Dream planner for beyond dream wedding
I first discovered Alfresco Weddings and Beatrice’s great work online by accident while searching for Tuscan holidays back in 2013, well before I was even engaged. Something about the amazing and personable weddings she had put together over the years stuck in the back of mind, so when I finally became engaged, I kept being returning to the idea of running away to Italy with our nearest and dearest. The idea was terrifying, but after deciding Beatrice was the one to place out trust in and make our dream day a reality, we got married in Italy in 2019, and it was our best decision.
We did our homework and researched other planners for our Tuscan wedding, but Bea was definitely the one for us who stuck out above the rest. From the start, she made an effort to understand us, get to know our personalities, let us take our time, and took on board all we envisioned for our day. Other planners had simply offered us what felt like cookie cutter templates and failed to match the boutique, warm, and welcoming personal service like Bea delivers. She was willing to work with our modest budget (which can be intimidating when trying to plan an affordable day in the wedding industry), our timeframe, our visions, and who we are as a couple. And best of all, you can tell she really loves and is passionate about weddings, and wants yours to be the best it can be.
I am a total control freak, and the idea of planning a wedding overseas at a venue I’d never even been was overwhelming, but having Bea in our corner while we had busy fulltime jobs made it all a smooth and enjoyable process…and even fun! Who said wedding are stressful!? On top of the day of our dreams, she helped put together a full day tour for our guests the day before our wedding to allow them to get to see the gorgeous Tuscan countryside and get to know each other, as well organise transport from Siena to the venue and back (a lot of our guests weren’t confident driving on the right hand side of the road coming from Australia and England). She turned our wedding into a smooth three day adventure, which left us absolutely floored and thankful to Alfresco Weddings for making everyone’s journey worth it.
Plan your day with Bea, you can’t go wrong. She is amazing value for money and peace of mind! The very first time I arrived at our venue just 48 hours before wedding day with all our guests in tow on a bus she’d organised, I was beyond overwhelmed and thankful for all she had done for us, getting our requests and the vibe for our event bang on, and was so glad I had placed my faith in her. She is local, knows the venues, knows the vendors, and is honest in her opinions. She was never far away to answer all my tiny little questions over the 18 months with patience despite the time difference. She had everything taken care of, from lining up hair and make up trials in a tiny hotel in regional Italy, shoring up the venues, creating back up plans for wet weather, offering options for crinkled wedding dresses, setting up on the day, coordinating all the vendors, and constantly working calmly behind the scenes to make sure the day flowed perfectly…and it did. Bea is also great at taking on late change of plans and amending the little things in the day, such as a change in guest numbers, weather, etc. As those planning a wedding know, it’s the little things which can make or break the day, and Bea has those small details mastered!
Having Bea on the ground on our day made us feel very calm and relaxed, knowing it was all in great hands. She helped us pull off a classy, close-knit, authentic Tuscan wedding that was more incredible than we could ever dreamed of, and way less stressful than I expected. Over the months of planning the most magical time of our lives with Bea she eventually felt like a friend to us, and we were very sad to say goodbye to her on our wedding night, but know she will help make so many other brides and grooms so happy!
Dream to Reality!!
I’ve been putting off writing this review because I wanted it to be as perfect as the wedding day that Roberta and her team put together for us…
My husband and I decided to do a small destination wedding in Tuscany after becoming overwhelmed with the planning and logistics of bringing our friends and families together for a large ceremony in Southern California. We also knew that we were limited with the amount of time we could take away from our 65+ hour work weeks and wanted to make the most of our honeymoon. After several people reached out that they would love the opportunity to support us whilst simultanesously having their own trip in Italy, we did some extensive research and settled on Al fresco Wedding to guide us in our endeavors.
First off, the communication with Roberta via email was INCREDIBLE. She answered any and all questions or concerns we had almost immediately. There were times we found ourselves feeling guilty that we were slow in our own responses!
Also important to mention-we are not planners and were dreading making tedious decisions on decor, music, etc. Roberta made everything SO easy. She sent several options regarding every aspect imaginable based on the Pinterest board of the wedding I had envisioned. Every suggestion was on point and her additional suggestions only enhanced the experience for all.
It’s important to mention that Roberta and her team were incredibly flexible with our ever-changing party size. We ultimately decided to rent out a villa for four days that could accommodate 22 guests. The property she found was right on budget and exceeded our expectations. Additionally, she arranged a winery tour and pizza party for our entire group.
After a 13 hour flight from CA and much delay, Roberta met us at the villa to ensure that we were comfortable and to discuss various location settings for the day of and alternative options in the event of rain. She was constantly checking in to ensure all was well throughout our stay.
The day of the wedding, there was nothing this amazing woman didn’t think of. Not being people for the spotlight, my husband and I were a bit apprehensive about a ceremony that did not have a full rehearsal practice run. We were so wrong to ever have worried and absolutely everything was seamless: the ceremony, the musicians, the cocktail hour before being seated to a multi-course dinner where our guests were able to enjoy watching being prepared by the chef- to the cake cutting and dancing that followed.
It truly was a magical time..all of our guests complimented me on the “magical atmosphere I had created,” but I didn’t hesitate to tell them it was all Roberta and her team. She is as warm as she is professional and my husband and I are eternally grateful and will forever have these wonderful memories!
Married on 07 September 2018″
She’s not only helped us plan, organise and execute a magical, fairytale wedding, she’s become a dear friend to us who we will miss having in our life!
We are happy to help any way we can and make your dream come true!
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