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Finally it is possible to get officially married on sandy beaches  |  February 2017

We all waited so long that beaches would be officially declared as legal places for civil weddings.

Some years ago it was Jesolo who offered the possibility to have a legal binding wedding on their beach, this was possible due to a second office as townhall located on the beach. Now it is also possible along the Amalfi coast: Minori offers legal weddings on their beach.

As well as Riccione at the well known Adria coast put down a new decret for having official weddings situated in the sandy beach. So now we can start with feeling sand under bare feet during saying officially yes in front of the mayor.
Legal civil wedding ceremony in villas are now allowed in Verona as well in the Valpolicella wine region  |  August 2016

Lots of couples are asking for the legal civil wedding to be held in a private villa, like it is often the case in the US or in South Africa. Due to the Italian law, the civil weddings are only legal when celebrated in the respective town hall or in the defined building belonging to the municipality.

Now Verona offers the legal wedding in some special places as well private villas. For example the Cappella dei notai in Verona or an aristocratic villa near the old castle of Verona.

2 other small towns in the wine region of Valpolicella, near Verona, did open their rules and it is now possible to get wed in several villas with huge parcs surrounding them for photos.
Of course the prices are a bit higher then getting wed in the normal town hall, the registrar or mayor needs to come out to these places. But compared with some other well known cities in Italy it is still quite fair with Euro 600, 800, 1.000 for thee weekends.

Try it out ! Britta
Not only big cities are beautiful to get married |  May 2016

Quite often I am asked to arrange weddings in Rome. 2009 the city did make an 400% increase of the costs for a civil wedding, ist about Euro 1200-1400 at this time. So I did check other smaller cities nearby.

Tivoli is a little town just outside of Rome. All the emperiors had their huge villas here. And lots if small and ancient streets are wonderful for cute wedding fotos. The townhall itself has lots of affrescoes.

Same for Florence, since 2015 they ask a really huge amount to get wed there. Next to Florence you have Scandicci. The town itself has no charme, but the civil weddings can take place in a open air theatre that i spart of an old castle.

Again Venice, non-european citizens do have to pay the double or the quadruple of the normal fee for a civil wedding. Why not go to Chioggia for a wedding. A cute little but vivid town on the seaside. The italian author Goldoni lived here, so civil weddings can be arranged in his little home, right next to so many channels and waters and bridges as you can see in Venice.
Private wedding ceremony – just another way to say yes  |  March 2016

Often there are several reason why it is not possible to get wed in church or at the town hall:

You are already divorced and the catholic church does not accept a second wedding
You want the civil wedding just to be small and then have a big event with the whole family and all friends
Especially for Britains in 213 it got more complicated to follow all bureaucratic steps for a civil wedding in Italy
Have the civil wedding at noon in Italy and then to follow a romantic ceremony with all your guests in the evening



For all those we have the possibility to create a very romantic private ceremony. And this has lots of advantages:

You can create your own ceremony and do not need to follow certain rules
Saying yes with all the accompanying text can be worked out very individually
You decide how long the ceremony has to be, maybe children or older people do not like to sit still too long
You can involve your guests in readings, singings, kids can have a little play like “Papageno”, include the sand ceremony, include the ring ceremony with special meanings
You choose the place where to held the ceremony, it only needs to be on private grounds



For the ceremony you need a celebrant. He or she can be one of your friends. He can be religious and is able to include bible readings or not, absolutely as you want it.

In any case it is nice to have a meeting with the celebrant upfront, so that you all get to know each other, that creates a special harmony and sympathy that will be recognized as well by all the family members.



Just important to know that this private ceremony will not be recognized nor by the state neither by the church. But because of its individuality it can be very, very romantic and emotional !
Throw rice  |  September 2015

To throw rice on the freshly married couple is used after they got married.

Why ? :
Rice means fertility for them for lots of kids.

Nowadays some places do not allow the rice anymore as it attracts birds and rats to eat the grains of rice. It also leaves stains on the dark jacket of the groom. So better use natural bio-rice.

In Europe in the last centuries rice was quite expensive, so people used peas and millet (remember Cinderella ?).



