There are some traditions unique to Italian weddings. Though you are not required to observe them, they can be fun to learn and even more fun to implement. They simply help to add more Italian flavor to your wedding.
Italian wedding celebrations can be quite long. They often begin with a morning mass, and continue on with dancing and feasting that lasts well into the next day. Since bachelor and bachelorette parties are not common before Italian weddings, the bride and groom should have plenty of energy left for such lively celebrating.
For Italian weddings, it is considered good luck for the bride to wear green the night before the wedding. The color is said to bring good luck and abundance. To avoid unfavorable luck, the bride is supposed to avoid wearing gold until after her wedding ring is presented. The groom is expected to arrive at the church before the bride (she's expected to be late) and await her arrival. As he waits, the groom's best men tease him about the bride, joking good-naturedly about whether or not she'll actually show up to marry him.
In Northern Italy, the groom is expected to wait with the bride's bouquet in hand. Candy-covered almonds are tied up in mesh bags and tossed at the couple, like confetti. This particular tradition is intended to avoid childlessness.
Ask us at WeddingItaly.com about these and other Italian wedding traditions, if you wish to include them in your celebration. Come prepared with your own traditions and customs as well, for a wedding that is uniquely yours. We'll do our best to incorporate them where appropriate.
ITALIAN WEDDING LOCATIONS
ITALIAN WEDDING SERVICES