Turning dreams into reality since 1997
Collectively the Distinctive Italy Team has over 41 years of planning weddings in Italy.
Stefania, Mariana, Jacopo, Junko, Raffaella, Christina and Simona are dedicated to curating one of a kind events that are unique to you. Together we cover the entire boot of Italy with its amazing regions and superb venues.
Our highly trained team of Italian wedding designers manages every aspect of your event, starting with the selection of your dream venue, to designing one of a kind floral and lighting projects and sourcing very unique entertainment ideas to wow your guests.
"We owe you a huge thank you for all your hard work, dedication, attention to detail and patience in planning the wedding. The timeline, number of events and logistical challenges made this a very complex wedding to plan and we could not have done any of it without you - I sincerely thank you for everything." Neil and Jasheen (3 day Indian wedding)
"Stefania, our wedding coordinator! She was fabulous. It was lovely to finally meet the person behind all those emails! We really cannot speak highly enough of Stefania. Again, she breezed in so quietly, in the background, yet always there if needed on the day. On the wedding day she was just fabulous. We were just blown away by how all those images we had projected via email had come to life exactly and even more so than we had imagined. It really was amazing. I have never had the experience where I could trust someone so much to almost see my vision and carry it out flawlessly! Incredible. Stefania was amazing!" Ursula and Philip
“Stefania, I can’t thank you enough for all the work you put in over the last 11 months to put together the most magical day for us it was absolutely wonderful and totally exceeded expectations. From our first emails it was easy to see that you wanted to make this the best day of our lives.”
"A heart felt thank you from both myself and Tom for making our Wedding day so special and most important to me hassle free. I would highly recommend you personally Stefaniaand the team at DIW to anyone, especially thoselooking to escape the drama, which accompanies planning and executingperfect wedding yourself- leave it up to the professionals☺. Eternally grateful," Brea and Tom – Lake Garda wedding
Stefania puts her heart and soul into each wedding. She has a genuine desire to make your wedding day the best day of your life and will do what it takes to make things happen. Add to it one of the most cheerful personalities I have had the pleasure to know and the results are very happy couples.
"I heard a lot of things could go wrong on a wedding day. Definitely not for us! We actually had great fun and enjoyed every single moment.I was the worry free bride :) because Junko orchestrated everything; the event took place smoothly until late at night with the utmost perfection and attention to detail.There is no word to describe how grateful we are to work with Junko.
If you want to get married, Italy is the right place to go and Junko is the right person to consult." Carrie and Thomas – Florence wedding
"Junko was a saint and I am so thankful for all of her assistance! Everything was perfect!" Laura and Efri – Tuscany Wedding
Attention to detail “redefined”. Junko is a type “A” perfectionist able to handle complex events. Her cheerful attitude and beautiful manners are appreciated by all our couples.
Raffaella R – our concierge services coordinator works tirelessly behind the scenes coordinating many of our services, hotel bookings, group transfers and much, much more. She is an invaluable addition to our team. Gifted with a keen sense of organization, multi-tasker “par excellance” as well as outgoing and enthusiastic, she handles much of our logistics as well as researching important services for Distinctive Italy.
Dubbed by everyone as “Ms. Positive” – she keeps things running smoothly for our team!
Mariana has extensive experience working in the hospitality industry around the globe. She is an articulate communicator, with a very positive, calm personality that is unperturbed by whatever may come her way. Essential qualities for a wedding planner. Her background in luxury hospitality and tourism has equipped her to provide a white glove service to all of her couples.
Mariana has a proven record of providing excellent customer service and is extremely organized, reliable and dedicated to her couples. Armed with strong communication skills and super positive attitude she will make sure that you’ll have an unforgettable wedding experience.
We always knew we wanted to plan a destination Italian wedding but had no idea where to start, in a pandemic no less. We found Distinctive Italian Weddings and loved the standing history and reputation of the company. Our planner, Mariana, made the experience seamless. She went above and beyond to problem solve and work out any details. She really thought of everything!! She presented us with phenomenal options from the venue to florals to photographers all within a variety of price points. I never thought it could be so easy to plan something as stressful as a wedding across the world. Our day couldn’t have been more beautiful thanks to the team at DIW. Grazie!!
Poised and positive are adjectives that quickly come to mind when thinking about Mariana. She inspires confidence at first contact. Couples will inevitably discover that her quiet and self-assured exterior reveals a very organized mind able to handle the many challenges that planning a multi day celebration entail!
Thanks to her natural affinity with people and experience working in the luxury sales world, Simona’s focus on the client's needs is a key feature of her personality. Extremely meticulous, caring and passionate, it is her mission, and utmost joy, to create memorable celebrations for her couples.
Thanks to her foreign language studies and fondness for art, Simona has an innate talent with design and is very creative. She is the perfect blend of love for technology and inspiration. As a passionate botanist she can come up with unconventional solutions for your floral design.
Her extroverted and tenacious personality allows Simona to reach her goals no matter the challenge!
Christina is our Social Media ambassador! She works her magic with Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and her amazing commentary is a delight to read and key to the continuous growth in our followers.
She has a keen eye for detail and keeps current on international wedding trends.
We think she is amazing!
Jacopo brings to DIW a tremendous wealth of experience in all aspects of wedding planning. With an extensive background in international catering and event planning (having worked in Canada, China and Spain) he is able to handle events of any size and work seamlessly with couples from all over the world.
He is fluent in Chinese, English and Spanish. Extremely high energy and a self-starter, our couples find Jacopo a delight to work thanks to his outgoing personality and enthusiasm for the job.