I’m so excited to be a part of your Dolomites wedding planning journey. already know your wedding day is going to be absolutely unforgettable!
I’ve put together this post as a list of resources to help you plan your wedding in the Dolomites. Think of this as my little black book.
All locations & vendors listed are are ideas only.
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Dolomites Wedding Planners
While I’m here for you throughout the planning process to help you negotiate wedding planning, sometimes there is no substitute for having a wedding planner. If you’ve got a particular vision for your wedding day, and you need a person on the ground who can coordinate things and make sure that everything runs smoothly, a wedding planner will do that. You’ll never regret spending money on a wedding planner, but you may regret not spending money on one!
I’ve worked with Jlenia for a few years on a number of elopements in the Dolomites. She grew up there, and with her local connections, she can usually make things happen that simply otherwise wouldn’t be possible.
Jlenia Costner – Dolomites Wedding Planner
Reasons you might want a wedding planner:
– to get help arranging your ceremony, especially if you want to have it in an area that is private property (some land may be private property without it being obvious, such as land where cows graze which is farmland).
– to coordinate and book local suppliers
– organizing taxis and transfers between locations if needed
– to navigate and language barriers
– help with the paperwork for a legal ceremony
– to be there on the day so that you can leave your phones at home and be 100% present and in the moment
– to help with the timeline of the day (I’ll help with the photography timeline, but a wedding planner deals with the things that happen in the background while we’re off doing fun wedding things).
Dolomites Wedding Venues
Dolomites Wedding Vendors
Hair & Makeup
Mobile Chef / Picnic
Finding the perfect accommodation in the Dolomites can be an overwhelming task if you’ve never been to the area before. What might seem like a small area can actually become quite large when you start to look at all the places you want to visit, the things you want to do and the time it takes to travel between them.
Below you will find some suggestions for places to stay. Some of them I have stayed in myself. Others are ones I have discovered through my other couples. And some are places I have simply discovered whilst searching online and thought they looked pretty amazing places to stay:
LAGO DI BRAIES AREA
Mountain huts in the Dolomites are known as Rifugios Italian or Berghütten in German. Whilst most provide only very basic accommodation, often in dormitory-style bunk rooms, you’ll go to sleep and wake up to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
Weddings at Lago Di Braies
I no longer recommend Lago di Braies as a location to get married for my couples, simply because it has become so busy over the last few years, that I don’t believe it is the right location for something important as your wedding. The being said, if it is your dream to visit there on your wedding day, then the best thing to do is to plan ahead and prepare for your visit. Here’s some things that you should know:
The boathouse at Lago di Braies is privately owned. It is open in the summer from May to October but the exact dates depend on the water level of the lake. It can be rented privately, but only first thing in the morning, or sometimes the hour before closing in the evening. You can find the details here.
Hotel Lago di Braies sits on the edge of the lake. If you stay here, I recommend booking a suite (see this elopement for an example of the suite rooms). The standard rooms are quite old and very basic. The hotel itself is very retro but doesn’t really have great facilities (don’t expect the wifi to work) and is quite expensive for the price. If you stay here, you’re paying for the location, not the luxury. But if you like rustic, and you like a bit of #accidentallywesanderson you may like it. Otherwise, there are a few slightly more luxurious hotels within a 30-minute drive.
This is the main thing that you need to be aware of when planning to visit Lago di Braies. Even planning to arrive early isn’t as much help these days, as everyone and his dog is an amateur photographer/Instagram influencer who wants to be there for sunrise. Hiring the boathouse does help give you some privacy, but I have also had experiences of people from the shore trying to climb over the sides of the boathouse, steal the boats (!) and also shouting to the couple on the end of the walkway to move because they were in the photos of the photographers who were standing on the path behind the boathouse, even though the couple had booked the boathouse for their own exclusive use.
Why I am telling you this? It’s not to ruin your dreams. It’s the opposite. I want you to be prepared. Because this place IS beautiful. But the pictures you see don’t always tell the whole story. You wedding day should be a day you remember for all of the BEST reasons. So if you are prepared to be asked for selfies by random people, maybe wait in line to take pictures, and maybe meet some other wedding couples when you visit Lago di Braies and you still want to go then great, let’s get there early, get some pictures at this stunning lake, and then head off somewhere a little quieter for your vows.