Marco Buresti

Vintage Wedding in Rome – beautiful shoots by David Bastianoni

It’s our pleasure to share with you the beautiful photos of David Bastianoni, one of our favourite wedding photographers in Italy.
Picture were taken during the wedding of Diane and Philippe at the stunning Borgo della Merluzza in Rome.

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A Wedding in the avenue of La Dolce Vita

 

The Eternal City remains the best destination to celebrate your special day with friends and family, thanks to its incredible history and artistic beauty.
This recent event starred our lovely new friends, Stephanie and Philip, celebrating their wedding in a warm and sunny autumn day.

The wedding ceremony took place at the beautiful church of the St. Isidore’s College,  between the Spanish Steps and the Villa Borghese gardens.

After the ceremony, cocktails were served in the quiet of one of the cloisters of the college.

 

The newlyweds and their loved ones reached the Hotel Flora via a short walk along Via Veneto, between the horns of motorists and the celebratory applause of Romans and tourists seated at the various cafes on the street famous worldwide as the setting of La Dolce Vita.

The venue located at the top of Via Veneto offers one of the widest terraces with a generous view of the city: on one side the huge park surrounding Villa Borghese and on the other a breathtaking view over the rooftops and the major monuments of Rome.

In the evening, an elegant seated dinner followed by a dancing party made this wedding a memorable day!

Special thanks to our wedding planner Italia Sica for the photos

A fun wedding at the stunning Castello di Vincigliata

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Before the announced post dedicated to our last wedding in Rome, we want to share photos of another event held at the beautiful Castle Vincigliata, a few kilometers from the charming Florence.

This stunning castle is undoubtedly one of the favorite venues by our couples for their weddings in Italy, and photos clearly show the reasons!

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Wedding at castello di vincigliata

In addition to our best greetings to Aleena and Stefan, the nice newlyweds of this event, we want to thank all those who have made it successful!

Special Thanks to:
Emanuele Graetz and his staff
Floralia Decor – Florence

Photos by Marco Buresti e Raffaella Alflatt

 

Terraces of Rome for unforgettable Weddings

After the spectacular Amalfi Coast and the lush Tuscany, for our next wedding we will be back to the beautiful Eternal City, this time on one of the most magical terraces of Via Veneto, the street famous worldwide as the setting of La Dolce Vita.

Waiting for the post, here are some photos that obviously represent a small range of the many possible options that Rome offers:

A terrace overlooking the Colosseum, or the Pantheon, or St. Peter’s, or one offering a superb view of the entire city; every choice will help you to celebrate your special day with friends and family.

A vintage Wedding on the Tuscan hills

In a previous post, we talked about a wedding in the lovely Stomennano, a few kilometers from Siena and the small, enchanting medieval town of Monteriggioni.

It’s always a great pleasure to organise weddings in this small Borgo, which has retained its natural charm steeped in history.

The beautiful villa and its adjoining farm have been converted into a holiday house, with a sumptuous pool overlooking the surrounding hills.

Stomennano has proven to be the ideal venue to celebrate a wedding with family and friends before the breathtaking serenity of the landscapes that have made Tuscany famous worldwide.

We are pleased to share our photos took during the wedding of the beautiful Roxana and Gary, a joyful three-day event of last week-end, which included a pizza party and a Hawaiian party around the pool, impeccably served by Class Ricevimenti.

Special thanks to:
Luisa Grassi - Fantastic hostess at Borgo Stomennano
Class Ricevimenti – Poggibonsi
Tuscan Pledges – Florence

Photos by Marco Buresti and Raffaella Alflatt

Raffaella Alflatt on Love My Dress: how to plan a Wedding in Italy

How To Plan A Wedding In Italy 

Full Planning Services, Assistance And Advice From WedInItaly

Regular readers will know that we have a bit of a penchant for weddings in Italy.  After my recent visit to Milan to attend the launch of David Fielden’s latest bridal collection (frow style, dahhling), I can see why.  The allure of the hills and stunning environment, guaranteed sunshine, deliciously excellent food and very warm welcome from the locals makes it a no-brainer for many couples planning a destination wedding and for those of you who are keen to learn more about how to plan a wedding in Italy – we’d like to introduce you today to Raffaella Alflatt.

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Raffaella founded the company ‘WedinItaly’, with one purpose: to grant couples their wish of having the perfect destination wedding in Italy.

‘Since 2006, we’ve guided newlyweds through every step of planning a wedding in Italy – including all of the paperwork and logistics – to ensure that when they arrive for their nuptials, everything is ready and waiting for them to say, “I do.” From the shores of Lake Como to a cliffside terrace on the Amalfi coast to a 16th-century villa nestled in the hills just outside Florence, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming scores of wedding parties to some of the most stunning locations in Il Bel Paese.’

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‘I think my favourite part of helping couples plan their wedding is seeing how thrilled they are that even though they’re getting married far from home, we’re able to incorporate family traditions, feature treasured keepsakes, and organize the arrival of guests from the four corners of the globe to create an event that is as unique as they are.’ 

‘We plan weddings in Rome and Venice, Tuscany with Florence, Amalfi coast and Ravello, Capri, Portofino and La Riviera, emerging Apulia and Lake Como and offer a full event coordination for weddings and special events, but also single services such as arrangement of paperwork for civil and religious services.’

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‘We work along with the couples and their indication of budget in order to maximise it and always try to respect their guidance in that sense. Our aim is to help couple to make the most out of their allocated budget and enhance each service they book. We negotiate prices and compare proposals to help the process.’

