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Vanessa & Chris – August 2016

We fell in love with Italy – with its embarrassment of food, architecture and landscape – so could not think of anywhere better to get married. However not being Iatlian speakers and living in the UK, Monina’s help as our wedding planner proved invaluable. Not only did she let the run up to the wedding and the incredible day itself run smoothly and stress-free, her warm and friendly manner helped make the whole process FUN!

Vanessa and Chris
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Emily & Jonny – June 2016

Monina organised our wedding in Umbria this year and we could not have asked for a better planner. She was extremely efficient, organised, creative, calm, professional, and really cared about making our wedding the most perfect day. She had wonderful creative ideas and made the whole process fun and stress-free. On the day she ensured everything ran absolutely smoothly, going well beyond what we expected to make sure the whole day was magic from beginning to end.

Thank you Monina, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Cassidy & Jack – May 2016

I cannot recommend Italian Wedding Dream highly enough.

We first started working with Monina about a year and half in advance of our big day. We had no idea what planning a wedding entailed, but Monina was with us every step of the way. She helped us think through all of the details, suggested fantastic vendors, offered solutions when we were unsure how to proceed, and was incredibly flexible as our plans changed.

The food, the music, the decorations, we could not have imagined a more beautiful wedding.

Thanks,
Cassidy

Stephanie & Adi – May 2016

Dear Monina, Rosa, Claudia and Alessio –

Adi and I can’t thank you enough for our magical wedding. Our timescale for our wedding was short and you gave such great advice and information that we were totally confident that our day would be perfect. With no time to visit Italy in advance we trusted you completely to translate our ideas into reality. From my mixed up pinterest board you clearly understood the things that inspired us and that we liked from flowers to decorations. In the end, our day was more beautiful than we could have hoped for. The hanging flowers and candles with the ribbons on the terrace gave me so much pleasure and the fairy lights everywhere were so romantic. You made a stunning place even more beautiful.

It was lovely meeting you for the first time in Cortona – it felt like we had met before because of our long Skype chats. Those long chats helped us think about lots of details that we hadn’t thought about – it felt very much like you cared as much about our day as we did and your knowledge of Villa Ada was invaluable. You understood our needs and sourced the best people for us. Our wedding banquet was delicious, the 30s Alvis – even though I had to walk to it in the rain! – gave a real vintage vibe and Milo – I loved Milo complete with his own playlist for getting ready and with me until the very last minute. He and Eleonora made me, my mum, my bridesmaids and my step daughter look and feel amazing. Siobhan’s photos are superb too. A real record of our fabulous day. You also dealt with short term and totally ambitious requests – transfers from the airport and fireworks without raising an eyebrow. Thank you! One of the best moments from the day was the sparklers which I had completely forgotten about… but you hadn’t!

Even though you couldn’t be with us on the day, your team were amazing. I didn’t need to worry about anything at all and just felt supported throughout. Rosa and Alessio were almost invisible during the day. We were so happy that you could all join us for cake! Claudia – you really became a friend for the day. When you translated our ceremony, it didn’t feel like we had just met. You joined in our happiness as if we’d been mates for years! The photos of you dancing with Adi will make me giggle for a long time to come. Even though we were a very small wedding of family and friends, you gave us a team of 5 to look after us. We could not have been in better hands.

We had the wedding day we dreamed of despite the crazy weather and with no stress at all thanks to you. The happiness, the love, the beauty and the magic are all things you contributed to and you and your team will be part of our memories of the day.

Thank you
Steph and Adi Peachey

Jennifer & David – October 2015

Monina is AMAZING!! We planned our wedding from Chicago and she blew us away.

Being so far from the actual venue and having never been to Italy we were a little nervous but from day 1 Monina made us feel relaxed and handled every request with ease.

Her attention to detail is outstanding and she far exceeded our expectations. I would recommend her to anyone planning a wedding in Italy.

Thank you so much Monina for our incredible day!!

Jenn and David

Alyssa & Cody  October 2015 ——–> Photo Gallery 

Cody and I would like to thank you again for all of your help with our wedding. The entire day exceeded our expectations and you were the most gracious, helpful and wonderful planner we could have hoped for.

We put a lot on you in terms of, well everything, and it turned out wonderfully. Having you, with all your experience and expertise, allowed us to not stress about anything wedding related and truly enjoy our Italian experience and the time with our guests.

We would not have changed a single thing, and again want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you did for us. It will never be forgotten.

Please could you pass on our thanks and commendations to the caterer and florist. I couldn’t have asked for more perfect flower arrangements in line with my blurry vision of what I wanted or better food. Every single person at our wedding still comments to me about how amazing the food was, and how beautiful the décor was.

Sincerely

Alyssa

Shakira & Simon August 2015 ——->   Photo Gallery

My partner and I always wanted to get married in Italy and we had some family friends that owned some property in Italy which we wanted to use, we got in contact with Monina and instantly felt at ease. She was so flexible, helpful and generally amazing and nothing(and I really do mean) nothing was too much trouble. She was kind and considerate, such as picking us up and taking us to our food tasting and she put her own individual details into the planning alongside our wishes and desires.

