At Bestweddingaway one of the most common questions we are asked is ‘what is the average cost of a wedding in Italy?’ As with weddings anywhere the answer to this question depends very much on what you want. We have given an indication below of some prices ranges for various components of the day to help you get an idea of the cost of an Italian wedding.
In order to get married legally in Italy a number of legal formalities need to be undertaken and met, these include: dealing with the local consulate; dealing with the local town hall booking the ceremony venue and paying their fees, stamp duties and postal expenses; arranging an interpreter for the signing of the declaration and during the ceremony. This is just a flavour of the requirements and more in depth details about these marriage essentials for weddings in Italy can be found in the Bestweddingaway Best Wedding Kit which you will get as part of the Wedding package. Costs to be paid to the local town hall and the consulate fees can vary depending on the location of you wedding. Prices for these essentials to your wedding in Italy normally range from €2000 to €3500.
Destination wedding essential costs…Please contact the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about your destination wedding and we will be happy to provide a preliminary quotation for our Best Wedding Kit.
With an abundance of quality restuarants in Italy a venue can be found for any wedding budget. For example a simple, good quality restaurant with 3 courses can cost around €50 per person or a more elaborate welcome buffet with a 3 course dinner and wedding cake can cost around €130 to €150 at a Michelin star restaurant. The average price you will be looking at for a wedding reception in most Italian restaurants is normally between €70 to €90 per person, this price does include some wine which roughly works out at half a bottle per person. Naturally prices for restaurants do vary depending on various factors such as location, quality of the establishment, time of year and even day of the week. At Bestweddingaway we will always negotiate directly with the restaurant to ensure you get the best possible price.
How much is an average wedding meal in Italy? If you would like to read more information on the tradional food served at Italian weddings as well as the pricing of restaurants, please visit our news page. Or please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the requirements for your wedding and we will be happy to provide a preliminary quotation.
In Italy it is possible to hire some truly spectacular and unique wedding venues. Normally the location requires a hire fee which is on top of the cost of catering. As you would expect the price for the venue hire is greatly influenced by the time of the year, day of the week and number of people at the wedding. Most wedding venues require an external caterer however some do offer catering and in these cases the venue offers a combined catering and hire fee price per person. A combined catering and hire fee price can fluctuate from €120 to €200 per person depending on the venue. The typical cost for hiring a wedding venue on Lake Garda in an agriturismo with a lake view is approximately €2000 during the week to hire. The typical cost for hiring a beautiful Venetian palace on a Saturday in the summertime is approximately €7000, however for the same Venetian palace in Winter it can cost approximately €3000. Whereever you wish to hold your destination wedding your wedding planner at Bestweddingaway will assist you in choosing the right venue for the right price.
What’s the typical cost of an Italian wedding venue? If you would like to read more information on variables affecting pricing of reception venues, please visit our news page. Or please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the unique wedding venue you desire and we will be happy to provide you a preliminary quotation.
Factors affecting the prices for catering at a destination wedding venue depend a lot on the ability and reputation of the caterer you choose as well as the services employed by them. Additionally the cost will vary depending on the number of courses you desire, the logistics of the location and the amount of alcohol you would like to include. It’s important to remember that most caterers have fixed overheads which include the transportation and general logistic costs of preparing for an event (e.g. hiring equipment, providing enough waiters etc). These fixed costs spread over a wedding party often mean that the smaller the group the higher the cost per head can be, therefore it may be more economical to utilise caterers for larger wedding parties. As a guide a catered wedding reception for 80 people, having a 3 course dinner with an elaborate welcome buffet, wedding cake, wine and liqueurs can normally cost around €100 per person.
What's the typical cost for hiring caterers in Italy? If you would like to read more information on variables affecting the pricing of catering at weddings in Italy, please visit our news page. Or please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the catering you require for your destination wedding and we will be happy to provide you a preliminary quotation.
Typically the biggest influences to prices charged for wedding photography or videography are the reputation of the company and the length of time they are required at the wedding. Additional costs can also be incurred if you choose to have a wedding album produced and then sent to you. To give you an idea of typical costs for these services: for a 2 hour wedding photography service with 40 prints and full ownership over all photos taken on the wedding day provided on a CD can cost around €800; for 2 hours of filming with editing and music, it will cost you roughly the same, €800. If you require a full wedding photographic service which includes: photos of the couple getting ready in the hotel before the ceremony, the wedding ceremony, photos in and around the wedding location, the arrival of the couple and guests at the reception location and the cutting of the cake, then prices for this service along with the wedding album are approximately €1400. We do recommend you allow 2 hours on your wedding day for taking photographs of you and your guests to ensure you have some beautiful photographs to remember your dream destination wedding in Italy.
What's the typical cost for wedding photographers and videographers in Italy? Please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the photography or video you require for your destination wedding and we will be happy to provide you a preliminary quotation.
In Italy the prices of flowers are influenced significantly by the seasons and what can be grown locally. By choosing flowers which are in season most of the year, for example roses and gerberas, then a bridal bouquet of roses can cost approximately €70. The costs for the flower arrangements for the church and reception will vary greatly depending on the location you have chosen and the amount of flowers you require. To give you an idea of costs: for a typical flower arrangement for the ceremonial table it can cost between €60 and €100; for a typical flower arrangement for the reception tables will range from €25 to €70 depending on the extravagence of your arrangement.
