Italian Wedding Traditions(article)

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Italian Wedding Traditions(article)

Postby CiaoBella1313 » 05 Mar 2015, 04:12

Italian Wedding Traditions, Yesterday and Today
Margie Longano Miklas

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Gli Italiani seguono molto le loro tradizioni ed il matrimonio ad esempio è un’evento che ha molte tradizioni, però certe antiche tradizioni del 1900 non si seguono più. Ad esempio, in Toscana la sposa indossava un’abito nero ed il cappellino bianco, invece a Venezia la sposa indossava il suo miglior abito da sposa la sera durante il ricevimento. In altre regioni gli sposi dovevano rompere un vaso ed ogni pezzo significva ogni anno di felicità. In America, gran parte degli Italo-Americani seguono le tradizioni dei loro famigliari. Invece i matrimoni di oggi in Italia sono più moderni e con meno tradizioni. Naturalmente il cibo è sempre molto importante, come lo è anche la tavola “Veneziana” , una tradizione Siciliana che offre i dolci e la frutta a grande quantità.

Italian Wedding Italians love their traditions and a wedding is one event in which Italian customs are still very much alive. Although these traditions differ from one region to another, many couples follow these today, both in Italy and in the US.

Some of the oldest traditions dating back to the 19th century are no longer followed today, yet are very interesting, particularly in how they differ from region to region. For instance, years ago, in Tuscany, the bride wore a black wedding dress and a white hat, and carried a fan, even in the winter months. Since no unmarried girl was allowed to witness a wedding ceremony, the bride’s “bridesmaids” consisted of married women, who accompanied her to the church.

In Sicily, there were two ceremonies, a civil followed by a religious, and the religious was considered to be the more significant. In fact, the groom would not consider himself to be married until after the religious ceremony and the date of that ceremony was considered to be the wedding date. Many times the bride would arrive at the church on horseback, with the ceremony frequently occurring at night, and the way being lit with torches.

In Venice the custom was for the bride to walk to Church in her second-best wedding dress, saving her finest gown for the wedding dance at the reception, which was held later in the day or evening. In the procession to church, the bride walked on the canal side, arm in arm with the “compare,” and the groom walked behind her, arm in arm with the “comare.”

Some other customs were common throughout Italy, and although a few may still be followed today, most have gone by the wayside. The groom used to carry a piece of iron (toc ferro) in his pocket, to ward off evil spirits, or mal ‘occhio. Sunday was considered the only day for a wedding, if the married couple was to have a life of happiness, and any other day was considered unlucky. The only exception to this was Saturday, which was generally reserved for widows remarrying.

Brides traditionally spent the night before the wedding at her parents’ home and wore green, as this was considered to bring good luck, and the promise of fertility. The bride and groom broke a vase or a glass, and the number of shattered pieces predicted the number of years of married bliss. This custom was seen in the recent comedy film “When in Rome,” starring Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell.

In today’s Italy, weddings are more modern, with many of these old traditions just memories. Antonella Baratta-Spina, of the Molise region, says that today, weddings usually occur on Saturdays, nobody breaks the vase for luck at the reception, the bride does not wear green the night before the wedding, and “the bride meets the man in the church because she goes to the church with her father.”

In America today, many Italian-Americans like to incorporate some of their ancestors’ traditions into their own wedding reception, and several of these are very popular. It is usually the duty of the best man to toast the newly married couple with a glass of wine. Some of the more common expressions of good luck include “Per cent’anni,” Evviva gli sposa,” “Un bacio per la sposa,” and “Auguri.”

Today many brides carry on the same or similar version of the Italian custom of “buste,” where she carries a small satin bag (la borsa), and guests place envelopes with money inside. Sometimes the bride wears it and dances with the guests in exchange.

Almost all Italian-American newlyweds today celebrate the custom of giving their guests a small gift known as a confetti bomboniera. This tradition dates back to oman times, and the bomboniera consists of five or seven (always an odd number for luck) sugar-coated almonds wrapped in tulle or netting with ribbons. This symbolizes family life, as well as health, happiness, prosperity, fertility, and a long life together.

Of course food is of utmost importance, and the dessert table is very common today ,originating from the “Venetian hour,” which is actually a Sicilian tradition of having an array of pastries, fruits, cakes in great quantities.

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Postby OrangeBlossom44 » 30 Mar 2015, 09:04

Thank you for posting this, CiaoBella1313!
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Postby jennabet » 30 Mar 2015, 11:38

OrangeBlossom44, thought you might like to know that the bomboniera confetti sugar coated almonds for weddings in Italy are made in the town of Sulmona in the province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo. Also, even the most modern brides in Abruzzo seem to have a special fondness for the traditional dress made of Tulle (Italian lace). In the USA, my mother insisted that my first communion dress be made of Tulle imported from Italy.

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Re: Italian Wedding Traditions(article)

Postby CiaoBella1313 » 24 May 2015, 22:00

Do couples still break a glass or vase?

We had many of these traditions at our wedding and we are both Italian-American. I found white confetti online imported from Italy--I had to get that. I have a picture of myself holding the bust'. LOL We danced the tarantella, of course.

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Re: Italian Wedding Traditions(article)

Postby siciliangirl2016 » 27 Aug 2016, 14:15

jennabet wrote:OrangeBlossom44, thought you might like to know that the bomboniera confetti sugar coated almonds for weddings in Italy are made in the town of Sulmona in the province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo.


I have always called them Jordan Almonds and they are served at every Italian or Sicilian wedding I have been to. Not long ago, I had some that were flavored with a hint of orange and a hint of lemon :)

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Re: Italian Wedding Traditions(article)

Postby OrangeBlossom44 » 02 Sep 2016, 09:49

Sorry I did not see your post to me sooner. I find these traditions so warm and comforting. And, yes, every Italian wedding I attended offered candy-coated Jordan Almonds, some plain, some flavored. And, the almonds were always wrapped a pouf of netting tied with a slender white satin ribbon.
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