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Five wedding decorations styles: which style are you?

Planning and organising in every detail the most important event of your life as a couple will certainly be one of the most exciting moments ever, but it could also be a source of stress. To truly enjoy your special day, rely on the experts at Wedding in Valdichiana who will follow you step by step in every stylistic choice, such as the wedding decorations. Colours, flowers, decorations, mise en place, wedding stationery… That’s right, every element of the wedding must follow a precise style!

Today, let’s take a look at 5 timeless styles for decorations on the big day:

    If you are a lover of timeless elegance, the kind that never goes out of fashion, or rather remains eternal thanks to its classic appeal, we at Wedding in Valdichiana recommend you opt for decorations in sober colours (white, beige, dove grey, powder pink) and clean lines, such as high candelabras, jewel lamps, silver cutlery, crystal glasses, organza or chiffon bows on chairs and napkins and finally white roses, both in the church and on the table.
    If we say the word ‘vintage’, we immediately imagine retro-style decorations, plucked from the cupboards of grandmothers and aunts. And indeed, in order to breathe the atmosphere of times gone by, we suggest opting for wax, china, antique suitcases, analogue cameras, books and silverware in sepia, antique pink and forest green.
    “Less is more’, especially for such an important and memorable event. If you also love simple and elegant things, you cannot help but opt for the minimal style. Yes to pastel colours, glass, linen and cotton, and arrangements that are not too large but extremely well cared for. Almost always, simplicity proves to be the best option!
    The country or rustic style is one of the most popular with bridal couples, because it is both chic and casual, and allows you to mix common objects such as wooden chairs, natural fabrics and straw baskets, with imperial tables, decorated glasses, fresh and colourful flowers, and sophisticated decorations.
    For an elegant and opulent wedding in the Baroque mood, red, purple, burgundy and violet, combined with gold, are a must. In addition, to make the reception refined and at the same time whimsical, we suggest mixing decorations with simple and modern lines, with small rich and over-decorated details (lace, inlaid objects, pearly or translucent elements), to find the right balance and avoid exaggerating.

Which of the 5 styles above would you choose? Email us now to let us know and let’s start planning the decorations for your big day together: hello@weddinginvaldichiana.com

Wedding Trends 2023: here’s all the news

The New Year has started, and if you’re planning to marry your better half in 2023, you can’t miss the new wedding trends! From gowns to décor, from catering to entertainment, in this article you will
find all the latest trends you need to know about and plenty of tips to make sure you don’t go wrong…

  1. SUSTAINABLE FREEDOM: in 2023 people will get married in intimate cerimonies, thus favouring few guests and the freedom to choose only what really makes the bride and groom happy, with regard to all the elements of the big day: dresses, flowers, decorations, invitations, locations… and so on!
  2. COLOURS & HAPPINESS: this year’s weddings will have one main protagonist: colour! In fact, one of the main trends for 2023 concerns hypercoloured floral arrangements both for the ceremony and for the reception. The most popular colours will be neutral and warm, minimalist and bold, extravagant and intense: from earthy colours, to pink, to aqua.
  3. CREATIVE MINIMALISM: whether we’re talking bridal bouquets or floral arrangements, 2023 will be the year of essential, small and refined compositions, favouring dried flowers and a green and bon ton style. Wedding stationery and tableau mariage will also be characterized by simple, yet romantic and creative, handcrafted elements, for both invitations and menus. Essentiality will also characterize place cards, tables’ numbers and names.
  4. VINTAGE STYLE: this year’s weddings will focus on retro elegance, as it pertains to both arrangements’ materials (glass, rattan and metal) and main colours featured in the wedding (beige, brown, cream). The other styles featured in this 2023 range from boho to shabby chic, favouring natural elements.
  5. SOPHISTICATED LOOKS: traditional total white gives way to sophisticated harmonies of contrasts, achieved with pastel floral motifs and three-dimensional decorations. As far as materials are concerned, the focus will be on refined and precious ones: organza, lurex, crushed silk.

If you want to find out more, contact the experts at Wedding in Valdichiana! We’ll be waiting for your emails at the following address: hello@weddinginvaldichiana.com.

