Many couples are put off by the difficulties that come with planning a destination wedding. They worry that organising the logistics of a wedding abroad would be much more stressful without the ease of meeting local providers and seeing venues closer to home. However, with a destination wedding planner in your chosen location, the whole process is even easier than planning a wedding locally, and the benefits are SO worth it.
Yet, there are so many wedding planners out there, which even makes the first step of choosing the right one for your wedding a little difficult. So, to continue our theme of destination weddings in gorgeous Italy, we’ve narrowed the process down to three simple steps, complete with recommendations of Italian wedding planners that will inspire you:
Organising a fantastic destination wedding is a result of careful research. Research your chosen area, whether you have been there before or not, to see which wedding planners are local to the area and what they can offer you. A native wedding planner is always preferable to bringing one over from home, since they will have a better network of local providers, venues and services, as well as being able to take care of the legal requirements for getting married in Italy.
Luckily, Zankyou has an online presence in 24 countries, so we have an incredibly large network of wedding planners all over the world that you can choose from. Simply google ‘Zankyou Spain’ or ‘Zankyou Italy’ and it will take you to our foreign sites (Ireland, India, Mexico, Colombia, France, Germany, Holland, Brazil, Portugal, United States… to name a few) with large directories of wedding planners across the country.
Based in Milan, Serena Colavita of Italian Style Weddings and Events specialises in welcoming destination wedding couples from all over the world, and showing them the very best of Italian hospitality, with a great network of high-quality providers. Her attention to every fine detail and her willingness to adapt to each couple’s needs makes her a desirable planning candidate for weddings not just in Milan but across most of Italy.
If, however, you’re looking at the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia for your wedding, check out Paola Repetto Consoli, who was one of the first wedding planners in the area. Her years of experience have given her the understanding and patience to work with each couple according to their needs, specialising in creative flower design. She will also be able to recommend local services and vendors to suit your every desire.
No two weddings are the same, that’s a fact. So before you start booking all the details of your big day, such as your wedding planner, decide on your preferred style and theme. Your wedding day is about YOU, so let your personality shine through your venue and decoration choices. For example, if you’re seeking city elegance, then look for a wedding planner who operates within a city and has a sophisticated aesthetic to their portfolio of events.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a casual beach wedding on one of Italy’s dreamy coastlines, choose a wedding planner like Rossella Saburri, of La Pergamena, who operates around the gorgeous Italian Riviera coast, near the port city of Genova. This wedding planner incorporates the natural wonders of the sea and sand into lovely wedding decor and fresh floral designs. From pastel flowers to maritime blues or the soft beige of shells, your beach wedding will certainly be stylish and personal.
Alternatively, for a rustic-chic or vintage lakeside wedding, consider Lake Como Bespoke Events. They’ll set up a really beautiful al fresco ceremony for you, one that overlooks Como’s vast waters and rugged landscape. The best thing about these wedding planners is the list of incredibly pretty and luxurious hotels or venues that they offer their clients. They will also go above and beyond to make your wedding as unique as possible, you could even arrive to your ceremony or reception by speedboat!
Being able to entrust the total planning and logistics of your event in the hands of a wedding planner not only relies on what services they offer, but also on your relationship with them. If you spend time getting to know them in the initial consultation, then you will easily be able to work out which one is right for you. So, it’s important you speak to a few of them before deciding on the one. Make sure they’re friendly, helpful and easy to get along with – you’re going to be spending a lot of time with them!
The mission of Luisa Di Massa as a wedding planner on the Amalfi Coast is to offer her undivided attention exclusively to each couple, taking their initial idea or wedding dream and carefully turning it into a reality. Her English language skills and her experience working for destination wedding couples will definitely make you feel comfortable entrusting your big day in her skilful hands.
The moral of the story? Don’t plan a destination wedding without a local wedding planner who can take care of the nitty gritty for you!