Planning a Cinque Terre Wedding. Here, we explain how we chose a venue and wedding planner for the most important day of our lives.
This time next year, me & Paul will be preparing for the most important day of our lives. Our Cinque Terre wedding. Some of you may have visited this colourful area in the Italian Rivera, others may have admired photos on the internet, while for some of you this may be your first time hearing of it. If you’ve not heard of it I recommend googling it pronto, it’s trully a unique part of the world. Which is why we’re getting married there.
It brings me great excitement to let you all in on the details for planning a Cinque Terre Wedding.
Why get married in the Cinque Terre
A photo of the town of Manarola – one of the five villages in the Cinque Terre has been my laptop screensaver for, oh, about 10 years. Hilariously, I never knew where it was ’til me and Paul were planning our trip through Italy back in 2014. He showed me the exact same photo and said “we should go here”. On the trip, we stopped here for 4 nights and loved it. I even said when we were there that this was my dream place to get married.
The story of our proposal
Paul proposed on “our beach” in Kerikeri, New Zealand this February. We call it our beach because it doesn’t have a name, it’s just a beach at the end of a walk through a rainforest. We spent a lot of time this past Summer sunbathing and swimming and relishing the fact that we had the beach all to ourselves. When he got down on one knee one evening over a Picnic, I was surprised (I even offered him the wrong hand).
When the excitement and novelty of having a ring on that finger died down, we started talking about where our Wedding would be. There was one thing we were both certain about and that was that we would get married abroad. We’ve spent our whole relationship travelling the world together and honestly, it just wouldn’t be us to get married at home (i.e. Ireland/England). We wanted to share our love of travelling with our family and friends. What better way to do that than with a Wedding in one of our favorite places in the world.
Creating our wedding checklist
Even though, a Cinque Terre Wedding was top of my list, I was open to other suggestions. So, me and Paul sat down and came up with a list of what’s most important to us for our Wedding:
- It has to be in Europe – easily and cheaply accessibly for our wedding guests who are from Ireland/England. Also, preferably a budget airline will fly there e.g Ryanair or Easyjet
- It has to be somewhere lesser-known and nobody I know can have gotten married there
- The venue needs to be by the ocean
- It should be relatively inexpensive
Narrowing it down to 3 potential destinations
Making that list helped us narrow it down to three places – Cinque Terre, Lake Como or one of the Greek Islands. Lake Como got crossed off the list pretty quickly when we realised how expensive it was. Don’t get me wrong, there are cheaper ways to get married in Lake Como. But for what we wanted – a wedding on the water and completely private, it just wasn’t feasible. Greece was next to go because it’s not so easy to get to from Cork (where all my family would be flying from).
Planning a Cinque Terre Wedding it is!
Picking a great wedding planner
We found a great Wedding Planner and a potential Cinque Terre Wedding venue after a few days of research. I recommend joining the Facebook group Weddings Abroad Guide Community We also simply did a Google search of ‘Wedding Planners in Cinque Terre’, made a list of the best, then, emailed off some questions. After a few days, we were able to narrow it down to who seemed the most helpful and who offered the most practical venues for us.
We chose Cinque Terre Wedding as our planners
We eventually decided on Melina from Cinque Terre Wedding and are so happy with our decision. Our Wedding Planner Melina is an Australian-Italian so there is no language barrier. She lives in the Cinque Terre and is also fluent in Italian to deal with all the suppliers. The whole process so far has been seamless, and because we are living in New Zealand at present we are so happy that we opted to get a Wedding Planner.
The importance of visiting the venue before booking it
When we were visiting home this past June me, Paul and my Mom went to the Cinque Terre to meet with Melina and to see if all these years later the Cinque Terre was as magic as we believe. We visited the venue and honestly it was perfect in every way. Exactly how I imagined it to be.
Hooray, we picked our venue for our Cinque Terre wedding!
Our wedding venue in Cinque Terre
For our Cinque Terre Wedding, we’re getting married in a vineyard at the top of Monterosso. It will be completely private with a view down to the village and the ocean. It is very us, everything will be held outdoors, even the dinner (it will be in August so the weather should definitely hold up), it’s surrounded by rosemary and vine leaves and the smell is divine.
We can’t wait to share this special place with our nearest and dearest. Planning a Cinque Terre wedding has been one of the most exciting experiences of our lives and we cannot wait for the BIG DAY!
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