ANY ADVICE FOR GETTING MARRIED IN FLORENCE OR RAVELLO PLEASE.

Hello everyone, 

I have been engaged for 6 months & have literally just started my wedding planning. I was hoping to get some advice into locations, planners and budgets. 

My fiance and I want a small intimate wedding of 50 people maximum in either Florence Or the amalfi coast. In Florence the location that stands out to us most is the Castle of Vincigliata & in the Amalfi Coast it is Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. We are catholic and have been told it is not possible to organise a catholic wedding in the Amalfi Coast unless it is in Varenna, which is not recommended. would anyone have anymore information on this, would it be possible to even have a civil ceremony in the grounds of Villa Cimbrone or is it strictly that you can't get married there if you are catholic? I apologise for my complete lack of knowledge of this.

I was also looking into wedding planners as we wanted someone to make sure it is done right, I have enquired with Exclusive Italy Weddings who seem fantastic and very professional however theyre fee is very expensive - approx E5000. Is this a normal price? 

Lastly our budget is around £20,000-£25,000, however, we have been advised by our planner that we will need to stretch this £30,000 - £35,000 & that we will need to double it for Hotel Cimbrone in Ravello, which is worrying as we thought this was a great budget for a small wedding. We know the venues will be expensive but did not think that our budget would not be enough to cover the costs Involved. 

I apologise for the long question but I would completely appreciate any advice at all as we are in our early 20's and have saved hard, as we are paying for the wedding ourselves and do not want to be taken advantage of. 

 

Thank you!! 

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  • MrsRendall2BMrsRendall2B Posts: 661 New bride

    £30-35,000 for a wedding of 50 sounds ridiculous. I'm looking in Sorrento for approx. 40 guests and it's proving to be no where near that cost! Can't give you much information other than that. You won't be able to get married in a catholic church as many don't like non-citizens marrying there. You can have civil ceremonies but these need to take place in government authorised locations which in Sorrento at least can be the Cloisters or a villa so you will need to look into potential venues.

    I'd email around different planners and see what they say regarding ceremony options. :)

  • AJ16AJ16 Posts: 89

    Hi 

    I'm getting married in Ravello next week and we have managed the whole thing for about £15,000 for 23 of us including our hotel and flights, so i'm sure £20-25,000 is do-able for your number of guests!

    However we have had to cut back on some areas as Ravello is very expensive and i've heard Villa Cimbrone is one of the pricey options! Have you considered looking at other venues or are you set on Cimbrone?

    There is a church where i've seen people get married in Ravello but i don't know if it is Catholic or if there are any criteria, probably best to check that one with a few planners.

    We are using Mario at Wagner Tours and i would recommend having a look at their website and sending them an email as they have been brilliant with us. I'm sure they will be able to give you some ideas and advice.

     

     

     

  • Sara50Sara50 Posts: 196

    I'm pretty sure I've read that you can get married in the Catholic Church in Positano. 

    We got married in sorrento with a budget of about £20k (excluding the holiday) and we had 60 guests.  I've heard ravello, and villa cimbrone in particular, is very expensive (€250 per head!?) so whilst you have a very healthy budget it may not stretch as much as you would think in the most expensive areas. 

    Also, €5000 euros for a wedding planner seems extortionate! What would they be doing for that? 

  • Katy81Katy81 Posts: 29 New bride

    I have replied to your thread in weddings abroad section with some information Hooe it helps 

  • Dear NM17, 
    congratulations for your engagement!
    Did you find the locations for your wedding? 

    I read you are interested in a Catholic Ceremony. I am working wedding planner based on the Amalfi Coast and, if you wish, I can help you in organizing your big day. 
    Have a good day, 

     

    NM17 wrote (see post):

    Hello everyone, 

    I have been engaged for 6 months & have literally just started my wedding planning. I was hoping to get some advice into locations, planners and budgets. 

    My fiance and I want a small intimate wedding of 50 people maximum in either Florence Or the amalfi coast. In Florence the location that stands out to us most is the Castle of Vincigliata & in the Amalfi Coast it is Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. We are catholic and have been told it is not possible to organise a catholic wedding in the Amalfi Coast unless it is in Varenna, which is not recommended. would anyone have anymore information on this, would it be possible to even have a civil ceremony in the grounds of Villa Cimbrone or is it strictly that you can't get married there if you are catholic? I apologise for my complete lack of knowledge of this.

    I was also looking into wedding planners as we wanted someone to make sure it is done right, I have enquired with Exclusive Italy Weddings who seem fantastic and very professional however theyre fee is very expensive - approx E5000. Is this a normal price? 

