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Getting married in Sicily, in the intimacy of a village

Getting married in Sicily, a legendary land of indisputable natural and historical beauty, rich in small villages is the right choice.

There are plenty of villages in Sicily, scattered all over the territory. They are ideal setting for those who want to celebrate their wedding in true Sicilian style taking advantage from the seductive intimacy of these small towns.

A place whose shapes, spaces and atmospheres are able to enter into intrinsic harmony with your love story framing it. Guardians of a great heritage of art, culture and traditions, these small Italian towns contrast with the frenetic and noisy life of the big cities . Furthermore they challenge the advancement of the increasingly overwhelming rhythms of life through their simplicity.

Semi-deserted alleys, ancient basolati that resonate under your feet, refined architecture embellished by baroque and rural buildings represent that evocative authentic atmosphere that you dream for your Sicilian wedding.

Try to imagine places like: Erice, Montalbano Elicona, Castiglione di Sicilia, Marzamemi, Cefalù, Castelmola, Palazzolo Acreide, Savoca, Petralia Soprana, Sambuca di Sicilia and many more.

Places impressed in the memory of the many Sicilian families who live abroad and who dream of reaffirming their belonging to the homeland. Rural settings that many foreign couples dream of for their Sicilian wedding.

Each of them has different peculiarities: after being colonized for centuries, the Sicilians have in fact absorbed and developed an infinity of characteristics.

Having a local Wedding Planner at your side is undoubtedly an advantage.

Being Sicilians, we organize your wedding in Sicily by exploiting our knowledge of the local market and the territory. 

We are an indispensable reference for travel on the island, not always agile, but a valid logistic support that will advise you at best to make you live the wedding day without stress and worries.

A Sicilian wedding in a small village

According to the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy, born about twenty years ago by ANCI (Consulta del Turismo dell’Associazione Nazionale dei Comuni Italiani) twenty-one Sicilian villages have received the nomination of “Borgo più bello d’Italia”. 

We know them all, we visited and explored them for you.

Below is a list of five Sicilian villages in which you can get married. 

We have taken into account the harmony of style, the architectural coherence, the attention to detail and the current form.

Getting married in Moltalbano Elicona

[Historical background] A stronghold of Byzantine origin of the ninth century AD, flourishing until 1200, fell under the Arab-Norman rule, year in which it was destroyed and rebuilt by the same King Federico II di Svevia who gave the fortress as a dowry to Constanza di Aragona.

The golden age of Montalbano was the century that succeeded 1300, when King Federico II di Aragona established his residence there, fortifying the castle and surrounding the village with new walls.

The restored village

There are about fifty houses in the historic centre, distributed in a maze of alleys, each of various sizes and different types. The magic is they have been restored respecting the atmosphere and medieval architecture where you can breathe a unique atmosphere. Specifically a real Medieval resort perfect for a wedding in a place out of time.

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Getting married in Gangi

[Historical background] An ancient Greek mythological city founded in 1200 BC by Cretans, of which there is evidence also in In Verrem by Cicero. Like many cities in Sicily, it was ruled by the Saracens, the Normans, the Aragonese and the Angevins.

Fine air and mountain scent: Gangi is a mythological city. The medieval village is located right at the top, crossing the slopes of the mountain. Here, taking a cobbled lane, an extraordinary scenery opens in front of you: a collection of houses leaning one against the other, golden facades, decorated with flowers, wrought iron balconies, rich portals. Eighteen churches, noble palaces, and many artistic treasures are scattered in these narrow streets that climb and intertwine in a grandiose natural scenery. The ideal village for those of you have ever dreamt a country chic wedding in an ancient cottage surrounded by nature.

Getting married in Erice

[Historical background] founded by Elymians, an ancient population of Trojan origin, it was long contested by the Syracusans and the Carthaginians, for its strategic position. Under Roman rule it lost some of its military power even if it always remained a city of reference for sailors and travellers.

Small and incredibly authentic, Erice is a labyrinth of paved streets that run between churches, squares and ancient courtyards. From its 750 meters high it offers an exceptional panoramic view of the Gulf of Trapani and the Egadi Islands on one side. But also the Valderice valley on the other, namely embracing the countryside of the Sicilian hinterland. Wandering among its typical climbs and descents, you can admire some of the most beautiful sunsets in Sicily. A place with a unique atmosphere, with ancient roots that have their origins in the myth.

The perfect village for an elegant and refined wedding in which Sicilian spirit and history meet giving life to an atmosphere to be remembered forever.

Getting married in Savoca

[Historical background] Thanks to the famous Hollywood film “The Godfather”, it has become the emblem of Sicily in the 1930s. In the central square, the bar Vitelli still preserves the intact aura of the film and the photos of the young American actor.

