ITALY WEDDING. Doable on a Budget?

xPWxxPWx Posts: 20 New bride
Hi Folks, 

My partner and I have been talking about marrying abroad in Italy in around 18-24 months. I just wanted to know if anyone has planned it on a low income salary as if this is possible? We haven’t booked a thing yet as we haven’t set a date at all but we are planning ahead and trying to do our research by being honest with suppliers in our contact and asking for a ballpart figure for their services. Number crunching is a bore as well as stress!! 

I work 3 days a week so I’m on a part time pay (new job I’ve had to take up) and he works full time. I also run a business on the side (funnily enough as a wedding and Lifestyle photographer) which is VERY quiet at the moment due to rebranding, hence why I’ve taken up a part time job. Combined I’d say my partner and I bring in roughly £30-£35K a year after taxes. We also have money saved up already but are adding to it every month. We only want a small intimate wedding, about 20-25 guests. 

Luckily, having been a wedding photographer myself for a number of years I have other wedding photography/videography friends who have kindly offered their services for a heavily discounted price or for free providing we pay their travel+accommodation which we are of course happy with. It’s thinks like venues, decor, planners, catering, recption stuff that really gets us in a worry because we want more than anything to have a quaint little wedding in Italy. Not necessarily the big popular places like Lake Como, which we are aware can be very expensive just to hire a venue let alone anything else. 

Is a wedding budget of £18,000 too tight and not realistic? 

Honest replies please! Thanks in advance!

Pri x 

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  • xPWxxPWx Posts: 20 New bride
    Just bumping this up in case it’s been missed/not seen. 
  • Hi Pri,
    I'm a destination wedding planner, I organize weddings in Lake Como area and created some interesting packages for small weddings like yours in beautiful venues on the lake. I think I could help you! If you are interested in you can write me directly at [email protected] I would be glad yo help you to organize your big day.
    All my best,

    Michela

  • xPWxxPWx Posts: 20 New bride
    Hi @michelalunardi many thanks for your reply on my thread. I will be sure to give you a message soon. Can you please direct me to somewhere I can see your work please

    thank you 
    Pri :smile:


  • Hi, this is definitely feasable!  I am getting married later in the year in Italy and working with a wedding planner as there is no much to do with people who don't speak English, but there's definitely ways to keep the cost down.

    Firstly - you've only got 25 guests so that will mean you will definitely be able to keep to your budget.

    Some tips - try and keep the easy things under control like your dress/ shoes and accessories.  Also for your flights try and get the best deal - (maybe put an alert on sky scanner so you know when it is cheapest)

    I would leave most your budget for the venue and the food as this is the main part of your event.  Places you can save money is by using an ipod for the music - this is what I'm doing and it means I've got a lot more money to play with for the venue and food.  You can also do your makeup yourself and go to a local salon to get your hair done which is fairly cheap in Italy to get done - without paying for someone to come to your hotel

    Church wedding and civil wedding cost about the same - but remember you will need translators and a whole load of documents to prove you are catholic if you choose a church wedding!!

    Hope this helps!!

    Fi
  • xPWxxPWx Posts: 20 New bride
    Hi, this is definitely feasable!  I am getting married later in the year in Italy and working with a wedding planner as there is no much to do with people who don't speak English, but there's definitely ways to keep the cost down.

    Firstly - you've only got 25 guests so that will mean you will definitely be able to keep to your budget.

    Some tips - try and keep the easy things under control like your dress/ shoes and accessories.  Also for your flights try and get the best deal - (maybe put an alert on sky scanner so you know when it is cheapest)

    I would leave most your budget for the venue and the food as this is the main part of your event.  Places you can save money is by using an ipod for the music - this is what I'm doing and it means I've got a lot more money to play with for the venue and food.  You can also do your makeup yourself and go to a local salon to get your hair done which is fairly cheap in Italy to get done - without paying for someone to come to your hotel

    Church wedding and civil wedding cost about the same - but remember you will need translators and a whole load of documents to prove you are catholic if you choose a church wedding!!

    Hope this helps!!

    Fi

    Fi, thank you so much for your encouraging message. It’s been so tough with saving and trying to figure out which part of Italy etc. We are still so undecided and have postponed till late 2020 possibly 2021 due to buying a house by the end of this year which means a massive part of our savings/budget gone on that. 

    We will be having a civil wedding so hopefully there will be a little less paperwork but I have no idea of these things yet. 

    pri x
  • Hello!
    My name is Rosy and I am an experienced Wedding Planner specialised in Tuscany weddings. Tuscany offer a big variety of solutions for small weddings and the you can absolutely have a wonderful wedding without spending a fortune! The key is to use the small local vendors which in this region are many and very professional. Contact me for a free skype chat and I will be happy to answer to all your questions!

    Best
    Rosy Strati
    http://www.weddinginwonderland.co.uk/
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