Elopements for 2 - Guide

I’m Gemma, Italian wedding celebrant and elopement planner in Tuscany and Umbria.

I love to create intimate moments, that’s why I create offers for destination elopements here. Below you find all information about eloping in Italy. If you cannot find your answer, 

feel free to contact me here: hello@sweetelopements.com

An elopement is a moment for two, really intimate. I doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot have any guests, but usually elopements are moments between the bride and groom only. You’re not doing this because you don’t want relatives around, you probably want them! But you simply want to avoid all the stress connected to it. When you’re just two, you create unique memories as a couple, just you and your future husband or future wife.

This is a tough question….probably yes, but if they understand your willing to live a unique moment by yourselves and create the base for your future together, they should acknowledge the importance of keeping it intimate. Many couples decide to do a party once back home so that also family and friends can participate to the joy of this moment (and at the party, you can also show the stunning pics you took here) 😀

I’m a former wedding planner, now a professional symbolic celebrant in Italy. The romance of the ceremony has always fascinated me. That’s why I decided to put my knowledge together and create moments for two, so not just the ceremony in this case! But a day-experience filled in with all that is beautiful in a wedding…the getting ready, some private shoots, a romantic ceremony with a toast, some romantic music, a private walk through a beautiful town or in the countryside and a fine intimate dinner in the evening.

In fact, I will assist you in creating the perfect elopement day for you starting with the choice of the venue, the selection of the vendors and creating the right romantic ceremony for you.

I’ll assist you as elopement planner but I will perform your intimate ceremony too.

Yes definitely!! First of all, because I’ll be your celebrant 🙂 Then, because I want to make sure everything runs as planned. Normally, I stay with you 6/7 hours, from the getting ready until the start of the dinner. It means I’ll be there with you during the bride’s preparation with the hair stylist and make-up artist, during the photography session and as long as my presence is required to make sure all the details are covered.

For your elopement in Italy, you can choose between a symbolic or civil ceremony.

Please note that a civil ceremony is normally held in a town hall, but if you’re not atheist, it can be performed by a pastor in any villa of your liking (it will be religious but will have also civil effects). Read here ore info: get civilly married in Italy

Another difference between a civil wedding in a town hall and a wedding with a pastor is that the second one can be personalized with a ritual, your story, meaningful words about the moment you’re living,

First of all, I’m a symbolic celebrant hence, my ceremonies do not legally bind you.

 

But this is how I wanted my ceremonies to be..symbolic! Because you ceremony will be exactly as you have imagined it. I mean.. NO articles of the civil code, NO texts are imposed, you can choose the music that you like, even rock music! My ceremonies are informal, laid back, emotional but also fun.

Sure! In case you’d like to renew your vow, I’ll gladly draft the ceremony in a way to recall your first moments together and the memories of your wedding too. And then of course, I’ll invite you to reconfirm your promises.

A very nice thing would be to have the same music you had at your wedding day. Wouldn’t it be romantic to do a “second” first dance too?

Through the years, I’ve selected the best vendors o work with. A package for an elopement for 2 has a starting fee of €3400 depending on the area of Tuscany/Umbria.

 

It includes:

  • my assistance during the months prior to the wedding
  • my presence on the day from getting ready until dinner
  • hair and make-up for the bride
  • bouquet for the bride, bottonhole flower for the groom and 1 composition of flowers (for the ceremony and dinner)
  • the creation and performance of a personalized ceremony (or assistance as interpreter during the civil wedding)
  • music speaker for the ceremony
  • 5 hour photography service

 

Please note, the above fee DOES NOT include:

  • accommodation
  • area for the ceremony if symbolic
  • dinner
  • town hall or pastor fee in case of a civil wedding
  • other vendors not mentioned above like live musician, vintage car, etc.

Please write me an email here: hello@sweetelopements.com

 

Tell me your preferences in terms of dates and area. Tell me also how you envision your day (in the countryside? in a vineyard? in a borgo?). Then, wait for my proposal. If you like it, I suggest we have a call to get to know each other. I’ll send you also some venues that I find ideal for you. I remind you the cost of accommodation and dinner won’t be included so they’ll be quoted apart.

 

When you’ve decided, I’ll prepare a contract for you to revise. 

I’ll list the services included and terms of payments and cancellation.

Then, let’s start to plan all the details together 🙂

I’ll send you at least two options for hair and make-up and photographer. If you don’t like any of them, I’ll do a further research. For the florist instead, I normally refer to the same florist for all my elopements. I can show you fo course example of how she works.

