Sophisticated Weddings offer civil (legally binding) and symbolic ceremonies. All weddings with legal validity must take place on a local authority property (i.e. a town hall) or a venue which has obtained a legal license to hold a wedding ceremony.
There are a number of locations for your civil ceremony across the various towns, many offering outdoor ceremonies with fabulous views. The ceremony itself is conducted in Italian and by law there must be an individual to act as a translator/interpreter if the bride and groom do not speak the Italian language. The ceremony itself is recognised under British and EU law so there is no need for a separate ceremony in the UK. The ceremony lasts around 20-30 minutes.
Please ask us for further information on the Legal Requirements for marrying in Italy.
Symbolic ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular every year in Italy. They carry no legal validity and therefore they can be arranged anywhere in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast: within the grounds of a charming villa, a hotel with sea view terrace and even on a private boat! The symbolic ceremony is a super alternative to a civil ceremony, if you want to experience a wedding ceremony/blessing avoiding any paperwork or if you have already had a legally binding ceremony at home. It gives you the option to have privacy and a bespoke ceremony completely tailored to you as a couple, without having to follow the standard format of a civil ceremony and also means that you avoid all of the expenses associated with producing the legal paperwork required to marry in Italy. With the assistance of our experienced celebrant you can design and plan the perfect ceremony prior to your arrival in Italy.
Contact us for further information.
photography & videography
Sophisticated Weddings believe that it is so important to invest in a true professional to photograph your special day as these photographs are the lasting memories that will be with you for years after your wedding - these photographic memories will be passed down in generations to come. Your photographer should make you feel comfortable and produce photographs in a style you like. Your confidence should shine through as this is one of the most important days of your life. We have many recommended photographers with whom we have a special relationship and we can make suggestions to suit your style and budget.
Wedding videography is increasing in popularity year on year and at Sophisticated Weddings we work with many talented videographers offering different styles and packages perfectly suited to you! A wedding video is a unique way of reliving your special day over and over again and gives you the opportunity to experience moments that you may have missed on the day itself. Many brides who chose not to hire a videographer would now definitely recommend one to other brides-to-be.
floral design & venue styling
Flowers are an essential part of a wedding and need careful consideration, they add colour, texture, elegance and style and are a true reflection of you. Beautifully designed flowers are a key part of setting the tone for your most special day; from flower petals down the aisle at the ceremony, the iconic bridal bouquet, to considering the style and layout of your table flowers, there is a lot to consider. Your flowers are going to appear a lot in your official wedding photographs and you want to ensure they stand out in the best way possible.
We discuss with you your vision (and budget) for floral design and venue styling and match you with the most suitable floral designer to bring your dreams to life. We have built wonderful relationships with some of the best florists in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast who can provide you with the most exquisite bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements for both your ceremony and reception venues.
Just because you are marrying abroad also doesn't mean that you can’t have the ‘extra touches’ such as lanterns, hanging glass spheres, beautiful candles, fun table plan set ups, cold fountain fireworks etc. We have recommendations in every area to ensure your vision becomes a beautiful reality.
There will be more pictures taken of you on your wedding day than any other single day in your life and we feel it’s essential to invest in a professional hair and make up artist who will ensure you are the best version of yourself for your most important day.
Don’t forget that the South of Italy reaches very high temperatures in the summer months. Working with a professional ensures that your hair styling and make up lasts the whole day and they also use the very best products to ensure no shiny faces when the camera flash goes off!
We would recommend having a trial before the wedding so that you can discuss exactly what you require and feel 100% relaxed and confident on your wedding day.
If you’d also like to have a manicure or pedicure before the wedding we also work with talented beauticians who can come to you in the comfort of your own hotel or villa.
transportation & wedding cars
Sophisticated Weddings can cater for any style of vehicle to fit any budget.
From vintage Fiat 500’s to classic and stylish Rolls Royce’s to modern limousines or luxury Mercedes. We have lots of different makes and models of wedding cars for you to choose from. The difficult part is choosing! Contact us for a personalised quote.
We can also assist with your airport transfers or private vehicles for excursions.
Feel free to contact us for more information.
Sophisticated Weddings have access to lots of extra services to help make your wedding experience in Italy truly memorable. From exclusive boat trips to rehearsal dinners, pizza making experiences or cooking schools, we have access to the best suppliers/vendors in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. We understand that sometimes those extra experiences can make the wedding ‘week’ even more memorable and our team are on hand to help with every request, large or small.