    Lastly our budget is around £20,000-£25,000, however, we have been advised by our planner that we will need to stretch this £30,000 - £35,000 & that we will need to double it for Hotel Cimbrone in Ravello, which is worrying as we thought this was a great budget for a small wedding. We know the venues will be expensive but did not think that our budget would not be enough to cover the costs Involved. 

    I apologise for the long question but I would completely appreciate any advice at all as we are in our early 20's and have saved hard, as we are paying for the wedding ourselves and do not want to be taken advantage of. 

     

    Thank you!! 

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  • Hi! Congratulations - and your idea sounds amazing!

    I do think the prices you were quoted sound very high. Your original budget is indeed fantastic for a small wedding in Italy, and I would be wary of a wedding planner charging £5,000!

    I live in Italy (Tuscany, not far from Florence actually!) and I know this part of Italy is not the cheapest, but still.

    I'm getting married next year in the south of Italy, in Puglia, which is cheaper than Tuscany but not by such a huge amount. To give you an idea of price, we're having a fancy seven-course dinner for 100 people in a castle. The whole ceremony and reception (including food, dessert buffet, wedding cake, unlimited drinks, decorations etc. and exclusive hire) is costing 15,000 Euros, or about £13,500.

    We did arrange this ourselves as my fiance is Italian, and we found a venue that doesn't specifically advertise to English speakers/destination weddings (I noticed those venues seem to add on an extra zero to the price tag!) but even with the added cost of needing a local wedding planner I think it can be done for a more reasonable price.

    I hope this helps a little. Good luck with your planning!

  • Dear NM17

    I am Ines  a wedding planner specialised in weddings in Amnalfi Coast and Puglia.

    Referring to the Catholic wedding i tell you tha it is possible to organize it in italy and also in Ravello. If you want a civil cerimony we can make also on the ground of Villa cimbrone where they organize also symbolic weddings for couples married in their country already.

    There are many choice you can have in Ravello.

    Referrring to the budget it could be enough. It depends mainly on the kind of menu. We could make also different proposal of flower designer and photographer and music so that we can make a sort of preventive cost you can think at.

    Let me know without problem.

    Kind regards

    Ines

     

  • Hello there! :)

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    Congratulations on your engagement! :)

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  • All of Ravello is stunning and Villa Cimbrone is an absolutely breaktaking location for a wedding!! If you are interested to see more of the villa and also the terrace and crypt here is a wedding I photographed there this past fall:

    http://www.laceandluce.com/blog/2017/10/6/elegant-villa-cimbrone-wedding-in-ravello

    Good luck finding the perfect spot for your wedding!

    Jennifer :)

  • Hello 

    They are both beautiful areas and have very different styles to offer so depends what you're after. I'm getting married on the Amalfi Coast next September as my family come from there so it made sense to have our wedding there.

    I'm Catholic but my fiancee isn't  (COE) and I've asked my local priest and requested a mixed marriage ceremony as we want a church ceremony in Atrani near Amalfi itself. There is paperwork to complete but that needs to be done 6 months in advance and you need to seek permission from your local Parrish and liaise with the priest in Italy too.

    Villa Cimbrone is stunning but there are many areas to consider like Atrani, Amalfi, Maiori etc so worth a look. My cousin is a wedding planner so would be happy to help if you need some further ideas and planning assistance at all? 

    Hope this helps

    Daniela 

  • SH0823SH0823 Posts: 2 New bride
    Clare98 said:

    Hi! Congratulations - and your idea sounds amazing!

    I do think the prices you were quoted sound very high. Your original budget is indeed fantastic for a small wedding in Italy, and I would be wary of a wedding planner charging £5,000!

    I live in Italy (Tuscany, not far from Florence actually!) and I know this part of Italy is not the cheapest, but still.

    I'm getting married next year in the south of Italy, in Puglia, which is cheaper than Tuscany but not by such a huge amount. To give you an idea of price, we're having a fancy seven-course dinner for 100 people in a castle. The whole ceremony and reception (including food, dessert buffet, wedding cake, unlimited drinks, decorations etc. and exclusive hire) is costing 15,000 Euros, or about £13,500.

    We did arrange this ourselves as my fiance is Italian, and we found a venue that doesn't specifically advertise to English speakers/destination weddings (I noticed those venues seem to add on an extra zero to the price tag!) but even with the added cost of needing a local wedding planner I think it can be done for a more reasonable price.

    I hope this helps a little. Good luck with your planning!

    Hi Clare! I hope you are doing well, I would love to know, how did your wedding go in Puglia and what venue did you use? We are looking at Puglia as well and the budget and everything you had sounds amazing! :) 
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