Legend has it that the Amalfi coast was named
for a nymph so beautiful she captured the heart of a god. And yes,
there is something about this seaside resort, said to be one of
the most breathtaking coastlines in Europe, that charms and enthralls
all who see it. This is a place you will love, and a place where
you can fall in love.
That is why the Amalfi coast is one of the best
settings for a destination wedding. What better way to say “I
Do”, than against a backdrop of a perfect Italian sunset,
surrounded by vast mountain ranges, and the hushed whispers of a
If you plan to have a civil wedding, you can hold the proceedings
at the local town hall. The town mayor can officiate the ceremony.
The terraces overlook some of the Amalfi coast’s most picturesque
landscapes (imagine how beautiful your wedding photos will be!),
and you can hold your wedding reception in true Mediterranean style:
al fresco, plates heavy with the fresh catch of the day.
Another possible venue for a destination wedding
in Amalfi is the former Benedictine Monastery. Dating back to the
12th century, it is thought to be one of Italy’s most ancient
marriage halls. To further celebrate the country’s rich traditions,
you can have your wedding music set to guitar and mandolin.
For a more sophisticated and elegant civil ceremony,
you can choose from any of the luxury hotels that dot the coasts
of Amalfi. Many of these five-star hotels have been the favoured
vacation getaways of celebrities like Julia Roberts. You can arrange
for a wedding and honeymoon package, which will give you better
rates for rooms and use of the facilities for the reception.
If you wish to have a religious wedding, you can
hold it at the San’t Andrea Church, a 10th century structure
with lavish Gothic architecture and a history that only adds to
the sense of romance. As you take your vows at its altar, you can
think of how thousands before you have stood in that very same spot.
The impressive staircase leading to its front doors is an enchanting
setting for your first photo together as a couple, and can make
for a dramatic entrance, especially with a long veil. There is also
a majestic cathedral in the heart of Amalfi, although it only allows
catholic rites, and several smaller private chapels tucked into
the villas. Some couples even arrange to have their receptions at
the villa grounds.
After the wedding, of course, is the honeymoon — and with
everything you can see and do in Amalfi, you will be able to make
many happy memories to bring home with you. Toast to your new life
together at the numerous restaurants that line the Piazza Flavio
Gioia, or rent a boat that will take you through a day trip to any
of the neighboring villages. Take a short drive to the legendary
Pompeii, or hike along the “Path of the Gods”, which
winds along some of the most breathtaking views in Europe.