An enchanting destination, a classic ceremony and a reception with relaxed vibes. Sicily should feature among your top-3-destination chart if that’s what you’re looking for.
My reasons to get married in Sicily?
1. An almost endless summer. Though Italy is generally known for its good weather, Sicily detains the Italian record; if I generally suggest avoiding July and August in Venice, Florence and Rome, my first piece of advice as a wedding planner in Sicily is: please keep in mind that Sicily is closer to Africa than it is to Europe!
2. A rich cultural travel experience. Greeks, Romans and Arabs all left their traces on local architecture. Then, Renaissance reached the island too. The atmosphere surrounding architectural sites and breathed on the streets has no equals in the world.
3. Palermo and Dolce & Gabbana. Hint: summer 2017. For a few days the center of the baroque city of Palermo was turned into a runway, providing a historical – and historic! – world fashion stage, with an international parterre featuring Madonna, Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt, to name a few.
4. The beach(es). Is a 1000-km coastline enough to consider Sicily as a beach wedding destination?
From Taormina, aka the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, to Scopello, to the natural reservoir of San Vito lo Capo, to the never-ending beaches on the southern side of the island, choice is infinite. Literally.
5. Friendly prices. If you’re on a budget – who isn’t? – I’ve got some great news! Villas, party mansions, restaurants and hotels are still available at reasonable prices.
6. Local cuisine. Often a good reason to travel to Italy, here culinary traditions get even more interesting thanks to the incredible melting pot of cultures that shaped Sicilian traditions over the millenia. Fish (cooked or raw!), almond and granita lovers will be ravished by the region! Tuna, red shrimps, sardines, egg plants, savory ricotta and anchovies are all must ingredients in any decent Sicilian feast.
That said, let’s go back to the question at the beginning: should you contact a wedding planner in Sicily?
Answer: make sure you hire a wedding planner in Sicily. Seriously, if you don’t want to hire one, perhaps considering organizing your day in another destination might be a better idea.
Language here is still a barrier and, aside from hotels, the older, more fascinating and traditional Sicilian venues are mainly linked to the local market, with very few owners and organizers being familiar with the concept of “destination wedding”.
What’s more, weddings are a solid part of Sicilian traditions, which means the local market is usually packed, so booking a venue is unlikely to be a straightforward matter.
Looking for some inspiration? The perfect setup to match a perfect setting includes Arabian colors and influences blending in tropical gardens. A décor featuring Maures, ancient pottery from the island and the right combination of tambourines and laces complete my vision of wedding planned in Sicily.