I just looked up Norman Tower and all I can say is wow!
I went to the Amalfi Coast last March for one day and my Wedding Planner drove me all along the coast to visit different venues. She completely missed the Norman Tower, probably because it's out of my budget but I'll definitely dine there on my next trip. I haven't actually been to the Maiori Town center yet but from all the reviews I've read, I think it was the perfect choice. Well... fingers crossed, anyway.
When will you be getting married? And if you don't mind me asking, how much are you paying to get married at the Town Hall?
Hi, has anybody viewed Torre la cerniola in Erchie? We are going to Italy in a few weeks to view venues but I'm aware it's not a great time of year so we'll need to use our imagination! We're hoping to marry in September 2013 so want to get things booked on our visit there.
Thanks I'm looking forward to our trip! We are in contact with a couple of wedding planners but Torre La Cerniola have their own wedding planner, Carmen, and currently they are offering to collect people from Naples airport, show them round the venue then put them up in a hotel for the night. A great offer we thought! Whilst there we are viewing 3 other venues through a different wedding planner, one of which is the Norman tower. Although Torre La Cerniola is a bit off the beaten track, we are planning to marry in Ravello and Carmen has quoted us transport to pick up people from hotels along the coast, and take them to the ceremony, reception then back to hotels at night so hopefully it won't be too tricky. Can you hire the Norman tower for exclusive use?
Thanks Italy bride, we had been advised of the drive time from Ravello to Erchie but it makes a big difference if it is bumpy and uncomfortable. We like the idea of an outdoor ceremony, but didn't think the gardens at Maiori seemed as nice. Hopefully we will view these places on our trip. Carmen did suggest arriving at Erchie by boat which would still involve an initial drive from Ravello down to the coast to then board a boat. I guess arriving by boat is also an option from Maiori. In terms of wedding planners, we have contacted a few including La Calla but have ended up having most contact with Rosa at Weddings Made In Italy as she suggested a couple of different properties we liked the look of which others hadn't. However, as I had contacted loads of different planners in a mad flurry once we got engaged(!) I got a bit muddled with who had emailed what! Unfortunately Rosa is in the UK for winter, and Italy for summer so won't be there when we visit in December. Although she has arranged the viewings for us, we are having to hire a car and find them ourselves- it would have been nice for someone to take us really. I will keep La Calla in mind, and will ask the staff at Torre Normanna about them when we visit, thanks for the advice! Do Torre Normanna let you continue the party until late? Also, is there space there to have the reception outside (one large table for 40 people)? Sorry for all the questions ! x
Thanks Italybride, don't worry you didn't sound bossy I'd rather know the full picture! Carmen told us they have had couples who married in Ravello and has reception in Erchie and was quite positive about it. I really don't want the day ruined by traffic though!
Thanks for you help, maybe Maiori will be the place for us! x
We have just returned from our trip to the Amalfi coast, so thought I would post an update!
By far our favourite venues were Torre La Cerniola and Torre Normanna. I think if I had seen TN first we would have chosen there, but I already had my heart set on TLC, so we are sticking with that choice. I like the fact that it is in a quiet village, the exclusive use, and the little suprises like the suite at the top just for the bride and groom on their wedding night!
We hired a car and drove along the coast from Salerno- we were worried about the roads but actually it was OK- we took it really slow, and found the places quite easily. We also stopped at Capo D'orso on the way past for lunch- we were the scruffiest people in there and I couldn't believe how expensive it was! Lovely food though.
We looked at Maiori and Ravello regarding the ceremony. I agree that both are lovely in their own way, but we just loved the garden in Ravello. We were advised that cars can drop off at Hotel Palombo next to the garden, so no need to climb all the steps from the main square- I certainly wouldn't fancy that in a weddind dress!
So.. looks like we are sticking with our original plan of Ravello and TLC! Regarding travel between the two, we will have a bus to take our guests down to the coast, then a boat ride into Erchie. I hope that splitting the journey so it's partly by boat will make it more bearable, and hopefully our guests will enjoy the suprise of a boat trip. I also think TLC will look so stunning being approached via the sea. In the end we decided the inconvenience was worth it to have the wedding we really want.
I also took your advice re: wedding planners, and met with Marianna- I agree, she i very good. She is by far the best and most organised planner we met, and we are hoping La Calla will plan our wedding (subject to a little tactful negotiating as TLC have their own planner who we also met, but whom predominantly works with Italian's)
I'm sooooo excited!!!!
Thanks Italybride. Yes, the traffic is a real concern in the summer. The date we originally wanted is already booked at TLC- it is a Friday in September, so now we have to choose the Thursday or Saturday- annoy our guests at having to book an extra day off work (thurs) or face even more traffic (sat). Tough decision!