Friday, 27 December 2013

Dressing for your groom...

Recently I have spotted a growing trend for non traditional wedding dresses. From the mini dress to the colourful wedding dress, anything but the white wedding dress seems to be going from strength to strength.  I have often wondered if the bride consulted with her groom before she decided to strike out and make her very own fashion statement. 

Friday, 20 December 2013

The Italian Wedding Planner 
wishes you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year! 
Christmas hours:

We are on holiday from the 23rd December 
until the
 6th January 2014! 

Monday, 16 December 2013

Who said the bride must wear a white dress??

Elie Saab
These were the words I muttered this evening whilst talking to a friend and how true they are. What happens if you are not a bride who looks good in a white dress or are a bride who can't find a white dress that looks good on her? 
Brides,  defy tradition,  stand up tall and wear what makes you feel amazing! If you are looking for something different, we have had a lot of fun compiling our favourite 10 looks for non traditional  beautiful brides! 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Bridal hair ideas!

A lot of brides to be will be checking out all the different bridal hair styles for their wedding. My advice is start a Pinterest board and check out other peoples boards for ideas.  Over the coming months you will find the style you like the most emerging. All you have to do then is get your hair in tip top condition!

Have fun! 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Winter warmers

I am a massive fan of a winter wedding (especially a winter wedding in Italy!) I love the different textures, layers and colours that we can play with. I also have a thing for open fires, hot chocolate and fresh snow.  But what I am not a fan of is feeling cold and there is nothing worse than seeing a bride shivering and turning blue, which is why staying warm in style is so important for a winter bride! 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Feeling a little blue today...

I am so in love with this inspirational wedding shoot! It needs no words just feast your eyes! 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

It is the season to send out your save the date announcements!

Prints of beauty 
It is that time of year again when I find myself standing in the shop looking at so many different designs of Christmas cards and can not decide which one represents me best. So I feel for all my bride and grooms,  planning to send out their 'Save The Date' cards for their destination wedding in Italy, at the same time as their Christmas cards and faced with making the first big ''styling'' decision!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Where, when, how, to pop the question!


The proposal, probably one of the most never wrecking moments in a mans life, but one that will be recounted for many years to come! 

Anna had hired a photographer for a photo session with her boyfriend, Maksim during a holiday to Venice, but little did Anna know that Maksim had a plan of his own. He decided that this would be the perfect time for him to pop the question! Working with Luca Faz, their photographer, he made a plan for when and where it should happen.

Anna and Maksim strolled through St Marks square hand in hand and even though there was such a hustle and bustle, it still seemed like they were there all by themselves. Almost like they were in their own world. Transferring to San Giorgio they walked along the water, with St Marks in the backdrop,  the time came for the big moment and their photographer caught it all. How special is that? You will never forget that moment when you realise that this other person wanted to be with you for the rest of their lives. It is simply magical.

Totally worth booking a photographer to capture the moment! 

Monday, 2 December 2013

One Bride, One groom, will travel!! Part one...

When Sara first wrote to me asking for information, she introduced herself and her fiance as ''living in the US and love to travel!''  Sara and Jason had never been to Italy before, but Sara's great grandmother was from the old country and they felt it would be an ideal way to connect their past with their future!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Time for something adorable on a wintery Sunday afternoon...

Looking for a Italian element for your wedding in Italy? Look no further than this fun and stylish bar!  Perfect for supremely chic Bride and Grooms!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Cool grooms to make you swoon!

One for the men today and for the ladies! Lets bring on the boys and check out some of the finest looks for our grooms! 

Monday, 25 November 2013

It's a numbers game!

Unsure about naming your tables, want to keep it simple with numbers but still want that personal attention to the details? Then today I have lots of simple ideas for you to make even this small detail POP! 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

A romantic wedding in Pitigliano...

Wedding in Italy

A wedding - the start of a lifelong commitment, a promise to each other in front of loved ones, comes in many forms... This adorable wedding captured by Edoardo Agresti is best summed up in the words of the mother of the bride: 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Its engagement season!