Monina has a fantastic drive and a passion for weddings and it is very evident that she knows her subject inside and out. As we were in England, it was tricky to sort out flowers and table decorations but as stated earlier Monina sent us some designs and we were able to have those frank conversations that allowed us to have the best wedding day ever!

We would not hesitate to recommend Monina and her team, she is fantastic. We owe her a life’s worth of gratitude for making our day so special. Thank you

Simon and Shakira

 

Katerina & Andrea – June 2015 ——->   Photo Gallery

Andrea and myself wanted to get married in Umbria, because we love the area and come often for holidays there.

As we are both living and working in Luxembourg with quite demanding jobs, we knew that to organise our wedding for 100 guests coming from 15 different countries in the world, we would need a local help.

Without any previous recommendations, just browsing “wedding” and “Umbria”, we found the perfect wedding organiser. Monina was since the very beginning extremely helpful, she found for us several possible locations, from which we have chosen the ONE for us. Honestly even knowing Umbria, we would never manage to find such a beautiful place without her. She is such a well organised and smily person, that all wedding preparations went without stress.

Everything was booked on time and Monina’s suggestions went far beyond than what we could have expected. She has a great sense for details, which can mark the difference.

Since the beginning she understood the character of the wedding we wanted to have. The flower decoration, the wedding aperitif and reception in the gardens were just like in our dreams.

Monina can count on a great network of local young professionals that can fulfil all your needs starting with fantastic florists, hairdresser, DJ, photographer, accommodation providers and ending with local oil producers.

We very much appreciated her concern about unnecessary money spending, she had many solutions that were just looking great without costing us a fortune.

During the wedding day, everybody was thinking that Monina was just one of our guests, instead she was very discreetly having all under control with a big friendly smile on her face. She managed to give us the wedding of our dreams.

We had a lot of fun, enjoyed every moment without stress and spent a wonderful weekend with our friends and family.

Thank you, Monina.

Katerina & Andrea

Sophie & Michael – June 2015

If you are looking for the wedding of a lifetime, look no further! Monina was amazing from start to finish and we honestly could not have managed it without her.

We had the most amazing day, better than either of us could ever have imagined.

Monina’s creativity, eye for detail and hard work gave us our perfect day, for which we wanted to say a huge thank you. It really was a pleasure working with you.

Love Michael and Sophie

Lucie & Nico – June 2015  ——–> Photo Gallery

Myself and my husband couldn’t recommend Monina highly enough if you are thinking about having a wedding in umbria and are worried about the organisational aspects of doing it from the uk or elsewhere. From the start to the end Monina was extremely helpful and understanding of our wishes and needs for our big day. She went on numerous occasions above and beyond to accommodate our ideas.

We had the most beautiful day and venue and Monina having listened to all our requirements only proposed florists, photographers, caterers, bands etc, befitting to our original brief, all of which turned out brilliantly.

On the day itself Monina was the epitome of calm and everything went perfectly according to plan with not a single problem.

It was such a help to have someone that understood what we wanted and was able to deliver at such a fantastic price.

Thank you again Monina for your help, it was the best day and we will always be very grateful!

Speak soon, Lucie and Nico.

Julia & Simon – May 2015   ——–> Photo Gallery

We cannot thank Monina enough for all her hard work in giving us a wedding that was better than we could have ever hoped for.

She is everything that you would want a wedding planner to be: very professional, diligent and thorough (she somehow remembers every detail of every discussion), patient (we were both indecisive and time-poor, a bad combination!), resourceful (she found us a large tipi), perceptive (it felt like she really understood our tastes); she is calm, good-humoured and has bags of integrity.You can really trust her to act in your best interests at all times.

When we arrived back at the venue after the ceremony, we were absolutely blown away by how beautiful everything was and seriously could not believe that this was our wedding. There had been so much hard work behind the scenes, every detail had been taken care of and then some. If you are considering using Italian Wedding Dream to plan your wedding, please do not even hesitate!

Julia & Simon

Susan & Simon – June 2015  

Being based abroad we were really unsure how to organise a wedding in Italy however Monina made this process really stress free!

We had contacted a number of wedding planners and Monina stood out due to her professionalism, level of detail provided and easy going nature. She answered all our questions ( even if I asked the same one a number of times) and found the perfect venue for us in Umbria. Skype phone calls and meeting in person when we arrived in Italy was all part of the service, she made a usually stressful situation extremely easy!

On the wedding day she worked so well behind the scenes and surpassed all of our expectations. Our guests loved the day, we were overjoyed with how everything turned out and feel so blessed to have a found Monina. Her recommendations were spot on, the catering was amazing, the best risotto I have ever eaten!

Our wedding was perfect and we could not have achieved this without Monina’s recommendations, support and assistance. For anyone considering using Italian Wedding Dream look no further, Monina is the amazing!

