Turning dreams into reality since 1997
Collectively the Distinctive Italy Team has over 41 years of planning weddings in Italy.
Raffaela, Stefania, Sarah, Junk, Raffaella and Mariana 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 for 200) 2014
I would like to say an enormous thank you to you for all of the outstanding and thoroughly professional way you organized and conducted the work you have done in making our day into something that we could not have even imagined it would be. I mentioned to you the day of the wedding your website tag line "exceeding exceptions" well that was certainly fulfilled. I am lost for words at how wonderful it was.
I would like to say a huge and personal thank you to you for being so lovely. It was a pleasure working with you. Everyone was asking was I stressed and all I could say is how can I be stressed when we have Raffaela. You were just so thoughtful and kind and made everything seems so easy! And I am sure it wasn't.
Hi Rosanna, hang on to this lady she is an absolute ambassador for DIW and has certainly gained huge fans as a wedding planner with the friends I had there I have never seen them so impressed (and they have high expectations)."
Simone and Kenneth. XX
"We relied on Raffaela's suggestions and advice when selecting venues and service providers, we knew we could trust her and she really did pick the best around.
Raffaela was almost my personal assistant and counsellor; she always answered my emails and questions promptly and explained each detail carefully.…we had the perfect day and it was better than we could have possibly expected! We cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work." Erin – wedding in Tuscany
Raffaela was born to be a wedding planner and her couples know it. I have come across very few people who possess her rare combination of character, disposition and organizational skills. As Senior Planner she manages weddings from Sicily to the Alps, generally supervising 2 to 3 day events.
Sarah brings exceptional organizational skills and an eagle eye for detail to every wedding she plans. Known for her flexibility and enthusiasm, she is a joy to work with. Her portfolio reflects a proven record having worked with one of the finest luxury resorts in Tuscany and as well as extensive experience with one of Italy’s most respected caterers. Sarah has planned some of our most complex events and earned high praise for the final results. Design is one of her passions and she has outstanding creative abilities.
“And of course your wedding planning services were just as spotless and remarkable - you were tireless and definitely the perfect planner for us. Always so kind and understanding with our crazy schedule and senseles requests, going out of your way so many times to make us happy. We appreciate so much all you've done for us! In sum, everything was absolutely perfect. We can't thank you enough!
Oh and you have my mother's total approval as a wedding planner and mother of the bride. She loved everything and said she wouldn't have done a better job herself!?” Marcella and Thiago – Wedding in Tuscany
“It doesn’t go a week without us thinking of our wedding and the lovely week we had, which was truly amazing and perfect, and it couldn’t have happened without your support.” Alexander, Ellen & Baby James (just 5 months!)
“Thank you so much for all of your help in planning our special day and weekend! ……. everything exceeded our expectations and we both wish we could do it all over again exactly the same! All of our guests said how magical everything was and I think they will be talking about it for a long time!! We will surely be recommending your services for anyone wishing to get married in Italy and indeed telling everyone that they should get married in Italy!” Rosie and Rizwan
Sarah is high-energy and bi-lingual; a great communicator. Her passion for her work is obvious at the first contact. Gifted with a high degree of aesthetics she is sure to create a beautifully designed and choreographed event!
"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. IEssential 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.
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!