Vintage in rose gold

As the 'Engagement season' gets underway let's take a moment to look at some of my fav engagement rings. Be prepared for a feast for your eyes! 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Something blue!

I just spotted this beautiful Fiat 1200 in one of our suppliers fleets and thought WOW this is the  perfect something blue to bring luck to the happy couple! 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Winter Wedding in the Dolomites.

There is something very special about a  winter wedding in the Dolomites.  With so many different options, textures, colours and fun qwerky elements add a back drop of snow covered mountains, open fires in cozy chalets that together create the perfect ambience for an elegant magical wedding party...

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Wedding dress shopping, where does one start?

Vera Wang 
Choosing the dress can set the theme for the whole wedding and we tend to go in with a pretty good idea of what we like and leave with a dress totally different but when you put it on... It felt perfect! Let's take a look at what will inspire future brides! 2014 is going to be a riot of colour, pink wedding dresses made a statement in last weeks fall wedding show, from the palest hint  to rich deep pinks but they were not the only colours on show, gold is also shining through! Lace and vintage especially 1930s Hollywood glamour will still be going strong next year and texture is also going to be big. Sleeves and straps are making a welcome appearance and we have also seen separates and trousers. One very strong theme is detail, be it layers or lace over lays, the designers have excelled in the fall shows with some of the most breathtaking details! 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

What makes the perfect wedding...

...A couple where you just feel the love and happiness radiating from them! 

I never tire of watching this video by Ivory Focus Films of Angela and Scott's wedding in Puglia. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


Photo by Alfonso Longobardi

Thursday, 19 September 2013

When is the best time of the year to get married in Italy?

This is my favourite time of the year, mind you I do say that about spring time in Italy too, actually I also say it in the winter and summer months... Umm every season is perfect for a wedding in Italy! But in Autumn the leaves are changing colour and the sun filters through the air making cameras happy as photographers are able to capture truly stunning photographs! 

Perfect for lunches outside and lush dinners inside beautiful venues, yet warm enough for outdoor bars and relax zones for later in the evening. 

Not too hot that some of your guests will feel uncomfortable, but still hot enough that the sun worshippers will be happy.  
Basically a wonderful time of year for a wedding in Italy! 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Sneak peek... A magical wedding in Venice!

Wow how beautiful is this photo of Rebecca and Luigi cutting their cake! Taken by one of their guests, it captures the elegance of a timeless wedding celebration in the heart of Venice. Check out that Murano glass chandelier! 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Bridal hairstyles, we give you the updo's and low downs on bridal hair.

You have the dress, bought the shoes and have been growing your hair for a year! Now you have the hardest decision to make, which hairstyle is right for you...

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Lebanese wedding in Italy

Legal requirements if both the bride and groom are Lebanese’s and resident in Lebanon 
wishing to get married in Italy:

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Perfect for a daring modern bride!

One of the biggest revivals we have seen in 2013 and continuing in to 2014 is  big and beautiful floral bridal headdressClaire Pettibone used floral crowns for her catwalks,at the start of the season and whoosh the trend was reborn!

Friday, 30 August 2013

The White Fashion Photographer creating magic!

How fab is this!!  
I would love to have one made showcasing The Italian Wedding Planner team hard at work! 

Promo video of Eigirdas Scinskas from Tomas Tamkvaitis (Tom Quiet) on Vimeo.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Wildflower ideas for a wedding in Ravello

Wildflowers are getting a lot of requests and could be in line to be a big trend for 2014. Personally I love small vases full of pretty delicate flowers and here in Italy during the spring and summer months in the mountains the countryside is bursting with colour. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

It really is all in the details!