Getting married on Valentine’s Day: living your fairytale on the day of lovers

Wedding planning is one of the most important moments in a couple’s life. A phase of sharing, ideas and creativity in which one has to make important decisions to best represent one’s experience and dreams. First and foremost, the choice of time and day.
So, if you have decided to crown your dream of love, you are a romantic couple, but you are still undecided on the date, fear not, we at Wedding in Valdichiana are here for you, and we will give you 4 good reasons why getting married on February 14th could be a really great idea!

Curious to know more? Read below!

1) ROMANTICISM: 14 February is a symbolic date because it is Saint Valentine’s Day, known as the patron saint of lovers, so it’s the day on which, more than any other, Love is celebrated. By marrying on this day, therefore, you would not only give greater significance to your union, but you would spend the most romantic day of the year, crowning your dream.

2) THEME: if you are a true romantic and love themed weddings, you can’t help but choose Valentine’s Day as the date for your wedding. You can adapt your menu with love-themed food and beverages, and the same goes for the tableau mariage, but without overdoing it. For example, you could use the color red, roses and hearts sparingly and with refinement, in the details of the set-up. It will be enough to limit these details to sugared almonds, invitations and balloons, for a romantic and non-trivial wedding reception.

3) DRESS CODE: if you dream of a different colour and an extravagant style for your wedding dress, what better “excuse” than getting married on Valentine’s Day to wear it? Women might opt for a super elegant red sheath dress, while men for a more eclectic and original outfit. The same goes for the guests, giving them carte blanche on the dress code for the big day!

4) EXPERIENCES: the trend for 2023 mainly concerns extended celebrations, i.e. the organization of long weekends or even weeks, in specific destinations… and Tuscany is in the top places in the ranking of favourite destinations! So, it goes without saying that a magical time to plan them, especially in this Region, is Februrary and the close to Valentine’s Day!

Have you already drawn a heart on the date “February 14 2023”?

If the answer is YES, you just have to take a look at our wedding packages: complete or partial proposals for organising a dream wedding in Tuscany.

Getting married in Tuscany at Christmas

Organising your wedding during the Christmas holidays means combining the best of local traditions, landscapes and gastronomy with the joyful emotions of the most magical time of the year.

Valdichiana Senese and its characteristic villages are transformed, decorated with many illuminations and flooded with the scent of cinnamon and mulled wine, the atmosphere is intimate and warm, and in every corner you feel pampered.

Everyone is excited about the arrival of the New Year and wishes to spend these special moments with their sweetheart and family. December is the month of peace and love and will certainly be perfect for celebrating your wedding!

Winter is also appreciated for the uniqueness and wide choice of fabrics, both for the bride and groom’s and the guests’ outfits. In short, the watchword for this time of year is elegance, even in the decorations for the setting: gold and silver details, lights and garlands to customise…

Of course, there will be no need to worry about bad weather, because the event will take place inside the selected location, allowing you the safety and romance of taking advantage of the view of the Tuscan hills, illuminated by Christmas lights.

Christmas weddings are also particularly appreciated for the palate. During this time of year, you have the opportunity to choose a menu characterised by rich local dishes, such as creams with seasonal vegetables, fine meats and traditional sweets: panforte, ricciarelli and cavallucci!The organisation of a Christmas Wedding, although so magical and special, is also very demanding, which is why you will need to
rely on a team of professionals who are able to support you in every choice and satisfy your every request, so that the most important day of your life will be as you have always dreamed it
would be!

From this need, Wedding in Valdichiana’s customised packages are born, complete or partial proposals for the organisation of your super event in Tuscany. Contact us now: hello@weddinginvaldichiana.com

Winery wedding: an unusual location for a joy-filled ceremony

Are you a lover of life’s pleasures and out-of-the-ordinary experiences? Are you looking for an original location for your wedding day? Well then, we at Wedding in Valdichiana can’t help but propose to you a winery in our territory, the Valdichiana Senese, a land rich in precious vineyards and evocative
wineries! Here are 5 good reasons why you should choose it…

