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The Expert’s Guide to Forte dei Marmi Weddings

18 June 2012

Forte Dei Marmi is undoubtedly one of the best destinations for beach weddings in Italy. Many beach clubs, furnished with good taste and elegance, provide not only the opportunity to celebrate marriages by the sea but also to organise luxurious receptions. What could be more charming than a wedding on the beach in one of the most Italian seaside resort? Impress your guests with the elegant atmosphere of the coast of Italy! So get prepared to hire a super wedding planner and arrange a sumptuous celebration in Forte Dei Marmi, in order to enjoy all the features that the seashore has to offer: turquoise waters, vibrant colours and many fabulous beach clubs, equipped to create the best receptions ever!

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The Area

Forte Dei Marmi is a famous village on the seaside of Italy where you can meet VIPs of the showbiz strolling or sitting down for a drink by the many cafes alfresco.

wedding decoration forte dei marmi
wedding decoration forte dei marmi

Pietrasanta is a lovely village protected by the imposing Alps and the ocean. It’s always been a good place for arts, with numerous galleries that overlook the majestic Piazza del Duomo. Marina di Pietrasanta, 5 minutes away, is famous for exclusive villas, beaches, and nightlife.

wedding decoration forte dei marmi

La Versiliana is a very nice park close to the beaches, often crowded by locals for picnics and jogging in the hot summer days. Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta are also a good base for visiting Tuscany, from Florence to Pisa, to Pistoia and Siena. Your guests will find here many excursions and and day trips, great restaurants and one of the wealthiest shopping district.

The Ceremonies

Forte Dei Marmi and Pietrasanta provide several solutions for your religious ceremony. The most impressive church is undoubtedly the Duomo in Pietrasanta, which overlooks the main square. It’s built with white marble and entirely frescoed inside. The church of San Francesco is located a few steps away from the centre. From the transept, you get into a four-sided porch, ideal for taking gorgeous family photos in case of bad weather.

valdicastello church in pietrasanta
valdicastello church in pietrasanta

The Pieve di Valdicastello is the most luminous and, thanks to this, got very popular in the past few years. Sant’Ermete in Forte dei Marmi is perfect for intimate ceremonies. It’s located in the centre, so that you can toast your families in one of the many cafes, before moving to the beach club for the reception.

duomo di pietrasanta

Civil ceremonies are available only in the town halls. Symbolic celebrations might take place on the waterfront of the beach clubs. Imagine a couple in love exchanging vows and rings, a gazebo made with white silk and fresh flowers and the soft breeze of a fabulous sunset. It’s not a dream. In Forte dei Marmi, you can have all of this!

couple portrait at villa grey

Beach Clubs for the Reception

Both Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi are the best for great wedding receptions. There are several beach club, so typically Italians, equipped for parties on the beach or by the pools. Some of these are provided with a rooftop terrace, which could be used for the cocktail hour at sunset. The dinner might take place on the shore, under the marquees, by candlelight. Even in the case of rain, many beach clubs offer shelter for newlyweds and guests.

wedding decor at hotel augustus
wedding decor at hotel augustus

The best beach clubs for weddings are:

Villa Grey is a boutique hotel perfect for intimate international weddings. Hotel Villa Ariston is right in front of the beach, but receptions must take place in the park.

Villa Barsanti is very close to the historical centre of Pietrasanta. It’s still owned by the family who built it in the early twentieth century. Rich in gardens and art, it’s 10 minutes drive from the beach – very very close to the centre of the village.

wedding setting at bagno annetta

Wedding photos

Forte dei Marmi provides everything a wedding photographer might need to create whimsical images. Whether it’s a wedding, an elopement, an engagement session or just a family portrait, it’s the best for images rich in atmosphere and warm colours. A romantic stroll, hand in hand, right after the ceremony, to take back home candid pictures, snapshots that capture unforgettable moments and feelings.

couple portrait at villa grey
couple portrait at villa grey

Alternatively, a relaxed stroll around the typical streets of the centre of Pietrasanta; kisses under the colourful doors and by the balconies full of flowers.

The accommodation

In the surroundings, hundreds of hotels are available for spouses and families’ accommodation. The coast, from Viareggio to Marina di Carrara, is full of lovely boutique hotels and resorts.

reception at beach club versilia

The transports

A modern and fast infrastructure links the seaside resorts of Versilia with the rest of Italy. There are railway stations in all the villages. Regional and fast trains connect them with Florence and Cinque Terre. The closest airports are in Florence and Pisa.

fireworks forte dei marmi

Any questions?

Please get in touch in you need any help for your Forte Dei Marmi Wedding. Or feel free to see our blog and our Instagram page.

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