The civil ceremony is the first step in any marriage. In the Ascona-Locarno region, and in particular in the pretty towns overlooking the lake, the choice of officially recognised venues for civil wedding ceremonies is wide and varied enough to offer something to suit every couple. Stately council rooms in traditional buildings for those who love a touch of history, elegant and refined reception rooms, more modern multi-purpose municipal rooms for couples who prefer a minimalist wedding, or venues and locations with special charm, where you can hold both the ceremony and celebrations. In Locarno, for example, you can hold your civil ceremony in the historic reception room at the Museo Casorella. Or get married on the Brissago Islands, in the stunning setting of Villa Emden.
There are intimate and romantic churches, such as the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, which also boasts an incredibly scenic position, perched on a rocky spur above Locarno, giving it incredible views over Lake Maggiore and the surrounding mountains. Or perhaps you’ve always dreamt of a snowy fairy-tale wedding in December? Bosco Gurin, the highest village in all of Ticino (at more than 1,500 above sea level), with its Chiesa dei SS. Giacomo e Cristoforo, is the ideal choice.