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20 Feb 2014

Italian Weddings: Need to Know

by Cathy@hitched

There’s nowhere quite like Italy for romance – so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular wedding destinations for UK couples marrying abroad.

If you’re considering tying the knot in the country, wedding planner Emma Mell from Sicilian Wedding Day (www.sicilianweddingday.com), and a real life bride, reveal the things you need to know.

Why is it so popular?

“Italy offers every imaginable backdrop for the perfect wedding day from ancient villas and palazzos to the unique beauty of its islands,” Emma says. “And the climate plays its own part. In Sicily, couples can experience temperatures in the 20s right through to October.”

For Joanne, who married husband Robert at Malcesine Castle on Lake Garda, Italy was the perfect location. “It was stunning. We had views over the lake and of course the weather was great.”

Images credited to Sicilian Wedding Day

What do couples need to know?

“By law, a civil ceremony can only take place in a building or structure owned by the Comune (town council),” explains Emma. “These can include castles and palazzos but couples should always check what options are close by before booking a reception venue.

“Italy is well-known for its bureaucracy, so life is significantly easier if couples employ a wedding planner who knows local traditions or customs. A lot of couples are surprised by the fact that Italian brides and grooms tend to sit at a separate table during the reception and that there are no speeches.

“Italians are fairly traditional in their approach, less individual and creative than the British – a request for a vintage look might be met with blank stares. Couples may have to source specific reception decorations in the UK and have them sent over.”

Image credited to Sicilian Wedding Day

“You get married in Italian, with a translator repeating it back in English,” adds Joanne, “but hearing the Italian makes it all the more romantic.”

Image credited to Sicilian Wedding Day

What are your favourite locations?

“There’s the glamorous Amalfi Coast and of course the capital Rome but being based in Sicily, I am a little biased,” says Emma.

Image Credited to Sicilian Wedding Day

“It’s unique in that it has been a meeting point for many cultures. Taormina offers a more international feel with five-star boutique hotels. Cefalu is more traditionally Sicilian with narrow streets and simpler style. The Gulf of Castellammare includes the famous white beaches of San Vito lo Capo, while Siracusa has wonderfully impressive classical villas.

“Finally the Aeolian Islands off Sicily’s northern coast offer something a little different, such as the dramatic volcanic scenery of Vulcano and Stromboli.”

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Published 20 Feb 2014 14:28 by Cathy@hitched