Sara Orselli has been working as the events co-ordinator at the beautiful medieval villa of Il Salviatino since 2011. Her energy and helpfulness has created a host of majestic weddings at this Tuscan gem overlooking the Florence skyline. Global Wedding Collection contacted Sara to ask her all about her day to day work. Here's what she said...
Describe the main role you play in wedding co-ordinating?
At Il Salviatino we adapt according to our couples needs. Some couples decide to hire their own wedding planner and in this instance we are happy to work with their chosen planner to ensure any questions they have are answered.
If the couple decides to work with our own in-house events team then we will help them to research suppliers such as florists and hairdressers. We will also help them to arrange their legal paperwork and all other aspects of organising their wedding.
We will be at their complete disposal during the actual wedding day to coordinate the timing of the day, ensure all suppliers are in check and running smoothly - basically we are like a wedding planner without the wedding planner fee! Our main aim is to ensure we are their for our couples and their guests so they can have a wonderful day without any stress.
What is the most memorable wedding you have hosted at the villa?
We recently hosted a large Hindu wedding. The ceremony was laced with lots of Hindu traditions which I found very moving and of course very refreshing to create a unique type of celebration.
What do you think makes a memorable wedding?
I'm Italian so naturally food would be a major contributing factor to a successful wedding! Fresh local ingredients, making sure everyone is well fed. Of course decoration is also key, it creates a great opportunity for couples to put their own stamp on the venue and reflect their personality in to the wedding day. However the most important thing is that the couple and their guests have fun.
What advise would you give to couples planning their wedding abroad?
My main suggestion is to hire a venue which is exclusive use to them in order for them and their guests to have complete privacy. This means that live music and the after party can carry on until late!
The other suggestion is to remember doing a table plan. You would be surprised at how many couples forget to do this and panic at the last minute.
Do you have any funny stories to share with us about past weddings?
I have many funny stories indeed. However I particularly remember one couple which made me laugh. It was the day before their wedding and I was with them to meet the florist to plan last minute flower decorations. The couple started to have a 'discussion' and some how or another we thought the couple had decided that they no longer wanted to get married. As you can image it was a little bit strange, until we asked the couple why and then realised that it had been a total miscommunication and in fact the wedding was of course still going ahead. Phew!
Can you give us an idea of what kind of unique requests you receive from your couples?
I once receive a request from a very nice bride to find her Peonies the same colour as her nail varnish.
I was also asked by a different bride to source vases for the blessing area the same height as her. She was nearly 6 feet tall!