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You are going to need somewhere to sleep while you are in Florence. The Hotel Lombardi is a family run establishment. They were fantastic. They provided rooms for all of the wedding guests. They also allowed us to use the breakfast room to have wedding cake and sambucca after the ceremony. When we returned for our Anniversary 5 years later they made sure we had the same room and even put complimentary wine in our room. Fantastic caring staff!
The Travel Chanel listed the Sala Rossa as number 9 in the top ten places to get married. Weddings here are legally recognized in the United States. We used Ben Singleton from Italyweddings.com to help plan all of the arrangements and legalities
If you have a destination wedding in Italy you still have to fill out the proper paperwork. This is an adventure in itself. The Atto Notorio makes the paperwork official. Then you get to go to the US Consulate.
Ciro and Sons is a restaurant close to the Duomo in Florence. The family that runs the restaurant are fantastic and the food is to die for. They took very good care of us and catered to our large group. Of course don't over do it on the Champagne because you don't want to be hungover for your own wedding!
We were on our way to complete an Italian wedding tradition by leaving our wedding flowers at Santisima Annunciata when we stopped for a little shopping in a leather shop. Upon learning of our marriage that day the shop owner insisted on a toast. Then he sent one of the employees out for glasses and a bottle. He toasted us right there in the middle of the shop.
8. You are already there, enjoy an Italian Honeymoon!
We were lucky enough to get to be witnesses at another wedding while we were in Florence. When we let our old wedding coordinator know we were going to be in town he asked if we would like to be witnesses for a wedding while we were in Florence. How romantic is that?