4 questions to choose the ideal floral designer for your destination wedding in Tuscany

Are you going to get married in Tuscany? Are you planning a destination wedding in Lucca, Florence or Siena?

It is time to find the ideal floral designer, so that your wedding in Tuscany could be a fairytale! Read more

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue in Tuscany

Let us help make your destination wedding in Tuscany come true in our charming region at one of our favorite venues of our portfolio.

We will be glad to translate your vision, navigate the geography, logistics and language with our full range oh services aimed to keeping the focus on fun, style and capturing your individuality.

We have access to amazing places as Villa Grabau and more, all around Tuscany.

You and your guests’ hearts will be fluttering!

We’d love to hear from you.

Are you researching the perfect venue
for your destination wedding in Tuscany?

This following roadmap will help guide you through steps in choosing the perfect venue for your destination in Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena and more.

1.
NUMBER OF GUESTS
FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING IN TUSCANY

Determine the number of guests for your boho weddding in Lucca, Pisa, Florence.
This is a step to do before even thinking about drawing up a list of potential venues.

Are you planning to have more than 200 guests at your big day in Tuscany?
In this case your venue scouting will be hugely restricted by that number.
For destination weddings in Tuscany with more than 150 guests the best solution is the exclusive hire of a venue.
We have many options in our portfolio, it depends on your style.

For smaller destination weddings in Tuscany, for example with 50 guests, it could be a good idea find a lovely agriturismo or a pretty restaurant in the historical center of Lucca.

2.
THE IDEAL BUDGET
FOR DESTINATION WEDDING IN TUSCANY

If you have an open-ended budget, for sure you can plan a great destination wedding in Tuscany.
In this case you will have an infinite selection of venue choices.
In case your finances are limited, you should be aware from the beginning of what your limitations are.
Please consider that a reliable wedding planner in Tuscany can always plan a great wedding day within a reasonable budget.

3.
SERVICES AND RESTRICTIONS OF THE VENUE
FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING IN TUSCANY

When you are looking for the perfect venue for your destination wedding in Tuscany, please don’t forget to consider the different services offered by the venue and carefully evaluate their value for the success of your event.
In some cases, the venues have a preferred vendor list you have to work with.
In other cases the owner of the property gives some restrictions on decor or other aspects of the wedding you have to take into consideration before choosing it.

Some useful questions to ask:

Does this venue offer a parking option?
Does this venue offer services like catering, floral arrangements, linen and table rentals?
Does this venue restrict what other vendors you work with?
Does this venue have a music time limit?
Does it offer security service?

Hopefully our guide will help you and your fiancee in the right direction and you will find together with your wedding planner the ideal venue for your wedding in Tuscany.

Please consider that the consultancy of a reliable wedding planner in Tuscany is fundamental in this part of the wedding planning.

We will be glad to help you in this process.
Have questions?
Please contact us

Benedetta and Simona

 

 

PHOTO COURTESY:

Stefano Santucci

 

 

ELOPEMENT IN TUSCANY: PLAN YOUR GETAWAY IN LUCCA

Elopements in Tuscany are really required and we are so happy to collaborate with couples that wish to get married in Tuscany.

Why organize your elopement in Tuscany?

We have the possibility to organize a civil ceremony or a symbolic one.
It depends on the couple needs and also on their willness to take care of paperworks.

Symbolic ceremony is the simplest one to arrange in Tuscany because we will not need any documents and no appointments in the governal offices.
The couple could also arrive in Tuscany the same day of the elopement with everything organized.
This solution is great because give you the possibility to organize the ceremony wherever you want and enjoy beautiful sceneries for your romantic getaway.

Elopement in Lucca, Tuscany

Lucca is a pretty town with a strategic location: just 30 minutes far from Pisa Airport.

It has a medieval setting, it is surrounded by walls and it boasts a charming and chic countryside filled of elegant Villas available to rent for your stay.
Lucca is the ideal place for an elopement because:

  • it is not prey of mass tourism;
  • it is the right way to enjoy the authentic Tuscany far from the overcrowded tourist-beaten tracks.

