A dream wedding: behind the scenes
Sure, a wedding goes down more beautifully and stress-free when a good wedding planner has your back. But have you ever considered what goes on behind the scenes? What it takes to get your wedding picture-perfect, and how many last minute issues are dealt with? SposiamoVi wedding planner Silvia gives you a peak behind the scenes of a fun wedding she planned in June 2013.
Venue… check! Clara and Cedric had a clear vision about what they wanted in a venue: a private Tuscan villa where they and a small handful of family and friends could stay for a week and enjoy the region’s outstanding food, drink, weather and hospitality. It had to have grounds that could comfortably host an outdoor ‘Vintage Country Chic’ wedding and reception for 70-80 people. Okay, Clara and Cedric knew what they wanted. But the perfect Tuscan location didn’t come all at once. Together, we visited a number of potential venues in beautiful places: the countryside of Chianti, Florence, through the Val d’Orcia, the area of Cortona. But none of these places hit the mark. Fortunately, at the end of our tour, I had one more trick up my sleeve! I took them to see Villa Ulignano. Ulignano has always been a private family villa. It encourages guests to explore the grounds, make use of all its flexible facilities. More importantly, it can accommodate large weddings and even allows for up to 35 guests to stay overnight. Clara and Cedric had found their venue! Plan, style, action Now that the venue was sorted, my team and I could pull together the wedding day details. This collaboration resulted in a fantastic, well-orchestrated wedding. Still, the whole affair had a relaxed and just-pulled-together feel about it. Very welcoming and unhurried. But it took a lot of doing… We created an outdoor lounge as a welcome drink area. Styled it with furnishings from the villa and additional rented odds and ends, including mismatched (vintage) chairs, stools and lamps. We also designed a rustic buffet table that displayed traditional Tuscan foods: meats, cheeses, bread and pizza, fried delicacies salted with heavenly gray salt de Guerrindo – imported from France by the groom’s family – plus a delicious soup. The ceremony prep took us hours to plan and design. The grapevine arch and unobtrusive flowers in glass vases just beneath, a simple wooden table set under the arch that held a special rosary gift for the bride and groom. Wrought-iron staffs to mark the aisle that held small flowers. A wooden bench display to hold vintage suitcases and baskets containing fans, parasols and paper cones full of petals; the bride’s D.I.Y. project, made from the pages of old books from her grandfather. Hung up wooden signs, kindly supplied by our talented team of florists from La Rosa Canina, declaring words of love and support. We even timed the walk down the aisle of the bride and her father, to the second, to the song ‘Il cielo in una stanza’ in Italian and French, sung by Carla Bruni. Oooh, that was close! Couldn’t have sorted out any of the hiccups without my SposiamoVi colleagues and team of excellent vendors! It took us hours to plan the design for the alfresco dining area. The big dilemma on the day was the lighting. To avoid clashing with the house or with the loads of candles that were placed everywhere. We solved this by using garden lamps and immediately enhanced the whole vibe. A little gem was the kiddie table, which we placed just under a huge secular cedar tree. To help the little ones feel included, we used the similar design of the main table but used half-barrels for their tables, to make the seating height just right. We also gave them Kartell’s gnome stools to sit on. Enchanting! However, just before dinner, we realised that their mini dining area wasn’t well lit. We put our heads together and brought out a fun lamp with soft light from inside the villa. A wedding like this requires focus, determination and creative thinking. Sure, we can take into account the possible issues that may creep up here and there, but not every issue can be anticipated. That’s where the creative thinking comes into play. Not the least of which is staying within the couple’s budget while ironing out the last minute kinks. Your Italian wedding awaits Interested in hiring a wedding planner that will truly listen to you and turn your ideas into reality, all the while quietly finding solutions to any hiccups and controlling the behind the scenes action? Then SposiamoVi is just the ticket! Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.