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Celebrate your destination wedding in Tuscany – trends and tips

Italy is synonymous with romance. From George Clooney to Kim Kardashian, the country is one of the most sought after spots to tie the knot and a destination wedding in Tuscany is about as romantic as it gets.

A destination wedding isn’t as hard to plan as you think. The first step is to choose where you want to say I do. Tuscany is one of Italy’s largest regions, so there are plenty of options.

The region lends itself best to country chic weddings. The sort of effortlessly elegant celebrations held outdoors in the Tuscan countryside as the sun sets and your guests dance the night away. One of the biggest trends in destination weddings for 2016 is to celebrate the things and places that bring you joy, regardless of where you tie the knot. So after you’ve chosen your perfect Tuscan homestead or villa, think about the things you and your partner love and the things that define you. Do you love the theatre? Incorporate old play bills into your table settings. Give your guests theatre-themed favours and play your favourite opera music at the reception.

Just because you’re getting married overseas, doesn’t mean your big day shouldn’t be about you. A destination wedding done well is a celebration of your personal style and personalities in an unforgettable location.

Tuscany is as romantic as it comes, so when it comes to another trend for 2016, relaxed and pretty, you’re already well on your way. Brides are shifting away from super formal dos and embracing rustic celebrations that are all about the amore (love). One of the best ways to capture all this romance is with lighting.

Think beyond the standard tea lights and make lighting part of your table décor with mixed height pillar candles or even candelabras. Their formal look is a great contrast to a more relaxed setting.

As for flowers, seasonal never goes out of style. With destination weddings, the trick is to embrace what’s local. There is no point importing anemones from Holland. The biggest floral trend for 2016 is wild and Tuscany has plenty of inspiration from grape vines to olive trees to, surprisingly, hydrangeas in June and July. The key is to embrace your surroundings. Skip the floral arrangements and have pots of lavender and mini olive trees instead or incorporate fragrant herbs like basil and mint or even coffee for an arrangement that’s on point and aromatic.

When it comes to the food, Tuscan weddings are all about abundance. Beautiful buffets brimming with seasonal produce and dishes that have been prepared the same way for generations. Gone are the days when guests are happy with chicken or beef. Embrace the biggest food trend for 2016 by providing your guests with plenty of delicious dishes to choose from and celebrating the season and surroundings.

There is no reason why wedding food should taste terrible, especially if you’re tying the knot in Tuscany. Tuscan food is by nature relaxed and unfussy. We’re talking about handmade pasta with rich game sauces, bruschetta covered with ripe tomatoes and local olive oil and meats that have been grilled to perfection seconds before. And, of course, the ubiquitous pizza. If you love it? Why can’t you have it? There is nothing more impressive that watching chefs pull a freshly cooked pizza out of a woodfire oven for your guests.

There is no reason why wedding food should taste terrible, especially if you’re tying the knot in Tuscany. Tuscan food is by nature relaxed and unfussy. We’re talking about handmade pasta with rich game sauces, bruschetta covered with ripe tomatoes and local olive oil and meats that have been grilled to perfection seconds before. And, of course, the ubiquitous pizza. If you love it? Why can’t you have it? There is nothing more impressive that watching chefs pull a freshly cooked pizza out of a woodfire oven for your guests.

While we’re on the subject of food, this is Italy and Italians prefer things to be organic, seasonal and fresh. It’s something they insist on and something you should insist on with your destination wedding. It’s not so much a trend for 2016 as a constant. Tuscany is the sort of destination where the food they serve is inspired by the countryside. The meat is local, the game sourced from the surrounding forests and the vegetables and fruit grown on the farms. The perfect wedding is not just about good food, but food that is good for you and your guests. You deserve that treat on your big day, so make sure your chosen venue sources locally and organically. Then forget about serving it up on perfectly styled plates, one for each guest. Embrace the trend and serve you guests family style, so no one goes hungry.

 

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