I’m starting a new series here where I host a few of my favorite vendors to work with! There’re amazing professionals that deliver an outstanding experience and service. If you want to get to know excellent vendors for your wedding, please follow along!
Today our pro guest is Ana Toniolo, from Ana Toniolo Weddings. Ana has such an exceptional creative vision! We worked on a project together – that will soon be published – at a luxury venue in Lake Como and I was amazed by how she designed everything.
Ana is a multi-talented Wedding Planner & Designer who specializes in creating heart-filled destination celebrations in Italy and across Europe. She speaks three languages fluently; English, Italian & Portuguese. If you’re thinking of having a destination wedding in Italy, she could be the right person for you!
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1. What is the typical size of a destination wedding? In terms of guests.
We usually work with destination weddings from 70 to 200 guests (which represents 30-50% of the total amount of guests invited to the Wedding).
2. How are you dealing with 2021/22 weddings in Italy after Covid-19?
Our 2021 agenda is almost fully booked for the first semester because of the 2020’s Weddings that have been transferred. Therefore, we are trying to book our new clients for 2021’s second semester and so on. We are looking forward to getting back to our productions ❤️
3. Top 5 wedding venues in Italy?
It’s hard to say, since Italy has so many unique venues, but I will suggest 5 options that for me are so iconic and also completely different from each other:
- Medieval Tuscany: Castello Banfi
- Typical Tuscany: Il Borro
- Amalfi Coast: Villa Cimbrone
- Lake Como: Villa Balbianello
- Sardinia: Cala di Volpe
4. When are the best months to have a destination wedding in the Amalfi Coast?
June and September. You’ll get great sunny days and won’t find the same crazy tourist heavy Amalfi coast of July and August.
5. How much should I budget for a destination wedding?
We usually work around a budget of 800 to 1000 euro per guest, but it can change, of course, depending on each project.
6. I’m having a weekend celebration. What activities should I plan for my guests?
If I knew in which region I could suggest something more specific, but once in Italy you can never go wrong with a pizza party and live Italian music (like a Napolitan trio or even a tenor as the main attraction for your special night!)
7. I’ve always dreamt of having a wedding in Tuscany but now I feel that my guests won’t come if I choose Italy. Any advice?
I truly believe that people will be looking forward to traveling even more after quarantine 😄and once we all get back to our normal lives, I doubt that Italy won’t be in our travel plans again. It’s such a unique country and just the perfect wedding destination! 🙌🏻🍷
8. What are the 3 most important steps when planning a destination wedding in Italy?
- Find the perfect venue with easy access,
- Create a special travel schedule for you and your guests,
- Recruit a very good team for concierge service and event coordination, to make sure you and your guests will be well assisted during your stay in Italy.
9. Can I get married in a church in Italy? Is it officially legal in the U.S?
The church is universal. Once you get married in the church in Italy you’ll be officially married internationally. But before that, you’ll need to organize your civil Wedding in the U.S. because the civil wedding certificate is a mandatory document for a catholic Wedding planning process in Italy.
10. Any tips on how to incorporate more of the local culture into my wedding?
Yes! 😄 I love this question!
- Each Italian region has its own culinary and local Wine/prosecco. Try to incorporate those to your Wedding menu.
- Italian music is also a traditional attraction that you can add to your event – tenor or napolitan singers are always a huge success!
- Choose a vintage 500 car or a vespa to drive you to your event.
- We also use the typical Italian Ape as decoration to create a special food station or a lovely flower market corner!
- Try to add a local handmade product to your table setting or wedding favor kit such as the sottopiatto fiorentino (placemats from Florence) or the beautiful Amalfi coast tiles.