Alternatives:
Instead of rice why not use coriandoli, small paper pieces. There are real canons of them available. Or rose petals that can be in the same color as all other decoration. Quite cute are the wedding bubbles, which can be found in all wedding-adapted shapes. A moment of joy is created by letting fly white doves. Or the classical white balloons.



Or rose petals that can be in the same color as all other decoration. Quite cute are the wedding bubbles, which can be found in all wedding-adapted shapes. Or the classical white balloons.



A moment of joy is created by letting fly white doves.



Other countries:
In Italy they pasta into the bride and groom. This I remember very well when my niece throw pasta at me, quite big pieces, so that almost hurt me.

In Indonesia bride and groom get a garland of paper around their necks.

Or in Hawaii you get the famous necklaces made of fresh flowers.

The Indians from America let fly butterflies. They say that the butterflies do take all unspoken wishes into the sky. Very important is not to speak out loud.


Enjoy planning your wedding, Britta
How to plan best the decoration for your wedding  |  June 2015

Here are some helpful hints, how you may start thinking about the decoration for your wedding.

Wedding dress:
Start of all is the wedding dress. It shows style and color. So if you have a dress in off-white, it would be recommended to go for flowers that match that tone of white. Real white calla lillies for example do fit much better to pure white dresses. For romantic dresses please choose romantic bouquets in round formats, for an elegant and flowing material of your dress is better to select some elegant and long version of a bouquet.



Color:
The tonality of white gives the start to all other colors. Once choosen a colorcode for the bouquet, that should be followed up for all other details in the decoration, just to see a concept that runs through the whole day.



Location:
If you plan the decoration for the dinner tables have a look on the surrounding. An outdoor-dinner may be much more natural and you need lots of candles to lighten up the place. If you are indoor in a barocque room, be more simple, to get the ambience not overloaden. In a cool or modern ambience try to warm it up by cosy colors and elements.



Flower season:
think of the seasons for the flowers. The so much loved peonies are only available in May and June. It is possible to use flowers out of season, but the prices are high and the quality often is really scarse, so your bouquet will end up looking quite sad. The roses are very traditional and sometimes boring, but they are the most durable flowers and are available all year long. Thats why you find them so often in the decorations.



Budget:
Give the wedding planner a budget for the decoration, That helps to figure out which details may be inclosed. Is there enough money for bottonwholes, for car decoration, for tables and bridesmaids and flower girls and so on.



Flowers briefing:
this is an overview that will be developped by your wedding planner. And it helps all the way through the planning to decide whether a detail must be replaced or even cancelled or something else maybe added.



I hope this helps to think of first ideas and to come up with some contents for the flowers. It is then us in function of a wedding planner that develops the concept further and helps to realize a stunning look of your wedding day.

Have fun with it, Britta
Get wed on some special places  |  July 2014

Lake Como is quite trendy at the moment. Because of its special situation, laid out between quite high mountains and surrounded by little nice towns. So lake Como often is requested for my weddings, and I am very happy about that.

Quite often the civil weddings take place in the beautiful Villa Carlotta or even more spectacular in the world famous Villa Balbianello. The villa that was host to wellknown films like Star Wars, Ocean's Twelve and James Bond.



Of course not everybody has the budget to pay for the really high fares for these places. So I am always on the move to look out for new romantic places.

Nobody knows about Gravedona at the northern part of the lake. The townhall itself evokes no emotions, but it is possible to have the civil wedding in the library. And this is places in a tiny but pittoresque monastery. Absolutely to recommend and at a very fair price. Have a look on the photos from Constanze and Reiner, both are still emerged in their wow-feelings from their wedding last year in august.


Italian tradition: Confetti |  2013

Italians do prepare a gift fort he guests, just to say thank you fort he wonderful day in which they took part. At the same time the so called „Bombonniere“ is a nice little gift to take home, mostly they are tagged with the date and names of bride and groom. Important are the 5 little almonds covered with white sugarglue, all 5 have a meaning: love, fortune, health, kids and richness. And of course white ist he color of the wedding !

Normally in other countries it is not very common to give gifts to the guests, so why not use these little sachets as nametags fort he seating oft he guests. So sometimes we also prepare little bottles of regional olive oil, or Limocelo from Amalfi or tea or flower seeds. A wonderful idea are also espresso cups.






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