Five reasons for a winter wedding in Italy

My Best tips on why a winter wedding could be just the thing!

I usually do this post later in the year but as we are going through a very unique experience with lock downs and flight bans, there will be many couples who are going to make alternative arrangements for their wedding.  So earlier than planned here is some wedding advice – my top “5 reasons for winter wedding in Italy”.

Everyone will be processing this global event in different ways but if you are a couple that can push through the disappointment there just may be light at the end of the tunnel for a wedding later in the year.

Your NEW wedding may not look like the original version, there may not even be many guests due to country specific restrictions, but the one thing that does not change is how the two of you feel about each other and taking the step of getting married in Italy is something that still can happen.

This day has always been about the two of you, so here are some ideas and inspiration to mull over at this #stayathome time.

1  Weather conditions for a winter wedding

There is so much more to Italy than sunshine hours and high temperatures that come with  June, July and August weddings ( not to mention the mozzies).  Winter is an excellent time to visit Italy, the streets are empty of the tourist crowds, life goes back to a more relaxed pace.

Day time temperatures during winter can range from 6 degrees in northern Italy where you are likely to see snowfall to 11-14 degrees along the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Sicily.

Autumn Evening Reception Portofino

The Alpine region is likely to have snow during January but in many of Italy locations the days tend to be bright and clear although cool.

Instead of trying to remain cool and comfortable, think of romantic fires, wonderful soft textures for your wedding outfit and warming up on the inside by sipping a “Bombardino” half Advocaat and half brandy topped with cinnamon and cream.

2  Planning your winter wedding in Italy

By choosing a winter wedding you will not be following the hundreds of couples who travel to Italy every year for good weather, nor will you be one of many competing for the same wedding suppliers and having to work to their schedule rather than yours!

You will be shrugging off the expectations associated with a wedding abroad, too much sun, too much heat and too much food, and mostly with the same sunny sea view or rolling countryside.   You will be embracing a time of year when Italy returns to its inhabitants.

Wedding Couple | Walking Quiet Streets Italy

Your wedding day will be at a more natural pace, free of strict timelines and wedding itineraries.  You are more likely to get your ideal date and time for your ceremony rather than allocated a slot that is available.

You will be relaxed knowing that you will not be meeting another wedding party as you arrive at your civil ceremony venue. This is a common occurrence for the coastal towns on the Amalfi Coast during the summer season.

A quieter time of year gives you the exclusivity – this is one of the key criteria for summer time couples but isn’t guaranteed despite the higher prices associated with a summer wedding.

3  A winter wedding will help you look after your wedding budget

Costs associated with your wedding arrangements will be lower. Planning for a late October to March wedding has a lot going for it, you are going to find some excellent deals for accommodation and wedding venue.

The time between Christmas and New Year can be a little more expensive but on the upside you will have a festive theme ready made!

Flights will be on a reduced Winter schedule from October to March, if you have flexibility of when you can travel, ticket prices will be lower in comparison to the summer schedule.

Check out the airline special offers to get people flying again once borders are open which looks like it will be much later in the year.

Hotels and private villas become far more affordable for a short stay.  Perfect for a weekend or weekday stay. During the peak summer months you will be tied to a full 7-day rental usually a Saturday to Saturday rental.  Out of season weddings there is greater flexibility for a 2 or 3 day rental.

Inside Civil Ceremony | Amalfi Coast

For a low key or intimate wedding seek out the small towns as civil wedding fees are often lower than the major cities such as  Florence and Venice where the town hall tariff for a 20 minute ceremony can be thousands of euros.

Winter weddings are synonymous with smaller, more intimate guest numbers.  With a lower number of guests you can look at an exclusive hire venue and by using in-house catering this will be less costly compared to an outdoor summer wedding with external catering for a larger group.

You can find out how to make the most of your budget here.

4  Finding the perfect Italy Wedding Venue for your wedding

Typically many of the seasonal coastal wedding venues close over the winter period but this doesn’t mean there is no choice.  There are beautiful chalets and ski resorts available for winter weddings in the Dolomites, amazing mountainous settings for some spectacular wedding photography. Check the link to one of my favourite photographers at the bottom of this post.

If you are a no fuss couple then head for Lombardy and its capital city Milan, it has a little of everything for a memorable few days, the iconic cathedral, sophisticated shopping galleries and amazing architecture and uber trendy bars.

Milan Elope Wedding | Duomo Milan

Be the king and queen of your castle.  Castles make such fantastic winter wedding venues as often they form part of a Borgo (hamlet) so you will have the amenities of a small or large town on your doorstep and lots of accommodation options too.

Let’s not forget the Amalfi Coast; this is typically a summer location for weddings and of course most of you will know of the outside ceremony options, BUT there are several indoor wedding venues that offer a very non traditional option for a romantic twist on your I do moment.  I would be happy to share with you, use the email below to get in touch.

Here are some helpful tips to help you with your wedding venue search.

5  Winter wedding styling themes

For the best styling inspiration think all white wedding  theme, snow capped mountains, crisp white table linen and layers of tulle and thousands of fairy lights.  If you are eloping surround yourself with rich warm colours, the hues of orange of burning embers and the deep plum colour of berries and chianti wine.

Winter berry colour bouquet

If you love Christmas come on and let it snow (stole that line from a well known film), head to Italy for the festive season.

You will fall in love with small towns decorated with colourful lights and discover charming Christmas markets where you will stroll arm in arm and sample delicious regional food and Christmas treats.

If you’re not a fan of Christmas then how about planning your winter wedding around Valentine’s Day, during the Venice carnival or at New Year’s eve?

Because of Corona virus there are going to be couples who will wait until next year to have the wedding they planned.  But there will be those of you out there who do not want to wait.

Life does not stop and time is precious so for those of you who like to grab life with both hands and move forward and make the best in these in these uncertain times I am here to help make it happen for you.

I have always been a supporter of all season weddings in Italy, if you need a little confidence push then please send me an email and we can arrange a call to go through options.

Photography credits from top to bottom.

The Bros Photography:  Feature Image

David Bastianoni

Livio Lacurre

Gianni Coppola

Ray Clever Photography

Alfonso Longobardi


Dolomites Wedding – Livio Lacurre

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