Thank you hitchedinitaly and Lourdes, for the kind and supportive words in your responses,.
Just a catch up of where I'm up to now that the Wedding is only in 16 weeks' time!
I've finally managed to obtain my Atto Notorio document. That was a long day at the Italian Consulate in Melbourne! We had to sit in waiting room with our 4x non related witnesses, they were able to leave after they had signed their paperwork. Will and I were there for a few more hours, before we were told we could leave and wait for a phone call later/next day perhaps, as the consulate General wasn't available to sign our document. Anyway, we were able to go in first thing, the next day so that's all sorted now, thankfully.
Can I ask if someone could please clarify for me the address/location of the Australian Embassy in Rome (the wedding office) where I need to go to make the sworn Declaration (Nulla Osta)?
And then once I obtain the Nulla Osta, I know I have to take that document to an Italian office (the prefettura) to get the consul's signature authenticated - is this office still in Rome, or is there one in Florence?
Also, the embassy website I have been looking through has advised me to contact the marriage office in Florence ahead of time to gain more detailed information on the marriage requirements, including a list of documents that to bring - is this a different building all together?
Lastly, I am planning on shopping for my wedding dress (and Will's suit) in Italy. Crazy, I know! I have found a couple of bridal shops but wanted to find out if they are any good, or if I could possibly get some recommendations: Marsilmoda & Giadacurti. Also does anyone know if it is the same process applies, as in Australia, with regards to having to call ahead and make an appointment prior to arriving at the shop?
Thanks so much.