Historic Rome Destination Wedding Location

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There are few more romantic places on earth to host a destination wedding than in the beautiful country of Italy. It’s so diverse with locations on the beach, in the Tuscan countryside, on island and even in the city too. If a city chic destination wedding is your speed, then we think you should seriously consider a historic property in Rome, one of the most romantic cities in the world!

We recently traveled to this spectacular city and discovered a lesser-known property perfect for a formal and oh-so grand destination wedding. A private home turned event space, La Pinacoteca del Tesoriere, is rich in history, ornate décor, and sophisticated wedding backdrops. From a private chapel in which to host an intimate destination wedding to a grand ballroom that once housed the Roman elite, this unique setting is in the heart of the city where location is everything, but the interior is not to be overlooked as well.

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Across the street from San Luigi dei Francesi Church, you can opt for a religious ceremony just steps from the front door to keep everyone inside for the entire day within the multi-level property.

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You’ll be welcomed by a grand staircase in what was once the carriage house before you ascend to the main floor, where each room is more impressive than the next. Total privacy is what you’ll find and fantastic settings for your wedding photos too. There’s even an outdoor terrace and modernized restrooms so your guests feel like they’re in old world luxury while enjoying the finer things of modern times.

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La Pinacoteca del Tesoriere is ideal for the couple who wants an iconic Roman wedding with plenty of privacy, pomp and circumstance and fantastic food too (their in-house caterer, Le Voila, is incredible). Whether you’ll be serving 500 of your closest friends for cocktails or an intimate group of friends and family, the variety within these walls means there’s something for every size with a propensity for the over-the-top style.

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To learn more about getting married at La Pinacoteca del Tesoriere, be sure to check out their website here.


Getting Married in Venice, Italy

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As we wrap up our coverage of our week in Italy at the amazing Engage!17: Italy event, we thought we’d share a little swag to send you into your weekend. Each time Engage takes place, guests are greeted and gifted with goodies beyond any simple wedding favor (these gifts require extra luggage home!). And our trip to Venice was no different. Gifts for the Good Life concepts the swag bags in theme with the destination, just like a destination wedding welcome bag would be, and so our treats were not only Italy inspired but delicious, fashionable and of course, fabulous. Take a look at some wonderful wedding favor and welcome bag inspiration from our trip to Engage Italy!

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And if this red party and this colorful gala weren’t inspiration enough to make you want to wed in Italy, we’ve got a few of our favorite Venice photos from the trip to entice you too!

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If you’re in the wedding industry and want to be wowed in an experience unlike anything else, registration for the next four Engage Summits opens next week, Jan. 18th, 2018. Spots sell out fast so be sure to mark your calendars. The events take place all around the world with the best in the business featured and represented and all of it is created and led by these two incredible ladies below, Kathryn Arce and Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts. If it matters to the world of weddings, they know about it and share it with all of us so that we can better our businesses for couples, each and every single year. We hope to see you at Engage in 2018. You won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure!

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Event Team: Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio + John Cain Photography | Hosts: Engage Summits | Gifts: Gifts for the Good Life, Paper Design: Two Paper Dolls, Location: Belmond Hotel Cipriani


A Spectacular Wedding Celebration in Italy by Engage!17

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We’ve been to some pretty epic wedding and events before, but few are as memorable as the one we’re sharing with you today. Late last year, we had the honor of attending the Engage!17: Italy event for wedding professionals around the world who came together in Venice. On the final night of the summit, the best of the best of the Italian wedding industry produced a party that was completely awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, and totally to-die-for. This formal gala is bursting with brilliant wedding ideas for a grand evening in Italy or anywhere in the world but this party took place at the famous Belmond Hotel Cipriani. The stunning property housed the lavish cocktail hour indoors in what felt like an old wine cave (but grand in size) before guests moved to the lawn for a tented dinner that was encased in anything but an ordinary wedding tent.

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Entertainers and artists kept us mesmerized during cocktails with mini shows going on throughout the event space.

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After cocktails were complete, guests were ushered to the garden where a long floral-flanked hallway lead to a tent that was more like a glass greenhouse than party pavilion.

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Once we arrived inside, we were met by the most colorful decor imaginable! Each table was its own color palette, each covered by a giant matching lampshade.  Once everyone entered, the shades rose up high above the tables and revealed beautiful candlelit floral centerpieces and dinner settings below. I’ve never seen anything like it! The centerpieces rose to the ceiling in time for dinner!  The creative mind of VINCENZO DASCANIO is among the most talented in our industry and he not only designed this but he designs destination weddings too!

