Love-struck & looking for a unique fusion of dynamic energy and old-fashioned fairy tale romance? Head to Venice, an enchanting city on the sea where gondoliers whisk you down canals and serenade you and your sweetheart. Devotion is embedded into the very foundations of the city, exemplified by the annual ‘Marriage of the Sea’ ceremony in which local Venetians celebrate the sacred union of their spectacular city and its eternal companion. To begin, bask in the glory of traditional Venetian architecture with a spritz in hand before embarking to your elegant hotel…
A short and sweet boat ride away from bustling St Mark’s Square brings you to the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a coveted hotel and wedding venue in Venice. Completed in 1958 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar, the Cipriani hosts spectacular weddings that are inspired by opulent dreams. Famed for its extraordinary interiors, impeccable hospitality, luxury and sophistication, the Cipriani does not disappoint!
As one of the only remaining gardens of Giudeca Island, the meticulously manicured Antique Garden at the Cipriani is an idyllic setting for a secluded, romantic ceremony. The Fortuny Terrace is also beautifully scenic, boasting peaceful surroundings. Invite up to 200 guests onto the Terrace and treat them to mind-blowing panoramic views of the lagoon.
The mouth-watering and luxurious Italian cuisine of Cipriani will undoubtedly be savoured by all. Grown from Cipriani’s very own personal vegetable garden, the rich herbs and seasonings provide maximum flavour and freshness. Decorated with precious fabrics and St Mark’s inspired architectural details, the Fortuny Restaurant is the perfect setting for a lavish wedding banquet.
Back on the mainland, a visit to the world-famous Harry’s Bar is a must! Since the 1930s, Harry’s Bar has hosted a wide swathe of glittering clientele. Be sure to order a Bellini, first concocted in this very bar by Giuseppe Cipriani. A tantalizing mixture of sparkling white wine and peaches, the deep shade of pink reminded Cipriani of the colour of a saint’s toga in a painting by Giovanni Bellini, thus inspiring the name of Italy’s most treasured cocktail!
Written by Madhu Chitgopker