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Destination weddings on Lake Como in Italy


Do you dream of saying ‘I do’ surrounded by beautiful lakeside views, breathtaking mountain scenery, and exquisite Italian hospitality? If so, your dream can become a reality with a destination wedding on the gorgeous Lake Como! With its natural beauty, perfect backdrops, and unique culture, it’s easy to see why this fantastic Italian lake is such a popular destination for couples looking to get married away from home. Read on to learn why Lake Como, Italy, is one of the best places for a luxury destination wedding.

Sailboats on lake como in italy

Overview of Lake Como

Lake Como is one of the most stunning resorts in all of Italy. Situated in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, at the foothills of the Alps mountain range, this gorgeous lake boasts crystal clear waters with panoramic views over picturesque scenery.

Landscape of lake como in italy

Enveloped by stunning mountainous peaks, this luxurious resort is a haven of tranquillity and natural splendor, offering a mild climate, year round. So it’s no surprise that it is a popular destination for many high-profile celebrities, comprising A-list Hollywood stars such as George Clooney and businessman Richard Branson.

Landscape of lake como in italy

Lake Como is the third largest of the Italian lakes, with a depth of over 400 meters, and is popular with tourists worldwide. Whether looking for recreation or relaxation, Lake Como offers something for everyone. For those seeking adventure and thrills, there’s a variety of water sports available, from kayaking to windsurfing and water-skiing. On land, you are spoilt for choice, with numerous hiking and cycling trails perfect for taking in amazing views, all making for an unforgettable experience.

Fall landscape in Lake Como: orange trees in the foreground, with the lake and mountains behind

If you are keen to sample the local culture, you will find a variety of towns, museums, markets, and cafes to explore and enjoy the local Italian cuisine. And for those wanting relaxation, the ideal location is on the glistening shores of the lake, where you can sunbathe and soak up the sun or enjoy a boat ride across the water. Alternatively, there’s no shortage of 5-star luxury hotels dotted around the lake where you can indulge in a spa experience. Lake Como is the perfect choice for many and a traveler’s dream come true!

Sunset photo over Lake Como in Italy with sailboats and mountains

Why Lake Como is the perfect setting for a destination wedding

If you want a destination wedding location with breathtaking scenery – look no further than Lake Como!

Bride on the balcony of Villa Sola Cabiati Wedding Venue looking out to Lake Como

This stunning Italian resort is the perfect place for unforgettable weddings surrounded by natural beauty.

Groom wearing a black tie suit leaning against a stone balustrade with Lake Como and sailboats in the background.

And, with incredible views of the lake and the mountains, Lake Como provides a picturesque backdrop for your wedding photos. There’s also an impressive selection of luxury wedding venues, including historic villas and 5-star hotels.

The front of Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como in Italy
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

The most popular wedding venues on Lake Como

When it comes to finding the best venues on Lake Como, there are a few key factors to consider. Whether you’re planning a romantic elopement, intimate ceremony, or grand wedding, it’s essential to find a hotel or villa that fits your needs. An intimate venue offers privacy and a more personal experience, whereas a grand location can provide the space and facilities required to cater to your wedding guests.

The front facade of Villa Erba wedding venue on Lake Como in  Italy
Villa Erba Wedding Venue, Lake Como

Lake Como is ideal for those wanting an outdoor wedding ceremony, so a venue with extensive open beautiful gardens is a must to enjoy the Italian sunshine and incredible views.

Bride and groom holding hands and walking towards Lake Como in the front ogardens of Villa Sola Cabiati

But it’s also essential to consider what indoor reception rooms are available if you prefer a more shaded location for cocktail hour and/or dining.

Wedding dinner set up at villa sola cabiati on lake como
Reception room at Villa Sola Cabiati, Lake Como

It’s also important to consider what facilities are on offer for you and your guests to enjoy on the days either side of the wedding day. A swimming pool is a must if you love the idea of having a pool party with your family and friends. And a private dock allows your wedding party to enjoy boat rides as part of the whole wedding experience without having to venture away from the venue.

