wedding location in Lake Como

wedding location in Lake Como
wedding location in Lake Como

You always knew you wanted to marry abroad. Your soulmate popped the question, and it’s now official-time to envision and decide where to celebrate your dream destination wedding.

With so many possibilities and so many stunning areas around Lake Como, it might seem a little bit tricky to choose your wedding location. And even if you will pick the one who will meet with your expectations, I also know you will have in mind you will want your guests to be able to say “ok! It was worth to spend so much money to come and join their wedding. It is absolutely beyond words. It’s sublime.”

I know we are not always very comfortable when it’s time to speak about money, but that drives and rules the choices and beings. But just facing it means you take care of your guests. Congratulations: you’re on your way to being awarded “best-caring-bride-to-be”. I will truly honour you for the months and years to come!  

Here are some tips to help and guide you. These are the ones I use when I start to think about the most perfect venue for my clients.

#1 | Scenery and Ambiance

What is your ideal backdrop for each hit-moment of your big day ?

View on the Lake? Ha! I am quite not surprise this is one of your expectations and I don’t blame you -at all.

Whatever it is for your outdoor ceremony or for your cocktail or wedding dinner, be sure to be able to offer one of the most spectacular view on a Lake ever.

Some very fab and celeb’ venues can host  indoor receptions. With their historic buildings, you will awe your guests.

Others are splendid hotels with outdoor capacities. Having your ballroom inside will give you a chance to party very late.

From black tie wedding to laid back wedding, it’s up to your choice. You have luxury historic buildings, but you can also choose a fishermen house with a real beach to celebrate in style.

#2 | Budget (still, I know!)

While figuring out the general budget, what is the amount you will / you want / you are ready to pay for the venue? Take care about all logistics the wedding location in Lake Como requires. Do they work with an exclusive list of suppliers ? How to access the Villa / the property.

What are all the hidden costs like plan B, like extra loos to rent, or extra charge for late curfew…

#3 | Choose the venue that looks like your summer residence.

You have to choose a wedding venue that could looks like your summer residence. Sometimes, some of my clients want to buy some of the venues we are scouting. Hey! We can’t be sidetracked by any estate interests. After the wedding.. Not before! We have a plan to follow ^^

All joking aside, when choosing your wedding location in Lake Como, put your interests first. If you plan to party ALL night long, just choose the venue that will allow you extended hours at very late night (don’t dream, it’s not early morning!) But 4 -5 am is already a good target, isn’t it?

If the idea is to welcome your nearest friends and families, don’t over sized the venue. When it’s too big, you will pay a lot of efforts to keep it warm and cosy. But in contrast, if you’re planning to invite more than 200 guests, focus on all options the wedding venue has to offer.

#4 | Evaluate the duration of your celebration

Since I plan and design destination weddings for years now, I always recommend to celebrate on several days as much as budget allows it.

This has so many advantages !

  • – to be able to provide several ambiances.
  • – Day after is always a nice way to thank your guests before they fly back to their country.
  • – you can offer different ambiances, different sceneries.
  • – you travel there. Now it’s also time to enjoy the area and the surroundings at its maximum.

#5 | Near or far > Religious ceremony clarification

There’s a myth around religious weddings in Lake Como. Churches and beautiful chapels in Lake Como are registered in two separate parishes.

Como’s Parish rules most of the churches and chapels around the Lake. In order to regulate the huge amount of weddings occurring each year, they have strict rules: only residents can celebrate a religious wedding in one of their splendid churches. If you had in mind to invest in real estate around the Lake it could be the good moment ^^

Milan’s Parish give access to foreign couples. Only two churches are available and they are in on Eastern shore of the lake.

Be sure to choose a wedding location in Lake Como that is surrounded by the Church or Chapel you have access to.

And if not on the same shore? Plan a boat ride. Nothing sounds more Lake Como than a Boat ride! #Riva please!

