I'm Ilaria Manaresi wedding planner and designer based in Florence. From 2012 I create bespoke and emotional wedding experiences in Tuscany and Umbria with passion, empathy and elegance.


How much experience do you have? How did you start this job?

After a past as Interior Designer I decided to combine my passion for design with my experience in organizing events, especially weddings. Starting as assistant, then as a wedding venue manager, to then becoming a specialist in the luxury events niche, I have progressively grown my network while discovering Tuscany niche locations for a wedding, to offer unique combinations to grooms and brides-to-be for their once-in-a-lifetime moment. In 2012 I decided to spread my wings and pursue my own project as Destination Wedding Planner in Tuscany, that has been my job for the past 10 years and counting.

Which services do you offer?

I do not have services packages, I customize each service to the couple's needs. Basically my kind of service are three: - FULL WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGN I love to take care of each service and details planning with a high level of customization, from the vendors selection to the budget building. Thanks to my vast network of trusted vendors I propose a bespoke selection based on the taste and needs of the clients. Some of services I provide are: - Location scouting - Design of the event with a tailored project - Flowers arrangements - Catering and open bar - Music for ceremony, reception, party - Rehearsal dinner and brunch the day after wedding - Accommodations and transfer - Photographer and videographer - more and more..... - ONLY COORDINATION OF THE WEDDING DAY - ONE-TO-ONE CONSULTING (1' or 3' hours of consulting for a specific problem or service, for couples that need help for their own planning)

What distinguishes you as wedding planner?

For the preparation of the weddings, I prefer to use handmade craft and artisanal products to give a precious, peculiar and personal touch to every detail of the event.I especially propose and promote Made in Italy products; from stationery, to decorations, favors, and everything. I value the details, they make the real difference and the true impact of a successful marriage!

Which are your values?

I believe in Love, Kindness, Professionalism and Authenticity. I believe that Simplicity and Elegance go hand in hand. I believe in the importance of Made in Italy. And all this reflects into my work, so now you know what to expect!

Do you have a wedding team?

Of course I have a team of trusted suppliers, I also have a staff of assistants on the wedding day, depending on the kind of wedding.


We have worked with Ilaria for two years during the pandemic. Our wedding was schedule in 2021 and had to be rescheduled for 2022.We are an Italian couple living in the United Kingdom so for us it has been fundamental having Ilaria helping us realizing our dream. Ilaria listened to our preferences, and she made a couple of proposal, then once chosen the best wedding theme or us we started the process. She found location, catering photographer and all the rest, always presenting different options of styles and budget so we had more choices. She added small details and touches based on her previous working experience and her insight made the difference. When the day had to be cancelled due to covid she made the difference in making sure everything and everyone was on the same page and happy to be rescheduled for the following year. On the day of the event, she coordinated everything leaving us completely relaxed and able to fully enjoy the day. The day was really smooth, time schedule respected and no issue at all. All the guests were very impressed with how the wedding was unique ad perfect in every single detail. Ilaria is passionate about her job and so with her experience she can recommend the best option. She is very easy going and friendly and we have spoken as friends rather than as clients. I really enjoyed working with Ilaria and I am pleased I had a wedding planner to take care o everything. She has gone beyond and above her job, did not mind messaging any time of the day or going extra miles when things needed to be adjusted quickly. Thank you Ilaria or having being part of this dream!

Carlotta and Francesco

Dear Ilaria, you have marvelously planned and designed our wedding!...It was like a Dream made of lights, colors and wonderful details! You guide us to plan with patience over the year of preparation and simplified the process a lot with suppliers and the venue research, etc. You were really accommodating to all our requests and helped us create an amazing wedding! We are from Australia and it wouldn't have been possible without you......We couldn't have had a better wedding planner at all! We'll carry forever in our heart the dream you've achieved! Thank you so much Ilaria!!! Bruno & Angela

Angela and Bruno

We hired Ilaria to set up the venue decorations for my wedding. Ilaria was fabulous, experienced, and very creative. She did a great job and the few items that were different than planned she made sure to fix immediately. Can't recommend her enough!

Sabrina and Mark

We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Ilaria for making our dream wedding a reality! It really wouldn't have happened without you! Ilaria is incredibly enthusiastic and hardworking, she made the entire process incredibly easy and enjoyable for us. When we arrived in Tuscany we had a few days before the wedding, we met with Ilaria to go over everything and it was all perfect. She had taken care of every detail, and during our weekend at all three of our events, she was there at every step ensuring that things went smoothly. we were very happy of all of the vendors, the officiant they recommended was lovely, the music was perfect, the flowers and decor was amazing, the cake was gorgeous, and my hair and makeup artist were phenomenal. In addition to doing a fantastic job, Ilaria is just a lovely person, amazing and so much empathic! Many, many, many thanks! All our best!!!

Christine and James

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