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If you visit the WedinItaly testimonials page, you will see for yourself that Raffaella receives the most wonderful feedback from her happy clients. Nicola and Ian from London, who got married at Castello di Vincigliata on 8th June this year…

“We were really happy with our wedding, it was everything we dreamed it would be.  Raffaella has fantastic insight into her client’s tastes and I knew from meeting her she understood exactly what we wanted. Her knowledge and experience put us at ease straight away and I had every confidence in her that she would make our dreams a reality  Our wedding was perfect, the castle was the most stunning venue and all our guests were blown away by the detail of the wedding, the catering, flowers, music – it was all really wonderful.

Raffaella works with very professional experts in Italy, the best catering people and florists and we really enjoyed meeting with them and arranging everything. They did not let us down and the end product of our wedding was everything we had envisaged and Raffaella made that dream come true.   We simply could not have arranged an overseas wedding without her.  She really does make arranging a wedding an un-stressful, enjoyable experience.”

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Wissam and Nona tied the knot at Castello di Torcrescenza in Rome on 29 September last year…

 “Everyone thought we were crazy to plan a wedding in a foreign country in two months. Once we had compiled our to-do list, we also started to doubt our sanity! Luckily for us we had Raffaella and her team at ‘Weddings in Rome’. They were there from day one, walking us through every step and providing us with their wealth of experience and contacts taking on all the work-load and stress.

All we had to really do is mull the seating arrangement for a few weeks, some things you have to do yourself I guess. And at the end, we were like guest at our own fairy-tale wedding, an unforgettable day. Did have a few complaints from our single friends, apparently we set the bar too high!”

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We hope, dear readers, that we’ve been able to convince those of you keen to plan an Italian wedding, that there is a superb wedding planner out there who is ready to assist you organise the wedding of your dreams in this most beautiful country.

If you are interested in speaking with Raffaella about your own wedding in Italy, please contact her directly via www.wedinitaly.co.uk, email info@wedinitaly.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 207 495 0029.  The WedinItaly main showroom is at 19 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2NU.  There is also a showroom in Rome at Via Ludovico Micara, 71, 00165 Roma, Italy.

You might also wish to explore the weddings Italy that have featured on Love My Dress – a little visual inspiration here to get you going – also see our ‘Weddings in Italy’ Pinterest Board.

You can also connect with Raffaella on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

Annabel

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Amalfi Coast – a unique Wedding in Positano

As announced a few while ago, today we’re going to tell you about a wedding recently celebrated in the enchanting Positano, on Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of Italian coastline overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, with its eastern border the above mentioned Positano, and in the west at Vietri sul Mare. It’s known throughout the world for its natural beauty, and thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate, it attracts tourists almost all year round.
It takes its name from the town of Amalfi, considered the main hub of the region, not only geographically but also historically.

The wedding, told by these pictures, took place in the stunning Villa Oliviero, originally a private residence that is now available for unique and evocative weddings and events. Villa Oliviero is accessible from the coastal road via a short footpath along stairs that climb among the rocks. The effort is amply rewarded by a series of breathtaking views of the sea and the lush surroundings.

Once at the villa, no one can remain indifferent to the grandeur of the structure, with its large terraces and their incredible views: From the courtyard pergola where the ceremony was held, to the underlying pool terrace, to the terrace above the sea where the dinner took place.

 

The rich floral decorations were in white and lilac, and careful coordination of the available spaces gave a twist to the beauty of the villa – making this wedding an unforgettable event!

Other Photos? Click on the gallery below!

 

Photos by Marco Buresti and Raffaella Alflatt

Florist: Armando Malafronte, Ravello

Pizza Party in the Tuscan countryside

Many of our weddings take place over several days; in some locations as Villa Catignano or Villa Pitiana, the bride, groom and their guests have accommodations for the night.

It is an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing holiday with family and friends with organised lunches or dinners, such as a pizza party with a real Italian pizzaiolo.

The photos in this post were taken in the above mentioned venues, both in Tuscany.

At Villa Pitiana, we moved into the adjoining La Chiassaia, an ancient village surrounded by olive groves, which has an authentic wood-burning oven.

It was a fun and tasty lunch immersed in the quiet of the Tuscan countryside.

The delicious Panzanella: a loaf of stale bread, cut in half and from which it was taken off the crumb.
The crumb is mixed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh tomatoes, vegetables and herbs, and it is put back in the loaf. Fresh and tasty!

Photos by Marco Buresti and Raffaella Alflatt

A vintage Wedding at Villa Catignano

By now we have lost count of the weddings – and posts – that we have organized in beautiful Villa Catignano!

 

It’s always a pleasure for us at Wedinitaly to return to this beautiful old village of Chianti, just a few kilometers from Siena, and we are not surprised that it is so popular venue with our couples.

This year we started our wedding season here, and here is where the season will end.

The most recent event has perfectly grasped the spirit of this magnificent location: rustic and romantic, and magically suspended in time!

Please click on the gallery below.


Thanks to Stiatti Fiori – Montevarchi
Photos by Marco Buresti and Raffaella Alflatt

Find your table! IV

Other three ideas for creating the seating plan for your special day!

Castello di Vincigliata – Fiesole (Florence)
The grandmother’s antique mirror that you can found in your attic or cellar, can be a great idea. It’s elegant and it gives the charm of yesteryear.
Crystal drops from an old chandelier, satin ribbon and sparkling decorations: the result is really bright!

Villa Miani – Rome
Villa Miani is one of the most popular venues for weddings, not only for its peerless panorama, but also for the sumptuousness of its salons.
This tableau is elegantly printed and embellished by a beautiful frame that perfectly fits with the neoclassical style of the villa.

