How to get married in Tuscany

Nowhere is more magical than Tuscany for a wedding. The heartland of the Renaissance is dotted with beautiful towns, little chapels, romantic castles and luxurious villas. And your photographer will be over the moon with the choice of backdrops – cypress-lined driveways, sprawling vineyards and hilltop villages abound. Looking for a villa for your wedding? Try our Five Best Wedding Villas in Tuscany


Below is an introductory guide to getting married in Tuscany, from how to start the legal process to the cheat’s way that’s faster and simpler.


If you decide to tie the knot in Tuscany, you’ll be in famous company. David Bowie, model Kate Upton, baseball player Justin Verlander, actress Melissa Joan Hart (aka Sabrina the Teenage Witch), singer Brian McFadden of Westlife, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West all celebrated their nuptials here. And it’s been a hotspot for generations for royals from all over the world – most recently model and Balinese princess Lindy Klim

Legally binding ceremony

Having a legally binding ceremony will require more preparation and paperwork. At a minimum, you will need a “Nulla Osta” document. This is a document to prove that you are not currently married. Here’s a handy guide to what this means and how to arrange it:

For UK Nationals, the government website has a useful tool to help determine which documents you might need: What will I need to get married in Italy. You can also download the the necessary documents, including any needed for same-sex civil ceremonies: Download Nulla Osta Documents

For US Nationals, the US embassy has a good sheet of guidance here: Getting married in Italy?

If you're based in Australia, the Australian embassy in Rome has put together a very useful guide: Marriage in Italy for Australian Nationals.

In all cases the advice is similar - you'll need a form of ID like a Passport, a Birth Certificate plus evidence that any previous marriages have been declared null.

For nationals of any country, it's worth remembering that under Italian law, all public documents -- regardless of their origin -- are considered valid for only six months from the date of issue. So it's important to make sure that all documents to be submitted to Italian authorities have not been issued more than six months ahead of the marriage.

Once this is in place, you can get married in a civil ceremony in a town hall or have your ceremony in a Catholic church or other religious venue. Most town halls have a number of venues available in the area for you to choose from, although the town halls themselves are often quite beautiful anyway.

A full church ceremony can take longer to organise, so it’s worth starting the process early.

Wedding in San Miniato This is the public hall in San Miniato - not bad for a civic wedding!

Symbolic ceremony in Italy

The legal system can be a hassle, so the cheat’s way is quite appealing to many. Simply have a small legal ceremony in your home country, followed by a symbolic wedding in Tuscany. Because this isn’t legally binding, this eliminates the bureaucracy and widens your choice of venue. You can have more say about your ceremony and have a layperson celebrant who conducts the proceedings in your own language. Many people also choose to renew their vows in this way.

Can I have a same sex ceremony in Tuscany, Italy?

Absolutely yes! We have had lots of same sex ceremonies in our properties and there are no local problems - Italy is a very accepting and LGBTQ+ friendly country.

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Best months for Italian Weddings

The warmest weather in Tuscany is from May to late September, but July and August can be quite hot and also more costly – so May, June and September are ideal. April and October are good choices, too, albeit slightly riskier for sleeveless dresses as these months can sometimes be a bit chilly. However, even in winter, the landscape is alluring and the churches beautiful.

Tuscan Wedding Getting married outdoors can make for a wonderful ceremony.

Where to get married in Tuscany

If you have been dreaming of a Tuscan Wedding, we have some wonderful locations you might like to consider – estates with sweet chapels on-site, large lawns and plenty of room for your guests. Whether you prefer an ancient castle, a gracious villa or a charming country home, we can help you organize everything, from food to flowers, music to hair-dos.

We don’t do fixed formula weddings, but can listen to what you want to achieve and give you as much or as little help as you need. Some of our guests have wanted help organising a church ceremony followed by a celebration for more 100, while others have just needed help selecting menus and finding a charming place suitable for 10 friends.

See our Five Best Wedding Villas in Tuscany.

Dipinta di Blu | Invitation to Tuscany Dipinta di Blu is a perfect wedding venue.

To get married surrounded by the Tuscan hills is a unique experience, in the heartland of the renaissance, with vistas of cypresses, olive trees and vineyards stretching into the distance – all the better when seen from the terrace of an old villa, or a rambling converted farmhouse with a glass of prosecco in hand.

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Tuscan wedding in the 1970s

Wedding near Volterra in 1976 A wedding in Tuscany in 1976. I'm the one in the knee socks on the left.

Honeymoon Spots

And when the dancing’s done, it might be time to disappear to a smaller, more private property for your honeymoon – find your dream honeymoon hideaway here.

Honeymoon cottage in Ameglia Casa Guelfi sleeps 2, has a private pool and was featured by Conde Nast Traveller