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

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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A Scandinavian Wedding in Florence

A&C_237The wedding of Swedish couple Anna & Christian was one of my favorite Tuscania Event weddings for several reasons. Scandinavians generally request their guests dress black tie and they hold much importance to speeches throughout the event. The end result…..hot tuxedo clad guests (and of course tall beautiful women) and a wedding filled with great speeches and emotion. This is the story of their beautiful wedding in the hills of Florence.

Location

How can you go wrong with a brand new 5 star hotel in Florence? Tuscania Events organised the first wedding here at Villa Tolomei.

Getting Ready

The Villa’s rooms were breathtaking and a perfect backdrop for pictures! The bride was simply breathtaking in this understated yet elegant gown. In this case, less is certainly more!

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Ceremony

Anna & Christian opted for a beautiful symbolic ceremony in the front garden officiated by their own Swedish pastor.

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I can’t forget to include the best looking guests ever! Who doesn’t like a man in a tux?

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Cocktail Hour

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Dinner

The reception dinner was held in the back of the villa with views over the tuscan countryside and Florence.

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What can I say? Beautiful location, beautiful couple and a well dressed crowd makes for an unforgettable Italian wedding. For more information on Villa Tolomei or to discover the right location for you, please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Many thanks to Emma from Innocenti Studios for capturing these beautiful moments!

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!

Have I given you enough reasons to choose Florence??

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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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

Destination Wedding Italy: Monteriggioni

If you are looking for an authentic italian wedding experience look no further – Monteriggioni is a true gem and one of my favourite hilltop towns in Tuscany.

Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 16.39.13Located halfway between Florence and Siena, Monteriggioni is a small medieval town surrounded by exterior walls that were built for protection in the 1200’s. Today you can take a walk along these walls for spectacular views of the tuscan countryside.

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Getting Married in Monteriggioni

For a Catholic ceremony, my two favourite choices are Chiesa di Santa Maria in the actual town of Monteriggioni or Abbazia (abbey) dei Santi Salvatore e Cirino located nearby in Abbadia Isola.

Chiesa di Santa Maria in Monteriggioni square

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Abbazia (Abbey) dei Santi Salvatore e Cirino in nearby Abbadia Isola

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For Civil wedding ceremonies, my  favourite options are the city hall of Abbadia Isola (which is located in the monastery) or the city hall of Siena.

Abbadia Isola (1 km from Monteriggioni)

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Town hall of Siena (25 minutes from Monteriggioni)

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Although there are many locations in the area to hold a wedding in Monteriggioni, one of my favourites is Hamlet Chianti 2. It is a beautiful villa that can accommodate 30 guests on site and offers a splendid view of the countryside and medieval town of Monteriggioni. This historical villa is full of tuscan charm and is located only 1 km from Monteriggioni centre.

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To experience an authentic Italian wedding in the medieval village of Monteriggioni contact us for more information: wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the dream begin……

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How much does a wedding in Italy cost?

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get as a wedding planner is “how much does a wedding in Italy cost?”. This is certainly one of the most important things to think about when determining if a wedding in Italy is right for you. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Although I tried my best to be as accurate as possible, these price estimates should be used only as a baseline reference as there are many variables to consider.

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Location/Accommodation

It is very difficult to give an exact idea of what you may spend for accommodation as it all depends on type of accommodation  you choose. Generally the most budget friendly accommodations are self catering villas and the most expensive solutions being a full service luxury hotel. Prices for self catering villas can range from 50 euros per person per night and up and luxury hotels from 150 euros per person per night and up.  However prices for accommodation can greatly fluctuate depending on length of stay, amount of amenities available and location.

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If there is no on site restaurant on location which is the case for the majority of locations expect to pay from 90 – 130 euros per person. Then there is the 10% VAT tax to add. Within this per person price would include the following: an abundant cocktail hour, dinner (2 first courses and 1 second), wine and water, dessert, all tables, chairs, cutlery, glassware, linens, and wait staff (there may be some small increases per person if you have specific chair or plateware requests). Generally open bar is quoted separately. Food costs are lower if the location has an on site restaurant (prices from 75 euros and up). And I forgot to mention the most important part…Italian food is abundant and absolutely amazing!! You definitely get more for your money in Italy.