Thank you for allowing us to achieve our dream xx

Simon & Susan

Hayley & Carl  – September 2014  ——–> Photo Gallery

I Cannot recommend working with Monina enough. Monina was extremely easy to work with and listened and understood exactly what we wanted for our big day. Everything on the day was executed beautifully and Monina was there until very late to make sure everything run as smooth as possible. Every bit of advice Monina gave was spot on and we most definitely could not of done it without her!

Many thanks
Hayley x

Lucy & Tom  – August 2014  

I just wanted to thank you for your amazing help at our wedding. You really supported me in so many ways, it really was the best day of my life, and that’s thanks to such kind, caring considerate people like you and your wonderful team.

Everything went perfect, not one thing i had to worry about, you thought of everything and controlled the day like an orchestra, and for that I will always be grateful to you.

The venue, the food, the weather and wow what a team you introduced me too, from the kind cool Mylo, to the wonderful kind priests that read so beautifully in the church. You managed and handled all my crazy family and friends perfectly and always with a beaming smile, once again thank you.

Lucy & Tom

Lisa and Wade  – October 2014  ——–> Photo Gallery

Monina was a dream to work with. One of my coworkers recommended her and we were more than thrilled with all of her help and services.

Since we were planning the wedding from Canada, some of the details would have been hard to pull off without Monina, Monina made sure every last detail was perfect for our small intimate wedding. I could not have asked for a better wedding day!

Lisa and Wade

Elizabeth and Adam – October 2014

We loved working with Monina. As we planned our wedding from afar, she made sure to make herself available via email and skype for planning details. She understood the overall feel of the wedding we were going for and executed it beautifully. I sent many pictures and thoughts on set up and arrangements. Come the wedding day, I couldn’t have been happier at how it all came together. She took wonderful care of us.

Thanks again!

Ciao,

Elizabeth

Yvonne and Martin – October 2014

Dear Monina,
Thank you so much for all of your help in making our wedding such a special day. It really was just perfect for us.
We couldn’t have asked for more and couldn’t have done it without you.
With much appreciation and best wishes
Yvonne & Martin

 

Rachel and Mike – September 2014 ——–> Photo Gallery

Monina thank you soo much for all your help in achieving the most wonderful day!
I don’t know what we would have done without you. You had an immense amount of patience answering the hundreds of emails we sent you, accommodating all our requests and helping make our vision a reality.
Without your help last minute hiccups like the disastrous weather would have left our family and friends soaked but luckily for us we had you to save the day! Thank you so much for everything you did, we had a brilliant week and our perfect wedding.
Love Rachel and Michael xx

 

Shannon and Kiernan – September 2014 ——–> Photo Gallery

I absolutely adored my wedding and the experience I had with Italian Wedding Dream.

Monina went above and beyond to make our wedding day beautiful and memorable.
Planing a destination wedding can be such a challenge and I am so lucky I had her by my side through all the planning and executing.
It was truly an Italian Wedding Dream!

 

Dai and Jules – July 2014 ——–> Photo Gallery

 

We engaged Monina after some excellent feedback from clients, some of whom were based abroad like us. She was very efficient and timely in correspondence over email or Skype, and listened to what we valued and wanted from our wedding. We met face to face 3 months before the wedding, and she was able to take charge and liaise with our Italian vendors which made us feel at ease that someone-was-taking-care-of-things. On the day, Monina was calm, collected and organised. She went above and beyond – staying til 4am to make sure all our guests got home safely, and even took someone back to their hotel in her car. She even arranged last minute for the DJ, caterers and bus to stay an hour later, just so our wedding wouldn’t end! It was a spectacular event and a party we won’t forget!

 

I don’t know what we would have done without you. We have had so many compliments of how beautifully the day was organised and everyone was amazed by the, duo, the food and the table and room decorations…the lavender was just perfect. You are truly a wedding planner extraordinaire!!!
Take care and yes, next time we come to Umbria we will meet for coffee!
Jenny

Imogen  and Alex – June 2014 ——–> Photo Gallery

Monina and her team were brilliant to work with and offered sound advice and creative inspiration from start to finish. We had our perfect wedding day and this would not have been possible if it wasn’t for Italian Wedding Dream.

Thanks for everything Monina!

Jenny and Jon – June 2014 ——–> Photo Gallery

I don’t know what we would have done without you. We have had so many compliments of how beautifully the day was organised and everyone was amazed by the, duo, the food and the table and room decorations…the lavender was just perfect. You are truly a wedding planner extraordinaire!!!

Take care and yes, next time we come to Umbria we will meet for coffee!

Jenny

Samantha and Donald – October 2013 ——–> Photo Gallery

Donald and I live in New York and on our first trip to Italy together we were looking for a place to stay in Umbria on our way to Roma when we happened upon Perugia.  We heard it was lovely but weren’t counting on how special it would become to us.  We ended up staying longer than we had planned and it soon became “our place”. On our return trip, we were engaged behind Piazza Italia and at that moment we knew there would be no where else for us to marry.

So here we were with our biggest dream and had no idea where to start.

And then we found Monina.

