Getting married in Italy!
It is crazy when I think back over the past 12 months, to say it's been a funny old year would be an understatement and I think its safe to say it's not over yet! But even with the challenges 2020 brought, at the same time it has made us all slow down, spend more time with our loved ones, bunkered down at home, focus on our families, our own health, our wellbeing...
Basically Covid made us remember who is important and the values we cherish. Love has triumphed and the we have seen many marriage proposals. As couples turn their attention towards planning their wedding, Italy with all the tradition and family values, amazing venues, history and fantastic food and wine is the perfect location for a destination wedding.
Now I wish I did not have to write again about Covid 19, and I am sure you wish you were not reading about it when thinking about your wedding anywhere in the world, but I would like to update you on the situation here in Italy.
The Coronavirus vaccine is being rolled out in Italy!! Whilst restrictions are currently still in place, the Italian government have shown to be decisive in putting the publics health first and as we saw in the first wave, Italy did a great job! we have full confidence weddings will take place this summer.
What are the current Covid rules in Italy?
Currently visitors are obliged to have a Covid 19 test no more than 72 hours before their arrival in Italy or a rapid test is to be taken at the airport on their arrival and visitor are expected to quarantine. The list of countries who require this are constantly changing and it is recommended that you check with your FO before you travel.
The law requires the use of masks in all public spaces.
We are much better informed now than we were back in March 2020, and with a clearer idea of what we are facing this year. Last summer, measures were put in place to protect guests and staff, include staff wearing masks, no buffets and implementing social distancing at the tables if you’re not from the same household. There were no restrictions on guests numbers and I think this will be upheld this year.
We have received a few messages from brides asking if we think their Summer 2021 weddings will need to be pushed back. With the vaccine in play around the world, we are feeling super positive. However we understand the worry of not knowing for sure if your wedding will take place this year, and understand if moving to 2022 gives peace of mind. We know that moving weddings again will have a financial impact on our couples, but we also understand the stress couples are under and that their mental health is more important.
Unfortunately for our couples living in the USA, New Zealand and Australia, we really can not say if travel to Italy will be a possibility in 2021. We understand it is an emotional subject, but we are advising our couples to move their wedding back to 2022. I promise we will work as hard as we did last year for anyone wishing to move their wedding to 2022.
We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, people are being affected in so many different ways, but when dealing with something that is out of your control, it is important to stay calm and focused, this is why you have a wedding planner!
So if you are setting the date for your wedding in Italy, my advice is if you are from Europe, elopements and small weddings in 2021 are looking good and there are really amazing deals to be found! If you are only just starting to plan your wedding and are looking at 2022 or 2023, both years are booking up fast so it is advisable to secure your date as soon as you find your venue!
We all need great weddings after this to bring our families and friends back together!