Sunday, April 13, 2014

Italian Wedding Traditions

 Most people want their wedding to be unique while maintaining some level of tradition. Paying homage to your cultural roots in a ceremony and reception can be a fun way to incorporate tradition into your special day. Here are some Italian wedding traditions to follow, feel free to use even if you are not Italian.

It is thought bad luck for a bride to wear any gold jewelry other than her wedding ring on the wedding day. Some Italian brides wear green on the evening before their wedding as it’s supposed to be a good omen and bring abundance and fertility to the impending marriage. In some parts of Italy, it is not uncommon for the groom to walk the bride and the whole wedding party to the church. In northern provinces sometimes the groom waits for the bride at the door of the church with her bouquet- in this case there is also a funny tradition whereby the groomsmen try to convince the groom as he waits that the bride has changed her mind and will not arrive at all. It is thought that the groom carrying a piece of iron in his pocket will prevent this, as well as staving off other misfortunes. A ribbon is tied across the door of the church to symbolize the couple’s harmony and to announce that the joyous event is taking place inside.

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