We have a wide portfolio of venues where to stay or where to organize your intimate wedding.

Winter Elopement in Lucca, Tuscany

If the couple wish to get married in Lucca or in another art city of our charming region, during winter we have some lovely proposals.
It depends if you prefer:

  • cozy atmosphere;
  • an elegant charme.

We will show you our best proposals for your elopement in Lucca in winter time.

Countryside Elopement in Lucca, Tuscany

Lucca boasts a chic countryside.
We know many farmhouses and stone houses with a breath-taking view on Lucca Valley.
We love planning ceremonies with these sceneries and landscapes above all in Tuscany.
We love arranging the panoramic terrace with a colourful floral arch and a classical musician as background music for the faithful yes.

Civil Elopement in Lucca, Tuscany

If you love the idea to get civilly married in Lucca, we will be your reliable partner to manage all paperworks and book the Lucca Town Hall.
According to the italian tradition the most required location is the town hall for civil ceremonies.

Description: a wonderful stairway (perfect for the bride entrance photos) starts from the hall where halls are lined in sumptuous silk. Ancient mirrors with golden frames. The ballroom where to get married is at the first floor, really elegant thanks to ancient frescoes in green and gold colures.

Would you like to organize your elopement in Tuscany?

Please send us an email describing your idea and we will be glad to start in researching the ideal place for your romantic getaway in Tuscany.

Benedetta e Simona

How to style your Dessert table for your wedding in Tuscany

Especially if you want to have an all night party, there is nothing better than a rich dessert table for the pit stops among the wild dances on the dancefloor.

The dessert table is a must for weddings 2.0!

In Italy we boast a string tradition of pastry: a wide variety of cakes, but also biscuits and pastries!

But what are the rules to set it up?
Some suggestion to create a Dessert Table for your Wedding in Tuscany truly unforgettable. 

1- TASTING IN A TUSCAN BAKERY

Many caterers offer their wedding cake and have their proposal for the dessert table.
To make this moment unforgettable for your wedding in Tuscany and add value, we suggest to our couples to schedule a tasting in a Tuscan Bakery.
We will guide the couple during the tasting and we will choose together the Wedding Cake.

At this point, we are ready to assist the couple in selecting the cakes that will be part of the dessert buffet.

Don’t forget to treasure the local gastronomy!

2- WHERE SET UP THE DESSERT TABLE

The wedding day consists of various moments and to each of these we love to select a relative space:
a well-defined space for the ceremony, one for the aperitif, then to follow the sitting dinner, the cut of the cake and the party after dinner.
According to our experience in planning wedding in Tuscany, the dessert buffet is to be positioned as close as possible to the dance area and the open bar.

3- HOW TO STYLE YOUR TUSCAN DESSERT TABLE

This depends a lot on the style you have chosen to give to your wedding.
Organizing a wedding in Tuscany often involves a country style, inspired by the bucolic countryside.
For the dessert buffet in these cases we love using wood materials, copper objects, alternating with glass and wild flowers.

If instead you have chosen a more classic and elegant style, in this case we play with lights, crystals and candlesticks.
The flowers will be peonies and roses and our calligraphy will create cards with the names of their cakes.

4- LET’S COLOR

Often the style of marriage is characterized not so much by a mood but by a color.
In the preparation of the buffet we like to use color, it creates harmony.
A trick to bring color to the buffet without inserting mousses and creams a bit ‘old fashion, are the French macarons.

Our proposals for the dessert table for your wedding in Tuscany are a lot.

We are looking forward to…  guiding you to your sweet tasting!

We offer our full consultancy on each aspect of your wedding day in Tuscany.
Write us an email to get more details.

Benedetta and Simona

DAY AFTER WEDDING BRUNCH

Goodmorning Wife and Husband!

Breakfast in bed is nice, isn’t it?

But we have a better idea to start your life, dear newlyweds: a wedding brunch.

Why have I a post-wedding brunch?

You might consider having one if:

  • You would like to recap the best moments of your wedding day with your dearest before they leave the wedding destination;
  • You would like to thank your guests for traveling so far for your destination wedding;

Where do you organize the post-wedding brunch?

