Romance, Culture & History: eloping in Italy – A guide

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Why eloping in Italy?

Eloping in Italy is much more than just eloping in a far-away land such as the Bahamas or Hawai. An Italian elopement is a real trip. Both internal and external. It’s more than an experience, it’s a real adventure: whether you connect with your ancestors because of your italian origins, or whether you are fan of the Roman Empire, eager to discover it’s vestiges, you will be surrounded with a magic that you could never find at home. The Italian accent, the Italian food, the Italian fashion, the Italian architecture close to 2000 years old will make your elopement much more than going to Vegas for a fake Italian spirit.

You want your wedding day to be a magical one? Italy is offering more than magic. What Italy has to offer is beyond your dreams. Imagine just a second having your elopement ceremony in a Gondola in Venice, or in Rome in the heart of what was the Roman empire or in Florence’s hills overlooking centuries of Italian renaissance art. That ambiance you can not find  anywhere but in Italy. Forget about the virtual word and dare entering the real world by getting married in Italy.

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Find a wedding planner in Italy that you can trust:

You could say: « that’s sounds great but we don’t know anything about Italy, we don’t speak Italian and to prepare an Italian elopement from the USA seems a bit daunting!«  and you are totally right! But that’s without counting on us. We have celebrated over 1000 elopement ceremonies in Europe, Italy included, and we know what makes an elopement ceremony in Italy a success: we know how to deal with the Italian culture and codes, we speak the language, we know the best wedding vendors, we know where to go to find really good intimate spots to celebrate your elopement.

Italy is a very touristy country: you don’t want to have your elopement photo-shooting happening in the middle of a group of tourists taking selfies on your spot nor do you want to be stuck in traffic on your way to your Italian elopement! These seem obvious but are only a few exemples amongst many that could ruin your elopement ceremony. And that’s where we walk in: thanks to our experience you have nothing to fear. We will take care of you, of your partner and your family and guests if any! You’ll just have to trust our wedding expertise, relax and enjoy!

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Top cities to elope in Italy?

You could wonder where is best city to elope in Italy. Rome, Florence and Venice are the most popular elopement wedding destinations in Italy. In each of those cities we can propose you different locations to choose from. Venice has a unique charm; the canals make that city very romantic. Rome is majestic with vestiges of the Roman empire around you. Florence is the center point of the renaissance arts movement that spread all over Europe in the 14th century. To choose between those 3 cities for your wedding could be a tough choice: call us and we’ll help you out!

If your choice is already made, you can still call us to work out the details of your dream elopement ceremony in Italy, we will be happy to help! Otherwise, keep reading our guide to elope in Italy and discover all you need to make your dream come true.

Where to elope in Italy

We’ve been organizing elopements in Italy for more than 10 years. With our experience, we know the best vendors and locations for your once-in-a-lifetime perfect symbolic celebration in Florence, Rome or Venice. Check each destination to discover what they can offer to you
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More about eloping in Rome

The ancient city is the perfect landscape for lovers of history and legends. Discover why you should elope in Rome.

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More about eloping in Venice

Venice is your place to elope if you want a romantic but full of creativity symbolic celebration. Find out why!

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More about eloping in Florence

Florence equals art and history. If you elope in Florence, it woul be a classic, chic celebration you would never forget.

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Top places to elope in Florence: Rose Gardens

Why us to organize your elopement Ceremony in Italy

With 10 years of experience, at Love Gracefully we will create your dreamed elopement ceremony in Florence, Rome or Venice, totally tailor-made to suit your love story. With us, templates are forbiden, as we want to build a brand-new celebration for each couple. First of all, we will interview you to understand your values, lifestyle and vision for your elopement in Italy, and we will join you in the adventure of making your dreams come true.

If you decide to elope in Italy, it will allow you to enjoy the excitement of a real wedding mixed with the exclusivity of an intimate ceremony in a different way. As we’re experienced celebrants and wedding planners, we know plenty of vendors that will make your day special, and at the same time, thanks to our network we can ensure we will have back up plans for any inconvenience that it might appear. With us, you will enjoy the thrill of a unique celebration but without the stress to plan a big wedding at home.

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Pierre, Founder, director and celebrant in Italy

Pierre is the leading celebrant in Italy, and Love Gracefully founder. He’s in charge to create, along with our team, the perfect elopement ceremony. He celebrated hundreds of ceremonies through his career, each one unique in its own way, and he was pioneer offering elopement ceremonies & destination weddings abroad.

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Lorena, Wedding Planner in Italy

Lorena has been working in the wedding industry for the last 12 years. Resolutive, responsible and detail-oriented. She will be in charge of booking and coordinating all our vendors to suit your desires and ensure you have an excellent Italy elopement. She will also take care of all the little details and inspire you with her graceful ideas and expertise, so your elopement ceremony will be tasteful, elegant and romantic.
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Bibiana, wedding project manager

Bibiana is the latest addition to the Love Gracefully team. She discovered in Love Gracefully a new passion: weddings and love stories. She is usually the first contact you will have with our company and she will answer all your questions and requests with detailed explanations. Her sweetness, detail-driven character and responsibility will help Lorena to coordinate a successful and tailor-made ceremony for you.

