“The world is your altar,” writes theknot.com. And with the support of tourist boards and resorts, the popularity and practicality of destination weddings continues to grow. One incredible spot to say “I do” is Tuscany in the heart of Italy, the land of love.
Planning a wedding far away in Tuscany might sound overwhelming when it comes to logistics. But in actuality, a destination wedding can work out to be much simpler by avoiding the drama and expense of inviting and feeding 150 or more guests and renting and decorating a local venue.
With a destination wedding in Tuscany, you can switch out the stress of wedding planning for an extended vacation with your closest family and best friends. For couples thinking about taking their vows to one of the most romantic places on earth, here are a few details to keep in mind.
Location, Location, Location
Either a beautiful backdrop of Italian countryside or a breathtaking cityscape is usually the major motivation for planning a destination wedding. When scouting out venues for your big day, make natural beauty a major priority.
This might be the vaulted ceilings of an ancient church in a rustic city. Or it can take the form of a rolling vineyard with majestic cypress trees outside a luxurious villa. “You didn’t decide on a destination wedding so that you could have your reception in a ballroom,” points out Anna Wilson a special events coordinator in the Bahamas.
Show off “the local flavor, and the breathtaking beauty of the” location which first made you fall in love with it. Whether it is the green valleys outside Montepulciano or the cobblestone streets of Siena, choosing a spot with aesthetic architecture and gorgeous flora will also eliminate the hassle of decorating your venue. Allow local scenery to play center stage and make you really feel like you are in an exotic place.
Are Attendants Willing to Attend?
One major consideration to take into account is how a destination wedding will affect the friends and family you ask to stand up with you as bridesmaids and groomsmen. Typically, destination weddings will have smaller wedding parties because not all of your just-out-of-college buddies or young mom girlfriends can afford to fly out with you.
It doesn’t hurt to ask as a courtesy to show how much you care about them. But make sure that you leave a graceful way out in case friends, no matter how much they want to support you, simply aren’t able to travel at that time. Settle on a smaller wedding party and rely on family to stand beside you at the altar.
For those friends who can and are willing to travel halfway around the world for you, be sure to appreciate the sacrifice they are making and do not be too demanding on their time. Allow them to enjoy the trip as a vacation to a destination they may never have otherwise dreamed of visiting.
And when it is all said and done, pick out some really nice presents as a thank you for their love, support and time. Couples can find classy presents for the guys through sites like Groovy Groomsmen Gifts and purchase personalized jewellery or spa gift certificates to thank the ladies. You may even want to go shopping for special souvenirs that embody the trip and the wedding as keepsakes.
By showing off your amazing location and appreciating your bridesmaids and groomsmen, your big day in Tuscany can be the best day ever.