Boutique Hotel Wedding in Positano, Italy.
For Australian/British couple C & J, the location of their wedding was always going to be Positano, their favourite city in the world! As one of the pricier locations on the Amalfi Coast, they knew it could be easy to go over their wedding budget so they were willing to compromise on certain things… like no honeymoon suite, just a regular room in a nice hotel and no DJ after dinner, just a reserved area of a bar instead.
Below C & J outline the cost of their hotel wedding in Positano and where their budget was spent.
C & J- Positano, Italy
Pearls of Wisdom:
The first thing we did was submit a request to find a planner through Weddings Abroad Guide. We had quite a few responses and then found Simona from Happy Brides Wedding Planner, who held our hands for the next 2 years while we planned everything.
I joined a wedding group for Sorrento and Amalfi Coast weddings where I could also talk to future and past brides about their experiences with particular suppliers and compare experiences. It felt like a proper community and helped so much with planning.
The one thing I hadn’t thought of was how many people were staying the night after the wedding and the fact they all wanted to have dinner with us. Luckily we managed to find a restaurant that could seat 20 as it was end of season but definitely something to consider!
Total Cost: *€11,000 (Euro) (the cost of this wedding was heavily discounted, see average COST for 2023 wedding in Positano, below)
Location: Positano, Amalfi Coast Italy
Date: 26 October 2019
Number of Guests: 30 adults
Ceremony Venue: Hotel Marincanto, Positano (Symbolic Ceremony)
Ceremony Start Time: 3:00pm
Reception Venue: Hotel Marincanto, Positano: Boutique Hotel
Reception Start Time: 5:00pm till midnight
Number of Days at Wedding Location Prior to Wedding: 3
Number of Days at Wedding Location: 6
Pre Wedding Activities: Cocktails and Canapes at La Zagara
Post Wedding Activities: Boat hire to Capri
Planning Method: Wedding Planner (Simona – Happy Brides Wedding Planner) & DIY
Planning Time: 20 months
Ceremony Venue: €1,000
Wedding Paperwork & Legal Fees: $250 Registry Office (Australia)
Wedding Cake: Paid for by mother in law
Wedding Flowers Bridal Party: €250
Wedding Flowers Ceremony & Reception Venue: €500
Ceremony Musicians: €500
Hair Stylist: €225
Make-Up Artist: €225
Wedding Stationery: €250
Pre Wedding Activity: €550
Post Wedding Activities: €250
Wedding Planning Fee: €950 (bespoke planning)
Other: €550 (presents for wedding party)
Transport & Accommodation
Did you manage to stick to your budget? Yes
Did you spend more or less than you thought? More
Would you recommend your method of planning? Yes
What were you not willing to compromise on? Location – even though Positano was more expensive we managed to keep in budget by compromising on other things.
Honeymoon & Home Party
Honeymoon Location: 2 month Europe travel (Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany & Austria)
Did you have a Home Party: Yes
Cost Tips – Simona Happy Brides Wedding Planner (Amalfi Coast & Tuscany):
Couples need to be mindful that the costs associated with organising this wedding were heavily discounted, it is not a realistic to budget for organising a similar wedding in Positano post COVID. We were able to negotiate favourable rates for C & J’s wedding as it was held at the end of the Italian wedding season. Wedding suppliers are always subject to many factors, so it’s important that couples do their research. If you are not comparing like for like items the information can be misleading. For example, what time of year are you getting married, bespoke planning or wedding package, western wedding cake or millefoglie (traditional Italian wedding cake), 6 course dinner or buffet etc.
Below is a range of prices that you should expect for a wedding held in Positano in 2023:
Ceremony Venue: €2,000-5,000
Wedding Cake: €300-400
Wedding Flowers Bridal Party: €500
Wedding Flowers Ceremony & Reception Venue: €2,500-5,000
Ceremony Musicians: €800-1500
Hair Stylist: €350-600
Make-Up Artist: €350-600
Wedding Stationery: €500-800
Pre Wedding Activity: €1000-3000
Post Wedding Activities: €1,000-5,000
Wedding Planning Fee: €2,500-6,000 (bespoke planning)
Other: €550 (presents for wedding party)
Wedding Planner: Happy Brides Wedding Planner | Wedding Photography: The Bros | Wedding Venue: Hotel Marincanto | Hair Stylist: Piero Mansi | Make-up Artist: Zoe Graham
Find out More
If you would like to learn more about on having a wedding in Positano or any other location on the Amalfi Coast, please use the form below to contact Simona from Happy Brides Wedding Planner who would be more than happy to answer your questions.
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