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  • Glamorous Lake Como Wedding

    Glamorous Lake Como Wedding

Lake Como wedding venues in stunning locations

The highlights of a Lake Como Wedding:

  • Exclusive, private villas for your civil wedding ceremony.
  • The incredible gardens and vistas of Villa Balbianello; recently filmed in Casino Royale.
  • Lakeside towns of Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo.
  • Amazing luxury hotels for both honeymoons and wedding receptions.

Lake Como Wedding

Virgil referred to Lake Como as “our greatest lake” and it is indeed something to behold with its deep blue waters dotted by boats and Alpine mountains rising majestically in the background. Lake Como happens to be Europe’s deepest lake and it is 30 miles long. Visitors have been coming to admire its beauty since Roman times. Heads of state and royalty have vacationed here for centuries. Sir Winston Churchill spent many happy days painting his famous watercolors overlooking its deep blue waters and flowering gardens. A wedding here offers you a selection of some of Italy's finest villas, some of which are world renown museums with stunning botanical gardens.

A Luxurious Lake Como Wedding is certainly intertwined with a rich backdrop of culture and beauty.

Couples who wish to get married in Lake Como should certainly not miss the beauty of the old walled city of Como, famous for its incredible silks. It is a 2000 year old masterpiece with a medieval quarter and a superlative 15th century Cathedral or Duomo. Explore the perfect villages of Bellagio, Tremezzo, Cernobbio and Varenna; each town offers up its own treasures and singular allure. Stop at one of the waterfront cafes and savor the incredible scenery, the colors of the light and the wondrously fresh and crisp air.

Your uniquely planned Lake Como Wedding can either be a civil, Catholic, Protestant or symbolic ceremony - and we will take care of all the special details for you.

Lake Como is world renown for its villas with parks and amazing gardens built along the lake shore; many of which have recently been approved as venues for civil wedding ceremonies and exclusive receptions.

The team of Distinctive Italy Weddings plans civil, Catholic, Protestant and symbolic weddings in Lake Como's finest locations including Bellagio, Varenna, Cernobbio and Lenno. Let us take care of all the details and be your impeccable wedding planner for your very special day!

'Distinctive Italy Weddings', the leading planners for Lakeside wedding venues, will help you to make your Special Day as unique and special as the two of you.

Nowadays, many couples looking for a VIP ceremony with glamour and elegance choose to get married in Lake Como.

A Glamorous Lake Como Wedding

Celebrate your Lake Como wedding in Bellagio at the gorgeous Belle Epoque Villa Serbelloni. Bellagio may very well be the most charming lake town of all the Italian Lakes with its tiny streets and picture-perfect setting! Balconies overflowing with colorful flowers and charming boutiques create an intimate atmosphere. A Villa Serbelloni wedding reception is like no other with its stunning gilded interiors reminiscent of Versailles. The ceremony can be performed lakeside overlooking the blue waters of the lake in its enchanting gardens.

Exclusive Lake Como wedding venues such as Villa Il Balbiano and Villa Pizzo are just a few of the superb private villas available if you dream of getting married in the Italian Lakes. Villa Il Balbiano is possibly one of the top 10 wedding venues in all of Italy. Its interiors defy the imagination, and the gardens offer wide and expansive spaces for an outdoor reception under the stars.

What could be more magical than arriving at your Lake Como wedding in a glamorous Riva boat? Some venues such as Villa del Balbianello can only be reached by boat. Getting married at Villa Balbianello is the aspiration of many couples. It is after all, the iconic symbol of Lake Como with its amazing architecture and cascading gardens. One of the wonders of all the Italian Lakes. Its ancient Loggia is a masterpiece and the dazzling setting for a Lake Como wedding ceremony with its beautiful arches.

For formal, black tie celebrations look no further than Villa Erba for the perfect Lake Como wedding venue. It is by far the most lavish with its ornate interiors and frescoes. The villa has the largest indoor spaces of any of the venues around the Lake. Ceremonies and receptions can be held outdoors in the vast park. Villa Erba is ideally located in the charming village of Cernobbio and within a few minute’s drive from Como’s luxury hotels.

A stone’s throw from Villa Erba, also in Cernobbio, is the amazing Villa Pizzo. John Legend celebrated his Lake Como wedding at Villa Pizzo and it is a superb venue with the longest lakefront of any property on the lake. Ceremonies are often performed on its extraordinary lakeside terrace. Your guests will feel as if they are floating on the water! The romantic Italian gardens and outdoor staircase are the preferred setting for an outdoor Villa Pizzo wedding reception.

Lake Como is renowned for its breathtaking botanical gardens, many of which are available for a Lake Como ceremony and even for receptions. Villa Carlotta’s gardens are one of the main charms of the lake, attracting visitors from all over the world. Its large, panoramic terrace is the setting for civil or symbolic lake Como wedding ceremonies. Afterwards a Prosecco aperitif or full dinner is possible. The variety of flowers and plants is among the finest in Italy and when the hydrangeas and camelias are in bloom the views will simply transport you. What a backdrop for your Lake Como wedding photos!

