Planning a Destination Wedding in Italy

Italian Destination Wedding at Villa Del Balbianello

If you're planning a destination wedding, we couldn't think of a more beautiful and romantic place to do it than Italy. A country known for its art, ancient cities, fantastic food, coastal views, and countless vineyards; there is something for everyone here, and there's no doubt your family will love it, too.

We've put together some of our favorite cities, and our clients have said "I Do" in them. We've also put together some tips for planning your destination wedding!

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What time of Year to Get Married in Italy

The best months to explore Italy are April through June, September, and October. With temperate weather and smaller crowds, you can traverse the streets quickly and see some of the most famous sights without being stuck behind the tourist crowds in the summer. August tends to be the hottest month, and winter can be cold and rainy in the North.

According to The Tuscan Wedding, the summer months are the most popular time of the year to get married despite the hotter weather. We recommend visiting the country several times before choosing a date.

Based on our experiences in Italy, there isn't a wrong time to go. The country is beautiful from coast to coast, north to south, and everything in between. If you choose Italy as the location for your wedding, you will be hard-pressed to make a mistake.

Cities in Italy to Get Married

Lake Como

Lake Como Destination Wedding at Villa Del Balbianello

Lake Como is the third largest Italian lake and is one of the famous Italian destinations for couples. Lake Como is known for its romantic landscapes, picturesque shoreline views, quaint villages that line the lake, beautiful villas, and lush gardens. It's near all Milan airports, and it will be easy for your guests to visit Milan, Verona, and Venice after you tie the knot.

We suggest they shop in Milan, the epicenter of Italian design and home to the world's fourth largest cathedral, or jump on a gondola in Venice and sight-see the famous canals. April through June and September and October are the best months to visit Lake Como. There are a variety of stunning locations for civil and religious ceremonies here. Villa del Balbianello is one of the most romantic Villas, with a panoramic terrace overlooking the lake.


Positano is the heart of the Amalfi Coast and is famous for its colorful villas on the mountainside overlooking the water. It's a perfectly picturesque spot for your wedding.

Because it's so close to the water, it's best known for its outstanding seafood cuisine. Couples who want a civil ceremony in Positano can get married on a gorgeous balcony overlooking the sea, and evening ceremonies are also available. For couples looking to have a religious ceremony, The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is an excellent choice and one of the finest churches on the Amalfi Coast.

The closest airport to Positano is only an hour away in Naples, and Rome is only three hours away! Positano is best to visit from March through October.

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The Island of Capri

Capri is also located on the Amalfi Coast and is famous for its crystal blue water, stunning beaches, and magical caves. There are two towns on the Island, Capri and Anacapri.

Capri is lively and charming, with elephant hotels, restaurants, and boutiques, while Anacapri is more secluded and perfect for an intimate wedding. Civil ceremonies are easy to plan on the island, though religious ceremonies can be harder to prepare here.

Catholic weddings can only be performed for residents of Sorrento, but there is a chapel for protestant weddings in Capri. May through mid-September is the best time to get married here. Winter weddings aren't advised on the island, as rough seas can cause logistical difficulties.


Ravello is also located on the Amalfi coast and has some of the finest views. More intimate and secluded than even Capri and Positano, it is outside the main tourist destinations and offers some of Italy's best panoramic ocean views.

Ravello has stunning palaces, lush gardens, private villas for civil ceremonies, and Romanesque churches for religious weddings. September is known to be the best month for weddings in Ravello.

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Destination Wedding in Venice Italy

is one of the most unique cities in the world. A floating city with no driveable streets, you can traverse the city through canals in water buses or private romantic gondolas. With narrow alleyways and historical architecture, Venice is a dream for couples looking for a romantic spot to say "I Do."

It's easy to put together a religious or civil ceremony here. Venice offers some of the most beautiful scenery for your wedding, from stunning churches and grand palaces converted to hotels, private villas, and lush gardens; couples can even exchange their vows in a gondola on the canals. There is no shortage of photo opportunities here. April through October are the best months for weddings in Venice.


The most reliable months for the best weather in Tuscany are May, June, and September. Castello di Vincigliata is a popular destination in Tuscany. A Medieval castle that has been returned to its splendor after extensive renovation, it's now a popular place for weddings, overlooking Florence and featuring a view of rolling hills, castles, and vineyards. The Langhe area is also a popular destination for weddings in Tuscany, ripe with vineyards, rolling hills, and historic villas.


Portofino is the perfect destination for couples looking for a glamorous wedding destination. Receptions in Portofino can be arranged in luxury villas and palatial hotels with sweeping views of the harbor and the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by the Italian countryside.

Portofino offers unique civil, protestant, symbolic, Jewish, and Catholic wedding options. The nearest airports are in Genova and Milano, about 2 hours away. April through October are the best months to get married in Portofino.

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Rome is one of the most well-known cities in Italy and is a stunning backdrop for a wedding. Aside from Venice, it's the second most popular city for weddings in Italy. Rich with ancient architecture, famous monuments, and buzzing city life, the possibilities here are endless. There are multiple great options for religious and civil ceremonies here. Hire a great photographer because the photo opportunities are limitless. March to June and September and October are the best times to visit Rome.

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The cost of planning an Italian Destination Wedding

Italy has a reputation for being an expensive travel destination. However, we have traveled there many times, and it's 100% likely that the cost of your Italian Destination Wedding may be less expensive than having a local one. We highly recommend hiring a local wedding planner to help plan logistics. For vendors requiring frequent communication or follow-up after the event, like photography and video, we recommend hiring a local vendor. Travel costs may make a local vendor like a wedding photographer a bit more expensive up front, but with the money you save on a high guest count and an expensive local venue, you will more than makeup for it.

In addition, Italy is one of the most photographic countries on the planet. We have been there over ten times and photographed at many venues. Some of the most outstanding images in Italy happen while walking on the streets of amazing cities like Rome.

We include a "Day After Session" with all of our Italian Destination Weddings, meaning we will plan a day of shooting after the wedding. Depending on your location, we can take a train to places not on the typical path.

We can guarantee beautiful wedding pictures in Italy. To get a quote for your Italian destination wedding photography, use the link below.

What To Know Before You Go

As with any destination wedding, we recommend visiting the city you plan to get married in before the wedding! Getting a feel for the culture and space where you'll have your wedding and meet your vendors beforehand. Hiring a local planner will allow you to coordinate the logistics of your event easily, and they'll be able to connect you with vendors they know and trust. We recommend visiting our guide for planning a destination wedding for even more tips. Happy planning!

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