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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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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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

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.

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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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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).

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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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Let the dream begin!!!!

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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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What to expect at an Italian wedding reception dinner

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There are  many  brides-to-be who have decided to have a destination wedding in beautiful Italy but have no idea of how a typical italian wedding reception dinner is organised. The most important thing I can say is…..you will not be disappointed. Although there are many different caterers to choose from according to budget level and expectations, italian food is well, just amazing! When the venue of your choice does not have restaurant, you will be required to hire an external caterer who should be familiar with the location and generally will set up a mobile kitchen on site. The wedding dinner will consist of four very distinct phases: cocktail hour, dinner, cutting of the cake and after dinner. Cocktail hour starts immediately after the completion of the wedding ceremony and generally consists of a drink table and a few food corners (cheese, amazing tuscan deli meats etc) and waiters passing finger foods on trays. The most typical cocktail drinks offered are prosecco (sparkling white wine), fruit cocktails, water and fruit juice. Depending on your budget you can have a small offering of finger foods to many different food corners. Sometimes there is so much great food during cocktail hour that there is no room for dinner! Cocktail hour lasts generally for 1 1/2 hour and the area with which cocktail is served is usually in an area different from the dinner area.

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Let’s move on to dinner. Unlike wedding celebrations in the US or UK for example, your guests do not make a menu selection during dinner. The dinner begins with 2 first courses (a pasta and risotto for example) and 1 second course (meat or fish) all of which was chosen in advance by the couple. Obviously guests with special dietary needs will be given appropriate alternatives. Both red and white wines and water is served throughout the dinner service. Since there is typically 20-30 minutes between each course, a dinner service can easily last 1.5-2 hours.

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Cake cutting (if you choose to have a prominent cake cutting) is usually celebrated in another distinct area. Depending on the caterer and budget the cake cutting can be followed by a rich dessert buffet with coffee and various Italian liquors or simply cake and coffee served at the table. The first 3 phases are typically included in the quoted per person price. The After dinner party is quoted separately as there are many different options and you have the possibility to include the open bar or have a cash bar if necessary. The after dinner area is designated in another chosen area and often indoors (going indoors often allow a longer party with loud music). The after dinner often has a different look than the wedding dinner – at extra cost you can have illuminated bars, a sofa lounge area etc to create a more party like atmosphere. Again, this all depends on your particular preferences and budget level.

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This is the basic flow of an Italian wedding dinner. One very important thing to note, unlike catering companies in other countries the per person price quoted will include also all basic linens, tables, chairs, table settings etc to choose from. Considering the quality of the food and all the extras included often a destination wedding dinner can be more affordable than you think.

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