In July 2016 I tied the knot to my best friend Joe. Joe, or Giuseppi for purposes of this blog, is a rather Italian looking, dark haired fellow. When we travel he often gets mistaken as French, Italian or Spanish but I digress. I’ve written about my dress before here, but never the day. When we did say ‘I do’ or ‘lo voglio’ he fitted in perfectly. Me? Pale and Blonde stood out a little more. Yet, felt perfectly at home. There is something about Italy that feels homely to me. It’s culture is like a warm hug to me. It’s people? Some of the kindest, happiest I’ve ever met. It’s History? Difficult to rival. When I researched where I wanted to get married there was no question.
Many people say they’re going to get married abroad because of the weather. Well I tell you now, you cannot control Mother Nature. It CHUCKED it down on the morning of my wedding. The sun did make an appearance later but I distinctly remember waking to a horrific thunderstorm with the shutters to my balcony clattering. I looked out onto Lake Garda and thought oh… is this my wonderful sunny abroad wedding?
The Venue I had chosen had a perfect back up room, and although it stopped raining just long enough for me to get married on the outer terrace I knew I’d be ok. The inside room had a view that overlooked the greenery of Italy.
Having a wedding abroad usually cuts down your guest list by at least half. You’ll find the people who REALLY want to be there will find a way. Otherwise you can send them a post card. We had a tight group of 30 and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Like No Other:
I didn’t want a ‘traditional’ wedding in a church. I had my whole ceremony in Italian, on a terrace, in a castle, next to a lake.
It’s good value for Money:
The average wedding in the UK is now deemed to be around the 27k mark. I couldn’t even contemplate HOW you could spend that in one day, but that’s just me. Abroad weddings tend to be around the 7k mark.
I’ll revisit this topic in a future post but wanted to know, do you have any questions? Have you thought about getting married abroad?