We suggest to held the brunch near the wedding venue.

Tip: you married in a hotel having a restaurant or cosy lounge? Or you married in a Villa?

Ask your Wedding Planner to organize the brunch, arranging  a special menu for the occasion.

What is the better time for the brunch?

Be Careful About Timing!
If you had an evening wedding… the suggestion is to not schedule the brunch too early, above all if you have had a great party after dinner!
Leave time for everyone to be able to sleep in after the night’s festivities.

They will be happy of this.

K.I.S.

Keep It Simple!
Together with your Wedding Planner, you have already planned an elaborate affair!

It is better having an easy-going brunch and don’t worry too much about flowers and decorations.

And finally, don’t forget to relax!

Are you dreaming a destination wedding in Tuscany?

Send us an email and we will realize your dream with the best Made in Italy vendors and the most Stunning Villas.

Simona and Benedetta

 

 

A MINI GUIDE TO DESIGN THE PERFECT Wedding TABLESCAPE

The layout or tablescape, or as we use to say in Italy the “mise en place”, is really important.
We can say that is as essential as the dress is for the bride.
Even with a limited budget, if you choose a beautiful “mise en place” your work is already half done.

First step: how much to spend

Make sure you know how much you want to spend on décor: it is not easy understanding how much invest on it and your Wedding Planner will give you useful suggestions considering also that type of chairs you will use.

Second step: where the guests will spend their time

Think about where your guests will be spending the majority of their time.
Maybe at their table? In this case, you should plan to spend extra time and attention, and also budget, on the tablescape.

Third step: the table line

Define the table linen. They are in so different colors, fabrics, and textures.

Fourth step: the napkins

Define the napkin.
Please, select a napkin that is functional: a lace or sequin napkin is probably not going to be really comfortable.

Fifth step: the chairs

Determine what type of chair.
Please pay attention at this step, because there are many kinds of chairs and also different prices: the risk is to spend all the budget agreed only in chairs.

 

Sixth step: your centerpieces

Define the style of centerpieces. Do you prefer tall or short centerpieces? Have no idea?
Create a Pinterest Board with photos of the event that you love, share the Board with your Wedding Planner and with the Flower Designer too.

Trick: Have you saved many photos of centerpieces?
Print it to imagine it in the center of your tablescape. Or, better, ask to the flower designer to do a trial.

Seventh Step: flatware and glassware

There are so many options available, more traditional or more modern like square dinner plates or rose gold flatware!

Final touch: stationery

Determine the style of your stationery. It ranges from menus, thank you cards, seat cards and table numbers.
Endless possibilities: printed menus, romantic cards with calligraphy, place cards with cork…

YOU DO IT!

Congrats: you’ve designed your perfect Tablescape!

In our long experience in the Wedding Industry, we have defined the best approach to determine the Tablescape:
we propose a layered approach that allows us to build the layout from the “bottom” up.
In building from the bottom up, we can be sure that there is consistency across the different layers.

Would you like to know the latest trends for the tablescape?

Where to find the latest underplates and the vintage glasses?

We have a big portfolio of vendors all around Italy that rent all you can imagine.

Send us an email and we will be happy to send you our proposal.

Benedetta and Simona

MADE IN ITALY GOES TO THE ROYAL WEDDING

The Destination Wedding is the trend of the moment and it involves everyone, more than ever VIPs.

Many famous couples of Cinema and TV shows have chosen Italy for their wedding day, organizing truly exclusive parties in stunning Villas.

Did you remember the most recent ones? Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Florence, George Clooney and Amal Almuddin in Venice, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes near Rome, just to make few examples…

Italy is the land of love; singers, actors and models from all over the world know it well.

Nobles and royals know this too, as in the case of future spouses Harry and Meghan, who will marry at Windsor Castle in front of 600 guests this Saturday.

 

What to do when the love for Italy is strong but you have to get married in England?

 

Simply invite Italy as a guest at the Royal Wedding.

 

BOUQUET AND CONFETTI FROM ITALY

 

You got it right, Harry and Meghan have chosen Pelino, a specialized business company based in Sulmona, for their confetti and bouquets.

