Maria and Kalon in Scandicci, Italy

After an exhaustive search of venues in their hometown of San Francisco, Maria and Kalon decided to look beyond U.S. borders. "We started with the world map," says Maria. "Some destinations were too far, others were too stuffy, and others were a bit too out of our comfort zone." The couple settled on Italy—a place they had both visited, and loved. "We wanted to create an experience for our guests," she says. "Florence had everything we were looking for. We were able to have a first-class experience abroad for the price of a mediocre event in the U.S."