Luxury Wedding Villa in Tuscany, Italy

La Foce

Private villa rentals or taking over an estate for a week is a great way to bond with your new and old family members while enjoying plenty of R&R on the road to your wedding day. You can celebrate where you sleep, wed where you stay and host an array of events leading up to and even after your big day. There are lots of bonuses to getting married at such a property, but did you ever think that you could live in a place as spectacular as this for such a week?!?!

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Set in the Tuscan countryside, on the hills overlooking Val d’Orcia, this historic property known as La Foce is one unforgettable spot. Built in the late fifteen century and later restored in 1924, this family owned (and cared for lovingly) compound is rich with lush (and famous) European gardens, beautiful antiques inside, picture-perfect wedding ceremony spots, oodles of acres and a lavish pool setting to enjoy in the summertime.

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The old-world charm and utterly picturesque property make you want to call this place home for good. But you don’t need to work at this home like you do back at your everyday residence, La Foce comes with a local chef and other staff members as needed to cater to your every whim and desire.

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And it holds plenty of party guests too! The farmhouses at La Foce hold up to 10 guests while the villa has six double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, three single rooms and eight bathrooms. This is not a small estate by any size of the imagination!

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But the best part of this charming mansion has to be the grounds. The places to select from for not only your wedding ceremony but your reception too are simply magical. I highly recommend using the manicured gardens below the breathtaking staircases and balcony for cocktail hour if not more! Even a casual event by the pool would make a great welcome party. You won’t run out of exceptional spots to enjoy with your guests (and your wedding photographer too)!

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But should you want to get off property a bit, have no fear, while you’ll enjoy your peace and quiet at La Foce, the home is not far from Montepulciano and Montalcino, where you’ll find great wines (a region of Brunello) and local delicacies for even the most serious foodies in your crowd.

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It’s not often I get to experience a wedding property that I would personally pack my bags to say “I do” at – and La Foce is certainly one of them.

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All Photos via La Foce.

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Where to Wed + Honeymoon in Florence, Italy

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Looking for the perfect location to wed or honeymoon in Florence, Italy?  Then look no further than Hotel Il Salviatino.  Wow, I mean, wow.  The boutique luxury property is tucked into the woods high above the city, overlooking every beautiful turn of the town and of course the dome of the famed Duomo.  During a recent trip to Italy I got the chance to experience this property firsthand and I can tell you without a doubt that its outdoor reception location is one of the best on earth and you’ll equally fall in love with the rest of the property, include the hotel rooms that are each as unique and different to one another as your weddings.

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The villa property is actually a fairly new one to the hotel business, so you get this wonderful old world feel without a rundown or worn out space.  But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have nods to history within it!  With frescos uncovered on the ceilings from centuries past to stone tubs from ancient eras, you get the best of both the old and new worlds in this beautifully appointed place.

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For your wedding, I recommend the courtyard gardens.  You can tent the area or enjoy it al fresco as you overlook the lights of Florence.  Secret staircases, ancient passageways and other details will delight your guests as they enjoy and explore this property that is rich in history and layers while you enjoy a five star dining and event experience.  Oh, and did I mention your event also comes with a dedicated wedding planner on property so no detail will be left undone!?!?

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Hotel Il Salviatino has the option of a buyout, allowing you and your guests to take over the entire property and have your run of the place with total privacy!  Enjoy the spa by day (do not miss the couples’ room treatments complete with local olive oil blended products), host intimate cocktail parties in one of the greenhouse suites and if the weather permits, enjoy some sun time by the pool after a morning hike through the hills or some shopping in town (complimentary car service to and from will get you the center of town in just a few minutes).

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Hotel Il Salviatino is certainly one stop not to miss on an Italian honeymoon or better yet, to call home for your destination wedding in Florence!

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All photos from Hotel Il Salviatino.

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Caribbean Club – Caymans Islands Destination Weddings + Honeymoons

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If you’re looking for a luxury property where all your friends and family can fit with the ease of living like you’re at home (but with the service of a special resort), then check in to the Caribbean Club, a boutique hotel on the sand of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

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With only 30 villas on property (each three bedrooms – with the ability to make them smaller), you can have the run of the place for your wedding weekend or simply stop here for your honeymoon and feel like you’re the only two people on property.

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Each villa comes complete with a full kitchen, living room, washer and dryer and more!  All the creature comforts of home without all the work!

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The friendly staff on property can even stock your fridge before you get there so should you want snacks, drinks or even cook while you’re there, everything is at your fingertips!  And fear not, if you prefer someone to cook for you, they can bring in a chef or you can order room service from this award-winning hotel.

