December 19, 2019
Lovebirds’ Nest in Lake Como: Wedding Planning in Villa del Balbianello
If you want to take a trip into Italian fairyland, there’s no better place than Lake Como, Italy’s most glamorous lake. Beautifully set against the Alps, and famous for its dramatic scenery and elegant resorts, the lake boasts a romantic atmosphere that is perfect for all lovebirds out there. It is so romantic, in fact, that it’s a lot of women’s dream to have a Lake Como wedding.
One particular wedding spot is the highly popular Villa del Balbianello in Tremezzina, Lake Como. Built-in the late 18th century on the site of an ancient Franciscan monastery, this villa comprises of two residential buildings, a church and a portico overlooking a little dock. Formerly owned by the famous Italian explorer Guido Monzini, the villa houses a collection of pictures, flags, and honours, as well as one of the eight sleighs he used to reach the North Pole.
However, what really makes Villa del Balbianello such a lovebirds’ nest is its rich collection of ethnic sculptures and artefacts, sophisticated terraced gardens, impressive architecture, and a magnificent view of Isola Comacina and the western shore of Lake Como – all of which add up to a perfect wedding location. The villa is so beautiful that even the Star Wars franchise, similar to movies A Month by the Lake and Casino Royale, deemed it the perfect setting for one of its most romantic scenes. For more Italy wedding venues make sure to read my latest article about “The best venues and locations in Italy”.
Of course, for Lake Como wedding, or a Villa Balbianello wedding, in particular, Like in every wedding planning, you have to consider several factors to ultimately experience that perfect day you’re dreaming of.
First of all, there’s the transportation matter. In order to reach Villa del Balbianello, you have two options. One choice is to walk a 1-km footpath from Via Degli Artigiani, which I don’t imagine you would like yourself and your guests to do right on your wedding day. The other more reasonable option is by taxi-boat from the Lenno beach with a roundtrip fare of around €7.5.
Villa del Balbianello opens to the public from 10 am to 6 pm on all days of the week, except for Mondays and Wednesdays. If you want a very private wedding, then you can book your reservation on either of these two days, but at a higher cost. You can also acquire exclusive use of the villa on the other days of the week, but only after 6 pm (again, at a higher price). Of course, you can also opt to have a ceremony in one area while other tourists are prowling the rest of the property. It’s cheaper and I’m sure those lovely visitors won’t bother you!
The villa offers rooms for the bride and the groom to prepare in. However, the villa does not offer rooms for you and your guests to sleep in. But not to worry! There are many neighbouring accommodations where you can catch your beauty sleep.
And this is it! Your actual Lake Como wedding ceremony! You can say your romantic vows right at the Loggia Durini (Arched Loggia), or at Loggia Segré (in case of poor weather or if it’s really your preference).
Aperitif and cocktails can be set up in the garden and terrace near Loggia Durini, the garden and terrace near Loggia Segré, or in Loggia Segré itself.
If the villa is closed to public visitors, you’re also welcome to host a wedding breakfast or dinner. This can be set up in Loggia Segré, the garden and terrace near Loggia Segré, or in the Oak Terrace by the lake.
The cost of a wedding in Villa del Balbianello depends on several factors such as guests number, day of the event, and your wedding choices. For reference, please see the estimated price range below:
For a Loggia Durini ceremony (with a maximum of 2 Hours)
For a Loggia Durini ceremony + Loggia Segre Aperitif (with a maximum of 3 hours)
For Dinner (with a maximum of 6 Hours)
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