Frequently Asked Questions


Where are the best locations in Italy to get married?

There is no bad place in Italy to get married! Locations range from the quiet countryside to the coast to the mountains to major cities. Take a look at our location options for more information on finding the location that matches you and your partner.

Do I need a wedding planner for an Italian wedding?

We can’t advise it enough! A local wedding planner will give you all of the tips you need for planning a destination wedding. They will help you with transportation, location, food, decor, and more, and they can help with local laws and regulations. Plus, they can provide translation services and travel advice.

When should I start planning my Italian wedding?

We recommend starting your planning at least six to ten months ahead of time. There are wedding planners that work with last minute wedding planning, but it’s best to start as early as possible.

How much does an Italian wedding cost?

This depends entirely on the couple. You can choose to save money by selecting less popular locations, holding a wedding during a weekday, choosing a venue that offers indoor and outdoor locations, embracing local wedding traditions, and limiting the number of guests you invite.

What is an apostille?

An apostille is a type of authentication recognized by countries that participated in the Hague Convention of 1961, including Italy. It is most commonly used on documents that will be used overseas, such as birth certificates. U.S. citizens and foreign nationals can acquire an apostille at the Office of the Secretary of State. The whole process can be completed by mail.

Can I get married in a castle?

Yes! An Italian castle is a beautiful location to hold a wedding ceremony and/or reception. There are a number of Italian castles available for rent in Italy. The buildings range from large castles with vast grounds to more intimate cloisters. You might consider renting a castle for a few hours for the wedding ceremony and holding the reception elsewhere.

Can I get married in a private villa?

Yes! There are a large number of private villas available for rent in Italy. Many of these locations offer elegant accommodations and fantastic views. For a short time, the villa becomes your personal estate.

Can I get married in a wedding hall?

Yes! In Italy, a wedding hall is a palace or villa that historically was of great importance. You will likely have the place to yourself, as most wedding halls only book a few weddings per day. There is a huge selection of locations and styles.

Can I have a religious wedding in Italy?

Yes. Most religious weddings in Italy are Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish. For a Catholic wedding, there are a large number of Catholic churches, cathedrals, and chapels for you to choose from. You might even be able to find an English speaking priest for your ceremony. Protestants might have a harder time finding an appropriate venue. Only Florence, Venice, Rome and a few other large cities have Protestant churches, but you can have a Protestant pastor marry you in a private location if you desire. The Jewish community in Italy is Orthodox, and will only perform (with very few exceptions) an Orthodox ceremony. If this does not appeal to you, you can fly your own Rabbi to the country.

According to Italian law, you will need to be married civilly first before a religious ceremony can take place.

Can we get married in a Catholic church even if we’re not Catholic?

No, you must be Catholic to be married in a Catholic church in Italy. In addition, neither of you can have been married with Catholic rite before.

Should I ship my wedding dress to Italy?

This can lead to many problems. The mail might get lost, and Italian customs officials can ask for a large customs fee when you attempt to pick up the package. It is much safer to purchase a dress in Italy, or pack it carefully in your airplane luggage.

What transportation options are there besides renting a car?

There are a number of options for transportation in Italy. There are over 10 airports in the country, including airports targeted toward international and domestic flights. Most major airports are connected to railway lines by airport shuttle busses. There is an extensive rail network that will transport you between cities, including local and regional trains. There also are rapid transit rail systems that easily connect you between major cities.

What should I know about driving in Italy?

Most major rental car companies operate in Italy. We highly recommend purchasing a map when using your rental car, or ensuring that you have access to an accurate GPS system. You will find that Italian roads are not always clearly marked, and you will need to keep an eye out for applicable signage. When driving through the countryside, you should take the Strada Statale (SS) roads instead of the motorway; this will lead to a more relaxing and enjoyable ride.

Where should I visit while in Italy?

Italy is a beautiful country with a huge range of cities, food, cultures, outdoor activities, natural beauty, wines, and more. We can’t recommend any one location to visit over others, but rather recommend exploring as much of the country as you can!

Do you need to tip in Italy?

Italian restaurants already charge what is called a “coperto”, a charge that includes the cost of extra services at the facility. You do not need to leave an additional tip, although a small tip of 5% is acceptable if you found the service exceptional.

Will I receive a wedding certificate?

Yes, if married civilly in Italy, you will receive a wedding certificate that is valid in your home country. You will need to register your wedding in your home country by going to a registrar with your certificate. It is best to obtain multiple copies of your wedding certificate before leaving the country, as it can be harder to obtain them once you have left.

What paperwork will I need to fill out for a wedding ceremony in Italy?

There is paperwork you will need to complete for your civil wedding to be legally recognized in your home country. There are no residency requirements to be married in Italy, but each nationality has different requirements for paperwork. Make sure to check that you complete the paperwork required for your nationality. Most of the paperwork is fairly easy to complete and can be submitted by mail ahead of your ceremony.



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