Destination Wedding: Rome
Destination Wedding: Rome
Imagine getting married in a city with so much history and passion that your nuptials almost take on a life of their own. A setting so infused with beauty that your photos alone will be true works of art.
Imagine saying your “I Do’s” in Rome!
I’ve been there, and let me tell you – there is something about Italy’s capital that just seems primed for weddings. So if you are trying to decide where abroad you would like to travel for your big day, it’s time to give Rome some serious consideration.
For starters, you will never eat better than you will in Rome. From wine to pasta, pizzas and coffee, every walk down the street is an adventure in tantalizing smells and mouthwatering bites to be had. Your guests will likely put on a few pounds while traveling with you, but who cares? The food they will be devouring will far surpass anything they could get at home.
Of course, food should never be the only reason you travel someplace. Rome is also known for it’s incredible history in architecture, museums and down every street you wander. The Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and St. Peters Square; these are sites not to be missed in your lifetime. Then there are the monuments and art museums that could easily encompass entire days of your trip. There truly is something for everyone in Rome, and itinerary’s that will have all your guests feeling just as excited about your destination wedding as you are.
One of my favorite memories is of sitting on the Spanish Steps eating freshly roasted chestnuts from the street vendor only yards away. The place was buzzing with energy as the sun was setting and the young couples started out for their evening “La Passeggiata” or evening stroll.
So what do you have to do to get married in Rome, Italy?
Well, for starters, hiring a wedding planner is always a good idea – but particularly with weddings abroad. You want someone on your side that understands the intricacies of getting married in a foreign country, and who can have their feet on the ground months before you do. There are just so many options when it comes to getting married in Rome. The venues alone can take weeks to sift through. Do you want to get married in a villa? A palace? One of the incredible churches? How about a castle? The options really are limitless and it is all about selecting a location that speaks to you and your vision for your big day. A wedding planner can help to explain what each venue has to offer, narrowing your options down to what will truly be the best fit for you.
Then there is the paperwork side of things. You and your guests will, of course, need passports, but what does it take to make your wedding legal? All brides and grooms to be will need to plan on arriving in Italy at least 4 days prior to their nuptials in order to sign a Declaration of Intent to Marry. You will need your birth certificates for this process, as well as any applicable death or divorce decrees. If you are Catholic and planning on getting married in the church, you will also need to gather copies of your baptismal certificates, proof of first communions and confirmations, and “letters of freedom” from your local parish. You will want to complete Italy’s pre-nuptial inquiry form well in advance – but again, these are items your wedding planner can help to make sure you are on top of.
As always, should you need a photographer I would be more than happy to tag along for your destination wedding adventure! Just picture this: A week in Rome with all your favorite people, and me capturing the memories along the way!
Sounds like the perfect wedding to me – let’s pour a glass of wine and get started with the planning! Till then, ciao!