Planning a wedding? We’re here to tell you that Italy is one of the best places to tie the knot in the world. And it’s no wonder, either, with places like the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Venice taking the crown with their other-worldly settings…
Italy has always been considered one of the most romantic countries on earth, and that’s why it’s been voted one of the best wedding destinations. It’s really popular among the celebs, too. Remember when George and Amal Clooney said their “I dos” in Venice? And when Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got married in the Forte di Belvedere in Florence? They were both pretty magical. And because Italy boasts so much beauty and traditional architecture, we think the boot pulls out all the stops when it comes to celebrating the big day. Keep reading to find out why Italy deserves your attention this year and how you can include its age-old wedding traditions, too.
Where should I get married in Italy?
When it comes to the latest wedding trends, it’s all about elegant locations and jaw dropping nature. That’s why we’ve chosen the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, and Venice as our top picks. These three gems are all about pastel-coloured hillsides, cobbled towns and stunning countryside views. And that’s just for starters.
If you’re looking for glitz and glamour on your big day, look no further than the Amalfi Coast. This place epitomises all of the above. Here, it’s all about breathtaking scenery, traditional Italian cuisine and unspoiled beaches – making it ideal wedding territory. Amalfi town itself is the most prized possession, though. It’s been awarded UNESCO status, thanks to its quirky hillside villages, Medieval architecture and a wealth of zesty orchards.
Here’s where you can find out more about the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento is another big hit when it comes to Italian wedding destinations. You’ll find it on the south-west coast of Italy’s stiletto heel, putting it in the centre of the Neapolitan Riviera. Did we mention the dramatic views, by the way? Unobstructed vistas of Mount Vesuvius and Naples will leave you spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing backdrops for your wedding photos. Tempted, yet?
Here’s where you can find out more about Sorrento.
If you’ve always dreamed of a fairy-tale wedding, look no further than Venice. With enchanting places like Doge’s Palace and the Grand Canal up its sleeve, you’ll be sure to have a day to remember. Did you also know that you can swap promises on a gondola ride? This means you’ll get to float past centuries-old buildings and ornate bridges as you become newlyweds. We can’t think of anything more romantic…
Here’s where you can find out more about Venice.
Italian wedding traditions to include on your wedding day
One of the best things about spending your wedding day in Italy is undoubtedly the beautiful location, but it’s also about including age-old traditions, too. So, we’ve uncovered four customs that you can embrace on your big day…
- Drink Prosecco
Prosecco lovers, rejoice. Did you know that it’s traditional to toast to the bride and groom with a glass – or ten – of the native sparkling wine? We think this is good news, seeing as Prosecco is one of the most popular wedding drinks in the UK. And if wine is more your thing, why not check out our wine-tasting tour in Sardinia?
- Wear a garter under your wedding dress
Don’t be put off by the title, ladies. Similarly to the UK, an Italian bride usually wears a garter under her wedding dress. This tradition dates back to the 14th century, and is thought to bring good luck to the happy couple. Once the ceremony has finished, the bride removes the garter, and breaks it into pieces for the the crowd to keep.
- Try not to look at yourself in the mirror
Not seeing the groom on the morning of your wedding is a worldwide tradition. But, in Italy, looking in the mirror is an even bigger taboo. For the whole morning, the bride is not allowed to look at herself in the mirror as it’s thought to bring bad luck. We recommend having your glam squad close by at all times to avoid any make-up mishaps…
- Wear two different wedding dresses
If you’re a shopaholic, this Italian wedding tradition is sure to get you excited. In southern Italy, it’s traditional for the bride to wear two different dresses over the course of her wedding day. The first one is for the ceremony, and is usually a bright colour, like green, which means good luck. The second wedding dress is much finer and elegant, and is reserved for the first dance with her new husband.
- Smash a glass
It’s an age-old tradition at Italian weddings to smash a wine glass or vase. Once the glass has shattered, the broken pieces are counted. This is said to represent the anticipated number of years the couple are expected to be happily married.
For more information about weddings abroad, pop into one of our stores, browse our website, or call 0871 664 0131.