From our very first email she communicated in a way that made me feel so comfortably at ease with her. Knowledgeable and friendly, I just knew she was a true professional (and just had to have her!!) We wanted to have a civil ceremony, and she presented us a list of our options and quite promptly reserved the hall for us.  As U.S. citizens, the paperwork required to have or marriage legally recognized in the States can be daunting, Monina guided us step by step and made as simple as could be.  She so very patiently answered me each time I needed to (like a New Yorker…) “triple check” things.  Once we were in Italy the whole process from Embassy to the sworn statement in Perugia was seamless and easy thanks to Monina’s guidance. She always made herself available to us so we never felt alone.

From the flowers, to the hairdresser, to the cake, Monina knew all the best vendors that only a well-respected local could know.  She listened to what we wanted and when she said she would “try” she delivered on each and every thing.  I can’t thank her enough for doing all of the leg work and scouting that I could never do from here. She referred Riccardo for my make-up and hair and he was a true master at his art.  He made me look like a movie star! We chose Tiziana for our photographer, her smile and happiness for us was contagious and from the preview pictures we have seen she is beyond talented.

The day of the wedding was smooth and timely thanks to Monina’s quiet cool and organization, her smiles made you feel like she was a friend that was always supposed to be there. The ceremony was lovely and the gentle Irish accent of our translator added an extra warmth to the day.

We had told Monina we wanted to have our first dance by the Fontana Maggiore (which had never been done) and she went with it! It was such an unforgettable and special moment.

The details at our reception dinner were EXACTLY what we had hoped for and beyond our expectations. It was intimate, simple and pretty. Our guests were so impressed with Monina and really enjoyed themselves, our friends and family are still buzzing with excitement.

Monina, you made our dreams come true in the most perfect way. We’ve been floating on clouds since that day.

Words can not do justice to what a wonderful wedding planner and person you are.

Con tutti i nostri cuori, grazie mille!

Samantha + Donald

Gianna and Andrè – June 2013

We live in the US, although André is from France, and we always dreamed of having our wedding in Assisi since it is the place of our hearts. Unfortunately, when dreams meet reality it can get complicated, and with all of the ‘hoops’ to jump through and paperwork and approvals needed to have our ceremony there, we wondered if it would even be possible.

We hired Monina to help us specifically with our ceremonies (a wedding sacrament and a blessing) and she literally took the stress out of the process. We were able to get our ideal locations for our ceremony and blessing, the perfect Priest and Padré, and the most amazing singer – all because of Monina, and her ability to navigate the Italian laws and regulations with native flair.

We also had Monina handle our reception flowers and bridal bouquet and she was very gracious to work with us while understanding that we were on a budget and were aiming for flowers that were simple, yet elegant. It was amazing that despite the miles apart, and communication over email and phone, what was delivered in the end was exactly, if not better than what we had envisioned.

Through it all, Monina was a calm anchor of assurance, professionalism and grace. Our wedding day was perfect, beautiful and memorable. We are so grateful for your support, Monina, GRAZIE MILLE!

Un Abbracio,

Gianna & André

Kelly and James – May 2013 ——–> Photo Gallery

Although James’s mum lives in Italy and was incredible with the amount she did to help, we wanted to make sure that she could enjoy the day so decided that a local wedding planner would be a good idea to help source everything we needed as well as the legal requirements and organising on the day.

Monina was the wedding planner we chose and we cannot recommend her highly enough for what she did for us. Throughout the whole process, Monina was a picture of calm and never anything less than enthusiastic for our sometimes crazy ideas. We had two trips to Italy ahead of the wedding – one in July 2012 to look at venues and one in March 2013 to meet the florist, do hair / make-up trials and a food tasting – other than that everything was done over email and skype.

Monina has the best contacts, sense of humour and patience, managing not just to deal with all our requests and the input from our families ahead of the wedding but also the drunken ramblings of the guests still partying at 3am afterwards.

We had the most beautiful, memorable wedding we could have hoped for and cannot thank Monina enough for that. She played a huge part in creating the perfect day for us and we will always remember her for it. It’s only two months on and I’m already suffering withdrawal symptoms at not seeing an email from her pop into the inbox!

Thank you Monina and hope to see you again soon.

Love Kelly and James x

Julia and Nathan – May 2013 ——–> Photo Gallery

We cannot begin to thank Monina enough for all her help and advice and for making our wedding perfect in every way.
She found the dream venue, Abbazia San Faustino, made the complicated paperwork seem simple, answered all our many questions and made sure every minute detail had been thought through. Taking all the stress out of our planning and the actual day. Even last minute changes due to weather, were positive as Monina came up with beautiful alternative suggestions.

We were both able to fully enjoy the day knowing that Monina with the help of her sister Rosa, even though not visible, was tirelessly working her magic to make sure everything was just so.

Asking Monina to help us was the best decision we made as she exceeded our greatest expectations. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and clearly very talented and brilliant at what she does. Thank you Monina and we hope to stay in touch.

Julia and Nathan

Cate and Ed – October 2012 ——–> Photo Gallery

Dear Monina,

A sincere thank you to you for all your help in creating the perfect wedding for us.

