Tuscania Events Wins 2015 Two Bright Lights Editors’ Choice Awards!!

Thanks in part to our phenomenal clients and our commitment to producing exceptional weddings, we are honored to announce that we have been selected as a winner of the 2015 Two Bright Lights Editors’ Choice Award! This award is a … Continue reading

Tuscania Events “Best of 2014”

2409Happy 2015 everyone!!! I could not close out 2014 without taking a look back at what a remarkable wedding year it truly has been. We have organised weddings for couples from all over the world. From vintage themed weddings, rustic country weddings to luxurious formal affairs the diversity of this year has kept us motivated and continually inspired.Foto 024

What most denominated our wedding season this year……the rain. It has been a very unusual year in Tuscany with rainfall well above normal and many weddings in “Plan B” mode. There has definitely been more pre wedding tears but at the end of the day the show must go on……and it certainly did!  Just a few of our beautiful weddings in the rain. Plan B is not so bad after all!

Beautiful Brides

All Brides are beautiful but we have had some exceptionally beautiful brides this year!

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I understand why people want to marry in Tuscany…..from the beauty of the coastline, the vineyards, rolling hills to the many quaint towns Tuscany provides a stunning backdrop! There is truly something for everyone here.

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_D4A3765I have to say, I have so many beautiful photos the selection process was very difficult and I am still waiting for the photos of the last 2014 weddings. I would like to thank the following talented group of photographers: Andrea Corsi, Lelia Scarfiotti, Julian Kanz, Timelines, Edoardo Agresti and last but not least David Bastiononi. Each with their unique styles they have truly captured the emotions and beauty of each and every event.

Looking forward to another beautiful wedding season (hopefully with a little less rain).

For more information on planning your dream wedding in Tuscany please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the Dream Begin…….

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Last minute 2016 Tuscan Castle Wedding deals!!

If you were waiting for the best moment to plan your italian wedding or an italian vacation without spending a fortune, you should get moving because the time is now! This charming 12th century castle, Castle Florence 5 is trying to fill up their 2016 calendar at discounted prices. Check out their special last minute deals!Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 21.06.01The EstateThe estate includes a 12th century castle, a wine cellar, a restaurant and wine shop, 2 Villas with private pools and 1 Villa with apartments that are available for short – long term stays. The estate is located 25 minutes from Florence and is immersed in the tuscan countryside. They produce high quality products such as wine, extra virgin olive oil and pure saffron. On request they can also organize wine and oil tours in their 900 year old castle cellars.

Villa 1 (for 14 people)Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 10.49.03Villa 2 (12 +2 people)Screen Shot 2013-12-22 at 13.04.57Villa 3 (divided into 3 separate apartments)Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 18.50.00 2016 AVAILABILITIES & SPECIAL DEALS*All packages below include the following Use of castle courtyard or Chapel for wedding and Dancing Room and welcome gift for bridal couple. Unless noted otherwise, Wedding dinner quoted separately. First come, first serve.

PROPOSAL  1
First half of April
Various possibilites: please inquire at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

PROPOSAL  2
24-27 APRIL
Up to 50 People, Fix Price:  
3 Night Accommodation (including tax) EURO 8,900 

PROPOSAL  3
5-9 MAY
Up to 43 People, Fix Price:
up to 4 Night accommodation for 47 people (including tax)
EURO 10,288

PROPOSAL  4
16-18 MAY
Up to 43 Guests, Fix Price:
2 Night accommodation (including tax)
EURO 5,430

PROPOSAL 5
May 22-24th June
Up to 55 People, Fix Price:
2 Night Accommodation (including tax) 
EURO 6750

PROPOSAL 6
22-27 May
Up to 43 People, Fix Price:
5 Night Accommodation (including tax)
EURO 11,665

PROPOSAL 7
31 May- 3 June
Up to 50 People, Fix Price:
3 Night Accommodation (including tax)
EURO 8,900

PROPOSAL  8
6 – 10 June.
Up to 50 Guests, Fix Price:
3 Night Accommodation (including tax, final cleaning)
EURO 8,900

PROPOSAL  9
13 -16 June
Up to 50 People, Fix Price:
3 night Accommodation, (including tax, final cleaning)
EURO 8,900

PROPOSAL  10
20-23 June.
Up to 33 People, Fix Price:
3 Night Accommodation (including tax)
EURO 5,749

