Choosing your wedding venue will undoubtedly be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as an engaged couple, so it’s good to start considering your options right away. If you’re not sure where to hold your wedding, we’ve got some top tips to help you decide.

First and foremost, decide on the type of wedding you want.

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Next, set a budget with careful consideration as to how much you can afford for your dream venue.

You should also discuss with your partner whether exclusivity is important to you – if it is, this might make it more costly.

Have you dreamed about this day your whole life, and can’t imagine getting married without everyone you know to watch it?

If so, then start looking at country house wedding venues with large capacities. If you’d prefer a wedding more intimate and low-key, just surrounded by close friends and family, then perhaps a garden marquee is more your thing? Once you know what best suits you as a couple, you can then start writing your guest list and begin searching for places to suit your requirements.

We suggest to couples to book their chosen wedding venue 12-18 months before their wedding date, giving them plenty of time to plan their perfect day.

IMG_6296 (2)The big popular wedding venues up and down the country get booked up a long time in advance during the peak, summer wedding season, so we advise that you book as soon as you’ve found ‘the one’.

Once your wedding date is secured and you’ve paid the deposit you can then move on to considering how you’ll style it.

Some Reasons why you should Hire a Wedding Planner

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You’ve been dreaming about your wedding ever since you can remember, and now that you’re engaged, you’re excited to start the planning process.

But planning a wedding isn’t all fun and games – there’s a lot to do to prepare for your big day!

A wedding planner is a professional consultant who will help you with most (or maybe even all) of the tasks involved in planning your wedding.

From vendors, accessories, etiquette and even the smallest of details, this expert has the skills and contacts necessary to make your day come together seamlessly.

Not to mention that hiring a wedding planner will help you enjoy the planning process more by taking stress out of the equation!

Is a wedding planner right for you? If you fit into one of these categories of brides, then the answer might be yes.

At Weddings in Umbria, we are proud to offer an expert wedding planning service and co-ordinator to make your wedding day run smoothly and to help with the difficulties in organising a wedding abroad, at long distance, not least of all, in another language…

Our team with extensive experience in catering, hostessing and organising events, who have organised numerous weddings for foreigners in Umbria and Tuscany.

Caring bi-lingual staff provide an excellent service with attention to detail, ensuring that your wedding will be first class and a very special day that you and your family and guests will always remember.

Expert wedding planner service offer:

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Civil Weddings at Comune (Town Hall)

  • Guidance and advice with documents for civil wedding in town hall Includes booking of Comune and 1 visit to Comune with wedding couple
  • Arranging for interpreter service for declaration of no impediment to marriage (Nulla Osta) at Comune
  • Arranging for interpreter service for civil wedding ceremony at Comune
  • Collection of international wedding certificate after the wedding and posting to wedding couple

Religious Weddings 

  • Liaison with priest, vicar, pastor or service leader
  • Help with arrangement and personalising order of service
  • Guidance with documents for legal religious wedding ceremony and liaison with Comune
  • Arranging the service with the interpreter for the religious ceremony

Caterers and Wedding Cake

  • Liaison with caterers, for table linen, crockery, glassware, cutlery and supplying translated menu choices -Advice for menu choices, wedding cake and table settings
  • Liaison with specialist wedding cake supplier
  • Wedding reception choreography with a choice of locations within the grounds for aperitivo, banquet, wedding cake, musicians…


  • Liason with chosen photographer and video and DVD editing service.
  • Liason after the wedding day to co-ordinate posting of proofs of wedding photos to wedding couple, liasing with photographer over final choice and co-ordinating posting of final photos, CD and/or DVD.

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  • Liaison with florist for bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, table decorations, church decorations, internal and external floral decorations.


Music for wedding Musicians

  • Liason with musicians (Demo posted on request), for:

– Church ceremony – soloist, keyboard, choir, harp, string quartet

– Aperitivo – choir, harp, piano, string quartet

– Wedding banquet – piano, jazz band or trio, Italian traditional or 60’s music

– After dinner dancing – jazz band or trio, Italian traditional music, modern

And many other ideas….


