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Kinds of Wedding


Have your wedding inside a charming 8th century Romanesque church, or in the 18th century Magdalene Chapel of the village of San Felice. Have a non-Catholic religious ceremony in the private Falconiere chapel, which dates back to the 17th century, decorated with frescos and paintings and accessed by a romantic stairway in the garden.

Many are the ambiences and scenarios that our Wine Resorts have to offer you. Everything depends on the sort of service you want to have, each of which has its own procedures and required documentation.

Civil wedding

To get married in the town hall does not at all preclude an charming atmosphere full of feeling. Many municipalities permit the couple to personalize their ceremony with music and decorations. Your first step will be to present yourself at the relevant office of civil status and file an application. Once all the documents have been collected, the next step is the promise of matrimony, whereby the engaged couple publicly declares their desire to marry. Their announcement is published for 8 days, along with three days for registration. The wedding then has to take place within the six months following the publication of the announcement of intent to marry.

For the civil ceremony one can choose between two different options. For those who wish to get married in a town different from the one they live in, it is necessary to submit a request to the municipal authorities. The civil ceremony is generally brief, with an average duration of 30 minutes. The service includes a reading by an official of the civil service, usually the mayor in person, of articles 143, 144, and 147 of the civil code, followed by the ceremonial questions and responses of the couple. The exchange of rings is the emotional highlight, followed by signing the register and a brief congratulatory speech by the local official. A relative or friend of the couple can also play a part in the ceremony, reading a passage or giving a speech. Once the ceremony is over, the guests wait for the newly married couple outside the building for the traditional throwing of the rice. Many municipalities make available special rooms in historic buildings or villas outside of town for such weddings, giving the ceremony a special atmosphere of charm and emotion.


Marrying in a church

It is a matter of personal conviction. It’s important to respect its deep significance as well as the place. To say “yes” in front of a priest represents a choice that lasts a lifetime. The necessary documentation, such as the certificate of baptism, confirmation, and civil status, are supplied by the church you belong to. Especially necessary is proof of attendance at the church’s premarital classes and, in the case of a church besides the one you belong to, the condition of the documents. Before the wedding comes the publication of the banns which will be done for two successive Sundays and three days. The banns will also be posted in the church as a religious testament on the two Sundays preceding the wedding. The ceremony must take place within six month after matters have made their way through the bureaucracy.

The law requires that there be at least two witnesses for the religious ceremony (one for her and one for him) and that both witnesses be of the age of majority.


Islamic wedding

This is a contract agreed upon between two consenting individuals and be presided over by any believer: an Imam is not necessary. One simply has to turn in the certificate of civil marriage to the person presiding over the ceremony. The Muslim wedding is celebrated in two parts. The first part, the required contract between the groom and the wali, the representative of the bride, takes place in front of two Muslim witnesses. The second part is the consecration of the marriage by the presiding individual, often at the home of the bride, with the reading of verses from the Koran. Muslim weddings do not require any special religious preparation. One only has to inform the presiding individual you have chosen somewhat in advance.

For Protestants marriage is not a sacrament but a moral obligation required of two responsible people, a perfect echo of civil marriage. Consequently, it is only necessary to supply the certificate of marriage, not the proof of baptism. The Protestant ceremony is arranged by the pastor in cooperation with the couple, in fact the pastor will be the one to explain the different steps in the ceremony and consult with you about your commitment to each other, the choice of witnesses and the readings. Many of the Protestant churches in the area of Tuscany have a tremendous historic and cultural value. In Florence, the church of Saint Mark is considered to be one of the most beautiful Protestant churches in Italy. The stained glass windows, the large organ, and the three naves represent the English gothic style.


Protestants

For Protestants marriage is not a sacrament but a moral obligation required of two responsible people, a perfect echo of civil marriage. Consequently, it is only necessary to supply the certificate of marriage, not the proof of baptism. The Protestant ceremony is arranged by the pastor in cooperation with the couple, in fact the pastor will be the one to explain the different steps in the ceremony and consult with you about your commitment to each other, the choice of witnesses and the readings. Many of the Protestant churches in the area of Tuscany have a tremendous historic and cultural value. In Florence, the church of Saint Mark is considered to be one of the most beautiful Protestant churches in Italy. The stained glass windows, the large organ, and the three naves represent the English gothic style.


Eastern Orthodox weddings

As with the Catholic ceremonies, the orthodox wedding is a sacrament, although it requires fewer documents. We advise you to contact the pope well in advance to confirm the necessary religious preparations. Orthodox weddings are generally celebrated on Sunday afternoons, and never on Wednesday or Friday or the eve of any festival.


Jewish wedding

A Jewish wedding can only be performed between two Jewish people. One thus must provide the requisite religious certificate, or “ketuba”, along with the family identification cards of both sets of parents. Do not wait to contact the rabbi of the synagogue: he will have to initiate an investigation of your Jewish faith.


Renewing your Vows (Il Blessing

From the extraordinary setting of a medieval village like Castel Monastero, to the shapes, colors, and unprecedented scents of the Giardino di Donna Carmela with over 5000 sorts of Mediterranean and subtropical plants, renewing your wedding vows (in Italian “il blessing”) will be a unique and unforgettable experience in our Wine Resorts.

Quite simply, the renewal of vows is a revitalization of your nuptial promises in a place of your own choosing. It can be done at the beach, in a villa, a garden, and the beauty of it is that there is no need of either a priest or a mayor. It is up to you to decide who will officiate at the celebration.


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