We love writing about exotic destination wedding locales, really, we do, but sometimes we find ourselves saying the same things over and over and over. There are a lot of unbelievably stunning places in the world, and they make for beautiful backdrops for weddings, but when we actually consider ‘experience,’ for our couples and their guests, a place like Petritoli (in Italy) just makes our hearts skip a beat. We talked to the tourism and event pros at Tu.Ris.Marche and they gave us so much to think about, mostly that there are SO many places the wedding world doesn’t know about - hopefully, after reading this, though, you’ll consider yourself an insider. Tuscan weddings are astounding, Florence weddings are first rate, but if you’re truly after the ‘fairytale affair,’ you can’t top Petritoli.
You’re not guests, you’re full-on family.
If you’re not familiar with Petritoli, no worries, it’s a hidden and oft-looked-over gem in a country known for hotspots like Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Milan, Naples, etc. But point blank, Petritoli is a medieval village with a population of approximately 2,500 (not kidding when we said this place was off the radar). Lying on the fertile hills of southern Marche, between the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini Mountain Chain, the Azure Hills are ripe with ancient and majestic beauty - a tiny corner of paradise that’s just a natural for nuptials.
Several factors lead young couples to choose Petritoli as the romantic setting for their big day, but here are the big ones:
- The exclusive location
- The tenured tourism teams that host these most memorable of occasions
- The incredible epicurean culture
- The lush and phenomenal climate (summer weddings here are out of this world)
And the biggest [and most influential, in our minds] deciding factor: the inimitable graciousness of the people who live here year-round. The welcoming locals contribute to making weddings and extended stays truly unforgettable - guests end up feeling like they are members of the community, and that, to us, is magic. Add to that the fact that the Town Administration has drafted special, private guidelines for couples and guests to enjoy some of the most evocative corners of the village.
Photo Credit: Paolo Ceritano Photography
About that wedding planning team that does it all…
We’re not exaggerating. This group will take your wildest dreams and delicately fold them into a real life, modern fairytale (just as easily as the region’s inspiring chefs fold and perfect agnolotti pasta) - starting with 360-degree event organization. From the ceremony to the reception, your wedding and its thoughtful theme will be safe in the hands of Tu.Ris.Marche. They’ll assemble and communicate with the best vendors and wedding professionals in the area, they’ll curate the soundtrack to your day (and choose the music that fits with the mood of your celebration), they’ll organize any of the pre or post-wedding activities based on your tastes (quite literally, too, the food and drink scene in Petritoli is indulgent and then some!), and they’ll entertain the littles on your wedding day. Honestly, they’ll occupy all of the kids with treasure hunts, face painting, all the things to keep them happy!
And for the couples who weren’t able to plan bachelor or bachelorette parties in the last year due to COVID-mandated travel restrictions, they’ll roll these events right on into your wedding trip (spa days, go karting, vintage barbershop treatments, to name a few).
Photo Credit: Giacomo Terracciano
When the lines between Instagram and real life are totally blurred (in the best way)
Reach out now to put your Petritoli wedding plans in motion!
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