Al Pacino on the set

[Historical background] Named barony by the Norman king Ruggero II, it was founded in 1300 and distinguished for having participated in Sicilian vespers. A city that stands on a promontory and has seven different views, from Etna to Peloritani, Calabria and the Ionian Sea. Carved into the rock and inebriated with the smell of broom, Leonardo Sciascia was right to give credit to the popular saying that Savoca has seven faces: “Supra na rocca Sauca sta, setti facci sempri fa. 

In fact, from wherever you look, the horizon offers ever new scenarios: from the blue of the Ionian Sea to the rugged Calabrian coast, from the green Peloritani mountains to the majestic Etna, from the cisterns dug into the rock to the houses separated by overhangs where the caper and the broom take root. Seven landscapes, we might say, different from each other.

Savoca is the perfect place for a Sicilian wedding and for those who wish to give the experience of the wedding or their wedding week the theme of the “Godfather”.

Getting married in Cefalù

Even this ancient village on the sea has Greek origins dating back to the fifth century BD, a maritime power of nineteenth-century Sicily where a beautiful cathedral was built around the year 1000 by the will of the Norman King Ruggero II.

Cefalù is the land of the myth because beauty is explained only through the supernatural. Here, Dafni, cantor of  nature, becomes a rock. Hercules raises a temple to Jupiter – and Ras Melkart, the promontory of Hercules, is the Punic name of the settlement. And the Giants, who descend from afar, live their adventures.

Legends that cross different cultures and meet history. The people of this city are deeply linked to the sea, they can feel its breath, its perfume: the sea is an opening towards the multiple, it is adventure, it is real life.

Getting married in the cathedral of Cefalù and celebrating the wedding on the Madonie in baglio, could be a great compromise for those who love both the sea and the mountain, without sacrificing the charm that only this island can give.

Getting married in Castelmola

Between sky and sea, Castelmola is the crown that surrounds the head of Taormina: a balcony on the Ionian sea, a terrace overlooking Mount Etna, a fairy tale told to the stars.

The medieval village of Castelmola, perched above Taormina, is the perfect location for those who wish to celebrate their wedding in an authentic Sicilian style. Imagine having a charming medieval village set up as a stage for a modern but authentic Sicilian ceremony. A memorable wedding that will exceed your expectations and will allow your guests to experience the essence and warmth of true Sicily.

Choosing Castelmola as a location, our expert wedding planners will be able to organize a personalized setting, and an indulgent banquet aimed at satisfying your tastes, both sitting together with your guests within the medieval walls; or in the form of a mini-festival, inviting your old and young near to participate in the celebrations.

Sicily has many faces to discover and there is some for everyone. 

With such a varied landscape, it is easy to understand that the choice of where to get married is really wide.

Hence, choosing the most suitable place to realize your wedding idea is the starting point to move from imagination to reality.

We are here to help you. Ask us how.

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Wedding on the Beach in Sicily: To Be Known

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Our island is rich in varieties, so, when it comes to choosing the ideal location for wedding in Sicily, you may be spoilt for choice. We provide you with some tips and useful information on some of the best locations for a sicily beach wedding, so that you can have a foretaste of what a wedding by the sea in Sicily could offer you. 

The perfect wedding on the beach in Sicily

With its 1.152 km of coastline, its charming beaches and the crystal clear sea that laps upon its shores, Sicily is the ideal place for your romantic wedding by the sea.

Planning a wedding on a beach requires careful attention and to consider some crucial aspects to make yours a perfect wedding day.

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wedding on the beach sicily

Wedding on the beach: necessary permits

Since 2013, beach weddings are legal and can be celebrated.

This is established by Law n. 396/2000, which gives municipalities the possibility to set up more civil state offices, where to celebrate the wedding. Among these, of course, the possibility of getting married on the beach is also covered. 

In most Sicilian and Italian municipalities in general, only some beaches are available to be rented – for free – in order to celebrate a wedding. The civil rite is the only allowed, because according to canonical law the religious one must be celebrated in a holy place, eligible for sacraments.

When you think of celebrating a beach wedding in Sicily, you should consider that you can choose between two solutions: a civil rite if the municipality has authorized beaches or, alternatively, an exciting symbolic rite on the beach.

Where to celebrate the beach wedding in Sicily: the location

Although the idea of a bucolic wedding in isolated and virgin beaches is undoubtedly fascinating, it is necessary to keep in mind that Sicily is rich in coves, rocky beaches and places not easily accessible where the logistics of a wedding would be precarious or even impossible. We suggest these places to organize an exciting boat tour or, where possible, other small events related to your destination wedding week in Sicily, such as: welcome party, rehearsal dinner and more.

The private beach of a Hotel or villa in Sicily is definitely the best choice that we offer to our couples as it allows you to enjoy privacy, to receive a level of service up to your expectations as well as ensuring you and all your guests the right comfort.

Your wedding in the Marine Nature Reserve of Isola Bella in Taormina

An intimate ceremony on the shores of Isola Bella is definitely an option to consider.
The charming private beach clubs in front of the island can be dedicated to the celebrations of the rite and reception, and finely decorated to meet your requirements.

