This weeks post will be very brief and to the point. I will discuss the way weather might impact your planning a wedding in Italy, and no, the reason for its brevity is not that Italy is forever sunny so there’s little to say about the weather at all!
I’m sorry to be the one (literally) raining on your parade, I know most couples from Northern Europe choose Italy as their destination wedding location precisely under the impression that they will be dining and dancing under the sun or a bright, warm starry sky. However, due to global climate changes it has become increasingly random to actually get a sunny wedding.
Does this mean a wedding in Italy could be less than gorgeous? Not at all! But it calls for extra caution when planning it.
All wedding planning requires a plan B strategy (sometimes even a plan C one is in order!), that is an option for setup and decoration in case the weather turns miserable on you. Start by picking a venue that can easily accommodate these options. If the garden you’ve fallen in love with can house 100 guests, make sure the indoor area can cater to as many. If it can’t, put down money on hiring a tent NOW, it’ll be the money best spent in all your budget. One of Italy’s most celebrated and loved wedding venues, Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como, has indoors halls for up to 30/40 guests, and they require that a tent is hired if the guests list is longer than that. They’re not trying to ripp you off, they are saving your wedding.
Choose a venue whose indoors facilities exceed in beauty and comfort its outdoors. If your wedding day will be rainy, you will want to be enjoying yourself to the point of forgetting about rain, looking at gorgeous rooms rather than crammed in dingy spaces! Luckily you are in Italy, where natural beauties are surpassed only by art and architecture, so it’s just a matter of choosing carefully.
When ordering flower arrangements choose elements that can work both outdoor and indoor, and ask estimates for some extra blooms to pimp up the interiors in case of bad weather. Most florists will require a simple confirmation a few days prior to the wedding, when the weather forecasts are reasonably defined.
If you’ve hired a banqueting company, they will be closely watching the weather forecast and they will be ready to advise you on what to do in case of bad omens. Ask them if it’s possible to have as many tables laid out inside as outside, so that in case of sudden showers guests can easily be moved inside without interrupting the meal service.
At the end of the day, the famous event industry motto, “hope for the best, plan for the worst”, will be your best friend when planning a wedding, even in Italy. I’ve been working for a while now in weddings and private events, I have always painstakingly made sure that planBs were as beautiful and memorable as the best case scenarios… And it’s good karma, I guarantee. I have yet to witness rain at any of my weddings! It rained the day before, the morning of, the day after, but it never drenched by lovely brides. If you’ll plan your wedding accepting that you cannot control the weather, you will have the best wedding possible!
And that’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed reading this and I’ll see you here next week!