Say “I do” in beautiful Florence!!

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Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy if not the world. It is the capital of Tuscany, the birthplace of the renaissance and a truly special place to get married. The great thing about choosing Florence for a civil wedding ceremony is that you have not 1 but 5 different locations to choose from!
Here are all the possibilities. I will start with the options located in the town hall of Florence – the Palazzo Vecchio or “old palace” in the beautiful Piazza della Signoria.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 15.40.48I will start with the most popular choice, “La Sala Rossa” or the red room. Can you guess why it’s named the red room???

La Sala Rossa

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History: The room was built during the enlargement of the palace during the renaissance period and took on its current appearance during the second half of the 19th century when it was the bedroom of Baron Bettino Ricasoli the prime minister of that time. There are biblical tapestries, red carpet and velvet giving the room quite a rich and unique elegance.
When: Mornings daily (including Saturday), Sundays (1 x per month)
Cost: from 2,500-3,000 euros for non residents (depending on day/time chosen)
Capacity: 40 people

A Gallery of my favorite Tuscania Event’s couple who have married in the Sala Rossa

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Sala di Lorenzo

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History: This room was dedicated to Lorenzo the magnificent, a man with great intelligence, culture and political power during the renaissance period. The decoration of the hall dates back to the mid 16th century and celebrates the great life of the Medicic family. The room is enhanced by the beautiful paintings of Giorgio Vasari and Marco de Faenza.
When: twice a month (except August)
Cost: 3,000-3,500 euros for non residents
Capacity: 30 people


The third and probably most exceptional civil ceremony space in Palazzo Vecchio (made recently more visible by Dan Brown’s recent book Inferno) is La Sala dei 500 or the 500 room. This photo does absolutely no justice to the splendour of this room!

La Sala dei 500

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History: This room is the most historically significant room in the Palazzo Vecchio. The room was built in 1495 by Simone del Pollaiuolo. The grand hall was the seat of the 500 members of the Great Council of the Republic. Artistically important is the ceiling decorated with immense frescoes by Vasari and by 11 marble statues among which the famous “Genius of Victory by Michelangelo. I can’t forget to mention the hidden charms of the “Battle of Angiari” that is perhaps the rediscovered work by Leonardo da Vinci. I would say this is quite an exceptional place to marry!

When: twice a month (except August)

Cost: 5,000 euros (the most expensive option but the most notable for sure)

Capacity: 240 people


The above options – La Sala Rossa, Sala di Lorenzo and La Sala dei 500 are all located in Florence’s city hall – the Palazzo Vecchio. The remaining 2 options are located in other city locations.

Il Museo Bardino

The Bardini museum is located in the Oltrarno district of Florence (The Oltrarno is Tuscania Event’s headquarters and in my opinion one of the most authentic areas of the city). The museum is named after Stefano Bardini (1854-1922) an Italian antiquarian who decided to turn his collection into a museum and donated to the city of Florence.

La Sala della Carita’

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 10.57.33History: Before Stefano Bardini made restorations to the palazzo it was once and church and convent. The La Sala della Carita’ or the hall of charity is named after an important statue in the museum (Carita’ by Tino Camaino). Recently, the Sala della Carita’ was given permission to perform civil ceremonies.

When: twice a month (except August)

Cost: 3,000-3,500 euros for non residents

Capacity: 180 people


Il Giardino dell Rose

The Rose Garden is also a recent addition to Florence’s ceremony options and the only outdoor possibility. The photo below does not give this spectacular spot justice….it is truly spectacular! I dedicated a blog just to this spot.

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 10.57.42History: This beautiful garden is located just below Piazzale Michelangelo and was built in 1865 as part of Florence’s restructuring when it was Italy’s capital. From this spot you can enjoy unparalleled views of the city while being surrounded by 1000 plant varieties and hundreds of roses. The garden is enhanced by the presence of 10 sculptures by artist Jean-Michel Folon and a beautiful Japanese garden.

