When I dream about destination weddings, I don’t think about beaches and exotic locations. My dreams are full of vineyards, delicious food and drink and the most beautiful backdrops. Yes, I love everything about weddings in Italy and maybe after I’ve shared these ideas for an Italian wedding with you, you might be experiencing amore too. So, without further ado, let’s say ciao to some truly bellissimo Italian wedding inspiration…
The most important thing as you start to plan your Italian wedding is to find the venue of your dreams. Lots of Italian vineyards host weddings so spend some time online researching regions and specific locations so that you’ll be able to host your big day at a venue that’s perfect for you. You might be looking for a large venue with lots of accommodation or you might prefer a more intimate setting but whatever you want, I can promise you, your ideal venue is out there!
Italian vineyard weddings need lots of natural, botanical motifs and details and a palette that’s based around green tones will be just beautiful. Silvery green shades reflect olive leaves whilst more vibrant greens reflect the leaves of the vineyard. You can add in pinks, peaches or even blues for contrast alongside whites and creams so take your inspiration from your venue and from the season of your wedding.
Images: Top Row Left via Style Me Pretty by Xavier Navarro| Top Row Right via Green Wedding Shoes by Julie Michaelsen Photography|Second Row Left via Brit + Co by Amalie Orrange Photography| Second Row Right The Golden Beauty headband by Glitzy Secrets| Third Row Left Pearls of Gold Bracelet by Glitzy Secrets| Third Row Right Style Me Pretty (as Before) by Onelove Photography| Bottom Row Left via Style Me Pretty by Coco Tran | Bottom Row Right via Style Me Pretty (as Before) by onelove photography (as Before)
When it comes to your bridal look, an organic, unstructured gown will be perfect. Think laces that include leaf-like patterns or opt for light tulle skirts for a super romantic look. I would wear pearls for an Italian wedding – they’ll look deliciously lustrous in the light and the soft shapes are almost grape-like! The Golden Beauty headband from Glitzy Secrets would be brilliantly easy to wear, however hot it might get whilst the Pearls of Gold earrings and bracelet add just the right amount of sparkle.
An Italian wedding will definitely take place al fresco and with such gorgeous backdrops, you really don’t have to do too much with decorations. Wine barrels that mark the entrance to the ceremony area, long tables for dining that look out over the vineyard itself and lots of gorgeous greenery will be more than enough. If you want to add fairylights, bunting or candles in lanterns, you’ll have the most stunning wedding imaginable!
However, there are plenty of details that you can add that will make sure that your guests know that they’re at an Italian wedding. Firstly, your menu needs to be a true Italian feast! Find out what the local delicacies are, use local produce and don’t forget lots of social, sharing food such as antipasti. An olive bar is a great alternative to serving canapes during your drinks reception and make sure that the wine is flowing all day long.
Images: Top Row Left via Brides by Leah Photography| Top Row Right by Pretty In Print | Second Row Left Pearls of Gold Earrings by Glitzy Secrets| Second Row Right via Green Wedding Shoes by Paula O'Hara | Third Row Left via Strictly Weddings by Three16 Photography| Bottom Row Left via Bajan Wed by Carrie Patterson Photography| Bottom Row Right via Thoughtful Misfitisfit
You can also take inspiration from your surroundings for details such as seating plans and favours. Your escort cards could sit in corks or you could create a table plan using a wine rack as the base. Little bottles of local olive oil or Limoncello would be brilliant wedding favours and you could even use postcards from the local area as your save the dates cards or invitations.
Finally, make the most of your time in Italy so why not extend your celebrations? You could organise a pre-wedding meal in a local trattoria or opt for a wine tasting session, tour of the local area or relaxed brunch after the big day. Whatever you choose, your Italian wedding will be one everyone will remember.
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