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My favorite part about the property is the beach.  It really doesn’t get much better than this.  White sand, picture perfect waters, the ideal water and air temperatures and gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photos too!

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But the Caribbean Club prides itself on more than just luxury on the sand.  With a world-class restaurant, Luca, even your most foodie of friends will delight in your wedding night dinner (and hopefully indulge in their massive delish spread that is the Sunday brunch – a must do!).

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From the fantastic food to the stunning views and relaxed accommodations, we adore the Caribbean Club for a destination wedding group (and honeymoon too)!  Thanks to Danielle and her team for an amazing experience on property, we are already dreaming of coming back soon!

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All Photos by Carla Ten Eyck

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Weddings at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

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I love a big beachfront resort. I really do. I don’t need a tiny property off the beaten path to completely disconnect from it all. In fact, I find that often times is easier (especially with bigger groups for weddings) with the amount of service, staff and amenities a larger property has at your beck and call. And believe me, those finer things in life are certainly at your beck and call at the recently renovated Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. What a spectacular spot! Nestled right on the sand of the beautiful Seven Mile Beach (think water sand, clear blue bath waters and perfect temperatures), the Ritz Carlton has mastered the art of exceptional service in the sand.

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This beautiful beach isn’t just a beach.  Reserve a cabana by day or simply enjoy the cold towels passed around in between your cocktail service (which can also be delivered to you on one of their aqua bars floating in the ocean). Lounge the day away by the oceanfront pool or in the sand and if at a moment’s notice, you’re feeling active again, check out a complementary paddleboard or go for a snorkel with their gear awaiting you on the sand.

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When you just can’t get anymore sun (these are the problems you face on island), then check into one of only three La Prairie Spas in North America and indulge in one of their exceptional services. But don’t forget to save time in your schedule for a nap in their beautifully appointed and oh-so cozy quiet room (a must visit, snuggle up to their furry pillows!) or a dip in the Jacuzzi below it.

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Then, for dinner dine at Seven (and don’t leave the island without trying the truffle mac n’ cheese). Hosting your destination wedding here? I highly recommend a beach party in the evening (followed by fireworks off the shore if budget permits). Wow your guests inside in the grand ballroom (seats up to 1000 guests) or dine al fresco under the stars on the pool deck, the garden property, or of course the beach.

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When you retire to your room, you’ll be pleasantly welcomed back to what feels like home. Colors that remind you of the island around you but luxury, amenities, and comfort of what you’ve come to know and love about a Ritz Carlton property – the renovation is a perfect balance between a nod to island life and luxury travel too.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman many times over the past two decades and if it’s possible, it actually gets better with age.

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New Sandals LaSource Caribbean Honeymoon + Destination Wedding Location

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Looking for an off the beaten path place to touch down for your honeymoon but you don’t want to forgo luxury for a little taste of untouched paradise? Then look no further than Sandals LaSource on the island of Grenada, the Spice Isle. Known for it’s local nutmeg, beautiful beaches and Southern Caribbean hospitality and charm, Grenada is an island lush with rainforest, peppered with quaint and quiet beaches, and perfect for those who want to say “I do” to something tropical but a tad different too.

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When you stay, whether to wed, moon, or both, the must go-to is the new Sandals LaSource Resort – an all-inclusive property complete with butler suites, plunge and infinity pool-clad rooms and all the amenities you’ve come to know and love from a luxury property.  If you like a little adventure, they’ve got that too!  From scuba to paddle boarding, boat cruises to secluded snorkel spots and even Jeep tours to waterfalls deep within the rainforest, you will never run out of things to do while you’re here.  Oh, and how could we forget the spa!  Ahhh-mazing!

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Not only to honeymoon, this spectacular place is also great for destination weddings. With only one wedding at a time at the resort, couples have the luxury of making last minute location changes due to weather or simply a change of mind. When you arrive, you’ll meet with your onsite wedding specialist to finalize all those destination wedding details that are oh-so important to you. Meanwhile, the planning and prep work has been done for you, but this is your chance to touch and feel, even taste your choices, giving you the time and freedom to make changes as you see fit on the spot. Then, once the details are ready for the big day, you hit the beach and let Sandals and their dedicated and truly enthusiastic staff take care of the rest!

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I had the pleasure of touching down at Sandals LaSource recently and I was blown away by the service, the staff, and the caliber of suites available to couples (I highly recommend the Rondoval Butler Suite complete with a private pool, patio and room in the round!). If you want a place to call home on your big day that has all the amenities you could ever ask for while maintaining the natural experience of a virtually untouched island in the Caribbean, then you’ve just found it at Sandals LaSource.

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For more information about Sandals LaSource on Grenada, check out their website and wedding planning tools.

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