If you have always dreamt about a seaside destination wedding, the Italian Riviera is the ideal place to celebrate your Big Day. Thanks to the picturesque landscapes, the colorful villages, the sparkling water, and the sound of the sea, you will never forget your magic wedding on the Italian Riviera.
Let me introduce you to this beautiful destination: the Italian or Ligurian Riviera is in north-western Italy, precisely in the Liguria region. This enchanting geographic area is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border with France to the border with Tuscany.
However, its unique environment is not the only reason to choose this place as your wedding destination. Along its entire length, the Italian Riviera is constellated with some of the most beautiful Italian seaside towns and villages. Old and colorful Seaview buildings surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, woods, and wonderful locations to say your “I Do’s”.
Last but not least, Liguria’s Mediterranean Climate guarantees you sunny days during the summer and mild climate during the winter. Something that can help when organizing a wedding!
A destination wedding on the Italian Riviera
The Riviera and its charm will let you experience a very elegant Italian wedding. And when it comes to choosing the venue, it will be hard to say which town is more beautiful than the other between Portofino, Santa Margherita, Le Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Sanremo, and Sestri Levante. Portofino is the glamorous queen of the Italian Riviera; Santa Margherita is an elegant jewel mainly frequented by Milanese wealthier citizens; Le Cinque Terre, the five lands, are a group of five picturesque villages along the coast; Portovenere is a very unique gem; Sanremo is also called the City of Flowers; and Sestri Levante is an incredible little city surrounded by two bays, the Baia del Silenzio” (the bay of silence) and the marvelous “Baia delle Favole (the bay of fairytales). All of these villages offer astonishing wedding locations.
Wedding receptions options on the Italian Riviera range from luxury sea view palace hotels, private villas, historical buildings, castles, and restaurants. You only have to choose the background of your fairytale. If you dream about a romantic wedding, we recommend you one of the beautiful sea view villas like Villa Durazzo, Villa Lagorio, Villa Porticciolo, and many others. Instead, if you desire an extremely elegant wedding you should check out the available castles! The most famous is for sure Castello Brown. Located in Portofino, it is a house museum once used for harbor defense. It is believed that the construction of the actual castle may have occurred around the X century. Fun fact: in 1867, the structure was purchased for 7,000 lire by Montague Yeats-Brown, then English consul in Genoa. An amount that today correspond to 34.874,63 euro. Pretty cheap if you look at the real estate market today.
Special locations on the Italian Riviera
You appreciate all the fascinating and traditional locations but you are thinking about something more unusual for your wedding on the Italian Riviera? You should know that here you can choose among different hotels and beach club that are available to organize a beach wedding. So you will be able to meet your future bride or groom directly on the beach with the sound of the sea as your soundtrack. And if you are looking for something even more unique, you have to look at La Cervara Abbey in Santa Margherita Ligure. It is a former abbey on the coastal road to Portofino. The complex is also a designated National Monument of Italy. La Cervara has a consecrated church, a 16th-century cloister, a tower, the main building, and a lovely Italian Renaissance style garden.
Country wedding in Sicily
And if instead you prefer a country wedding in Sicily? Sicily is happy to welcome to its bucolic countryside with vineyards and olive groves by Etna Volcano
. You can choose among many wonderful wedding reception venues located in the heart of spectacular rolling hills valley on the foot of Mount Etna. They all have an incredible view over Mediterranean Sea.
Here, sounds of nature follow through the slow passing of time.
Have you ever heard about Pasta al Pesto? If your answer is no, no worries because, Ladies and Gentlemen, Liguria is the home of pesto and if you choose it as your seaside wedding destination you will probably gonna eat a lot of it. So prepare your palate because you will taste a marvelous sauce made of European pine nuts, salt, basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. But this is not the only food attraction, another great protagonist here is Focaccia alla Genovese, a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough (just way better!). Useless to say that Ligurian traditional cuisine is pretty delicious.
Your seaside wedding planner on the Italian Riviera
Alessandra Fabi is our wedding planner specialized in the organization of destination weddings on the Italian Riviera. Alessandra is an expert in realizing the couple’s dreams, therefore 100% personal service is always guaranteed. As your local wedding planner and coordinator, Alessandra takes care of all the paperwork, administration and necessary legal requirements for your wedding day. In other words, Alessandra can deal with the whole practical organization of your wedding on the Italian Riviera.
Do you want to find out more about getting married on the Italian Riviera? Please, feel free to contact us. Thanks to the expertise of Alessandra, we will be glad to help you discover this country and organize the wedding of your dreams.