Francesca is the perfect bride! She totally understood that the little details make all the difference and arrived with a case full of delightful treats for me to play with! Everything from beautifully printed menu's to Venetian masks for the party!  I hope to share with you some more photos from Francesca and Nic's beautiful wedding very soon, until then this is just a little teaser! 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Wedding of Laura and James

Simplicity and Love are the words which best described  the wedding of Laura and James  at Castello  di Vincigliata in Fiesole, Florence, Tuscany Surrounded by family and friends, the bride arrived on the arm of her father,  you could feel the emotion and love everyone had for this beautiful couple. 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Wedding in Venice... Magical!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The wedding of Laura and James sneak Preview!

So excited to see some of the photos by David Bastianoni of Laura and James beautiful blessing in the grounds of Castello Di Vincigliata, just outside of Florence! Here is one of my favourites! 

Photographer: David Bastianoni
Wedding Location: Castello di Vincigliata
Wedding Planner: Kelly Hayes The Italian Wedding Planner
Wedding Dress: Designed and created by the mother of the Groom
Flowers: Statti Fiori
Officiant: Giuseppe Rossi 
Ceremony Music: Alma project

Friday, 2 August 2013

Scenario five: When a British National resident in the UK is getting married to an Irish national in Italy.


Scenario five

When a British National resident in the UK is getting married to an Irish national in Italy.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Congratulations Dylan and Gabe!

Yesterday we were honoured to have witnessed the beautiful wedding of Dylan and Gabe in Sorrento. Surrounded by the most important people in their lives, their wedding was one full of love and laughter! 

I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the official photos, for now this is a little teaser from the talented Eigirdas Scinkas White Fashion Photographer  I am buzzing with excitement to see the rest of the photos!  

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Andrea and Anthony: A family wedding in Italy

When Andrea and Anthony first contacted me and told me the history of Anthony's grandfather leaving behind the small   village of Livo, in the Trentino  mountains, to move to America and how much it meant to the both of them to be able to get married in that village, I was moved by how they wanted to connect the past with their future.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

To mop up happy tears!

Vintage is still a big theme in 2013 and its shaping up to still be going strong in 2014! One of the reasons I love vintage, is all the little details that makes it  unique. The personal touches is what makes a wedding memorable. So when I came across the Wedding Chicks custom printed tea towels and hankies it started me thinking about printing on vintage hankies and check out what I found!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Best Styles of Wedding Dresses for Big Boobs

Carolina Herrera Wedding Dress Spring 2014 Bridal 3
Carolina Herrera Spring 2014, 
Shopping for your dress is one of the most daunting and exciting parts of planning your wedding. With 2014 trends being beautiful backs,  lace and details, there are so many beautiful dresses to choose from. Strapless, backless, full skirts, slinky, high neck, boat neck, rounds, v's and ooh its mind boggling. If you are lucky you will have the body that every dress you try on looks amazing, but what about the brides who have to think about, not the dress they dream of, but the dress that works on their shape and size? Suddenly the choice slims down and the stress levels go up!

Monday, 24 June 2013

When two British nationals are resident abroad (not Italy, not Commonwealth) wish to marry in Italy Scenario 6

Getting married in Italy does entail obtaining a few documents. I like to think if you have the information clearly in your head then this is not such a hard task and if you follow the steps it becomes part of the adventure!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Emma and James part 4 - Just married lets party!

One of the things friends will tell you is take some time out in the day for yourselves, if you have a good photographer they will suggest taking you off for a short photo session alone. If you have a really good photographer you will have moments when you wont notice them and you can have a private moment... That's exactly what Emma and James had, beautifully captured by Cinzia Bruschini, before they rejoined their family and friends for the feast of Tuscan delicacies, then danced the night away to one of the best bands supplied by Alma Project. Enjoy!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Emma and James part 3 - The details

Emma and James wedding was a truly joyous and intimate event, one where all of their guests had the opportunity to enjoy the happy and romantic atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside. The wedding ceremony was celebrated in the garden of the delightful Villa Belpoggio, followed by the wedding reception and party. Their  day was a wonderful reflection of their style and as I often say... It is all in the details...

