July 2018 is the month chosen by the sweetest Swedish couple I know, to get married in their beloved Italy.
When Veronika approached me, she was so thrilled to know that I was an Italian in Sweden from Veneto region. She was looking for venues for a while on her own, without finding the right one. She admitted that it was hard with the language barrier to let the local venues understand their wishes for the ceremony and the reception. She needed someone who would look after her children too, while her and her future husbands would get ready, and to book all the vendors: florists, make up artist, hairdresser, photographer and cake designer.
Another city to add to your tour in Veneto region is certainly Verona, the home to the most romantic love story, to lyrical music, theatre and delicious wine.
This city is very well known thanks to the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, who was inspired by the history and architecture of Verona for his masterpiece Romeo and Juliet. Montecchi, the family of Romeo, was a rich merchant family and Capuleti was the family of Juliet. Italian poet and writer, Dante Alighieri mentioned the two families in his Divine Comedy, although there is no proof of their opposition, which culminated to the development of one of the most inspiring love story of all time. Around the narrative of this unfortunate couple, there is still a vail of legend mixed with reality, probably just another factor which makes this story even more mysterious.
From the central Piazza delle Erbe it is possible to walk to via Cappello where the house of Juliet is an important tourist attraction. Every year couples in love or visitors looking for the love of their life, walk in here to see the world's most famous balcony and to write their vows, hoping to live their dream love story forever.
The house of Romeo is also nearby, but unfortunately it is not possible to visit it as it is privately owned. For those who are the most passionate about Shakespeare' masterpiece, the tour can end at the ex monks' convent where it is possible to see the tomb of Juliet.
Leaving Shakespeare and his novel aside, I recommend you to continue your tour from the main square, Piazza Bra. Here, you will find the Verona Arena, a monumental Roman amphitheatre, built in the first century. This Arena is one of the best conserved in Europe and it is still used for large-scale concerts and opera performances. The acoustics are absolutely impressive as it could be inside a normal Opera House with the advantage that you can enjoy a summer evening outside under, perhaps, a sky full of stars. Here, Aida of Giuseppe Verdi was played for the first time, making all the citizens of Verona very attached to this artist. Including an evening at the arena watching an opera performance, would add an even more exclusive touch to your Italian wedding and holiday.
Having a destination wedding in such a beautiful and sunny country like Italy, is the perfect occasion to mix a holiday/honeymoon together with a memorable ceremony and reception. Your guests could enjoy some sightseeing after or before the day of the celebration and the same goes for the newlyweds. I therefore decided to bring you around all the different Italian regions and what they have to offer through my blog. I will start with three posts about Veneto, and in this first part, I will shed light on the city of Venice. Doesn't this sound interesting? Let the journey begin!
We have seen many celebrities organizing their big weddings at luxurious hotels, by some stunning beaches, in majestic villas, etc. But what are they actually doing? They have opted for a destination wedding!
George and Amal Clooney in magic Venice, CEO of Spotify Daniel EK in Lake Como, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in Lake Bracciano, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in Puglia; are just examples of a big trend that is going on in the industry I love the most... wedding planning!
Is it something affordable for everyone or is it just a dream? It is absolutely something for everyone.
Italy has many places that can give the same charm and magical atmosphere as something very exclusive in your homeland. Italian weddings are not as expensive as people might think. Swedish couples have in fact the opportunity to enjoy a wedding in a stunning location in Italy, for half price or less compared to a local one. This is possible, by the fact that many restaurants or catering company provide only Italian food and local wines, therefore cutting incredible expensive transport costs. Labor work in general in Italy is still not as well paid as in other countries, therefore all the people working for you at the day of your wedding will not increase your final bill. However, service is still a profession we value as important as many others, so you will be treated really good by any staff at your wedding. The value for what you get compared to other countries, it cannot be compared.