It’s no secret that I love an Italian destination wedding. In fact, I had one! From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the lemon-scented beaches of Amalfi, there’s something truly magical about celebrating your wedding in such a beautiful and romantic place. But even if you’re planning a wedding in Surrey or London, that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate an authentic Italian style celebration. With the right details and some clever styling, a slice of la dolce vita can be yours!

Here are a handful of ideas for how to create an Italian style wedding, wherever you are.

Incorporate olive leaf details

Olive branches are an obvious (but oh-so-pretty!) way to evoke the Mediterranean. Use olive wreaths as a motif in your stationery, wear an olive leaf crown, or carry an olive leaf bouquet. And of course, olive leaf garlands make a beautiful table accent. The smell is wonderful, and olive green is the perfect muted shade to complement elegant Italian style wedding décor.

Opt for Italian style eating

Food and sharing food are such an important part of Italian life and culture, and they should certainly be part of your wedding catering! Grazing tables are the perfect way to recreate this feeling of a big family meal. Plus you can include all your Italian foodie wedding favourites, from delicious cured meats and cheeses to olives and bruschetta. Your guests will love mingling as they graze (and coming back for seconds!).

Dine al fresco

To really create an Italian summer party feel, you should ideally have your reception outdoors. Picture long tables under the trees, beneath strings of twinkling lights, and the sound of children laughing as they run barefoot on the grass. A courtyard or terrace is also a great option, so look around to see if your venue has a space that might work.

Mix old world and rustic details

I love to mix heirloom pieces with more modern ones when styling my curated grazing tables and dessert displays, as it creates a timeless effect. In the same way, antiques work beautifully with rustic pieces and textures for an Italian style wedding table, especially if you add soft touches like silk runners or ribbons as well. You can also add fruit accents on the tables like lemons, figs, or grapes. I love the way these create a feeling of abundance and add pops of natural colour.

Give Italian-inspired favours

Be sure to send your guests home with a taste of Italy too! Many Italian-style favours are easy to find or even make yourself. For example, little bottles of rosemary infused olive oil, limoncello, or sachets of mixed herbs. Or you could opt for the traditional Italian favour of confetti (sugared almonds). Each guest should receive five almonds, symbolising health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and a long life.

Now that’s something to celebrate! Salute!

Top image by: Helen Warner Photography