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.
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!