We were originally quite apprehensive about organising it in Italy but from the moment we met you we knew we were in good hands.

You helped us short-list the venue choices and guided us to the Borgo San Faustino – which was the perfect venue, in so many ways.

You created the format for the entire weekend, managing all the accommodation and catering for our guests and bringing in a selection of vendors (flowers, DJ, ceremony host, hairdresser, musicians etc ), all of which were excellent and none of whom we could have found without you.

You made the entire purchasing and contracting process simple and easy to navigate. You kept the costs down and helped us to negotiate a brilliant package with the venue. I think this is probably the only event / party we have ever held that was UNDER budget !

Thank you for all the emails and Skype calls to help clarify everything and to reassure us that everything was progressing well.

On the day, you were there to stage-manage the entire event. We didn’t have to worry about a thing, and absolutely everything went as planned. I remember you filling your car entirely with lanterns and candles that we wanted to line the ceremony area. You even brought your sister along on the day to help us out. Your ideas on the table decorations and menu cards were fantastically innovative – we would never have come up with those suggestions. The setting really was perfect.

Our guests have consistently told us that ours was one of the best weddings they have ever been to and the rustic simplicity of Umbria really does make it the perfect location for a wedding.

We took all the credit for this, but actually most of it was down to you, your incredible organizing skills, your large network of contacts and vendors, and your easy-going nature that made sure every eventuality was covered.

You are clearly brilliant at what you do, you have a wonderful attention to detail and you have the experience to accommodate every request and every last-minute change. It’s a brilliant combination of talents and we have no hesitation to recommending you whole-heartedly to anyone who is looking for help in planning and managing their wedding.

Thank you again Monina, you are a pleasure to be around and we have such brilliant memories of our time in Italy.

Ed and Cate

Kellie and Mike – September 2012 ——–> Photo Gallery

Monina is an angel and if we were getting married again she would be the first person we booked. Monina had been recommended to us by a friend who had also been delighted with her and we were not disappointed!

We were on a tight budget and so we thought it was extravagant having a wedding planner, but Monina really helped us keep our costs to a minimum and helped us with pretty much every aspect of the wedding. One of our major concern was about the paperwork and despite it being quite complex (we were an Australian and British citizens marrying in Italy) it was easy with Monina’s guidance. It was important for us that the wedding be legal, rather than just a ceremony and to be honest without Monina I’m not sure if it would have been!

Monina also has so many local contacts, to name just a couple we used a hairdresser who travels frequently between London and Italy so I could have my trial here, as well as a lovely Irish translator who added a gentle sense of lightness and humour to our ceremony.

The amount of time Monina gave us was very generous. She spent multiple weekends with us visiting venues, as well the afternoon before the wedding when we went through the details and then of course the entire wedding day itself. Oh and don’t forget the 500 emails we exchanged previously!

On the day itself Monina and her assistant, Rosa, made everything happen seamlessly. Together we had prepared a document capturing all the details of the day and so she could ensure everything was attended to without having to involve (and possibly stress) us! And whilst we’d love to claim all the detail as our own, they even made lovely additional touches which we hadn’t even thought of such as adding some of the extra flowers with tartan ribbon on the backs of our chairs, along with more lace and flowers to the seating plan.

There is no way our day would have been the same without Monina and we really cannot ever thank her enough for making such an important day absolutely perfect.

Kellie and Mike

Helen and Adam – September 2012 ——–> Photo Gallery

It is difficult to do justice to our gratitude to Monina and her capabilities as a wedding planner.  Everyone has ideas and dreams about how their wedding will look and come together, but to say ours were surpassed is an understatement.  From the very first email to last goodbye leaving Italy, Monina was warm, friendly and incredibly professional.

We had the most beautiful wedding week in Umbria, with over 80 guests staying for almost a week.  We had a pizza night the night before the wedding organised by Monina and the caterers, followed by a big family wedding at Borgo Torale over looking Lago Trasimeno.  Every detail was handled perfectly, with nothing left to chance.  The venue looked incredible, with beautiful small touches, to make it absolutely special.  The quality of the food and wine were really important to us and Monina’s caters did not disappoint. The food and wine were genuinely some of the best we and our guests have ever tasted. The risotto is still being talked about months after the last grain was eaten. The caters were very professional, looked sharp and provided a fantastic service over the two days, we wish we could eat their food everyday.

It’s hard to believe looking at the photos that it was our wedding, the flowers, table decorations, menus, lighting…..I could go on, were all of the highest calibre.  We had everything as we wished with an experienced opinion from Monina but importantly everything looked as we desired, in fact even better!

As a couple we managed to enjoy the day as it should have been without worrying about a single detail, as we knew Monina had it all under control.  All our guests commented on how calm and relaxed we were and this is honestly down to Monina’s organisation.

We contacted a number of Italian wedding planners before settling on Monina.  She made us feel all our ideas were possible and provided solutions not problems.

We have numerous friends desperate to fly Monina over the UK to organise their wedding after they have seen how impeccably well she organised ours.  We genuinely miss the regular contact we had and couldn’t recommend her more highly to anyone.