We are sure of this, thanks to a press release from the company.

It is not the first time that this happens. This tradition has been carried on by the English Crown for long time, both for the marriage of Carlo and Diana and, later, for William and Kate.

Imagine… the company has been contacted approximately a month ago, with a phone call directly from the British Embassy.

The staff of Pelino has created a flower in the colours of the English flag engraved by hand with the names of the couple. Also seven qualities of confetti have been delivered to the Embassy obviously prepared following the recipe dating back to 1400.

Immense satisfaction for the company but also for all of us.

Knowing that Made in Italy continues to make people talk about our story, it is a truly and immeasurable gratification.

Are you dreaming a Made in Italy wedding?

Send us an email and we will realize our dream with the best Made in Italy vendors.

 

Simona and Benedetta

THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE: HER ROLE IN THE WEDDING PLANNING

During our long experience we have met many brides, and… many mothers of the bride!

What a joy know that your lovely girl is getting married! Isnt’t it?

But what is the role of the mother of the bride in the wedding planning?

It is changed in the years.

Once upon a time, she was really important in the organization.
The main reason was to have her own dreams realized.

Nowadays the daughter is the leading actor: she will probably have her own vision and personal ideas.
And often they are drastically different with the mother ones.

Today we would like to give you a sort of list regarding responsibilities of the mother of the bride in the wedding Planning, also about destination wedding in Tuscany.

TO DO LIST FOR THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

  • Be a warm listener and a source of support for your daughter;
  • Help the bride find the wedding dress of her dreams;
  • Help the daughter in selecting the best Wedding Planner for her destination wedding and support her during the Venue Scouting;
  • Choose your dress as soon as possible, then let the groom’s mother know what you have choose.
    A suggestion: send her a photo of your choice, maybe you can be dressed in a similar way. Why not?
  • The wedding budget : deepen this aspect with your daughter and her future husband being clear on how much you will contribute;
  • Attend the wedding shower, the daughter will be so pleased of it! And don’t forget to take part at the rehearsal dinner.
  • The wedding day: escort the bride down the aisle, and why not read something special during the ceremony?

 

Finally help your daughter will any other details she asks you to, you will be fundamental for her in this unforgettable day!

THE WEDDING PLANNER AND THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

We will be glad to know your mother and involving also her in the planning, but at first respecting the bride vision and her will in each aspect of the wedding day.

In case of different visions, the role of the Wedding Planner as a third part is to try to find an agreement and a compromise so that the bride and her mother could be both happy.

We are glad to know more about what you are looking for your wedding day in Tuscany.

Send us an email with your ideas.

 

Simona e Benedetta

 

HOW TO USE PINTEREST FOR YOUR WEDDING IN TUSCANY

Tuscany is renown all around the world for its beauty: art cities, wonderful landscapes, excellent wines and tasty food.
The collective imagination compares the Tuscan Life Style to beautiful open spaces, dinner with a view at the sunset.
A healthy lifestyle, stone houses, medieval borgos, vintage cars and lot of bucolic activities among vineyards and olive trees. Immersed in the greenery.

If you are going to get married in Tuscany, one of the first step that each bride-to-be does is start to pin and create Pinterest Board.

If you text Wedding in Tuscany on Pinterest you will find lot of pictures about wine wedding theme, garland with olive leaves, customized olive oil bottles and centrepieces with lemons.

Today we would like to give you 5 suggestions.

1- ARE YOU DREAMING A UNIQUE WEDDING?

Every bride-to-be wants her destination wedding to be unforgettable.
For this reason, we assert that making decor decisions based on what everyone else has already pinned research Wedding in Tuscany, isn’t the best solution.
Let your Wedding Planner together with the team of collaborators to give you their proposals according their experience.

2- THE WEDDING HAIR IDEAS BOARD

Are you researching a hair and make-up artist to take care of your preparation?
Finally, you have find the one of your dreams and you show her your “Wedding Hair Ideas” board. It shows over 100 pins of very, very different styles.
In this case too, Pinterest can create confusion more than selection.

