The ultimative Guide

So Italy’s been on your mind a while now? Whether you’ve traveled here many times or this would be your first visit, you probably already know Italy is one of the most beautiful locations for Elopements. There’s just something about the Bel Paese that calls to romantics from all around. But even so, when it comes to planning an elopement in a foreign country, things might seem a little intimidating. I’ve got you covered with this Italy Elopement guide, read on to find out all you need to know about eloping to Italy.

Best Time to Elope to Italy

The great thing about choosing to elope to Italy is that you are allowed a little more freedom when it comes to time. Unlike a traditional wedding back home, you won’t have to rely on wedding venues, meaning you won’t need to reserve years in advance.

That being said there are some better times to elope to Italy, based on where you were planning to go and your own personal style. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the best time for your Italy Elopement.


 If you were planning on holding a small ceremony, or taking photos at some place like the Trevi Fountain, The Amalfi Coast, or the Tre Cime of Lavaredo, well you’ll have to factor in these areas’ popularity. Choosing any popular tourist destination for your elopement you should consider Italy fills with crowds in June-August. 

However, if you aren’t entirely tied to one of these hot spots, your Italy elopement photographer will be able to help you find a quiet and just as beautiful location, all summer long. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss a summer elopement in Italy.


This is more of a personal choice, but it is something you might want to consider, or at least keep in mind when you are picking your elopement outfits! 

Summer in Italy is hot. And August is notoriously a nightmare. From the North to the South a terrible sticky heat takes over, and every year it has been getting worse. 

June to August might be difficult months to have an enjoyable elopement during the day but there are some solutions. One, if you are open to location, this is a great time to head to the mountains. There remains plenty of sunshine, but at least temperatures drop as you head up in altitude.  Another is the possibility of having a sunrise or early morning elopement. This can lessen the crowds, offer cooler weather and give you great lighting for photos!

On the opposite end – Winter might not be the best option either, as the humid cold can really leave a chill on your guests. Plus in northern regions, November-February can be marked by grey rainy days.

Overall, the best time for your Italy elopement is probably just off the peak season for visitors. Aim for April, May, or September to mid-October for your elopement, and June, July, or September if you plan on heading high into the mountains. You’ll want to make sure the snow is melted and the path is clear!

When thinking about the time of day – best to consult your planner and photographer, they’ll know the lighting and the area best!

Where to go for your Italy Elopement

Italy might seem like a small country, but when it comes to making a choice for where to plan your elopement, the possibilities seem endless! Choosing your final location really depends on what you and your partner have in mind. 

Is there somewhere in Italy that meant a lot to the both of you? A place your family has a connection to? Are you looking for the best vacation spot or for the best photos? 

To start off, sit down with your partner and make a list of what is important to you when it comes to your special day together. See if any of the locations below speak to your list, if nothing pops out, get in touch with your elopement planner or an Italy expert to see if they might have the perfect location for your event. 

Where else?

Italy is made up of 20 regions, each so unique in its landscape and cultural offerings. While I’ve mentioned some of the most popular spots to elope, there’s no shortage of unique locations. 

There’s no need to run to Lake Como just because it’s a name you’ve heard of, when Italy’s Lake region has Lago Maggiore and Lago di Garda. Two lakes that can be equally as beautiful, and much more tranquil.

Skip the hustle and prices of Tuscany for an alternative like Umbria or Le Marche, two regions with gorgeous countrysides.

If you want to head to the mountains, but can’t stand another scene in front of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, how about Monviso, or Matterhorn (Cervino)? Head to Piedmont or Valle D’Aosta to experience the tallest of Italy’s Alps, with gorgeous hikes, and a change of scenery from the Dolomites.

Now, it’s true Amalfi is one of a kind, but you can consider heading a tad further south to the coast of Cilento, another gorgeous natural park alongside the Meditteranean coast. 

Never be afraid to poke around a little more, and ask your planner or photographer for great suggestions!

What should you do on your Italy Elopement?

Are you thinking all these places look gorgeous, but what exactly should you do on your day? Traditional weddings are filled with dancing, drinks, and friends, but if it’s just a small get-together, what is there to do?

Really – anything you’d like! This day is all about you and your partner, celebrating each other and your love. 

Maybe that means after the little ceremony you want to head straight back to your suite and snuggle up all day. Maybe that means you want to keep the attire on all day and head for an aperitivo crawl or wine tasting. Keep hiking higher up the mountain? Learn to make pasta together? Head to the beach?

