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A DETAILED GUIDE FOR YOUR STYLISH & ROMANTIC VENICE WEDDING

Have you ever wondered how an elegant and sophisticated Venice Wedding in Italy could be? If you are reading this guide it means that you want something special for wedding day and you actually are in the perfect place for that!

Venice is one of the most romantic city of Italy and for this reason some famous couples have chosen to get married here. We remember for example Woody Allen e Soon-Yi Previn in 1997 at Palazzo Cavalli, or George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin at Aman Venice in 2014

Why did they choose Venice to celebrate the most important day of their life? Because Venice is a romantic city in north-eastern Italy, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers, situated near Padua and Treviso. It’s the perfect place because the lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its canals, gondolas, ancient buildings and venetian wedding venues to shooting your special unforgettable day.

Gran Canale during a romantic Venice Wedding in Italy

In this guide we’ll explain you how you can organize a Venice Wedding, which are some stunning and romantic Venice Wedding Venues available and an approximate cost for each of them.

HOW TO GET TO VENICE

Venice is easily accesible thanks to the Venice International Airport, which is just 13km away from the old town. However most of the international airlines use Milan Airport (Malpensa) as their main hub, which is almost 3 hours away from Venice. In case you decide to go through Milan Airport, you can either rent easily a car at the airport or use Italo/Frecciarossa, high speed trains, to get to Venice.

CIVIL CERIMONY

Most of civil cerimonies are held at Palazzo Cavalli, which organizes hundreds of foreign weddings per year, so they are well organized. Others towers hall where to get legally married are Palazzo Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, perfect for a wedding that follows the elegant and romantic style of Venice, and Sala del Consiglio di Ca’ Loredan.

Choosing Palazzo Ca ‘Vendramin Calergi for your cerimony gives you two possibilities: the beautiful garden, in which it is possible to have a spectacular entrance from the water, or in in case of bad weather an elegant and refined room that recalls the Venetian splendor of a golden age.

Civil Italian Wedding price at Palazzo Cavalli (Monday to Saturday from 8.45am to 1.00pm)

Foreign citizens of the EU:

Working days – Price: € 600.00
Working days outside normal opening hours – Price: € 1.100,00
Holidays and pre-holidays outside the normal opening hours – Price: € 1.300,00
No working days – Price: € 1,600.00

Foreign citizens not belonging to the EU

Working days – Price: € 1.600,00
Working days outside normal opening hours – Price: € 2.000,00
Holidays and pre-holidays outside normal opening hours – Price: € 2.300,00
No working days – Price: € 3,500.00

And now have a look at

BEST VENICE WEDDING VENUES:

  • AMAN VENICE
  • GRITTI PALACE
  • JW MARRIOT L’ISOLA DELLE ROSE
  • PALAZZO BERNARDO NANI
  • CA’ SAGREDO
  • BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI

AMAN VENICE

Set in one of the city’s eight, great monumental palazzos on the Grand Canal, Aman Venice embodies all that is sumptuous and sensuous about Venice. Moreover, the presence of an harp player and great live music will ensure the perfect atmosphere. Its private gardens are a perfect place for your Wedding shooting.

Aman Venice offers four spaces for your wedding:
The Ballromm for your Wedding Cerimony (max 100 guests, 90 seated);
The Red Dining Room (location fee is €750 up to 60 guests);
Blue Room (fees start at € 1000 up to 24 guests);
Yellow dinig room (max 16 guests);
The Canal Garden (max 100 guests).

View over Aman Venice Hotel in Venice, close to Canal Grande
Courtesy of Aman Venice Hotel

GRITTI PALACE

Overlooking the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice, The Gritti Palace gives one of the most enthralling views of the lagoon city – from the island of San Giorgio Maggiore to Punta della Dogana and from Santa Maria della Salute Church to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

This luxury hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Giglio vaporetto stop, 8 minutes from Saint Mark Square and 10 minutes from the Bridge of Sighs.

Visiting their website you can find some room set-up examples. This wedding venue offers some spaces for the reception: The Redentore Terrazza: 40 (seated), Club del Doge Terrace: 100 (standing) The Gritti Terrace: 120 (seated), Salone Gritti: 80 (seated), 100 (standing)
Starting price per person: 130€

Gritti Palace view over Grand Canal
Front view of the main building of Gritti Palace

JW MARRIOT – L’ISOLA DELLE ROSE

Located on its own private island in Venice – Isola delle Rose – a few minutes away from Saint Mark Square, the Resort offers a free shuttle service that connects the island to the heart of the city in comfort.

A wedding reception can be held in one of their outdoor locations – for example their gardens or private terraces overlooking the lagoon – or in their privatize Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia gourmet restaurant.

The average cost of this Venice Wedding Venue starts from £125 per guest and it can receive up to 1000 people.

JW Marriot Venice at sunset - Areal View

PALAZZO BERNARDO NANI

It’s a perfect venue for an intimate wedding in Venice, with about 50 guests. Its whole building offers inside the typical atmosphere of the old Venetian aristocracy. On the main floor you can set up a beautiful imperial table. Other rooms are perfect for setting up an aperitif or to host a symbolic ceremony.