Villa Aurelia, Rome
Well, this is just the beginning of the process!
The event was so challenging that unfortunately we have not had time to take a picture. However, this photo shows a beautiful and classic golden frame and the idea of creating a sort of waves with satin strings on which to place the cards pasted with glue.
As soon as our official photographers will provide us with a photo, we will post it here, because the effect is amazing!

Would you take a look to other seating plans’ posts? Click here!

Photos by Marco Buresti and Raffaella Alflatt

A Wedding in the lush Tuscany – Villa Pitiana

We would like to tell you about a wedding in the beautiful Villa Pitiana in Donnini – Reggello, immersed in the quiet green hills of this province east of Florence.

The story of this wedding in Italy is all in the photos.

We would like to dedicate this post to newlyweds Melanie and Paul, and to all those who have made this event possible:

- the entire staff of Villa Pitiana: chef Mario, host Biagio, and Emanuela for their dedication and professionalism;

- Nadia and the team of Stiatti Fiori for the wonderful flowers – white and blue hydrangeas – that were set up in the courtyard for the ceremony, and in the garden for dinner;

– DJ Alessandro of Almaproject for his skills to amuse the guests during the dancing.

And last but not least the beauty of the green and lush Tuscany!

Please click below for the complete photo gallery.

Photos by Marco Buresti

Renewal of Vows in Portofino

We would like to share with you a very intimate vow-renewal ceremony, held in the small and picturesque village of Portofino, in the northwestern Liguria region.

The photos are of the beautiful 15th-century Castello Brown, which is located high over Portofino and offers a stunning view of the sea and the village with its harbour and famous la piazzetta.

An unique venue to celebrate a special anniversary!

 

For more specific information on Renewal of Vows Ceremonies, click here!

A special thank you to Tuscan Pledges

Photos by Marco Buresti

Dream Weddings on Lake Como

« That branch of the lake of Como, which extends towards the south, is enclosed by two unbroken chains of mountains, which, as they advance and recede, diversify its shores with numerous bays and inlets. Suddenly the lake contracts itself, and takes the course and form of a river, between a promontory on the right, and a wide open shore on the opposite side. The bridge which there joins the two banks seems to render this transformation more sensible to the eye, and marks the point where the lake ends, and the Adda again begins – soon to resume the name of the lake, where the banks receding afresh, allow the water to extend and spread itself in new gulfs and bays. »
“I Promessi Sposi” (The Betrothed) by Alessandro Manzoni

Photo by Nabis Fotografia – Rome

In addition to Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi Coast – of which we will tell soon -, another amazing option for unforgettable weddings in Italy, is the surrondings of Lake Como.

The Region is famous also because is beloved and frequented by stars of the jet set, and it is really a stunning venue to celebrate the wedding of your dreams!

As shown by these photos from some of our events.

Photos by Raffaella Alflatt

A Wedding on Gianicolo hill : the Peerless Villa Aurelia

We are still in Rome, this time in one of the city’s most exclusive venues: Villa Aurelia, property of the near American Academy, on the famous Gianicolo Hill.

Villa Aurelia is an extraordinary historical residence that dates back to the seventeenth century, with a generous view of St. Peter’s and the Eternal City. It was built by Cardinal Girolamo Farnese, former Governor of Rome.

The villa offers several options for organizing unforgettable weddings, thanks to various spaces that surprise and enchant guests, including the luxurious rooms of the house, the panoramic terraces, and the lush and manicured gardens.

Given the time of year for this wedding, the bride and groom have obviously chosen the outdoor spaces.
After the welcome drink in the beautiful Italian gardens, guests for the Jewish ceremony were guided into the large Giardino Segreto hidden by high hedges, with the chuppah sumptuously adorned with white roses.

The dinner took place at sunset in the Giardino dei Limoni, in front of the main building, with its many lemon trees illuminated by candles.

Here the newlyweds and guests were entertained by live music until the dancing began in the adjoining Sala Aurelia, followed by the cutting of the cake and the buffet of desserts served on the adjacent terrace overlooking a magnificent Rome by night.

Please, click on the photo gallery below.

Photos by Marco Buresti

Special Thanks to:
Sig.ra Paola & staff of Villa Aurelia
Nabis Fotografia – Rome
Floralia Decor – Florence
Salza Catering – Pisa

A Romantic Elope in Rome : less than one month to create it !

In mid-June, through the form on our website, we received a request from a young engaged couple, who planned a trip to Rome for the end of July and decided at the last minute to get married!
They asked us if it was possible to manage their request in so short a time!

First, we contacted the town hall of Rome to see about the availability of a room for the ceremony on one of the few dates that they have requested.
Great luck! There was an empty slot on a Thursday at noon! Certainly it was not the most ideal time, considering the high temperatures of summer in Italy, but fortunately the room Vignola Mattei is located at the Terme di Caracalla, in a large, leafy corner generously shaded by many trees. Not so bad!

All that remained was to define the timing for the preparation of the necessary documents. A quick exchange of e-mails, and in only three days we reached the final answer: we can try!

So we come to the big day of the wedding – yesterday! – when we met the friendly Laurie and Matt and their couple of friends witnesses, radiant and excited for the happy ending to their wedding challenge!

Photos by Marco Buresti

A Magical Wedding at Studi Romani – Aventino hill Rome

Studi Romani is one of the less conventional locations compared to more traditional venues, such as villas or castles.
After our post of a few months ago, we are pleased to show one of our recent weddings in this magic place, located on one of the most beautiful and famous hills of Rome: the Aventine.

