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Sam K. · Married on 09/15/2020
We truly felt that we were dealing with a talented caring friend, not a wedding planner.
We have really enjoyed working with Alessandra Fabi, she is smart, savvy, and understood our vision and needs to help us manage our dream wedding in Italy.Sent on 05/31/2020
Even though we spoke to other Italian planners, 15 in total, who either seemed a little too pretentious or didn’t have enough experience to answer all our questions convincingly, Alessandra gave us the sense that we were working with a professional who knew exactly what they were doing and has done this many times before.
She was flexible and helped us in every aspect of our wedding where we needed, even before signing any contract, she went above and beyond to answer all our questions and supply us with preliminary budgets for the venues and wedding visions to help us understand the situation and manage our expectations clearly, which we greatly appreciated and let us know that we were working with a generous soul. Above all else, she is a genuinely nice and loving person who was a joy to work and interact with.
She has great English and can converse both verbally and written with ease. She is positive, calm, and patient in a relaxed manner which suited our personalities perfectly. Any couple would be lucky to have her by their side to guide them through the entire process, we couldn't recommend her highly enough.
Jean · Married on 05/04/2019
We loved our planner!
The third time’s the charm! We found Stefania through wedding wire and we were so glad to have worked with her! She’s very easy going, understands what you are looking for, and definitely makes everything so easy for us! Planning with her was actually very fun and not stressful at all. On the day of our wedding, she stayed until the end to make sure that all the guests were taken care of. She even stayed in contact with us afterwards to make sure everything was ok. We would definitely recommend Stefania to anyone that is planning their wedding in Italy!Sent on 07/05/2019
Maree · Married on 01/03/2019
An absolutely perfect service provided by Katiuscia Minozzi, I have worked in 5 star establishments in events for 10 years and Katiuscia Minozzi gave the best service i have EVER come across. She is knowledgeable and understands how to service a client perfectly.Sent on 06/19/2018
Thank you Katiuscia Minozzi
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Hi Maree, I wish to thank you for your amazing words, I'm so happy you appreciated my assistance especially considering you have a background in event planning.
Tracey A. · Married on 09/07/2018
Our Perfect Wedding
We got married in Orta San Giulio on the 7th September 2018.
The wedding was amazing and I think it’s fair to say that everyone was blown away with the whole thing.
From start to finish everything worked really well, Valentina and Ernesto at the "Italian Lakes Wedding Company" certainly know their stuff!
Ernesto makes you feel at ease and Valentina makes you feel special. They are a great team and nothing is too much trouble for them.
One of their recommendations was to host a pizza/pasta party in “Venus” the night before the wedding and that was a real hit with our guests. The pizza just kept on coming and stayed hot, and people particularly commented on how good the red wine was. And seeing everyone the night before made the next day a lot easier, I thought!
Initially the weather forecast held thunder and lightning for the wedding day, but Valentina told us to stay positive and as usual she was right. I don’t think we could have been any luckier with the weather, although some of the boys in kilts would possibly have preferred it to be a bit cooler!
From start to finish everything on the wedding day was fabulous. The hairdresser and make-up artist that Valentina had organised were superb. They came to the apartment, made us look good (!) and were calming and easy to work with. They both did a great job, I was really pleased.
I thoroughly enjoyed the short boat ride to the ceremony, which took place at the town hall. I had been thinking that it was a bit over the top, but it gave me a giggle at the time and made me and my young bridesmaids feel like we were being spoilt. It was quite a treat.
The setting for the ceremony was just beautiful. The town hall provides perfectly manicured gardens, in full bloom, overlooking the lake and surrounded by the beautiful Italian buildings. Everyone just adored the setting, it was really stunning.
Valentina had organised a harpist for us who was wonderful and I think was the calming effect Dougie, the groom, was needing. Everyone really enjoyed the harpist, the lady was very good and set the atmosphere for the ceremony.
The lady and gentleman who conducted the ceremony were just lovely and very professional. We were not sure what to expect really, and they really made us feel welcome, that they were delighted to have us there. The translator was witty and we all had a laugh with him. We were delighted to receive the book of Orta San Giulio, and it takes pride of place in our home.
Valentina and Ernesto were on hand every step of the way, running ahead to ensure that everything was well organised. Every detail was as we had agreed before the big day.
The wee walk down the street was an unexpected surprise for everyone, with bystanders clapping, and there were several photos taken off the men in their kilts. The feedback from our guests was that they felt really special and felt like it was a Hollywood wedding!
Everyone also really enjoyed the ice cream in the main square, I am really glad we went for that, it was a great recommendation from Valentina.
