From getting engaged in Canada back in 2017 we always had a dream of having a wedding on Lake Garda as that area of Italy has been special for us, both together and as individuals. It also seemed like the perfect destination for a wedding, not just because of the lake but Italy as a country; the amazing food and drink, passionate vibrant people, stunning views and architecture we knew that all of this was a recipe and perfect setting for what we had pictured for our special day.
We had 46 family and friends fly from mostly the UK and around the world to join us for our wedding day and
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Planning A Wedding On Lake Garda
Salò Wedding Venue
As Lake Garda is such a big place with many towns and villages encompassing the lake there are so many places and possibilities for wedding venues or receptions. As Kelly had previously worked on Lake Garda years ago we had both decided that for us Salò and the Town Hall(Comune) was the perfect place for us to tie the knot. Located in the center of Salò right beside the water, the Town Hall offers a few different stunning room options which can all be viewed on the Citti di Salò website. The Booking request form and price list for the rooms are also available for download from the website.
We opted for the beautiful Consiglio room at a cost of €350 with an extra €150 charge for a Saturday afternoon booking. The total cost of the room which included chairs and space for 50-60 people and a registrar was €500 (£452).
Portese Wedding Reception
There are so many good places to eat around Lake Garda, we were definitely spoilt for choice. We opted for our favorite restaurant Gran Fausto in Portese, a short 10 min boat ride across the lake or 15 min car journey around from Salò. This was the perfect destination as after the ceremony in Salò town hall as we planned for everyone to head for Gelati at the local family-run ice cream
We would highly recommend the
There are a few options for a boat across Lake Garda, we opted for the ferry as to accommodate our party size and also the regular crossings from Salò across to Portese was perfect for us to get everyone to the reception with ease and no strict timeframe. Tickets from Salò to Portese or to the rest of the lake can be purchased form the ferry ticket outlet located by the waterfront on the ground floor of the town hall (Comune) building if you are walking away from ferry port.
There are also options for private boats to transport people across the lake but they are limited to a party size of maybe 5-6 to each boat so many companies will have to do a few trips to accommodate larger parties. Another option is Lake Garda Bee Boat Service they have one boat which can take a party up to 18-20 people max.
Lake Garda Wedding Photographer
A very good wedding photographer was high on our list as it was very important for us to have the day captured perfectly! From a previous visit to Lake
Available for weddings in and around Lake Garda as well as further afield we would highly recommend Sara if you are thinking of looking for a wedding photographer on Lake Garda. All photos in this post are credited to Sara Lancini.
You can check out Sara’s Wedding And Lifestyle Photography Website here.
Translators For The Wedding
As we are both from the UK to make the ceremony legally binding in Italy and to be
We started the process through gov.uk which outlines each step needed to take in order to get the documents needed to have a legally binding wedding in Italy.
Step 1- CNI- Make an appointment at your local registry office to attain a CNI (certificate of no impediment) where the registry office will post your marriage up for 30 days confirm there
Note – If you both reside or are registered in different counties in the UK you will need to get permission from both offices to complete the registration and posting up your marriage. You will also need to take these documents with you to the registry office.
Step 2 – Bilingual Statutory Declaration – As well as the CNI you need to have a bilingual statutory declaration signed by a solicitor or public notary in the UK for each of you. This is done by downloading the form on gov.uk after following the steps from this link. We made an appointment with a solicitor in the UK to take our filled out statutory declarations for them to sign to confirm our identities.
Our 2 statutory declaration forms cost us £14 in total signed by the solicitor.
Step 3 – Getting the document
Note – See next step before sending the documents off to be legalised.
The fee for
Step 4 – Getting the documents translated in Italy – As you need to have an approved translator for the documents in Italy it is advisable to contact one before sending your documents to be
We used a lovely lady called Francesca at Efffetti. Who we sent our documents onto to translate into Italian and to be sworn in front of an Italian court.
The cost of the documents being translated in Italy was €145 / £131 -which included Francesca sending the documents onto Salò town hall for us once they had been translated.
Their website and details can be found here who
If your native lang
Upon a recommendation from a friend in the area, we used a local florist located in San Felice del Benaco. Simone has a shop right in the center of town and knew exactly what we needed and put all the bridesmaids and bride bouquets together as well as flowers for our reception and for the groomsmen. Her flower bouquets were beautiful and were all delivered by her on the day to the different locations around the lake.
Where We Stayed For Our Wedding On Lake Garda
In and around our wedding we stayed in The Gardone Rivieria a 15 min drive from Salò and at one of the favorite places we have ever stayed at. Dimora Bolsone is a 15th Century Farmhouse with spectacular grounds and an unbelievable chilled relaxed vibe. With only 6 rooms available including breakfast, an option for dinner and a jacuzzi on the spectacular terrace this is the perfect place to stay for a wedding on Lake Garda or even a relaxed chilled getaway in Italy.
Night Before The wedding – Airbnb in Salò
The night before the wedding we booked an Airbnb for Kelly, mother of the bride and for the bridesmaids on the following day to get ready. The artist studio apartment in the center of Salò was the perfect location to walk to the town hall and for the bridal party to get ready for the big day. It is a tradition in some parts of Italy for the bride to walk to your wedding through the town especially if it is your home town where you grew up.
There are so many great places to stay in Salò on booking.com and Airbnb for your pre-wedding party. We would also recommend Salò for a place to stay if you are visiting the lake as its bustling streets hold a great place to relax in the sun with a drink or two on the waterfront, shop for some fine Italian styled clothing, take in the beautiful streets and stop for some great Italian food.
Our Dream Italian Wedding – To Sum It Up
We had an unbelievable wedding day on Lake Garda and couldn’t have asked for anything more. The setting, weather, food, ice cream, all people involved and being on the Lake itself was just magical. We would recommend anyone who is thinking of getting married on Lake Garda to go for it! As for us, it was a day we will never forget in the perfect location, with the people we love most in the world and just how we had dreamt it would be.
We hope you have found the information on this post useful and don’t hesitate to ask any more questions about having a wedding on Lake Garda! We would love to help if we can!
Adam & Kelly x