As already mentioned, it is not a luxurious home with opulent interiors, or a castle, but a former convent converted into an important association for research and study of the history of Rome.

Entering the cloister through the large courtyard entrance is like stepping back in history.
Large walkways run the entire perimeter of the courtyard, with an ancient well in the centre and columns of various materials and eras.
The dinner was set in this courtyard, with elegant tablecloths and gold chairs, strictly white floral decorations, glass lamps, and torches, which created a a truly charming atmosphere.

One side of the cloister leads to the wonderful, wide terrace overlooking the Tiber, with the famous Trastevere on the other side, and clearly visible in the background are the famous monuments of Rome such as the dome of St. Peter and the Altare della Patria.
This was the perfect area to organise an aperitif, with comfortable sofas and ottomans on the grass, so the guests could enjoy the spectacle of light that the sunset offers.

After dinner in the courtyard, the newlyweds and their guests were back on the terrace, completely transformed after nightfall. A path between lanterns and candles led to the wedding cake, placed on a table in front of breathtaking views of the city by night.

After cutting the cake everybody kicked off the party, with drinks at the illuminated open bar and dancing barefoot on the lawn until late at night.

This was a wedding memorable not only for the couple – Rachel and Lee, to whom we send our warmest greetings – and their enchanted guests, but also for me and my colleagues to Wed in Italy. We never forget how lucky we are, and we express our thanks by showing our passion for doing this job!

Click on the gallery below for other photos!

Thanks to
California Catering – Rome

Nabis Fotografia – Rome

Alma Project – Florence

Photos by Marco Buresti

Another Wedding, another castle – Borgo della Merluzza

Italy offers a wide choice of locations for weddings, from a village in Tuscany to a villa with views of Rome or Florence to the beautiful seaside cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. However, castles will always hold a special fascination!

In previous posts, we have told about the Castles of Vincigliata and Tor Crescenza. Today we introduce you to Borgo della Merluzza, which although it is not really a castle, does not fail to astound our brides and grooms with its old tower, of which there is a legend that tells of a young blackbird (in italian “merla”, by hence the name of borgo) that was trapped inside and sang sweet melodies during a full moon.

It is not difficult to fall in love with this place in the quiet of the hills on Via Cassia, about 20 minutes from the center of Rome. It features a large park and outdoor spaces – including a small amphitheater shaded by trees – and an illuminated swimming pool around which you can set up for dinner and dancing.

In the case of this recent wedding, the choice for dinner fell on a large marquee installed on the lawn, while the ceremony was staged in one of the rooms of the main house and the dancing in the amphitheater magically illuminated by several lanterns.

But now, we will give the last word to other pictures!

Thanks to Lavinia

Thanks to California Catering – Rome

Photos by Marco Buresti and Raffaella Alflatt

Find your table! III

Today we return to talk about the seating plans, with a third part showing ideas from some of our latest weddings between Rome and Tuscany.

Studi Romani – Rome
A classic tableau, with a large, rich golden frame and the list of tables elegantly printed. It is a winning choice for the stunning Studi Romani, to which we will return soon to tell you about!

Villa Catignano – Siena
Even in this case, a proposal that definitely suites the venue – the most frequently mentioned Catignano – : an old suitcase, with the list of tables applied on a world map.
The result is truly vintage!

Castello di Vincigliata – Fiesole (Florence)
Finally, an idea that entertains the guests, in addition to its usefulness. On two old doors we have put wires and attached the guests’ names with tiny clothespins. On the table, funny gadgets such as glasses, mustaches, glittery lips etc., and a polaroid camera. One click and just replace your escort card with your photo.
Isn’t it amusing?

Here are the part I and II of our seating plans’ posts.

Photos by Marco Buresti

A charming Wedding at Castello di Tor Crescenza

After Vincigliata, today I’m telling about a wedding held in another magnificent castle, this time not far from the centre of Rome.

Tor Crescenza – or Castello della Crescenza – is a fifteenth century castle located on the hills to the north of the Eternal City, and surrounded by the Parco di Roma Golf Club.

This venue doesn’t fail to surprise our guests, who are enchanted by the beauty of gardens, the natural fountains, the rooms’ frescoes and decorations, and the verandas overlooking the stunning park. It is a venue that gives the impression of being suspended in time, even though it is just 15 minutes from the center of bustling capital of Italy.

The castle has two large and beautiful courtyards, both covered by glass roofs. One of them, originally a winter garden surrounded by a wide terrace, is where we set up the hall for dinner, while in the other there was the party with open bar, music and entertainment.

The church where the wedding was celebrated is San Giuseppe dei Falegnami, overlooking the famous Fori Imperiali. It is a small church built between the sixteenth and the seventeenth century, with a single nave full of decorations and ornamentation dating back to 1800.

Before showing more photos, we want to dedicate this post to Nona and Sam, the beautiful couple starring in this unforgettable day!

Special Thanks to:
Lucrezia
Nabis Fotografia – Rome
Floralia Decor – Florence
California Catering – Rome

The table of Confetti

A few posts back we mentioned the traditional use of confetti in Italian weddings. In the past it was customary to package them in veils of tulle – strictly in odd number, usually 3 or 5 – tied with a satin ribbon and adorned with flowers and decorations. With the combination of a keepsake, it is called bomboniera.

In recent years, a new way of offering sweets to wedding’s guests has been introduced, as you can see in the photos of the most recent event held at the Castle of Vincigliata, to which we have dedicated the previous post.

