Italian Wedding Traditions We Love
Italian weddings are as romantic and magical as you might expect. Check out these Italian wedding traditions to decide which ones you want to add to your own event.
Of course, Italy is home to countless vineyard weddings each year. Vineyards are perfectly suited to the Italian way of life, with their relaxed atmosphere that encourages lingering over meals and gathering with loved ones. The receptions at vineyards are often arranged with long tables so that people can dine family-style. And whether you are at a vineyard or not, wine is definitely the drink of choice at Italian weddings.
Focus on the Couple
A wedding is the perfect opportunity for grooms to be their best chivalrous selves, especially in Italy. Italian wedding traditions for grooms include purchasing the bride’s bouquet and walking her from her home to the church. One thing markedly different from American weddings is the size of Italian wedding parties. Even though Italian families are typically large and extended, traditionally you might only have a couple of attendants.
Every region of Italy has its own distinct cuisine, and as farm-to-table is in sync with how Italians eat, you’ll be treated to local fare. Meals are often filled with simple (but very plentiful) foods. No Italian mama is going to let her guests leave hungry, so if you are attending a wedding in Italy, expect many courses to be served.
Cakes & Candies
Many modern Italian brides choose buttercream cakes, but traditionally wedding cakes look very different in Italy. Often cakes with layered pastry, fruit, and cream are served. One of the oldest Italian traditions is giving guests sugared almonds (called ‘confetti’). Italians also practically invented the cookie buffet table, with treats like pizelles and Italian wedding cookies (similar to Russian tea cakes).
Good Luck Rituals
While many of these Italian wedding traditions are shared with other European countries, they are part of what makes attending an Italian wedding so much fun. Superstitious grooms can carry a piece of iron in their pockets to ward off bad luck and their brides can get the same result with a tiny tear in their veil. At the reception, the couple can smash a glass or plate and count the number of pieces they’ve created. According to lore, that will be the number of happy years in their marriage (so, yes, use your good throwing arm and a little extra oomph).