Say ‘I do’ in Italy: Lazio Region will pay you 2,000 euros to get married there

Bridal Pair in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on June 13, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)

Have you ever dreamed of getting married in Rome? Italy’s Lazio Region will pay you up to 2,000 euros, or about $2,100, to do just that.

The promotion, called "In Lazio with Love," is open to both Italians and foreigners in an effort to help the region recover from the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lazio Region in central Italy includes Rome, Italy’s capital, and shares its northern border with Tuscany. It’s one of 20 administrative regions in the country.

There are rules for eligibility. Couples have to marry or enter into a civil union in the Lazio Region, and they must buy wedding services and supplies from local companies. Couples will then have to submit forms to be reimbursed for up to five wedding services or items, including:

  • wedding favors
  • ceremonial car rental
  • formal wear for ceremony
  • flowers
  • catering and restaurant services (maximum of 700 euros, or $736.76)
  • hair, makeup, etc.
  • honeymoon (maximum of 700 euros, or $736.76)
  • hotel rooms and wedding venue
  • video and photography services
  • animation and entertainment services
  • wedding planner service
  • wedding rings
  • printing of holdings

The promotion runs through the end of the year. Couples can submit for reimbursement through Jan. 31, 2023. None of the wedding items or services can be ordered online, and couples have to show receipts.

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If you’re traveling from the United States, be prepared for potential travel delays and flight cancellations as the nation’s airlines grapple with staffing shortages and other challenges. From June 16-June 20, roughly 19,000 flights were canceled across the country. 

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Flight attendant Kristie Koerbel went viral this week with her blunt advice for travelers. On her Facebook page, she said "things are not good" and urged people to drive if the trip is less than seven hours. Among the other tips she offered: "Be nice."

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"We are overworked and tired. We will not help you if you are mean," she said.