The average cost of hiring a wedding vendor is €1,500 (not
including legal costs). Some consular offices will also charge a
processing fee for the required documents, which can add up to about
$500. The legal marrying age in Italy is 21 years old; if you are
younger, you will need an affidavit of consent from parents or guardians.
You can also get a common law marriage at the Civil Registrar, but
you will need two witnesses.
Unfortunately, you can’t have your wedding
on a beach or a vineyard. All civil ceremonies have to take place
in a town hall, or property owned by the local government. Don’t
worry, this doesn’t mean you’ll be saying “I do”
in a dusty, clinical bureaucratic office. These government properties
include some of the most amazing palaces, villas, manors, hotels
and castles. Even the offices themselves are historical treasures,
many of which were commissioned to the world’s greatest architects
and painters (after all, the government was one of the most affluent
patrons of the arts!). Here are some of the most popular wedding
For obvious reasons, Rome is a popular place to hold Roman Catholic
weddings. There are numerous chapels and churches, and the city
itself is very meaningful for Roman Catholics. There are some places
that regularly hold group weddings, which can help those who are
concerned about the costs. For those who wish to have civil weddings,
you can also arrange one in the town hall, considered to be a historical
There are many places where you can hold your wedding in Tuscany.
You can try the Chianti region, known not only for its world class
wines, but its well preserved architecture, and quiet and idyllic
landscape: rolling olive groves, vineyards, and miles of sunflowers
dancing under the blue sky. Hold your ceremony at a Medici Villa
or a medieval castle, or at the quiet cobblestone town halls. Some
famous marriage destinations in Italy include Cortona (made famous
by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun) whose beautiful landscape feels
like it’s wrapped in an eternal summer, and Siena (a medieval
hill town just a short drive away from some of the region’s
most picturesque castles; arrange a wedding there, or hold it at
the beautiful town hall, the main square, or the Piazza del Campo).
What better place to tie the knot, than
in the cultural capital of Florence. The Sala Rossa, a Protestan
Church, is ideal for religious ceremonies, while there are many
romantic villas for civil rites. This city is also home to some
of the world’s most important art collections, and you’ll
spend many blissful hours roaming the museums.
One of the world’s most romantic islands, it inspired D.
H. Lawrence to write “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,"
was the chosen honeymoon escape of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton,
and was even described by the poet Goethe as the key to Italy's
soul. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque landscape: it
is dotted with Gothic churches, Norman castles, and Greek temples;
hills, forests, and fiery volcanoes. Most civil weddings are held
in the open-air courtyards.
Why not “sail” into your new
future by holding your wedding in Venice, of the famous gondolas?
Catholic weddings can be held at the crypt of San Marco in St. Mark’s
Square, or the Church of San Giacomo. Non-religious weddings can
be held at any of the hotels by the Grand Canal or historical palaces.
These palaces have gardens and hidden courtyards, as well as elegant
rooms decked with some of the finest works of art.