Amalfi Coast Wedding – How To Plan Your Dreamy Destination Wedding

All you need to know before you start planning your Amalfi coast wedding, and the best 10 wedding venues on the Amalfi Coast. Whether you are looking for an intimate elopement, a romantic wedding, or a grand event, there is a historic venue along the iconic Amalfi Coast to match two sweethearts’ desires.

The Best Amalfi Coast Wedding destinations

Spectacular views, unparalleled food, and a built-in honeymoon are all things you can expect from a destination wedding—or a romantic elopement—on Italy’s charming Amalfi coast.

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Gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Spring, Ravello, Italy

Tousled by breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea and shrouded in the scent of flowering lemon trees, the Amalfi coast is known for its pastel-colored buildings perched in stacks in hillside towns and atop rugged seaside cliffs.

You’ll see I’ve included the islands of the Sorrentine Peninsula as well as Sorrento. Technically, the Amalfi Coast begins 30 km west of Sorrento but no one told the stunning views that!

Before we get to the best Amalfi Coast wedding venues, let’s cover the important things you need to know before you can get married in Italy.

How Long Do You Have to Be in Italy Before Getting Married?

Fortunately for your pocketbook (and for your destination wedding dreams), there is no residency requirement for non-citizens to legally marry in Italy.

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Sorrento bride and her father arriving by boat in Sorrento

Couples must be at least 18 years old in order to marry or have written consent from their parents. A couple must also certify that there are no legal reasons why they should not be wed—so the couple should be composed of single, widowed, or legally divorced individuals.

Usually three days in Italy is enough to get your affairs in order, but sometimes up to 10 days is required.

You must submit your declaration of intent to marry at the marriage office local to your Italian venue at least three weeks before your wedding day.

Is It Easy to Get Married in Italy?

Getting married in Italy is relatively simple, as long as you plan ahead. Foreigners can get married in Italy, as long as they follow the necessary steps.

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Bride and Groom in Florence

Once you have alerted the marriage office of your intentions to enact a religious or civil wedding, you must be prepared to provide:

  •   Birth certificates valid passports for both people
  • An affidavit, Nulla Osta, or Dichiarazione Giurata sworn before a consular office of both peoples’ home country, declaring that there’s no legal reason you shouldn’t be wed
  • Divorce papers or legal death certificates, if applicable
  •  An Atta Notorio signed by two witnesses, declaring there is no legal reason you should not be married

For a Catholic wedding, you must also provide:

  •       Baptism and Confirmation certificates
  •       Your local bishop’s permission to marry abroad
  •        Proof of attendance of a premarital course
  •        Letter of no impediments to marriage

Is It Cheaper to Get Married in Italy?

Setting your budget for an Italian wedding is no different than setting a budget for a wedding in your home country. The biggest differences lie in planning and scheduling.

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

If you are looking to save money on your wedding abroad, factor in ideas like getting married in the offseason (especially in a luxury venue like the Amalfi Coast) to cut down on costs! Naples and the Sorrentine Peninsula, and lesser know towns such as Minori are more cost-effective than Amalfi, Positano, Priano, and Ravello.

Should You Hire a Wedding Planner for Your Italian Destination Wedding?

Planning a wedding is no small feat—but with added complications like a language barrier, and limited knowledge of the venues in Amalfi Coast, hiring a wedding planner is a great way to take some of the strain off of your wedding.

Wedding receptions are occurring all the time in prime wedding venues on the Amalfi Coast and so wedding vendors and other professional vendors like photographers can also help get bookings at the most exclusive venues because of their local connections.

Wedding planners familiar with your wedding venue can help to streamline the whole event, and can even act as a translator for some of the negotiations and logistics. They also know smaller, less advertised venues like a private villa or boutique luxury hotel if you’re looking for an intimate wedding.

If hiring a comprehensive wedding planner isn’t in your budget, or if you enjoy the challenge of arranging your own wedding, there are free resources like this online planning tool that can help you organize and scale your big da

Something else to consider is if there are any festivals scheduled to happen around the date of your desired arrival. Festivals provide a unique cultural glimpse into authentic Italian life and range in theme from unicorn festivals to gelato fairs!