PROPOSAL 11
23-27 June
Up to 16 People, Fix Price:
4 night Accommodation, (including tax, final cleaning)
EURO 4,092

PROPOSAL 12

30 July- 2 August

Up to 30 People, Fix Price:
3 Night Accommodation

Euro 5,290

PROPOSAL 13

10-13 August Up to 50 People, Fix Price:

3 night Accommodation, (including tax)

EURO 8,900

PROPOSAL 14
16-20 August
Up to 37 People, Fix Price:
up to 4 Night accommodation  (including tax)
EURO 8,900

PROPOSAL 15
30 August – 2 September
Up to 46 Guests, Fix Price:
3 Night accommodation (including tax)
EURO 7,738

PROPOSAL 16
5-8 September or 11-14 September
Up to 50 People, Fix Price:
3 night Accommodation, (including tax)
EURO 8,900

PROPOSAL 17
19-23 September
Up to 36 People, Fix Price:
up to 4 Night accommodation (including tax)
EURO 8,044

PROPOSAL 18
26 – 30 September
Up to 44 Guests, Fix Price:
4 Night accommodation (including tax)
EURO 9,676

PROPOSAL 19
1 – 7 October
Up to 26 People, Fix Price:
6 night Accommodation, (including tax)
EURO 7,720

PROPOSAL 20
10 – 15 October
Up to 26 People, Fix Price:
up to 5 Night accommodation (including tax)
EURO 6,500

PROPOSAL 21
After October 18th
– Various possibilities. Please inquire at wed@tuscaniaevents.com for additional information

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Castle Florence 5 is a fantastic castle with a rich and unique history. An overall great tuscan experience at a great cost. For more information on the above packages for either a wedding or for vacation, please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com  (while supplies last!!!!)

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Let the dream begin……

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Grace Kelley inspired wedding in Tuscany

Ok, so we are not in Monaco, the bride is not a famous American actress (not yet at least) and the groom is not a Prince but Tuscania Event’s bride Megan surely captured the look and elegance of Grace Kelley.  A stunning couple and wedding that had all the fine details and glamour of times past.Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 09.38.27This is the story of Megan & Justin and their spectacular wedding in the hills of Lucca.

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Getting Ready

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The Catholic Ceremony

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The Location

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Flowers 

Transportation

How can you possibly go wrong with a vintage Fiat 500 and a Bentley?!?

The Reception

The cocktail reception was held in their garden with great views of the countryside. A fantastic vintage Rock n Roll band provided the entertainment. The dinner reception was held on the panoramic terrace. Great views and great tuscan food!

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megan-44Overall a truly fantastic event. I would like to thank photographer Lelia Scarfiotti for her amazing work, Florist Anna from Fleur Decor and Tenuta San Pietro for their wonderful wedding experience and great tuscan food. For more information about a wedding in Lucca or other beautiful areas of Tuscany contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com  Let the Dream begin………megan-32

Fabulous 50’s Inspired Tuscan Elopement

Nigel and Vikki-103I was looking through some photos in the Tuscania Event’s archive and I came across an elopement we organised in Cortona a few years back. I was utterly taken away by the beauty of these timeless photos. Not only was this couple very much in love but photographers Andrea Corsi and Daniele Vertelli so magnificently captured the couple and the essence of times past. Using the quaint tuscan town of Cortona certainly proved to be an idyllic setting for this dream wedding. This is the story of Vikki and Nigel and their fabulous 50’s inspired elopement in Cortona. Vintage, classic and truly timeless…….

The rustic farmhouse in the countryside of Cortona

Getting Ready

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Off to the Town Hall of Cortona for the Civil Ceremony

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What can I say – beautiful couple, great photographers, a fabulous wedding planner 🙂 and the spectacular setting of Cortona equals a truly unforgettable and inspiring wedding.

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A Real Tuscan Wedding – Great Gatsby Style

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What a way to kick off the 2014 wedding season than with a Great Gatsby themed wedding held in a 600 year old Florentine castle. Out of all the beautiful pictures of this event it was this picture above that truly captured the spirit of the evening and of the lovely couple, Stephanie & Devin. This is their story in pictures…..

 The Location

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Stephanie & Devin decided to organise their symbolic wedding ceremony outside on the terrace with sweeping views of both the countryside and the city of Florence. Just spectacular! Even it there was a little rain the sky cleared up just in time for the ceremony.

