Im going to give you a 3rd option!!
I found our venue on the internet and have booked directly with them - ceremony and reception in Villa Antiche Mura. I think quite a few of the venues will be more than happy to co-ordinate the wedding themselves, especially if you have the ceremony there too (although Michele at VAM would have organised a ceremony in other locations for us too). Its a bit overwhelming but a lot of the hotels do have 'wedding' section on their webistes that you can check out.
Initially I delt with Thompson and found them very helpful and quick to reply but once I seen the Villa I knew thats what I wanted.
Good luck x
I would definitely recommend for booking your ceremony that you use a wedding planner or travel agent - as they bring the most weddings to Sorrento they can get you the date and time you want better than going directly yourself.
As I say to all brides, it's important that you come out to Italy to meet vendors (especially the planner and venues) beforehand to make sure that you 'click' - it's important that your planner understands well your needs!
Regarding ceremonies, something that Thomson are unable to offer, in the south of Italy it's possible to have a legally binding ceremony ANYWHERE with a Protestant priest - you of course have to be Protestant, Methodist, Anglican, etc. This means that you can hold your ceremony, reception and accommodation all at the same place!
Hope this information helps!
oh, and as an afterthought. Becareful organising your reception in a privately rented villa:
check with the villa owner that you can hold a reception there (some may charge an extra fee)
get a PROPER catering company and not a restaurant to do your catering. In Italy if you use a restaurant and someone gets food-poisoning, has an accident because of negligence you will have a legal nightmare on your hands! Anyone offering external catering must have by law special permission and insurance
make sure the location can hold the amount of guests you plan on inviting (in case it rains) I advise you to get the catering company to visit the venue with you
the catering company will need to visit the venue before they can give you a quote - they need to check logistics, health and safety, etc
if your group is bigger than what your private villa can hold then GET a marquee, it's not possible 1 or 2 days before the wedding to suddenly ring up when you see the weather forecast - call up before, get prices and make sure it's in your budget just in case and agree that they will provide the marquee only if you require it!
I've had many times before where brides have found their dream venue and want me to take over with the planning and the wedding ends up being over budget as they hadn't planned for any 'worst case scenarios'.
Hope the above helps
I got married in sept 2011 at the cloisters, which I booked through flower & confetti. I booked the reception/venue myself at Don Pedro restaurant, who were amazing and made everything magical. Highly recommend. If you need any more info or pictures of the cloisters, feel free to ask.
Sorrentobride Don Pedro were amazing they pick you up from your hotel before the wedding and you try the food and pick what you want and discuss everything else. They picked us up twice as the 2nd time I wanted my parents to see the place and taste the food and it was all on the house. They show you the gardens where everything is grown fresh too and show you the kitchens and the view is amazing. They treat you like royalty, best decision I made. They also booked the photographer and videographer and transport for us and a coach for the guests. We had sorted songs on our ipod and they suppied the big speakers.
I booked an independent wedding planner too mainly for the flowers, paperwork & string trio for the cloisters but flowers & confetti also have different packages depending on what you want them to organise.
Don Pedro organised everything else and also added a few suprises along the way.
Arrrr if only I could relive that day...I'm jealous x
if you decide on hiring a videographer I could highly reccommend MedusHouse
some of their works you can check on https://vimeo.com/album/2050934/sort:date/format:thumbnail
I have booked to get married in April 2014 @ the Cloisters and then the reception at the foreigners club - we went over last weekend to meet the thomson wedding planner and see both venues
if anyone has any questions let me know
Hiya.. i am hoping to get married next year in sorrento too(organsing it myself) and just wondering how you have booked your ceremony when the town hall arent taking bookings yet for 2014?
I am Marco, professional wedding planner at Romeo and Juliet weddings.
Actually it is true Sorrento town hall starts accepting booking for the following year around June.
Naturally if you book the date as soon as they open the bookings reasonably you will find a slot available for April 2014, but it is no 100% sure.
I just called Sorrento town hall and the Officer confirmed me that bookings for 2014 are already open. This year they anticipated the procedure.
I apologize for the wrong info in my previous post.
The Cloisters - Sorrento hopefully May 2014 but who knows
I'm planning my wedding through Thomsons who have been pretty good but it hasn't run exactly smoothly. They insist you book your holiday before you get your date. This has made me nervous as even though my date request was submitted in April 2013 I still haven't heard back. I've been told that the judge in Sorrento who resides over all weddings in the area isn't signing off any weddings until July 2013. Fingers crossed for a date soon.
I've just been put in touch with my wedding co-ordinators so I'll report back on service and costs.
Romeo and Juliet weddings have you heard of any problems getting dates agreed for 2014?
We got married at Cloisters in Sorrento 4 years ago and I would highly recommend it. I used Book of Dreams to help with the planning and organising and it cost us £6k including a 2 week holiday and a meal (after the wedding for 9 people). We did ours small and intimate and so we did it on a very low budget.
I guess things may well have increased in price since then, but I remeber thinking at the time, that I would never pay £100 to have my makeup done in the UK (when we were in Sorrento, it was 1 euro to 1 pound sterling!!)
Whilst you know there have been other weddings at Cloisters, I did not feel like that at the time and our wedding didn't overlap with anyone elses - but it was May and so not really high season.
We had our wedding reception meal at La Tonneralla - which was AMAZING and we all still talk about the food now and the cake was FAB!
Please ask if you would like photo's of Cloisters etc and Good Luck with the planning!
I am getting married in Sorrento Sept 2013.
We have booked through Citalia and have a wedding planner in Italy - That's Amore and Tiziana, really can't rate highly enough!
Citalia are a part of Thomson but packages are slightly different. THey are a bit more expensive but when you weigh everything up anf the support I am getting, glad we are using them. Also, the hotel we wanted was only available from Citalia so didn't really have any other option through a package provider!
You can pewrsonalise it a bit more with them though.
We are getting married at Villa Fondi rather than the Cloisters - love both venues but wanted it a little more secluded and the views of the bay.
We did look at doing it independently, however, we would have used Thats Amore anyway, having contacted several and looking at various reviews. I think the legal side and paperwork warrants a third party to deal with in resort to be honest. So, it was lucky that is who Citalia use!!
And, Citalia managed to confirm our date and time within 24 hours put the hotel room on hold for us so we could make sure everything panned out.
Any questions, please just ask!