The table of confetti becomes a delicious moment, a delight for the eyes and pleasure for the palate combined with the magic of a scenic presentation. A table with lace tablecloths, and many containers of various sizes such as biscuit tins, teapots and cups, and sugar bowls in crystal, glass, pottery and porcelain.

Various flavours (pistachio, chocolate, strawberry, pear and ricotta cheese, nutella etc…) can be placed into closable paper cones or pastry bags for tasting during the party, or take them home as a sweet reminder of a memorable wedding!

Photos by Marco Buresti

A Wedding tale in Tuscany – Vincigliata castle

We already wrote about the Castle of Vincigliata in one of our first posts and – within a couple of years – it quickly became one of the favourite venues of our wedding couples.

There is no doubt that the magic and beauty of this castle adds to the great success of the organisation of an event.

With its loggia, cloister, garden, terrace and wide veranda, Vincigliata offers the possibility to create a great and memorable party, taking advantage of all the spaces and diversifing the various moments of the wedding.

The photos in this post will tell you the story of our last event.

Photos by Marco Buresti

Special thanks to:
Emanuele Graetz
Alma Project
Il Fattore Party
Floralia Decor

A spring Wedding in Rome

Our first wedding of the year in Rome was graced by the typical weather of the Eternal City in this season – a warm day with an impressive sky and the sun that shines fantastically despite of some clouds.

Among the stars of this day was a genuine 1960s Fiat 500 that carried bride and groom between the hotel, church and venue.

The ceremony was in one of the most beautiful basilicas of Rome, SS. Giovanni e Paolo al Celio, on the eponymous hill and next to the wonderful park of Villa Celimontana. Via a short walk you can reach the Colosseum, the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, and the Circus Maximus.

The dinner and party took place at Villa Miani, of which I have already written in a previous post.

The dinner was enlivened by a talented tenor who sang the most traditional Italian songs and arias.

Take a look at other photos of this very busy and successful day.

Photos by Marco Buresti

Find your table! II

In this post I show more ideas for a creative and original seating plan.
As always we are open to any advice that you would give us on the comments section below.

Villa Pitiana – Donnini (Florence)
This old villa, which was a monastery in the 13th century, has inspired this solution with the beautiful colour and delicate fragrance of lavender sorted on an antique stone table, in the stunning garden of the venue!

Villa Le Corti – S. Casciano (Florence)
I recently wrote a post about this event: you may read it here.
The chosen theme of this seating plan was the most famous and exquisite Italian wines, and the place cards were inserted into corks cut in half!

Hotel Caruso – Ravello (Salerno)
Most of our weddings are celebrated in the summer, so what better idea than fresh and colourful fruit, on the enchanting Amalfitan Coast?
The guests pick up their names and may savor the taste of a delicious cherry or a luscious apricot!

Click here to take a look on our first post about seating plans.

A week in Ulignano – Volterra

Today I would like to introduce another amazing place in Tuscany, this time in the province of Pisa.

Volterra is an Etruscan town in the Val di Cecina (Cecina River valley), known for its old centre, its beautiful cathedral and alabaster craftwork.
Perhaps you have heard of Volterra, as it was made famous by the Twilight Saga, as the home of Edward’s extended vampire family.
It is quickly reachable from Florence and Siena, and its surroundings are full of fantastic natural attractions, as well as other beautiful art cities such as San Gimignano and Monteriggioni.

Villa Ulignano, a few minutes from the historical center of Volterra, is a 17th century villa that lies on the hill from which it took its name, in a secluded location where you can admire breathtaking landscapes.

The villa is also known for having hosted – since the period of La Dolce Vita – some of the most prestigious names in the Italian motion-picture industry. The director Luchino Visconti discovered and fell in love with this villa while directing his famous film “Vaghe Stelle dell’Orsa“.
It is said that also Napoleon Bonaparte stayed in the villa as well.

Last summer Wedinitaly team and myself were lucky enough to spend an entire week in this beautiful place, thanks to Claire and Michael, who chose Villa Ulignano to celebrate their wedding with family and friends.
A very busy week included excursions, visits to vineyards and wineries, cooking classes with professional chefs, and above all… parties!

Thanks to more than three acres of manicured gardens, guests were able to relax and enjoy the beauty and magic that every corner of this place seems to whisper. Not forgetting the magnificent swimming pool surrounded by greenery, where we organised several parties during the week.

As usual, I think the pictures explain, much better than words, the extraordinary nature of this venue!

Photos by Marco Buresti and Raffaella Alflatt

Thanks to Il Fattore Party, Prato

Thanks to Floralia Decor, Florence

A very special thank you to Paola

Opening of the Wedding season 2013 at Villa di Catignano

This wedding season has started a little earlier than usual, and what better place to open the season than Villa Catignano, one of the favourite venues of WedinItaly and our visiting spouses?

The weather in the morning was very cloudy, but fortunately in the early afternoon, just shortly before the ceremony in the incredible Italian style garden, the clouds dispersed and the the sun brought out the vivid colours of the surroundings.

We arranged two wide rooms – originally used as tinaie, for the preparation and fermentation of wine – one for the dinner, and one for the cocktail and the party. In the dining hall we suspended large lanterns and coloured pom-pom paper from the ceiling. The tables were decorated with simple and colourful arrangements of roses, tulips, hydrangeas, peonies, dianthus and buttercups.

The result was perfect harmony between the colours and scents of spring that has just begun!

Click on the photo gallery below!

Photos by Marco Buresti

Thanks to Stiatti Fiori, Montevarchi (Arezzo)

Confetti

Italians would never throw confetti over the newlyweds, because in this country you do not throw confetti, you eat it.

