10 Best and Unique Italian Wedding Traditions

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Italy is well known for having a deep culture and unique tradition passed on from generation to generation, and their weddings are no different. Here we take a look at the best and unique Italian wedding traditions for you to consider.

1. La Serenata

In this intimate Italian wedding tradition, the groom organizes a serenade under the window of his bride, the night before the wedding. The groom then meets up with the band under the balcony of the bride and starts singing along with them.

2. Confetti

Confetti is widely recognized internationally as colored paper shapes that are often thrown at the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony. In Italian culture, confetti is colorful sugar-coated almonds, with assorted colors and tastes.

3. Bomboniere

Bomboniere is an Italian wedding tradition that stands for gifts given to guests to thank them for their attendance at the wedding. Bomboniere usually contains a present, confetti, and printed ribbons.

4. The bride’s dress

he wedding dress has many superstitions, the major one being that the bride should not look into a mirror while wearing the wedding dress, before her big day. On the wedding day, only the bride should be in white for good fortune and blessings for the couple.

5. The bridal bouquet 

For a perfect Italian wedding, the groom has to provide the bridal bouquet. This is considered as his final gift to his woman before they become a couple. The bride may be the one to choose the florals she wants, but the groom has to pay the bill.

6. La Giarrettiera

In the southern part of Italy, its cultural tradition for the bride to wear a garter which is thought to bring the bride good luck. The garter is taken off by the groom in a special moment at the end of the wedding and thrown to the guests.

7. Engagement

Engagement rings date back to the medieval ages and is now a common tradition all over the world. In the Italian culture, the man proposes to a woman, giving her a ring with a diamond representing love and a prosperous future together.

Engagement rings - Italian Wedding Traditions

8. Hen (bachelorette parties)

In the Italian wedding tradition, these parties are an opportunity for family and friends to have fun. A night out with friends usually happens a weekend before the big day.

9. Groom’s tie

At the Italian wedding reception, the groom cuts his tie into many tiny pieces and offers it up for sale to the wedding guests. The money collected is used to contribute to the wedding expenses.

10. First dance

At the first dance, it’s an Italian wedding tradition for guests to hold streamers attached to the bride and groom’s hands as they waltz, and wrap them up.

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