January 19, 2015, 01:40 PM
Make-up and Flowers
unfortunately, as soon as you tell them that it is for a wedding all prices go up...so a hair cut and set that would normally go for 100 is now more. However, if this is important to you then I agree with Lourdes - just look at the total for the wedding, and let your planner know where you can cut costs and what is important to you - they have wiggle room.
I did quite a bit of work as a planner, and my suggestion on the flowers is to just go with your bouquet, your bridesmaids & the men UNLESS you can reuse the flowers at the restaurant. In fact, many times the place you are getting married in is already pretty awesome on its own. It's not like at home where you can send the vases or arrangements home with family and friends. Now wine you can send home with the guests - flowers not so much. Maybe look at decorating the table with select wine bottles that double as gifts ... or you could just go plain and elegant. Afterall they are there to celebrate you and that tasty meal... not the flowers.
If you want to cut the cost on the flower decorations - ask the florist what is in season. When they know you have a budget, I found they help you find the "showiest" flowers at the best price.
February 19, 2015, 04:24 AM
Dear all, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one struggling with trying to get married in Tuscany. We were looking for an officiant that is able to host a civil non religious ceremony at private venues, regardless of location. Please let me know if you have any good tips on locating one!
April 17, 2015, 01:47 PM
Musician Help Please!
I've booked a venue and photographer for our September 2015 wedding in Southern Tuscany, the venue and internet has been really helpful for prices and suggestions for the majority of the requirements. I am struggling with the musician side of things. We really want something non classical and traditionally Italian for the ceremony and afterwards (cocktails and during reception) specifically a guitar trio or mandolins. Really would love a gipsy band so that sort of style would be perfect. Any help on suggestions of where to look would be massively appreciated!
April 23, 2015, 04:29 PM
Vendor help for Tuscan wedding
I am also getting married in Tuscany (Montepulciano) in October and it has been challenging to find different vendors. I have been told by my photographer it is not necessary to get a planner since the internet can be so helpful so I am trying to do it on my own (with the help of my villa and photographer). I have booked a villa for 3 nights and we're having a civil ceremony at the town hall. But it has been challenging to find a hair dresser, make up artist, florist and entertainment. Like most of you, I have received lots of quotes from stylists and they are very high but it seems like this is the norm. I am between 4 options (Daniela Delia, Giulia Cresci, Adrienne Aereboe and Samantha Hairstyle). Has anyone used any of these stylists before? Also, any recommendations or florists or entertainment?
April 24, 2015, 03:03 PM
Prices for Hair
It always annoys me how expensive it is to get your hair done for a wedding in Italy. My advice, and I have told many brides this before, is to go to the salon and just tell them you're going to a party. An up-do for example could cost as little as €30!
April 24, 2015, 03:06 PM
I'm not sure this would be legal though. In order to have a legal ceremony, it must be organised through the local comune.
Originally Posted by azure
If you're happy to have a ceremony without it being legally binding, then you can get married wherever you want and I know a great celebrant that can help.
April 24, 2015, 03:10 PM
Flowers and Hair
Don't get stressed! and don't put too much pressure on yourself by going to flower markets and doing your own flowers. There are so many local, smaller florists that do not charge the earth. Its perfectly reasonable to be spending only €50 on a bouquet. I hope you've managed to get it sorted as your wedding is next month! Good luck x
Originally Posted by May2015
April 24, 2015, 03:32 PM
Agree with Hitched in Italy as far as hairdresser goes - price automatically goes up as soon as they here it is for a wedding. So if you have the time, you can go in and do it at their salon before heading out.
Keep in mind the high cost for many hairdressers is not just their skill but the fact that many will go out to you to your villa, to save YOU time and fit around YOUR schedule. So keep that in mind when considering rates.
If you're fine in taking things easily and with flexibility, you can also go to a local florist and select what you like and have it done last minute, as long as it isn't a major order most likely they will be able to meet your needs. Particularly as regards bouquets, but here even a nice bouquet arrangement you can take as a housewarming gift can cost you 30-50 euros, really depends on what you choose.
YES - to have anything be official, celebrants have to come from city hall and require you doing documents ahead of time and with local consulates doing part of the paperwork. Otherwise, it is just a celebrant for a symbolic wedding, that is what symbolic stands for. You can do it anywhere you want at that point.
Keep in mind that wedding planners can also just help in just parts of the planning, such as just paperwork or just putting you in touch with local suppliers and do just that without planning the entire wedding....... although I do think it really depends on the planner. Some are loath to say who they work with upfront and want to be the middle man across the entire process, but in this case, I recommend Cindy Salgado for this reason - she's the first to give out names and contacts so that the couples can choose and give credit where credit is due. You can already find "names" of suppliers for weddings she has organized directly on her website, if you browse through it and the weddings she's helped organize. A true "planner" in the sense of the word, in my opinion.
Here's my interview with her and her contact info is at the end:
As far as suppliers, I really think you want locals from the area in Montepulciano - keeps help costs down! Sorry can't help in this case other than offer general tips.
As far as entertainment, depending on what type of you want, I do think Cindy can help!
May 1, 2015, 09:49 PM
General costs is Tuscany?
really helpful tips here, so I thought I jump in with my wedding prep questions as well...
we are planning a summer wedding in Tuscany, close to Piombino (due to my pregnancy only in 2016, after all I want to be able to enjoy the lovely Tuscan wine at my own wedding, right?!).
We have a house there so we're luckily all set for the venue. However, my fiancé and I are just starting budget conversation and are really not in agreement there so any indications of costs would be of enormous help...!
My main concern is catering costs. We are planning for approx 70 people. Definitely need something to nibble when they arrive or then right after the ceremony (symbolic in the olive orchard), then dinner and late night snack.
For the late night snack we will probably get the pizza oven going, but for the rest we will have to consider a caterer and it is just maddening to get realistic prizes over the internet from abroad. SOOO: Can anyone help? We're not looking for super fancy (no caviar needed, haha) but especially I am a foodie, so it need be high quality, just really tasty, even if its just a caprese salad and pasta...
Thanks ton for any indications. will for sure help avoid further pre-matrimonial differences
May 13, 2015, 05:36 PM
I've used caterers in the past and you're right, then can be pricey. Have you considered asking a local restaurant or trattoria to cater for your wedding? This will drive the costs right down and if it's a restaurant you know well, you know the quality will be there.
I do have a good recommendation for a caterer, they're based up in Prato, but I imagine they travel all over the region. Let me know!