There are some places that have to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Venice is one of these. With its connecting waterways, beautiful bridges and mouth-watering gelato, it’s all things that the Italian dream is built on.

It’s therefore no surprise that Venice it synonymous with romance and fairy tales, lovers and foodies. So, where else better to host a memorable wedding day?

Best Wedding Venues in Venice

If you’re planning a Venetian wedding, here are nine handpicked venues to add to your shortlist.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

For all the glamour, Hotel Cipriani is the venue of choice for rolling out the red carpet on your wedding day. A popular haunt during the glitzy Venice Film Festival, this A-list hangout offers a ‘vibrant urban stay with an ambiance of luxurious calm’ – as you’d expect from a hotel that has its own cocktail concocted by George Clooney himself.

Fit for Hollywood royalty, expect to be spoilt rotten on your wedding day. Not only is the service, the manicured gardens and vast vineyards spectacular, but so is its delicious menu that never fails to impress. With space for up to 200 guests, there’s nothing understated about the most talked about venue in town.

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The Gritti Palace

Part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, The Gritti Palace is the place to say ‘I do’ in the city of love. Catering for up to 80 guests, this timeless venue is exclusive to small and medium-size groups, ensuring it lives up to its promise of a touching personal service for all. From its glittering chandeliers, to its cocktail terrace, this 15th century palace is one of the most breathtaking venues to tie the knot.

Everyone from Angelina Jolie to Tom Cruise has graced its marbled floors, ensuring you’re in good company for your special day. As a word of warning, avoid during the Venice Film Festival, when the A-list party comes to town, this is the place (or Palace) they choose to stay!

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Aman Canal Grande

Why come to Venice, if not for its waterways and Italian charm? That’s the thinking being Aman Canal Grande, unapologetically located on the Grand canal in the heart of this spellbinding city. With gold-gilt furnishings and Renaissance style décor, you can expect full-on opulence with lavish service to match.

The Ballroom is the perfect space for your wedding banquet, designed in 1864 by Michangelo Guggenheim, no less. You can be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stepped into a piece of art, so grand and elegant is its design. If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping venue you might just have found it.

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Hyatt Centric

Well located, well designed, and well deserving for your wedding day, the Hyatt Centric is a formidable choice for couples with good taste. Offset from the bustle of Venice central, this 119-room hotel is located on the quiet island of Murano.

Its blissful setting enjoys views across the lagoon, and is conveniently close to the airport, making it ideal for international guest arrivals. Its contemporary design makes it stand out in a city steeped in history. This all bodes well for modern weddings – with its hotel bar in the garden lounge a popular place for enjoying a celebratory drink in style.

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Castel Brando

Perched atop a mountain and sandwiched between land and sky, this iconic hotel was designed with wedding day bliss in mind.

Live your very best wedding day in this enchanting venue, surrounded by nothing but rolling hills, open forests and centuries-old trees. And yet, despite its rich 18th century history, the Castle manages to keep its relevance and charm, offering the perfect mix of history and contemporary style for your nuptials. The terrace and courtyards are a true beauty spot, perfect for capturing all those special wedding day photos.

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San Clemente Palace Kempinski

When a hotel’s reputation precedes it, you know you’re in for a treat. This is the case with the Kempinski for good reason. For starters, the wedding venue is tucked away on the private island of San Clemente, giving it an air of exclusivity. Guests must arrive by boat, and be prepared to surrender to the tranquillity of this magical setting. After all, there is only one clock – and it’s on Venice time!

As you unwind, there are 190 suites to ease you into slumber, ideal for larger groups, but equally as adaptable for smaller ones too. There is no finer spot than overlooking the lagoon to exchange vows. After which, a cocktail reception to the backdrop of the Venetian skyline awaits. This is the place for celebrating everlasting love, no wonder it’s an award-winning venue.

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Taking full advantage of its privileged position on the Grand Canal, Ca’Sagredo offers unrivalled luxury for your special day. More than just a hotel, this Nobel residence and museum offers an intriguing and unusual setting for guests to wander around.

With an opulent pink façade and magnificent interiors, there’s no doubt it has the wow factor too. And just wait until you enter the Ballroom, the setting for your wedding banquet. This ancient room never fails to capture the hearts of all that visit. Finish your celebrations with a cheeky Campari in the rooftop terrace, and raise a toast to the new Mr and Mrs of Venice.

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Castello di Buttrio

Hidden away from the tourist trap and canals of Venice is Buttrio Castle – a magical and enchanting venue, fit for a fairy tale wedding. With its historical significance, incredible architecture and extraordinary location, it offers a unique setting for your impending nuptials.

This vast estate is grand, much like each of its rooms, offering a serene oasis for your wedding day. If you’re looking for refined luxury with fine dining options and an air of regal opulence, look no further.

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Skimming the outskirts of Venice in the peaceful outpost of Friuli, Villa Gallici Deciani is a dreamy Italian villa, perched on a beauty spot of rolling hills and olive groves. Within easy reach of Venice’s charms, it provides the perfect escape, where two can become one. There’s acres of space (45 to be precise) to host your celebrations in the great outdoors.

With room for up to 200 guests, there’s no reason to skimp on invites either. A haven for foodies, its authentic Italian menu is served under the stars, in what has been dubbed ‘the Italian version of Downtown Abbey’. Bellissimo doesn’t come close!