Anything and everything is a possibility! The great thing about an Italy Elopement is that basically your honeymoon has already begun.  

If you brought a small group of friends and family with you, you might even want to head to a winery, rent out part of agritourism or restaurant and fix up a mini traditional reception. Even that is doable. Just make sure to get a great Italy elopement planner to help you figure out all the details. 

Italy Elopement Cost

So has all this talk already got you excited to start planning your elopement? There’s probably just one thing left on your mind: how much is all this going to cost?

The cost of your Italy Elopement really depends on what style of elopement you have in mind.

 Some people simply want themselves, a wedding dress and suit, a bouquet and a photographer. This is the traditional idea of elopement. With this style, you can find adorable accommodation for even as little as 80€-150€ per night, choose a free outdoor location, and spend what you like on attire, and the bouquet. Consider this easy elopement will definitely cost you less than 5000€.

Others might want to step it up a little with a nicer location, a small group of friends and family, and maybe a little event like a wine tasting or dinner to share. This depends obviously on how many people are coming, but you can probably swing this style elopement for 5000-8000€.

Then of course you can go luxurious, have an Italy elopement that might seem more like a small wedding. Hiring hair and makeup, refreshments, choosing a high-end location (like renting a whole Villa), and choosing an activity like boat rental or a private chef. Again depending on how many people will be joining you, this could cost 10,000€ and up. 

The best way to prepare for your Italy Elopement is first to consider your budget and work from there. Italy is a flexible country in terms of prices and offers many budget-friendly trips. You’ll really just have to consider these essentials for your elopement:

  • Flights to Italy
  • Your accommodation, and how long you’ll be staying in Italy
  • Your dress & suit
  • Bouquet (if you want it!)
  • A photographer

If everything seems a little overwhelming, consider seeking out a travel or elopement planner specializing in Italy. Propose to them your budget and generally what you are hoping for. They should be able to put something together for you!

Italy Elopement Photographer

Finding a photographer for your Italy Elopement is a high priority. Making sure your special day is captured the way you want it is essential to having an unforgettable elopement.

When considering a photographer there are a few things you should think about. 

First is obviously their style! If you don’t like a photographer’s shots, then don’t choose them. Most photographers have developed their unique style of photography and color tones that speaks to them as artists. If you find a photographer’s photos too light, too dark, too much movement, anything at all that doesn’t fit, it’s better to look for another one rather than ask them to change their entire style.

Next, consider their vibe, this might be the only person you and your partner spend your special day with. Given that you’ll probably make sure it is someone you want to spend the day with! I personally love to make the experience fun, and share the day adventuring. Italy is gorgeous and I’ve gotten to explore so much of it shooting elopements, that personally, I like to make it more than just a photoshoot experience. I like to share with you the places I’ve found and go on an adventure with you.  It’s important to feel comfortable together, as the more you enjoy being with your photographer, the more relaxed and natural you will be for the ceremony and photos!

Then of course you’ll want to consider your budget. But if you are worried about location, don’t be! Italy Elopement photographers love an excuse to travel around the peninsula and are always ready to go. Traveling and knowing the best-kept secrets of Italian locations comes with the job, so I’m ready to meet you wherever you plan your big day.

If you’d like to see if we could be a good fit – contact me and we will set up a call!

Italy Elopement Vendors

If you are hoping to add some more elements to your Italy elopement, such as bouquets, hair, and make-up, a little refreshment. You’ll want to find the right vendors locally to help you sort that all out.

When picking the right vendors, you should look for ones who share your same vision. You won’t want someone forcing a flower style you hate just because it is the “in” thing that year. 

Trying to figure it all out from abroad might be a bit tough, but luckily that is where I come in! Over the years I’ve built up quite a list of trusted vendors throughout Italy. With every elopement package booked you’ll get access to these vendors, and I will help you organize the ones you like best. If you don’t see one that you like, I’ll keep searching for someone that matches your elopement style.

So, where should you start?

After reading this guide, there’s probably a lot going through your mind, it might even feel overwhelming. No need to panic, here’s a little step-by-step guide to getting you started on your way to your Italy Elopement.

First – sit down with your partner and consider what’s important to you both about this day. Consider the location, where might be special, or if it isn’t too important. Consider how long you might want to stay in Italy: is this a quick elopement or part of an integrated honeymoon? Do you want it to be intimate, just you, or with a small group of friends. 

Just a general brainstorm to get the ball rolling is important before you start seeking help.

Then of course, if the budget is limited you will want to settle on the maximum you’re willing to spend on your Italy Elopement. As we’ve mentioned, many costs are flexible, but to avoid surprises set the budget you can handle beforehand.