  • Liaison with hairdresser for bride including trial.
  • Liaison with hairdresser regarding arrangements for bridesmaids, mothers or other guests on the wedding day


  • Liaison with beautician for make-up and beauty treatments for bride including trial


  • Favours (Bomboniere) Liaison with suppliers of hand-made favours
  • Organising collection of favours on wedding day and transport


  • Liason with professional magician who will produce a stage show and also pass amongst the tables during dinner, demonstrating his skills and involving guests


  • Liase and organise a fireworks show or sky lanterns

Vintage Cars

  • Arranging special wedding cars – modern or classic

Airport transfer arrangements

  • Arranging taxi transfer from airports – minibus or private car

General transfer arrangements

  • Arranging transfer for guests to and from Comune if required
  • Arranging for people-carrier or minibus to shuttle extra guests between the various agriturismi and La Preghiera on the wedding day if required

Additional accommodation

  • Wedding Planners will liase for additional accommodation for guests, suppliers, interpreting, guidance with documents, assisting on the wedding day…

Special requirements

  • will be considered and best endeavours to fulfil them will be taken

Visits to Town Hall, pastor, priest and suppliers.

Arrangements in the absence of the bride and groom.

When a preliminary visit to the venue by the bride and groom is not possible, we will undertake to make all these arrangements following their wishes.

General Advice

  • Regarding places to visit, shopping, dining out, and anything we can do to help the wedding party to make their stay truly memorable and special

Wedding planning charged according to number and type of services required, prices on application.

Wedding menu and catering Ideas

Welcome aperitiff
With prosecco and soft drinks
accompanied by hand carved prosciutto
warm tigelle or piadine – bread
and crostoni – toasts
followed by…

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Atipasto Gran Buffet
attended by serving staff, to include

Cheese table
Assorted cheeses, about 10 different varieties
with speciality sauces chutneys and confitures
and accompanied by speciality wine tastings

Umbrian corner
A selection of crostini
paté of chicken
tomato and herbs
truffle, olives & mushrooms and others
Speciality mini bruschette of Colonnata sliced lard
Tuscan beans and porcini mushrooms
And other typical Umbrian dishes

Traditional corner
Table of traditional cold meats
Tuscan salami
Milanese salami
Ffennel salami
Matured sausages from Norcia

Salad island
Table of assorted fresh salads
Rrice salad
Barley and red pepper salad
Ccaprese cheese salad
Mini mozzarella and cherry tomato
Seafood salad
Champignon and rocket
Fennel and grapefruit
Mixed vegetable
Chicken breast with truffle and cherry sauce
Sliced beef with parmesan shavings
Tuna salad and others

Warm bites to include olives stuffed with sausage, fried vegetables in batter, deep fried mushrooms

After this copious standing antipasto, the first courses and the second courses will be served to the guests seated at their tables……

For the first courses – Choice of two or three
Which will be served from platters as a bis or tris

Lasagnette of vegetables
Agnolotti with black truffle
Tagliatelle with rich meat sauce
Gnochetti with porcini mushrooms
Rravioli with sage and butter
Risotto with creamy porcini mushrooms
Followed by……

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Main Course – Choice of two
which will be served together from platters

Tagliatta of beef with funghi porcini sauce
Tagliatta of beef with Sangrantino wine sauce
Tagliatta of beef with rocket and parmigiano cheese
Rabbit in porchetta – bonned, rolled, with aromatic herbs
Fillet of pork with aromatic herbs
Roast guinea fowl
Accompanied by rosemary roast potatoes, vegetables
vegetables mousses

Buffet of desserts

sliced and decorated
Panna Cotta with fruits of the forest
Assorted buffet
Sorbet machine & Chocolate fountain
Wedding cake


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Prosecco with welcome aperitif and speeches
Chardonnay white
Chianti Sangiovese red
Moscato with dessert
Water still and sparkling
Coffee and liqueur

VIP weddings in Italy

Italy is the most popular destination for romantic and elegant wedding.

Many famous couples in the world think of Italy as the ideal location where to get married.

Some VIP couples get married in Italy

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John Legend & Chrissy Teigen

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Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes

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Salma Hayek & Francois-Henri Pinault

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Mena Suvari & Simone Sestit

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Sofia Coppola & Thomas Mars 

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