And as for grandeur and magnificence, who could forget Villa D’Este? This superlative Lake Como wedding venue is a legendary 5 star hotel and the lake’s finest hotel. This 16th century masterpiece is surrounded by Pellegrino Pellegrini’s famous Nympheum. The Mosaic Gardens are one of the wonders of the property, and the idyllic setting for a Lake Como wedding ceremony. Villa D’Este’s grand halls are filled with art treasures including paintings from the Canova school and French school.

These are a few of the possibilities as far as Lake Como wedding venues!

We can think of no setting more glamorous and exclusive than Lake Como for your wedding in Italy.

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Is Lake Como an expensive region to plan a wedding in Italy?

Lake Como is one of the premier luxury regions for a wedding in Italy.  Certainly more expensive than regions such as Tuscany and Umbria.  It is however unique in every sense of the word as no region can offer the stunning lakeside wedding venues. Can anything be more magical than arriving at your wedding at Villa del Balbianello on a boat cruise? Regal villas with magnificent gardens cascading towards the waters are one of a kind venues that no region can compete with.

Where are civil ceremonies in Lake Como performed? Can I have a civil ceremony at my wedding venue?

Lake Como offers a tremendous variety of options for a civil ceremony with lake views.  Many venues are authorized to celebrate a legally binding ceremony directly on location – thus avoiding any town halls. Villa del Balbianello, Villa Carlotta and many others offer a memorable backdrop for both ceremony AND reception all in one place. Should the venue not have a permit from the town hall to celebrate on site Distinctive Italy does have civil celebrants authorized by the Italian government to celebrate at any venue of your choosing.  So either way you can be sure to celebrate at the venue. Venues range from luxury 5 star historic hotels such as Villa D’Este to very exclusive private villas such as Villa Il Balbiano, one of Italy’s finest private villas. Every villa and estate will have its own exclusive style and architecture. Villa Pizzo is one of the lakes most iconic wedding venues with the longest lakefront of any property and is quite versatile. These and other private villas can be hired exclusively for your wedding for an unforgettable celebration! Venues come in all sizes including intimate villas for smaller events, which in some cases offer enough accommodation for immediate family. These are ideal to host a week-end of celebrations combined with welcome dinner and other activities.

Where are Protestant ceremonies in Lake Como possible?

Protestant ceremonies in Lake Como can be performed at any villa or property as well as at the gorgeous Anglican church in Cadenabbia, one of the most beautiful churches on the Lake. Alternatively we have Protestant pastors who can come to your preferred location and celebrate a religious blessing or a ceremony that also has civil validity.

Is it possible to have a Catholic ceremony in Lake Como

Alas no! Lake Como is one of the very few places in Italy where non-residents cannot marry in its churches due to the diocese regulations. Most couples choose to have a symbolic ceremony instead.

What are the main airports for Lake Como?

Milano Malpensa and Milano Linate airports are the two main airports servicing Lake Como and are about 1 hour from the Lake. There is train travel from Milano to Como and from there boat ferries will take you to any of the main towns.

Do Lake Como’s wedding venues provide accommodation for guests?

Most of Lake Como’s venues tend to be primarily for the wedding day alone such as Villa Pizzo, but a few do offer a small number of rooms for immediate family. Otherwise there are hotels very close by or you can choose to marry in one of the amazing luxury hotels.

Can I have my entire event outdoors?

Of course! If you want to marry in Lake Como you will want to see the lake during your special day! Both ceremony and reception in most cases can be held outdoors with lake views. We know that one of the main reasons for couples to choose a lakeside wedding is to be able to enjoy amazing weather and the VIEWS! We offer a variety of venues that allow your wedding day to be outside starting with your ceremony and following with a magical reception under the stars.

Are there music timing limits in Lake Como for the party and dancing?

You will find that the general time limit for dancing outdoors or indoors is around midnight but a few venues will have stricter limitation s and a couple have soundproof  solutions to dance until dawn, but generally very few!

What is a typical wedding reception like?

A reception will always begin with a generous aperitivo hour of local specialties with Prosecco enjoyed throughout. Your seated reception will follow and include the finest wine accompaniment to compliment the dishes. Finally the wedding cake will be served with open bar to follow.  The catering companies offer a wide selection of set up options to personalize your design as much as possible. Grand reception halls such as those found at Villa D’Este or Villa Serbelloni are going to reflect a more formal and Old World setting.  These are grand venues to wow your guests. Locations such as Villa Pizzo are very versatile allowing you to move in a variety of design solutions ranging from rustic imperial tables to a more elegant and dazzling set up including crystal marquees decorated like an indoor garden or very glitzy décor. If you are looking for a sumptuous set up with frescoes and gilding – Villa Sola Cabiati fits the bill! This is one of the most elegant and formal wedding villas on the lake with amazing suites.


Distinctive Italy Weddings has in over 20 years of planning weddings in Italy and we have culled the country’s best vendors. They have a proven track record of delivering and will go the extra mile to satisfy our couples. From your wedding photographer in Italy to floral designer to bands, caterers and more, we will guide you in the right direction. Our couples rave about our Italian wedding vendors! Let us partner with you to create a one of a kind celebration. Special lighting and one of a kind layouts are what our design team loves to plan. We have extensive experience with big event productions.

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