The last stop on our Italy tour was Venice. My husband’s best friend was married in the Palace where Madonna shot the video, “Like a Virgin.” The wedding was an experience of a lifetime.
Venice was absolutely spectacular. There’s no place on Earth quite like Venice. We arrived on a muggy, rainy day, which was less than ideal, but we still toured the city. We had to take in the beauty.
When San Marco Square floods, Venetians cover the ground with tables to form elevated walkways. They had just removed the walkways before we arrived.
The architecture is absolutely stunning. Venice has withstood time so incredibly well that it’s difficult to wrap my head around the age of this city, founded in 421 AD. It’s best to see the city by boat to get your bearings due to its layout. We experienced the city in its gorgeous entirety and even caught a glimpse of the wedding site. Tours are an excellent idea when you first arrive because your guide can tell you all the best places to eat, what to see and what to avoid.
The rehearsal dinner was on a “boat,” which we found out on arrival was actually a pirate ship, set to tour Venice and dinner would be served at sea. I had no clue what to wear on a pirate ship, in Venice, for a rehearsal dinner.
I decided to go casual and fun with the accessories paired with a more formal cocktail dress.
This dress also has pockets! I haven’t yet figured out why pockets in dresses get me so excited, but I know I’m not alone in my excitement.
Fold-over clutches can easily be turned into a shoulder bag by securing a strap under the flap. This strap came with my wallet. So easy! Having a strap tucked in your clutch is the best way to deal with juggling a purse, cocktail, napkin, and appetizers. I also made sure to have a good sturdy heel, in case my sea legs weren’t up to par.
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The following day was the wedding. What does one wear to a wedding at Palazzo Zenobio? I asked the bride-to-be and her response, “It’s in a palace, so pretty fancy I guess.” My rental gown didn’t pan out, so I hit the mall the night before we left for Italy and I could not have been luckier.
I was set on a long gown because long gowns read more formal. The jeweled neckline adds just enough detail to elevate the gown and as an added bonus, I only needed a pair of earrings and my watch to accessorize the look.
I chose a bigger handbag and a watch instead of a bracelet in case I felt over dressed. That turned out to be a very good call because I did at times feel a bit overdressed, which I don’t particularly mind. Better to be over dressed than under dressed.
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There’s no way I would have survived walking around Venice and trekking through rocks and uneven terrain for photo shoots in heels without my Starletto Heel Caps. If you have to wear heels in grass, Starlettos keep you from twisting an ankle, read more about them.
The wedding was one for the books. We didn’t return to our hotel until 4:45 AM and it was completely worth not sleeping.
My husband ran out for pizza at 5 AM and found himself in San Marco Square, alone. What a site!
A few hours later, we made it out of our hotel, groggy and on a mission. We weren’t going to spend our last day cooped up in the hotel, so we pushed through.
Where was your last adventurous vacation?