And then back to Venus again for Prosecco! The staff in Venus were brilliant, they looked after us very well both days we were there.
And then to the boat rides… Ernesto had arranged for us to go to the island for photographs and it was lovely and so quiet. We were itching to get back to the party I have to say, but it was a lovely interlude really. Andrea, the photographer from independent pictures, was very professional and kind and encouraged us to chill out.
Ernesto ensured all of our guests got to the reception by boat also. We didn’t get to see the guests arrive at l’Ustaria Ca Dal Rat, but everyone was blown away with the boat trip and then arriving to aperitivo. It was nice to see them all with their sunglasses on looking out over the lake when we arrived. They are now telling everyone that will listen, that it was like something out of a glossy magazine!
When we arrived, again we felt really special. The guests hadn’t noticed that we weren’t already there, so we made quite an entrance. I just loved getting off the boat to the song we had chosen. I had forgotten we had done that, so it was a nice surprise! Again another detail that did not get missed by the team.
The Aperitivo were fabbie by the way! Our guests thought they were delicious as did we.
Valentina had gotten to the restaurant earlier and had set out the tables exactly as we had asked, with decoration, favours and the seating plan. She did a brilliant job and the whole place looked stunning as the sun went down over the lake.
The meal itself at the restaurant was wonderful. People have particularly commented on the cauliflower soufflé (we would love the recipe!), the pear risotto, and the sea bass. But everything that Carlos cooked was fantastic, it was all cooked to perfection.
We had one night left at the end of our holiday and we went back to Lake Orta just so that we could eat there again and try something else. Again, it was wonderful. Enrico looked after us very well on both visits. To be honest I am looking forward to going back again.
The restaurant had put together a ‘cheese’ cake for us; it looked great and it had melt in the mouth cheeses.
We used “Audiodress” (another great recommendation from Valentina) for the music all evening. From start to finish “Audiodress” were brilliant to deal with. They always responded really quickly when we wrote to them. I loved the DJ, I thought he was great, and he played everything we had organised, even down to the Ceilidh dancing!
So we just want to say, Valentina and Ernesto, thank you both very very much. We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding and I am actively encouraging someone else (anyone) to do the same so that we can go along and be a guest. And I will be encouraging them to use your services. Some of the guests have commented that it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Many of the guests have commented that the whole day was very relaxed, and why would it not be with Italian Lakes Wedding in charge, we had nothing to worry about!
We honestly cannot thank you enough. Once you arrived, I knew everything was taken care of. You know everyone and have obviously chosen the best people to work with. Every single part of the wedding was exactly as we had arranged, the team that you put together were all excellent, and you made our dream wedding a reality. We both wish we could do it all again!
Tracey and Dougie x
Sent on 10/20/2018
Italian Wedding Company's reply:What can I say Tracey and Douglas? You made us cry, blush an moved! Re-living your day through your words was great for us too! We had a mutual feeling of being welcome by you and your guests and working like this it is not only work: it is a real pleasure. You are special people as all your family and friends are. Thanks to all for sharing your day with us! Thanks for your amazing words we are incredibly happy you had the day you wanted and that you all had fun. And most of all every time you want to come back to Lake Orta or everywhere in Italy you are more than welcome! We stay in touch! You are great! Thanks again! xx much love xx
Jayne · Married on 09/03/2018
Thank you to Valentina, Ernesto and a massive thank you to Silvia who was there with myself and Paul on our wedding day - 3rd Sept in Lake Orta. We put all our trust in them to organise the best day of our lives and they made our dreams come true. Our wedding can only be described as magical from start to finish. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Jayne & Paul Clarke xXxXxSent on 09/20/2018
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Thank you Jayne and Paul for your words! Your happiness is the best reward for us. We are honored you chose our country to tie the knot and thanks for choosing and trusting us! Congratulations again! xx
Adam F. · Married on 09/02/2018
Isola Del Garda - Dream come true!
Absolutely perfect from start to finish. Kat and Sara were amazing help and catering to all our wishes and needs throughout.
Very professional on the day. Ran so smoothly without having to worry about a thing. Just sat back, relaxed and enjoyed It with family and friends. By the end of the day if felt like the they were apart of our family as they had been so great.
