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My new clients often ask me about the ceremony style, last-minute weddings or how long the ceremony lasts. Below are a few of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see your question below, don’t worry; simply email me your questions.

 

What is a Symbolic Ceremony in Italy?

SYMBOLIC, BLESSING, COMMITMENTS OR RENEWAL OF VOWS CEREMONIES IN ITALY
Some couples for practical or personal reasons may be after a wedding in Italy, without a legal recognition. These types of ceremonies are called Symbolic, (AKA commitment or Blessing Weddings). The great thing about non-legal binding ceremonies is that couples can literally get married in any Italian location they like and without the need to provide any documentation, saving you a lot of time and money! There are not legally binding in where they like to say ‘I do in Italy’! I am a highly qualified English-speaking celebrant, and provide you with a rich selection of ceremony choice!

What is a Humanist Ceremony in Italy?

A humanist ceremony is also known as a ‘symbolic ceremony’ in Italy. A ‘humanist wedding in Italy’ is a meaningful, non-religious, celebration of shared commitment based entirely on the unique aspects of the relationship of the couple. Couples have the freedom to write their own promises and personalized the wedding ceremony, music and rite as much as they like or wish, together with the choice to get married in any Venue and location in Italy. A Humanist wedding in Italy, as for a symbolic ceremony, is also a non-legal occasion to celebrate the couple’s union and commitment.

Can you organize a last-minute wedding in Italy?

Last Minute requests are always welcome! It is not unusual that I receive a call from a couple that is already in Italy on Holiday asking for a last-minute ceremony or a renewal of Vows. I can easily organize a wedding ceremony in a matter of days in most locations in Italy.

Do I need to provide to bring some paperwork?

Being a non-legal binding ceremony, no paperwork is required. Paperwork is only required for a legal or catholic marriage and I can also assist couples with legal marriages in Italy.

do you work only with set venues/locations in italy? 

No! I am an independent wedding celebrant in Italy and I offer my ceremony service at any location /venue/villa in Italy. I will conduct the ceremony at your chosen venue/location. While, I will arrange a special place to be married if you like my assistance on finding one. I can also help in putting together more services connected to the ceremony,  like Music, Decorations, Ceremony hire, Photographers, Florists, Hair and Make-up Artists, Wedding Car and all other aspects required to make your dream ceremony come true. Ensuring that your wedding day is stress-free and relaxed.

When do I need to arrive in Italy?

For a symbolic ceremony, there is no fixed time that you need to arrive in Italy. You can arrive as close as the day of your wedding!

How long before should I secure a wedding ceremony service in Italy?

It depends on the months and location. For example, during the Winter Weddings in Italy (November to March), I can easily arrange a last-minute wedding in locations like Rome as close as a few days prior. While for a spring/summer wedding in Italy (April to October) it is advisable to book my ceremony services as soon as you have fixed your wedding day and no later than 6 weeks prior.

How long do you arrive before a wedding?

I am there at approx. 1/4 hour before and allow 1 hour for a wedding.

How long does the ceremony last? 

It depends on the type of wedding. For Elope Weddings, I suggest a short and meaningful ceremony of approx 15 minutes. For big weddings, ideally, a 30-minute ceremony is the perfect length, especially if you have a ‘summer’ outdoor ceremony. Catholic weddings last approx 45 minutes. By saying that, I allow 1 hour for the ceremony from start to end. 

How is the ceremony structured? 

We’ll have discussions about the entrance, the exit, the music and where it comes in the ceremony etc. and all of the little details that take your ceremony to a very personal level. 
I provide you with a wide selection of ceremony choices, rites, readings, prayers &  vows. I also send you suggestions on how to write your own vows.

ceremony with guests

I suggest structuring the ceremony as below but these suggestions are not compulsory. 

Music (optional):

    • guests entrance
    • groom entrance
    • bride entrance
  • Welcome
  • 1 introduction of approx. 300-350 words
  • 1 reading /prayer (optional )
  • Giving away of the bride (optional)
  • The asking
  • The vows (choose from the list provided OR write your own vows)
    • background music (optional)
  • The exchange of ring
  • A rite ( optional – to choose from the suggested rites) 
  • 1 reading/prayer (optional – to choose from the list provided)
  • Celebrant’s wishes
  • Declaration
    • music (optional)
  • Signing of a commemorative marriage certificate (optional)
    • background music (optional)
  • Exit
    • music (optional)

ceremony with NO guests

For ceremonies in Italy with  no guests, elopement in Italy,  Vows renewal, I usually suggest a shorter ceremony :

 

  • Music (optional):
    • bride entrance 
  • Welcome
  • 1 introduction of approx. 150
  • The asking
  • The vows (choose from the list provided OR write your own vows)
  • The exchange of ring (optional)
    • background music (optional)
  • A rite ( optional – to choose from the suggested rites) 
  • Celebrant’s wishes
  • Declaration
  • Signing of a commemorative marriage certificate (optional)
  • Exit 
    • Music (optional):

 

I don’t want my guests/family to know that the ceremony is not a legal one. will they find out?

No. A symbolic ceremony is structured as a real wedding ceremony. Unless you inform your guests and families about it, they will never know that your ceremony isn’t a legal binding one. 

What will you be wearing to my wedding?

This depends on the seasons and the temperatures, but my clothing is never bright colors and is always subtle and complimentary to my brides and grooms.

What happens if you already a booking for my wedding day?

I make it a practice to never rush my weddings or my brides therefore if I have already a booking that doesn’t fit your wedding time, I will suggest an English Speaking Celebrant from our ‘Just Get Married in Italy’ fully trained and highly skilled English Speaking Celebrants Team in Italy.

do I need wedding insurance?

Not every wedding is a bash, so if you could easily postpone it, then wedding insurance isn’t a must.  My Policy allows clients to postpone their weddings to cover exceptional events, like the recent COVID-19 outbreak, waiving any rescheduling fees.

However, if the emotional stress of rearranging would be too much, insurance will be worth a look, but remember: It does NOT cover a change of heart. By contacting your local insurance company, you should be able to find a wedding insurance cover that best suit your wedding needs. more info on  destination wedding insurance  

Can you help with gay, same-sex ceremonies in Italy?  

Gay and straight couples are equally, and joyfully, welcomed!