In case of good weather, Palazzo Nani Bernardo has one of the most beautiful Italian gardens to the reception.

Palazzo Bernardo Nani at night with gondolas

CA’SAGREDO

This palace is placed in the middle of Venice, near the Rialto Bridge and the main entrance of the venue is located in front of the Canal Grande. Ca’Sagredo is 15th century palace that has been declared a National Monument!

The hotel has 42 amazing appointed rooms and offers three spaces for wedding (the Music Ballroom, Portego Hall and Rooftop terrace) and it can hold up to 110 guests. The average rental cost starts from £125 per person.

Front view of main building of Ca'Sagredo - Venice Wedding

BELMOND HOTEL CIPRIANI

It is possible to organize the simbolic cerimony in one of the locations within the venue. The ancient garden overlooking the lagoon or the Tiziano ballroom, both can accommodate up to 180 guests.

For the aperitif and the reception, on the other hand, there are six locations to choose from at Belmond Hotel Cipriani. From the Longhi ballroom, which can receive up to 300 people (220 seated), to the more intimate ancient terrace which has a capacity of 60 people (50 seated). The average rental cost starts from £170 per person.

Belmond Hotel as viewed from water at sunset - Venice Wedding
Courtesy of Belmond Hotel

Best Photoshoot Locations in Venice

The starting point for your wedding photoshoot is of course your Venice Wedding Venue.  But the are a ton of different locations: from a romantic gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs to the Grand Canal. A romantic early morning photoshoot in St Mark’s Square or a stunning photoshoot by night.

When in Venice, each twist and turn leads you to another canal, where you will find boats parked or a gondola drifting by. Every alley is romantic for a couple. Mysterious and magical, Venice is absolutely one of the most  photogenic cities in the world.

ST MARK’S SQUARE AND ST MARK’S BELL TOWER

Together with St Mark’s bell tower, St Mark’s square is absolutely the most iconic location in Venice.  For this reason it gets really crowded every hour of the day but to make some incredible photos is possible to meet up early in the morning. Moreover it could be funny to take some photos with flyng pigeons. So iconic!!

Saint Mark Square is near the waterway of the lagoon, between the Doge’s Palace and the Biblioteca Marciana on the west.

San Marco Square in Venice at dawn, almost empty

FLORIAN CAFFE

Caffe Florian is the oldest service café worldwide. A perfect place for art mixed with love and history.  People such as Charles Dickens, Hemingway, or Casanova went to have took a sip of coffee in here.

This caffe is so special and stunning not only for frescoes walls and ceilings but also for the giant mirrors too.

RIVA DEGLI SCHIAVONI

It’s the principal promenade of Venice, close the seaside, you can take epic shots near the gondolas. Taking photos at the sunrise or at the sunset is also very suggestive there.

THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS

Picure this: a romantic photo of you kissing with the Bridge of Sighs behind you. This famous bridge assumes particular importance during a romantic gondola ride. In fact, the legend says “if you kiss on a gondola when passing underneath the Bridge of Sighs, you will enjoy eternal love.” Well, it deserves a try…

DOGE’S PALACE

Built in Venetian Gothic style, it was the residence of the Doge of Venice. It is very popular to take photos under its arcades. Historical tip: since 1567, the Giants’ Staircase is guarded by Sansovino’s two colossal statues of Mars and Neptune. The reason for its name is because these statues represent Venice’s power by land and by sea.

ACCADEMIA BRIDGE

This wooden bridge is one of the four bridges to span the Grand Canal in Venice. From here you can enjoy the beauty of Santa Maria della Salute Church. The view from Accademia Bridge is simply breathtaking!

SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE – PUNTA DELLA DOGANA

There is a beautiful location where it is possible to enjoy stunning landscape. Not only the Grand Canal and St Mark’s bell tower but also San Giorgio island as well as Giudecca island.

On the other hand, for a matter of time and distance is a little bit difficult to reach this location. Highly suggested for a Post Wedding Photoshoot.

RIALTO BRIDGE

Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge in Venice. Originally made of timber, it  was built of stone in 1591 and today is one the most important places to make stunning photos.

SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE ISLAND

The view of San Giorgio Maggiore island is probably amongst the most photographed sites in the city. Especially for wedding photo sessions.

Venice Wedding – People may also ask…

Can you get married in Venice?

Yes, you can. Venice is one the best location in the the world for a romantic and sophisticated wedding.


How much does it cost to have a Wedding in Italy?

The average wedding cost (location + catering) for 100 people starts from a minimum of 15,000€ but this cost not includes other vendors as florists, photographers and videographers, and so on


How much does a wedding at the Venetian cost?

Organizing a wedding in Venice in a venue like these requires a minimum rental cost of 2500€. In general you have to be prepared to pay around 200€ per guest.

How long do you have to be in Italy before getting married?

It’s better to arrive in Venice some few days before to be confident with the city and the wedding venue. It’s a generic but always valid tip

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