This Italian Destination Will Pay You to Get Married There

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It’s no secret that weddings pack a punch to the old bank account. In 2021, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. was $28,000. And if you’re looking to make it a destination wedding, that price tag gets even higher.

But a new marketing initiative out of Lazio, Italy, the country’s second most populous region, is seeing the local government offset some of those costs with €2,000 (or $2,200) grants offered to both Italian and foreign couples willing to get married in the area.

The campaign, referred to as Nel Lazio Con Amore (or In Lazio with Love), is meant to stimulate the economy by drawing in post-pandemic weddings. The government has set aside €10 million (or $11 million) to distribute to couples getting married in Lazio during 2022.

There are a few caveats, though. First, you have to apply and be accepted for the grant. If accepted, the money can only go towards wedding expenses–though this does include a broad range of items and services, such as rings, dresses, flowers, make-up, and hair styling. Grant money spent on major expenses, such as venues, catering, and honeymoons, is capped at €700 (or $770). And all of the grant money must be spent at Lazio-based businesses. 

The final catch is that grant payments must be made in-person between December 14, 2021 and January 31, 2023—not online—so that you can present a tax-official invoice.

The great thing about the campaign is that there are no restrictions on where in the region you have to get married. You could take your nuptials in Rome in front of the Coliseum, along the beach in Sperlonga, or in Rocca Sinibalda’s 11th century castle.

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