What could be more romantic than a Tuscany wedding? This inspirational shoot takes place in a stunning villa and we think a wedding in such a locale is bound to be spectacular.
But maybe where you are there are no antiquated stone villas. You can still emulate this enchanting setting. We’ve described everything in a Tuscany villa; take our details and put them in place at your special wedding venue! Read on to see how.
What to Look for in Venue for a Tuscany Wedding
There are some gorgeous venues in Tuscany. Considering the hills, vineyards, and greenery, the best wedding venues are villas and open resorts. To add authenticity to your upcoming nuptials, you can also opt for villas in vineyards surrounded by grapes.
Are you really heading to Italy? When searching for a wedding venue like a villa, there must be plenty of accommodation for guests traveling from out of town. Since Tuscany is primarily a destination wedding location, most wedding guests will need to travel. The venue can be outdoors for the wedding ceremony, but the reception should be indoors or partly inside so guests can relax after feeling the Italian sun on their faces the entire day.
If you are transforming your hometown-based venue to look and feel like an Italian villa, start with open rooms with a rustic feel. Wooden windows, stone staircases, and lush vines will add to the look.
Colour Palettes for a Tuscany Wedding
The wedding colours should be complementary to the natural beauty of Tuscany. Some excellent palettes are ice blue, white, slate grey, and gold. Another excellent selection of hues can be sage green, pastel violet, pink, and navy blue. While these shades may seem unusual together, they beautifully pair when combined aesthetically.
Exchanging vows beneath a canopy of white, peach, and blush pink flowers would make the ceremony enchanting. Mixing a tasteful palette of silver, pearl white, crushed golden, and natural brown will also bring out the beauty of your wedding.
Details for a Tuscany Wedding
Tuscany weddings are always about beauty and grace. The sloping hillsides of wine county are ideal for romantic honeymoons and weddings. Most couples planning their wedding in a Tuscany villa should consider adding as many natural elements as possible. Considering the environmental impact, the region's untouched beauty and the Italian people's innate passion are a must when planning a wedding.
Small details native to Tuscany like sunshine, vines, vineyards, fresh foods with olive oil, Italian pasta and pizza, and more should not be ignored. Creating an aesthetic yet elegant décor and adding a few touches that bring out the natural beauty and depth of the country will make the wedding absolutely stunning.
For those of you planning a Tuscany wedding near home, keep with the idea of using nature as your decor. Lush greenery, stone garden pathways, and antique furniture are ideal.
Food for a Tuscany Wedding
When in Tuscany, eat as the Tuscans do! Apart from panini, pizzas, canapes, and pasta, there are several other local delicacies that you can think of for the wedding food. Truffles are a Tuscan staple and taste heavenly with fresh tagliatelle. If you don't want to add truffles to the entire dish, having some truffle oil as a dip with pieces of bread will also work wonders.
Another Tuscan favourite is prosciutto, stracchino, and coccoli. Coccoli is made by frying small balls of dough that have to be eaten with stracchino (a spreadable cheese). The prosciutto adds a depth of flavor to the whole thing and brings it together. Apart from these, you can also serve local castagnaccio (a chestnut cake) with Tuscan wine.
Table Setting Style for a Tuscany Wedding
Tuscan table setting styles are simplistic but highly elegant. Combining white linen table cloths or runners in a flowy look with beautiful white flatware should be the look of the evening. A floral centrepiece in shades of blush pink, peach, white, and spotty greens, with white or gold tall candles in golden candelabras, will also make the table look gorgeous.
The napkins and serviettes can be tied with vines from the vineyard, and the placemat can be made by sewing together cypress leaves in an artful pattern. Wine sourced from local vineyards should be served in glass goblets with meals. With the table décor, you can also keep fresh fruit and cheese platters for guests to nibble on while they mingle.
Budget for a Tuscany Wedding
Tuscany weddings can be as lavish or as simple as you want. Depending on the couple and their choices, the wedding budget can differ according to specification. If you plan to have everything imported, then there is a high possibility that you would need a higher budget. However, if cost-saving is the goal, opting for locally sourced food is excellent. Apart from the cost aspect, Tuscany has fresh produce, highly renowned professionals, and several vendors to help bring the wedding together.
Choosing wines from a Tuscan vineyard, selecting local farm-fresh produce, serving food by a Tuscan caterer, and ensuring that the wedding décor is handled by experts in Tuscany will help make the theme incredibly authentic.
At home, yes – go ahead and buy Tuscan wine and ask your caterer to emulate the freshness of Italian food in every dish!