We Cannot thank them enough and we would 100% recommend to anyone.Sent on 10/17/2018
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Hi Adam and Laura,
Sarah · Married on 07/20/2018
We can not thank Ernesto and Valentina enough for all there help and hard work during the planning and on the wedding day.Sent on 07/27/2018
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Thank you guys!! it has been great being part of your big day!! Thanks for your lovely words!! xx
Lauren · Married on 06/28/2018
Wow what can I say!? Valentina and Ernesto made out dream wedding come true! From the overall feel we wanted to the tiny little details, nothing was too much trouble. Valentina put my wedding worries to rest and Ernesto even came to meet us for a coffee when we were out in Italy before the event. When we look back the whole day just a feels like a beautiful dream and still can’t beleive how perfect it was. We can’t recommend Valentina and Ernesto highly enough and will be forever grateful to them for making our dream wedding a reality. All of our love, Lauren and AdamSent on 08/02/2018
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Hi Lauren thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was a pleasure working and sharing your day with you. Your happiness is the best reward and anytime you will get back to Italy we will be happy to spend some time together again!! Thank you grazie so much!! xx
Rachel · Married on 06/15/2018
Sara & Kat are fantastic! They helped us every step of the way and Sara was always on hand to answer my many questions and she made the entire planning process as stress free as it can be! Our wedding day was even better that we could have wished for and we are so grateful to Sara & Kat for all of their help!Sent on 07/07/2018
Laura · Married on 05/30/2018
I am based in New York and one of the toughest decisions was trying to find an overseas planner for a wedding in Lake Como. Alessandra and her team were FLAWLESS. They completely took away anxiety and made the entire process very easy for us. On the day of the wedding, hair and makeup arrived promptly and created a look for me that completely matched the photos I sent and what I was looking for. The photographer she booked took editorial, magazine quality photos. Our officiant put together a beautiful reading and ceremony... all of this without meeting any of the vendors or vetting them beforehand. Alessandra handled everything and put the most beautiful day together that we could have hoped for. I cannot say enough about her and the beautiful program she created. If you are looking for a wedding in Italy or on the lakes, her company is hands down the company that MUST be used. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended for your once in a lifetime experience.Sent on 07/05/2018
Americh · Married on 05/09/2018
We have been lucky to meet Valentina and Ernesto. They have so well taken care of us and so well organized our intimate wedding ın Barbaresco ! Nothing went wrong and all their advices, for example the site of the wedding, the hotel we stayed, etc. You can trust them faithfully. Hope we'll keep in touch !Sent on 07/04/2018
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Hi Anne, thanks so much for your kind words! It has been a pleasure being part of this special event in the countryside! Spending the day with you was great for us and we are very pleased you had your best day! A big hug to all of you! xx Valentina
Hayley · Married on 05/07/2018
Alessandra assisted us with our elopement on the beautiful Lake Como. Coming from Australia, we relied on Alessandra completely for everything. The day before our wedding, there was a storm causing damage to roads, so last minute changes had to be made. Again, Alessandra made everything go smoothly and stress-free - just how we had wanted and imagined our day to be. I cannot thank and recommend Alessandra enough!Sent on 06/28/2018
Eimear · Married on 04/06/2018
Where do we start. Valentina and Ernesto were the ultimate professionals. From the very first day when we started planning our dream wedding, they delivered. Being Irish, living in Western Australia we knew that we needed people we could trust to make our dream a reality, and they certainly did that. Every detail was considered, options provided, changes made to accommodate our needs, we could not ask for more. On the day of the wedding it was just incredible to have a team of professionals working in the background to ensure everything went to plan. We were informed throughout and they managed the flow of they say to perfection. We could not ask for any more of these two. Thank you for everything.Sent on 07/02/2018
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Hi Eimear and Micheal, thanks so much for your words! It was a great day for us us too! Very honored to be part of this thanks for sharing it with us. We had a great time with your wonderful big fun group and on the day you were just great! Thanks for choosing us and for your review! Come back to Italy soon!!! big hug!! xx
Lisa · Married on 10/13/2017
Valentina and Ernesto from Italian Wedding Company made our planning process so simple! Since we are in the United States, taking on planning a wedding in Italy was no easy task! From legal documents to language barriers to tiny, tiny details - we literally had nothing to worry about with Valentina and Ernesto taking care of it all. Their assistance with vendors made our day exactly as we wanted it - and they were all top notch! We communicated regularly and both really listened to what was important to us as a couple. They made our day effortless and were so pleasant to work with - we now consider them friends and would recommend them highly to anyone planning a wedding in Italy!Sent on 11/08/2017
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Thanks Lisa so much for your lovely words and stunning photos! Planning your intimate wedding on Lake Orta was a pleasure and we were honored to be part of your you intimate celebrations on the day. You have been so kind and sweet and we feel we already miss you guys! Thanks for choosing us and Lake Orta for your day and come back soon we will wait for you! Ciao dall'Italia! xx
Orla · Married on 09/23/2017
We got married on the 23rd of September 2017 in Stresa, Lake Maggiore. It was perfection from start to finish thanks to Valentina and Ernesto!Sent on 10/03/2017
We first met with Valentina and Ernesto in October 2016 to begin planning our wedding, from the very start it was clear that their knowledge of the area, and expertise was second to none. They are very friendly and warm people and they made the entire experience highly enjoyable. They are both very responsive to emails and organise skype conversations frequently. Valentina was fantastic at conveying my thoughts and ideas to vendors, and completely understood my vision for the wedding.
