A Venice Wedding
Before you tie the knot in Venice, let an expert help you cut
the red tape.
ABOVE: A wedding day in Venice.
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
Italian weddings typically involve two distinct ceremonies: civil and
To avoid legal and bureaucratic hassles, you may want to have
the civil ceremony in your home country and the "church blessing" in Italy.
- Weddings in Venice don't come cheap. Even a bare-bones civil
ceremony at the Palazzo Cavalli ( a.k.a. City Hall) can cost anywhere from €600 to €3500, depending on location, timing and whether
you're citizens of the EU.
Ceremonies and services:
ABOVE: A photographer and a bridal couple walk
through the streets of Venice.
A Venice Wedding
Christian and Aurora of Yidaki Studio, a photography and
videography service, have put together a directory of recommended wedding and
reception venues with estimated costs for each.
This firm will organize your wedding, reception, and related services. Its Web
site includes a
price list for civil weddings at the Palazzo Cavalli (near the Rialto
Bridge) and other venues.
Venice Wedding Planner
Anna Bozza, Hélènne
Salvadori, and Giovanna Wurmbrand-Stuppach can help you arrange civil and
religious ceremonies, receptions, engagement or anniversary celebrations, and
Weddings Italy: Venice
Regency San Marino SRL arranges weddings in Italy's most popular
cities--including Venice. (The firm has been in the destination-weddings
business since 1987.)
Wedding photography is just one specialty of Michele
Agostinis, a Venice-born photographer who spends most of his time in Venice and
Vienna. He's also an accredited photojournalist who has worked for Netflix, the
Tate Gallery, and many publications in Italy and abroad.
CB Photographer Venice
Carlo Belluoto shoots weddings, proposals, and engagements in Venice, Verona,
and other locations in Northern Italy. He's based in Venice, and his work is
Luca, Wedding 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 even photographs
proposals, including surprise proposals. (Luca is 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?
About the author:
Durant Imboden has
written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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