Wedding Dresses and Accessories for a Tuscany Wedding
Wedding dresses in Tuscany are usually white. However, many Tuscan brides are now opting for shades like ice blue (as you can see in the lovely images), peach, pale lilac, and more. Modern Tuscan brides also select deeper shades over traditional white, like dark green or maroon. While the colours of the wedding dresses may change, the flowy patterns usually stay the same.
Selecting the dress that suits the Tuscan sun is necessary for overall comfort. Patterned lace, elegant lines, loose flowy dress, and cinched waist are fabulous wedding dress styles for the whole day. If you select an icy blue dress, some accessories could be a statement blue sapphire locket in a thin chain, strappy sandals with rhinestones, and a vintage hair clip.
Wedding Cake Ideas for a Tuscany Wedding
Tuscan bakers are highly skilled at wedding cakes. Some of the local bakers are renowned for their gourmet wedding cakes. Couples who plan their destination wedding in Tuscany usually have an idea about the flavors and fillings for their cakes. However, it is best to speak to a local artisanal baker about the most seasonal and freshest flavors when considering a cake.
Elsewhere, continue the Tuscan style and tradition. Cakes can be multi or single-tiered depending on the number of the wedding guests. You can choose from some exclusive cake designs that range from handpainted, crafted, and embellished to floral patterns, chandelier styles, and towering ones.
Favours and Gifts for a Tuscany Wedding
When your guests arrive, what could be better than welcoming them with a mini bottle of Prosecco? While Prosecco isn't a native of the Tuscany region, it is a popular drink in North Italy. Adding a ribbon (in your wedding colours) and a welcome card will go a long way in getting your guests settled.
A bottle of locally sourced olive oil, handmade pasta, and a limoncello will work wonders for wedding favours. If you want to add something special or unique, you could also commission local artisans to make you some ceramic wine corks and bottle stoppers to gift guests. As an added thank you, simply ask the artist to mention both your initials and the wedding date.
Outdoor Wedding Ideas for a Tuscany Wedding
Outdoor ceremony ideas for a Tuscany wedding include lots of romantic touches. Threading thin gold streamers through any floral decorations, like a wedding arch, a floral canopy, or a floral backdrop, will add a beautiful touch for increased vibrancy.
When considering outdoor wedding ceremonies, the essence of the décor must stay as natural as possible. If the outdoor wedding ceremony is in an olive garden, the seating should be wooden chairs with minimal decoration. If the vows are exchanged in a vineyard in an open space, the focus should be on the grapes and surrounding natural beauty and less on the overall décor.
Intimate Garden Wedding at a Tuscan Villa
Ever wonder what happens when a fine art wedding planner & stylist moves into a villa in Tuscany and uses the estate as a wedding venue? Well – I’ve got an answer for you today and it’s pure magic! Silke of Weddings by Silke made her dream come true and moved into her ‘brand new’ 1640s era Tuscan home, the amazing Villa Montanare.
Today’s inspiration shoot, captured beautifully by Diana Fronhmueller showcases this beautiful place with an intimate garden wedding editorial.
From Weddings by Silke – “The magical Villa Montanare, a stand-alone farmhouse, established in 1640, was built by the family Fabbri from Florence, who moved to Cortona during the turmoil between the Guelphs and Ghibellines. The Villa is perched on a hill overlooking a breathtaking panoramic view of the Val d’Esse and Valdichiana Valley and surrounded by a paradoxical variety of cypresses, pines, figs, fruit trees, rosemary bushes, lavender, oleander, cacti, time-worn olive terraces and stone walls… the perfect setting for a fine art wedding!”
“We created a beautiful romantic bride getting ready in and around this beautiful Villa with all those amazing textures followed by an intimate ceremony in the backyard on a higher olive terrace with a stunning view in the Val di Esse and Val di Chiana. We know that you’ll fall in love with Villa Montanare – everyone does!”
Credits: Photography: Diana Fronhmueller // Planning, Design, & Flowers: Weddings by Silke // Silk Ribbons: Silk & Willow // Dress: Blumarine Sposa // Bridal Boutique: Bellantuono // Beauty: Antonella Macaluso // Jewelry & Shoes: Del Brenna Jewelry // Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab // Groom’s Attire: Ladage & Oelke // Drinks: Baracchi Winery // Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer // Robe: Mes Petite Dentelles // Stationery: Nicnillasink // Venue: Villa Montanare in Tuscany, Italy.