How much do flowers cost at a destination wedding? Please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the type and style of flowers you require for your destination wedding and we will be happy to provide you a preliminary quotation.
Costs for music for the ceremony can vary from around €150 to €500 per musician depending on the skills of the musician and in some instances the instrument they play. For example a pianist or harpist may charge slightly more than other musicians due to the careful transportation required for their instrument. It is possible to hire musicians which work together and they sometimes offer discounts if you book 2 or 3 of them for the same service. For entertainment at the reception venue, prices are very much influenced by the type of entertainment you require. A DJ can cost between €300 and €500 for the night. A band of live musicians will cost more, with the average for a 4 or 5 piece band costing around the €1200 mark. In Italy the wedding couple have a responsibility to acquire a licence for music off the local town and it has to be paid for the reception venue and in some situations for the ceremony location as well. The price for this licence fluctuates from venue to venue but typically costs in the range of €150 to €300. The Bestweddingaway team will help arrange the licence with you.
How much will we pay for music at our destination wedding? Please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the location and style of music you require for your destination wedding and we will be happy to provide you a preliminary quotation.
It is important for many couples to make the right entrance and travel in style to the ceremony location and then onto the reception. At Bestweddingaway we can help arrange any type of transport you desire. The price for the transport will depend on your choice of wheels, the distance to be travelled, the length of hire time the vehicle will be required for and if you require a chauffeur or not. Typical costs for an immaculate Rolls Royce Silver Cloud from 1962 for half a day service with chauffeur will cost approximately €900, or if you wish to have something a bit simpler, then a Mercedes S Class can be hired for €250.
How much will I pay for a Bridal car at my Italian wedding? Please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the duration and type of transport you require for your destination wedding and we will be happy to provide you a preliminary quotation.
Depending on the location of your wedding ceremony and the reception it may be necessary to organise some transport to move your guests from their hotel to the ceremony, onto the reception venue and then back to their hotel. Some guests may want to hire their own car, however in many situations the most convenient and cost efficient way is to organise a minibus or coach to transport your guests to the different locations on the wedding day. Typically prices will vary on the size of vehicle required and the journey length. Bestweddingaway will negotiate with the transport company to ensure you get the best deal to meet any requirement you have. Examples of transportation costs for couples getting married in Tuscany requiring a 19 seat minibus for 2 hours can cost €300; for couples getting married on Lake Garda requiring a 54 seater coach for use from the ceremony to the restaurant and then back to their hotel can cost €500.
How much will I pay for Guest Transportation at my Italian wedding? Please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the duration and type of transport you require for your destination wedding and we will be happy to provide you a preliminary quotation
On average bridal hair and makeup costs more in Italy than in other countries due to the fact that Italians are willing to pay a higher price for these services. Typically costs for styling the brides hair will be approximately €120 and for the bridal makeup you will normally pay €90. These prices often do not include a rehearsal session so be prepared to pay a bit more for that. The average price for styling the bridesmaids and bride’s mother's hair is about €50 per person. Depending on the location of your destination wedding the hairdresser and makeup artist will come to the hotel which means the cost of the transfer is already included in the price of the bridal hair or makeup.
What's the typical cost for bridal hair and makeup in Italy? Please contact one of the team at Bestweddingaway with outline details about the bridal hair and makeup you or your guests require for your destination wedding and we will be happy to provide you a preliminary quotation.
There many other services the Bestweddingaway team can arrange depending on the location of your destination wedding ceremony and reception venue. Here are just a few examples:
Boat trip – it is possible to arrange a romantic trip on Lake Garda for the bride and groom (approximately €100 for half an hour) or for a group of 40 people (approximately €400 for a hours trip). These trips offer the married couple and their guests an unique opportunity to celebrate the wedding. Italian champagne can be included for a toast if required.
Gondola – in Venice what better way to arrive at your wedding reception than in a Gondola. Depending on the journey length and pick up and drop off point, prices for a Gondola ride can start from €250 for an hour.
Fireworks – if you want to end the night with a bang then why not have your own firework show. With prices ranging from €750 up to €3000 they really offer a true spectacle to draw to a close your dream destination wedding. These are especially popular on Lake Garda and Sorrento as the water reflects the firework show making it even more magical.
Chinese lanterns – if you want to light up the sky and say a thankyou for your wonderful day then Chinese lanterns are a beautiful and serene way of doing it. Prices for small lanterns prices are approximately €5 per person, and for the big lanterns which require assistance, €20 is generally the starting price.
Above is just a sample of other services we arrange however if there is something specific you would like that is not mentioned then please do not hesitate to contact the team at Bestweddingaway and we will try to help arrange it for your special day.
Please be aware that the prices above are just indicative and they do not constitute in any way a commitment from Bestweddingaway. Prices will vary depending upon the location, date and size of your wedding to name a few factors. At Bestweddingaway we strive to offer transparency in our costs and will always negotiate separately with suppliers to ensure we get you the best possible price.
If you wish to have more specific information on costs and receive a personalised quote for a destination wedding then we advise you to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you.
Further information on the cost of having your marriage ceremony in Italy can also be found on the wedding package examples page to help you understand what is available.