Do’s and Don’ts to Planning your Dream Italian Destination Wedding

At Sophisticated Weddings we understand that planning a destination wedding can be stressful so we have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts to consider when planning your dream day:


  • Create a Pinterest Board to start visualising your ideas.
  • Choose a knowledgeable wedding planner who can help save you money, time and stress! Wedding planners who have good contacts in the area can make suitable recommendations to ensure you have reliable suppliers. Choose a wedding planner who works on a fixed fee basis so you are clear on the cost from start to finish. Transparency is key!
  • Try to give your guests plenty of notice by sending out the save the date cards early. This will ensure they can request holiday from work and make travel arrangements early.
  • Send your guests some background information of the area and ideas on hotels in various price ranges. There are also some amazing wedding websites which you can set up to post all of this info online.
  • Consider looking at extra activities to have fun with your guests, such as a boat trip, wine tasting day or a pizza party.
  • Consider the exchange rate to ensure you are getting a good deal.
  • Prepare a welcome note or little welcome bag for your guests. It is a nice touch and it shows that you are grateful for their attendance.
  • Opt to purchase traditional favours such a small bottles of limoncello or olive oil.
  • Consider Italian musicians for the ceremony or post ceremony to create a truly authentic feel to your day.  


  • Just pick a wedding planner the hotel or venue may recommend. Do your research carefully and be aware that some may be restricted to a handful of recommended suppliers. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.
  • Expect that you will always have an immediate response from the suppliers to all of your queries a year in advance. The Italians have a much more relaxed work ethic which means you may wait a little longer than you would in the UK. It certainly doesn’t mean they aren’t committed or efficient; it’s just a cultural difference.
  • Be offended if not everyone can make it. Understand that it is a financial commitment for people with families and sometimes they may not be able to make it work.
  • Be afraid to ask questions. A good wedding planner will always be on hand to make you feel at ease with your choices of vendors and suppliers.
  • Stress! The beauty of a destination wedding is that it should be more relaxed for you and with the help of your planner everything will be in place giving you your dream day!

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