Hey girls! Do you know the recurring dream you had when you were little girls? The one where you imagined getting married in a small church, perched on the rock of the blue sea, listening to the waves crashing on the cliffs?
Well, you can stop dreaming and start seriously planning your Portovenere Wedding. This small town in Liguria offers everything you need to organize a fairytale wedding, which will leave excited your guests and friends who will flock to celebrate the happiest day of your life.
Why a Portovenere Wedding?
Portovenere offers everything you need for a wedding and a photo shoot to remember for a long time. The town is ancient, an old fishing village, with the typical colored houses and the harbor overlooking in front of them. In addition to the beautiful Church of San Pietro, perched on a rock overlooking the sea, there are many other reasons to organize a wedding in Portovenere.
Walking through the streets of the town, it will seem to be back to a retro atmosphere, made of ancient sea traditions, away from modern technology, in an authentic and fascinating context.
S tone streets, the smell of pesto mixed with that of flowers, the wonderful caves of Byron and the many coves where to stop for relaxing in the sun and take a swim.
Portovenere is also a pedestrian area, and often not very crowded with tourists, who prefer the Cinque Terre, easily reachable by train.
Are you already daydreaming? Here’s what to do to start planning your wedding in Portovenere.
Book the Church
First you need to define the ceremony in the Church of San Pietro. Being very much in demand in every weekend of the year, you must move well in advance to book a precise date. We talked about it here, but we’re never tired of repeating it. Booking the church is the first important step to organize your wedding in Portovenere.
Organize the reception
If it is not easy to book the church, it won’t be either to find a suitable venue for the reception. Being a small fishing village, Portovenere offers many small restaurants, so it is perfect for elopements and intimate weddings.
If you are looking for a venue that can hosts many guests, there are several solutions. The Restaurant Le Terrazze organizes transfers from the Church, and boat transfers for the couple, who will stay longer in the town for the photo shoot. The restaurant is located directly on the bay, in a dreamy atmosphere, especially during sunset. The aperitif is on the terrace, the dinner under the big tent. To note the impressive cake cutting, by the poolside.
Alternatively, you might consider organizing the transfer to the Castle of Lerici – even by boat.
Arrange the transports
Having been built in ancient times, Portovenere does not have all the facilities that can make more comfortable the staying of the spouses and their guests. On weekends, many tourists visit the small town, and it’s difficult to find parking.
Especially for ladies with heels, or for the elderly, it could be a problem getting to the church on foot. Taking care of transport then becomes crucial. You can book a shuttle service to the church and ask guests to leave their cars at the top of the town.
Book a hotel nearby
If you want to organize both the ceremony and the reception in Portovenere, book some rooms for you and your guests. In Portovenere, there are many hotels that can take care of your family, but you need to book well in advance because there is high demand during the summer season.
More than anything, for the bride, it is essential to prepare and get dressed near the Church, not to frustrate the work of the Hairdresser and Make-up Artist.
In addition, a weekend in Portovenere could be the starting point for a wonderful honeymoon. Or to give to your loved ones a few days of relax in Liguria. If the wonders of the town are not enough, everyday there are organized boats to the most beautiful towns in the Cinque Terre and Portofino.
We are absolutely certain that Portovenere is the perfect place to organize dreamy weddings in a unique environment in the world. Who will have the good fortune to get married in this sea village will not forget so easily that day. And even your guests!