Italy is one of the most romantic and sophisticated countries in the world, having been at the heart of global fashion for centuries. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Italy has become a favorite destination for young couples looking to tie the knot. From Lake Como to Milan to Sicily and Tuscany, Italy offers a range of breathtaking locations for weddings.
Do you want an Italian-themed wedding? Check out some of these inspirational ideas.
Make Your Table Dressing Rustic
Italy was first made famous for its healthy Mediterranean diet when American scientist Ancel Keys visited Naples back in 1952. He noticed that the people there seemed to be more youthful and more vibrant than people back home, having far lower rates of chronic diseases. It turned out that the secret to their good health was what they were putting on the table. Olive oil, whole grain bread, and lots of vegetables. If you want to recreate a small portion of the Mediterranean lifestyle at your wedding, try putting little bottles of traditionally packaged olive oil on the table, stock up on red wine, and dress tables in traditional, Italian tablecloths. Blue and white works great.
Choose Somewhere With Rolling Hills
When people think of the quintessential Italian village, they often picture Tuscany’s rolling hills and beautiful vineyards. The best place to go is Tuscany itself, but if that’s not an option, there are plenty of substitutes, especially in the summer in the US. Regions of California are famous for their Tuscan feel, having both rolling hills and vineyards, creating the perfect substitute for the real thing. Plus, Tuscan landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for your photos.
Pick Designer Bridesmaid Dresses
Italy is meant to be the epitome of style and sophistication. Every year, the fashion world descends on Milan for a full week, where the biggest companies and designers in the industry show off their goods. As a result, Italy is famous for its fashion and just walking around the streets, you soon realize that it’s something the people there take very seriously indeed.
Therefore, if you want an Italian-themed wedding, fashionable items of clothing should be right at the top of your list of priorities. The best place to start is the bridesmaid dresses. Choose dresses with designer flair and features. Halternecks are a great option, as well as unusual colors, like brown. Also, if it’s a summer wedding, keep the fabric light and airy. This will add a sense of elegance to the occasion.
Choose A Great Backdrop For Photos
Photographers like Vittore Buzzi have made Italian weddings famous all over the world all through photography. There’s nothing more romantic than you and your loved one getting snapped while being taken around Venice on a boat or with your backs to the stunning Lake Como. Italian weddings are all about passion and flair, so keep that in mind when you choose a location. The good news is that there are lakes all over the world (although you might struggle to find another Venice) where you can have incredible photos taken.
Hold The Reception Al Fresco
Being right on the Mediterranean, Italy gets great weather, especially in the summer. Because of this, many people choose to eat outside in the evenings, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunshine.
To make your reception more authentically Italian, trying holding it outside. Set tables under a veranda or on an elegant patio. Long, traditional wooden tables work well outdoors and give your reception a traditional, rustic feel.
Feed Them Italian Food
Italian food is some of the most beautiful on the planet. As such, no Italian-themed wedding worth its salt would go without it. The options for Italian wedding food are practically endless. For starters, you could have some fig and prosciutto pizzetta or Italian vegetable soup. For main, you could Italian stuffed chicken, aubergine rolls with spinach and ricotta, taleggio tart with walnut pastry, or braised rabbit pappardelle. For dessert, you could go with Chocolate, pistachio and nougat semifreddo, torta del Nonna – a type of dark chocolate tart with custard filling – or your favorite Italian gelato.
When it comes to eating, Italians also like to take their time. It’s not unusual to have more than three courses comprise a meal. Each course should be a little taste of a particular Italian flavor or ingredient. In Italy, herbs are a big deal. Fresh rosemary, oregano, marjoram, and basil are all used in large quantities. So too are unusual vegetables we don’t eat particularly often in the West, like artichokes. And of course, no Italian spread would be complete without olives.