Here are my top 5 real reasons to have your wedding in Italy
- The weather. If you decide to get married in Italy during the summer months, the chances are the weather gods will be on your side. Florence, for example, gets on average about 3 days with rain, and around 350 sunny hours in July. You can find a more detailed weather analysis here, but if dancing the night away under the stars at your wedding reception out on the countryside of Tuscany sounds good to you, or if getting married on a private beach (yes, I did say that) appeals to your inner romantic, Italy is a safe bet. It does get pretty hot sometimes in July and August, and some days are humid too, but I personally love those nights when the night air is warm and you can smell the Mediterranean pines and hear the cicadas.
- The food. Generally speaking, and ignoring obvious tourist traps, the food in Italy is really good. Italian cuisine uses seasonal and local produce, so you can expect high quality ingredients at reasonable prices. Of course there is something for every wallet and high-end food comes with a high-end price tag, but it's worth it. Equally worth it is also amazing local traditional food at an agriturismo in the countryside where they might produce their own oil, honey, or wine. Which brings me to...
- The wine. There is a reason why people come to Tuscany on wine tasting trips. There is a reason why chianti wine, produced in the Chianti-region between Florence and Siena, is known all over the world. Wine in Italy is good and it is plenty, and the prices are reasonable. If red wine is not your thing, "nessun problema!", we're in Italy. Every region has their own speciality, ranging from prosecco in the north to the moscato and falanghina of the south.
- The options. Whether you've always wanted to marry in a castle, a luxury hotel, a farm, a villa, a renaissance palace, a beach, or even inside the abandoned ruins of a chapel, in Italy you can. There are so many options you could go silly just trying to choose (which is where your wedding planner will step in, of course).
- The sights. Ok, this might seem a bit out there, but hear me out. When you set to arrange a destination wedding, you are essentially asking your guests to take precious days off work and possibly spend quite a bit on travel and accommodation. Most of us are more than happy do that to celebrate loved ones, but since your family and friends are already making travel arrangements, many of them will probably want to spend an extra day or two visiting the sights, or even make a whole holiday out of it. Fortunately, Italy is one of those places people love to visit. Your guests will be more than happy to travel to your wedding and get a few touristy activities thrown in. Besides, what better way to shake off those pre-wedding jitters and get into a relaxed Italy-mode for your wedding, than spending a day at a spa overlooking olive groves, or sipping wine at a vineyard?
Bonus: As Huffington Post points out, Italy is the number one country for destination weddings for us normal people as well as for celebrities, and we can't all be wrong in saying getting married in Italy just is a good idea. Now that I've convinced you, find out what legal documents you will need to obtain for your wedding in Italy. You can find a blog post explaining the procedure for US citizens here, and one for the Brits out there here.