THE ETERNAL CITY ✈ A SNAPSHOT

Rome is a beautiful and mesmerising city, perfectly situated amongst an unlimited number of historical sites and monuments that give the city it’s unique character. You can feel the romance, wandering through Rome’s beautiful piazzas and squares. The home of the Vatican, where romance and history touch all who visit, Rome makes a stunning setting for a wedding.

If you are considering a Rome wedding, you can choose to have a religious ceremony in one of the many historical churches or a civil wedding in a garden or on a terrace overlooking the eternal city or in an villa in the hills of Rome, the possibilities are endless…

Rome Wedding

Photo by Bella Lunardi

DESTINATION WEDDING LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

See our legal guidelines to a wedding in Italy.

WEDDING CEREMONY VENUES

CATHOLIC WEDDINGS ✈ Catholic Weddings in Rome can only be performed in a catholic church and can only be celebrated when one of the parties is of catholic religion. Please Note: Catholic weddings may not be celebrated in the diocese of Rome during the season of lent.

St. Peter’s BasilicaWithin St. Peter’s Basilica, Catholic wedding ceremonies may be celebrated in the Cappella del Coro (Choir Chapel). Located at the very heart of Rome.

St. Isidore’s College ✈ Saint Isidores College is part of the Irish Province of the Order of Friars Minor. The small Church situated within the gated Monastery grounds will only hold one wedding a day. Located in the center of Rome close to the Spanish Steps and Piazza Barberini.

Chiesa di San Silvestro ✈ The Chiesa di San Silvestro is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and titular church. A church for the English speaking residents of Rome. Located in the center of Rome close to the Spanish Steps.

St. Patrick’s ✈ St Patrick’s Church founded by an Irish Augustinian priest holds weddings for Irish couples or couples of Irish descent. Located in the center of Rome.

Irish College ✈ The Chapel of the Pontifical Irish College located in the Irish College is dedicated to All the Saints of Ireland . Marriage ceremonies can be arranged on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday each week. Located in the center of Rome close to the Colosseum

Santa Costanza Mausoleum ✈ Santa Costanza is an imperial mausoleum in Rome that was later dedicated as a church. A round building with the alter at the centre, surrounded by 12 pairs of Roman columns where guests are seated. Located on the ouskirts of the city. A little over 2km from the ancient Aurelian Walls.

CIVIL CEREMONIES ✈ Civil ceremonies must take place on local council soils and are conducted by a Council officer. In Rome there are three authorised wedding halls; Sala Rossa at the Campidoglio, Sala Palatina at Complesso Vignola Mattei and Villa Lais. These venues need to be booked six months prior your chosen date.

Campidoglio Wedding Hall ✈ On the Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Roman Forum with a grand staircase designed by Michelangelo. Weddings take place in the Sala Rossa. Located in the center of Rome.

Complesso Vignola Mattei ✈ An ancient Church surrounded by beautiful gardens with a charming rustic feel.Located in the center of Rome.

Villa Lais ✈ A small chapel with frescoed walls and antique furniture. A memorable setting, perfect for an intimate wedding. Located in the center of Rome.

SYMBOLIC CEREMONIES ✈ Symbolic weddings can be celebrated in many stunning locations in Rome; hotels, villas, palaces, gardens etc. Consider the Roman Forum or Villa Borghese. Symbolic ceremonies have no legal recognition so your legal paperwork will have to be arranged separately.

Rome by Rochelle Cheever

Rochelle Cheever via Fly Away Bride

WEDDING RECEPTION VENUES

RESTAURANTS

Casina Valadier ✈ Casina Valadier, the jewel of Pincio, was originally built between 1816 and 1837 and was recently renovated and reopened as a chic restaurant. With mesmerising views over Rome there are two open air side terraces and a central terrace which would be suitable for smaller wedding parties. Located up a lovely winding stairs is the Impero room, a stunning room with painted walls and ceiling, which can fit up to 150 guests. The Impero room has it’s own private terrace to the back overlooking Villa Borghese and windows to the front overlooking the city. Located in Villa Borghese.

Babette ✈ Babette’s offers traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. The restaurant has a main central room, a smaller room exhibiting works of emerging painters, a bar and a beautiful internal courtyard for an open air and candlelight evening. Perfect for a romantic wedding celebration. Located in the center of Rome, a few steps from Piazza del Popollo.

