Destination Wedding Planning in Italy
Last month, we were invited to Italy for a destination wedding planning tour of Liguria, with nine other international wedding planners. The trip was hosted by the Liguria tourist board and Love me in Italy, a collection of guides for those bride, grooms and wedding planners who wish to plan destination weddings in Italy The purpose of the tour was to educate top European wedding and event planners about Liguria and show us why it is a perfect location for an idyllic Italian destination wedding.
Destination Wedding Planning in the Italian Riviera
Located in north-west Italy, bordering southern France, Liguria is known as the “Italian Riviera” and has an abundance of natural beauty – it’s breathtakingly beautiful! Boasting magnificent mountain ranges, stunning coastlines, colourful fishing villages, historical architecture and numerous beautiful wedding venues, it’s a perfect location for a destination wedding. There are so many unique ideas for those couples looking to plan an Italian wedding in this area, from fishing ports of the Cinque Terre and incredibly stylish Portofino, to the luxury private villas and elegant hotels, there really is so many wonderful opportunities to create a very chic Italian wedding. With a mild climate all year round and regular flights to Genoa from the UK, this hidden Italian gem is growing in popularity as a destination wedding location.
During the tour, we were visited some of the most prestigious wedding venues in the region and thoroughly enjoyed the friendly Italian hospitality. We sampled local food and wine, walked along the beautiful sandy beaches, hidden along the rugged coastline and meandered through the streets of the quaint villages and thoroughly enjoyed the charm of this beautiful area.
We were introduced to the local wedding industry, met with venue owners, hoteliers and wedding suppliers, so that, should any of our couples wish to plan a wedding in Liguria, we already have so many fabulous connections there.
Thank you to Love me in Italy for a wonderful trip and to the following wedding suppliers for their hospitality:
Hotel Miramare – Sestri Levante – A four star hotel with a Michelin restaurant overlooking the beautiful Bay of Silence
Pietro Romanengo – a family run confectionery shop in Via Soziglia, a gorgeous old town in Genoa, which is over 200 years old and full of delicious treats.
Resort Baia del Silenzio The holiday village Baia del Silenzio is located in Caprioli town, a few miles from Capo Palinuro Cilento National Park. Nestled in a beautiful natural setting, lighted by Crystal reflections and colours of lush vegetation and lush greenery the Resort Baia del Silenzio is located directly by the sea in one of the most beautiful bays of the coast of the Cilento National Park.
Cinque Terre is a world heritage site and a beautiful national park with five little towns – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – all hill-side beach towns with steep pathways, stunning views of the crystal-clear sea and sandy beaches.
L’Eremo della Maddalena is a beautiful monastery and villa situated in the hills over looking Portifino, which guests can hire for the week or the weekend for a beautiful wedding
The vineyard estate Tenuta La Ghiaia – A secluded vineyard hidden in countryside, surrounded by acres of vineyards – perfect for outdoor Italian weddings
The Grand Hotel Savoia – A 5-star hotel in the centre of Genoa.
La Cervara Abbey – A converted ancient monastery that is now a luxury wedding venue
Villa Durazzo – A beautiful Italian villa located on a hilltop overlooking the Tigullio Gulf, the wedding venue of Rod Steward & Penny Lancaster!
Villa Lo Zerbino – A prestigious historic venue in the heart of Genoa, surrounded by acres of parkland with views of the city and the sea.
Palazzo della Meridiana – A beautiful historical palace located in the centre of Genoa, where we enjoyed a informative wedding workshop on our final day in Italy.
Simona Chiavaccini – A wedding Planner in Italy who helped to plan the trip with Love me in Italy
Photo Credit: Italian wedding photographer – Clara Bigaretti (& Planned for Perfection Iphone!)
If you would like to talk further about destination wedding planning in Liguria, call Jane on 07917273180