3- THE WEDDING DIY ON PINTEREST

Pinterest boasts a lot of crafty solutions.
Home-made place cards, ceremony fans, photo booth props, confetti cones and more.
Please pay attention: there’s often an insanely over-the-top tablescape, fireworks display, or dress with a price tag that’s bigger than a mortgage down payment.
With this tick the wedding DIY proposals seem to be more stunning than in reality.

4- WEDDING PLANNING ON PINTEREST IN NUMBERS

When the bride-to-be starts with the planning, she is assaulted by a sort of compulsive addiction with social sharing site with wedding tips. Over 176 million people all around the world are Pinterest users and 38 million Pinterest boards are dedicated to weddings.
In particular the 70 % of brides make bridal inspiration boards before they’re engaged.
Please consider this aspect.

5- THE FALSE PERFECTION ON PINTEREST

The virtual pin-world seems like fertile ground for people into unattainable ideals of perfection.
Several pins represent things to do with ribbon, a glue gun, mason jars…
Everything seem so easy to do and so easy to obtain, without forgetting the big quantity of pins with tealights, hurricane vases. If you will require this quantity of candles to your Wedding Planner, she will break your heart affirming that in this case the 10% of your budget will be absorbed to create your candlelit walk.

IS IT TIME TO STEP AWAY FROM PINTEREST?

No! Don’t get us wrong.
Pinterest could be useful to deepen the preferences of the couple, and we love pinning too.
It is time to use Pinterest cleverly and to let the Wedding Planner be able to give you consultancy.

Are you dreaming a destination wedding in Tuscany?

Send us an email and we will be glad to collaborate whit you.

Simona e Benedetta

How to plan a Wedding Weekend?

Destination weddings are so popular nowadays: Tuscany is the first region in Italy, it boasts the most numbers of wedding of foreign couples and we are so glad about this!

The reasons are a lot: natural beauty, architecture, amazing views and wide portfolio of venues.

In Tuscany there are also so many art cities as Florence, Siena and our pretty town… Lucca!
With its strategic position and classy atmosphere is the ideal destination for a wedding weekend.

But first of all, what is a wedding weekend?

It is usually a 3 days celebration:
the couple decides to get married not at home but invites their guests to fly away with them.

Destination? Destination Wedding.

The wedding will last 3 days, there will be time to welcome everybody at the venue, organize activities together, plan a rehearsal dinner .

Finally (but not last) the wedding day!
Why not last?

Because the day after.. it’s time to brunch all together!

Are you in love with destination weddings in Tuscany?

Here below 3 important tips for a successful wedding weekend in our charming region

WHERE TO STAY

How to make a wedding weekend works?
The essential thing is concentrate the major part of guests in the same area:
the same historical estate or country house, or just nearby.
We use to suggest also urban wedding weekend, giving to our couple a selected list of accommodation inside the city: b&b, boutique hotels and exclusive accommodation (for all budgets).
Guests will decide where to stay inside the town.

For do this is important an excellent planning and coordination:

to make things work, they must be easy.

We have to be honest: this is the hardest part of the planning, find the right venue suitable to accommodate your guests. But we are here to give you our consultancy and show you our portfolio of accommodation villas nestled all around our region.

THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING

On the Friday of your wedding weekend in Tuscany the keywords are two:

Welcome: organize a lovely rehearsal dinner, in perfect Italian style. It must be informal but at the same time refined! How to do it? Read more here;

Icebreaking: organize nice activities so that the two sides could start to be more confidential. Examples: bike tour by night, dancing, quiz and so on. More activities listed here.

THE DAY AFTER THE WEDDING

On the Saturday of your wedding weekend in Tuscany the keywords are two:

– Hangover: We know, weddings are the often the occasion to drink a little bit more… Be prepared!
The are a lot tried-and-true methods to cure a post-wedding hangover: use them, create an hangover kit for your guests so that everybody can get the glow back stat.

– Brunch: Maybe a pic-nic, or a simple bbq all together around the pool.
Organize a brunch for the day after the wedding to say goodbye to your guests in the best way!

Are you curious about what we can organize to make your wedding weekend truly exclusive?

Send us an email and we will be glad to give you our consultancy!

Simona e Benedetta