10 Ways to make your Italian Destination Wedding less expensive!
We've put together some top tips on how to save money when planning your dream Italian Destination Wedding.
- Try to book off-peak season if you can
Understandably this may not always be possible for families who want to invite children who are of school age but the cost for accommodation and flights are obviously hugely more expensive during the school holidays
- Avoid Saturdays
In the UK Saturday is generally the day to get married, however if you and your guests are in Italy for a week then why not choose a week day to get married. Saturdays are the most expensive day when it comes to the town hall fees and having a Saturday also makes it difficult to negotiate with other vendors who may be prepared to do a discount on their fees for a mid-week wedding.
- Be selective with your guest list
Most venues work on a price per head basis and the difference between 30 and 50 guests can really add up, not just when it comes to the menu price but additional costs such as champagne for the toasts, centre pieces and favours!
- Enlist the services of a reliable wedding planner who is based in Italy
A good wedding planner will be able to help guide you towards potential savings and help negotiate in certain areas of the wedding. Choose a wedding planner who is a specialist in that area so you know you’ll get the best deal when it comes to using local vendors.
- Opt for an afternoon ceremony
This will mean that you only have to feed your guests once in the evening.
- Don’t forget to factor in the SIAE tax into the cost of your chosen musicians
This is a music royalties tax that you are responsible for paying in Italy depending on the type of music you choose. Ask your wedding planner for further information.
- Choose flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding
Florists’ fees increase for more expensive flowers that have to be shipped in if they are not in season at the time of your wedding. Ask your wedding planner for advice on this.
- Ask your wedding planner to help source items at a lower cost
Little bottles of limoncello make for wonderful favours, however if you buy these directly from the venue the cost can be over double than sourcing them directly from the factory.
- Have a budget for alcohol
Open bar options can prove to be expensive, thus consider having drinks tokens for your guests to monitor what you are spending.
- Don’t get carried away!
Have a realistic budget for each aspect of your wedding and stick to it. Set up a spreadsheet and work on this alongside your wedding planner to ensure costs aren’t mounting up without you realising!