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Amalfi Coast Weddings


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 pristine ocean?

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.

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