Tuscany has a certain magic all its own. Maybe it’s in the soil, maybe it’s in the wine, maybe it’s the special sunlight that basks on its hills. What is certain is that it is one of the most intimate ways to celebrate your marriage, bringing together your closest family and friends to live and play side by side among the olive trees and vineyards.
When marrying in Tuscany I would suggest finding the right size villa for your group and, if at all possible, having everyone stay together at the villa for three nights. If you can only manage two nights then I would suggest choosing Southern Tuscany which is closer to Rome and easier for people to get to and back, even on their own. You can plan to have some of your group stay for more than three nights but that is usually difficult and most guests will pick and choose among the days and only stay two or three nights anyway. Better to stipulate a core three nights with planned events and most guests will follow your lead to stay on those days. I would avoid properties where you have to rent by the week and there are many, perhaps even the majority in high season. With Tuscany it is imperative to have flexibility, particularly when accommodating a group.
Although Italy looks small on a map, the locations are not so close once you start traveling on narrow, winding country roads. And most Tuscan villas are deep in the heart of nowhere, surrounded by little other than olive groves, vineyards and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. This means that many locations will be difficult to get to for your guests on their own. You may want to have us organize a bus to take everyone from Rome to the villa at the beginning and then to take everyone back to Rome the day after the wedding. If your guests are coming from the U.S. this is always greatly appreciated. Depending on the location of the villa we would make recommendations on the best way to handle transportation.
Wedding Ceremonies: In Tuscany there are Medieval castles and monasteries that have been convered into villas and there are traditional stone farmhouses as well to choose from. Some villas will have a Catholic church on site where the wedding can be celebrated and for many others there will be a charming country church or spectacular Cathedral for the ceremony in the near vicinity. Usually a symbolic ceremony can be arranged on the lawn of the property if you prefer to go that route. For a civil ceremony you would need to go to a civil hall in a charming, historic town nearby which would give you the opportunity to bring your guests on a sight-seeing adventure in addition to your wedding ceremony. Each option has its particular charms and all are unforgettable.
Most Tuscan villas are only open from April 1 through October 31, with May through September being high season. If you want to hang around the pool and be reasonably assured of dining outside then the summer months are ideal. October is frequently gorgeous and sunny during the daylight hours but chillier at night and unlikely that you could dine outside unless specific arrangements were made for a tent with heat lamps. It has a glorious Indian summer feel about it, though, and October, when the olives and grapes are harvested, should not be ruled out.