1) First get inspired and define your musts for an elopement in Italy.
Some might say that the first step is to decide where to elope, and start from there.
But I disagree: I believe you should start with the why. Why choose Italy? What images and ideas came to your mind when you thought of Italy? What do you want to do and add to the wedding experience?
Maybe you have always dreamed of wearing a unique designer dress and riding a vintage car with your love, on yellow rolling hills, with the summer breeze caressing your hair. You can’t do that in Venice, and the most beautiful iconic hills are in Tuscany. This is a good start!
When you tell me about your dreams, I can use my experience to recommend and inspire you even more.
Watch Fellini movies, dream, brainstorm and write down what is important to you and your partner, and what inspires and uplifts you. Will it be just the two of you eloping? Or will it be an intimate wedding with your closest friends and family? The guest list is also a good starting point to define what the day will look like.
Maybe you have your eyes set on a dress, or a couple of dresses: that can also be a good way to start visualizing.
Read wedding blogs ad magazines, and take notes. Some of my favorites are Harper’s Bazaar Wedding, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow, Vogue Wedding.
Then remember to also write down ideas for experiences that would make you happy, before or after the ceremony. A sailboat ride at sunset in the Venetian lagoon, a private tour of the Guggenheim Collection followed by a Michelin star dinner, a spa day and a classical at the Opera House La Fenice.
You can take a hot air balloon ride in Tuscany, or ride Ferrari in Maranello. You can explore some of the best ski slopes in the world, or visit the most iconic film locations in Rome.
Some of these elements can be part of a pre wedding exploration and pre wedding shoot, or they can be included in your elopement day. You might want to document some of these really exceptional and highly unique experiences, while some of them may be just for you two.
2) Find your main elopement vendors: wedding planner and photographer
At this point I recommend you start browsing for your main elopement vendors: a wedding planner, especially if you want to make it legal, and your photographer.
As a wedding and elopement photographer in Italy my experience can be very helpful in choosing the best time of the year for your celebration, as well as the wedding location and the best schedule for your day.
The planner and I, we can fill in the gaps for you, and make it all simple, while also giving you ideas that are unique to you and your style.