Choosing where in the world you’re going to have your destination wedding is one thing, but deciding on the style of venue is another. You’ve already made the excellent decision to swap a large traditional wedding closer to home for an exciting and unique day abroad, one that your guests will make an incredible effort to travel to, proving their affection for you and providing for a really amazing travel experience spent with close ones. But what type of venue are you looking for? What venue would best suit your wedding size? Your accommodation needs? Your personal style?
We at Zankyou love to look at the pros and cons of different styles and venues, because no two brides are the same, and there really is an amazing variety of destination wedding spots around the world. So, because the majority of our brides choose Italy for their destination wedding, and we know of some unforgettable wedding venues there, we’ve chosen to compare two places that have very unique styles.
Are you looking for an exotic villa that oozes elegance, or a rural retreat with a rustic-chic theme?
Villa Vibes: luxury, elegance and glamour
Villas are associated with warm holidays in beautiful places, usually the preferred accommodation for couples, families and friends that want to feel at home in a new destination. They have exotic and luxury connotations, too, usually white-washed walls with a glistening pool terrace and lovely views.
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In Italy, there are two types of villas, there’s the type explained above (the luxury or romantic holiday villa), or there’s the historic villa. The villa actually dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. It was the word to describe luxury countryside residences of the Roman empire and the prestigious aristocracy. In the 15th century, the first examples of Renaissance villae began to crop up in the Italian region of Tuscany, and laid the foundations for the beautiful and historic architecture that Florence and its surrounding areas are now known for.
Villa Trebazia combines both definitions of villas in Italy. It does have a history, but now it’s an idyllic and paradisiacal location for an elegant destination wedding, complete with pool terrace and incomparable views. Located in the most exquisite area of the Appia Antica archaeological area in Rome, a few meters from the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, this venue is nestled among culture and history.
There is a plethora of magical indoor and outdoor places for you to choose from for your vows and reception, and the villa is perfectly located near pretty churches if you’re planning a religious ceremony.
Rural Retreat: escapism, scenery and charm
This style is extremely popular with the city dwellers: the couples that spend their lives working, socialising and navigating a busy bustling urban centre. These modern couples picture their dream wedding somewhere deep in the countryside, with lush green views as far as the eyes can see. It’s a romantic getaway, but one they can share with their beloved guests.
Luckily, Italy is perfect for rustic-chic wedding themes, boasting an incredibly diverse landscape of vineyards, farms, country estates, mountains, valleys, national parks and lakeside resorts.
Parco del Principe Restaurant is everything you could want in a rural wedding, especially because it also has an elegant and luxury feel to its architecture and outdoor features. Furthermore, the vibrant greenery and fragrant flowers that will surround your outdoor ceremony are the perfect setting for a bohemian or enchanted garden wedding theme. The tranquility and beauty of this place will take your breath away, and it really can be adapted to your own personal tastes and style with the help of their expert event team.
Despite them being suited to different wedding styles, both of these venue recommendations in Italy do have some important similarities. For example, both venues offer incredible views that can be a romantic backdrop to your celebration.
Neither of the two venues are lacking when it comes to flawless wedding planning and catering services, which means your guests will be impressed by friendly, helpful staff and delicious Italian food in both cases.
So, which is YOUR preferred choice? Do you fancy wowing your guests with a romantic poolside villa or enchanting them amid the blooming flowers of scenic park?