  1. LOVE AND WINE: if one of the passions that most unites your couple is that for wine, one of the many wineries in Valdichiana could be the ideal place to spend the most romantic and important day of your life. By doing so, you will unite your love with your passion for wine, saying your fateful
    yes and celebrating your union in the perfect setting of a beautiful Tuscan winery!
  2. SENSORY EXPERIENCE: choosing a winery as the location of your wedding also means living authentic experiences, thanks to the organization of real sensory tours: you will be able to taste a good glass of wine, smell its fragrance and learn its characteristics. You will also be able to wake up in the morning with a breakfast in the vineyard, have a snack with the winemaker and a cutting board of typical Valdichiana products and finally end the day with a Tuscan dinner in the vineyard.
  3. AUTHENTIC AND EVOCATIVE LOCATION: Tuscan wineries, in addition to being home to some of the most famous wine labels in the world, are truly original and striking places to hold your wedding party. The wineries will envelop the bride and groom and their guests in the special scents of must and wood from the barrels. The dimmed lights (because wine likes to rest in the twilight) will make the atmosphere even more evocative. Guests will be fascinated by the sommeliers’ stories and the carefully designed menu paired with the wines, which will turn the meal into a true experience.
  4. VARIETY OF STYLES: Tuscany has a large number and variety of wineries. There are older wine cellars with a stone architectural structure reminiscent of the time in which it was built, ideal for those with a more traditional taste, or the more recent ones, for the newlyweds who love modernity. Arrangements can be truly endless and, as a rule, will favor informality, such as vine branches and candles made from the bottoms of glass bottles.
  5. VERSATILITY OF SEASONS: the wine cellar is undoubtedly one of the most versatile wedding, adaptable to every season. It will certainly be perfect in fall and winter, as these periods coincide with the grape harvest and wine bottling, so it offers the chance to experience and breathe in the Tuscan wine traditions.

At this point all that remains is for you to choose from our wedding proposals, designed to give you the wedding of your dreams. Get inspired… And if you don’t find what you are looking for, we can customize our offers according to your wishes. Contact us!

Getting married in a Villa in Valdichiana

Why choose a villa in Tuscany as your wedding location

Here are 5 reasons why a Tuscan villa is the perfect place to get married, especially if you are looking for a classic, yet super elegant location!

1. Romantic dream

Spacious and majestic structures, frescoed halls, centuries-old parks…imagining living the most important day of your life in a historic residence in the heart of one of the most visited and loved regions in Italy is perhaps the most beautiful dream you can have. Living it will certainly be better, which is why, at Wedding in Valdichiana, we recommend this type of location to the most romantic couples who wish to organise a wow-effect wedding.

2. Sharing experiences

The Tuscan villa is the ideal location and the most suitable for holding numerous ceremonies and receptions, as well as for hosting your closest guests in the days leading up to and after the wedding, offering them the opportunity not only to stay in super characteristic villas, but also to share with the bride and groom unrepeatable life experiences, discovering the territory of the Valdichiana Senese and its incredible beauty: medieval villages, natural landscapes, spas and museums… to name but a few. The experts at Wedding in Valdichiana, in fact, propose customised and tailor-made packages for those who want to get married in this territory but, above all, want to experience it.

3. Location and accessibility

Any villa, in any Valdichiana municipality, has excellent accessibility! In fact, our locations are easily accessible, so that your guests can reach you without hindrance and by all possible means of transport.

4. Ad hoc photographic sets

Tuscany has always been considered one of the most beautiful locations in the world, not to mention its villas, especially the Renaissance ones! In fact, photographers from all over the planet often choose this territory and its villas to realise the photo shoots of their projects, weddings included! Whether indoors or outdoors, the Tuscan villa will undoubtedly be the perfect set for your wedding photos!

5. History and Legends

Last but not least, another good reason why you should choose a historical mansion as the location for your wedding is because it is a truly original, fascinating and history-rich venue, compared to the dozens and dozens of weddings your guests have already attended. What legends are we talking about?! Well, you just have to contact us for some spoilers 😉 hello@weddinginvaldichiana.com.

[Photo credits Gabriele Forti – www.gabrieleforti.it

Getting married in a castle: in Tuscany you can live the Fairytale

Every self-respecting married couple wants their wedding day to be perfect and unforgettable. For this reason, the choice of location must not only respect their tastes, but also be original and therefore unique!

If what you dream of for your day is to live a Fairy Tale, you have no choice but to choose a Castle as the location. Tuscany is teeming with similar locations and offers many different styles of castle, which is why we at Wedding in Valdichiana offer our knowledge to help you find the one best suited to you! …. here are some good reasons that will convince you!