Once you’ve gotten a better idea of what to look for you’ll want to start doing your research for a photographer and/or Italy elopement planner. Scope out a few, and see if their style matches your vision, also I recommend you set up a call with a few so you can get a sense of if you’d like to share this special day with them. 

From the moment you choose a photographer or planner, you’ll see everything gets a lot easier! They’ll help you pinpoint a final location, figure out your accommodation, connect with vendors, and anything you need. (All of these services are included in my packages to make sure you get the Italy elopement you’ve been dreaming of.)

All that’s left for you to do is book your tickets, and make the final decision on vendors!

I hope this guide has helped ease your mind when it comes to planning your Italy Elopement. If you’re interested in working together, or have more questions about eloping to Italy, contact me here and we will set up a call!

Italy serves to be one of the most desired destinations for an elopement because it has various places tailored to everyone’s taste. Whether you dream of vineyards and rustic yet elegant aesthetic, maybe saying “I do” while the sun sets over the sea horizon, or tying the knot in the breathtaking mountains; this country will convince you with its natural beauty, culture, and exquisite cuisine! Some of the most incredible locations to get hitched are Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Puglia and for the adventurous – the Dolomites. Plan your elopement off-season to avoid the crowds or pick an experienced Elopement Photographer who can give you recommendations for secret secluded spots.

Italian Alps - The Dolomites

Northern Italy

The Dolomites are the perfect location for adventurous couples looking for wild scenery to get married in a unique and meaningful way. Their impressive peaks and large open alpine fields make them a dream for wild elopements! The Dolomites stand out for their dramatic peaks, accessibility, and comfort. In this area you’ll be able to find luxury mountain resorts complete with gorgeous views and spas. If you're looking for an out-of-this-world elopement destination for your adventure elopement with jaw-dropping views and natural beauty, the Dolomites are your choice.


Central Italy

Tuscany is one of Italy’s most popular wedding destinations, but it also makes a great location for more relaxed elopements. Located right in central Italy,  this is a great location for spring or fall. Tuscany is all about rolling hills, wine, and rustic getaways. Its beautiful countryside is popular for a reason. If you and your partner are big wine lovers, or really into the idea of a farm-style getaway, this is a great spot to consider. You can also experience the historical side of Tuscany- the one found in the alleys of Florence and Siena, there are many beautiful borghi - ancient towns to explore in Tuscany.


Southern Italy

A Dolce Vita classic! Who hasn’t dreamed about coasting along the winding roads of Amalfi on a Vespa, soaking up those sea views. The Amalfi Coast is a romantic image of Southern Italy that you are sure to fall in love with. Its beautiful coastline is backed up by kilometers of a natural reserve, with beautiful terraced overlooks.

If you are considering planning your Italy elopement in Amalfi, think about having it around May or September for the best availability.


Southern Italy

There’s just something about Rome that’s always calling. You can choose a classic location like the Trevi Fountain (just be sure to plan on an early day!) or sneak over to one of Rome’s incredible parks like Villa Borghese to be surrounded by art and nature.Whatever you got in mind for your Italy Elopement, Rome has nearly everything (except the mountains of course). It also is a very accessible location as international flights come straight here. You might also choose it for the grand historic architecture, the great culinary traditions, or even a religious connection.


Southern Italy

Puglia’s your spot for great beaches, olive groves, and gorgeous masserie (ancient farms that have been transformed into high-end agritourism). You’ll find kilometers of sandy beaches with gorgeous blue waters, great for a beach setting elopement. But the elegant Masserie are even found slightly inland, surrounded by tranquil olive groves, a step away from the tourist crowds when summer is in full swing.

This location is a recent up-and-comer, meaning there are plenty of locations throughout the region that is largely untouched.

Lago Garda & Lago Como

Northern Italy

Heading back to Northern Italy, the Lakes region, particularly Lake Como is a particularly popular destination when it comes to Italy Elopements. Its always been loved for its dreamy tranquil coasts and cooler weather. Lago di Garda has impressive Alpine coasts, olive groves, and vineyards all along the water.

Best time to elope to italy

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Italy Elopement Ideas

What you can do during your Italy Elopement

• Visit a Vinyard and a Wine tasting in Tuscany

• Hike in the Dolomites and sleep in a rigugio

• learn how to make pasta

• Take a gondola ride in Venice

• Hike a volcano (Etna, Stromboli or Vesuvio)

• find a hidden lagoon in Sicily

• Take a streetfood tour in Palermo

• Visit archeological sites like Pompeji

• swim in a hot spring in Tuscany

• take a boat tour on Lago di Como

• eat the best pizza in the world in Naples

• drive a convertible through the countryside

How to legally get married in italy?