Confetti is the word for sugared almonds, traditionally given to guests by the bride and groom as a thank you gift and keepsake.

Confetti are generally presented in a little lace and ribbon-adorned package called a bomboniera, but modern brides prefer to have a table of confetti, in different flavours that become also a very pretty decorative corner.

Raffaella

Find your table! I

One of the most fun and creative elements of organizing a wedding event is the seating plan, which indicates the table assigned to each guest in a fun way.

We help the bride and groom decide on a theme – such as film celebrities, Italian cities, fairy tale characters, fine wines, and so on – and the possible ideas for its implementation.

There are so many unusual and original ways to create a seating plan that makes an impression on our guests!
Here is the first in a series of posts where we will show you some of the many ideas realized during our events, starting with a classic tableau and moving on to more creative solutions.

We would like to hear your opinions, as well as additional tips!

The Loft, Florence
A simple framework, elegantly printed with tables named for famous places and attractions in charming and beautiful Florence.

Villa Miani, Rome
Blue was the theme of this wedding celebrated in this stunning villa.
A round mirror, hydrangeas and candles in blue, silver placeholders, and you’re done!

Villa Catignano, Siena
On an antique well we placed wooden boxes and baskets full of lemons; in each of them, we inserted a toothpick with the name of the guest and the assigned table.
It perfectly fits in with this beautiful and ancient village in the heart of the enchanting Chianti hills, a few kilometers from Siena.

The magical Studi Romani

Today I would like to introduce one of my favourite venues that we recommend to those who want something different from a luxury hotel or villa.

This venue offers a genuine and magical feeling of being suspended in time, breathing in all the uniqueness and history of the Eternal City!

On the top of the Aventine Hill, Studi Romani Institute -a prestigious historic-cultural Association- was originally the convent of St. Bonifacio and Alessio, one of the most important monastic centers in Rome of Middle Ages.
The convent was designed by the famous architect and cartographer Giovanni Battista Nolli and commissioned by Cardinal Angelo Maria Querini.
Carlo IV di Borbone chose this beautiful building as his summer residence, and he also spent his exile here after the Napoleonic occupation of Spain.

The heart of the building is its beautiful cloister, built in the late sixteenth century with an ancient well and columns of different kinds of marble and granite and decorated with Roman and Renaissance capitals.
Along the walls of the cloister there is a remarkable collection of medieval epigraphs.

A large door of the cloister leads first to a loggia with three arches, and then to a wide open garden overlooking the Tiber and offering a spectacular view of Rome, with the picturesque Trastevere neighborhood on the other side of the river.

Last but not least is its strategic location in one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of Rome, right next to the Knights of Malta gate and its magic keyhole, which reveals a surprising peek-a-boo view of St. Peter’s Dome!

The aforementioned Aventine Hill is also rich in scenic gardens, and near many of the oldest churches in the city that are among the Roman spouses’ favourites, but I will talk about the churches of this area in a later post.

In the meantime, here are other shots from recent visits on Aventine Hill!

Photos by Marco Buresti

An Indian Wedding at Villa Le Corti

Some events are a challenge, sometimes due to the large number of participants and sometimes because of the expectations of the wedding party.

One of the largest and most demanding events was at Villa Le Corti, in S. Casciano, a small town nestled in the countryside outside of Florence. The Renaissance-era villa, dating from the early seventeenth century, is owned by a well-known aristocratic family.

In an amusing moment of the evening, some young kids, around 16-17 years old, captivated by the sounds and lights that were visible from the city, tried to crash what they thought was a party, saying they were friends of the princess. But what they didn’t count on was that not only was it a wedding! The bride was Indian and the groom was Argentinian; many adults in attendance wore traditional, colorful, elegant saris. They didn’t exactly fit in!

Returning to the event itself, it required constant attention to detail, particularly in the coordination of the various transfers of guests, who in most cases stayed in hotels in Florence. The ceremony was held in the beautiful Italian garden, shaded by the tall pines that protect guests from the summer heat. Attending an Indian ceremony – or rather a symbolic version of it (a Hindu wedding lasts several days!) – was interesting and very charming, with lavish displays of fruit and brightly colored flowers and petals.

The dinner was served by Galateo in the stunning courtyard, decorated with floral arrangements in green and orange, while during the festivities we were treated to classical quartet during the dinner service, and later on, dance music by the excellent DJ furnished by the Alma Project.

Fortunately everything went well, and our greatest satisfaction was receiving compliments from the guests, including that of a very nice lady who, in her own words, was “allergic to marriage“:
I hate weddings, but this is really nice! Bravo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Nabis Fotografia

Florist: Elena Mazzetti – Il Giardino delle Fate

Roofs of Rome – Grand Hotel Plaza

The second Roman venue we’ve seen this spring is one of the oldest and most luxurious hotels in Rome.

Grand Hotel Plaza, with high ceilings surrounded by rich decorations and friezes, has always been a favorite destination for those who wish to stay in the heart of Rome, on the lively Via del Corso.

This long street, popular with both Romans and tourists, links Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia, and is bordered by Via Condotti e Via Frattina, which are full of exclusive high fashion stores and jeweleries. From Via del Corso, the main tourist attractions – the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona – are reachable in a very short time.

We offer this venue to our couples because of the two beautiful terraces the Hotel provides. The Terrazzo dei Limoni and Terrazzo degli Ulivi offer a stunning view of the roofs and terraces of the surrounding buildings, with so many plants and flowers. Of course, from every side of the terraces, some of the main monuments of the Eternal City are clearly visible.

