Even if you're not getting married in the beautiful Italian countryside, you can easily achieve a similar look with some key decor elements that will set the tone. Inspired by one of our recent real weddings that took place on the outskirts of Florence, we started thinking about ways to recreate this dreamy, ethereal, quirky, old-world vibe. To capture said vibe, keep the color palette fairly simple—think lots of neutrals, with natural textures like stone and wood and, of course, an abundance of greenery.
For your ceremony, have your florist arrange large antique stone urns with olive branches for a simple altar, and then have them move one of the arrangements to the bar for cocktail hour. Choose long, wooden tables and set them with linen runners, garlands with greenery, and lots of tall vintage candlesticks. Because your palette is so simple, consider wearing something with a little more pop so you really stand out. Or, if you want to stick to classic white or ivory, make sure you wear something fun for the rehearsal dinner—maybe a pretty shade of (not too bright) yellow! Add to the ethereal, dreamy feel of your reception by draping gauzy fabric around your tables like our real couple did! It will make your reception feel dreamlike and magical.
To help you on your wedding planning journey, here are 10 items that will instantly make your guests feel like they're at a romantic, Italian countryside wedding!
Gold Cake Serving Set
Old-world charm aside, keep some parts of your reception modern. Touches of sleek gold work perfectly, and this cake serving set is versatile enough that you can use it post-wedding, too!
SHOP NOW: CB2, $39.95
Antibes Fan Napkin
Something about this feels Italian countryside to us--and we love that it's a monotone pattern with neutrals, so it feels both sophisticated and subtle. Pop these on your registry so you can carry the feel of your wedding over into your everyday life!
SHOP NOW: Terrain, $16
Self-Portrait Floral-Printed Maxi Dress
Inspired by the dreamy Dolce & Gabbana yellow dress the real bride wore, we love this floaty Self Portrait maxi. Even if you opt to wear white for the wedding, this is fun for a rehearsal dinner or afterparty!
SHOP NOW: Intermix, $715
A delicate gold design on the rim of these glasses combined with the shape makes these feel vintage and a touch old-world. Serve champagne cocktails at your cocktail hour out of them or just put them on your registry to serve drinks at home!
SHOP NOW: Food52, $48/4
This printable invitation (hello, budget saver!) is simple and modern, and the little sprig of greenery would be the perfect emblem to carry over to your place cards and menus. Add little pieces of olive leaves or rosemary at each place setting to really bring it all together.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $25
Keep the simple botanical theme going with your favors. These pretty wreath matchboxes work perfectly, and the vendor that makes them also does custom order.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $8
Acacia Salt and Pepper Shakers
In keeping with the natural textures and materials, these chunky wooden salt and pepper shakers are perfect both for your reception and for your dining room table (or coffee table, we don't judge).
SHOP NOW: CB2, $33.90
Illuminated Tarot Cards
Another idea we stole from our real wedding—tarot card readings! During the cocktail hour, have your guests enjoy sipping a drink while they find out what's in the cards for them! (Sorry for the pun, we had to). Plus, these cards are beautifully designed for a little twist on the traditional cards.
SHOP NOW: Think Geek, $17.99
Rebecca Minkoff Anden Flats
Don't feel like rocking a yellow dress? Have a little fun with your shoes! We're obsessed with these floral peep-toe flats.
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $125
The classic Cire Trudon emblem feels very Italian, and this yummy lemon/myrtle scent will make your whole home—or the head table at your wedding—smell like a summer evening, even if it's December.
SHOP NOW: Barney's New York, $105