• Saying 'I do' in Italy

    Saying 'I do' in Italy

    The legal, civil ceremony in Italy is fairly basic. The registrar will read three articles from the Civil Code and read the declaration in the marriage register. The ceremony doesn't actually include any vows or rings.  But this allows you to personalise your ceremony to the max with readings, music, vows - traditional or written personally by yourselves - and[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Civil ceremony at San Galgano

    Civil ceremony at San Galgano

    Many couples contact us asking if we can arrange a legal, civil ceremony in the grounds of a villa or in a park, but it is only possible to marry where the venue belongs to the town hall.  For this reason lots of couples opt for a low key civil ceremony in the town hall followed by a symbolic ceremony at[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Over to the bridegroom...

    Over to the bridegroom...

    We usually work closely with the bride as we plan a wedding, sharing colour coded lists, excel files and pinterest pages, but Ruth and Sean's wedding in August was a wedding with a difference: we did 99% of the planning directly with the groom. 'Simplicity' and 'no fuss' were the key words right from the outset and we worked via skype and[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Down Under the Tuscan Sun

    Down Under the Tuscan Sun

    Kim and David contacted us a year ago for help with organising a 5 day event which would see guests flying in to Tuscany from Australia and Europe.  As the weeks went by the guest list grew so extra accommodation and coaches were booked to transport the guests to and from the three different venues. As well as organising the wedding event, we arranged: a[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Number crunching...

    Number crunching...

    Our last few weddings have seen a significant change - more and more couples are contacting us once they have chosen their venue already, often because they have already been there or because they have already done some independent research online. Here are a few things to be considered along the way to avoid hidden costs which may catch you out along the way: Accommodation[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Wedding hair and make up

    Wedding hair and make up

    One of the top concerns of our brides - after the dress! - is hair and make up. We work with a carefully selected team and there are a number of options available. Hair While some brides have been lucky enough to have a hairdresser friend among their guests, others need the help of a pro while they're here. It is generally[...CONTINUE READING...]
    How to choose your wedding photographer

    How to choose your wedding photographer

    Your  wedding photos will be a huge part of your day, as will your photographer, so here are a few pointers to help you. 1. Style - are you looking for something traditional with posed shots or something which captures moments behind the scenes which would otherwise go unnoticed, pr perhaps a combination of both? Do you want a DVD or[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Matt and Paula, 20 September 2014

    Matt and Paula, 20 September 2014

    Paula and Matt first came to Italy for a venue visit in October 2013, looking for somewhere typically Tuscan, with breathtaking, panoramic views. Terre di Nano in Monticchiello had made the shortlist and as they walked around the gardens and the terraces with their views across the rolling hills to the Tuscan villages of Pienza and Montepulciano I knew it[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Brian and Alison, 21 August 2014

    Brian and Alison, 21 August 2014

    Having worked at Camping Girasole in Figline Valdarno many summers ago, Brian wanted to bring Alison to Tuscany to get married here, and they chose the stunning backdrop of Villa Casagrande in Figline to share their special day with family and friends from both the UK and Italy. Brian and Alison had an informal engagement photo shoot in the grounds of the[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Siena wedding, 26 July 2014

    Siena wedding, 26 July 2014

    This summer has been a wash out with thunderstorms and temperatures well below the average and it seems that every wedding we have had so far this year has had the threat of rain (or rain!) and there have been lots of emails from worried brides about the forecast!  Today was no exception but the sun managed to come out[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Elope wedding with a difference

    Elope wedding with a difference

    When I met up with a good friend over lunch in Arezzo last October we caught up on all our news and we joked about her eloping to Italy to get married. When I told her I'd organise it for her I was sincere but I didn't really expect that our chat would actually culminate in a wedding! By the end[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Wedding trends for 2014

    Wedding trends for 2014

    As 2013 draws to an end our 2014 brides are getting excited because this is finally going to be the year they get married! So what are the trends going to be for 2014? We predict: - a shift from shabby chic to vintage glamour - shorter dresses with higher necklines - hairpieces without veils to show off dresses with dramatic backs - bolder colours in[...CONTINUE READING...]
    How to choose your wedding photographer

    How to choose your wedding photographer

    You’ve chosen your venue and confirmed the date. The next important thing is to choose and book your photographer. No doubt you’ll be looking for someone who can provide you with shots which capture the essence of the day,  the emotions and expressions of you and your guests, as well as recording the smaller details, so you can look back[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Paul and Jan, Elope wedding 19th September 2013

    Paul and Jan, Elope wedding 19th September 2013

    Paul contacted us at the end of June because he and Jan had booked a holiday in Italy in September and he wanted to surprise Jan with their wedding when they were here! Unfortunately, the legal procedure meant that he couldn't do things without her finding about it so he broke the news to her - but she was thrilled[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Congratulations to Sarah and Thomas!

    Congratulations to Sarah and Thomas!

    We have collaborated with Gio from Accent Events on several weddings and when she contacted us because she was organising a wedding package for Sarah and Thomas, a young couple who were eloping to get married in Tuscany, we were more than happy to help with the arrangements.  We assisted her with the creation of the wedding package, which included[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Let's run away and get married in Tuscany...

    Let's run away and get married in Tuscany...