Thank you Monina for making our wedding truly the best week of our lives

Adam and Helen

Michelle and Allan – September 2012 ——–> Photo Gallery

Un grande grazie to Monina for helping to create our incredible Todi wedding.

It was clear from the start that Monina was very experienced in dealing with clients requiring the finest – venues, wine, flowers, food. She has established many contacts throughout Umbria and has no problem sourcing new one’s as we found out when we wanted to have half bottles of wine without labels (to add our own) to give as wedding favours!

Being UK and Australian citizens marrying in Italy, we were dreading the paperwork, however this was explained very clearly and handled well by Monina.  There were no hidden extras or surprises with invoices as all costs were outlined prior to us ordering anything – Monina’s administration was excellent, all emails detailed and comprehensive with prompt replies to ours.

My husband and I both work on superyachts and understand the quality of good service. It is obvious this is Monina’s passion as she strives to meet the requirements of her clients.  She is professional, articulate & creative – not only did she meet all our expectations but exceeded them too. On the big day itself, Monina is fully involved yet non-intrusive.  She is an absolute pleasure to work with and we would fully recommend her to anyone looking to tie the knot in this beautiful part of the world.

Michelle

Sonya and Michael – September 2012

A big thank you to Monina – everything worked out great, actually exceeded our expectations and we are really grateful for everything she did for us. We have no hesitation in recommending Monina to plan your wedding – you will find her professional, organised, creative and all importantly calm under pressure. She will adapt to your tastes, preferences and budget and her wealth of experience and connections to local suppliers makes navigating all that ‘wedmin’ a far easier task, especially if you are not Italian residents as we are. Her charges were reasonable and she was upfront about all costs and was careful to get approval beforehand for outsourced items.

Thanks Monina for making our special day great!

Sonya and Michael, Switzerland

Evy and Tim – August 2012 ——–> Photo Gallery

We would like to thank you with all our heart for everything you have done!  Our wedding day was exactly how we imagined and wanted it to be – and even more!  Right from our first conversation with you, we felt a great sense of trust and got the feeling you were exactly the right person to plan our big day! Thanks to your excellent coordination, everything went smoothly from paperwork to actual planning of all details of our wedding day.  Your input has been most valuable and certainly helped us to get this “crazy idea” of geting married in Italy become reality.

The beautiful location, wonderful decoration of the table/trees/pool, great food, … made us feel like in a fairytale. Due to your enthusiasm, creativity and great eye for detail our wedding day was just PERFECT!

Evy & Tim

Jane and David – August 2012 ——–> Photo Gallery

“We got married in the beautiful hill-top town of Orvieto and couldn’t have arranged it all without the invaluable help of Monina Bucci.  She was extremely helpful, friendly and professional throughout our preparations and the day itself.  Took a lot of the stress out of the event so we could both enjoy the day to a greater extent than would have otherwise been possible.  As well as organising everything for us Monina had a lot of great ideas that we used to help reduce some of the costs involved when we were close to reaching our budget as well as some quite original ideas to help theme our wedding.  We had strong ideas about what we wanted from the wedding and Monina was able to put our visions into being whilst adding something extra.

Many thanks Monina from a very happy couple!”

Debbie and Denis – September 2011

Ciao Monina,

Just a quick note to let you know how much we appreciate all your efforts and time. Everything was just perfect. We enjoyed your warm and friendly personality and your calm peaceful spirit. Thank you once again.

Denis and Debbie

Hannah and David – August 2011 ——–> Photo Gallery

Hi Monina,

We just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how grateful we are for your help in planning and executing our perfect wedding.

From the first email you worked really hard to make sure ever detail was covered without causing us any stress at all and because of that we had a relaxing and wonderful time.

On the day of the wedding we really appreciated how attentive you were especially staying late at the restaurant, helping us with music and making the table look so beautiful.

Once again thank you so much for everything.

Hannah and David

Liza and Mark – July 2011

We got back to London last night after 10 wonderful days in Umbria culminating with the most amazing wedding day last Saturday.

Thank you again for all your help in making the wedding so perfect and so smooth. Your attention to detail, organisation skills and local knowledge helped in creating the most unique and wonderful wedding day for Mark & I. You took away all the small worries I had about the administrative side of getting married in Italy and thanks for ensuring everything was absolutely perfect and stress-free on the day. We would not have been able to have such a relaxed lead-up to the wedding without your help and support.

Thanks again for everything

Liza

Gemma and Richard – June 2011 ——–> Photo Gallery

Hello Monina

I am so sorry it’s taken so long to write you a testimonial.

We just wanted to say a massive, massive thank you for the perfect wedding day. We felt in expert hands the entire time and your calmness and patience reassured us that we had chosen the best person for the hard task of making our wedding day so special.

Our photos are amazing and everyone asks us who the photographer was. We were so pleased with how our wedding day went and would recommend using Italian dream to anyone getting married in Italy. It was truly a fabulous day and we can not thank you enough.

