4 things to do now for your Portovenere Wedding

10 January 2015

Did you remember the recurring dream you had when you were kids? Did you imagine getting married in a small church, perched on the rock on the ocean, listening to the waves crashing on the cliffs? Well, you can stop dreaming and start seriously planning your Portovenere Wedding. This small village offers everything you need to organise a fairytale marriage in Liguria, which will leave your families and friends speechless.

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Why a Portovenere Wedding

Portovenere is an old fishing village of Liguria with the typical colourful houses and the harbour overlooking the turquoise water. In addition to the beautiful Church of San Pietro, perched on a rock on the ocean, there are many other good reasons to organise a  wedding in Portovenere. Walking through the streets of the town is like rewinding the time to an old era, made of ancient traditions, away from modern technology, in an authentic and fascinating setting. Unpaved streets, the perfume of pesto all around, the impressive caves of Byron and the many caverns where stopping by. Portovenere is also 100% pedestrian, and often not very crowded with tourists, who prefer the Cinque Terre, easily reachable by train. Are you already daydreaming? Here’s what you must do for planning your wedding in Portovenere.

Book the San Pietro Church

Being very much in demand on weekends, you must move well in advance to book the most beautiful church. Securing it is the first vital step to organise your wedding here.

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Arrange the reception

If it’s not easy to book the church,  it won’t be either finding a suitable venue for the reception. Being a small fishing village, Portovenere offers many restaurants perfect for elopements and intimate weddings. If you are looking for a place that might hosts many guests, you won’t find anything in the centre. Restaurant Le Terrazze organises van transfers for the guests, and boat transfers for the newlyweds, who can stay longer in the town for the wedding photos. The aperitif might take place on the lovely terrace with a view, the dinner in the big marquee. Alternatively, you might consider organising a transfer to the Castle of Lerici – even by boat.

Arrange the transports

Portovenere doesn’t provide all the facilities that can make things easier. On weekends, many tourists visit the village, and it’s very difficult to find parking. Also, you must walk a bit to reach the church and that could be a problem for older guests and ladies. Taking care of transportations then becomes essential. You can book a shuttle service and ask your guests to leave their cars in the parking at the top of the village.

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Book a hotel nearby

If you want to organise both the ceremony and the reception in Portovenere, book some rooms for you and your guests nearby. In Portovenere, many hotels can take care of your family, but you need to book them in advance because Portovenere is very popular for summer holidays. More than anything, for the bride, it is essential to get ready and dressed near the Church.

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The Honeymoon

Portovenere could be the starting point for a romantic honeymoon. If the wonders of the village are not enough, every day you can enjoy tours and excursions to the Cinque Terre and Portofino. Portovenere is the perfect place to organise romantic weddings in unique scenery. The lucky ones that got married here didn’t forget so quickly that day. And neither your guests will!

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