Wedding with a View: Get Married on the Lake

A destination wedding in the Italian Lakes District in Northern Italy is synonymous with elegance and class. It seamlessly creates the kind of memories that will stay with you all your life! Getting married on the Italian lakes is a truly magic and evocative experience and it is the most romantic and stylish choice you could make for your dream destination wedding in Italy. Picturesque backdrops, refined romantic gardens, and villas, dreamy vistas… the real Italian style. Among the most famous and beautiful are the elegance of Lake Como, the drama of Lake Garda, the beauty of Lake Maggiore and the tranquillity of Lake Orta… each one reflects a unique panorama and stunning landscape that will remain with you for the rest of your life.

Lake Como – Varenna
Lake Garda – Isola del Garda
Lake Maggiore – View from Hotel Palazzo Aminta
Lake Orta – San Giulio Island

You will be really surprised by the panoramic views!

It will look like you are in heaven, surrounded by blue waters, mountains arising from waters and touching the sky, dream castles reflecting their shades in the crystal blue waters underneath, and stunning fairytale villas overlooking the landscape around. Lush gardens, glamour locations, and a symphony of colored and scented flowers all around: this and much more will be the dreamy atmosphere of your luxury and romantic wedding on the Italian lakes.

However, when it comes to choosing your Italian Wedding Destination
which Lake should you choose?

No worries: together with the help of Italy Wedding Guide you will manage to easily choose the one best fitting your taste and needs.

Wedding on Lake Como

Lake Como – Romantic portrait of spouses with stunning lake view

Historically revered for its renown elegance and natural beauty. Getting married on the stunning Lake Como is the romantic dream of most loving couples worldwide. When it comes to luxury weddings in Italy, such a lake is the perfect and preferred destination for Hollywood stars and international jet-set VIPs. Many Neo- classical villas are located on the very shore of the lake and it is perfect for couples looking for some privacy for their ceremony. There is a huge choice of venues with beautiful landscaping and the perfect setup for a wedding.

Lake Como –Wedding Ceremony setup with Lake view.

On its shore you can find many picturesque villages, like: Varenna, Bellagio, Tremezzo, Menaggio, Cernobbio, Lenno, Laglio, Como all have stunning dreamy landscapes, mountains mirroring in silent waters, a sumptuous array of luxury villas, not to mention the finest romantic gardens and magic otherworldly atmospheres.

Lake Como – Luxury private Villa. Photo by Marco Arduino
Lake Como – Beautiful gardens in a private Villa
Lake Como – Photo by Francesco Frippa

Why choose a Lake Como wedding?

Lake Como is one-of-a-kind, a place you need to see and visit at least once in your lifetime, as its silent beauty and calm evokes emotions that are hard to describe to those who have never been here.
Lake Como is the perfect wedding destination for those dreaming of a romantic and stylish wedding highlighting the Italian style and elegance. The perfect choice for the couple who desires a lavish and luxurious celebration. Moreover, all Milan airports are very close to Lake Como: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio are about 45 minutes’ drive from the lake. Wedding prices are higher here than on the other lakes.

Wedding on Lake Garda

Lake Garda – Wedding Ceremony setup at Isola del Garda

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, traveling South to North you can enjoy different scenarios, panoramas, vegetation and architecture. Its calm blue waters, surrounded by mountain between the Alps and the Dolomites, vineyards, and lemon groves, with ancient villas, medieval romantic castles sparsely adorning the landscape, is the perfect place to tie the knot and make your exclusive wedding in Italy truly unforgettable. If you are looking for something truly exclusive there’s a magical place, the elegant Isola del Garda located on the Lombard side of the lake and that can only be reached by boat, it is surely one of the most beautiful venues on Lake Garda and all over Italy. Symbolic ceremony here can be performed under the loggia overlooking gardens and the lake.

Lake Garda – Isola del Garda
Lake Garda – Wedding Reception at Isola del Garda

If you really like mountains we warmly recommend Northern side with its authentic Malcesine Castle, on the Venetian shore, a medieval building with amazing stone walls and merlons all around, here marriage can be officially registered. And again, the pretty harbour towns of Sirmione, famous for its original walls, Gardone Riviera, Salò, with history and lush gardens, Desenzano with its exciting nightlife, Riviera del Garda, with stunning alpine landscapes, botanical gardens, lemon groves, are charming sites with spectacular venues to organize a stunning and original wedding in Italy. All with a sunny climate and many breathtaking landscapes, providing a beautiful backdrop to your wedding day.

Lake Garda – Malcesine. The Castle.

Why choose a Lake Garda wedding?

For its enchanting nature and climate: If you are dreaming a romantic wedding with Mediterranean atmosphere of bougainvillea, cypress, olive groves, lemon trees, clear lake waters, natural landscapes, delicious local products, and fascinating historical buildings, then Lake Garda is the right destination for your wedding. For its unique light and its magic colors: Sky and water create together a magnificent scenario for your wedding photos. And for its ancient history. Lake Garda is also renowned for its amazing food and delicious wines and for its relaxed vibe that comes from being somewhere warm and sunny. Weddings in Lake Garda are incredible romantic and unforgettable. Lake Garda is easily accessible from Verona, Bergamo or Milano airports.

