This Budget Hack for Your Italian Wedding Will Blow Your Mind

Getting married in Italy is a dream for many, I mean, who wouldn’t love that? Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with delicious food and pleasant weather to boot.

But here’s the question on everyone’s mind – how much does it cost to get married in Italy?

To be honest, it’s difficult to answer because every wedding is unique and there are so many factors that determine the cost, like the location, season, number of guests, and how many days of events, to name a few. But fear not, my little friend, I’ve got a super simple hack that will blow your mind!


When most couples start planning, they already have a guest count and budget in mind. They think, “OK, my family is 60 people, his/her family is 80, and we have 100 friends; so let’s say the wedding is for 250-280 guests just in case”. But here’s the thing, that’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make!

The magic of a destination wedding is creating a unique, unforgettable experience for you, your immediate family, and your closest friends. Notice I said closest.

You don’t need to invite your great aunt who you haven’t seen in 20 years and barely remember, or your parents’ friends’ friends who you don’t even know.

When you get married abroad, people understand that it’s an intimate gathering. If anyone questions why they weren’t invited, just say, “I would have loved to have you there, but we’re having a small, intimate wedding abroad.” Trust me, they’ll get it.

Establish your budget first, then make a precise guest list of the people who absolutely must be there. Ask yourself, “If this person doesn’t come, will it affect me?” If the answer is yes, put them on the A list. If the answer is no, they go on the B list.




The common mistake most couples make is setting a high guest count and then trying to fit their budget to it. Ready for my hack? Adjust the guest count to fit your budget, not the other way around!

Sure, your total budget might look great at first, but if you don’t divide it up to see how much you have per person, you can’t tell if it’s enough. For example, a €100,000 budget for 250 guests means only €400 per person, while a €100,000 budget for 80 guests means €1,250 per person. That’s a big difference!

Ask yourself, what can I do with €400 per person versus €1,250 per person? Obviously, the experience for your guests will be vastly different. It’s not the same as a single-pasta dinner versus a five-course feast in Italy.

So here’s the bottom line – divide your budget by the number of guests to see what you can realistically do per person. This will help you create the wedding of your dreams in Italy without breaking the bank.

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