Thank you

Richard and Gemma

Laura and Joe – June 2011 ——–> Photo Gallery

Dear Monina,

We’d like to say a huge thank you to you and your sister for helping make our wedding experience so wonderful – we had the time of our lives! From day one, as we started to organise our day you were brilliant – attentive, helpful and positive. You were super organised but also calm and we almost felt that you were gviving our wedding as much attention as if it were your own! Once we arrived in Italy we greatly appreciate the time you spent with us in the few days leading to the wedding. There were several last minute arrangements that you made possible – such as the amended table plan and the table decorations – we would not have been able to do it without you and your sisters help and generosity of time. You were a pleasure to have around on the wedding day, and it was reassuring to have you with us.
We can’t thank you enough for all you did for us and would highly recommend you to any other couple who are hoping to get married in Italy.

We hope all is well with you and that you’ve had an enjoyable summer of weddings.
We wish you the very best of luck with everything and lots of love.
Laura and Joe xxx

Matt and Abi – June 2011 ——–> Photo Gallery

Monina,

We just wanted to say a big thank you for everything that you did to make our wedding in Italy so perfect.

We were delighted at the service you provided from day one when we sent you the first email with our ideas right up until the end of our wedding day!

When we first met you at the castle just four days before the wedding we felt like we were not only meeting our wedding planner but also our friend!

It was such a fabulous feeling to know that we could relax on our wedding day knowing you were there to ensure the smooth running of our special day.

The venue looked so beautiful and your professionalism and attention to detail came across in how perfect everything was.

The help you gave us regarding the legality side of the wedding proved invaluable and we couldn’t have done it without your help!

All of your hard work resulted in giving us a magical wedding day and making us feel totally stress-free and happy – what a fantastic way to start married life!

Thank you for everything!

Matt and Abi Kot

Isaac and Megan – April 2011 ——–> Photo Gallery

Dear Monina,

We hope that we can express the extent to which we are grateful for your expertise as our wedding planner!  We sincerely mean it when we say that we could not imagine doing any of the planning without you. Our wedding day came together so beautifully and we couldn’t have been happier with the way things turned out.

From the very first time we met you, you were organized, calm and helpful. We were very impressed by your manner; really appreciating the way that you let us lead without making any of your own opinions apparent and then fully supporting our decisions. You took the time to meet us every time we were back in Italy and skyped with us so that we could be sure that we understood things completely. Your frequent and comprehensive emails were really helpful and kept us informed and feeling very prepared throughout the entire planning process.

We were so happy on the day of our wedding. Everything looked absolutely beautiful and came together so nicely. We know that you oversaw to everything to make sure that it would be flawless. The ceremony was exactly as we had wanted. We can’t thank you enough for decorating the aisle chairs with simple ribbons and greenery. It pulled the whole thing together in a way that we hadn’t thought of. The reception venue was stunning.  We were so impressed with the catering staff that you organized for us and our guests could not get over the delicious food! What a beautiful spread for antipasti and the dinner was fantastic. The dinner room was beautifully put together by you and we were so happy with all of the services you organized for us, from catering, to DJ and florist, transportation of buses and bridal car, ceremony music and everything else; everything was superb. Throughout the entire evening you were patient and calm, helping in the background and on top of everything! Many guests commented on your subtle presence and help with small things, like a dropped glass or small requests. Thank you for helping to make everyone feel comfortable.

We sincerely loved everything about the way our wedding day turned out. We are so impressed by your skills and organization.  Your knowledge and experience were extremely evident and we were so thankful for the advice you gave us when we requested it.  We couldn’t have dealt with Italian law without you. In these instances, we were so thankful for your attention to detail and overly organized and comprehensive attitude. We felt completely confident in your ability and that everything would move forward without any unpredictable glitches. You were calm and confident, and we in turn felt the same way.

We wish you all the best for your future weddings and would HIGHLY recommend you to anyone who is planning a wedding in Italy!

Kind regards,

Isaac and Megan (Perugia, April 2011)

Mr and Mrs Mehdi Khalifa – October 2010 ——–> Photo Gallery

Monina,
From the very beginning, it was your helpful, can-do attitude won us over and influenced us in deciding to employ you as our wedding planner. Unlike other, larger firms that we considered and contacted, you work entirely on a personal basis. You got to know us and made it your mission to be familiar with our needs as a couple and the very specific needs of our sometimes difficult guests.
You took so much time before the wedding to meet with us at short notice, to get quotes and re-quotes to confirm and re-confirm pricing, menu details, flowers, hair, guest accommodation and the list goes on. You were not satisfied unless we were totally satisfied. You organised us and prompted us and helped us to remain calm throughout. There was not one time during the entire process of planning our wedding that you were unavailable or that we had reason to doubt your ability to bring our plans to fruition. It was during the planning phase that we also had the fortune of benefiting from your vast local knowledge and contact list.
However, it was not until the day of the wedding that your skills and dedication really became apparent to the fullest extent. Your good taste and good sense came to the rescue on more than one occasion. When faced with a medical emergency during our reception, you acted as translator and accompanied our guest and his wife to the hospital so that we could continue to entertain our remaining guests with peace of mind. When the party finally drew to a close in the small hours of the morning we found you waiting in the reception area, not ready to leave until every last detail had been taken care of.
Please accept our sincerest thanks and congratulations on a job well done. You helped to make our wedding day as memorable as it should be. We would heartily recommend you to anyone looking for the services of a reliable, friendly wedding planner with intrinsic knowledge of Umbria and the wedding business. Not only did you earn your fee, you went above and beyond to earn our trust, gratitude and commendation.

