Italian wedding ceremony and traditions.
Italy is a country of very passionate and generous people that is why their weddings are so entertaining and full of heart. So, if you like Italy or your beloved one has an Italian background, don’t hesitate to organise your wedding in Italian style.
What is Italy most famous for? Of course, food! That is why you need to be sure that your guests will go home stuffed with food, drunk and happy! Traditional Italian wedding banquet consist of 14 courses, various types of wines and cocktails. Italian people highly value their families, so, if you visit Italian wedding you should expect to see people of all age: from elders of the family to the youngest ones. It becomes clear that planning Italian themed wedding you will need to look for big banquet halls, restaurants or even an outdoor locations.
The first thing you need to choose is the colour range of your wedding. Red, white and green – the colours of Italian flag – will be just fine. Or you can choose the gold gowns for bridesmaids and add ties or waistbands of the same colour to the groomsmen. Bride’s white wedding dress with gold accessorises or embroidery will be a good choice for a bride. Gold colour associates with warm south regions of Italia.
Most Italian couples have their wedding ceremony in a church. Sunday is believed to be the luckiest day for marriage, so not surprisingly couples in Italia try to set their day of the wedding on Sunday. Italian people have quite symbolic wedding ritual: they hung a large colourful ribbon over the entrance of the church, where the ceremony will be held. It symbolise the unity of two people and the unity of two families in one big one. You can carry out this tradition on your ceremony even if you are not getting married in a church. Just hang the ribbon in the location of your wedding! It is customary that Italian couples do not have their wedding in May, because this month should be dedicated only to the Blessed Mother. Moreover, they also do not have weddings in August, since many people take their vacation in August.
Weddings in Italia are usually very generous and open hearted; the ceremony is more formal than casual. You need to take it into account during location decoration. Embellish the location of your wedding with sets of red flowers. As for the tables, you can cover them with gold organza and add some red colour in the decoration of napkins, glass vases or candles. The colourful compositions made of grape bunches, fresh flowers and ivy will give a vivid image of Italy to your wedding.
As an appetizer you can serve your guests treats of all kinds of traditional Italian food: olives, pickled mushrooms, breads prepared in peasant style, cheeses, grilled eggplant and usual Italian lunchmeats (prosciutto, capicola, salami). Besides, antipasto (a salad made of meats, cheese, roasted peppers, beans, anchovies, and tomatoes) and bruschetta (a toasted garlic bread, with a tomato or white bean spread) can be served.
Italian wedding banquet should consist of several different courses: a pasta course, a meat course, a fruit course, a salad course, and of course a dessert. Sometimes they even have to offer breakfast after all wedding festivities, as many Italian weddings continue all night long.
Desserts are highly important part of wedding courses in Italia. So, if you plan to have the ceremony in Italian style you need to get a large wedding cake or it can be a cookie cake. That way you can have traditional Italian cookie dance: all guests stand in line after the groom and the bride, than the newlyweds lead the train of guests by the cookie cake. Each guest takes a cookie as they go past, only after that, other guests can try it.
During traditional Sicilian wedding the guests are greeted with a Viennese table, a dessert buffet with a great variety of cakes, pastries, sweets, cannoli, pies, puddings and fruits. Coffee drinks and sweet liqueurs are also served.
One of the traditional Italian wedding treats is sugared almonds. These Jordan almonds symbolize the combination of the bitter and the sweet in married life. Very often the newlyweds present a bag with sugared almonds to each guest. Sometimes they change bags on silver boxes, pieces of pottery, or other presentable container. Of course traditions change and develop all the time that is why nowadays some couples offer personalized bottles of wine, homemade vinegars, or flavoured olive oils as gifts. According to other traditions the guests are presented with a small bag of fried, twisted dough sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Generally speaking about Italian weddings, we can think about the rule of three Fs: food, family and festive. These are the four main principles you should follow, organising traditional Italian wedding. So, have fun with your beloved ones in the most memorable day of your life.
The concept of Italian wedding
It goes without saying that in popular nowadays themed weddings great attention is paid to the family ties. The times when parents arranged the marriage of their children are long gone, but the traditions and rituals devoted to the family are still extremely strong. So, it is quite possible that you will dance Tarantella or collect wedding cards with cash gifts in your satin purse in Italia themed wedding. The traditions of presenting gifts of “confetti” or sugared almonds to your guest and bride dancing with all man in the wedding in exchange for money are also very popular.
Everyone who once visited Italian wedding banquet agree that Italian cookies are the most stunning thing on the wedding. There are various explanations where this tradition comes from. But usually Italians like this story: long ago it was very expensive to make a one big wedding cake and not all couple could afford it. That is why newlyweds’ bride and groom make small cookies, which later were assembled into the shape of a cake. On the wedding banquet, when the time of the dessert is near, the bride and the groom lead all guests on a “cookie dance”, during which they take a cookie or two as the pass by. Guests who do not take part in the dance have to wait until the end of the dance to grab a cookie too.
There are various types of cookies on the table. Some of them are twisted in a knot and covered in powdered sugar (knot symbolise the unity of two people); others just filled with preserves and figs. Or there can be pignoli (pine nut cookies) and pizzelles (thin waffle cookies).
If you are not interested in cookie dance, there is a wonderful alternative for you. Just give each guest a colourfully decorated bag with a thank you note and offer them to visit the table with cookies. They will fill their bad with fantastic delicious cookies. It will be a cute reminder of your wedding day to your guests.