The Ceremony

The First Dance 

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The Dinner Reception

In line with the 1920’s theme the bride chose a colour palette of gold. silver, and black. To achieve this vintage look she selected tobacco coloured linens, gold charger plates, large silver candelabras and gold chiaverini chairs. The addition of Baby’s breath flowers, candles and art deco printed menu cards in gold frames were the perfect finishing touches.

The Details

Whoever said ‘it’s all in the details’ could not have been more right. From the vintage beaded bouquet wrap to the vintage lace detailed umbrella, there was not one detail overlooked. And I can’t forget to mention the elegance created by the simple use of inexpensive flower baby’s breath!

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What can I say, beautiful location, beautiful couple and lasting memories….Cheers to Stephanie & Devin!

Foto 061I would like to thank brilliant photographer Edoardo Agresti for capturing these beautiful moments, the ever creative and fantastic florist Davide from Sebastian Flowers, Hair & Make up by the talented Oreste of Oreste Studio Beauty and last but not least the delicious food of L’oste Gentiluomo.

For more information on this beautiful castle or to discover the right castle for you, please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the dream begin…………

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A Real Castle Wedding – Castello di Olivieto

Ever dream about a castle wedding? How about a wedding in a 600 year old castle in Tuscany surrounded by vineyards and olive trees……need I say more?_GOG9943Castello di Olivieto is a stunning castle located close to Florence as well as other quaint tuscan towns like Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra. It is a wine and olive producing estate that can be rented to hold an unforgettable tuscan wedding.

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 14.52.45Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 15.52.10Castello di Olivieto is a great venue for small to large wedding as they have ample space both indoor and outdoor making the castle a great choice for a wedding any time of the year. The views from the castle tower are truly stunning and there is a beautifully manicured Italian garden that can be used for ceremonies and during the reception. Although there are no accommodations offered on site there is a lovely farmhouse stay with 10 apartments 3km from the castle along with other nearby hotels. Many of my brides look for venues that have accommodation on site but I think arriving at your wedding venue for the first time really gives your guests the ‘wow factor’.

Despite being a venue only location, brides still have the opportunity to utilise the castle’s rooms to prepare for their wedding. Not only does this room make you feel like a real princess but it provides a spectacular backdrop for photos.

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One of the great advantages of this venue is the possibility to marry legally on site. Typically, civil ceremonies are held in the local town hall. The majority of locations in Tuscany do not allow civil ceremonies outside the town hall so a legal marriage in their Italian garden is a big plus. Tuscania Events can guide you through the document process and also translate the ceremony (this is one of my favorite parts of the job!).

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_GOG9636After your guests have enjoyed the ample Italian style cocktail hour it’s time to move onto the reception dinner. The castle courtyard which can hold up to 200 people is a perfect location for dinner. In the event of inclement weather there are beautiful rooms indoors that can hold up to 180 guests so you avoid the additional costs of renting a marquee….yet another plus!

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To give you a better understanding of the venue, here are a few words from beautiful bride Elydia on her experience at Castello di Olivieto.

_GOG9772“I have to say that we looked long and hard for the perfect location… we wanted a     place that was not too far from Florence but has a beautiful view of the Tuscan hills for people who are visiting and may not have been able to see the countryside, otherwise.  We also wanted a place where we could do the ceremony and reception in the same place so no one had to worry about going anywhere (trying to find a church and then villa in Tuscany may be harder to us Americans who are more used to bigger, more detailed roads!) and this castle was perfect for those reasons and many more.  It is the only castle upon a hillside, surrounded by fields of sunflowers… you can get any more fairy tale than that!  

Great, friendly service, fantsastic food made fresh in the kitchens of the Castle and wine made from the Castle’s vineyards, amazing historic decor, beautiful gardens, tons of little spaces to enjoy yourself and soak up the Tuscan fantasy… and the fact that the castle is on top of a hill and was so secluded made it us all feel like we were the only ones on earth, enjoying this most special day.  
 
