This Italian region will pay you over £1,600 to have your wedding there

Italy has long been associated with fabulous food, breathtaking views and romantic rendezvous, so it’s no surprise that countless couples head to the country each year to tie the knot. Even celebrities including George and Amal Clooney, Jessica Chastain and Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, and Emily Blunt and John Krasinski couldn’t resist the Venetian venues and landmark lakes on offer, choosing Italy as the location for their newsworthy nuptials.

But, of course, weddings are expensive, costing on average £17,300, with over £7,000 going on the venue alone, according to the wedding website Hitched. And after two years of Covid lockdowns, we’re seeing fully booked venues, increased prices and a backlog of couples wishing to say ‘I do’. So, the latest announcement from the Italian region of Lazio is quite exciting.

Lazio may not be the most commonly known Italian region by name, but with Rome, Ostia and ​​the Apennine Mountains all within its borders, there are plenty of breathtaking places to choose from, with beaches, lakes, churches and villas all options. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes even married in the region in Orsini-Odescalchi castle in Bracciano back in 2006, and although they sadly didn’t have a fairytale ending, the wedding was rather spectacular.

So, in a bid to support businesses affected by the lack of weddings over the past couple of years, including everyone from venues and caterers to florists and photographers, the Lazio authorities are offering €2,000 (approximately £1,670) to local and international couples who get married or have a civil union in the region, in an initiative called ‘In Lazio with Love’.

But, you’ll have to be quick. Having set aside €10 million for the initiative, couples getting married between 1 January and 31 December 2022 can simply request reimbursement of up to €2,000 on any Lazio-based services including car hire, entertainment, wedding planning services and more. But, do note this is on a first come first served basis until the funds run out; take a look at the official guidelines here.