Let’s talk location. Use this information for possible elopement or travel ideas. We chose to elope in Sorrento, Italy. I wish I had a good reason why, but I don’t. Basically we already had the flight planned to Italy, so we pulled out a map and googled some photos, that’s it. Sorrento is a part of the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. It is a about an hour bus ride from the Naples airport atop some super narrow cliffs. From Sorrento you can connect to other coastal towns via ferry like Postiano and Capri, which are other popular travel and wedding locations. The town itself is full of beautiful terracotta colored shops and hotels and 14th century churches. The cobblestone streets are filled with cafes and restaurant (a-m-a-z-i-n-g seafood). There are lemon trees everywhere, which means there is also lemoncello everywhere, cheers! I can’t say enough about the people. They were gracious and the most amazing hosts. It’s the kind of place where if you go to a the same restaurant twice the owner will recognize you and give you complimentary dessert and you’ll all do a shot together, and if you need anything a friend of a friend of a friend will be at your service!
I can’t say enough about how magical Sorrento and the Amalfi coast was. I have nothing bad to say about our choice and highly recommend you check it out.
Some things to keep in mind for those of you who are thinking of getting married in Italy. The paperwork was honestly a nightmare. You need to obtain something called a Nuala Osta which is a proof that you are not married elsewhere. Which you must submit by obtaining proof from every province/state you’ve lived in since the age of 15 that you are not married. You must swear an affidavit in front of a notary and obtain a declaration from the embassy of your country or origin. Then you have to submit all this along with certified copies of your passport and birth certificate to the Embassy of you country in Italy. Every stamp, copy, and piece of paper is going to cost you. Be prepared for the financial investment and plan this part several months in advance, it takes a long time.
All that aside I have no regrets and I’d do it again in a second!