Together with Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular Italian locations for destination weddings in Italy, both because of its breathtaking scenery and because of the vast number of unforgettable venues with spectacular views, which are perfect for a flawless ceremony and reception, including luxury hotels and private villas overlooking the dramatic cliffside and deep blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Here are some practical tips to help you organize your wedding on the Amalfi Coast. With enough advance planning, you can take care of all the arrangements yourself, though we suggest hiring a wedding planner locally, especially if you live far from Italy. A professional wedding planner can help you with paperwork, organize transfers, and handle all the complicated logistics of planning an event on the coast, and even suggest photographers, musicians, florists, and other trusted local vendors.
A tip: try to begin your Italian wedding day planning at least a year in advance, as many of the most beautiful venues on the coast book up fast. In some cases, including the Duomo in Amalfi, you have to reserve at least two years in advance!
All the churches on the Amalfi Coast are Catholic; you can hold a Protestant wedding ceremony in private venues. As opposed to Capri and Sorrento, the diocese of Amalfi will allow weddings in local churches even when the couple is not a resident of the Amalfi Coast.
Weddings in Positano are usually celebrated in the Chiesa dell’Assunta, located right above the Spiaggia Grande. In Amalfi , couples can exchange their vows in the majestical Duomo di Sant’Andrea while in the near Atrani the collegiate church of St. Maria Maddalena is undoubtedly one of the finest Catholic cathedrals. Many couples choose to hold their wedding in the intimate church of San Pancrazio in Conca dei Marini. In Praiano, the church of San Gennaro is a beautiful backdrop, with a church portico overlooking the sea. All these venues, especially the Duomo in Amalfi, are booked far in advance so try to reserve your date at least a year ahead of time.
Documents Required for a Catholic Wedding on the Amalfi Coast
- Pre-Cana certificate
- Baptism and Confirmation certificates
- Pre-Nuptial Inquiry or Pre-Nuptial Investigation
- Sworn Statement for American, Australian, and Canadian citizens
- No Impediment for EU citizens
- Photocopy of your passport
Civil ceremonies in Positano are held on the terrace of the City Hall overlooking the sea. In Amalfi, they are held inside a former Benedictine Convent dating from the 12th century. In Maiori they are celebrated in the enchanting Hall of Frescoes in the Town Hall in a stunning frescoed room. Couples getting married in Ravello can choose between Palazzo Tolla (the City Hall) and the Giardini della Principessa di Piemonte gardens.
Documents Required for a Civil Wedding on the Amalfi Coast
- Wedding license from your city of residence
- Birth certificate with an apostille stamp
- Divorce certificate, if applicable
- Photocopy of your passaport
- Photocopy of the passports of your two witnesses
- Photocopy of ID or passport of your interpreter
After deciding where to hold the ceremony, it's time to choose the perfect venue for your Amalfi Coast wedding. Many hotels and villas are ideal locations where to get married in the Amalfi Coast not only for the wedding banquet, but also for evocative symbolic rites to be celebrated on site. Here you find some of our favorites.
Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi
A 5-star hotel originally built as a 12th century monastery, the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is set atop an 80-meter cliff offering spectacular views, and yet it’s only a 5 minute walk from Amalfi’s harbor and town center. It boasts a panoramic restaurant with glass windows, perfect for the wedding reception, a 12th century cloister and a spectacular terrace with infinity pool overlooking the waters of the Amalfi Coast: a panorama you can also admire from the Promenade of the Monks and from the Loggia.
Hotel Santa Caterina - Amalfi
Mediterranean elegance and contemporary luxury: if you are looking for a unique style, choose the Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi as your wedding venue. It is one of the most beautiful 5 star properties on the whole of the Amalfi Coast, with a typically Mediterranean style of a classic Amalfi villa of the 19th century. For the ceremony it is possible to opt for the beautiful internal garden, one of the panoramic terraces or the restaurant set in the rock, with decorations inspired by nature and breathtaking views of the coast both day and night.
Villa Cimbrone - Ravello
An ancient 12th century residence that is now considered one of the finest 5 star hotels in the whole of the Mediterranean. Surely you have heard of the Belvedere of Villa Cimbrone, the famous terrace of the Infinite, which shocks with the beauty of its stunning views. Although the villa and the terrace itself are not large enough to host a wedding reception with many guests, it can still be the right choice for a more intimate wedding.
Belmond Hotel Caruso - Ravello
Built in the 11th century as a palace the Hotel Belmond Caruso boasts stunning architecture complimented by sunny terraces with incredible panoramic views, frescoed ceilings, lush gardens with olive groves and roses. In short it is a refined, luxurious and extremely romantic place, which gives the best of itself for an evening reception.
Palazzo Avino - Ravello
Right next to the Belmond, you find Palazzo Avino, an ancient residence of the 12th century. Located 350 meters above sea level, it offers a perfect natural setting to celebrate an intimate wedding reception, thanks to a unique view of the hills covered with greenery and an incomparable view of the Gulf, that you can enjoy also on the private beach club of the hotel.
Villa San Giacomo - Positano
If you are looking for the purest luxury for your wedding day, there is no better choice than Villa San Giacomo in Positano: you can celebrate in front of a breathtaking panorama that embraces the Spiaggia Grande of Positano with its pyramid of colored houses, the islets de Li Galli and the infinite blue sky over the sea of the Amalfi Coast. This eighteenth-century villa with 300 square meters of pure beauty among frescoes, antique furniture and works of art, offers luxury services ranging from the 24-hour concierge to the kitchen, to feel like kings and queens ... at least for one day!
Villa Treville - Positano
It is one of the most beautiful luxury private villas for wedding in Positano. A luxury wedding venue on the Amalfi Coast perched on the dramatic cliffs of the Amalfi Coast boasting stunning views and luxury services. The villa is enveloped by an opulent atmosphere and an elegantly designed serene and tranquil environment made up of terraced lawns and gardens, stone pathways, and lush vines of bougainvillae framing the view. The director Franco Zeffirelli chose Villa Treville for his summer holidays for 35 years.
If you have always dreamed of your wedding day overlooking the Faraglioni, here you find all information about getting merried on Capri or, if you prefer the magical landscape of the Bay of Naples you could opt for getting merried on Sorrento.