Who Wants To Tie The Knot In Tuscany? ‘I Do’It may seem surprising but a recent survey suggests that as many as one in four people around the world decide to get married abroad - with over 50,000 UK residents choosing to get hitched on holiday. With a significant chance of better weather for your big day and the opportunity to incorporate the honeymoon into the wedding itself, it looks to be an increasingly popular choice.
With that in mind, there seems no better place to stage your wedding than in front of Tuscany’s picturesque backdrop as its breath-taking scenery, beautiful architecture and warm climate make it the perfect location for any happy couple. As we head towards the quieter winter period, plenty of brides will be planning a summer wedding for next year, so here are a few things that may encourage you to consider a Tuscan ceremony.
For any bride, waking up on the morning of their wedding is one of the best feelings they will ever have but imagine how much more excited you would be upon waking in a Tuscan villa. Unlike hotels, villas in Tuscany offer you your own private space to prepare for the occasion.
Picture yourself sipping champagne by your own exclusive pool, having your wedding breakfast outside in the blazing sunshine and taking photos in front of the stunning scenery. Also, you won’t have to worry about any strangers interfering with your preparations as the only people around will be the people you love the most.
After the dress, the venue is arguable the most important part of the wedding and if you are thinking of choosing Tuscany as the setting for your big day, there will be no shortage of spectacular ones in which to host your nuptials. None more so than the wonderful architecture the city of Florence can offer having been named a world heritage site in 1982. Just a ‘couple’ to consider would be the magnificent Duomo, situated in the heart of the city near the river and the Ponte-Vecchio, a beautiful bridge that houses some quaint little shops.
Florence is not the only place that offers vibrant venues, however. The Castello dei Cipressi Chianti can be found on a hilltop to the north of Siena, looking down toward the town of San Gimignano and is sure to serve as the perfect luxury location. Its luscious lawns and rustic court-yard provide a great place for pictures and the castle itself, once frequented by poets and painters during the renaissance period, offers a great surrounding for the ceremony. You could then set the after party into full swing by sampling some of the classic Chianti wine from the vineyards within the castle grounds.
It would be wrong to ask Tuscany to host your wedding without letting it provide some of its traditional food for you and your guests to enjoy. Italy has a rich culture of wonderfully vibrant food, a lot of which has made its way around the world, so there are plenty of Tuscan delights that would do a great job of filling your guest’s stomachs and fuelling them for a night-long celebration.
It is traditional for all Tuscan families to have a starter or ‘antipasti’ before their main course, whether they eat at home or in a restaurant. These often consist of little toasted bits of bread or ‘crostinis’ topped with chicken liver pate or local cured meats. These are great for a wedding buffet or to have on the table before the main course. You could then move on to a traditional Florentine steak, complete with seasonal porcini mushrooms and then finish off with some delicious handmade Gelato; the perfect feast for the perfect day.