Mr and Mrs Mehdi Khalifa.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Belle and Ollie – October 2010 ——–> Photo Gallery

Dear Monina,

Oliver and I cannot thank you enough for planning the wedding of our dreams!! The entire day ran so smoothly and was much more beautiful than both of our expectations!

Everything you planned for our wedding and week in Umbria, was done so perfectly. This not only shows you work with very professional and talented vendors, but your own ability to understand your clients.

The guidance and assistance you gave throughout the process of meeting the Italian Government, Australian Embassy and UK Embassy requirements made this a seamless event. Without your help, it undoubtedly would have been difficult to tick all of the boxes.

You truly created a magical day that Oliver and I and our families will never forget, as we all take away the memory of a beautiful Italian experience!

Thank you for being so professional and friendly, really making it your business to understand what it was we were looking for!!

We highly recommend Monina and Italian Wedding Dream to anyone wishing to marry in Umbria, Italy!

Belle & Ollie

Jo and Greg – September 2010 ——–> Photo Gallery

“Thank you so much for making our special day so perfect, I don’t think I could have been a more relaxed bride! You prepared all the little details, that I would never have thought of and which really made the difference, making the idyllic setting even more magical.  Thanks also for going the extra mile organising the restaurants, hair dresser requests (including your interpretation skills!!) and the spa.  Everyone had such an amazing day/week and the wedding and the villa surpassed all our expectations.

Thank you for making the whole process (from meeting my parents back in February, all the emails throughout the planning process and the day itself) so seamless and easy.  We really appreciate all you have done and couldn’t recommend you highly enough!! Greg & Jo x ”

Gilbert and Christiane – May 2010 ——–> Photo Gallery

Dear Monina,

Thank you so much for all you have done to make our wedding so romantic and beautiful! Gilbert and I feel so lucky to have found you as our wedding planner. While we were not able to travel to Italy before the wedding, we had to solely rely on you and your feedback on the setting, the food, the decoration, musicians, photographer etc. But at no time were we nervous about it! The communication with you was so easy, professional and thoughtful. Every detail was taken care of way in advance, even with a plan B – and we really needed it due to the weather. All went so smooth that we could enjoy the days with our families without being stressed out about any details of our wedding. Thank you for giving us always different options that helped us stay within our limited budget!

The end result was a picture perfect wedding that went above and beyond on what we could have dreamed of! We loved it and can’t stop looking at the pictures!!!

Thank you again for all you have done for us! We wish you all the best and highly recommend you as a wedding planner!

Ciao,

Gilbert & Christiane

USA

Lindsay and Mark – May 2010

Ciao Monina!

I can’t tell you how amazing the wedding was!! It was a dream come true for both Mark and I. Not to mention our families…. I think they were in awe of everything!! I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Thank you so much for everything you did: from the planning beforehand, to the setting up the day of the wedding, you handled everything so professionally that I was able to sit back and relax. I mean… I even took a nap on the wedding day so I would be rested for the evening’s festivities!! Thank you so much for everything!

Vanessa and Phil – September 2009 ——–> Photo Gallery

Monina is a dream to work with! Planning a wedding from afar may at first seem daunting, but from our first few conversations I knew she was more than capable. Monina always made herself available to speak through emails or over the phone so that we were able to discuss what it was we were looking for. From there we relied on her recommendations, and they were perfect.. from her suggestions to which villa was best, to our caterers, the musicians, and the florist. Her attention to all of the details of what we envisioned our wedding to be, and her hard work to make them happen was apparent from the first moment we met her at her home. When I arrived the evening of our wedding and saw Villa Ada lit up and as gorgeous as she made it, it brought tears to my eyes because it was truly more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. It was breathtaking. It was so spectacular and she made the most special night of our lives a relaxed and perfect night. She made our dream of an Italian wedding nothing short of perfection. We never could have enjoyed it like we did without all of her hard work and knowledge of the area. I love looking at our photos and having the memories of all our guest at our wedding in the perfect setting in Umbria is an incredible thing. Thanks again! With love, Vanessa & Phil

Stuart and Imogen – September 2009

Just a quick note to say a huge thank you for everything you did to help us add the finishing touches to our wedding. Your knowledge and expertise (and language skills!) made what seemed like a very difficult task extremely simple. Despite the very limited time we gave you to arrange the last minute additions to our day, you were able to deliver everything on our ‘wish list’. Your attention to detail and passion for what you do made the day run like clockwork – the venue looked amazing, the music at the reception was perfect, the flowers were absolutely stunning and the wedding car was exactly what we wanted. We can’t thank you enough and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services to anyone considering getting married in Umbria.