A Venice Wedding
ABOVE: A wedding gondola in Venice. INSET
BELOW: A water taxi in "Just Married" livery.
English-speaking couples seem fascinated by the idea of a wedding in Venice.
It's true that a Venetian wedding is more romantic than a quick ceremony at
Chuckwagon Charlie's Chapel of Love in Reno--or, for that matter, at the
Venetian in Las Vegas.
However, the red tape involved can be intimidating if you haven't already had a
wedding or two in Italy, and it's important to do your homework before you go.
Better yet, hire a professional to arrange the paperwork, ceremony, and
reception. The Web links on this page will help you get started on your way to a
requirements, ceremonies, and services
Service vs. Church Blessing
Italian weddings typically involve two distinct ceremonies: civil and
Italy Weddings (a wedding
organizer in Florence) suggests that, to avoid red tape, you may want to have
the civil ceremony in your home country and the "church blessing" in Italy.
Registry-Office Wedding in Venice City Centre
The Comune de Venezia offers weddings in the Palazzo Cavalli, or the Venice city
hall, albeit at a high price. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for links
to pages on legal requirements, times, and costs.)
Marriage in Italy
This compendium of legal lore is from the U.S. Department of State. (Sample
tidbit: "Local authorities require the presence of a translator if neither
party speaks Italian.")
Venice Wedding Planner
Anna Bozza, Hélène
Salvadori, and Giovanna Wurmbrand-Stuppach can help you arrange civil and
religious ceremonies, receptions, engagement or anniversary celebrations, and
Weddings in Italy
Regency San Marino SRL arranges weddings in Italy's most popular
Photographer in Venice
Luca Fazzolari takes stunning photos of weddings, honeymoon and anniversary
couples, and other visitors who want visual souvenirs of their time in Venice.
(He's fluent in Italian, English, and French, with a smattering of Russian, and
you can discuss your needs with him on Skype.)
and Fashion Photography
Norbert Heyl, the topnotch photographer who illustrated
Venice Master Artisans, will shoot your
wedding or honeymoon photos in Venice. (He also
does fashion and portraits.)
Who needs a heart-shaped bathtub in the Poconos when there's
a singing gondolier beneath the terrace of your bridal suite?
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© Marisa Allegra.
Inset photo copyright ©