There was no stress whatsoever in the lead up to the wedding, we knew Valentina and Ernesto had everything under control. On the day of the wedding they made sure everything ran smoothly, every last detail was perfect. Our guests said it was not only the best wedding that had ever been to, but one of the best weekends they ever had!
We cannot thank Valentina and Ernesto enough for creating our perfect day.
Orla and James (Ireland)
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Hi Orla and James, thanks so much for your kind words and for sharing your special day with us!! It was a pleasure and honor to be by your side for your amazing day. Your choices were just the perfect ones and it was a great pleasure to put them together to make your dreams come true. We had an amazing time and a fantastic adventure with you and anytime in Italy you are welcome!
Meghan · Married on 09/19/2017
My husband and I are a Canadian couple, that always dreamed of having our wedding in Venice, Italy. However the process seemed quite daunting, that is until we came across the Italian Wedding Company. With the help of Katiuscia, we were able to elope and have a perfect day, She assisted with not only finding a wonderful photographer, florist and hair and makeup artist - but also with all of the paperwork. If this is the kind of wedding you are interested in, and we highly recommend it, than the Italian Wedding Company will help to make all your dreams come true!Sent on 11/08/2017
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Hi Meghan and Ryan, I'm so happy you enjoyed every moment of your special day. Thank you for your kind words!!! Kat
Mariana · Married on 09/16/2017
Valentina and Ernesto are not only the best wedding planners, but they are also one of the most caring and loving people that me and my husband have met in our entire lives. Valentina is everything you want in a wedding planner. She is extremely organized, she is understating with EVERYTHING, she is very very sweet, she accommodates anything that you wish, she tries very hard to give you the wedding of your dreams, she answers emails EVERY DAY, she answers the thousand questions that you may have about any little issue while still being the sweetest and nicest person in the world. Valentina made the most special day of my life the best. She also made the whole process very stress free and very enjoyable. Everyone thinks weddings are stressful, but Valentina made the whole process so pleasant that I was able to enjoy the wedding planning. She accommodated everything within our tight budget while giving us multiple choices of vendors. When I told her that I could not afford something she immediately was able to find solutions to find similar options with the similar quality, so I could have the wedding that I dreamt of. She was the one who made the happiest day of my life possible. If you want to have a perfect wedding day and an enjoyable and flawless planning process I would recommend Valentina without a doubt. You will never forget your wedding, and you will never forget the amazing help that Valentina will give you in making your happiest day possible.Sent on 06/27/2018
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Ciao Mariana, thanks so much for your wonderful words! We really got moved when we read all. I really do not know what to say but that you are wonderful people yourselves and it was a real pleasure meeting you and being part of your special day in Italy. Anytime you will get back to Italy we will be here for you to meet and spend some time together!
Simi · Married on 09/16/2017
They were absolutely wonderful to work with and made our wedding day even better than we had imagined! The idea of planning a wedding abroad made me nervous initially, but after the first phone call and interaction - I could tell that they were organized, professional and understood how to get the best value while still realizing our goals for our wedding day. I highly highly highly recommmend them!Sent on 10/16/2017
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Thank you so much Simi! We loved planning your wedding and spending a wonderful day together with you and your lovely friends and family.
Belinda · Married on 09/16/2017
Thank you so very much for my fairytale wedding ... and making it all come true! Your services and guidance really made this the most special day of our lives. I would highly recommend your services to everyone!Sent on 10/19/2017
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Thank you Belinda for your review and these beautiful pictures.
Jacqueline · Married on 09/15/2017
We got married at the Relais La Sommita in the city of Ostuni, in Puglia and it was perfect.
Although we only communicated with Emanuela by email and Whatsapp it was all so easy. The Wedding Company organised everything. They are so professional. I cannot recommend Emanuela and Michela highly enough.
We wanted a very small and intimate wedding as it was only the two of us. Emanuela understood this completely. She listened to everything I said and organised the most beautiful wedding for us.
Emanuela worked closely with the wonderful staff at the beautiful Relais La Sommita to create the most special day. The dinner in the evening on the terrace was simply magical, looking out over the breath taking views of the city and beyond. And the food was absolutely exquisite.
