DANIELLE WISKOW BANDINI
Danielle, an English Wedding Planner and Event Coordinator who is also a member of the National Association of Professional Wedding Services (NAPWS), chose to settle in Tuscany in 1982 after obtaining an Arts degree in London. She pursued a career in fashion and art during the 80’s and now specializes in offering a high class, professional service for clients desiring an exclusive and unforgettable Tuscan wedding.
From the initial paperwork, to the cutting of the cake, Danielle’s attention to detail combined with the ability to interpret and satisfy the client’s desires, makes your Tuscan wedding the romantic and exciting event that it should be.
Best Reasons to get married or honeymoon in Tuscany…
The food…Tuscan cuisine is some of the best in the world
Some of the world’s finest wines are created in Tuscany – Chianti, Brunello, Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano to name a few
Breathtaking scenery including the sea, lakes, mountains and idyllic countryside
Cities of Art such as Florence, Siena, Volterra, Arezzo, and San Gimignano with the opportunity to witness the works of Michelangelo, DaVinci, and Raphael in world class locations such as the Uffizi Gallery
Picturesque hillside villages and hamlets to surprise you around every corner
Extraordinary thermal spa locations to soothe, relax, and pamper you
Outstanding quality and choice of castles and prestigious villas offer once in a lifetime accommodations and wedding locations
Unrivaled selection of church and town hall locations for wedding ceremonies.
Italian design and deco, moda/allestimenti/floral design.
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And last but not least, the Italian love of family and the spontaneous public participation in any wedding event!
Photo Credit Andrea Pitti
Wedding August 4th, 2010
Dolci Tradizioni Toscane truly helped to make our wedding day the magical occasion we had dreamed of. We dealt with Danielle throughout the process and she went above and beyond our expectations for every request.
Dolci Tradizioni provided the catering and to some extent the confirmation of our wedding venue. The food was superb and service throughout the day was first class. This highly professional service was not only there during the wedding day but in every instant in which we dealt with Dolci Tradizioni Toscane.
Danielle and her team worked hard throughout the entire day to create a relaxed atmosphere and ensured that every aspect went according to plan.
All of our guests commented on the high level of service, excellent quality food and how beautifully they had decorated the venue. Our wedding was on the 4th of August 2010 and we would most definitely recommend their services.
Wedding June, 2007
Danielle and all those involved at the Molino il Moro were nothing short of fabulous when we were organizing our wedding in Colle Val D’Elsa.
We got in touch with them when the chef at our wedding hotel left! – just weeks before the wedding. Although it was a nightmare at the time, in hindsight, dealing with Danielle was the best possible thing that could’ve happened to us and our wedding day – they were destined to be part of our day.
Danielle helped us look at accommodation options, reception venues and also organized a (fabulous) vintage wedding car and driver for us. She also arranged a mini bus to drive our 65 guests in the evening from the hotel to the reception and back again afterwards.
We made most of our arrangements by phone and email – and Danielle was extremely efficient in responding to our questions and sent us photos of practically everything!
We did not want a traditional ‘English/Irish’ wedding cake and so we opted for their fresh fruit cake – shaped like a flower – our friends and family are still talking about it! Truly amazing!
Dietary requirements were no problem at all, and the food was absolutely to die for! Traditional Tuscan cuisine cooked as it should be!
The menus we placed on the tables at the reception were in English and Italian and Danielle even checked my grammar on the menus!
We tasted all our food in advance of our day and Sergio at the Molino il Moro also helped us with our wine selections. Nothing was too much trouble. Danielle, on many occasions, used her initiative and experience to help us make decisions and improve our own ideas. She was always open to change and nothing was too much trouble.
We are so happy that Danielle and the Molino il Moro team were part of our day – it wouldn’t have been the same without them!
Best times to plan your wedding or honeymoon in Tuscany…
April through October are considered high season in Tuscany. In fact most of the country is on holiday in August, so this is a very difficult time to find vendors available for your wedding as well as accommodations. Most Italian couples will marry in May or June on the weekends, so if this is the time of year when you would like to get married, planning sooner rather than later is a good idea.
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If you’re not a fan of the heat, you will most likely enjoy the spring and fall more as the summers can be quite hot especially in Florence with high humidity. If heat isn’t an issue for you though, July is a wonderful time to plan your wedding especially in Siena when the famous Il Palio horse race is run.
While Italy doesn’t have a rainy season per se, it does rain year round and you’ll want to have a rain plan in place, just in case.
If you would like to save a bit of money, consider a winter wedding as temperatures are still fairly mild and the country is always beautiful. If money isn’t an object, consider May or September. Tuscany is stunning and absolutely perfect then.
My Favorite Properties
Castel Pietraio ~ Monteriggioni
If you’re a history aficionado, Castel Pietraio is the perfect location for a Tuscan wedding or honeymoon where you truly can step back in time. Just imagine your own castle with the castle tower’s battlement lit up with torches to honor you on this most important day. The possibility exists at Castel Pietraio where their dedicated staff will prepare an authentic medieval dinner for you and your guests consisting of 14th century dishes and no medieval wedding would be complete without entertainment. Castel Pietraio can provide you with costumed entertainers as well.
