Italian Wedding Customs
You might want to include some of these traditional Italian customs in your own wedding in Italy.
At the reception, the bride carries a large basket of "bomboniera" (favours) to give to guests. Traditionally, five sugared almonds, originating from the town of Sulmona in Abruzzo, are given in individual tulle bags. Known as "confetti", each almond is a symbol of luck representing good health, fertility, longevity, happiness and wealth.
As the newlyweds leave the church, they are traditionally showered with rice. Originally, it was said to symbolise "una pioggia di fertilita" (a showering of fertility).
The traditional toast at every wedding reception is "evviva gli sposi" (long live the newlyweds).
Releasing a pair of doves following the ceremony signifies a couple's commitment to each other.
By breaking a glass at the end of the celebrations, the fragments are said to signify the number of years of happiness the couple will enjoy together.
In southern Italy, the bride and groom are seated at their own table for the wedding reception.
Originating in Sardinia, a friend of the bride's mother prepares a special loaf of bread. Considered a work of art, it is presented to the bride on the big day. The village of Paulilatino is especially famous for its bread artistry. Bread is sculpted into stars, hearts, birds, sheep, fish and vegetal forms. We can arrange for your particular memento to be crafted especially for your special day.