Wedding on Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore – Borromeo Island. Photo by Marco Arduino

On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore is the second-largest Italian lake, after Garda. Getting married on Lake Maggiore is the most romantic dream of all for millions of loving couples worldwide. Lake Maggiore’s beauty is absolutely undeniable: Shimmering crystal waters and snow-capped mountains of the Alps create a picture-perfect scenario. The most magical destinations are the three marvelous Borromean Islands, Isola MadreIsola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori which lie near Stresa with its many elegant and luxurious hotels. A bit up North the charming lakeside town of Verbania with the exclusive villas and gorgeous gardens. Thanks to its climate it is possible for many species of sub-tropical and Mediterranean rare flowers and plants to adapt to this territory. Well-known gardens, worth of a visit, include those of the Isola Bella and Isola Madre.

Lake Maggiore – Isola Madre photo by courtesy of Terre Borromeo
Lake Maggiore – Isola Madre photo by courtesy of Terre Borromeo
Lake Maggiore – Isola Bella. Photo by Marco Arduino
Lake Maggiore – Stresa. Wedding Ceremony setup lake front. Photo by courtesy of Villa Palazzo Aminta
Lake Maggiore – Stresa. Wedding Ceremony moment lake front. Photo by courtesy of
Villa Palazzo Aminta

Plenty of exclusive Lake Maggiore wedding venues punctuate the coastline like for example the imposing Medieval Rocca di Angera fortress or the Monastery of Santa Caterina clinging to the rocky cliff.

Civil weddings on Lake Maggiore can be celebrated in historical palaces, private villas, rooftop terraces, elegant halls, historical castles and many other stunning settings. Although this part of Italy seems like a little bit of heaven remote from the rest of the world, actually Milan is a little over an hour and the international airport Malpensa is no more than a 30-minute drive.

Lake Maggiore – Rocca di Angera
Lake Maggiore – Outside reception Lake front. Photo by courtesy of Rocca di Angera

Why choose a Lake Maggiore wedding?

Should you fancy a less flamboyant, subtler kind of elegance for your wedding location, then Lake Maggiore will no doubt meet your requirements. If you like views with perennial snowcapped Alps and clear waters then Lake Maggiore is the special frame of your Italian Wedding. We suggest this Lake for those couples wishing a glamorous setting or one of the charming sumptuous “Belle Epoque” villas on the lake to feel the allure of the Italian atmosphere. A magical cruise through the Borromean Islands on a historical boat could be the perfect rehearsal dinner with a breathtaking view and delightful Italian dishes. The climate is always mild: you can opt for a spring wedding or a marriage in Summer, so that you could also have fantastic honeymoon in the area. Lake Maggiore is only twenty minutes far from the international airport of Malpensa.

Wedding on Lake Orta

Lake Orta – San Giulio Island

Lake Orta is a wedding destination with a timeless charm, a mystic place like nowhere else on the planet. It is certainly the most romantic location in the Lake District. A true hidden gem with elegant medieval stone buildings, a painted colorful landscape and cobblestone shoreside pathways. A chosen destination for the couple that dreams of an intimate ceremony. To make its beauty shine even brighter, you can find the tiny San Giulio Island right in the middle of the lake. The island of silence and meditation is so small and pretty that seems to have been painted in the surrounding landscape. Its winding alleys, fabulous views and picturesque outdoor cafés and taverns, they all make a utterly charming setting for a quaint wedding.

Lake Orta – Enchanting view of San Giulio Island. Photo by Marco Arduino
Lake Orta – Romantic golden hour. Photo by Marco Arduino
Lake Orta – Bride looking at the breathtaking panorama. Photo by Marco Arduino
Lake Orta – The old village. Photo by Marco Arduino
Lake Orta – Al fresco reception by Casa Fantini Lake
Lake Orta – Ceremony setup. Photo by Marco Arduino

Why choose a Lake Orta wedding?

Lake Orta is simply romanticism and intimacy and one of the prettiest lakes in Northern Italy. Narrow cobbled streets, lined with pastel-colored houses and opulent palaces. It is a very poetic town, a perfect choice for the couple who loves the lakes but is on the lookout for something more private and reserved when compared to other lake towns. Your guests will all be able to stay on the island, creating a lovely atmosphere for them to walk around on foot to meet in the square for an aperitif or dinner, sampling the local cuisine! If you dream to arrive at your wedding on a rowing boat and leave your guests speechless, Lake Orta is perfect! Lake Orta is easily reachable from Milan Malpensa Airport by car, in only 45 minutes.

Wedding with a View: Get Married on the Lake
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