HOTELS

Il Palazzetto ✈ Directly overlooking the Spanish Steps you can’t but soak in the buzz of Rome. Wedding receptions can be held on the terrace, in a small room off the wine bar or in a garden terrace. Caters for up to 50 guest seated and 120 buffet style.

Intercontinental De La Ville ✈ This beautiful hotel among other spaces has a private garden with a room leading off it at the heart of the hotel, available for exclusive use for weddings. There is also a rooftop terrace with bar on the 6th floor with amazing views over Rome. Caters for up to 120 guest. Located at the top of the Spanish Steps.

Hotel Hassler ✈ A prestigious five star deluxe hotel rich in atmosphere and renowned for exclusivity. With various spaces available to choose from for all styles of weddings, small and intimate or large and formal. Caters for up to 100 seated and up to 200 cocktail party. The views over Rome from the roof top terrace deserve a special mention, the panoramic vistas are truly stunning and unmatched by any other views in Rome. The terrace seats 26 guests max. Located at the top of the Spanish Steps.

Hotel De Russi ✈ A luxury five star hotel located in the heart of the beautiful city of Rome with two stunning garden reception spaces to choose from; the Garden Privèe, caters for up to 40 guests with aperitifs and canapés and the Garden Pergolato, caters for a up to 100 guests with dinner or buffet. Located between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo

Hotel Quirinale ✈ This beautiful historic hotel offers you have a choice of 8 beautifully styled indoor venues and also exclusive access to the beautiful garden (from April to October). Located in the center of Rome.

Hotel Forum ✈ The Rooftop Garden and Restaurant which are open all year overlook the ancient Imperial Roman Forum offering a stunning location for a wedding reception. Located in the center of Rome.

VILLAS

Villa Grazioli ✈ A Splendid cardinal Villa with a wonderful view over Rome. Symbolic, Protestant and Jewish wedding ceremonies can take place in the Villa’s grounds. Caters for up to 220 guests. Villa Grazioli has 62 rooms in total, 13 of which in the main Villa and the rest are located in two cottages on the grounds. Located 20 minutes from Rome.

Villa Aurelia ✈ Perched in a dominating position on the crest of the Janiculum Hill, Villa Aurelia boasts beautiful gardens and a breathtaking view of Rome. Located in the center of Rome, near Trastevere.

Villa dei Lecci ✈ Villa dei Lecci is a 1917 turreted home with frescoed ceilings, set on three acres in the Monteverde district of Rome. Caters for up to 300 guests. Located on the edge of Rome center.

Villa La Torraccia di Sutri ✈ A beautiful historical Villa nestled in the green countryside with Italian style gardens and a pool. Symbolic, Protestant and Jewish wedding ceremonies can take place in the Villa’s grounds. Caters for up to 250 guests. Located 40km from Rome

CASTLES, PALACES & ANCIENT RESIDENCE

Palazzo Brancaccio ✈ The last Roman Patrician Palace built in the heart of the eternal city, a spectacular setting for a magical day. Symbolic, Civil or Jewish wedding ceremonies can be held at the Palace. Caters for up to 500 guests seated and 700 buffet style. Located in Rome city center, 500 meters from the Colosseum.

Borgo di Tragliata ✈ An ancient residence with a beautiful rustic charm. A splendid baroque church built in the Middle Ages is located within the grounds and holds 150 persons (100 seated). Accommodation for up to 95 people. Located 30km from Rome

Castle Odescalchi Santa MarinellaA 12th century Castle near Rome with magnificent ocean views. Protestant, Jewish and Symbolic weddings ceremonies can be held at the castle. Caters for up to 400 guests. Located 30 minutes from Rome.

Castello Odescalchi Di Bracciano ✈ The stunning Italian Castle where Tom and Kate were married rises in an elevated position dominating the lake below and the surrounding countryside. Protestant, Jewish and Symbolic Weddings weddings ceremonies can be held at the Castle. Catholic Weddings are celebrated in the church of Santo Stefano built in 1427 attached to the western wing of the Castle. Caters for up to 1500 guests. Located 40 minutes from Rome.

Castello della Castelluccia ✈ A medieval Castle with wonderful scenery and a fairytale setting. Catholic weddings or symbolic ceremonies can celebrated inside the Castle in an ancient Chapel or a romantic Cloister. Caters for up to 350 guests. 23 bedrooms. Located 13km from Rome.

DRINK & BE MERRY

Gregory’s Live Jazz & Dinner Club ✈ A meeting place for Rome’s musicians, Gregory’s is an Irish pub with a jazz club on the second floor. Downstairs Guinness, beers, shorts and a large selection of malt whiskeys are served. Gregory’s regulars play everything from be-bop to Cole Porter. The perfect venue to end your wedding celebrations, an experience not to be missed!