Villa Erba wedding venue private boat dock onto the lake
Private boat dock at Villa Erba Wedding Venue, Lake Como

Here’s a selection of Lake Como’s best wedding venues:

Bride and groom standing in front of Villa sola cabiati on lake como
Villa Sola Cabiati Wedding Venue, Lake Como

What legal documents are needed to get married in Italy if you live in another country?

Planning a wedding from overseas can feel intimidating, especially regarding the legal requirements. Whether you want a religious or civil ceremony, you will need proof of ID (e.g., a valid passport & birth certificate) and proof of residency for your own country. Further to this, and depending upon where you are from, you will either need a Certificato di Capacità Matrimoniale (CNI), a Nulla Osta, or both – which are documents that confirm there are no legal impediments for you to get married. Additional documentation may also be required, so I would advise contacting a local wedding planner and/or attorney to check precisely what is needed.

Paperwork for getting married

Alternatively, you may prefer a symbolic ceremony if you don’t want to deal with any legal restrictions surrounding your marriage. This type of wedding ceremony offers the flexibility to create a wedding that perfectly represents your unique love story.

Bride and groom during their symbolic wedding ceremony

Finding a Lake Como wedding planner & destination wedding suppliers

I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner to help with the planning process. Selecting a planner who knows the area and venues inside out is best. Communication is vital, so opt for someone who can effectively understand and speak English (if it’s your primary language). Trust is also crucial when planning from afar, so find a planner you can rely on to bring your vision to life. Your wedding planner can also assist you in finding the ideal vendors for your wedding, such as floral designers, cake makers, and officiants.

A wedding planner arranging the table

When it comes to choosing a Lake Como wedding photographer, this can be overwhelming – especially if you’re from another country and don’t speak Italian. Finding an English-speaking photographer to avoid language barriers is important, as communication is key. You must be able to discuss your expectations and have these fully understood and met by your photographer. It’s also best to choose a photographer with experience working on Lake Como so they are familiar with the area and know the best locations to shoot at.

For more advice on choosing a photographer for your Lake Como wedding, check out my Blog:
What to Consider when Choosing a Wedding Photographer.

Destination wedding photographer Victoria Amrose taking photos

What the weather is like at Lake Como

The weather can vary greatly depending on the season at Lake Como. During the summer months the climate is warm and sunny, making it the best time to visit. However, if you prefer mild temperatures with colorful landscapes, spring and fall are also great times to have your special day. Just be prepared for some spring rain and cooler temperatures in the fall.

Groom posing by Lake Como within the gardens of Villa Erba wedding venue

Getting to Lake Como

Milan Airport is the closest international airport to Lake Como, which is around 52 miles (85 km) away. You can travel to Lake Como by bus or car from the airport, and the journey takes about 1.5 hours. Shuttle buses depart at various times, or you can travel by taxi, Uber, or private transfer. Alternatively, the airport offers a variety of rental car company options – although it’s worth noting that the roads around the lake can be windy and narrow in parts, so it’s best to opt for the smallest vehicle to fit your needs (& luggage!).

Vintage yellow Fiat 500 in italy

In Summary

As you can see, Lake Como is the perfect destination for a dream wedding in Italy. The picturesque views, quaint towns, and romantic atmosphere make it the ideal place for a large or intimate wedding. So it’s no wonder that it is one of the most sought-after destinations in Italy for a destination wedding. Just remember to check through all the logistics before coming to Italy so you know what legal documents are required and what options are available for your wedding party or guests.

Bride and groom posing next to Lake Como in Italy

Are you looking for a Lake Como wedding photographer?

I’m Victoria Amrose, a destination wedding photographer based in Europe. I have over a decade of experience capturing beautiful moments on camera. I am an experienced Lake Como photographer and would love to be considered for your wedding in Italy.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! I look forward to hearing from you.
Victoria Amrose x

For information on wedding photography services with Victoria Amrose – CLICK HERE

Headshot of destination wedding photographer Victoria Amrose

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