Weddings at Villa Lena

Stunning backdrops for your fairytale Tuscan Wedding

Stunning backdrops for your fairytale Tuscan Wedding

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Villa Lena is a dream celebration venue, set in the rolling hills of wild rural Tuscany on the estate grounds including a stunning 19th century main villa, woodlands, vineyards and olive groves.. There are a range of options available for couples tying the knot. We are naturally able to work with you on a fully bespoke service, but we also offer two baseline wedding packages. 

The first, based on a weekend “takeover” of the whole of Villa Lena for larger weddings, the other based on knowing that some of us want a more intimate affair. This second baseline option focuses on accommodating guests in one of the stand-alone properties on the estate, an ideal option for those who fancy a more intimate celebration of their marriage.

If you opt for a glamorous al fresco wedding reception, a lazy Sunday brunch or barbecue by the pool, a picnic for intimate friends amidst the olive groves—or all of the above—our experienced team will ensure your memorable occasion runs like clockwork. We’ll work closely with you to make sure that your wedding is tailored to your imagination.

Wedding Feasts

Villa Lena offers event menus designed with seasonality in mind – named Spring, Summer, and Autumn and Winter. In keeping with Villa Lena’s ethos, the majority much of the ingredients are sourced from the estate or nearby suppliers; those tying the knot in autumn have the added bonus of being able to enjoy Villa Lena’s own rare white truffle, or tartufo bianco. Villa Lena’s wine list consists of both famous Tuscan classics, natural wines from nearby family-run vineyards and, of course, Villa Lena’s own wines, including the signature sparkling rosé. 2019 also sees the official launch of Villa Lena’s sparkling rosé – the perfect celebratory drink.

Sustainability has always been central to the Villa Lena ethos, as the estate continually works towards carbon neutrality. The on-site vineyards and olive groves at Villa Lena arecan act as more than just a beautiful setting:; Villa Lena’s working agricultural farm creates its own organic wines and olive oils, which are available to purchase or to use as part of the event’s catering. Under the careful management of local biodynamic farmer Pietro Castellani, Villa Lena continues to develop a closed- loop agricultural system – eliminating waste and minimising the waste borrowing of water. As such, ecologically-aware couples can enjoy their wedding in the knowledge that their celebrations are in harmony with the beautiful surroundings.

Please see HERE for indicative wedding menus—or as a fully bespoke service using either our cellars and on-site chefs or arranging your own viable preferences.

Weekend “takeover” option:

  • A three night “weekend”—hosting an arrival event, the wedding ceremony and a wedding reception
  • A reception meal of up to XXX guests, depending on the desired location at Villa Lena
  • Three nights of accommodation for the invited party of up to 74
  • Exclusive use of Villa Lena during the wedding “takeover” period including swimming pools, hot tub, covered deck, other on-site activities etc. (please note the artists in residency will be proceeding during that time)
  • Options for full catering from menus offered by Villa Lena’s restaurant chefs to a wine/bar list from the estate and local suppliers’ or to opt for other viable catering suppliers.
  • Special offers for couples and members of the bridal party wishing to extend their stay at Villa Lena or commence it earlier than the baseline three nights

Discrete location wedding option

  • Based on the same three-night “weekend” principle of hosting an arrival event, the wedding ceremony and a wedding reception, Villa Lena will work with you to identify the stand-alone property on the estate that best meets your needs
  • A reception festivity of up to 150 guests. Depending on desired location, this might be in the vicinity of your stand-alone property or on in the main estate premises
  • Three nights of accommodation for the agreed invited party
  • Exclusive use of particular areas of Villa Lena during the wedding period. Depending on the agreed stand-alone property this could, for example, include one of the swimming pools and/or activities laid on specifically for the wedding party.
  • Options for full catering from menus offered by Villa Lena’s restaurant chefs to a wine/bar list from the estate and local suppliers’ or to opt for other viable catering suppliers.
  • Special offers for couples and members of the bridal party wishing to extend their stay at Villa Lena or commence it earlier than the baseline three nights

The character of Villa Lena is most strongly defined by art and culture, which is at runs through the heart of the estate project. With artists in residence all year round throughout the year, original works on display throughout the grounds and a regular programme of performances and workshops, Villa Lena’s individual charm creates the perfect setting for a unique—and uniquely romantic— wedding.

Claudia Bottarelli, who heads up the expert team at Villa Lena managing weddings had this to say: “I think the most notable thing about weddings at Villa Lena is that we really are about the kinds of weddings couples want now; weddings for today. Yes, you can have the fairytale wedding surrounded by the age-old drama and romance of Tuscany. But maybe you want to mix it up with your best friend DJing on the pool deck instead of a traditional waltz? Or maybe it’s your second time and you want something meaningful rather than big?

Weddings here are deeply authentic, whether traditional or a bit hippy in the olive groves, because they fit with our complex lifestyles, but they genuinely do help with what we are doing to build an organic, sustainable future for Villa Lena and local communities”

LGBTQ weddings are welcome!

Unfortunately, same-sex marriage does not yet have a legal status under Italian law. While this means that we cannot offer LGBTQ couples the use of Villa Lena as a venue for licensed, legally recognised weddings, we entirely welcome LGBTQ couples who might wish to celebrate their union with friends and family with partnership or commitment ceremonies of their own choice.

 

We are happy to tailor a package to suit your needs. Please email us on

host@villa-lena.it

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