When: May, June, September (twice per month)

Cost: From 3,500-4,000 euros


The splendours of Florence

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For more information on wedding reception venues around florence check out Tuscania Event’s locations in Florence or contact us directly at wed@tuscaniaevents.com for a personal proposal.
Let the dream begin……….
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How to get married in Italy legally: a civil wedding ceremony

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get as a wedding planner is “how can I have a legally binding wedding ceremony performed in Italy yet recognised in my home country?”. There are two possibilities:

  1. A civil ceremony: This is the easier legal ceremony to organise in Italy. The number of spectacular city halls and outdoor locations is certainly a great way to celebrate an unforgettable wedding. From frescoed city halls, rustic stone courtyards to a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the mediteranean….there is something for everyone.
  2. A Catholic wedding: Although the process is slightly more complicated, it is considered a full legal marriage recognised by the catholic church all over the world. In this case you are required to obtain both civil and catholic document requirements.

I’ll explain shortly the biggest differences between the two different weddings and what is required, how much it costs and the timing.

CIVIL WEDDING

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  • Must takes place in a town hall or a propriety belonging or rented by a town hall. This means that most of the time it is celebrated indoor, in ancient palaces or in a mediaeval courtyard.  There is the possibility to marry civilly in a few selected locations however it varies from tuscan town. Tuscania Events can assist in the search for locations that allow on site civil ceremonies.
  • The couple must complete the paperwork here in Italy prior to the ceremony. Tuscania Events will assist fully with this.
  • The bureaucratic process can vary according to nationality so it is important to mention both nationalities to be sure the necessary paperwork guidelines are followed. Tuscania Events can assist in the specific document needs and with navigating the cumbersome and often difficult Italian bureaucracy.
  • The couple should be prepared to be in Italy three or four days prior to the ceremony to finalize all the necessary paperwork.
  • The cermony lasts around half a hour and it is performed in Italian and translated in your native language by one of our interpreters. It is pretty straight forward and beautifully written and full of significance. The couple is free to add few readings, music, personal vows and the exchanges of rings.
  • Two witnesses are required: one for the bride and one for the groom. Usually it is two members of the bridal party or the parents. If you don’t have any guest present Tuscania Events will provide the witnesses.
  • Pricing: you will have to pay a rental fee directly to the town hall (with our assistance) that could be from 300€ to 5000€ depending on the Town Hall. For the paperwork expect to pay from 150€ up depending on your nationality.  If you need other services, you will also have to consider additional expense for the musicians, photographers, florist, photographer, etc.
  • We suggest that the process should begin around 6 months before the actual ceremony date.

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CATHOLIC WEDDING

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  • Must take place in a catholic church. Italian churches are usually ancient charming buildings. They can be simple stone chapels even 1000 years old, or frescoed magnificient churches depending on the style you prefer.
  • A Catholic marriage in Italy is not possible if one of you was previously married in a Catholic church and then divorced without a formal annulment from the catholic church.
  • The couple must complete the catholic and civil paperwork here in Italy.
  • Refer to civil ceremony above as the documents required for a civil ceremony are also required for a catholic wedding.
  • About catholic paperwork: it is basically the same for all nationalities. Around two months before the ceremony you will have to present your religious pre cana peperwork to the italian bishop. Tuscania Events will assist you and guide you through this process.
  • We will also provide you a parish that speaks your native language. You’ll have to meet up with the priest a few days before the actual wedding day. So the couple should consider being in Italy at least three to four days  prior to the ceremony.
  • The ceremony lasts around one hour. The wedding will be celebrated during the mass if both spouses are Roman catholic. If one of the two is protestant it is easier if they only celebrate the Rite of marriage without the mass. However this is decided also by the parish. In this case the ceremony will last around 30 min. and must be approved by your own Bishop that must give you permission in writing.
  • The mass is the same all over the world. Tuscania Events will provide you a parish priest that can perform it in your native language. You will have the possibility to add readings and music. Then there will be of course the personal vows and exchange of rings.
  • Four witnesses are required: two for the bride and two for the groom.
  • There is no rental fee for the use of the church but you certainly can not forget to make a donation that can be from 300€ for the church and from 100€ for the priest. You’ll also have to consider the expenses for the paperwork that are from around 150€ depending on your nationality. Then, if you need musicians, photographers, florist, photographer and other vendors, you will also have to consider the possibility of additional costs.
  • We suggest that the process should begin around 6 months before the actual ceremony.

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Whether you decide to have a civil wedding or a catholic wedding in Italy, Tuscania Events is available to guide you through the entire process and turn your dream of an italian wedding into reality. To find out more about the beautiful city halls, the panoramic terraces or the breathtaking churches please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Ease of mind comes with an expert!!!

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