Dear Raffaela and Rosanna,
Thank you for all your assistance in planning our wedding. It is definitely a challenge to plan a wedding in a different country, especially when you don't speak the language, and we couldn't have pulled off such an amazing day without DIW! We wish you all the best for the future, and many more successful weddings!
We couldn't have been happier with our wedding – it was a spectacular day and everything went off without a hitch. Everyone had a great time and some of our guests even said it was 'the best wedding they have ever been to' which we were absolutely thrilled about!
The wedding was a success because of the huge amount of planning that went in and the support of talented and professional vendors, both in Italy and in the lead up to the wedding in the UK. Our Italian vendors, suggested and coordinated by DIW, exceeded our expectations through their professionalism, punctuality, quality of service/product and accommodation of our requests. We would recommend all of them to other couples getting married in Italy, and note that time invested communicating with vendors will pay dividends on your big day and in the memories captured.
We fell in love with our venue on our first visit and are thrilled to have been able to have our wedding here. We were proud to share this venue with our guests and we are pleased to say everyone loved it! The venue looked amazing in both our wedding photos and video, and it was great to be able to use different areas of the property for parts of the day. Giacomo and Barbara were amazing hosts and a big part of the reason we selected it for our wedding. They did a fantastic job on our wedding day, which they managed to perfection and they were always keen to offer help or advice without any fuss. We just could not have picked a more perfect location for a truly perfect day!
We could not have made a better choice than Claudia and Luca for our wedding. Firstly, our photos are absolutely stunning: they truly captured the essence of our amazing day. Their fine art photography/editing give our wedding photos an x-factor; the images are interesting, vibrant, candid, capturing everything from the wider landscape to the finer detail, and it's obvious a lot of care has been taken in their production. It was also great to have two photographers on the day to capture it from different angles/ perspectives.
It put our mind at ease being able to meet Claudia and Luca the night before the wedding, and we were thrilled that they stayed for an extra hour at the end of the night to make sure they captured the cake cutting, our first dance and the start of the party. They conducted themselves extremely professionally, but had a lovely relaxed and unobtrusive attitude and style.
Prior to the wedding, we spent quite a bit of time thinking about what we wanted them to capture on the day, including some group photos, and they managed to do it all plus so much more. They are lovely people to work with and we would 100% recommend them to anyone getting married in Italy.
Videographer – Denis
When we started to plan our wedding, we weren't 100% certain if we were going to have a videographer. We are really pleased Raffaela encouraged us to do this, and also for her personal recommendation of Denis. We were a bit apprehensive because the example video's we saw from Denis weren't in the style of wedding video we were looking for. However, Raffaela assured us that Denis was happy to accommodate our requests and adapt his style. So we invested lots of time in defining the style of video we wanted – what we did and didn't like – finding music – and finding examples of other videos to share with Denis. This approach was 100% successful, as the short trailer video we have just received is exactly what we wanted and more! We are so excited to see the longer version!
We really appreciated meeting with Denis and the second videographer the night before the wedding, and were really impressed to later learn he also visited our ceremony venue to ensure he was prepared for our wedding day. Denis also arrived on the wedding day 2 hours early, so he could get all the shots he wanted and not to have to rush or clash with the photographers! He also stayed an extra hour in the evening to ensure he captured cutting the cake, first dance and start of the party without any bother.
Overall, we found Denis's approach to be very professional; we were very impressed with his preparation and organisation, his accommodation of our requests and the high quality of the video. It is clear that he is a brilliant videographer and he is a lovely person to work with. Additionally having two videographers really helped capture all of the special moments throughout the day and they did a great job of capturing a combination of the beautiful buildings, landscapes special moments throughout the day and all of our guests.
The flowers provided by Stiatti Fiori were beautiful and it's clear they are very professional and talented florists. The bride and bridesmaid bouquets were absolutely beautiful and the flowers for the tables were very pretty. We added the glass hanging tea light holders to our order late, which were hung from the trees in front of the marquee, and really finished off the dinner and dancing area perfectly. Our parents' buttonholes and corsages were also really nice.
The DJ was great and we cannot believe he stayed until 4am – it was fantastic!! We provided a list of music and he did an awesome job of playing it – everyone was up on their feet dancing the whole night! We really appreciated he was happy to play our choice of music and had that he kept the party going until the early hours.
It would have been great to know he was happy to stay later as we could have arranged and paid for this up front.
Hair & makeup – Samantha & team
Samantha and her team did a great job of the hair and makeup; the bride, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom all looked beautiful. They were all very professional, punctual and we appreciated that the team included an English speaker to translate! They also took the time before setting up to work out the room with the best light, which was important for the photographers and videographers as well.
I did a hair and makeup trial with Samantha 6 months before the wedding and her and her team were really sweet and accommodating. After the trial I was slightly nervous about my makeup, but I LOVED it on the day.
Distinctive Italy Weddings
We are happy we choose DIW to help us organise our wedding and appreciate the genuine efforts made to make our day the best it could be. We enjoyed working with Raffaela – who is lovely, professional, organised and patient in replying to our endless emails of questions! We were very happy to have Raffaela was present on our wedding day; in particular it was really special to have her involved in our ceremony as the translator. She also has a great relationship with the vendors and ensured everything ran smoothly and to time.
Overall the vendors were fantastic: high quality, professional and good value for money. We were also impressed that they were so flexible and accommodating of our requests, such as the DJ playing exclusively from our music list, and the videographer adapting his production style. It was reassuring to know that all the vendors were recommended by DIW and their services were being coordinated by Raffaela. The smooth running of the day is testament to the professional planning and organisation of DIW and communication with us and the other vendors.
Pippa and Josh