Take a look at Rick Steves’ list of Italian festivals while you plan to see if there’s an Italian event you can’t miss.

Italian Wedding Traditions

It can be fun to add a cultural nod to the host country of your destination wedding by noting some Italian wedding traditions.

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Outdoor wedding reception, Amalfi Coast

For example, on the day of their “nozze” (or “wedding” in Italian), superstitious brides rip their veils for extra luck, while grooms may carry around a piece of iron in their pocket to ward off maloccio (evil spirits).

Full of history and ritual, but not without an element of festa, Italian weddings often practice age-old traditions which add to a rich wedding experience.

Do Italian Brides Wear Green?

Traditionally Italian brides wore green the night before their wedding day for good luck.

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Italian groom before wedding in Sorrento, Italy

Today, however, most keep the tradition alive by sporting green jewelry or a green sash during their rehearsal dinner to bring luck on their big day. Eucalypt leaves have been incorporated into flower arrangements as another subtle way of adding green to the event.

Do Italians Throw Rice at Weddings?

Traditionally, yes—Italians throw rice to symbolize fertility. Today, however, most have made the switch to biodegradable, multicolored confetti!

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Italian bride and groom showered in rice

Another Italian wedding tradition is the “bomboniere,” or the small gifts given to wedding guests to express gratitude for their attendance. These consist of an odd number of sugar-coated almonds that symbolize health, wealth, fertility, happiness, and long life.

Do Italians Tie Cans to the Back of Your Marriage Getaway Car?

No—unlike this American tradition, Italians typically arrange the front grill of the car with flowers, so the getaway car paves your way to a beautiful marriage!

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Italian wedding car, Pozzolo Formigaro

Top 10 Amalfi Coast Wedding Venues

The great news about selecting a location for your dream destination wedding? There’s truly no shortage of venues, due to Italy’s robust tourism industry. From Lake Como to Florence, to the Amalfi Coast, Italy has become a perfect wedding venue for destination weddings.

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Wedding couple walking to Terrace of the Infinity at Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Your only limitations in planning the scope of your dream wedding are your imagination and budget. The Amalfi Coast boasts some of the most exclusive wedding venues in Italy.

There are luxury hotels and historical villas in picturesque towns having the most stunning views of the coastline ad the sea from their panoramic terraces.

For those wanting a religious ceremony, the cathedrals and chapels of the Amalfi Coast are charming, and historic and are in the most amazing spots for a dreamy wedding.

Check out this list of the top 10 venues capable of hosting an unforgettable wedding.

1. Terrace of the Inifinity, Villa Cimbrone

My number 1 pick for an Amalfi coast wedding venue is the Terrace of the Infinity in the historical gardens of the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello.

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Terrace of the Infinity, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy

It is deservedly one of the most exclusive wedding venues in the country largely because it has simply the most incredible view of the Amalfi Coast from the Terrace of the Infinity.

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Villa Cimbrone Wedding reception, Terrace of the Infinity, Ravello

This terrace overlooking the lemon groves, churches, and villas perched on the hillsides, is perhaps the most famous and most photographed part of the Amalfi Coast.

2. Villa Rufola, Ravello

A close second favorite location for a wedding on the Amalfi Coast is another historical villa in the beautiful town of Ravello, Villa Rufolo.

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Villa Rufalo, Ravello, Italy

In fact, Ravello is also the location of:

  • the Ravello Cathedral (see below)
  • the Belmond Hotel Caruso, another dream wedding venue, as well as
  • Palazzo Avino, another grand hotel with enough space for a sizeable guest list. There is a stunning view from the outdoor terrace of the Palazzo Avino.

Historic, atmospheric, and with the world-famous “Garden of the Soul” set over two levels, Villa Rufolo is perhaps best known for the iconic view of its lower garden perched atop the cliff of the Amalfi Coast with the Church of Santissima Annunziata rooftops and the sea as the backdrop.

3. Duomo di Ravello

A favorite Amalfi Coast Catholic wedding ceremony venue right on the main Ravello piazza is the Duomo di Ravello. It specializes in performing wedding ceremonies for foreigners.

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Duomo di Ravello, Raveo, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Santa Maria a Gradillo is the other Ravello church popular for performing both Catholic and Protestant ceremonies. These destinations will help you take care of all the paperwork.

