Rome is one of the most beautiful, culturally rich places in the world–so it’s no surprise that you’re considering it as a place to host your destination wedding. As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome, and when it comes to the roads you travel on for your wedding, that’s no exception.
Whether you’re a lover of art or you’ve always dreamed of hosting your wedding in an old Catholic Church or a starlit villa, ancient statues all around as if they’re dancing along with your guests, planning your destination wedding in Rome is a great idea. But because it’s a foreign country, a whole ocean away from the US, there’s a lot of logistics you’ll have to figure out.
Luckily, by following these tips, you’ll have a stress free wedding in Rome–which can leave you to worry only about picking the right Instagram hashtags and having fun with your family and friends on your special day:
1 Pick the right venue
With a city like Rome, that’s full of history, with monuments, piazzas, and churches around every corner, it can be a challenge to find the right venue. The fact is, it really depends on what kind of vibe you’re going for–if you want something more stately and regal, or the beautiful nature surrounding a villa, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming. Luckily, The Culture Trip has put together a great list you can check out here of the best destinations, from classic St. Peter’s Basilica to the romantic gardens of Villa Appia Antica.
96 percent of couples getting married admitted that wedding planning is stressful–so reviewing this list a great way to make sure you’re at least not too stressed about the finding the right place for your big day.
2 Be smart about accommodations
Just like with finding the right venue, choosing the right accommodations for your guests can be stressful–after all, it’s not like you can go to each hotel and decide which one works best for you. This is why you’re going to want to do some thorough research with TripAdvisor and Google Reviews, where you can see what other guests have said about the services. Be aware, too of how much your guests will be able to spend; since they’re already spending so much on airfare, you might be better off giving them different options and recommending AirBnB, which can be quite cheap in comparison to ritzy hotels.
Don’t forget, too, to hassle with hotels. If it’s a large group of people–Italians, who love family and tradition, love large groups of people–you may be able to negotiate a discount. The average price of a hotel room for two in Italy is $158, but you can get it even cheaper with this strategy.
3 Be smart about timing
Sure, Rome is in the Mediterranean, but that doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed good weather–especially if you aren’t there in the right season. So in addition to having a backup plan no matter what weather, you’ll want to keep in mind that you’re booking the right dates. According to The Roman Guy, “Most Italian locations have amazing outdoor areas, the main reason that many from colder climates come here for their big day is for our great weather. It’s easy to see the Italian gardens and wonderful cloisters and not consider the rest. But rain, if not so frequent, is the only thing that we as planners can not plan for…Always make sure your chosen venue has a valid backup option, for every moment of the day – so that you are thrilled whatever happens.”
Additionally, if you’re getting married in the summer, consider having your ceremony occur a bit later in the day. July is the hottest month, reaching an average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, so think not only about yourself about your guests, too, when deciding what month to fly out.
4 Consider the legal details
Lastly, you need to consider the legal details of your wedding. This is the case for any country, and if you’re planning a same-sex wedding, even more so. And in Italy, it’s all going to be quite complicated–it’s got one of the most bureaucratic governments in the world. So if you want to avoid having to arrive early, getting all the right documents, and getting them translated, too, it’s a good idea to hire a service beforehand, or a wedding planner who specializes in international weddings.
Most couples getting married around going to spend around 10 percent on their wedding planner–and spending this much in this case will make a huge difference to you, just like using Azazie to buy a cheap wedding dress will simplify your life.
By following these tips, planning your wedding in Rome will be way easier, which means you’ll be able to focus on having fun and making your wedding exactly the way you’ve dreamed it.
Why have you chosen Rome as your destination for your wedding?