Hello, my fiance and I will be getting married in the U.S.A. in a courtroom civil ceremony prior to flying to Italy for a two-week trip where we will be holding a symbolic ceremony by ourselves in Cinque Terra. Amongst all the other planning for the trip (traveling around the Tuscany region, visiting Venice, Rome, Milan, etc.), this particular piece has some very specific details that I need help with. Reading through this forum shows that it is a great resource and although I did use the "search" fuction already about weddings in Italy, I hope that some of you may be able to provide some local guidance on this. The details are as follows:
This is a symbolic ceremony only and there are no other persons involved beyond the two of us. Therefore, no concerns about proper licensing, fees, papers, etc. We will be spending a few days of our trip staying in Cinque Terra and so will designate one day for our "wedding". She would like to have someone dress her hair for the day and we will need a photographer for about an hour's worth of time to take a few photos before/during/after the very brief ceremony. As for that part, we simply need someone to preside over and say a minimal number of words while we exchange vows.
Finally, we obviously need a location to do this and I'm currently doing research to see what sort of hotels and restaurants may have a gorgeous balcony with view of the water and rocks available, perhaps we can obtain private access for an hour. Our ceremony will likely be on a weekday so this may help matters in that regard.
I have already found some links on this site to wedding planners available in Italy and have begun contacting them for more information and pricing. However, some of the responses I have seen thus far have not been what I am looking for. Specifically, most seem tailored to at least involve a small wedding party and many traditional concepts that go with a wedding. These things do not apply to us.
A couple of planners did seem to respond with more of an understanding of what we wanted, but the pricing seemed quite high to me. Make no mistake, I realize that Italy is not an inexpensive place to visit nor to have certain services done. The quotes for her hair came back at 300+ Euros! From what I have read, Cinque Terre doesn't have many professional services available in that area and so sometimes they need to be brought in from surrounding areas, thus increasing cost due to travel?
Is it possible to find someone with local knowledge of a hair dresser within that immediate area?
Also, the planners tend to have an officate priced around 600Euros or greater. Is that really necessary for a ten-minute symbolic ceremony?
As for the photographer, this is the area that I fully expect to spend the most money. My fiance and I would rather have 20 of the most amazing, candid-type photographs to cherish forever than 200 photos of conventional style wedding pictures. Therefore, I would love a local recommendation for an excellent candid photographer.
The location for the ceremony, surprisingly, seems like it may be easier to plan that all the above items. I'm working on that now but of course would welcome any advice or recommendations from this forum for it. If it happens to be at a restaurant then we could set up a dinner reservation for afterwards.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice you all may be able to provide!