Villa Aurelia – An exclusive and elegant wedding venue in Rome

Perched in a dominating position on the crest of the Janiculum Hill in Rome, Villa Aurelia, property of the American Academy since 1909, was reopened in May 2002 after three years of extensive restoration. It was worth the wait as Villa Aurelia now provides the perfect backdrop for a personal and unforgettable wedding day, offering a wealth of history, culture and fine food which Rome is so well-known for.

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Villa Aurelia_ Destination Wedding Rome_Italy

The Villa is rented out on an exclusive basis and only one event is organised there on any one day, with couples being able to choose the areas that best suit their requirements.
The beauty of Villa Aurelia’s stunning gardens, the breathtaking view of Rome, and the variety of spaces available make this venue an ideal location for a wedding combining culture, style and something a little different.

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Villa Aurelia_ Destination Wedding Rome_Italy

Roberta, our Rome based wedding planner, will use her extensive experience and close contacts to help you plan your perfect day and to choose an appropriate catering company, florist, musicians, photographer and any other services you will need. Roberta will be your support throughout the planning process and will be there on the day of your wedding to ensure everything runs smoothly.
If you are interested in finding out more about Villa Aurelia, please get in contact with Roberta for an informal chat. She will be able to provide you with an idea on price, capacity and can also make recommendations on other venues in Rome which may also suit your needs – roberta@wanderlust-weddings.com

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Villa Aurelia_ Destination Wedding Rome_Italy

Villa Aurelia_ Destination Wedding Rome_Italy

Villa Aurelia_ Destination Wedding Rome_Italy

Villa Aurelia_ Destination Wedding Rome_Italy

Villa Aurelia_ Destination Wedding Rome_Italy

 

My top destination wedding destinations

Wanderlust Weddings:

An interesting read from one of the blogs we follow – ‘My top destination wedding destinations’

Originally posted on vanhvanh:

Getting married is never easy, especially if you are planning to tie the knot half way across the world. But the idea of spending a holiday with all our beloved family and friends at some place both exotic and so dear to our hearts makes the whole ride a lot more exciting and worthwhile. It took some intense discussions to arrive at our final destination of Naxos, Greece. Not only is Naxos the middle point for our family and friends coming from all 5 continents, to us, it is also Greece at its best: mesmerizing, hospitable and unpretentious. Of course, I can spend hours telling you about what I love about this special Cycladic island, but this blog is dedicated to all the other amazing places where we have stopped on our travel through to say “This could be a great place for a wedding!”

Montepulciano, Tuscany

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The wonderful wedding video from Maryjane and Michael’s big day!

Check out Maryjane and Michael’s  video from their beautiful Algarve destination wedding at Vila Vita Parc.

Orlando Horta has captured their day beautifully…..

A dreamy destination wedding at the Algarve’s vibrant Vila Vita Parc

A wedding full of sunshine and laughter – read about Maryjane and Michael’s amazing day which they shared with their closest family and friends in the heart of the Algarve, Portugal.

How they met

‘Michael and I grew up in the same area only a few doors apart.  He was close friends with my older brother who was very protective. I had a childhood crush on him ever since I was young. I wrote him Valentine’s day cards and blushed when he passed my garden (we were only 13/14!).

Shortly before my 16th Birthday, Mick knocked at my door selling a concert ticket for Eminem. He had heard that I lost mine and he got his hands on a spare. So I jumped and bought the ticket from him. 

We met up the morning of the concert,  had breakfast and got the bus together. We were chatting away and before we knew it there was chemistry flying! I ended up leaving my friends at the concert and enjoying it with Mick instead who finally under the shelter of a  raincoat in the rain leaned in for a kiss.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

 It was definitely love right from the start for me! We were inseparable and shortly after,  Mick asked me to officially be his girlfriend. It was a bit of a shock to my brother but of all of his friends to steal his sister’s heart, he was glad it was Mick!

We were both  only 16 but became the greatest of friends and moved in together when we were 17. Our relationship has been a wonderful adventure ever since.’

Ahhhh, we love this story. So sweet!

