"Love starts as a feeling,
But to continue is a choice;
And I find myself choosing you
More and more every day.”
― Justin Wetch
THE FIRENZE - MICRO WEDDING PLANNING
The Florence Package is the perfect package for couples that want an over the top intimate wedding and they want a planner to guide them through each detail from the beginning to make sure nothing is overlooked. From venue to vendors, room blocks, design and style, wedding day management. This package is only available for weddings with 30 guests or less.
THE VENEZIA - FULL WEDDING PLANNING
Specifically designed for the busy couple and the couple who has no idea where to start and would like expert guidance from the beginning.
It covers literally everything about your wedding, from the vision and design to vendor selection, etiquette advisor, budgeting, management of the day of the wedding. We start of with finding out your story, your style, your personality and your vision and we guide you every step of the way. You won't have to worry about a thing, we will provide you the options, you select the one you like and we'll work with the vendor team to bring to life the wedding you have imagined.
THE PORTOFINO - WEDDING MANAGEMENT + DESIGN
So you know you want your wedding to look beautiful. You know you like that color.... But you also like the other color.... And you like that wooden farm table but you might want to have round tables with specialty tablecloth.....You know you want some upgrades but you don't know where to start.... "Who should I contact? Which company has that charger or that color of tablecloth? But I don't have time to take care of this. What's the price of this and that... I already feel overwhelmed".
We will start with a consultation and I will guide you through the process that will be completed with the creation of a detailed design board for every single detail from color scheme, flowers, decor, tabletop, rentals, cake and much more.
THE POSITANO - WEDDING MANAGEMENT
The Positano is the perfect package for couples that already planned the wedding and all the details and they need a coordinator that will put everything together to create a flawless execution of the event. We will start working with you 60 days before the wedding and we will assist you with the coordination of the very final details before your wedding.
what we do
THE LAGO DI COMO - DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNING
We are here to help you plan your destination wedding in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I grew up in Lake Como and lived +30 years in the city before moving to San Diego; my deep knowledge of the wedding industry in Italy and in the US, allow us to serve couples that want to elope or have a destination wedding in Lake Como.
When you hire a planner for your wedding there are a lot of emotions, expectations and fear involved as you are giving your trust to someone you have never met before to plan your day and make it perfect. It gets even more stressful if you are hiring someone that lives on the other side of the world or that doesn't speak a word of Italian!
One of the many benefits in hiring us, is that we can actually meet and get to know each other since we are based in San Diego. You will have full support from a planner who is local to Lake Como, with zero time difference (Italy is +9 hours). We work closely with a professional team of vendors based in Italy and we make sure there is no language barrier between your dreams and the reality of your wedding day.
We are specialized in destination wedding exclusively on Lake Como and we do not plan weddings in other parts of Italy.
Questions you might have....
I just need a day of coordinator, do you offer this service?
In the past few years the term "day of" coordinator has been used to represent a person that offers services only on the day of the wedding and is not involved in the coordination with the vendors in the last few months preceeding the wedding.
As many other planners, we don't have a day of wedding coordination package.
There are multiple reasons behind this choice: we strongly believe (and know) that no great event can be flawlessly executed by simply taking over the whole planning only one or two week before. Especially if we are talking about a wedding, one of the most important day in a couple's life. The second reason is that we take each wedding very seriously, as if it was our own, and as professionals it would not feel right to guarantee you a successful event by jumping in at the last minute. In fact, one or two weeks before the event is too late to fix any issue that a coordinator can bring to your attention after checking your vendor contracts floor plans and so on. Moreover, it can be quite costly to fix last-minute problems compared to solving them ahead of time.
The question you want to ask yourself is: after all the planning, the emotional and monetary investment that preparing a wedding requires, would you feel comfortable, and do you think it would be worth it, to leave the coordination and management of your big day to a stranger that has not created a relationship with you, took the time to dive deep into your wedding documents and worked with your vendors in the previous months?
Why are we different, why choosing us?
I feel that my most valuable asset is my background. Logistics are my bread and butter. I know how venues operate, as I come from that background. Having worked on the venues' side of things gives me the knowledge to ask the right questions and tackle whichever problem that may arise before it is too late. On top of that, I have a true passion for design and for turning my couples' vision into reality; if you are looking for a timeless look with touches of modern, you have found the right wedding designer; I love mixing classic elements to new ones, I feel like it creates continuity and flow to the design and it is a guarantee for a timeless look.
The venue I chose has a coordinator, do I still need to hire a wedding coordinator?
Sometimes it’s easy to get confused with all the different roles vendors play during the planning process. Two of the most misconstrued roles are the catering manager or venue coordinator and the wedding coordinator. Although some job duties can overlap, their primary job function is very different. Below are a few points that will help you understand the difference. (job duties might vary based on the venue).
CATERING MANAGER/VENUE COORDINATOR
Act as your menu consultant for all food and beverage selections
Order and oversee the complete set up of your basic rental needs including tables, chairs, linens, tableware, lounge furniture. (note: not all venues offer rentals)
Create a floor plan of your event space in order for you to plan and provide them with your seating arrangements.
Act as the on-site liaison between your wedding planner or coordinator and catering staff.
Detail your menu and/or rental contracts
Oversee the ceremony and reception areas set up and food preparation.
Takes over all vendors communications 2 months before the wedding
Create a custom timeline for your entire wedding day
Confirm call times and details with all vendors several days prior to the wedding day.
Be the liaison with your family, bridal party and all vendors.
Ensure the ladies have their bouquets and gentlemen have their boutonnieres. Deliver and arrange ceremony programs, escort cards, place cards, favors and personal items.
Organize and coordinate your ceremony rehearsal, coordinate your ceremony (i.e. line up bridal party, cue musician, etc.), coordinate your reception (i.e. grand entrance, first dance, toasts, cake cutting, etc), coordinate your vendors to ensure timeliness of your events.
Collect any personal décor items you may have brought at the conclusion of your reception.
What does a planner do and why would I consider hiring one?
The first thing we need to cover to have clarity is understand what is the difference between the terms planner, designer, coordinator.
A coordinator is the person you hire literally to coordinate your wedding and start working with you 1 or 2 months before, when most of the planning, budgeting, design, vendor selection and orders have been done.
A planner is the person you hire to plan your whole wedding. Generally you hire this person either before or after selecting your venue and before selecting any other vendors. She or he will create a budget for you, create the design, get quotes from vendors and facilitate all the communication with all the moving parts of the wedding from the time you sign the agreement till the end of the wedding day.
A designer is the person who will help you bring you wedding vision to life. I include design in my full planning package but I also offer a "lighter" version of the design as an add on to my wedding management/coordination clients.
To summarize, we can be your planner coordinator and designer or we can just be your coordinator or coordinator and designer. That is a decision you will have to make!
How can I make sure you are the right fit for us?
I always offer a free consultation to couples before we start working together and I honestly love doing them!
What's the investment?
It depend on the services you need. Most couples that hire me for full planning or management and design have a wedding budget starting $70,000. It is important to look at your overall wedding budget when hiring ANY vendor, a planner will help you define priorities and will give you a percentage model to show you what amount should (or can!) be set a side for each category based on your overall budget.
...We had to postpone our wedding multiple times during the pandemic, but Valentina always kept in touch to check on how we were doing, even though she only needed to start working with us 2 months before the wedding day. Valentina was very professional, organized, and the service she provided was excellent. She really made me feel relaxed on my wedding day and I trusted her to coordinate the event, so I didn’t feel I needed to be checking on everything and super stressed. I would definitely recommend Valentina to other couples. It was worth the money to be relaxed and keep my sanity during wedding planning!