Friday, 21 June 2013

Emma and James part 2 - The wedding!

I have such fond memories of planning Emma and James wedding in Tuscany. Being witness to the very obvious and tender love they have for each other still brings a smile to my face!

The Wedding!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Emma and James Part 1 - Getting ready!

I remember when Emma and James first got in touch from Australia, Emma's brief was vintage garden wedding and their wedding at Villa Belpoggio in Tuscany was exactly that! A wonderful day full of smiles and laughter which I am delighted to share with you!  Photos by the talented Cinzia  Bruschini. 

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Perfect summer wedding dresses!

Dress by Temperley London
The forecasted heat wave is upon us and has started me thinking of our summer brides getting married in Italy and the perfect dress to cope with the heat but still look elegant, composed and stay cool! 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Perfect post for a quiet Sunday morning... Chill out

The wedding is in full swing, people are on the dance floor, others are milling by the bar and then there are a few who want to take a pause, play a game, chill, smoke a cigar and sip a fine Cognac and where better than in a relax zone! 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Fabulous and fun wedding in Puglia!

I just love receiving photos and videos of our weddings, today's video made me beam with happy memories of Angela and Scotts wedding in the Puglia last month! Thank you David Smith for giving permission for me to share this with all of you!

Italy 2013 from David Smith on Vimeo.

Monday, 3 June 2013

A private villa for a private wedding celebration...

You know when you find that somewhere special and you just hope one day a bride and groom might look at it too and think ''wow this is somewhere special and perfect to host our wedding'' well today I found somewhere very very special.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Why we do our job...

Neil Walker climbing on boats to get the perfect shot of Sara and Jason wedding in Venice

There is something magical about a wedding. This week I have been working with the talented Neil Walker and when asked how he got in to wedding photography he replied that whilst shooting a friends  wedding as a favour, he thought there was something wrong with his camera and then realised it was because he was smiling so much he could not get his eye close to his camera. At that moment he understood the joy of shooting a wedding and seeing two people so happy that he decided to change the direction of his photography career. The rest as they say is history!

Follow Neil on FaceBook or check out his website

Sunday, 5 May 2013

50 wedding facts, trivia and superstitions

If you have been following us on Face book you may have seen our weekend titbits before but here they are all in one place! 

Here are 50 wedding facts, trivia  and superstitions to ponder as you plan your big day:

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

British nationals getting married in Italy

With all the changes for British Nationals getting married in Italy the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office has compiled the following videos to assist you! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us and we will guide you through the process.

Both British nationals:

One British national marrying a non British citizen:

Monday, 29 April 2013

Bridesmaid dresses on a budget!

Tesco £35.00

The other day I was in a department store and as I was looking around and saw a dress that could be a perfect bridesmaid dress and made me think about dressing your bridesmaids on a budget! 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Discover Puglia...

A REGION of Italy that in recent years has become very popular with the chic set. Probably due to the developments of boutique hotels and yummy spa's! I have this past year fallen in love with this area. The people are delightful and the food is divine! We have a wedding here this May and I have really enjoyed planning this wedding and am so excited to see it all come together!

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter

Buona Pasqua Buona Pasqua
Les Amis Photo

Thursday, 21 March 2013

British nationals legal requirements to get married in Italy 4.

Scenario four

When a British national, resident in Italy, wishes to marry a foreign national, Italian or otherwise

You should start this process no more than 6 months before your wedding date. There are two steps you have to follow:

British nationals legal requirements to get married in Italy 3.

Scenario three

When both parties are British nationals and both are resident in Italy

You should start this process no more than 6 months before your wedding date. There are two steps you have to follow:

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

British nationals legal requirements to get married in Italy 2.

Scenario two 

When a British National resident in the UK is marrying a foreign national (Italian or otherwise)

With effect from 1st March 2013, the procedure for British nationals, resident in the UK, planning to marry in Italy are as follows (if you are marrying an Irish national and you are resident in England and Wales, please see Scenario five listed on this website. If you are a British national UK resident marrying another British national UK resident please see Scenario one. If you are resident in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man please contact the Consular Section of the British Embassy in Rome)
You cannot start the documentation process more than 6 months before your wedding date, or 3 months if you are resident in Scotland.