I took the pictures of this post on a clear day, when the sun lit up the first-bloomed flowers of this long-awaited spring.

The photos below are taken from GHP website.

 

 

Da Weddings

Thanks to Da Weddings for the post dedicated to us in their “DA Weddings’ March Guest Blog Campaign”!

What is the wedding of YOUR dreams? Maybe it’s a blow-out party with friends gathering from all over the world, where the champagne runs like water and there’s dancing under the stars until they disappear behind the dawn. Could it be at a cliff-side villa overlooking the Mediterranean, or a medieval castle in the Tuscan hills ?

Or do you prefer the romantic atmosphere of Rome or Venice? Or it could be an intimate gathering of your nearest and dearest that lasts for days amidst new experiences in a stunning destination on Lake Como or Amalfi Coast? Perhaps it’s somewhere in between; a mix of raucous times and special memories that last a lifetime.

We have created unforgettable events in the Italy’s most stunning destinations for satisfied clients from many different cultures.

Each event is personally designed and overseen by Roman-born Event Manager, Raffaella Alflatt. Whether it is in design, organisation, venue selection, location scouting, food and beverage selection, guests hospitality, hotel accommodations, service staffing, and more.

With us you benefit from the expertise of our professional team based in London and Rome, and now also in Florence. Our planners guarantee complete assistance from the very early stage of your wedding planning process and until you leave the country for your new life together!

We’d love to help you make your wedding in Italy extraordinarily magical and purely unforgettable!

 

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Roman venues – Villa Miani

Spring is here and Rome explodes in all its glory, with the days becoming longer and warmer, the plants  at the windows and the trees in the parks that bloom. To me all of this is the perfect prelude to the new and exciting season of events and above all, meeting couples who are choosing the venue where they will celebrate their most important day.

Based on the needs of the bride and groom, we choose a number of different locations representing a wide range of several options that Rome offers. We always include a visit to Villa Miani, a magnificent early 20th-century property surrounded by a park on the hills of Monte Mario, with a beautiful garden and lovely terraces overlooking the city. The breathtaking panorama offers a complete view on the most important monuments of the Eternal City: the dome of St. Peter’s, the Altare della Patria, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Tiber with its bridges, and countless churches and historical buildings.

Even on a cloudy day as in the photos I took, the impact is dramatic.

Rome - Weddings in Italy - Villa Miani - Photo by Marco Buresti

I’m always curious to see the reactions of the couples, and often they are so stunned by this spectacle that they almost do not notice the beauty of the interior, with its large and elegant lounges in a magnificent neoclassical style!

Here are some photos taken by Nabis Fotografia during  several of our events in this stunning villa.

Come back soon to discover more venues!

A lovely Tuscan Wedding in Monteriggioni

We would like to share some pictures of an event held in the enchanting Stomennano, an ancient borgo located in the beautiful medieval Monteriggioni’s district, a few kilometers from Siena.

One of the many available options to celebrate your wedding in the green and breathtaking Tuscany!

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Beautiful photo by Alessandro Roncaglione

Getting ready at Borgo Stomennano

What a wonderful place for getting ready on your wedding day !

Wedding at Borgo Stomennano

Wedding at Borgo Stomennano

Soft white bouquet

Between the tall pines of the private access to the borgo

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March 2nd. 2013 by Dawn | Filed Under | 2 comments

Little known fact: daydreaming about destination weddings is one of the things that I do best.  Yep, it’s true.  I spend more than my fair share of time dreaming of the day that I can run off with my sweetie and say “I do” in a land far, far away.  And destination weddings in Italy?  They are tops on my list.  So, when I first laid eyes on the pure genius that is Wed in Italy, well… let’s just say I got a little excited. Because not only are they a new advertiser joining our SMP Family, they happen to be an uber-fabulous planning and design firm that will turn your Italian dream wedding into a serious reality.  Ready for the world’s best meet and greet?  Let’s go.

Photography By / Nabis Fotografia
Event Planning & Design By / Wed In Italy

Photography By / Nabis Fotografia
Event Planning & Design By / Wed In Italy

 

From Wed in Italy… My name is Raffaella Alflatt and I founded Wed in Italy with a singular purpose: to grant couples their wish of having the perfect destination wedding in Italy. Since 2006, we’ve guided newlyweds through every step of planning a wedding in Italy – including all of the paperwork and logistics – to ensure that when they arrive for their nuptials, everything is ready and waiting for them to say, “I do.”

From the shores of Lake Como to a cliffside terrace on the Amalfi coast to a 16th-century villa nestled in the hills just outside of Florence, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming scores of wedding parties to some of the most stunning locations in Il Bel Paese. I think my favorite part of helping couples plan their wedding is seeing how thrilled they are that, even though they’re getting married far from home, we’re able to incorporate family traditions, feature treasured keepsakes, and organize the arrival of guests from the four corners of the globe to create an event that is as unique as they are. If you’re dreaming of an Italian wedding, my expert team and I would love to make it a reality.

A Wedding in Vincigliata

The Castle of Vincigliata is situated just a few miles northwest of Florence. It is on a road that climbs the hill above the town between green fields and fragrant pine forests. As soon as I arrived at the castle I was breathtaken by its majesty and the view of the city that it offers.

There was much excitement at the Castle, and I and Wedinitaly’s staff had to make sure that all of the arrangements were made perfectly. The Bride and Groom expected the best for their day as they were to share it with many friends and family who came especially from Ukraine on a private jet.

The staff of Alma Project were working hard to assemble set up the 2 stages: one for the jazz trio in the room where the dinner would be served, and one on a large terrace overlooking Florence. This is where an R&B band from London and a popular young singer from Ukraine performed for the big celebration until late at night.

