Imagine sitting on a gondola as you are being rowed through glistening canals. You sip on a flute of champagne as you glide through colourful street, passing Panaterrias and stunning Gothic churches. You are surrounded by beauty, class and culture - a distinctive culture that belongs to one of the most romantic cities in the world; Venice. You and your loved on follow Casanova’s footsteps through the city, drinking in the views at the Do Spade bar on Calle de Spade. You then look at the incredible venetian art at the Church of the Frari, relaxing and indulging in the all the delicacies Venice has to offer, before you make a life long commitment and marry your partner. If you want to your wedding a truly memorable one and be swept off your feet, then plan your luxury wedding or destination event in Venice and say your vows at San Clemente Palace Kempinski. If you and your other half want to be treated as royalty then this stunning wedding venue is perfect for you, as San Clemente Church is own its very own island - San Clemente in Italy’s venetian lagoons.
San Clemente Palace's history
Formerly known as Isola di San Clemente, the island has a chequered but interesting history. Located between Giudecca and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, the island covers six hectares and was first settled in 1131, after Venetian merchant Pietro Gattilesso funded the construction of a hospice for soldiers and pilgrims.
Fast forward to 1630 - the plague epidemic had spread across the world and struck Venice, that had lead to a promise to build a new place of worship.. Thirteen years later in 1643, the vow to build a new chapel modelled after the Holy House of Loreto inside the San Clemente church was fulfilled, and became a monastery, housing the nuns and monks of Venice. Two centuries later in 1844 San Clemente followed the rest of Europe housed an asylum alongside the monastery, confirming to the historical notion of ‘confinement of the mad’. The institution was abandoned in 1992, and developed in the beautiful San Clemente Kempinski.
For those who love history, the small island of San Clemente is the perfect place to say your vows and appreciate the natural beauty it holds. Whether you choose to hold an Arab wedding, traditional wedding or private event or party at this venetian palace, you will not be disappointed.
This incredible wedding has previously hosted two luxurious high society Indian weddings. The wedding of billionaire Pramod Agarwal’s daughter Vinita Agarwal to Muqit Teja, and the wedding of Ashwin Grover and Riya Khilnani. For a glamorous wedding away from the public eye, St Clemente is the perfect place to go.
Defining luxury in Venice
If you choose to have your dream wedding at San Clemente Palace Kempinski, you could say your vows in the stunning 12th Century Chapel, or in an Anglican church in the heart of Venice. Afterall, Italy has deep history in Catholicism and Christianity, making the perfect city for a religious or cultural destination wedding, making the perfect back drop for your wedding photos. Step outside and you are surrounded by antique courtyards and flourishing gardens. The San Clemente Palace Kempinski has been renovated, from a former Monastery into palatial paradise. The island is a 10 minute boat ride from Piazza San Marco - Scarlet will manage the logistics of guest transport across Venice and ensure every single guest arrives without any hitch. We can organise a vast number of private boats of varying size, so just sit back, relax and enjoy your big day. Your guests will be wowed from the minute they step on the vessel.
If you want a private wedding with your family and friends, then this luxury wedding retreat is the perfect place to go. The rooms overlook the Venice Lagoon and gardens and feature soft classic décor - traditional high ceilings meet typical venetian style, referencing historic times. The typically Italian cuisine offers modern venetian haute at Acquerello, or you can indulge in relaxed pool dining at La Dolce. San Clemente island also features a tennis court, golf course, a heated outdoor pool, jogging trail and kid’s club, giving you plenty to do.
The perfect wedding in San Clemente Palace
Choose to have a garden wedding in the four hectare beautiful grounds, or on the Acquerello terrace. For a grand scale wedding in the Lido Garden, a bespoke glass marquee is erected and can fit upto 500 guests, perfect for an Indian, Arab or traditional wedding. If you prefer an indoor wedding, the San Polo e Santa Croce Room can fit up to 250 guests, and its floor to ceiling windows overlook the grounds. The modern interior makes for an excellent canvas - if you want a theme then the world is your oyster. A smaller gathering in the San Marco room can fit up to 25 people, giving you a classic yet intimate affair.
The hotel has 190 luxury rooms and suites, overlooking the lagoon or the stunning park. If 190 rooms are not enough, then your guests can also stay at the luxury Hotel Cipriani in Giudecca, Venice. This stunning venue offers a stunning five star experience whilst maintaining the level of privacy offered on San Clemente Island. The Marriott Hotel will also accommodate for your guests wants and needs!
With a plethora of activities, and attentive staff who will care for your guests wants and needs, choosing San Clemente Palace Kempinski for your event has never been simpler. Whether you desire an Indian wedding, Arabic wedding, or any other type of , we will make your vision a reality, paying the greatest attention to even the smallest details.
When you book your wedding or event with Scarlet Events, we will ensure you have an unforgettable experience. From the moment you make an enquiry to the final second of your event we will work tirelessly with San Clemente Palace Kempinski to give every client an unforgettable experience.
Our destination parties and weddings planners are experienced in organising events across the world and we would be delighted to help you plan your dream wedding or party in Italy.
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