Life of a destination wedding planner
Updated: Nov 19
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As a destination wedding planner, I get to visit some stunning venues in beautiful locations to enable me to offer the very best of what I find to my couples.
All the research I carry out is a huge and very necessary part of what I do for you and I always carry out a few site visits, getting to meet the owners and the staff and ensuring I know the whole team very well before I recommend a venue to any of my couples.
This also gives me a chance to get to meet up with all the local suppliers that will be available for all the finishing touches for your weddings and build up a good relationship with everyone of them.
Below is a very small selection of venues that you can choose from, but this list is extensive... so to start the process of planning with you, we have a Skype chat in which I get to know you both and what your ideal location and dream venue would look like. I then start sending over options of suitable venues being sure to keep within your budget and fit in with your criteria.
You can choose from many different locations of Italy and I start your journey with Puglia which has incredibly beautiful locations with options of coastal or countryside venues. It is a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” and is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline.
It is famous for its pretty towns and beautiful beaches. Traditional trullo houses, endless olive groves and clifftop villages perched high above the Adriatic allowing for stunning views of its dramatic coastline.
Some of the favourite towns to visit include Alberobello, Polignano A Mare, Ostuni, Bari, Trani, Monopoli, Lecce, Matera, Martina Franca and Vieste to name but a few.
Each area boasts many incredible venues that are available for accommodation and wedding celebrations.
Then there is the many options available in the world famous Amalfi coast which is a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region. It is a world famous destination, favoured by many celebrities dominated by sheer cliffs and a rugged, natural shoreline littered with intimate beaches and traditional fishing villages. The coastal road between Salerno and Sorrento is a drive that many people love and the scenery is breathtaking, full of grand villas and hundreds of lemon groves. The area boasts that they produce the best limoncello in the world! The list of places to visit along your coastal tour includes Amalfi, Ravello, Praiano, Maiori and Minori, Conca Dei Marini, Positano and Sorrento, with stunning venues in all of these locations to suit every taste.
Next we come to the Cilento coast which is the lesser known neighbour of the Amalfi coast but with just as stunning scenery.
While most tourists flock to the Amalfi coast, the Italians drive straight past and head instead for the mountains and beaches of this unspoit region.
Much of the area is covered by the Cilento national park, the second largest in Italy, and it contains 100km of coastline and a natural mountainous landscape with historic villages still holding on to a traditional way of life. This area is a perfect choice as it has very many varied locations and hundreds of venues to choose from.
Another very popular area for weddings is Tuscany and Umbria and I have planned many in both.
If you’re after gentle undulating countryside and cypress trees, olive groves and beautiful lakes, medieval towns and areas of forest, either region will do the trick. But if you want beaches, then you need to head to Tuscany.
The one thing Umbria doesn’t have is a coastline as it is land locked.
Both areas however have plenty of wineries and vineyards and many of these are available to private hire for accommodation and wedding events.
Chosen by many as a summer and beach destination, Sardinia is famous for its clear and beautiful sea, and for the variety of its coastlines in each different area. Divided into North and South Sardinia, this island is considered to be a paradise in the Mediterranean. With many locations and beaches to choose from all looking completely different from the next and offering every style of venue and holiday you could imagine.
Sicily is the biggest island in Italy and in the Mediterranean Sea. It is an amazing land rich in history and traditions. From the sea to the mountains and countryside, from the volcanos to the fishing villages, there are really many reasons to visit Sicily. With hotels and venues aplenty this is truly a wonderful choice.
These are the locations I have planned many weddings in but I am always open to helping couples in other areas too.
I also offer the option of a guided three day visit to every couple that book my services, in which you get to view some of the beautiful venues on your short list. This is also a helpful visit for you to explore your chosen area and look at possible accommodation choices for your guests and of course to taste the incredible food and wine and immerse yourselves in the culture and tradition.
I hope this has given you an insight into many different options if you have decided that you want to marry in Italy.
Once that decision has been reached, or if you need help in making a decision, get in touch with me at
and I will guide you on your way and help you plan the wedding of your dreams. www.onefinedayweddingconsultants.com