Posts Tagged ‘ Wedding in Tuscany ’

- Real-Life Weddings by Tuscan Dreams -

Name: Mawgan and Tom
Age: Mawgan - 28, Tom - 27
Profession: Mawgan -Mother to Caleb 15 months , Tom - Banker
Where do you come from : Mawgan - Nottingham, Tom - Surrey

1. How did you meet?
We met at Bath University in 2001 when I was in my final year of my Economics degree, and Tom was in the third year of his five year Structural and Civil Engineering Masters degree
2. How did you get engaged?
Tom proposed early one morning at home. I was so shocked I made him ask me again!
3. How did you choose where to conduct the ceremony and have the reception?
We looked at various places in and around London but none suited what we wanted.  A family friend had got married the previous year in Italy and that inspired to look into the possibility of getting married there.  We went backpacking in Italy in 2002 and had a wonderful time so it seemed like a great place to get married.

4. What research and planning did you do before the wedding?
We looked at lots of websites and then contacted Tuscan Dreams.
We got married in the magic Medieval hamlet of Certaldo and the venue was Villa Gambassi.
All the guests were also staying on site which made things very practical logistically.
5. How many guests attended your wedding?

6. What did you ‘make from scratch’?
We put together a booklet with information on the surrounding area, travel, car hire, restaurants and sent them to all our guests.
7. What was your biggest extravagance?
Photographer and wedding dress

8. Where did you save the most money?
Compared to the UK, the food was incredibly good value.  We also did our own music so that we had complete control and only paid for the soundsystem.
9. Would you change anything about your wedding?
Nothing at all!
10. What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding?
Enjoy it and don’t get too caught up in the little details.
11. Colour scheme of wedding : FLOWERS - white and light pink calla lillies in tall vases.
As favours we had lovely bottles of Limoncello for the ladies and Grappa for the men to give it that Italian touch.

12. Music/entertainment: String quartet during ceremony and canapés then own music for the evening.


- Weddings in Style by Tuscan Dreams -

It was an office romance that turned into a match made in heaven - but it wasn’t a lightning bolt of love as Becky explains!

“We never really spoke to each other but exchanged the odd glance across the room. We eventually started talking through email and never looked back!”

A year after they began dating Dan got down on one knee in front of family and friends at a Chinese restaurant in Durham and the fairy tale commenced.

When the couple talked about getting married they held very different views. “I wanted to stay in the UK so all my family could attend but Dan wanted it abroad somewhere like Cyprus,” says Becky. She soon came round to the idea of a wedding abroad, but wanted something more unique and that is when they came across Tuscany as a perfect location. “Money was a major factor so we started to look around to see what we could get for the amount of money we could afford.” It was then they found Tuscan Dreams, the baby of Erica Bellini who has been planning weddings in Tuscany for over 10 years. With her knowledge and experience, Erica showed Becky and Dan exactly what they could achieve with their budget and it was nothing short of perfect.

Soon a list of venues was drawn up for the couple to browse and one stood out in particular. “The second we saw Villa Gambassi we fell in love with it,” says Becky. “Erica sent us details and photos from previous weddings just to re-enforce our choice. It was just so beautiful.” Right from the beginning Erica and her assistant Nicoletta, made sure they got to know the couple inside out. “They just seemed to know what we would love. All I did was arrange the bridal parties outfits, everything else Tuscan Dreams took care of.” Wild flowers and an Italian rustic feel gave the event a sense of everything the couple loved about Tuscany, beautiful and romantic yet simple and original. Traditional floral colours such as purple, yellow sunflowers and cream were used to set the mood.

Although their biggest extravagance would be the villa as soon as the couple and their guests arrived they knew they had made the right decision. “As soon as we arrived at the villa gates we knew we were getting our money’s worth and more. There were even live deer in the grounds that you could hand feed,” says Becky. “Out of this world is how I would describe Villa Gambassi!” After spending most of their budget on a venue, Becky and Dan saved some money by making a few vital parts of the wedding from scratch. “My aunt made my veil, which hopefully will be passed down through the family. We also brought the place settings that doubled up as favours for everyone.”

After their dream wedding in Tuscany what can Becky say about the wonderful women who made it possible? “The work they must have to do to make people’s perfect day perfect is amazing and believe me they do make it perfect in every way and more,” said an extremely blissful Mrs Gill.

Becky and Dan got married at Certaldo Town Hall on 4th August 2009 and had reception for their guests at Villa Gambassi.


- Weddings in style by Tuscan Dreams -

Traditionally the cost of a wedding falls to the father of the bride, but today the bride and groom are choosing to pay for the majority of the day themselves.

According to Credit Action, the national money education charity, the average cost of a traditional wedding in the UK is about £20,000 so its not surprising couples are feeling the pinch, especially in today’s economic climate. Luckily Tuscan wedding planner Erica Bellini has come to the rescue with some practical tips on how to have a credit crunch wedding abroad without sacrificing on style.

Location and accommodation should be your number one priority when planning a wedding overseas as the rest of your plans can then begin to take shape.

Erica, who has been planning dream weddings in Tuscany for 10 years, knows the best ways to save on your big day. She says: Hire a large villa or farmhouse where you can also hold your wedding. You can save a lot and plus for you and your guests it will turn into a lovely holiday.

With so many details to consider you could consider a planner like Erica who is devoted to organising every aspect of your wedding in Tuscany, including the accommodation.

Don’t make the mistake to try and save on every item because you will not be satisfied in the end since you will have compromised on things that you cared for. Another way of saving on spending is to have guests stay where the venue is so that you save on transportation, which is an expensive item on an Italian budget.

Flowers can also be prepared on a budget. Erica says: Use seasonal flowers and local flowers which will be a lot cheaper than imported from Holland or out of season flowers. Remember that Italy is a lot warmer than the UK so the flowering time is a lot shorter.

If flowers rank at the top of your wedding budget, then make sure you pick a date when your flowers are in season. For example, Peonies are gorgeous flowers but have a very limited season in Tuscany (May), so it might be worth getting married in the period that they are in season.

Other ways of cutting back on cost for your big day:

  • Go for a traditional Italian wedding cake (Millefoglie – layers of puff pastry and fresh vanilla cream with either chocolate chips or fresh strawberries.) The cost is sometimes 50% less than a wedding cake in the UK.
  • Unless you have a friend or family member who is a professional photographer do not count on them taking snapshots. Your wedding photos are what you will have to look at in 20 years time and show your children, so make sure you get a pro to do the job.
  • Keep your guest list down. Having a wedding abroad means not all your family and friends will be able to attend so have a small wedding and throw a big party when you get back for those who you weren’t able to invite.
  • By having the wedding midweek as opposed to a Saturday means more local suppliers will be available and they sometimes charge less for catering than they would during a weekend.

Remember to save on things that don’t really matter to you


- Weddings in Tuscany By Tuscan Dreams-


The title reminds me of a Frank Sinatra’s song ” Love and marriage go together like horse and carriage. You can’t have one without the other”. This is probably why increasingly  more and more people are choosing Tuscany to tie the knot.


Tuscany’s scenery and atmosphere, treasure and elegance, Tuscan food and wine put a 5 stars rating for a perfect marriage.  If you know anybody who got married in this amazing part of the world will certainly be able to confirm all of the above.


The beauty of its venues, the magnificent Tuscan Town Halls all unique in their architecture, the simplicity and flavour of  its food and wine, the friendliness of its people have become Tuscany’s trade mark and top 4 reason for getting married here.. And as Italian say in their unique modest way .. ” Scusate se è poco “  We apologise if this is not enough !