1. Beauty and romance
Magical, solemn and romantic, a castle has always been considered the most exclusive place to get married and certainly the most loved by those couples who live their love like a fairytale! So, if you are looking for a location from another era in which to feel like a king and queen for a day, the castle is just right for you!

2. History and myth
Many castles in Tuscany have been inhabited by noble families, such as the Bandinelli family, and then over the years have been transformed into true luxury resorts in unique settings that still retain original frescoes and historical relics as testimony to the history and traditions of these aristocratic families.
For this reason, getting married in a castle in Tuscany means letting yourself be enveloped in the dreamlike atmosphere of the most beautiful fairytales made in Tuscany and breathing in a glorious past that has never faded.

3. Grandeur and practicality
Among the merits of castles, in addition to their history and majesty, there is certainly their practicality, given by the size of the many rooms of which they are composed, making them perfect and practical for organising numerous ceremonies. Moreover, most of the castles in the Valdichiana Senese area have bedrooms where both the bride and groom and their guests can stay overnight. Another reason why castles are practical is the presence of small churches, perfect for performing the religious rite.

4. Variety of styles
Tuscan castles are an ideal location for every type of wedding and every couple, because there are so many styles. There are more rustic stone castles, for the simpler and more traditional bridal couples, baroque and elaborate ones, for those who love glitz, and finally those immersed in nature for those who love the wide open spaces of the Tuscan hills.

5. Versatility of the seasons
There is no perfect season for getting married in a castle because all seasons are perfect. For those who prefer the colder seasons, castles have many indoor rooms, also equipped with large fireplaces for warmth. For those who prefer the warmer seasons, on the other hand, there are castles with outdoor courtyards and large gardens, ideal for celebrating outdoors.

These are just some of the reasons why it will be wonderful to choose a castle as your wedding venue, but if you are curious to learn more, let our experts guide you by sending an e-mail to: hello@weddinginvaldichiana.com.

The emotion of getting married in a garden of Valdichiana Senese

Getting married in a Garden: is there a more romantic location?Let’s find out together!

If you’re thinking about a wedding ceremony en plein air , whether only for the reception or also for the civil ceremony, the ideal location for you is certainly one of the marvellous gardens or parks of the Valdichiana Senese, in Tuscany. Especially in Valdichiana, in fact, there are so many of them!

Below you will find some useful hints to clarify your ideas.

1. Beauty and Nature
For couples imagining spending their big day outdoors, there is no more perfect and precious choice than a garden or park in Tuscany, surrounded by the sounds of animals, the colours of the countryside and the scents of flowers. The ‘wow’ effect is assured!

2. Romance and intimacy
Tuscan gardens or parks, from the simplest to those characterised by a more complex structure, have always been places of pure hedonism, to be shared with the person you love and, in the case of a wedding, with all your loved ones, isolated from the world, in absolute quiet. For this reason, if you are looking for an intimate and evocative location, the garden will be the perfect setting for your special day.

3. Simplicity and history
Tuscany is home to influential and historic families and famous artists, who have given our splendid region unique and unrepeatable places, rich in history and charm, that have become symbols of this territory: gardens are among these. Many gardens, in fact, originated as ornaments of the palaces, villas or castles of noble families, in which, through their architecture, the magnificence of the family to which
they belonged shone through. But there are many other gardens with simpler lines that tend to enhance nature as it is without resorting to human labour. Whether you have in mind a more elaborate location, or a simpler one, without sacrificing nature, the Gardens will provide the backdrop for an unforgettable ceremony!

4. The good season en plen air
If you dream of getting married in spring or summer, and you love the idea of doing it in the open air, you cannot but consider the Tuscan Garden as a wedding location. You will enjoy the climate, the long days and the beautiful sunsets.

5. Unique and unforgettable emotions
Spending an entire day, especially the wedding day, amidst the beauty of nature in a Tuscan garden will be like experiencing forgotten emotions and reliving that childlike carefreeness made up of simple gestures and spontaneous smiles. With the help of good weather you can organise wedding receptions, perhaps even in the evening to make the atmosphere more romantic and unforgettable!

However it goes, it will be beautiful!
Contact us now: hello@weddinginvaldichiana.com or discover the other suggested locations in Valdichiana.