Finally.. you have the tools! Ask the experts to help and guide you in case you decide to enjoy the planning process as much as you plan to enjoy your big day.

More infos on lake Como: contact me for your specific enquire

Lavish expenses destination wedding

I know! Destination weddings are the best way to celebrate your love, and let’s face it : they are the best weddings, ever lavish expenses!


When time comes to set up your wedding budget, consider these tremendous lavish expenses that will enhance your destination wedding, ever! (did you notice that i have this specific linguistic tic ? “ever” – this is when I really really really insist – sorry for this! ^^)

And even when some couples say “hum.. we don’t have any maximum to spend”. My answer is always.. Nah!! Even Beyoncé is working on her budget when she has to invest in a lifetime experience! So please…

Here a short list of what you really have to consider to have your destination wedding experience to the next level of memories and happiness.

#1 | Plan a welcome party

your guests travelled to come and to party with you. How lovely it is to plan a very welcoming moment for and with them, isn’t it? Then, once you are familiar with the idea, you can imagine to plan a very casual dinner, with some music in the background (lounge or chill-out style are preferred). Cherry on the top: do it in a different location where your wedding will take place. Keep it secret until the last moment. And if onsite, ask your wedding-planner to organise a complete transformation to wow the guests on your Big day!

#2 | Don’t skip the welcome bags!

You nailed it! You are the most thoughtful bride your friends will ever have!

Keep local treasures in mind to place in a beautiful basket. How about organising a French “en-cas” when planning your destination wedding in South of France: Here, in this wicker basket, we had some french cheese + bottle of Rosé + French crispy baguette + Fleur de sel + local olive oil and a butter-knife. And to ornate it at perfection, we add a generous armful of Lavender!

We asked the hotels to provide the Wine-glasses and to keep fresh the bottle of Rosé until the last minute. Before the guests checked-in!

Final touch: prepare a hand-writting welcome letter and indulge yourself!

#3 | Hire a videographer!

All wedding-planners will tell you: void this line of budget is purely a big-big-mistake.

Photos are bar to none! Add the video and your memories will last for ever!

Bonus tip: choose a videographer whose style fits the photographer’s one.

#4 | Be ready to arrive days before your friends!

This is your selfish moment. And don’t think anyone will blame you for it.

Take time to scout around, to meet with the vendors your destination-wedding and you booked months before!

Then, take time to get your habits there. The idea is that you could feel like a real local, insider!

#5 | Cover the costs for some of your guests.

You chose a far-far-away destination, and you know some of your siblings won’t be able to pay for the trip.  Flights or lodging, or both!It’s a huge splurge, but having this lavish expenses will allow you to celebrate with the ones you love most! And.. in a way.. it is priceless!

#6 | Organize group activity.

How about a cooking class with your bridesmaids while guys are playing golf in the surroundings? Then finish day-of-wedding-activities with a delicious wine tasting.

Then right after the brunch, plan to escape with the ones you chose and organise group activities. Make fun with it. To prepare it in every details, ask you destination wedding planner to help you on this specific mission.

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Provence destination : Dreaming about a destination wedding in Provence is always a great and awesome perspective. 

Lavender fields, rustic but elegant venues you can privatise for your one-life time wedding, olive groves, sun… 

Already a lot of expectations you might say.

But far from blogs or magazines’ cliché, take time to read in few minutes, these following 7 points to discover and know if you really are ready for this overwhelmed experience.

Be open-minded

To my prospective, this is the most important point if you want to keep cool without turning into bridezilla while the planning process is moving forward.

To choose a destination wedding provence means a lot of compromises.

Why? First, because you’re far from your daily life, and you can not expect the exact same things as the one you expect around your corner in the city.

Provence gets luxury gems to welcome you. Provence gets cuisine culture. Provence gets wine culture. Provence gets aesthetic signature.

And for all of these things, you will have to be open-minded to welcome all of these strong provencal culture components.

You have an idea of what Provence is. Just keep this childhood mind: be ready to learn and discover.