The proposal

‘I was 5 months pregnant with our only son during Christmas 2010. Mick had promised me a new laptop for my Christmas present and on Christmas morning, he handed me a card but no gift –  I read the card and it didn’t click for some time that the card was “to my Fiancé” and he was on one knee in front of me. So of course I cried full of emotion and the engagement was official!’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

The outfits 

‘I bought my dress in Bridal Corner in Glasnevin. I came across it when I was just browsing one of the first few shops I went into in and I fell in love. It was just perfect and it had me written all over it. They were offering a discount for deposits paid by a certain date so I decided not to waste time and paid my deposit.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

My mam paid for my wedding dress as my wedding gift (it was a bit over the planned budget but it was worth it).

Although it wasn’t ideal for an overseas wedding as its was bulky and hard to transport, I knew that it just suited me and my wedding.

It was fairy princess teamed with a Spanish like veil – my photographers said it was a popular Portuguese type dress and not what many Irish/English brides wear in the Algarve. They loved working with it in my photographs! The heat on the day was unbelievable but not at one stage did I want to take it off – I felt a million dollars in it!’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Vision for the Day

Maryjane tells us about her vision for her amazing Algarve wedding…..

‘When we decided to marry on our 10 year anniversary to the day, we met Algarve Wedding Planners in the RDS in Dublin and told them our vision for the day.

I wanted sheer luxury with breath-taking backdrops. I wanted to be able to take a dip in the sea the morning of my wedding and have a champagne breakfast with my bridal party.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

I had dreamed of a stunning church with original features and to walk up the aisle listening to a live performer with my family and friends taking part in the ceremony, and being driven there and to the reception by coach. I also wanted my bridal party to arrive in style and Mick to arrive in a top class car followed by me arriving in a more classic top end car.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

The wedding would be intimate and followed by photographs with family and friends.

The cocktail reception had to be overlooking the sea with champagne and nibbles that expressed my taste fpr the finer things.  I wanted photographs by the beach and in the cliffs to cherish forever.

The evening meal had to be a 5-star standard of catering for the adventurous and not so adventurous again overlooking the sea with gentle music in the background. I wanted a special place setting for Mick’s late mother and for the evening reception, to have traditional Portuguese elements/fireworks/ a band followed by a DJ into the early hours.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

In our heads we decided “this is our day” and it’s the only time we’ll do it so we wanted to go all out and treat our guests to the most unforgettable experience.’

The special touches

‘From the start we were very hands on although our planners took care of everything – I am a control freak!

We designed and created our save the date cards ourselves by taking photographs at a Dublin beach with handmade signs and doing a little “photoshopping” and hand gluing the printed photo’s to card

We also designed our wedding invitations which were created by Precious Buttons (fb) they turned out amazingly perfect.

We commissioned Keepsake Candles to create our perfect wedding candles and a memorial candle for Micks late mother to display by her photograph at the top table.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

We decided to eliminate favours and donate to Kare4Kasey Trust Fund instead and we had cards made for the tables to let everyone know that we donating on their behalf.

We invited our siblings and nieces/nephews to do readings at the church.

The wedding planners consulted with us on all aspects of the wedding and we made sure that every little detail oozed Mick and MJ so our guests would walk away from the wedding knowing that is was unique to us and had a very personal touch.’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Best decision

‘I think the best decision was to have it abroad start! And then to use Algarve Wedding Planners. It honestly led to the best decisions in all aspects and resulted in the most memorable day of our lives and a wedding which is still the topic of discussion among family and friends over eight months on.’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

If I did it again….

‘If I was to redo the whole day which I’d love to do over and over and over and over again, there isn’t much I’d change at all!

I think my page boys and flower girls were maybe too young to walk up the aisle so maybe I would have sat them with their parents in their gorgeous little outfits and took photos of them rather than expect them to manage the aisle at 18 and 24 months old.

 I’d probably have met the priest that was marrying us prior to the day. I didn’t feel I had a bond with him which is a shame but it didn’t dampen the day at all

Lastly I would have examined my mass booklets too. I took it to chance that the printers would do a great job but sadly they were a bit messed up, but again it didn’t have much of an effect on the day.’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Wedding planners

‘We used the Algarve Wedding Planners (AWP) – Paula/Karina/Valarie/Patricia we also had Manuela from the Vila Vita Parc Events team working with us from start to finish.

We met AWP in the RDS in Dublin in January 2012 and then a number of times then when they visited Dublin or we visited the Algarve – these girls are amazing! Every wedding they plan is like they are planning their own. Every inch of detail is considered and they go above and beyond in terms of their duties. That went for all the Algarve suppliers we used!

