We are Alessandra and Veronica and we work at the Italian Lakes Wedding. Lake Como (known as Lago di Como in Italian) is not the largest lake in Italy, but there’s no denying it is one of the most attractive – especially for unique destination weddings and romantic honeymoons! All over Europe, there is hardly a place evoking images of glamour and beauty such as Lake Como in Italy.
Lake Como is shaped like an upside Y and is lined with lush gardens, luxury villas and pretty villages embracing the shore like Cernobbio, Menaggio, Bellagio, Varenna, and Laglio – just to mention few of them.
Many celebrities like George Clooney (Villa Oleandra) and Richard Branson (Villa Cassinella) have purchased their own piece of paradise here.
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How to get to Lake Como?
Lake Como is conveniently located in Northern Italy – close to Swiss border and just an hour from Milan and all main airports. This makes Lake Como a perfect wedding destination for all foreign couples with guests coming from all over the world.
Driving can be a bit ‘white-knuckling’: many of the roads are particularly narrow and winding, and with Italy’s wannabe F1 drivers sharing the ride with you, driving can be a bit nerve-wracking.
We always suggest our couples to take advantage of our customized concierge service: we will be pleased to help you and your guests with all transfers planning.
Once arrived, the best way to hop between towns is by the frequent ferry services that operate on Lake Como or by buses that connect the main towns of Como and Lecco with smaller lakeside towns as well as more remote villages on the surrounding mountains.
Lake Como Villas: are they viable?
Many couples, in their very first inquiry and initial exploration on Lake Como weddings, ask us for Private Villas for their wedding day that could possibly host the totality of guests (most of the times we are talking about 30 – 50 people or more). This is not easy on Lake Como. Lake Como Private Villas generally have no more than 6 – 7 bedrooms, hosting a maximum of 12 – 14 persons.
There are many larger venues but these are boutique or luxury hotels.
However, most Private Villas have grand gardens, terraces and main halls to host weddings of all sizes.
What kind of wedding ceremonies are available?
On Lake Como, civil ceremonies can be performed in every town hall or at licensed venues. Only licensed venues can host open-air lake view ceremonies. Licensed venues on Lake Como are: Villa Cipressi and Villa Monastero in Varenna, Villa Balbianello in Lenno, Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, Villa Leoni in Ossuccio, Villa Regina Teodolinda and Relais Villa Vittoria in Laglio.
Blessing Ceremonies are not legally binding – unlike an official wedding. For this reason, a symbolic ceremony is allowed at every hotel or private Villa. A blessing ceremony usually involves a selection of readings, poems, and music. You could include traditional wedding music or something of special significance to you both. Blessings do not have to include religious references. Whether the blessing contains spiritual elements or not the emphasis is always on the commitment to one another.
Where to get married in Lake Como?
Lake Como offers a wide selection of venues for the wedding reception: local restaurants, private Villas, Hotels and beach clubs.
Whatever you will choose, we highly recommend reaching the reception dinner venue by boat: the views of the lakeside towns and villages are best seen from the lake. Taking a cruise is one of the best things to do at Lake Como and a good way to see some of the houses of its famous residents!
How much does it cost to have a Lake Como destination wedding?
It is important being aware of rental fees that can have a strong impact on the wedding budget.
All Lake Como venues require a rental fee to host an event. This is also applicable to local restaurants and it doesn’t matter if the wedding is very small, medium or large.
The venues of Lake Como are all different one from another: we can offer Villas that can be hired for just a few hours and few thousand Euros and others where the minimum required is one day or one-week rental where prices can surpass 100.000 Euros.
Lake Como is a precious gem and so are its venues, consequently, the prices here are not low key and often aren’t affordable.
Your guests will be delighted by the Italian fine cuisine and all venues offer exceptional wedding menu options.
For good menu at local restaurants on Lake Como, the minimum budget required is 100 – 120 Euros per person going up to over 250 Euros per person at luxury hotels like Villa D’Este.