Castel Pietraio is located just a few miles from the medieval walled city of Monteriggioni deep in the Tuscan countryside and just 30 minutes from the beautiful art city of Siena. This 11th century castle offers all of the modern conveniences one could hope for while maintaining all of its historical charm. Offering both indoor and outdoor options, Castel Pietraio is the perfect location for an intimate and memorable wedding.
Hotel Montebello Splendid – Florence
In a peaceful up-scale neighborhood in the midst of downtown Florence, a few steps from the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Art Gallery, Hotel Montebello Splendid is an icon to Florentine luxury and elegance.
Located in an area of embassies and the Florence Opera theatre, this 19th century villa has repeatedly hosted International Ambassadors, Opera Singers, Artists, and Intellectuals.
Nestled in an oasis of calm and beauty, as you enter the property you are greeted by a courtyard garden with fountain and a neoclassical temple where you may partake in an afternoon cocktail or Al fresco dinner. You will enjoy a much more intimate experience at this five star boutique hotel than is normally found in a larger hotel. When you stay at Hotel Montebello Splendid, it really feels more like you are staying at a private residence rather than a simple hotel.
An ancient legend tells that if you and your beloved attach a padlock to any surface of the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge and then throw away the key, your love will last forever. No doubt your love too will last forever if you host your beautiful and intimate wedding at Hotel Montebello Splendid in their glass enclosed and very elegant Palazzetto della Concordia with direct access to their charming courtyard garden.
Petriolo Spa Resort ~ Siena
Located just a few miles from Siena, Petriolo Spa Resort is an oasis of tranquility and relaxation. This five star property including private garden and open air Jacuzzi, offers a spectacular view of the
Tuscan countryside along with elegant accommodations and a spa that draws its water from ancient springs that may very well have been visited by Caesar himself. Petriolo prides itself in providing an exciting alchemy transforming ancient
traditions into modern therapy to restore and protect your mental and physical wellbeing.
The restaurants at Petriolo Spa Resort offer menus featuring a variety of dishes combining traditional local cuisine with the creative vision of their Chef.
For the couple desiring a pampered wedding experience, Petriolo Spa Resort is the perfect location.
Fattoria Poggio Alloro – San Gimignano
Fattoria means farm in Italian and Poggio Alloro is a farm like no other. Located in the Tuscan countryside with views of the medieval walled city San Gimignano in the background, Poggio Alloro is a culinary and wine lover’s dream. Relying on time tested traditions, the products of the farm are lovingly born and cultivated. Everything is planned and accomplished with respect for the environment; handmade cured meats from the finest pork, Chianina cattle from which they cut the famous “Florentine steak”, the purest San Gimignano saffron, honey with the scent of the Tuscan countryside, and homemade pasta, are just a few of the products produced at Poggio Alloro and served family style in their enchanting dining room.
Take part in owner and Sommelier Sarah Fioroni’s cooking classes, take a leisurely stroll in the family vineyard and olive groves, or simply sit on the terrace sipping a glass of Sarah’s Convivio or Vernaccia where your taste buds are tantalized by the minerals that help to create the outstanding wines in the region.
If your idea of the perfect destination wedding or honeymoon is a relaxed yet gracious event, you will love Poggio Alloro. A wedding on their terrace under the gentle Tuscan sun is the perfect backdrop and witness to the love that you both share.
Palazzo Pannocchieschi D’Elci ~ Siena
Imagine your civil ceremony in Siena’s most magnifcent town hall palace with its frescoed ceilings and wood paneled interiors. Now imagine after saying, “I Do,” just a short stroll across the Piazza del Campo, the Countess Cesarina Pannocchieschi d’Elci’s personal residence dating back to the 13th century awaits where you will host your wedding reception fit for a king overlooking the famous Piazza. You will be in exquisite company as the Countess has hosted such dignitaries as the Kennedy’s, Tony Blair, Princess Margaret and the King of Italy, Mel Gibson, and Mick Jagger to name a few who have witnessed the Palio, Siena’s famous horse race from the windows of this most gracious location.
The opportunity to celebrate your wedding night followed by a sumptuous breakfast in the morning is also a possibility at this location. For the bride who has always dreamed of a fairytale wedding, there is no place more magical, more opulent, or more exclusive than this wedding scenario created especially for you in the beautiful art city of Siena.
Also available in Tuscany through Massimiliano Russo….
Villa Armena Relais and Beauty Farm Buonconvento
Opening in the Summer of 2011, Villa Armena dates back to the 15th century when it was the home to the noble Malavolti family, one of Siena’s most prestigious families. Romance has abounded at this lovely Villa since the very beginning when legend has it that its name Armena was given to the Villa by one of the Malovolti’s who at the end of the crusades, stopped in Armenia and fell in love with a local princess and brought her back to Italy with him.
Seamlessly intertwining 21st century comfort with the original elegance of Renaissance Italy, Villa Armena Relais and Beauty Farm offers all of the features one would expect in a luxury hotel. The Villa offers guests a superb range of ancient Roman and Mediterranean spa rituals, along with the ‘Sorbo Allegro’ restaurant, a leader in the trend towards ‘zero mile cuisine’ where scintillating Italian and regional dishes are prepared using only fresh products, accompanied by hand-selected wines from outstanding wineries throughout the region.
A wedding at this stunning villa allows you to be married in their beautiful gardens surrounded by cypress trees, maritime pines and the crete senesi that the region is famous for. A wedding at Villa Armena is so much more than a ceremony, it is a statement of beauty, elegance, and love.