If you are all comfortable with this first point « Be open-minded », congrats, just step the second level of this article.

Be cool with time-zone difference

From now on, you know you are open-minded and ready to make some compromises to host and prepare your destination wedding in Provence.

And how about this question: what are your significant reasons to plan your destination wedding in Provence? I know the heart has its own reason which reason does not know, as Pascal said, and vice versa.

So true! Provence destination

Do not try to gather all Pinterest’s photos to put all in one. This will never happen. And you’ll be disappointed. And frustrated. Your dream wedding deserve much better than this, isn’t it?

So if you love everything about Provence, its culture, its cuisine, its climate and its native Provençal, make a run for it!

Be patient!

When planning a destination wedding, I advise you to have in mind that – sometimes – you could under-estimate the value of timezone difference.

Personally, I love when « things » are moving forward very fast. And when I have something in my mind, and go to sleep with it, I love to discover news by e-mail or texts on my iPhone© when I wake up.

This is why you have to make sure that you are able to follow your wedding-team’s office hours.

If you answered « YES » to this third point, we can continue to the next stop, which is more or less in the same vein… Provence destination

No need to have a destination wedding in Provence to be patient.

A wedding, destination speaking or not, deserves time and details.

You have [HAVE] to be patient. What does this mean? You can ask for a clear vision of your wedding, and you need to have access to an online planning, available 24/7.

You are time-obsessed? Be sure your wedding-planner is at least as obsessed as you are. Your wedding-team is professional, and time is money.

But, rules for a fantastic relationship take time. And time. And time again. Be patient.

Savor the planning process. Thanks the hard work of professionals in the world wide destination wedding industry,  couples are now looking for a memorable planning process experience. You are not looking for a simple book and planning to follow strictly. Nope. You are looking for a W.H.O.L.E. overwhelmed experience. From the first seconds of your relationship with the wedding-planner.

Be patient. You will enjoy even more.


Travel will be needed

The ideal plan to enhance your destination wedding experience in Provence is to come one or two times prior the wedding.

I dare to say it would be absolutely crazy not to travel to control your wedding, thousands of miles away from your living-room.

> The first travel has to be dedicated to scouting for the selected wedding venues with your wedding-planner and can last only 2 or 3 days. So ideal for a short travel which will not disrupt you from your business agenda.

> The second travel has to be dedicated to meet suppliers with your wedding-planner as well as the caterer (be sure to make and enjoy a tasting), the venue’s butler with the decorator (to make sure you will choose the good set-up), musicians, the beauty-team (make trials). I usually recommend to have 5 days dedicated to your wedding.

In addition to these two points, I am clearly convinced it is another opportunity to spend time together and build your relationship. To my prospective, the planning experience would require a healthy and transparent communication.  This is why I spend time with my clients in NYC, where they live and in Provence, when they come to manage the wedding with my team and I.


Love the difference of culture

In the second section above, you had the opportunity to gather every points that make you crazy in love with Provence.

For this sixth point, follow the guide and be inspired!

Ask for the things to be different from your daily life. Ask for what make Provence so important for you.

And finally be convinced it is the best location on earth to create your destination wedding. Embrace the culture the natives can offer to you.

And you will have – for sure – the best destination wedding in Provence experience, ever!

Choose passionate professionals

Seventh and last point to conclude with this so important topic.

Your destination wedding expert (your wedding planner) > be sure she/he will be the most passionate person you have ever met before.

Being proud of one’s job is important. Being proud of the location where she/he is settled is almost as important.

Be sure to hire only passionate provencal wedding suppliers thanks your wedding planner. If they want to welcome you each time and offer to gift you with the best things the area has to offer, you can bet all fortune your destination wedding in Provence will be as unique as you are.

byMuriel – The International Wedding Planner in Destination…

byMuriel – The International Wedding Planner in Destination…

byMuriel – The International Wedding Planner in Destination…


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