The good news first: Almost anyone can be married in Italy because there’s no legal residency requirement for a wedding. But it does come with quite some paperwork that needs to be taken care of before your wedding.

Necessary paperwork and documentation

What kind of ceremony can we have?

Birth certificates & Valid Passports


Italy legally recognizes religious and civil weddings. There is also the option of a symbolic ceremony that offers a lot more freedom but no legal status.

You need copies of your Identity Documents and your two witnesses and the interpreter and the original or certified copy of your birth certificates.

Civil Ceremony

Previous Marriage Certificates and Divorce papers


Civil ceremonies can be celebrated indoors or outdoors in any location as far as they are approved by Italian authorities. Many villas, castles, public gardens, and town halls are approved for ceremony use. The mayor or a town officer will perform a civil ceremony in smaller areas. An interpreter is required if neither person in your party speaks Italian. Still, they don’t have to be an official translator.

If you have been previously married and divorced or widowed at least 300 days must pass before one can remarry after divorce. You need evidence of the termination of any previous marriages (final divorce decree or annulment decree). If applicable you need a translated and authenticated death certificates of previous spouse.

Nulla Osta


Both of you have to book an appointment at the consulate to fill out the Nulla Osta , sworn before a consular office of your home country: stating that no legal obstacles are standing in the way of your marriage

Symbolic Ceremony

With all the formalities above, don’t feel overwhelmed. You can also decide to get the legal wedding done before or after your elopement at home and have a symbolic ceremony during your elopement. A symbolic wedding can be anywhere you want - even in the mountains or on the beach. The day of your wedding doesn't have to be the day where you’re signing a document. Your wedding day is when you decide you get married and when you will say your vows to each other.

Atto Notorio


signed by two witnesses: confirming there’s no legal impediment to your marriage. Couples are required to apply in person at their local Italian Embassy. In some cases, the document will also need to have an Apostille affixed (an international certification similar to a notarization) and may need to be translated into Italian.

Promessa di Matrimonio


A declaration of intent to marry that will go to the civil registrar: Couples must make an appointment with the Ufficio Matrimoni (Marriage Office) in the town or city where they intend to marry to make a Promessa di Matrimonio, along with a second appointment for the civil wedding ceremony. You will be required to appear in person with two witnesses and present original copies of the paperwork listed above. A translator will also be necessary if you do not speak Italian.

The requirements and amount of paperwork depending on your home country. The best way is to contact your country’s consulate or Embassy to find out what is needed. If you want to get legally married in Italy, I recommend hiring a service provider like a wedding planner to help you with all the legal stuff and get all the proper paperwork done. So you don’t have to worry about it at all.

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The costs totally depend on what you're looking for in your elopement experience. The lower end for an elopement in Italy can start from 6000€ including travel costs, wedding attire, a photographer, flowers, documents and hair and make up and can go up to 15.000€ including a videographer, luxury accomodation and things like a private chef.

You can elope anywhere in Italy - with so much beauty in one country the possibilities are endless. Some of the best elopement locations are the Dolomites, Amalfi Coast, Lago Como and Lago Garda, Puglia, Sicily and Tuscany. Civil ceremonies can be celebrated indoors or outdoors in any location as far as they are approved by Italian authorities. Symbolic ceremonies can be celebrated anywhere you want - even in the mountains or at the beach.

What do we need to elope to italy?


If you want to get legally married I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner to help you with all the paperwork and the timeline. Then you need a photographer (hi, it's me!), your wedding attire, all documents, a bouquet from a local florist and if you wish a hair and make-up artist and videographer.

Almost anyone can be married in Italy because there’s no legal residency requirement for a wedding. But it does come with quite some paperwork that needs to be taken care of before your wedding. Service providers like wedding planners can help with the work, translations and the right timeline before your wedding. Unfortunately same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Italy - only civil unions. But there is always the option for a symbolic ceremony.

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I've been to some beautiful places in the world. Let me tell you - I can't imagine a more perfect place to elope than Italy. If you're looking for an out-of-this-world elopement destination for your adventure elopement with jaw-dropping views and natural beauty, send me a message to save your date. It’s my mission to help you create a genuine wedding experiences that captures the real you and your love in a way that's only found when you are in place where you can truly feel alive.

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