A Viterbo, Italy Destination Wedding | All-Inclusive Wedding Packages | Storytellers Events

I think many couples consider planning a destination wedding- how romantic would it be to travel to a beautiful location with your closest friends and family to celebrate your union for longer than just a day?  Ideal, right?  Until you begin to think about the logistics…and we get it- there are a lot of them.

Among these logistics, there is the concern for cost- cost for the couple and cost for their guests, AND how do we pull it off?  Isn’t it tough? Who can we trust at the location?

I had these same fears when I considered planning my own destination wedding.  Which is where we came up with the idea to alleviate both of these concerns AND take care of all of the logistics by creating destination wedding packages.

We have (or will) handle all of the details (yes, we work directly with the vendors abroad).  You know the price up front, the packages includes everything from the time you arrive to the destination through the wedding day, you have various options to customize the wedding to fit EXACTLY what you want- AND you are working with 1 planner through the entire process, who you can meet and communicate with in person.  Hopefully allowing you to gain the confidence and the trust that a destination wedding is doable, that it will be what you envisioned, and that it is within your price range!

The Viterbo, Italy wedding package is an authentic, intimate, Italian wedding experience that is NOT available anywhere due to our amazing contacts (including the mayor- how can you beat that?).  It truly is one of Italy’s best kept secrets and starting in Rome you can explore a new region of Italy.  What makes this location unique is that you can get married in a private vineyard, or a courtyard, or a trattoria, or a church…you choose!  AND, you get to work one-on-one with a Pulitzer prize winning photographer.  Can’t beat that ;)!

This basic package begins in Rome and takes you to Viterbo- it is a 5 day wedding week that includes (and is not limited to):

– A welcome cocktail

– Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

– Ceremony (and it is possible to get married in the churches there- not so easy anywhere else in Italy)

– Reception venue

– Food and Drink

– Transportation for you and your guests (to and from Rome)

– 1/2 a day tour of Rome

– 1/2 a day tour of Viterbo and the surrounding areas

– Decor (for ceremony and reception)

– Flowers (for ceremony and reception)

– Cake

– Music

– Officiant

– Lodging for the couple

– Wedding planner for the 5 days

– Pulitzer prize winning photographer

All of this at the grand total price beginning at $25,000 (for 25 people).  Yup- many people in the business don’t believe it either :).  And I promise you, the service and the outcome will be one of beauty and elegance.  It is important for us to provide you with a product that is AMAZING and more than you expect- and we promise to deliver.

So, don’t hesitate to contact us to see if planning a destination wedding is for you.  We love the conversations and are happy to answer any and all questions you may have.  We have been doing this a long time, so you may as well use us ;).

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Love, Me | Kissing tree | Storytellers Events

Maybe it is because I’m preggers, but I heard this Colin Raye song in Costco the other day, and the tears would not stop…

Fast forward a week and I told my husband about the song and tried to describe it, and he knew it.  So, he began singing it to make sure that he was thinking of the same one, and….the waterworks began again!  And then we both couldn’t stop laughing at me and my unstoppable tears.

In my defense, I think there is something beautiful about the love shared in life, and the love shared even in absence … (maybe it’s good that the sap in me is a wedding planner ;)).

“If you get there before I do/ Don’t give up on me

I’ll meet you when my chores are through/ I don’t know how long I’ll be

But I’m not gonna let you down/ Darling wait and see

And between now and then/ ‘Til I see you again

I’ll be loving you/ Love, Me.”

 AND THEN, I saw this photo of one of our couples- and it totally reminded me of the song and the kissing tree:

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Sloane and Mitch- thank you for being so beautiful together in your love and with your family.

And for a little inspiration if you do not know the lyrics to the song, here they are:

I read a note my Grandma wrote back in 1923
Grandpa kept it in his coat, and he showed it once to me
He said, “Boy, you might not understand, but a long, long time ago,
Grandma’s daddy didn’t like me none, but I love your Grandma so.

We had this crazy plan to meet and run away together
Get married in the first town we came to and live forever
But nailed to the tree where we were supposed to meet instead
I found this letter, and this is what it said,

“If you get there before I do
Don’t give up on me
I’ll meet you when my chores are through
I don’t know how long I’ll be

But I’m not gonna let you down
Darling wait and see
And between now and then
Til I see you again

I’ll be loving you
Love, Me.”

I read those words just hours before my Grandma passed away
In the doorway of the church where me and Grandpa stopped to pray
I know I’ve never seen him cry in all my fifteen years
But as he said these words to her, his eyes fill up with tears

“If you get there before I do
Don’t give up on me
I’ll meet you when my chores are through
I don’t know how long I’ll be

But I’m not gonna let you down
Darling wait and see
And between now and then
Til I see you again

I’ll be loving you
Love, Me.”


Invite? or Don’t Invite? That is the Question. | International Wedding Planners

 

One of the biggest challenges that many brides and grooms face is the  list. I am not talking about Santa’s naughty or nice list. I am talking about the wedding guest list! And being wedding planners, we get asked this all the time: Who do you invite and who do you not invite?

We all have those friends we were close with back in the day, but have not talked to in a million years, or that aunt and uncle who are technically family, but who you never see. Or even a teacher you had that connection with. Then there is that co-worker that is sort of a friend…

Good news… I found a chart below that just might help you decide exactly which friends and family to invite to your very special wedding day.

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I hope that helped and when in doubt, remember it is YOUR wedding. So invite whomever your heart desires

….within your budget of course!

-Liz


Wedding Day Shoes | Alternative to Stilettos

It’s your wedding day and what you are wearing on your feet, is just as important as your dress and hair (in my opinion). Sure, those designer stiletto’s are your dream wedding shoe, but don’t forget to take inventory of your day. First, can you wear those fabulous shoes for 10 – 12 hours straight? Second, is there is any chance you’ll be in a garden, on a beach, or walking on a cobblestone path? For both instances, those super sexy stiletto’s probably are not the best or the only choice. The last thing you need to be thinking about on your big day is if/how your heels are sinking into the ground, if you’re going to trip mid-stride over a stone, or how your feet are killing you. Here are some snazzy alternatives to the sleek stiletto from a wedding planner who loves shoes!

If your honey is substantially taller than you and you are looking for that height, maybe opt for a thicker heel or a wedge. It provides more comfort and you’re less likely to sink into the grass with the bigger heel or a wedge.

If you’ve tried heels and they just do not agree with you, or you’re too tall with heels on, try a sweet or intricate ballet flat.

                

Don’t be afraid to show off some of your quirky personality with some bedazzled wedding day sneaks or sandals. Even if you choose to do your ceremony in heels, its always fun to have something more comfortable to dance in at the reception.

                  

If you are very attached to those stiletto’s, I have some other solutions for you. Try a high heel protector as pictured to the left. That way you can still wear the wedding shoes you’ve been dreaming of and not worry about all the aeration you’ll be doing to the grass (DSW carries them). Also, try to lean toward a high heel with a strap around the ankle if you plan on wearing your heels while dancing. The strap will add extra support and take a little of the sting away by the end of the night.

Thanks for reading!  ~Veronica