Ideally, a 60% is to be paid in advance in 2 different moments: upon booking and at around 1 month before the wedding. The balance (last 40%) is required on site directly.

 

In case of cancellation of the wedding, half of the first deposit will be lost. The second payment (the one at 1 month) is not refundable.

 

Regarding those vendors not included in the package (f.ex. accommodation, dinner, car rental, live musician), they’ll disclose their policies in their contracts/confirmation emails. 

Of course, the memories of spending a day in one of the most beautiful towns, villages or areas of Italy. I’ll make my best to create a nice emotional ceremony. Emotions are what create memories and I’m really keen on creating a unique atmosphere for you. Also, you’ll bring back home the items of the ritual you’ll choose and a nice parchment that we’ll sign together at the end of your ceremony. For more info, read about the ceremony here.

At this page, you’ll be able to see different wedding venues I’ve personally chosen for you. However, not all are suitable for an elopement or available for an elopements just for two during the summer. However, have a look at them and let me know the ones you like the most.

 

Of course, if you have already found a venue for the getting ready and celebration of the ceremony, no problems at all. Just please make sure you secure a private place for the ceremony, as it’s really important to have the right privacy during this moment.

Finding a place on the spot to celebrate your ceremony is a possibility but it’s also risky. In fact, especially in the summer, there may be many tourists around or in case of rain, we wound’t have a “plan b”. For the same reasons, I always suggest to agree with the venue you’re staying at, to have a place just for you for around 45 mins and a space booked inside if it rains/it’s cold outside. It may imply an extra cost but you’ll be sure to have your privacy during the ceremony.

I usually try to concentrate myself on ceremonies and elopements for 2. However, in case you have guests and want to rent an entire villa, have a caterer coming, strings of lights over tables, etc, then, I suggest you hire a planner. If you want, I can give you suggestions about villas and vendors but I don’t offer full planning services and coordination on site on the day of the wedding.

If you’re planning a civil wedding, the number of days you should spend here depends on your nationalities and the formalities to complete here in Italy.

 

If you plan a symbolic ceremony, I suggest to book your accommodation for at least 2 nights. For example you the check in and spend the first night there; the following day will be your elopement day. Of course, one more night would be advisable to fully enjoy the venue and the services they offer (pool, wine tastings, etc).

Each destination has its own peculiarity. For example in some ceremony areas where there are no trees to protect you from the sun (like on the towers in Siena and Florence), it’s advisable to have the ceremony later in the evening. However, this does not mean you have to wait one day long. You can do your first look in the afternoon, have a romantic walk in town and then, head to the location selected for the ceremony and dinner after. Other places instead have live music starting at 7.30pm instead. It’ll be beautiful of course, but if you want a different music and just in particular moments of the ceremony, it’s better to do it before.

Yes, we can be flexible with the schedule. However, it’s always better to define it in detail from the beginning. Things to take into consideration are: the warm temperatures during the day in the summer, the length of the services booked. For example, if the photographer is booked just for 4 hours, this makes the schedule less flexible. With a 5 hour service instead, we can decide on the moment whether we want to postpone the ceremony or anticipate the dinner, for example.

There’s no set time to start planning your elopement. Of course, the earlier the better so you are sure the dates you want are available at the location you like, and the same for the other vendors.

Of course not! In Italy we have pleasant days during the whole year. Summer is preferred as there is less risk of bad weather, but this does not mean that an Elopement in spring or fall is not advisable. On the contrary, these seasons offer a fresher weather that could permit you to enjoy in full every moment without being disturbed by too much heat or crowded places.

Yes definitely! I’d love to help you! I love surprises too! Contact me here and we can discuss further in private: hello@sweetelopements.com

Yes, sure. You can read more about my ceremonies here.

I also have a website only for symbolic ceremonies where I offer my services just as symbolic celebrant in Italy: GemmaBlessings.com

Email me now to get an ideal budget (see also above) and ideas for top venues in Tuscany and Umbria. I can’t wait to get started 🙂  hello@sweetelopements.com

 

 

Speak soon!

Gemma

Hi, I’m Gemma

Elopement Planner
& Celebrant in Italy

MY SERVICES..

SYMBOLIC CELEBRANT
CIVIL WEDD. ASSISTANT
ELOPEMENT PLANNER (for 2)