Our Italy wedding vendors

After 10 years organizing elopement ceremonies in Italy, we have built a wide net of providers, vendors and partners in Florence, Rome and Venice, that will help us to make your special day unforgetable. According to your vision and desires, we will suggest you the wedding professionals who will make it real. Our photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists, florists and more are experienced in their fields and will be ready to solve any eventualities.

Our Italy elopement packages

We offer different elopement packages in Italy to cater your desires. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or you need something that isn’t included.

BASIC

690
  • €766
  • Tailor-made Ceremony including your own vows & texts
  • English-speaking officiant
  • Free location/venue
  • Free number of guests up to 30
  • Symbolic Wedding certificate
  • VAT included
  • No hidden fees

SILVER

1180
  • €1311
  • Tailor-made Ceremony including your own vows & texts
  • English-speaking officiant
  • Free location/venue
  • Free number of guests up to 30
  • (Wedding) Planner Service
  • Bouquet Of Flowers
  • Photographer 1 hour
  • Symbolic Wedding certificate
  • VAT included
  • No hidden fees

GOLD

1990
  • €2211
  • Tailor-made Ceremony including your own vows & texts
  • English-speaking officiant
  • Free location/venue
  • Free number of guests up to 30
  • (Wedding) Planner Service
  • Bouquet Of Flowers
  • Photographer 3 hours
  • Romantic Car Tour With Chauffeur
  • Complimentary bottle of champagne
  • Symbolic Wedding certificate
  • VAT included
  • No hidden fees

DIAMOND

3480
  • €3866
  • Tailor-made Ceremony including your own vows & texts
  • English-speaking officiant
  • Free location/venue
  • Free number of guests up to 30
  • (Wedding) Planner Service
  • Bouquet Of Flowers
  • Photographer 3 hours
  • Romantic Car Tour With Chauffeur
  • Complimentary bottle of champagne
  • Videographer 3 hours
  • Symbolic Wedding certificate
  • VAT included
  • No hidden fees

INFINITY

6880
  • €7644
  • Tailor-made Ceremony including your own vows & texts
  • English-speaking officiant
  • Free location/venue
  • Free number of guests up to 30
  • (Wedding) Planner Service – over 1 or 2 days
  • Bouquet Of Flowers
  • Boutonniere
  • Photographer (8 hours shooting over 1 or 2 days)
  • Limousine With Chauffeur or Vintage Car With Chauffeur
  • Complimentary bottle of champagne
  • Videographer (8 hours shooting over 1 or 2 days)
  • Hair & Make up artist
  • Symbolic Wedding certificate
  • VAT included
  • No hidden fees

FAQ about eloping in Italy

Check the most common questions our couples have before they decide to elope in Italy. Feel free to contact us for further information.

As we state before, our Italy elopement ceremonies are purely symbolic, meaning that they have no legal value. The idea here is that due to heavy paperwork, rules and translations issues in a foreign country, we suggest to couples to have the paperwork done at home and come to Europe to celebrate fully their love. Our speciality is the celebration of love, but not the paperwork. You can see Pierre explaining this in this video.

Our Italy elopement ceremonies are totally personalised. They can either be spiritual or not at all. They are designed to meet your beliefs. Any God is welcome as well as an atheist or… In that sense, Love Gracefully is a secular company that embraces all beliefs and all non-beliefs. But our officiants are not priests, nor pastors, nor rabbis.

Would you want a religious ceremony, depending on the city, we could direct you to a local church. It’s very rare as many European priests do not speak English. So, what we recommend is that, if you want a religious ceremony in Europe, to let us, at Love Gracefully, create a spiritual ceremony that will be celebrated in an exquisite outdoor location.

We do understand your concern in the event of rain if you want to elope in Italy. Since we always work outdoors, we have the expertise on what to do in case of rain; we spend a lot of time looking at weather forecasts. And after more than 400 ceremonies, here is what we’ve learned:

  1. It’s an issue to take seriously;
  2. Weather forecasts are not very accurate;
  3. Best to wait 48 hours to 24 hours before D-day to make a final call on what to do;
  4. We have a plan B, protected from the rain, ready to go.
  5. If it rains a little bit we can wait for it to stop
  6. If the weather gets extremely bad and our vendors are available, we are flexible and we can try to move the ceremony to another time or day. Only if vendors and officiant are available.

Testimonials: elopement in Italy

We successfully created intimate & special elopement celebrations in Italy for hundreds of couples before. You can discover their stories in our YouTube Channel.
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Contact our team of Wedding Planners and Elopement Celebrants in Italy and we will help you.

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Ceremonies celebrated by Love Gracefully are purely symbolic; they have no legal values.
Ceremonies celebrated by Love Gracefully can be spiritual if requested but are not happening in churches.
Pierre and his team of English-speaking celebrants work 365 days a year & look forward to hearing from you.

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