Wedding season is already here and June was voted the number one month of wedding ceremonies. Since we love all things Italian, we’re focusing on what a dream wedding inItaly is really like! Hint: much more than you dreamed of! Incredible food -check. Incredible atmosphere-check. Incredible fashion- done and done. Here is the real secret. It’s not as difficult as you think, seriously.
Imagine! A destination wedding surrounded by gorgeous mountains or the Mediterranean sea, out in the country, in a small town church, or even a civil ceremony in one of the great Italian cities. We have seen glamorous couples like John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and of course honorary Italian citizen George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. However, you don’t have to be a celebrity or pay the bill like one in order to host a wedding in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Just like anywhere else you would plan a wedding, the time of year is important. Statistically speaking, June is by far the most popular month of the year for weddings and October following a close second. For Italy in particular, the month of August is dicey as it is generally hot and most Italians take their vacations. Many stores and companies actually close down.
If you’re considering an Italian destination wedding, here are a few things you will need in advance. For U.S. citizens, you will need a valid U.S. Passport. If you were never issued a passport, call your nearest passport office for proper guidelines. If you have a passport, make sure it is up to date or you have ample time for renewal. Prior to your wedding ceremony, you must have your birth certificate translated into Italian and notarized with the “Apostille” stamp in accordance with The Hague Convention. This can be done with your nearest Italian Consulate office. Your best bet is to call the domestic office and make an appointment prior to your departure. If you were previously married, you will also need to have a divorce decree and/or death certificate translated and notarized also. For non U.S. citizens, it is best to check with your country’s embassy or general consulate office.
There are innumerable locations which a manager or professional can organize the ceremony for you. Universities or former abbeys are becoming very popular venues even for Italian citizens. If you plan on marrying on hotel grounds, a concierge professional can organize all of the details for you. If you are enamored with the charm of local churches, you will need to have a civil ceremony prior. Generally speaking, two witnesses in front of the town clerk with the proper paperwork is required. This can be a bit tricky if you’re not familiar with local customs however there are professional websites that can do the work for you. Once the legalities are in line, then it’s time for some fun!
You may have attended large feasts but no feast matches that of an Italian wedding. It is not unusual to have eight to nine courses of every imaginable seafood, pasta, and meat dish. Typically in North America, a guest is asked to choose a main dish and a second course. In Italy, they’re all included! There is no choice and no selection but it is presented after each course. You may wonder, how can one eat so much food? That is something where a little pacing will have to come into play. The best part of your Italian wedding is that local chefs prepare meals of local fare and in season. You may even get a surprise or two. Wines are plentiful and usually already factored in the overall cost. Three types of Italian wedding cakes are Crostata di Frutta, Pan di Spagna, and Millefoglia. They can consist of anywhere from three to six layers. Yes, pizzelle, cannoli, and biscotti trays are bountiful. That’s if you have enough room in your tummy. So time to think about how you can make that dream wedding into a reality. The land of la dolce vita will have you exclaiming “now that’s amore!”