When the Italian and I decided to get married, it was an automatic decision that the wedding was to be held in Italy. Other than the obvious Italian luxuries like food, good wine, prosecco and extremely picturesque locations, the Italians Nonna, who was 90 at the time, had breast cancer and couldn’t travel. So, we wanted to bring our wedding to her.
The location choice was really hard as the town where the Italian is from is literally forty minutes drive from everywhere, in every direction: mountains, sea and city. I knew I wanted to try to aim for an English rose garden affair, but in Italy. That wasnt going to be an easy feat.
We started scanning the internet for ideas and locations and when we found various places we liked the look of, the Italian called and enquired about prices, menus, catering etc. however, the huge problem with wedding planning in Italy that we came across was that the Italians just don’t use the internet. Websites are old and pictures are ancient. You don’t get a good feel of how a place would look in reality. It’s still very much a case of recommendation and word of mouth, which isn’t easy when you’re trying to arrange a wedding from another country.
We had a few trips to italy to view venues and after various trips back and forth I was in love with three places. All were very different and offered us different things but we had a strict list of considerations to stick to. Some our guests were coming from England so we had to consider distance from the airport, local bars, transport from the hotel and transport from the wedding venue. So, my (I say my, because the Italian really didn’t have a choice in this one!) first choice was out because it was too far from everywhere and a nightmare to transport everyone to and from. I was heartbroken! Let me introduce your to Castle Brando:
I think I actually shed a tear when we realised that this place was out of our reach. I had never imagined getting married in a castle before. I’m much more a jeans and flip-flops kind of girl so I was quite surprised at myself that I was so upset. Alas, there was a plan B.
One one of our trips I had convinced the Italian to visit a place that I had found on the internet. Their website was ancient and photographs were terrible so he was really reluctant. However, when we got there it was amazing! It was a Venetion country palazzo adorned with old furniture and regal looking decor. The gardens were breath-taking and again, I was in love. Let me introduce you to Villa Luppis:
We were treated to a fabulous dinner at Villa Luppis and even today, I still remember how good the food was. It was definitely the best food were tasted from all the venues we visited. I loved everything about Villa Luppis but the only thing that we had an issue with was space for the children. We had a handful of children at our wedding and this villa, although stunning, is a very grown up, very sophisticated kind of place. That was the only thing that we stumbled on. So, cue more tears and side step to plan C.
A neighbour of the Italian’s parents told us about a venue that their daughter had recently got married at and suggested that we definitely take a look. I wasnt convinced. Knowing his parents neighbours and their daughter, I wasnt sure her taste of venue was exactly and true match for my taste. Nevertheless, we made a trip for a viewing. How surprised we were!
We drove through a small town and followed the directions up a meandering hill, into and above the prosecco vineyards of Conegliano and then, there it was. Let me introduce you to Casteletto.
Turning the corner through the vineyards to discover the iron gates that led to a gravelled driveway was a surprise. As we approached the top and walked forward we were totally blown away by the view. It was stunning!. There it was, a tiny little castle with a chapel, on the hill, hidden amongst the trees. From the outside it was perfect.
Was this really a castle fit for a princess?
Did you have the in love feeling when you found your venue?
- It’s Only A Suggestion! (teaandbiscotti.com)
- His First Impressions (teaandbiscotti.com)
- My First Impressions (teaandbiscotti.com)