Melina Nicholson
The UK
Cinque Terre Wedding

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I guess it’s a case of all roads lead to Rome, or just a little north of Rome, the Cinque Terre to be exact. I have a communications degree in broadcast journalism which saw me work for ten years in the communications industry in Sydney, London and the US, mainly for NGOs, where organising press conferences, campaign launch events and international press trips were on the daily to-do-list. An internationalist at heart (born in Scotland, to an Italian mum, but brought up in Australia) it’s not surprising that 13 years ago my gipsy spirit saw me head to the Cinque Terre, the region where my mum was born, and fall in love with the place and then a local, Matteo – my now husband.

In 2011, I joined forces with my sister, Justina Nicholson, and with support from my husband, launched Cinque Terre Wedding. We are now a full-service destination wedding planning agency and the team also includes brilliant wedding planner and stylist Sarah Pozzi.

We are the only destination wedding planning agency in the world solely dedicated to the Cinque Terre — the oldest collection of medieval fishing villages on the planet. We have ranked in the top five percent of wedding professionals in Italy for three consecutive years and our work has been featured in some of the industries’ most loved publications including Cosmopolitan Bride, Wedding Chicks, Magnolia Rouge, Smashing the Glass and Junebug Weddings.

The old-world setting is the inspiration behind our signature wedding style – natural rustic chic. We live here, work here and love here and our aim is to gather the best local suppliers to provide destination wedding couples with the tastes, the style, the character and spirit of an authentic Cinque Terre wedding on the Italian Riviera.

In 2018, Cinque Terre Wedding launches Cinque Terre Honeymoon helping newly-weds rest, relax and recharge onboard a private Mediterranean Cruiser.


Full Service Destination Wedding Planning
Wedding Styling
Assistance with Civil Paperwork
Assistance with Religious Paperwork
Civil Weddings
Roman Catholic Weddings
Protestant Weddings
Same-sex Weddings
Symbolic Weddings
Jewish Weddings
Wedding Favours


“Cinque Terre Wedding planning exceeded my husband and I’s expectations. It was truly the most magical weekend of our lives. I must admit it’s a bit daunting to plan a destination wedding, and you must have absolute trust in your wedding planner. Melina is the rockstar wedding planner you hope for! She is amazing to work with as she strives to make every detail of one’s Italian wedding vision come to life. Every step of the way of the planning we had fun, and she got us more and more excited about the daydream that awaited us!
Melina is also quick thinking and able to address any bumps in the road with grace and ease in real time. We truly got to enjoy every second of our wedding relaxed and feeling the love which surrounded us.
If you heart longs to get married in the breathtaking 5 Terre region look no further for a planner. Melina and her team will become the best decision you make in the process!” Lindsay and Matthew

“Melina at Cinque Terre wedding was wonderful to work with! Our whole May 2017 wedding weekend exceeded all of our [very high] expectations…everything was beyond perfect. We cannot sing their praises enough. It is not easy planning a wedding halfway around the world, almost entirely via email, but Melina was able to pull together our vision for each event perfectly. We would highly recommend Cinque Terre wedding for any event you are planning in Cinque Terre (engagement, elopement, wedding, Anniversary, etc.)!” Maggie and Ben

“Almost 2 years ago, I had the crazy dream to invite all of our immediate family and a few close friends, to journey to Manarola to watch my love and I get married. On May 31, 2017 that dream came true!! The actual day was more beautiful and magical than I had imagined all because of Melina and her team’s hard work. Communicating primarily through email, Melina was extremely organized with every aspect of our planning. Every idea I had- colorful wildflower bouquet and centerpieces, guitarist playing Unchained Melody (not on his playlist previously), changes to the menu, was handled with ease by Melina. Several other tasks and events were handled by Melina like gathering my group’s train tickets, ferry tickets and traveling with me to La Spezia for my hair trial. I cannot say enough positive things about Melina, her husband Matteo (who conducted our moving and love filled ceremony), and Sarah. Her suggestions for local vendors were spot on and the entire day passed by very smoothly. If you dream of a one-of-a-kind wedding in one of the most idyllic places in the world, I highly recommend contacting Cinque Terre Wedding!! We couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with Melina and will always think of our wedding day as one of the best days of our lives!” Audrey and Steven

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