There are also some exclusive hotels all around Taormina Bay:  Belmond Villa Sant’ Andrea, Atlantis Bay or La PLage Resort if you desire a wedding along the lines of  “La Dolce Vita”.

Here, if you are planning an Elopement in Sicily, it is possible to take refuge in the lush beauty that Isola Bella itself represents. An ideal option to officiate your love with only a few close friends at your side.

The lush green of the island in contrast with the surrounding blue, makes a wedding on Isola Bella another perfect location for Sicilian weddings.

Glam wedding in the province of Agrigento

Immersed in the tranquillity of a pristine natural scenery, with a view extending from the Sicilian hills to the Mediterranean coast, in the province of Agrigento, our suggestion is the Verdura Resort, Rocco Forte Hotels.

Location of great prestige, with a private beach of fine white sand and large spaces with a sophisticated design for a luxurious wedding in Sicily. 

Your wedding week can also be characterized by personalized experiences and a variety of activities that the resort offers: including a golf course among the most beautiful in Sicily. Your wedding in Agrigento for an Italian style wedding experience that will surprise all your guests.

Getting married in a typical Sicilian atmosphere of yesteryear on a crystal clear sea

Your wedding in Sicily, overlooking a sea of endless shades of blue, in front of the impressive view of the legendary Faraglioni of Scopello. Imagine being inside a monumental complex of extraordinary beauty where Sicilian traditions and the most fascinating atmospheres of the island are relived.

Belonged also to the Sicilian Florio’s family, The Tonnara of Scopello, in the province of Trapani is an incomparable setting for your Sicilian wedding of excellence.

Thanks to its breathtaking landscape, this place is the backdrop to numerous movies and commercials.

The seven gems of Unesco: wedding to the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are wild treasures of Sicily, scattered on the northeast side of the island.

This archipelago, a Unesco World Heritage Site, consists of seven islands: Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea. 

A wedding on one of the wonderful and remote Aeolian Islands is, not only an opportunity to photograph your special day surrounded by breathtaking views and crystal clear waters. It is also a good occasion to experience the charm of local life.

There are plenty of exclusive locations facing the sea that satisfy many tastes and styles.

For an intimate occasion, couples can opt for a luxurious wedding on board sailing turquoise waters in a truly exceptional setting.

It is impossible to mention here all the other possibilities that Sicily can offer for your beach wedding.

As native Sicilians and wedding planners we know how important the knowledge of land is in order to value the best alternative, depending also on the season chosen for the celebration.

If you are looking for more inspiration, we are here to make your Sicilian wedding a reality.

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Wedding Proposal in Italy: Couple Trip Destination Sicily

It becomes magic if Italy and Sicily, its island, are the chosen destination.

Sicily with its mild temperature, evocative views and changing colors, is a fascinating destination to discover as a couple that this land will give you unforgettable moments in any season you decide to visit it, therefore, it is ideal for your wedding proposal. Each season, in fact, has a great charm and permits you to realize evocative events in prestigious places. 

If you are ready to declare your endless love, do not hesitate any longer. Face this moment with emotional transport and enthusiasm: you will remember it as one of the most romantic and exciting moments of your life.

Choose your favourite city or the place that you have ever dreamt of to visit. Sicily is the perfect destination. 

It is just you two, isolated from everyday chaos, spending time together. Exploring a new city together adds a magical element to your proposal because it is an experience of discovery and wonder that will remain only yours.

This trip, like all couples trips, will put you in deep harmony. The discovery of new places, seen through your eyes will delight you in unison, you will create new memories and experiences to guard.

So why not take the opportunity that this magic moment is enriched with an unexpected surprise? You get down on your knees and ask her to spend the rest of your life together.

We believe that there is nothing more romantic than this.

Your proposal for a wedding in Sicily

Whatever your travel preferences and interests, Sicily has a wealth of landscapes, history, art and culture to suit your every need.

A personalized wedding proposal in Sicily will have a special place in your heart forever. You could select a place where you would like to travel again and make it an annual anniversary trip or the place where to celebrate your wedding.

Planning a wedding proposal on a trip to Sicily is a fantastic idea

We are aware that every man who is about to take the big step faces some difficulties: the pressure of the moment together with the desire that everything is under control.

Our proposal planners, of Sicilian origins, will be able to interpret your idea and make it concrete by customizing your declaration of love with respect for your loved one and your love story.

Whether intimate and private or public and regal, we will know how to interpret your style with gusto by organizing a unique and customized event.

Love is the key element: your love as a couple and ours for the work we passionately do.

We will follow the project, the ideation and the set up of the location. From the romantic walks in the vineyard on Etna to a helicopter tour in the skies of the Aeolian Islands, from the medieval village of Erice to the glamour of Taormina, we accurately create moments that will amaze you.

If you feel curious to know what we can realize and to deepen our method click here.