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We like to suggest that event spaces be designed from floor to ceiling, keeping in mind all areas the eye travels to but this gala takes that idea to an entirely new level. No inch was left uncovered, no detail spared, and no element anything less than unforgettable.

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This truly magical night was a highlight for everyone at Engage!17: Italy and I’m sure you can see why! But it wasn’t just about the decor…

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The entertainment was spectacular once again. It seemed as though each song brought with it a new group of performers and singers, all in costumes as grand as the decor around the room. And the talent was equally as inspiring. Nu Art Events really does it like no other!

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This night went well into the morning with musicians like these to keep the energy going. I will never forget this party – it was that good. I hope it inspires you and your destination dreams as much as it has for me!

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Event Team: Photography: Betsi Ewing StudioJohn Cain Photography | Hosts: Engage Summits + Host Venue: Belmond Hotel Cipriani | Video: Elysium Productions | Concept, Design & Decor: VINCENZO DASCANIO | Entertainment & Artistic Direction: Nu Art Events | Planning: Venice First – bespoke events & luxury travel | Lighting & Sound: Tecnoluci | Sparkling wine: Ferrari Trento |Wine: Masi Agricola |Escort Cards, Table Numbers + Menu Design: Two Paper Dolls | Event Furniture & Linen: Oltre il Giardino Venezia | Greenhouse Design: Le Coperture 


Red Party at Engage!17 – Destination Wedding Dreams Come True

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Over the next three days we’re going to be sharing with you some of our favorite Italy destination wedding inspiration from our visit late last year to Venice for the incredible Engage!17: Italy event that took place. The summit is actually designed for wedding professionals not couples but it’s full of fab ideas for you! It’s three days of inspiration, education, and pretty unforgettable parties to give our industry insight into what is available in the world of weddings for you – brides and grooms! We engage, we learn, we dance, and we get to dream up new parties as magical as this. So if you’re considering a wedding in Venice, or a formal destination “I do” anywhere in the world really, take a look at this red-inspired fete befitting of Italian royalty.

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Guests were greeted in the lobby of Palazzo Pisani Moretta with a performance where violin-wielding brides dazzled us with song and then sent us on our way up the stairs to the main event.  What a way to start a party!

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Once upstairs in the ‘main event,’ we found art installations made of dramatic red florals and feathers and artists posing and moving about the room as part of the decor.  The entertainment for this event, and all the parties at Engage!17: Italy was produced by the super talented Gabriele Rizzi & Nu Art Events and they blew me away! I’ve seen a lot of creative and talented wedding bands and musicians in my 15 years in the industry, but none more spectacular this these. Wow! A must if you’re getting married in Europe.

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The party was completely fanciful, with women dressed as lamps delivering dessert and a gondolier station as part of the decor. Stunning!

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Stay tuned for more amazing wedding inspiration tomorrow from Venice, Italy and the Engage Summits and check out these Italian wedding sources below.

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Event Team: Photography: Betsi Ewing StudioJohn Cain Photography | Hosts: Engage Summits | Location: Palazzo Pisani Moretta | Video: Elysium Productions | Concept, design & decor: VINCENZO DASCANIO | Entertainment & Artistic Direction: Gabriele Rizzi & Nu Art Events | Planning: Venice First – bespoke events & luxury travel + Belmond Hotel Cipriani | Lighting & Sound: Tecnoluci | Sparkling wine: Ferraritrento | Catering: La Dogaressa Catering | Speciality Desserts: #racca | Event Furniture & Linen: Oltre il giardino Venezia | Private Water Taxis: Belmond Hotel Cipriani


A Vintage Chic Destination Wedding in Sardinia, Italy

Marco and Carla had a beautiful destination wedding in the medieval village of Castelsardo, on the edge of the sea with views near and far. This Sardinia destination I do was one filled with love, laughter, and a gorgeous lace wedding dress. Carla shared with us how they selected their location and all the sweet Italian details.

We chose the resort by my love for the sea and the fact that I find the Castelsardo landscapes highly suggestive and romantic.

For the outfits, I wanted something original but at the same time traditional and recalling the colors of my land. I found Elisabetta Delogu’s unique pieces.

On a single, extraordinary day, it ‘s hard to find a “favourite time” but having to choose I would prefer the evening part when dancing party – a particular intimate moment with the people I love.

Advice for other destination wedding couples from this well-versed bride?

To other couples, I would recommend choosing a destination and decorating themselves without having to be influenced by relatives and friends because the wedding day should reflect the tastes and the peculiarities of the bridal and make happy first the bride and groom and foremost the people concerned and then also all the guests!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Valeria Mameli

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Incantu, Wedding Dress: Elisabetta Delogu, Hair: Hair Studio Laura, Flowers: Ikebana