Lake Como, Italy is known for being a tourist destination during the summer months. But, it is also an amazing place for destination weddings. Getting married with the stunning lake and picturesque views as your background is a once-in-a-lifetime moment and you probably want to splurge a little bit to make your dream wedding happen.
If you are planning on getting married in Lake Como, be prepared to shell out anything between 60,000 EUR to 200,000 EUR. Lake Como weddings are very expensive and there are a lot of factors that make the cost high. If you are a local resident of Lake Como, it might be less expensive as you don’t have to worry about transportation fees and hotel accommodations.
If you want to fly into Italy and travel to Lake Como, expect your wedding to be expensive. In this article, we will talk about how much it will cost you to get married at Lake Como.
How Much Are Weddings In Lake Como
Having your dream wedding in another country can be very expensive and having it in Lake Como is no different. There are several factors that can affect the overall cost of having a wedding at Lake Como. But one thing is for sure, you have to be prepared to spend at least anything between 60,000 EUR to 200,000, especially if you are looking at some of the more popular villas for your wedding.
Here are some of the factors that can affect the overall cost of having a destination wedding at Lake Como.
The wedding venue is probably the most important factor in your wedding plans. You would want a beautiful venue that will boast Lake Como’s natural beauty and scenery otherwise, why have a destination wedding if it is not going to be your dream venue?
There are several hotels and villas in Lake Como that can be a stunning venue for your dream wedding. The cost of Lake Como wedding venues can depend on the season that you are planning to get married. Wedding venues during the high season are going to be more expensive than if you plan your wedding during the off-season.
Here are some of the stunning venues that you can choose from for your wedding:
Villa d’Este – starts at 14,000 EUR per day
Villa Balbiano – starts at 22,000 EUR per day
Villa Balbianello – starts at 7,000 EUR per day
Hotel accommodations can also be very expensive, especially if you are booking a hotel such as the Grand Hotel Tremezzo.
The price will also depend on which day of the week and the time of the year you will be getting married. Having a wedding weekend will also cost you more. Do note that each venue has a maximum number of guests included in their prices. If you have more guests, the price of the wedding venue can also increase. If you are planning on having a private wedding or an intimate wedding with very few guests, you might be able to have fewer expenses.
Weddings can be very stressful and as a wedding couple, you want your wedding preparation and wedding ceremony itself to go smoothly. Hiring a wedding planner can help you plan and design your wedding.
From talking to vendors, helping you select the venue, and even advising you with your budget, a wedding planner can help lessen your stress in planning your wedding. Having said that, destination wedding planners can also be expensive and can cost anything between 6,000 EUR to 10,000 EUR.
A wedding would not be complete if you didn’t have any photos to remember your wedding day. In a destination like Lake Como, you would definitely want to have beautiful photos in a beautiful setting. There are a lot of wedding photographers that you can choose from. Make sure to choose a professional photographer who can capture the beautiful moments during your wedding.
Photographers typically charge by the hour and you can expect to shell out anything between 3,000 EUR to 7,000 EUR. If you want to hire a videographer as well, it will also cost you at least 3,000 EUR. There may be wedding photographers who also offer video services. So, you might want to look into that and see if you can get a photo and video package at a discounted rate.
A wedding will also not be complete without food and beverages (F&B). Before booking your preferred catering company in Lake Como, make sure that the venue itself does not come with F&B already. Some venues will have F&B included in their wedding package and may already have a fixed menu of delicious Italian cuisine. Choosing your own catering service will offer more of a personalized menu but make sure they can be listed as vendors for your chosen venue.
Some venues do offer F&B for an additional charge. If this is the case, you can ask the person in charge of your preferred venue if you can bring in a catering service of your choice instead of availing the venue’s own catering service.
Whether your catering is supplied by the venue or your own choice, the typical charge for catering is per head. The cost will depend on the catering company and it usually costs at least 150 EUR per person. This price can increase based on what you want for the menu.
You can also opt for buffet style catering and it can cost about 15,00 EUR depending on the number of your guests. Catering also doesn’t typically include an open bar and having one can cost you an additional 1,500 EUR or more.
Floral Arrangement And Other Decorations
Lake Como is already a beautiful background for a wedding. But, having floral decor can really add to the beauty of the venue. Other decorations such as an archway, carpet, table decor, lights, and signage can also add up to the cost of your wedding.
Expect to allot at least 3,000 EUR to 10,000 EUR for floral arrangements and other decorations you wish to have at your wedding. If you want to save money on flowers, choose flowers that are in season and are local to save on transportation costs. You can also stick to two to three kinds of flowers for your wedding and choose common year-round flowers.
A Lake Como wedding costs anywhere between 60,000 EUR to 200,000 EUR depending on your wedding venue, number of guests, and a lot more. Aside from what we talked about in this article, take into consideration other costs such as transportation, DJ, cake, wedding gown and tuxedo, jewelry, and hair and makeup.
Lake Como weddings can be exciting but can also be very expensive. If you have a big budget and it is your dream to get married in Lake Como, all the costs can be worth it. If you are planning on getting married at Lake Como soon, this article helps you estimate how much your budget should be. If you have any other questions, let us know!