A destination wedding/event is not just one day of celebration, it usually turns into several days of relaxation, sightseeing, and fun. It is the chance to spend memorable time with your families and friends, in a vacation mood.
To plan a memorable Italian Experience for you and your guests it is fundamental to know where you are from and where you are going. The United States and Italy are two different countries, each one with its own culture, lifestyle, and wedding vendors’ approach.
Did you know that Italians don't do Save The Dates or formal RSVPs? The Save The Dates' and RSVPs' etiquette comes from the United States.
The same happens with Rehearsal dinner. It is an American tradition with specific etiquette that has to be followed.
The menu part is the one we prefer... When we help our couples understand the Italian wedding menus, they are always surprised to find out that they will get more than a salad and a main course (not chicken, beef or vegetarian). Of course, you are in Italy... You have to eat! "MANGIA MANGIA!"
Therefore, for a better cooperation between you and your wedding planner, it is highly important to chose a professional who is familiar with the American wedding culture and traditions, as well as with the Italian ones, and who can understand your expectations and needs.
Before and during the wedding days your guests can always reach out to us to ask for suggestions on how to reach the venue, where and how to go after the wedding, what is the best airport to fly to. No matter how specific you are in the wedding invitations or on your website, there is always someone who does not read it. One night I received an email from a guest of the wedding of the day after who wanted to know if the restaurant I suggested was BYOB (in Italy we don't have BYOB restaurants).
Another time happened that the groom told his guests they could easily take an Uber in the Amalfi Coast, but he didn't know that there are no Uber in Italy (especially in the Amalfi Coast). Luckily, we've created a website with all the "how to" information and I explained the guests that Uber was not the best solution.
The planning months are important but the wedding day is way more important. The vendors already know at what time to be at the venue, when they have to start setting up, and this is because your Italian wedding planner sent them a timeline of the day weeks in advance.
Your guests need to have a representative who speak English and who can eventually help them solve their problems or translate for them. Once one of the guests lost her luggage and I called the airport of Naples repeatedly to get updates (the recorded voice is only in Italian and they couldn't understand). You won't be the one who gets calls from your guests to inform you that their flight got canceled. You are busy in doing something else...
Always remember that your Italian Wedding Planner has to be there the day of your Wedding, to coordinate all the vendors and guests, to support you, to avoid and solve any unexpected event. This is part of our job!