AWP showed us a few venues that suited our requirements, vision and budget and Vila Vita Parc was top of the list. When we went to the Algarve a year before the wedding we viewed the venue and OMG there are no words! Once you’ve seen Vila vita Parc it would be a crime to choose anywhere else to host your wedding. It had everything and more and so many option in regards to locations for the cocktail/meal and evening reception. So many choices for photograph locations and the rooms too!   I’ve never seen something so beautiful in all my years. I truly got a sense of how the other half live!’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Some helpful advice

‘If you are planning a wedding in the Algarve my only warning would be to check with the hotel you are staying at for the duration of the holiday about their policies on family/friends visiting the hotel. We booked an all inclusive/ exclusive hotel not realising it was exclusive and we had a lot of run ins with management when our wedding guests  popped in to to discuss plans or just to say hello. Had I have known that they were not allowed in the premises, I would probably have booked somewhere else.

The only other advise I can give is to use the AWP team and trust them! There is nothing to worry about once they are in charge.’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Suppliers: 

Reception Venue – Vila Vita Parc

Planners Algarve Wedding Planners (AWP)

Church and reception bandTwin Flames (booked through AWP)

PhotographyJoáo Ataide Photography (booked through AWP)

VideographyOrlando Horta (booked through AWP)  - check out the video from their wonderful day:

DressBridal Corner

ShoesKorkys

Bridesmaid dressesCoast

InvitationsPrecious Buttons

CandlesKeepsake Candles

Grooms/groomsmen suitsCT2

Wedding websiteGettingMarried.co.uk

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Wanderlust Weddings is delighted to be able to offer a discount on accommodation to couples (and their wedding party) getting married at this stunning location. For more information on hosting your wedding at Vila Vita Parc  or for info on any other Algarve destination wedding venues, contact Clare on clare@wanderlustweddings.com

Budget Wedding Ideas: Bride & Joy

Congratulations on your engagement!

Whether you are planning to have your wedding at home or abroad, you probably have a rough idea on how much you would like to spend. At Wanderlust Weddings, we believe having a detailed budget is essential and trying to save money where you can without compromising on quality is important. We thought you might appreciate these wedding budgeting tips which will come in 5 installments from our friends at Glitzy Secrets

Check out the first installment below and let us know what you think!

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Look out for this alluring Algarve wedding…..

……Coming soon to Wanderlust Weddings – another stunning Algarve wedding which we are really looking forward to sharing!

Villa Dino – A magical Italian wedding venue oozing history and grace

Located in the heart of Rome’s historical Appia Antica Park on the road that once connected Rome to Brindisi, Villa Dino sits amongst botanical gardens surrounded by trees, flowers and extensive meadows – perfect for a romantic and elegant destination wedding in Italy.

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Villa Dino_Destination Wedding Venue_Rome_Italy

Villa Dino has two exquisite and spacious living rooms with large windows offering an elegant atmosphere for a wedding with a maximum capacity of approximately 250 people for the hall on the first floor, and 200 on the ground floor. Both rooms are air conditioned, making it an ideal location for summer weddings too. A magnificent outdoor ceremony and reception can also be arranged at this breathtaking venue.

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Villa Dino_Destination Wedding Venue_Rome_Italy

A beautiful fountain welcomes guests to the stunning venue and family and friends can enjoy elegant cocktails under the stars in the fragrant citrus grove. Historical artefacts embellish the garden making each wedding at Villa Dino truly unique. Strolling along the boulevard entrance, a monumental Roman colonnade can be seen with a magnificent backdrop for scenic outdoor wedding ceremonies.

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Villa Dino_Destination Wedding Venue_Rome_Italy

At Wanderlust Weddings, we feel that this venue really offers the ‘wow factor’ and gives couples huge flexibility to plan the day exactly how they want with our Rome based wedding planner, Roberta. With extensive experience in planning and hosting weddings across Rome (including Villa Dino), Roberta has excellent contacts who can supply all of the elements for your special day at very reasonable and competitive rates. If you are interested in finding out more about Villa Dino, please get in contact with Roberta for an informal chat – roberta@wanderlust-weddings.com

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Villa Dino_Destination Wedding Venue_Rome_Italy