Not sure if my review would do any justice to DIW…but I will try...
It all started 8 months prior to the wedding day where we contacted DIW and fell in like with Bonnie and Luca while meeting them in magical Ravello during a windy day in March.
I confess that I was not the easiest to deal with during the months that preceded the wedding. Those who know me well know my keen eye to details and my desire for perfectionism. Thankfully Bonnie was very patient with me and proved to be the most amazing planner a bride can have.
During our three-day wedding – the DIW team went above and beyond with their attentiveness, with their excellent service and most importantly with their genuine love.
Everything turned out exactly like how we brainstormed it with DIW during the 8 months period preceding the wedding. Starting with our well-organized civil ceremony in the Belvedere Principessa di Piemonte to the charming welcoming aperitivo in Ravello’s square, to the pious church ceremony in St. Francis, to our stunning wedding celebrations in Villa Cimbrone and lastly to our farewell brunch in Cimbrone.
Everything in our opinion was flawless and magical. It surely would not have been the case if Bonnie and Lucca were not accompanying us every minute of the day during the wedding weekend.
I remember walking down the isle and looking at all the flower arrangements around the benches while listening to the violinist in the background and thinking how amazing are our planners turned out to be.
Ziad and I are thankful that we decided to go with DIW. The team is amazingly professional, prompt, assuring, friendly and most importantly loving. We highly recommend DIW to work with.
Lots of love,
Genane & Ziad
Distinctive Italy Weddings was the best choice we made for our wedding day. I will start from the beginning; my now husband and I did a lot of “homework” before deciding on a company to use for one of the most important days of our lives. We talked to several companies and no company compared to DIW. Rosanna and Stefania were amazing to work with, very quick to respond (considering the time change) and always happy to help. We had the most incredible day because of them.
The planning was very easy and once we got to Venice and the big day arrived, everything was perfect and smooth. Stefania was early and ready to help us in whatever way possible. DIW’s recommendations for vendors were also outstanding. Yasmin did my hair and makeup (with no trial run) better than I could have ever imagined and her attention to detail is incredible. We are a very “cheesy couple” and they both helped us stay separate (in the same suite) without seeing one another before the ceremony. Stefania exchanged our letters and Luca, our amazing photographer, made sure to capture each special moment of us getting ready, reading our letters and making sure that every special detail was on film.
Of course when you get married in Venice, you have to head to San Marco square for photos and a gondola ride and DIW made that happen without a single flaw. Everything about our day was perfect. Everyone we worked with was remarkable and we highly would recommend all of them to anyone who ever wanted to get married in Italy.
We would love to answer any questions that anyone has about our experience with DIW about our wedding planning and experience.
Angela & Bryan
Photo by Luca Rajna - http://www.progettifotografici.com/
Thank you so much and thanks to Antonella too - she was amazing! Victoria is so grateful for all her help, she was so kind, generous and helpful! We are very grateful to have Distinctive Italy plan our wedding for us. It really would have been impossible to have done it ourselves. Also the Relais is AMAZING!!!!! We are planning on going back there next year for our anniversary.
Thank you for the picture it is beautiful - INCREDIBLE!!
· Quality of Service - 5
· Responsiveness - 5
· Professionalism - 5
· Value - 5
· Flexibility - 5
We would love to be a reference couple for Distinctive Italy. Also if you are wanting to use our wedding pictures on your blog we would love that.
Thank you so so much again!!!
Victoria and Josh
Today is the first day back in the office, so apologies for the delay in responding to this email.
Simon & I can’t thank you & Bonnie enough for the most magical wedding weekend ever! From start to finish, we loved every moment.
Without question we would rate you as a 5 for each of the below. If I could choose 6 I would!
• Quality of Service
The reason we didn’t want to marry in the UK, was because I didn’t want to feel like a manufactured ‘sausage’ , and that is how the UK wedding venues made me feel! From start to finish, it has been such a pleasure working with you both.
It had always been my dream to marry in Italy, and thank you for making dreams come true!
I know the Villa caters for many weddings, however all the staff made us feel special for the entire weekend. As you know our decision to marry in Florence was decided by the beautiful synagogue. Rabbi Levi, exceeded our expectations on the day, and he arrived with a big smile & sense of humour! The service was beautiful and our guests totally blown away with the synagogue. The service was for me the most important part, and I feel honoured and blessed to have been married in such a special place.
The flowers exceeded expectation on every level, truly beautiful.
I am so grateful to Bonnie & Luca and I will miss the daily emails & planning. The entire weekend ran to perfection, with their true professionalism and expertise. Nothing was ever a problem, and I never wanted to be a Bridezilla!!!
We feel very lucky to have worked with Bonnie, she was amazing!
Our Villa exceeded expectation on every level. The food & wine was outstanding, something which was so important to me.
Everything was truly perfect!
Without hesitation we would act as a possible reference for couples considering your services.
With Kind Regards
& Truly heartfelt Thank You’s
Justine and Simon
Trying to organise a wedding abroad when you don’t speak the language and can be extremely daunting. From the moment that we contacted Distinctive Italy we felt reassured by their professionalism. They have a large list of reputable suppliers that they work with and at no stage did we feel that we were being pressured into employing any particular supplier. Our wedding planner, Raffaela, kept in frequent contact with us throughout the 12 months that we were planning the wedding with rarely a week passing without some contact. Having chosen for Catholic service, Raffaela, liaised with the local priest and provided us with all of the paperwork and information that we needed to get legally married in Italy. This was a massive relief as it is a legal and administrative minefield to navigate.
Initially Distinctive Italy arranged a shortlist of several venues, all of which were beautiful locations. We choose Casa Country House which greatly exceeded our expectations. On the wedding day a representative from Distinctive Italy, Antonella, spent the full day and night with us and everything went so smoothly with her coordination.
The suppliers that Distinctive Italy sourced for us were all genuinely amazing. The band, the DJ, the guitarist, the florist, hairdresser, the church and the venue were all flawless. Our guests were all really impressed with every part of the day and we couldn’t have been happier. Our impression is that Distinctive Italy would not work with suppliers that are not of a high standard.
Throughout the planning, we were kept fully informed of the costs and at no stage did we feel that we weren’t in control or being pressured into buying services that we did not want or were above and beyond our budget. Distinctive Italy offered practical support in a very clear concise way.
We are so grateful to Raffaela, Antonella and Rosanna at Distinction Italy for all their hard work and guidance. They really took the stress away from us and made our wedding day the best day of our lives. They are professional, very well organised and personable. We highly recommend services. Natalie and Barry
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