We have done weddings within 3 days of Inital contacts by the couple. In general, it takes us only a few days to get local permission from the town-halls for a destination wedding at the list of Venues below. However the overall approval time depends on the time it takes for each country to approve the wedding - see below.
Who Can Get a LEGAL Last Minute Wedding in Italy?
Couples who want a non-legal wedding - OR - Couples who already have an Atto Notorio or, in the case of US Citizens, can get expedited approval.
US Citizens - see No Hassle Approval for US Citizens - a week's notice is typically fine (we have done them with three days notice) . This approval is limited to just a few towns in Southern Italy - see Venues below that accept no-hassle approval .
UK Citizens - have to go through the full approval process (see regulations). This can be done (and has been done) in approximately one month.
Canadian Citizens - can get last minute approval from the Canadian Embassy in Rome - call them at (39) 06 85 444 2911.
Other Countries - should contact their embassies in Italy yo see if they offer expedited approval.
Where Can You Get Last Minute Weddings in Italy?
There are only a few towns in Italy where you can get last minute approval. Here are the venues where we can arrange LEGAL last minute weddings:
The Hotel Pisacane, a four star rated hotel, is a new hotel which sits on Sapri's Luongomare (palm tree lined promenade or boardwalk) a short distance from mainline rail station . Hotel Pisacane is the place to stay for weddings at Lovers Walk, The Sapri Wedding Beach and the "Deserted Island - Isola dello Scialandro". Boats to these venues will pick you up right in front of the hotel and drop you back off after the ceremony.
Deserted Island - Home of the "Mermaid of Undying Love"
A legendary deserted island just off the coast of Maratea, near to the town of Sapri. See Lovers Walk for full legend. Requires the hire of a boat to get to - this could be a basic beach boat or a romantic sailboat.
L'Approdo has that rare asset of Italian hotels - a beautiful and private beach. Italian Wedding ceremonies can be on the beach or on a patio high above the sea looking down on the beach, or they can be at nearby Castello del'Abate. L'Approdo has a beautiful and historic Catholic church right around the corner.
This beach is at the bottom of a huge cliff and requires the hire of a boat to get to - this could be a basic beach boat or a romantic sailboat. What mayor anywhere would go so far out his/her way to celebrate a wedding. Answer - The Mayor of Sapri. The Sapri wedding beach is on the stunning coast of Maratea just outside the town of Sapri, just around the corner from Lovers Walk.
A Romantic & Historic Inn - On The Sea, In the Town
Situated in Castellabate's historical seafront with beautiful beaches on either side, Villa Sirio offers a historic and intimate wedding venue. The inn is just 250 yards from the bustling town centre - but is extremely peaceful.
Ceremonies can be on the hotel patio overlooking the sea or at the Beach-Joint (400 yards away).
Inexpensive Hotel in Authentic Hill-town High Above Sea
Hotel San Antonio is a small family run hotel newly restored. It is in the authentic hill-town of Torraca, high above the Mediterrean Sea, adjacent to the incomparable Coast of Maratea and the resort and main-line train station town of Sapri. The hotel is a few minutes from Torraca Castello where you can have legal civil weddings - with NO castle rental fee. The castle has a very small chapel for non-Catholic weddings and blessings. The hotel is also next to a small Catholic Church.
Reception meals can be arranged at nearby authentic restaurant.
Hotel Villa Cheta, an intimate small boutique hotel situated in a stunning cove on the beautiful Mediterranean sea, is a wonderful villa that was built centuries ago by the owners family, whose famous hospitality made the villa a luxurious hideaway where noble families spent their vacations.
Given the tradition and history of the hotel it is suitable for couples who want to book out the whole hotel for a private, intimate and elegant wedding and who wish to celebrate their wedding in special romantic ambiance.