Jackie O ✈ A world famous club in the La Dolce Vita tradition with restaurant, piano bar and disco. Caters for weddings and parties for up to 100 seated, 150 buffet style and 300 for cocktails. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30pm to 4am.

Scholars Lounge ✈ An authentic Irish Pub in Rome, perfect for pre or post wedding celebrations, you can reserve an area for your guests. Live music on request. Open daily 11am to 4.00pm. Full Irish Breakfast served from 11am to 11pm.

Hostaria dell’Orso ✈ Set in a medieval palace dating back to around 1400AD Hostaria dell’Orso combines a restaurant, a sleek piano bar and a buzzing night club. Live music every Friday and Saturday in the Piano Bar.

CAR HIRE

Fabio drives his beautiful vintage Noleggio Fiat 500 D Cabrio 1964 for weddings and can also organise to have a Piaggio Calessino and Vespa on hand to ferry your guests from one location to another.

CATERING & CAKES

Natalizi

FLORISTS

Coccotti Flowers

I Tulipani

HAIR & MAKEUP

Louise Faulkner ✈ Louise is an Irish hair and makeup stylist living in Italy offering bridal services. louise.faulkner@yahoo.ie

Toni & Guy ✈ Via Tomacelli, 105. Tel. +39 06 68809332

MUSIC

The Italian Wedding Band

PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS

Jay Studio Photography

Foto Gioberti

Sposisenzapose

Alessiofranchi Photographer

Domenico Costantini

Rochelle Cheever – Italy Destination Weddings

PLANNERS

Varese Wedding

PLANES TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

TRAVELING TO ROME ✈ Leonardo Da Vinci, Rome’s international airport is 30km west of the city.
Shared private cars are available at the exits of the Airport, catering for up to 7 people.
Taxis are available at the exits of the Airport.
Hourly express trains to the city’s Termini Railway Station take 30 mins from the Airport.

GETTING AROUND ROME ✈ Without a doubt walking is the best mode of transport for getting around Rome. The historic center of Rome is increasingly pedestrianised and walking is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of the ancient city.
The Metro has two main lines which intersect at Termini Railway Station.
Taxi ranks can be found at the airports, train stations, major squares and tourist sights.

TRAVELING AROUND ROME✈ Termini is Rome’s main railway station. If you plan to travel on from Rome to any other part of Italy during your stay do consider using their rail service, Tren Italia.

SLEEP

APARTMENTS ✈ There are various companies offering apartment accommodation in Rome, most apartments are private properties and are let through agencies. Apartments can be a good accommodation option in Rome but do be careful and make sure you are booking with a legitimate company. Check for reviews and feedback from previous guest and make sure to ask if the apartment is serviced by a lift and if there is air conditioning.

Sleep In Italy

Stay Rome

Friendly Rentals

WORDS OF WISDOM

Many Churches and religious sights do not allow you to enter with bare knees or shoulders (no shorts, miniskirts or vests) so make sure to have something to cover yourself up when sightseeing or attending a wedding, a pashmina or a cardigan.

Many of Rome’s streets are cobbled and uneven, not stiletto friendly! Make sure to bring comfortable footwear for walking.

SPEAK THE LANGUAGE

Hi! / Bye! ✈ Ciao!

Welcome ✈ Ben Venuto

Good bye! ✈ Arrivederci!

Thank You ✈ Grazie!

Beautiful ✈ Bellisima

Love ✈ Amore

Just Married ✈ Appena Sposati

The Good Life ✈ La Dolce Vita

If you have any suggestions you think we should add to our Rome Destination Guide please leave a comment or email us with your suggestions to submissions@flyawaybride.com

6 Responses

  1. emmabride12

    I used photographer Rochelle Cheever and for hair and make-up Janita Helova. Can highly recommend both!

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  2. Sinead

    Is a short notice wedding possible? if all paperwork in order Irish side? both catholic documentation and freedom to marry cert

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    • Amy

      Hi Sinead, a short notice wedding should be possible since there are no previous residency requirements with a wedding in Italy. Have a look at our legalities of a wedding in Italy for the Italian paperwork you’ll need: http://flyawaybride.com/fab-guide-legal-wedding-in-italy/
      You may have to make two appointments to visit the Town Hall so might want to be there a number of days beforehand!

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