A destination wedding in Rome is pure magic.

Imagine your wedding with the backdrop of a city with a 2,000-year history as important as Rome. The options are endless. For the ceremony, there are hundreds of churches in every corner of the city or an outdoor affair in one of the city’s many parks. Stunning, one-of-a-kind venues for the reception are equally available. Elegant urban villas with terraces overlooking the city, intimate private dining rooms, or myriad outdoor spaces that are conducive to any size party.

With so many small details to consider, planning your wedding in Rome would be impossible without visiting the city ahead of time. You may choose to host your guests in any one of the beautiful hotels all over the city, but planning the affair – especially in a group of family and friends – is best done in a centrally-located vacation rental.


Choosing Venues for your Wedding in Rome

Of course Rome offers a list of churches unparalleled in the world. Each church is unique and highlights a history that’s sure to leave a lasting memory from your wedding day. But churches aren’t the only options for your wedding ceremony.

Depending on the time of year, consider an outdoor affair in Villa Borghese or Villa Ada; or plan an afternoon ceremony under the shade of orange trees in the Giardino degli Aranci with a stunning view of St. Peter’s in the distance. If you’re planning an intimate affair, find a local private villa with a rooftop terrace followed by an intimate dinner under the stars.

Staying in a large vacation rental in the center of Rome during your wedding planning process means you can easily make appointments with different hotels and venues and get them them by foot. It also means you can invite potential wedding planners to your home for in-house meetings in the comfort of  your vacation rental.


Catering and Food Options

If you’re planning your wedding at a restaurant, chances are good that you already know what to expect in terms of food. But a bit of insider advice: while you may have eaten at a restaurant that you fell in love with, executing a meal for a large number of people is not the capability of every restaurant in Rome. If you’re unsure if you’re preferred restaurant is able to deliver the catering needs for your wedding in Rome, it’s probably best to look into another solution.

Rome has several great catering companies to choose from. One of our favorites is Oliver & Co., a local company that specializes in weddings and corporate events. Oliver & Co. is used to transforming unique locations and enhance them into something really special. Each event is taken care of as if it were the only event on the books. Small touches and attentive service make them a great, go-to caterer.

Alternatively, the trend for catering by food trucks and mobile carts has made an appearance on the catering stage in Rome as well. Food trucks like Pizza e Mortazza and ApeRomeo deliver the delicious cuisine available in a Roman trattoria from the window of a food truck. Also some locally-owned gelaterias, like Gelateria daRe, have specially adapted carts to bring the best Roman gelato to your party.


Hire a Wedding Planner

For any destination wedding, hiring a wedding planner can make it or break it. Even if you just need someone to take charge the day of, having that extra set of hands, authority, and expertise can make sure that events run smoothly, guests find their way to venues, and unforeseen problems can be avoided or swiftly dealt with.

Picking a wedding planner or assistant can be one of the most crucial decisions you make. It’s important to consider a person or service that not only understands organizing events in Italy but also has a keen understanding of your perspective and needs. A wedding planning service like Barbara Lessona Countess Concierge is the ideal because it is represented by a local Roman but also an American which provides this crucial international sensibility.

The perfect living room for wedding planning meetings: Baullari I apartment near Campo de' Fiori

The perfect living room for wedding planning meetings: Baullari I apartment near Campo de’ Fiori

Turn Planning your Wedding into a Vacation!

Organize a trip with your family and friends to visit Rome and help you make decisions for your big day! Stay all together in a large, comfortable vacation rental in the heart of Rome. Turn the living room, dining room, or kitchen into home base for meetings where options are discussed and decisions made. Rome Accommodation manages apartments in all of the most popular neighborhoods of Rome’s historic center.

Stay near Campo de’Fiori and Piazza Navona

If you’re bringing a big group with you to help you organize your special day, stay in one of our large vacation rentals near Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona. Spread out in 5 bedrooms and 4 baths and use the large, communal living room, dining room, and kitchen for important meetings.

Stay in Trastevere

Spend the day exploring venues and retreat back to this charming 1 bedroom apartment in the heart of Trastevere.

Stay near the Vatican

Bringing the whole gang? Our spacious vacation apartment near the Vatican features 5 bedrooms and 3 baths in a modern, recently renovated style. Easy walk to a number of churches and venues near the Vatican.

Stay near the Colosseum

For an intimate group of friends, stay in the Monti neighborhood in Rome. Close to the Colosseum and plenty of restaurants, boutiques, and lively nightlife!

Stay near the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna

Make decisions around a large, elegantly carved wooden table in the classically-designed living room of the Villa Medici apartment near the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna.

When are you getting married in Rome? Share your experience planning your wedding in Rome in the comments below!

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