Where To Start When You’re Planning an Italian Destination Wedding
Just because the planet is on hold when it comes to travel right now, doesn't mean that your wedding planning should come to a complete stop. Planning takes time and when you need to get it right, preparation is key. So we have Fine Art Curation Italian photographer Anna Gianfrate to talk to us about planning your wedding in Italy when you're thousands of miles away in the US...
"With a background in fine art, my photographic style combines fine art and editorial look while documenting all the big and little moments on a wedding day. I also love to capture all the gorgeous details my couples have planned for their special day, so that they can look back at their photos and remember how beautiful their reception space looked or how gorgeous the florals were. I feel so lucky to have this dream job of capturing love and happiness for my couples, my goal is to create timeless images for my clients that they will cherish forever. It’s such an honor for me to create memories for my couples, having the chance to tell their unique story through my images."
Deciding on the destination
Italy is a beautiful country from North to South and it's on the bucket list of many as we'll be able to travel again. I have a special spot in my heart for my birthplace region: Puglia. Puglia is a southern region located in the "heel of Italy's boot" known for its centuries old masserias, ancient towns, beautiful sea and thousands of years old olive trees. Another wonderful option is Tuscany, with its rolling hills, amazing wine and gorgeous villas or the romantic and luxurious Lake Como.
How to find vendors for that country
The best way to find a photographer for a destination wedding, it's to work with a wedding planner that will suggest you vendors based on your taste, budget and personality. Also looking on Instagram and Pinterest it's a great way to do a first selection of photographers that you like, find inspiration for your wedding and start gathering ideas. I split my time between Italy and NYC so I'm often able to meet my couples in NYC before their destination wedding in Italy, and when it's not possible, a video call is a great way to get to meet each other. I always recommend making a call with your vendors before booking them so you can get a sense of their personality and decide if they are a fit for you.
Things to consider
Flexibility is the key word for everything these days, consider a weekday date if your favorite vendors are all booked up on weekends after all the postponements from 2020, for destination weddings it won't change much if you get married on a Saturday or on a Wednesday as most of your guests will travel to the destination and stay for a few days.
Consider hosting a welcome party the day before the wedding and a farewell brunch the day after your wedding to create a wonderful weekend experience for your guests, maybe with a fresh pasta making class or a wine tasting class.The best time to get married in Italy is from June to October but it really depends on the area you are looking at, for example if you're thinking about a beautiful Fall wedding, talk to your planner who can recommend the best locations and venues for the change in seasons and those amazing outdoor portraits full of browns and reds! Rely on your wedding planner for virtual tours of venues if you can't travel at the moment, you would be surprised at how many couples choose their destination wedding venue without visiting it in person! Trusting the vendors you book is the key for a wonderful and enjoyable experience.
Light is everything, make sure to include in the wedding day timeline some time for sunset photos, you don't want to miss that Tuscan golden light!
I'm positive for 2021 Summer and Fall for weddings to resume, maybe on a smaller scale, and 2022 is already booking up fast. For this year I would recommend always checking with local authorities for current rules on gatherings and safety measures and be ready to adjust your plans to them. We are all so ready to be back celebrating love!
A huge thanks to Anna for her expertise on planning an Italian dream wedding from afar. If you'd like to see more of Anna's work, just head right here for a plethora of Tuscan scenes, Puglia receptions and Lake Como ceremonies...
Photography: Anna Gianfrate