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Location Rental Fees
Location rental fees are additional fees charged for the use of indoor or outdoor areas for a reception party. Depending on the location you select you may pay zero (sometimes a rental fee is waived if you rent the location exclusively for a given amount of time using all their accommodations) to 5500 euros plus 22% VAT. The wedding rental fee obviously fluctuates depending on level of location (luxury location vs more rustic) and the day of the wedding (weekday celebrations will have a lower rental cost than a saturday for example). Also, additional rental fees may apply if there is an on-site chapel, special courtyard etc. These costs vary widely depending on location.
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Ceremonies
Civil weddings
Whether your civil ceremony is allowed on site or you select one of the many beautiful town halls you can expect to spend anywhere from 300 euros to 5000 euros. Above is a civil ceremony held in one of the Monumental villas in Lucca and below at the town hall of Volterra.
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Church weddings
There is not a fee per se for a catholic wedding but you certainly can not forget to make a donation. I would say a suggested donation should be approximately 100 euros for the priest and  300 euro donation for the church.
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Symbolic weddings
Symbolic weddings can be held in an area of your choice. The costs here could be a rental fee from the location or payment of the celebrant which can be from 250 to 1500 euros depending on several factors. Ministers will charge more than an ‘actor’ celebrant.
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Document Fees
There are some document fees involved to perform a legal wedding which are from 150 euros (but vary according to nationality).
Music
Music costs will depend entirely on what you like….live music vs DJ (DJ being the least expensive). You can expect to spend a minimum of 1000 euros for music to cover the entire day. There is also the obligatory Italian music tax or SIAI that needs to be paid which ranges in price depending on your location, type of music and number of guests but I would safely say a minimum of 250 euros.
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Photographers
Italy is cheaper than the US and possibly other countries and we have some extraordinary photographers on our preferred vendor list. From 1800 euros plus 22% VAT and up depending on hours of service and number of photographers.
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Flowers
 I love flowers and the amount you spend is based entirely on how important flowers are to your event. But I would say a minimum 1000 euros. You can obviously spend less if your group size is small or if it is a simple elopement. In general the costs of flowers I believe is pretty competitive with other countries. Same flower bouquets and using simple arrangements or planted flowers vs cut are a great way to cut back on overall floral costs.
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Printing
I can not give an accurate estimation on printing costs but in my experience printing costs tend to be cheaper in other countries so when possible you may want to think of printing as many things from home. Menu printing is often done by the caterer chosen and is sometimes included or priced separately.
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Favors
The cost for wedding guest gifts or favours all depends on what you select: a small bottle or oil, wine, watercolor painting,  something ceramic, etc. One of the great advantages here is that there are many Italian artisans to choose from. Pricing from 5 euros and up depending on gift choice.
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Hair & Make-up
In Italy it is less expensive to get your hair & make-up done in a salon vs an on site service. Salon rates are from 250 euros and up (Bridal hair & make up trial and on wedding day). On location from 400 euros (Bridal hair & make-up trial and on wedding day ).
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Additional Vendor Costs
Transportation
Transportation is too difficult to quote without my specific information as it all depends on guest number, type of vehicle etc. For a specific quote you can email us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com
Additional Rentals
Depending on the location you choose and environment you want to create there could be additional furniture rentals. For example, a very cool after dinner bar and dance area with couches etc. This is not a certain cost but only a potential cost depending on the venue and your preferences.
Wedding Planner
A wedding planner is never more important than when planning a destination wedding. Our knowledge of the local language, our assistance with necessary documents to perform a legal Italian wedding and our knowledge of high quality vendors of all budget levels are truly indispensable to ensure your experience is stress free. Since planner fees vary according to size of wedding, type of ceremony etc. it is best to email us directly for a free quote.
Again, this list should be used as an overall reference as there will be many variables that will affect the overall cost. In order to get a better idea of your potential wedding costs, feel free to e-mail us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com with your projected wedding date, number of guests and overall inspiration.
I would like to thank Jules for his wonderful photography and Tuscania Events couple Gaia & Marco for choosing us!
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Tuscan Hamlets: A perfect choice for celebrating an intimate and authentic Italian wedding

Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-76One of the best ways to have an authentic italian wedding is to celebrate in a tuscan hamlet. A hamlet or “borgo” is defined as a small hilltop village that in the past was typically comprised of old stone barns and farming sheds interconnected by winding footpaths sharing a common courtyard.  Generally these hamlets offer incredible views of the tuscan countryside creating a spectacular backdrop for wedding celebrations. Since Italian preservation law forbids major external restoration of these old hamlets they maintain the charm and allure that “old” Tuscany has to offer. Luckily, major internal renovations are allowed and some of these hamlets are restored into amazing luxury retreats offering everything under the sun from horse back riding to spa treatments. Tuscan Hamlets are an excellent choice for couples looking for an authentic Italian experience while providing maximum privacy for guests who will be located in the village but will have their own tuscan apartment within the hamlet.

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There are tuscan hamlets available for all budget ranges and group sizes.  Since finding an amazing luxury hamlet is quite easy I thought I would provide a great example of a Hamlet with a terrific quality to price ratio. Castle Florence 2 has all the characteristics of a tuscan hamlet yet includes a central castle, several small stone villas and an adorable on site chapel. This particular location can comfortably hold 31 guests in 13 apartments located within the villas. Indoor and outdoor areas can easily hold 100 guests making it an excellent choice for someone looking to enjoy a real tuscan experience in your own private hamlet. Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-103This is the entrance to the on site castle and the front garden is generally where a wonderful cocktail hour can be organised with sweeping views of the tuscan countryside. Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-91 The entrance  to the on site chapel is rustic, simple and authentic. In this case, less is more. Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-93 The wood beamed ceilings, the terra cotta and the minimal decor creates a truly magical space. From a few wildflower arrangements to large formal floral decorations , the options are endless. Think of it as an empty canvas…. Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-95 Castle courtyards provide the intimacy and the warmth of a tuscan celebration. Here you can let your inspirations and imagination go wild to create an unforgettable reception dinner. Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-85 Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-87 Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-88 Apartments in hamlets offer your guests their own kitchen and a lot of space. Generally there are BBQ set ups available, a pool and outdoor lounge furniture to maximize relaxation. The best thing about hamlets is it provides maximum privacy for your guests yet it allows your guests to stay close to family and friends. Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-116Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-121Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-120Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-115 And there is certainly one thing I cannot forget……the details. Whoever said ‘it’s all in the details’ could not be more right.  The charm of a small window, the allure of hanging vin santo barrels, the colour of wild flowers growing in unexpected places… this is what exemplifies the true beauty of tuscany! Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-108Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-89 Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-110 For more information regarding this hamlet check out Tuscania Events or if you would like us to suggest a hamlet location appropriate to your guest number and budget, email us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com I would like to thank photographer and Tuscania Event client, Mick Habgood for choosing Castle Florence 2 and for capturing the beauty of the location with his fantastic photography! Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-101