Before the ceremony a welcome drink was served impeccably by Galateo. The atmosphere was already magical and surreal thanks to the street artists of Cantiere Ikrea that wearing medieval clothes costumes and entertaining the guests with games and displays. There were the story teller , the joker, the stilts etc.

The florists from Floralia arranged centre pieces on the tables for dinner, while we helped them with the preparation of the lovely cloister. This is where the wedding ceremony was celebrated. A beautiful arch of white roses spanned the area of the wedding couple and the Master of ceremonies, and bunches of these same flowers were tied to each chair. The aisle was dotted with many flower petals which made the scene beautiful and romantic.

After dinner , when darkness fell, a fire-eater and acrobats continued to entertain the guests with their amazing performances, and spectacular fireworks displays lit up the Castle.

As you can see, the pictures speak for themselves.

Photos by Nabis Fotografia

International Workshop in Portofino

Mappa di Portofino

Portofino on the map

On March 30th and 31st I had the honour to been invited and the pleasure to attended the First International Wedding Workshop that was held in Rapallo & Portofino, event organised by Cinzia Alliotta and Alice Fognani @ www.sposiamovi.it
A fantastic opportunity to meet some of the most prestigious vendors and also a great opportunity to confront with some of the most successful Destination Wedding Planners from all over the Globe :

UK
Andrew Wolmark – Quintessentially Events – www.quintessentiallyevents.com
Raffaella Alflatt – Wed In Italy – www.wedinitaly.co.uk
James Lord – Love&Lord – www.loveandlord.com

MID-EUROPE
Sara E. Pua – Exclusive Weddings – www.exclusive-weddings.ch
Evelyne Schärer (Chairwoman of VUSH – Svizzera) Your Perfect Day – www.yourperfectday.ch
Sabine Greiff – Agentur Traumhochzeit – www.agentur-traumhochzeit.de
Anya Goretski – Event 360 Grad – www.event360grad.de
Ingeborg Birgit Bergakker – Seeds of Love – www.seedsoflove.nl
www.exquisitegayweddings.nl www.bridalfairs.nl
Christine Göhner – Agentur Event’s of MWD – www.thats-wedding.de

RUSSIA
Marina Grishko – Event Boutique of Marina Grishko – grishko.org
Mikhail Semenon – Op-position – www.op-positio.ru
Tereza Borodina – WhiteChoco – www.whitechoco.ru

USA
Lisa Light – Destination Bride – www.lisalightltd.com – www.destinationbride.com
Annie Lee – Daugher of Design – www.daughterofdesign.com
Bonnie Marie – My Weddings and More – www.myweddingsandmore.com
Ashley Baber – Ashley Baber Weddings – www.ashleybaberweddings.com
Kristin Lynn Alexander – Beth Helmstetter – www.bethhelmstetter.com
Cassandre Snyder – www.cassandresnyder.com
Krista Njapa – C&G Weddings – www.candgweddings.com
Angela Young Proffitt – Elegant Weddings by Angela – www.angelaproffitt.com
Amy Rubins – Fete Perfection – www.feteperfection.com
Preeti Nanvaan – Preeti Exclusive Creations – www.preetiexclusive.com

DUBAI
Sarah Jane Feyling – Couture Events – www.coutureevents.ae

INDIA
Sudha Khanna – Gurleen M Puri – www.gurleenmpuri.com

SINGAPORE
Jonathan Goh – Wedding Acts – www.weddingacts.

AUSTRALIA
Katherine Apostolidis – Events by Nightingales – www.theweddingplanner.com.au
Paola Bamonte – Marry Me Abroad – www.marrymeabroad.com

Thank you ladies, it has been great and I hope to see you all next year !

Raffaella

The beautiful Portofino inlet

Amazing Portofino

Arco d’Amore

Here is an article published on the very popular Italian magazine “Diva e Donna“, with a picture taken during an event organized by Wedinitaly!

Below, a few shots of the processing of the “Arch of Love”, in the magnificent Castello di Vincigliata, near Florence.


A special thanks to Floralia, Florence and Nabis Fotografia, Rome.

Welcome to Wedinitaly Blog

I’m so excited to introduce our new blog space!

The blog will be held by Marco, one of our fantastic planners!
Marco is based in Rome and  is going to tell you about not only our weddings and events, but also about venues, trends, tips for your travelling in Italy and much more.

We really want to make this blog your:

Doorway to the tastes, sights and culture of Italy!

We will be really happy to publish your articles and comments.
Please be in touch with  Marco if you are interested: marco@wedinitaly.co.uk

Raffaella

It may sound pretentious to say that being a wedding planner is a vocation; it is certainly wrong to call it simply a job.

I have worked for 4 years with Wedintaly, and during the many events I took part, I have gradually strengthened the belief that to follow, step by step, the organisation of the most beautiful and important day in a couple’s life, you need passion, a strong sensitivity and a certain emotional involvement, which is first a gift, and then an ability.

The ultimate goal is of course perfection, and although that term may be cold or utopian, it must always be the centre of focus.

The responsibility is huge, as such a special day should be memorable for the right reasons.

I was lucky enough to collaborate in the organisation of dozens of weddings, each more charming than the last.
The choice of the location, I must say, makes the task easier; I realise this everytime I move from an ancient villa in Chianti to a medieval castle near Florence, or among the monumental wonders of the Eternal City.

The purpose of this blog is to involve our readers through photos, funny anecdotes, and the story of our experience at various events, hoping to share with you our passion.

Marco