Destination I Do
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Destination Wedding Italy: A Cross-Cultural Love Affair!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Cinzia Bruschini

California couple Cindy and Andrea knew a destination wedding was in their future since Andrea originally hails from Italy and their friends and family are scattered across the World. Since guests were going to have to travel either way, Italy won out! Pieve di Soligo, Italy was the perfect option for Andrea and Cindy as the small town was ideal for an intimate ceremony and reception with only their closest family and friends in attendance.

While the couple found their dream location, it didn’t come without difficulties. “Our challenge was the fact that our guests were not only from America and Italy, but also Japan and many people in the region don’t speak English,” recalls Cindy. “A good deal of the planning went into translating and arranging a Prosecco wine tour and itinerary for those who wanted to explore the area.” Thankfully, a close friend offered up their home to host the couple’s reception which greatly simplified things. 

Cindy and Andrea embraced their gorgeous location by implementing lots of DIY details and Italian traditions into their wedding. “We cut out vintage maps from around the World, a different one for each table with names of cities that we’ve been to or would like to travel together to in the future,” says the bride. “My family helped fold the traditional 1,001 Japanese origami cranes and we hung them like a chandelier in the reception hall.” The couple also had a traditional Italian wedding cake, Millefoglie, which was an enormous hit with their guests.

Overall, this California couple spent less hosting their wedding in Italy – possibly a surprise to a lot of you. “While of course Italy is far and plane tickets aren’t cheap, what we found was that we got a lot more for our money in terms of quality and design,” says Cindy. “In Italy, for example, they don’t charge to cut your cake and a sit down dinner doesn’t necessarily cost more than a buffet. The food, no surprise here, was leagues better than your standard wedding banquet food and included at least 5-6 courses (standard!) and for that alone we were more than satisfied.”

“Planning a destination wedding is a lot of work, but the reward of bringing everyone who is important in our lives together in a place that has so much significance to both of us, made it all worth it,” says the couple. “There were a lot of logistics and cultural differences that came into play, many of which we didn’t anticipate or were aware of, but that became part of the adventure and helped us to understand each other’s cultural traditions better. The key for us was to stay flexible and realize that there are many factors that weren’t in our control and believing everything would work out the way it was supposed to.”

This intuitive bride and groom have some final words of advice for other couples planning their own destination wedding. “If you are thinking about having a destination wedding, make sure it’s a place that is significant to both of you. If you are planning it yourself, start as far in advance as possible. Be cognizant of people’s budgets and offer as many options as possible for them to stay, eat and find entertainment. We always tried to keep in mind that this was not only a big commitment by us to make this happen, but by all those who chose to take the journey with us. Giving that extra effort, like making welcome bags with personalized thank you notes, goes a long way in showing your appreciation for your guests’ precence.”

Photographer: Cinzia Bruschini
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Duomo di Pieve di Soligo/Villa Ca’ Marcello
Florist: Floricultura Gallonetto Flora and Floricoltura Rizzo
Catering: Incontro Banchetti
Gown Designer: Peter Langner
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Marchi
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Max & Cleo/Giorgio Armani

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