Have you always dreamt of a romantic Italian wedding in the Tuscan hills or the by the Italian Riviera? We speak to Sara Mazzei at Infinity Weddings and Events to find out how she is makes Italian wedding dreams come true.
5 Star Weddings: Tell us briefly how Infinity Weddings and Events can help couples get married in Italy?
Sara Mazzei: Infinity Weddings and Events® is a long experienced wedding planning company based in Italy and thanks to our brilliant staff we are able to organize the most beautiful weddings in Italy. We take care of documents for ceremony, religious or legal, wedding venue selection and reception. We have selected beautiful and charming wedding venues in Italy and in basis on the ideas and preferences of the bride and groom we are able to recommend the best one for them. Moreover our experience regards the flower décor, the logistic, the music and entertainment, photo and video service. We have also a great assistance service for guests. So the bride and groom are involved in preparation without stress.
5 Star Weddings: You plan weddings in some of Italy’s most iconic destinations, do you have a favourite?
Sara Mazzei: Italy is beautiful itself. It is very difficult to reply to this question. We plan weddings in Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Portofino and Como Lake. Many couple get in touch with us to ask for advice about which is the most beautiful area in Italy to get married in…it is the most difficult questions!
If the couple wish to enjoy a long week-end or a week together with families and friends Tuscany is the best area that offer farmhouses and villas. If they wish a luxury experience in amazing locations, we recommend Venice or Rome and if they like the sea-view they do not have alternative: Amalfi Coast and Sorrento!
5 Star Weddings: What’s the minimum budget that couples need to consider when planning a wedding in Italy?
Sara Mazzei: The budget can change in basis on the venue and number of guests. Some luxury hotels in Venice or Rome or exclusive villas in Tuscany can request high budget. But just to give you an idea of a price for a romantic elope to Italy just with bride and groom, the minimum budget is 5000€-6000€.
5 Star Weddings: Tell us about some of the more elaborate weddings you have organized – what lengths have couples gone to?
Sara Mazzei: Most of our customers contact Infinity Weddings and Events® for our experience in managing complex and elaborate weddings. We are able to manage different nationalities, complex logistic and one-week events.
We recommend to the couples to start some months before in order to have time to co-ordinate and plan the event in an excellent way, but our experience allows us to organize important events also in few months!
Just to mention some examples we remember a 3-days wedding in Umbria with 150 guests arriving from different countries with 3 different parties in 3 different locations. An awesome event with ceremony open-air, majestic wedding reception in a stunning castle! Unforgettable experience.
The last year we have organized a memorable wedding in a fortress where there is only a big grass at our disposal…and we have created a fantastic setting for cocktail reception, dinner and after dinner. Pictures of the grass before and after our arrival are incredible!
Another great experience was the wedding of a famous UK/German singer who got married in Amalfi Coast. This wedding involved our staff especially for security, logistic and copy right for video and imagines…the atmosphere of that wedding was unbelievable…the ceremony overlooking the sea and the special décor with purple flowers and blue lights!
5 Star Weddings:: If you are not Italian is it still possible to have a legal ceremony in Italy or do bride and groom need to marry in the UK first? What are the implications?
Sara Mazzei: Of course, the couple can get married in Italy with legal ceremony. Procedures for UK citizens are easy. We are able to organize the documents and they do not need to go the Consulate here in Italy. We provide interpreters, assistance for booking the ceremony hall and our experienced staff will assist with all the details and we are always ready to help our customers during the process. We are long experienced with documents of people with different nationalities so no problem if the bride and groom have two different nationalities.
5 Star Weddings: How did you get into planning weddings and events and what do you love about it?
Sara Mazzei: Fundamental is spending time with bride and groom in order to understand what they wish and what they dream for this special Day. Infinity Weddings and Events is a wedding planning company who can assist the couple to plan a prefect Destination Wedding in Italy but the main focus is the bride and groom. We can help, we can suggest, we can recommend but the last decision is made by them. This is our policy. So we write down a project and a theme and we move around it. We schedule a programme with deadline for every different service to be confirmed and we organize a planning and budget file to have everything under control.
Then we are pleased to meet the couple some months before the wedding if they can come to Italy or we meet them two days before the wedding. The most interesting part is the venues selection that influence a lot the wedding and the decorations projects with all the details about ceremony, table décor, bridal bouquet …
But let me say that the part we prefer is the wedding day itself when we see the happiness of the bride and groom!
5 Star Weddings: UK weddings are often styled by theme, what style of wedding is currently popular in Italy and are there any Italian traditions that UK couples can adopt for authenticity?
Sara Mazzei: Themed weddings are recently popular in Italy too. We have organized a recent wedding with the theme of black and white. Such an awesome wedding that will be edit on the cover of an important italian magazine. If UK couples wish to adopt some Italian tradition, they must to have rice together with petals and confetti to be thrown and we recommend the attention to the excellent food and wine. In Italy these are a must!
5 Star Weddings: What are the local flowers of choice for an Italian wedding?
Sara Mazzei: Every season has its own ideal flowers. We recommend to respect the season in order to have excellent flowers for a fantastic effect. There are the most classic flowers like roses or peonies but couple can consider also different solution like the mix of sunflowers and solidago if they like the yellow theme, or pink hydrangeas and sweet peas if they love the pink or white tulips, carnations and lisianthus for a soft white effect.
5 Star Weddings: What’s the best time of year to marry in Italy?
Sara Mazzei: Italy is beautiful also during winter, but I suggest to organize weddings from March to October. May and September are ideal for mild temperature and all the other months are perfect for a fantastic sun shining!
5 Star Weddings: What, in your opinion, makes a 5 Star Wedding?
Sara Mazzei: A 5 star wedding is real when all the single services are balanced and excellent. Not only one, but all of them. A 5 star wedding is harmony, elegance, sophistication and when the attention is towards the superb quality. In our opinion a 5 star italian wedding is a wedding with top quality food and wine and incredible music.