    This summer has seen the start of a new trend - for us at least - with couples eloping to Tuscany to get married. More and more couples are opting to elope and get married while they are here on holiday. This way they keep their wedding as stress-free, as intimate and as personal as possible  - and why not -[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Lisa and Richard, 21st July 2013

    Lisa and Richard, 21st July 2013

    The venue for Richard and Lisa's wedding in July was Hotel Villa Casagrande in Figline Valdarno, where Richard had proposed to Lisa on a recent trip to Italy. The wedding ceremony and reception were held in the Cloister and the focal point was the well which was adorned with flowers, candles and fairylights. A string trio was playing to welcome guests as they[...CONTINUE READING...]
    A new procedure for getting married in Italy

    A new procedure for getting married in Italy

    This summer sees the end of the Nulla Osta for British nationals who are resident in the UK who wish to get married in Italy. As of the end of August there will be a new procedure which couples will have to follow but it sounds more complicated than it is! You cannot start the documentation process more than 6 months[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Venue of the month - April

    Venue of the month - April

    Traditional oak beams, terracotta floors, soft cotton bedlinen, simple furnishings and light, airy rooms. Woodland, stunning sunsets and the sounds and scents of nature. Low key and laid back, enjoying the great outdoors and spending quality time together.  If this is your idea of a Tuscan backdrop for your wedding, Villa Toscana is the right place for you. The villa is[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Venue of the month - March

    Venue of the month - March

    It was a miserable February morning the first time we went to visit Fattoria di Mandri with one of our 2014 brides, but even though it was raining the Villa, the grounds and the panoramic views were wonderful, and it was not difficult to imagine how stunning it would be  in the sunshine! If you are looking for a Medici Villa[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Venue of the month - February

    Venue of the month - February

    When you describe your dream wedding, are the words 'rustic',  'relaxed' and ' romantic' at the top of your list? If so, this is the place for you. La Selva is a private, family villa located in 32 acres of grounds, which offers absolute privacy and intimacy. As you enter the villa you immediately feel the welcoming atmosphere, and it is[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Grazie!!

    Grazie!!

    You may still be in the early stages of planning your wedding but as we are super-organised we like to plan ahead!! When you plan your guest list it is a really good idea to save names and addresses on an excel file so you can add a column with details about the gifts you receive and another column to[...CONTINUE READING...]
    From newly engaged to newly weds - how we can help

    From newly engaged to newly weds - how we can help

    You've got the ring and made your happy announcement to friends and family...now what? First you need to decide if you want to get married in Italy. If you are unsure, do a quick brainstorm of pros and cons - we find it helps when making big decisions ;-)  Getting married in Tuscany has so many things going for it -[...CONTINUE READING...]
    A wedding with bambini?

    A wedding with bambini?

    It's one of those difficult questions which all couples have to consider when planning their budget and guest list.  Shall we invite children or not? If we don't invite our friends' children what will they say when they see our nephews and nieces dressed up as pageboys and bridesmaids? Getting married abroad might cause even more of an issue - can[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Venue of the month - January

    Venue of the month - January

    A new year, a new venue. For our first blog post of 2013 we have selected Hotel Villa Casagrande, the venue where we organised our first 'big' wedding in 2004 and a venue which played an important role for us in 2012. The original Villa dates back to 1392 and the interiors are adorned with priceless paintings, frescoes, furniture and coats of[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Venue of the month - December

    Venue of the month - December

    December is a magical month and we so wanted to present a venue with a special atmosphere - not only this month but all year around. Villa Barberino is located on a hill top in Meleto, a small village in the Province of Arezzo. As you enter the hamlet and walk through the grounds to the reception it is hard to[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Winter wedding?

    Winter wedding?

    While the wedding season tends to be busiest between May and September, there are a lot of good reasons for having a winter wedding. Winter is 'off-peak' and this means it is possible to negotiate for special deals as suppliers are happy to have the business when they are relatively quiet. Some venues do close for the winter months but others[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Flowers or fakes?

    Flowers or fakes?

    Flowers are one of the key features of any wedding, and with brides requesting sunflowers in March and peonies in September it is not always possible to source your dream flowers while keeping to budget! Silk flowers today are often so realistic it is impossible to tell the difference - especially if you put them in a vase with water. One of[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Venue of the month - November

    Venue of the month - November

    Sitting inside on a cold, rainy November afternoon, summer feels like a long way off, and thinking about hot chocolate and log fires brought us to think of this venue! Residence San Leo is a country house with character in the Chianti hills which has been converted into 9 holiday apartments for 2-6 guests, each of which has its own individual[...CONTINUE READING...]
    How can you involve your own children at your wedding?

    How can you involve your own children at your wedding?

    More and more couples are choosing to tie the knot after having already started a family, and aside from the obvious choice of page boys and bridesmaids there are lots of ways in which you can involve your children. Invitations - Use a family photo and make your own invitations (for example using moo.com, snapfish.com). Or have the children draw a[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Venue of the month - October

    Venue of the month - October

    Gavillaccio is a medieval hamlet which has been lovingly restored by Lorna and Eugenio to provide 8 beautiful apartments which can accomodate approx 35 people. Their mission is to provide Courtesy, Quality, and a Personalised Service, and having worked with them on several weddings we can guarantee that you won't be disappointed. You will be able to relax completely, knowing[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Congratulations Simon and Caroline!

    Congratulations Simon and Caroline!

    When Caroline and Simon contacted us last October they had already booked their venue and accommodation and were looking for someone to assist at their civil ceremony. We also arranged some of the smaller details - flowers, hairdresser and music.  Caroline had  booked a small complex of villas for a group of around 50 friends and family members, as well[...CONTINUE READING...]
    Venue of the month - September

    Venue of the month - September

    Villa La Palagina is in the hills just above the small town of Figline Valdarno, in the Chianti countryside between Florence, Siena and Arezzo. The track to the villa leads up through age-old olive groves and vineyards, and as you enter the grounds you are met by spectacular views from the terrace.  You can have your aperitivo served by the[...CONTINUE READING...]