The foreign national should separately contact their Embassy to understand the procedures they need to follow in order to marry in Italy.
There are 4 simple steps that each British national, resident in the UK, must follow to get the right paperwork for marrying in Italy.

Step 1 – Certificate of No Impediment

You need to obtain what’s called a Certificate of No Impediment, which is issued in the UK.

To do this you must give notice of marriage to your local registry office. After your notice has been posted for the required period you will be issued with a ‘Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage’, signed and dated by your local Registrar.
It is essential that the names you give to the Registrar, which will appear on your Certificates of No Impediment, are exactly the same as written in your passports. For example, Jim Harris on the Certificate, and James Harris-Ford on your passport might mean that the Italian authorities will reject your paperwork and refuse to allow the marriage to go ahead. Please take your passport with you to the Registry Office, just to be absolutely certain.

Step 2 – The Statutory Declaration

While you are waiting for your Certificate of No Impediment you should make a statutory declaration before a solicitor or public notary in the UK. You can download the bi-lingual statutory declaration here.

The declaration is required by the Italian authorities and gives additional information that isn’t detailed on your Certificate of No Impediment. The solicitor or public notary will charge a fee for this service. Fees will vary so it might be worth shopping around.

Step 3 – Legalising your documents for the Italian authorities

When you have your Certificate of No Impediment and you have made your Statutory
Declaration, you need to send them both to the FCO Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes for each to be legalised with a Hague Apostille. The Legalisation Office will charge for this – please check the current charges and procedure on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Step 4 – Translation of your Certificate of No Impediment (CNI)

Once both these documents have been legalised, you will then need to have the legalised Certificate of No Impediment translated. As it will become an Italian legal document it should be translated by a translator based in Italy and sworn before the Italian courts or an Italian Justice of the Peace. (Please note that Italian Town halls may also accept other types of official translation not covered in this guidance).  The Italian wedding planner offer  this service. A fee will be charged – fees vary depending on the translator. They will also charge a delivery fee to have the translation couriered back to you or to your wedding planner. The Statutory Declaration does not need to be translated since it is already in both languages.

The British national resident in the UK should have:
  • A Certificate of No Impediment – issued in the UK, legalised in the UK and then translated officially in Italy
  • A bilingual Statutory Declaration legalised in the UK
  • Passport
  • Any further documents specifically requested by yourComune of marriage.
Once all of these documents have been prepared, they should be sent direct to either your wedding planner or to the town hall where you intend to get married. There is no longer any requirement for wedding documentation for British Nationals resident in the UK to be sent to any British Consular Section in Italy for further processing.

It is always advisable for you, or your wedding agent, to check with the Town Hall where you intend to marry regarding extra documentation, for example photocopies of the passports of your witnesses, or how many days prior to the wedding you need to visit their offices.
Please note, under Italian law, a woman who has been divorced or widowed and wishes to re-marry in Italy cannot do so until 300 days have passed from the date of her divorce/death of husband. It is possible, however, to apply for a dispensation to this through the Civil Law Courts (Tribunale Civile). Further information should be obtained from the town hall (Comune) of the area where the marriage is to take place and you will probably need to appoint a lawyer.
Remember to ask the Comune to issue a multilingual marriage certificate for you after the ceremony if this is available. If not, the certificate will have to be translated into English.
Finally please note that your Certificate of No Impediment will be valid for six months from the date on your English, Welsh or Northern Irish CNI or three months if presenting a Scottish CNI.

British nationals legal requirements to get married in Italy 1.

The process for British nationals documents required to get married in Italy has changed. There are nine different scenario's which change the way in which documents are processed. Please find below scenario one for when  both parties are British nationals and both are resident in the United Kingdom.
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