To Emanuela and Michela thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding day so special.
Sent on 10/09/2017
Ameera · Married on 09/14/2017
AMAZING!! simply amazing service. I contacted the Italian wedding company two weeks before I decided that I wanted to have my wedding pictures taken in Italy. Everything was last minute and my heart was set on Villa de Balboanello in Como but I didn't know anyone or anything about Italy. I tried to contact some photographers and everyone told me to forget it as i needed to book one year in advance and i found it so difficult to arrange anything. I lost hope and just sent a last message to the company just so i see what they say. To my surprise , IWC were extremely prompt in their reply. Alessandra who i was dealing with sent me a full plan the next day and it was PERFECT! I couldn't believe how easy they made the process. and she understood exactly what I needed. The planning included hair and makeup , flower bouquet , a professional photographer, the locations , a boat and even recommendation on where to stay. She set a plan and everything went perfectly and i couldn't have asked for a more professional and amazing team to surround me on my special day. She was easy to communicate with, extremely friendly and always reachable. I truly recommend them to anyone planning to wed in Italy.Sent on 10/10/2017
Hannah · Married on 09/09/2017
Our Journey with Valentina and Ernesto started just over a year ago and I can honestly say it has been the best year of our lives so far. From the first email with Valentina she was so welcoming and knew exactly what we wanted to create. We met them both in Orta to check out various venue options and they could not have made us feel more welcome. There was no rush to our meeting and no detail or option missed for us to see. They even helped arranged lunches and boat trips for the rest of our stay.
We fell in love with Orta as well as Valentina and Ernesto and knew they were the perfect couple to help us make our dream wedding come true. Once the date was set they were on hand 24/7 no request was too much, and believe me I pestered them and changed my mind A LOT. Without them I doubt we would have even managed to book the church. So many people think a wedding planner just makes the day look pretty but this couple do far far more! From helping with the legal paperwork/ arranging our local priest to marry us/ food/ wine/ flowers/ music/ ice-cream/ transport and most importantly fitting everything we wanted to our budget.
They are not just a business but are personal in the event. The morning of my wedding everything was planned and ready to go but the one thing we couldn’t control was the weather… Can you believe we spent the week in Orta with no rain but LUCKY ME the heavens opened on the 9th. Valentina came up to my room in the morning, gave me the biggest, warmest hug and said ‘Wet Bride’ ‘Lucky Bride’. I laughed and knew that it was all in hand and our day would still be perfect. So we made a few small changes like a car up the hill to the church and a white umbrella appeared from no-where but I can honestly say myself, husband and all of our guests still had the best day and this was all thanks to our amazing wedding planners. All the vendors recommended to us were spot on! I cannot recommend this amazing couple enough and want to thank them again!Sent on 09/25/2017
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Oh Hannha, You made me cry, I'm so moved!
Michelle · Married on 08/26/2017
Valentina, Ernesto and Silvia were simply amazing.they helped us have the most fabulous wedding in Lake Maggiore.They stayed in touch constantly throughout the organisatipn process, gave us the most fabulous recommendations and were generally very kind, patient and fantastic to deal with.we can't thank them enough for helping to make our wedding weekend so special.Many thanks again.Michelle & SteveSent on 08/31/2017
Italian Wedding Company's reply:Hi Michelle thanks so much for your kind and lovely words! it has been a pleasure working for an with you and we are so happy you had a fantastic day with us and most of all with your family and friends! Thanks again for choosing us!! You will be always welcome in Italy! Ciao! Valentina, Ernesto and Silvia
Jessica · Married on 08/25/2017
Michela did a fantastic job - she gave the best advice, was so proactive, professional and helpful and overall was wonderful to work with. She helped us plan our dream wedding...we don't know what we would have done without her! The BEST wedding planner!! The saddest part of our wedding being over is not being able to talk to her every day :-)
Michela ha fatto un lavoro fantastico. Una wedding planner dinamica, professionista e alla mano, ci ha sempre dato ottimi consigli ed è stato un vero piacere lavorare con lei. Grazie a lei abbiamo avuto il matrimonio dei nostri sogni...non ce l'avremmo fatta senza di lei! La MIGLIORE wedding planner!! Ci dispiace che il matrimonio è passato principalmente perché non la sentiamo più tutti i giorni :-)Sent on 10/04/2017
Danna · Married on 08/10/2017
Alexandra, Veronica, and Barbara were amazing. They were very responsive to questions and requests. I was able to have a very beautiful wedding on Lake Como for my budget with everything I wanted!Sent on 09/07/2017