Bridal Shoes: 5 Tips for Not Going Wrong

It goes without saying that the shoes you will wear on the most important day of your life are a fundamental detail of your Bridal Look, they will have to make the difference and be, not only gorgeous, but also super comfortable. Whether they are made-to-measure or purchased at the atelier, the important
thing will be the end result: to arouse the envy of all the guests! of course, this is a joke.

So here are some practical tips to keep in mind once you decide to take the plunge and find yourself choosing the perfect ones for your wedding dress!

1. TOTAL LOOK: wherever you decide to go to choose the shoes of your dreams, always take a sample of the fabric of your wedding dress with you, it will be a point of reference for finding the right shade of colour, staying on the same tone and completing the total look with harmony. Don’t forget to take them to the atelier to adjust the hem of your dress to the cm of your heel.

2. COMFORTABILITY FACTOR: the first element to test when wearing a shoe is its degree of comfort. If you feel any strange discomfort immediately, it could be an indication of a foot ache that will accompany you throughout the wedding day. For lovers of high heels, it is suggested to consider gel pads to be inserted under the sole of the foot or to join the penultimate two toes with a fleshcoloured adhesive plaster. If, on the other hand, you don’t want to ‘suffer’ and are looking for more comfort, you could opt for ballet flats, square heels or wedges, depending on the season.

3. AESTHETIC FACTOR: another super important element is clearly the aesthetic one. It is essential, in fact, to choose a type of shoe that is not only beautiful, but also suited to your style, that of the party and your physicality. The rules of bon ton suggest closed shoes of the same tone as the dress, the heel should be
medium and should not exceed the groom’s height. Finally, if the dress is very ornate and has flashy details, the shoes should be as simple as possible, vice versa for minimal dresses, you can consider a jewelled shoe.4. TRAINING: after buying the shoes, try wearing them at home every day for a few hours to make them as soft and comfortable as possible on the wedding day.

5. PEDICURE: a refined pedicure in neutral colours is a must for any bride, especially for those who opt for sandals or open shoes.

…. it’s your turn now! We are sure you will make the right choice and look wonderful. If you like, subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date…every new follower is a great joy for us!

Bridal trends 2023: the most beautiful wedding dresses to shine with elegance

The dress for the big day is the dream of many women and perhaps, with few exceptions, the most important dress. That’s why when the time comes to choose, it’s important to plan it in good time, face it with the utmost serenity, keep in mind a few “rules” of bon ton and gather as much information as possible on the fashion trends of the moment to adapt them to one’s own physique and taste, so you will look marvellous and impeccable!

According to etiquette, for example, one should not enter the church with bare shoulders and back. If the bride is fond of necklines, a shoulder cover or a fairly opaque veil can be considered. Following, however, the must-have trends for wedding dresses 2022, it emerges that:

1. The slightly daring above-the-knee short dress (finally) conquers the altars,surprising everyone;
2. The boho chic style is very much in vogue and makes the bride more casual, less constructed, without sacrificing sophistication;
3. Flowers are the undisputed stars of this season and decorate almost all the summer 2022 wedding dresses, especially in relief for a graceful and romantic effect. And it is immediately “Botticelli’s Spring”;
4. Pastel colours seem to be the most popular alternative for the less traditional bride who chooses a dress that is certainly original and delicate, but also a lot of fun!
5. The volumes become maxi, à la ‘Lady Diana’;
6. A retro taste pervades the catwalks, especially those of Chanel and Blumarine: flounces, puffed sleeves, fringes and little crowns in the hair immediately create a nostalgic effect and still captivate;
7. Tulle is by far the most widely used fabric and gives the dress breadth and dreaminess;
8. Maxi bows finish dresses and are artfully constructed, becoming the most important bridal details this season;
9. Lace never goes out of fashion and this year we have the proof: just think of Hailey Bibier’s mermaid gown by Off-White. Timeless;
10. Sustainability is the leitmotif of this year’s wedding and is reflected in the choice of ethical models made from recycled fabrics.

And you, have you already found your wedding dress or are you still looking for the perfect look to wear at the altar? Start shopping at least 5 months before your wedding with the experts at Wedding in Valdichiana! Just send an e-mail and you’re done: hello@weddinginvaldichiana.com.

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