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Married couple leaving Duomo di Ravello, Ravello, Italy

4. Amalfi Cathedral

The location of the Amalfi Cathedral, in the main square of Amalfi, could not be more central, convenient, or perfect location on the Amalfi Coast.

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Wedding party arriving at Amalfi Cathedral

You can arrive by boat, cross the harbor forecourt, walk under the arch into the piazza, and there you are at the tall steps of this best wedding venue for religious ceremonies.

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Amalfi Cathedral, Amalfi, Italy

The acoustics in this Cathedral made me just sit, a little stunned, and listen to the sound as it built around the cavernous central area.

Weddings here can be either a religious blessing or a binding wedding, but either must be Catholic.

5. Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi

Once designed for Capuchin monks back in the 13th century, this unique venue is a distinct Amalfi Coast landmark.

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Intimate wedding at 12th Century Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi

Located on the edge of a towering cliff just a few minutes’ walk from Amalfi’s harbor, this spacious grand hotel has sensible, elegant furnishings, two globally-competitive restaurants, a gym and spa, and an infinity pool.

Complete with its own baroque-style church and 12th-century cloister, this Amalfi Coast venue is perfect for completing the magic of your special day! Choose from the following spaces within the historic site for your wedding:

  • Chapel of St. Francis
  • The Cloister
  • Belvedere Terrace
  • Bell Tower Terrace
  • Walk of the Monks
  • Dei Cappuccini Terrace
  • Dei Cappuccini Restaurant
  • La Locanda Restaurant

6. Ca’ P’a Casa Privata, Praiano

Located between Amalfi and Positano in the quaint town of Praiano, Ca’ P’a Casa Privata offers its residents a stunning private beach along the Mediterranean as well as spacious grounds featuring organic gardens and manicured lawns.

This extremely intimate venue offers seven private rooms as well as a functioning bar and kitchen which sources fruit, vegetables, spices, and herbs from the working estate and incorporates these ingredients into the cuisine. This is the venue for honeymooners seeking privacy!

7. Le Sirenuse Hotel, Positano

Located in the beautiful Positano, Le Sirenuse is made up of 58 luminous rooms which have been described as “soothing, spotless realm[s] of light” and many have breathtaking views of the sea.

With a world-class restaurant and several unique bars to choose from, as well as a spa, gym, and pool, there is something to keep all of your guests happy and entertained at this spectacular venue. Le Sirenuse also offers a full itinerary of recommended events for visitors who are looking for a snapshot of what the surrounding area has to offer!

8. Hotel Palazzo Murat, Positano

Also located in Positano, smack bang in the middle of the Amalfi Coast, this bright and beautiful venue offers incredible full-service treatment for wedding parties including customizable wedding cakes, photographers, make-up and spa treatments for the bride and her bridesmaids, dinner service, live music, and more.

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Hotel Palazzo Murat

With 19th-century architecture and amazing views of the painted majolica dome of Positano’s Church of the Assumption, Hotel Palazzo Murat offers a wide array of rooms for every budget.

Unwind at the bar or book a table at its world-class restaurant for a memorable evening!

9. Villa Astor, Sorrento

Built on the site of a former Dominican monastery, Villa Astor towers above the sea atop a sheer cliff with a spectacular view of both the Tyrrhenian Sea as well as the lush greenery of the estate.

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Villa Astor Wedding Reception, Sorrento, Italy

Complete with opulent marble bathrooms, period furniture, and myriad works of art, this truly luxurious Sorrento peninsula venue can host up to 200 guests for your celebration and up to 20 overnight.

10. Capri Palace Jumeirah, Anacapri, Capri

Tucked in Anacapri, a secluded part of the island of Capri, this stunning venue offers 68 gorgeous guestrooms.

It is renowned for its Capri Medical Spa, exclusive Beach Club, as well as two Michelin-starred restaurants with panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples.

Capri Palace Jumeirah is just a short distance from the Blue Grotto and is available for private rental.

Final Thoughts

A wedding on the Amalfi Coast is the stuff of fairytales. These luxury wedding venues each provide a gorgeous location for a wedding ceremony or wedding reception in the Italian paradise that is the Amalfi Coast!

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