If you are considering a destination wedding this year and haven’t yet settled on a place, this incentive might be just the ticket to have you packing your wedding dress and heading to Lazio.
This magnificent region in the centre of Italy is the home of Rome and many other neighbouring towns which will take your breath away.
Incentivising weddings in Lazio
To revive tourism and the wedding sector, the Lazio region is offering up to €2,000 to local or foreign couples who wed in the region. This applies to any wedding-related goods and services purchased in Lazio such as wedding attire, flowers, rings, hair stylists, photographers, catering, ceremonial car rental and wedding planners. It excludes online purchases and allows you to submit up to five receipts paid via card or bank transfer for weddings services purchased up till 31 January 2023.
Getting married in Italy
There are some important things to note to ensure your wedding goes smoothly in Italy. Firstly, it is important to establish whether you are wanting a civil marriage conducted by an authorised officer or a Roman Catholic marriage performed by a Priest. If the latter, a civil marriage is required first.
Thankfully Bellarome can take care of the legalities and bureaucracy on your behalf. We will just tell you what documentation to supply so we can handle the rest.
The second important thing to factor in is that you will be required to be physically located in the council (comune) for at least five working days prior to the actual ceremony. So once arrangements are made, you could arrive on a weekend, spend the working week there, marry on the Saturday and then leave whenever you like. Therefore, as a minimum allow yourself at least nine days. That said, we assume you have chosen a magical destination you are your guests will be happy to enjoy at leisure.
Perfect wedding destinations in Lazio
You might have fantasised about wedding photos in front of the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish steps, and that’s perfectly fine. The eternal city is an enchanting spot for weddings without a doubt. However, Lazio also boasts many other hidden gems with so much to offer for a fairy-tale wedding.
Let’s start with Rome, the capital of Lazio, and of course Italy. Aside from the famous monuments – which provide the perfect setting for your big day – Rome offers several rooftop terraces and luxury venues with views of the ancient city. Speak to us about wedding venue ideas if considering Rome.
Romans are also very proud of their cuisine. So, you can be certain that the chefs will ensure you and your guests get a real taste for this amazing city in the most stunning of settings.
Situated 50km north of Lazio is an impressive lake spanning over 56km and a quaint town centre. That lake is Lake Bracciano. And its city centre? You guessed it, Bracciano.
Propped in the main piazza of Bracciano is Odescalchi Castle which was the chosen wedding destination for Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. And for good reason. Built around a thirteenth century medieval fortress, it exudes Renaissance architecture, designed by the architect of the Sistine chapel.
There is a myriad of other stunning wedding venues around the lake. We love the Ancient Odescalchi Stables, an elegant historic residence surrounded by luscious greenery. Ask us about other locations in and around Bracciano best suited to your tastes and preferences.
Photos and words don’t quite do justice to Tivoli. This charming hilltop town is located just 30 kms northeast of Rome and is famous for its perfectly maintained historic villas with gardens and waterfalls.
A standout is sixteenth century Villa D’Este with its endless gardens and 500 fountains of different sizes. Villa Gregoriana also boasts exquisite gardens and impressive waterfalls. There are also other villas which provide the perfect backdrop for photos you will treasure forever.
For a town of 56,000 residents – much less in the historic centre – there is no shortage of churches in Tivoli. As for wedding receptions, we can help you choose a venue with a terrace overlooking these magnificent gardens.
Located 65km to the south of Rome is the ‘City of Popes’, Viterbo. Its history is longstanding, being once the main settlement of Etruscans, the civilisation before Romans. Later during the twelfth and thirteenth century it was even more significant than Rome. Today it remains unspoiled. The medieval historic centre is surrounded thirteenth century walls. And once you enter you truly feel as though you have stepped back in time.
Piazza San Lorenzo is a perfect spot for weddings, with its twelfth century Cathedral and many fountains. For the reception afterwards, we recommend something intimate and personal. Either at an elegant trattoria with a courtyard or you can venture outside of the historic century to a winery we can help you choose.
Close by and in the same province is Civita di Bagnoreggio. Known as the dying city, it is a geological and historic wonder accessible only by foot and a truly unique wedding destination.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer and arranging a destination wedding, get in touch with our travel specialists. We would be delighted to create an itinerary for you and your guests, including your honeymoon anywhere in Europe.