My uncle with his family at dinner said, “This is by far the most amazing wedding I have ever been to.  Everything is perfect:- the food, the wine, the amotsphere.  Nothing can get better than this moment.” …and then… at that very moment… the torches in each tower within the castle courtyard lit up!  …. and it got even better… “
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I would like to thank Elydia & Marco for allowing me to share their experience and G & G Photography for their images.
For more information on Castello di Olivieto pleases contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com
Let the dream begin….
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Civil Ceremony in Florence: The Rose Garden

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 12.02.52Convincing couples to marry in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world is really not very difficult.  Outside of the history, art and food there are numerous advantages to a Florence based wedding. You can marry any time of the year (even in the winter there are things to do and see) and the surrounding areas are filled with castles, villas, and farmhouses perfect for unforgettable wedding receptions. Florence and Pisa airport are also close and convenient. Unlike many other tuscan towns you have 5 options to choose from for celebrating a civil ceremony –  La Sala Rossa or red room and La Sala dei 500 in the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence town hall), Bardini museum, Villa Vogel and lastly the beautiful seasonal option of Il Giardino delle Rose or The Rose Garden. Typically a civil ceremony is celebrated in the local town hall only so the fact that you have 5 options to choose from in Florence is certainly a plus!

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I am dedicating this blog to the seasonal option – Il Giardino delle Rose or the Rose Garden which celebrated its first wedding ever in the summer of 2012. Thank you to former Florence Mayor Renzi and now Italian Prime minister for this possibility!

The Rose Garden

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The Rose Garden is located right underneath Piazzale Michelangelo with wonderful views of the city and is filled with up to 350 different types of roses. There is also an adjacent Japanese garden (see picture below) that was given as a gift of peace from Kyoto, Japan.  Throughout the garden there are  12 bronze statues by Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon. Although it is open all year round, the best time to visit is from May-September and it is also the only time frame you can marry civilly there.

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This is the actual terrace dedicated to performing the civil ceremony followed by a picture of the terrace set up for civil marriages. The frame on the right that looks oddly like a suitcase is actually one of the bronze statues and it uniquely frames the backdrop. Here is a link of a video that clearly showcases the beauty of the ceremony space – The Rose Garden.

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The Rose Garden has a rental fee paid directly to Florence’s town hall from 2250-3000 euros depending on day chosen (2014 pricing). Ceremonies can be held only on Tuesday mornings only twice a month from May- September. For more specific information please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.comScreen Shot 2014-03-11 at 14.39.42

If you would like to know more about the possibility of celebrating your dream wedding in Florence, please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the Dream Begin…..
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Destination Wedding Italy: Lucca

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Lucca is probably less known than some of the other tuscan towns but it is certainly worth a visit and it is a great location to hold a destination wedding. Since it is located close to Pisa, Florence as well as the tuscan seaside it provides the opportunity to explore both cities and the coastal towns. And I can’t forget to mention its proximity to Pisa and Florence airport.

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One of the most charming characteristics of Lucca are the renaissance era walls. These walls enclose the city and are still surprisingly intact. Along the wall is a lovely pedestrian promenade where you can take a casual stroll around the city, run, bike or even have a picnic.

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You can plan an intimate celebration in the medieval town however the surrounding countryside in Lucca offers a spectacular backdrop to a wedding celebration. In fact there is a number of Monumental villas in the Lucca countryside that were built by wealthy merchants in the mid 16th century. Today you can rent these spectacular monumental villas for weddings. Here is just one example of a monumental villa in Lucca available for weddings (although there are many to choose from).

Villa Lucca 2

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Front entrance to Villa Lucca 2

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PR084 copyThe Limonaia or “Lemon tree” house available to hold wedding receptions as well. Can you picture your wedding here???

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Getting married in Lucca

Civil Ceremonies

One of the advantages of getting married in Lucca is that the town hall gives permission to selected locations the possibility to hold an outdoor civil ceremony on site. Generally civil ceremonies must be held in a town hall so the possibility to hold a civil ceremony outside the town hall is certainly a plus. For more information on specific locations that allow on site civil ceremonies please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

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Catholic Ceremonies

Holding a catholic ceremony in Lucca can be tricky so it is a good idea to have Tuscania events assist you with this type of ceremony as the Archdiocese of Lucca generally does not permit foreign couples to marry in Lucca. However there is always a way to make an alternative plan. Here is an example of a church that is available for catholic weddings in the nearby area.

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PR002In the end there are truly many advantages to choosing Lucca for your destination wedding in Italy.  A wedding celebrated here will truly be unforgettable. For more information about a wedding in Lucca or for a personalised proposal please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the dream begin!!!!

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Last Minute Tuscan Wedding: Save money, Save time and be in Beautiful Italy!

If you were waiting for the best moment to plan your italian wedding without spending a fortune, you should get moving because the time is now! Luxury villas, mediaval castles and charming hamlets immersed in vineyards and olive trees or … Continue reading