Italian Wedding Traditions
Italy is a land where traditions are highly valued and preserved. One of the most interesting wedding facts about this South European country is that wedding traditions there vary from one region to another. However, there are some basic rituals and superstitions which are performed in almost every part of Italy.
In Italy, the bride stays in the parent’s house the night before her Big Day. In addition, some wives-to-be dress up in green outfits to attract good fortune. However, Italian brides avoid wearing any gold on their wedding day since they believe it will lead to bad luck. The only exception can be their wedding ring. Just like in the U.S., it Italy the bride is supposed to wear something old, new, borrowed and blue. But Italian wives-to-be also wear a gift that they were given earlier.
At the wedding day itself, the bride puts on a white gown. No one else is allowed to dress in that colour at the wedding since it is seen as offending to the bride.
Similar to other wedding traditions, the Italian groom must not see his bride before the ceremony. Also, the bride is given away and that is usually done by the father. In particular parts of the country, the couple goes together to the church. This is actually an old Italian tradition.
According to another tradition, the bride and the groom have to cut a log into two using a double-handle say after the wedding ceremony. The log is seen as symbol of marriage and partnership. Some Italian couples tie a ribbon in front the church. In other words, they tie the knot.
In Italy, wedding guests go to the reception venue before the bride and the groom and they wait for the couple for some time. Also, in some parts of Italy, the best man cuts the groom’s tie into pieces which are later sold to the guests.
One really fun Italian wedding tradition involves tricks. In it, friends of the couple sneak into house of the bride and the groom and play some jokes. For example, they hide their shoes or put fish in the bathtub.
Food, of course, plays an important role at any Italian wedding. Before the big eating, wedding guests drink strong alcohol. This is also the time for toast-giving. Also, the wedding menu may include the impressive 14 courses. Usually they are consumed with wine. At the end, the multilayered wedding cake is offered with espresso.
In Italy, there is no engagement party tradition. However, the bachelor and bachelorette parties are now starting to gain popularity.