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February 24th, 2015


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With Rachel and Michael’s wedding planned last year in September, read the full blog post and see the pictures taken by Cinzia Bruschini of their wonderful Umbrian wedding here.

Symbolic wedding ceremony in Umbria, Italy

March 31st, 2014

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If you don’t want to worry about completing documents for a civil or religious ceremony but still wish to have a romantic Italian ceremony this is the perfect choice.

A symbolic blessing is a very personal wedding ceremony which may be celebrated in the most amazing settings such as the outside garden of an Umbrian villa, a medieval courtyard,  under olive trees, in an Umbrian vineyard, within a beautiful Italian garden or wherever you like and it can follow traditional or non-traditional lines.

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The ceremony is held by a celebrant who is not related to a religious structure as it’s purely symbolic and most of the time it’s the couple who writes their own text as you have the freedom to personalize the ceremony so that it reflects totally your beliefs and values; the ceremony could also be performed by a family member and it can include personal vows, poetry, songs, pagan or religious rituals.

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The symbolic ceremony can be personalized as you wish, but this is the structure most couples use:

  • The entrance of the groom and family with music
  • The entrance of the bride with music
  • The celebrant welcomes the couple, their family and guests
  • The celebrant reads the ceremony written by the spouses
  • Readings of family members and/or friends
  • Exchange of the wedding vows
  • Kissing of the bride
  • Readings of family members and/or friends
  • Farewell of celebrant to the spouses and guests
  • Exit of the married couple – with music

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Italian weddings with baby’s breath are back in fashion!

December 3rd, 2013

Baby’s Breath (or Gypsophila) is back in fashion and can be used in many ways for your wedding decorations.

I personally prefer to use it on its own, it gives a more contemporary and look, as it has been used a lot as a filler in the past, but if its coordinated with the proper flowers it’s also nice mixed together.

So why not use Baby’s breath for your wedding in Umbria?

Two useful notes: it’s not called Baby’s Breath because of its delicate form, but more because of its odour…and it’s not so inexpensive as many think, as you need large quantities of flowers…

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Fiat 500 for your wedding in Umbria to be remembered!

December 2nd, 2013

Hire a beautiful Fiat 500 on your Wedding Day in Umbria to be remembered in style!

The Fiat 500, commonly known as “Topolino” (Mickey Mouse) is an Italian automobile model manufactured by Fiat  from 1936 to 1955 and became the smallest car in the world that was mass produced.

Its round shape broke the tradition of classical squared cars and became an Italian icon all over the world.

Top Gear magazine defined it “The sexiest car in the World”!

Since you are getting married in Italy what’s more original then driving an old FIAT 500 on your wedding day?

For those that are on a budget, a great alternative is to rent the new 2007 Fiat 500, as you could use it for your entire stay to travel around Umbria and also on your wedding day with some nice ribbons and or flowers.

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Wedding cardbox tips

November 22nd, 2013

One small detail that many couples overlook is the card box. That little vessel that’s going to hold all of your wedding cards does not have to be a simple white box.

There are so many unique and fun alternatives that can speak more about your personalities and your wedding theme.

Depending on the style of your wedding,  it could be a birdcage, an old suitcase or a hat box for a vintage themed wedding, a wooden wine box holder for a wine themed wedding, a wicker basket, a wooden box with your initials carved on it, large mason jars decorated with flowers for a country wedding, if you love to travel you could have a globe card holder…….

…………….no matter the style of the box, the wedding and your personality, be sure to provide one as guest feel more comfortable about leaving their card!!

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Vintage wedding in Assisi

November 6th, 2013

This is a small preview of the photo gallery of Kelly and Patrick’s vintage themed wedding in Assisi, a beautiful Medieval town in Umbria.

Kelly and Patrick got married with a Civil ceremony at the “Sala della Conciliazione” Town Hall,  in the main square of Assisi. After the civil wedding they had pictures and drinks in Assisi in front of the fountain, the Saint Francis church, small streets….

The wedding party then went back to a beautiful country hotel decorated with vintage bird cages, roses, ivy, hearts and lots of candles where they had drinks, dinner and dancing till late…

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To see the full gallery click here

Kelly & James wedding featured in Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

August 1st, 2013

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Kelly and James wanted a relaxed, not too formal wedding, and decided to get married with a civil ceremony at the beautiful Town Hall in Cortona, Tuscany.

The celebration of their wedding continued with a relaxed wedding reception in a beautiful old Abbey in northern Umbria, on the Tuscany border.

Even if they knew the area very well, as James’s mum lives here in Umbria, they where looking for a local Umbria based wedding planner to help them plan their Italian dream wedding and chose me,  while they flew over photographer Tom Ravenshear from the UK to caputure the magical moments of their big day.

In Whimsical Wonderland Weddings you can read the full story of their Tuscany – Umbria wedding and view the wedding photos.

Read the full article and see the pictures of their wedding

Umbrian Cheese Wedding Cake

June 4th, 2013


If you love cheese more than a traditional fruit or chocolate cake, why not have a cheese wedding cake at your wedding in Umbria and make a visual statement with your cheese course?

You can cut the cake at the beginning of the reception when you are having the aperitifs, so that the cheese can be served on the buffet of starters.

The cheese wedding cake can be decorated with fruit and flowers and it will be nothing less than a traditional wedding cake!

Umbria has many excellent cheeses to choose from, as pecorino cheese, caciotta, wine flavored cheese, truffle cheese and many more….

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April 17th, 2013

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Lovely article about Mike & Kellie’s intimate tartan and lace intimate wedding in Umbria, planned by me last year.

Here you can read some useful tips from a couple that already got married in Umbria.

Read the article

Mason Jars for a Vintage or Rustic wedding in Umbria

April 8th, 2013

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Mason Jars are great with the vintage and rustic wedding themes that are so in trend at the moment.
You can make beautiful centerpieces, candle holders, lanterns, wedding favors, hang them from trees for decoration and much more…

Have a look at some Umbrian weddings where I incorporated mason jars:

1 romantic wedding with mason jars, tea pots and mercury glasses

2 turquoise wedding with turquoise mason jars and paper lanterns

3 wedding with mason jars, tartan and lace

4 country chic wedding with mason jars, succulents and white flowers

I have also made a pinterest board for you with other ideas, get inspired by them!