Destination weddings are more popular than ever. The recent weddings of Amal Alamuddin to George Clooney, Chrissy Teigen to John Legend, and Kim Kardashian to Kaney West, to name a few, has proven that Italy is a favourite destination due to its beauty, art and history and, of course, the delicious food and sunshine! But it definitely takes someone who knows the destination inside and out to ensure that the big day goes off without a hitch!
Raffaella Alflatt founded WedinItaly with a single purpose: to grant couples their wish of having the perfect destination wedding in Italy. Since 2006, they have guided couples through every step of planning a wedding in Italy; travel arrangements, paperwork, logistics, décor and styling, ensuring that when they and their guests arrive for their big day, everything is ready and waiting for them to say, “I do.”
From the shores of Lake Como, to a cliffside terrace on the Amalfi coast, to a 16th-century villa nestled in the hills just outside Florence, to a charming Roman villa, to a superb Palazzo on the Gran Canal; sometimes it seems like there is nowhere in Italy Raffaella and her team have not planned a wedding.
Their collection of unforgettable weddings include Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox services held in magnificent Roman and Venetian churches. Hindu and Jewish ceremonies have been officiated in exquisite villas. Blessings, symbolic marriages and, of course, civil services, have been arranged in lavish Italian gardens, on roof terraces with breathtaking views and in the most beautiful historic buildings.
Unfortunately civil gay marriages are still not possible in Italy. However, the country is very welcoming to gay couples and romantic symbolic ceremonies are very popular. The team are very happy to suggest the best locations.
Raffaella says, ‘What I love so much about my job is how every wedding is unique and special. It is a great privilege and I feel very lucky to contribute to the success of the happiest day of a couple’s life. Even after so many years of wedding planning, I still have the same enthusiasm and excitement for every new event we help to arrange.
‘What makes WedinItaly so successful is that we start by really understanding our clients’ desires. We do our job with professionalism, dedication and attention to detail, but above all with passion. We have selected the best vendors in each region and we enhance their services with our expertise and understanding of the clients’ requirements.
‘I think my favourite part of helping couples plan their wedding is seeing how thrilled they are that even though they’re getting married far from home, we are able to incorporate family traditions, blend cultures, feature treasured keepsakes, and organise the arrival of guests from all corners of the globe to create an event that is as unique as they are.’
WedinItaly have an office in London, Mayfair, where Raffaella and her planners meet the couples, and a permanent team based in Italy who manage legalities and local suppliers. This allows the team to be on hand to assist couples during the entire process, from the early stage of selecting the destination and inspection of venues, to the rehearsal dinner and the post wedding brunch.
The first consultation with the team is a complimentary ‘getting to know each other’. It is a great opportunity to ask all your initial questions and explain your expectations for your big day. If you are considering a wedding or any other private celebration in Italy, have a look at the website www.wedinitaly.co.uk and contact their friendly team either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the London office on 0207 495 00 29.
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