5 Things to Know Before Attending an Italian Wedding

Have you ever been to an Italian wedding?
Let’s dive into Italian culture and see what happens in a real Italian wedding.

1. Weddings are interactive

If the ceremony is in a church, like in 90% of the cases, it will be interactive. The catholic mass is full of stand up, sit down, repeat prayers, greet those around you. If you are not sure what to do, don’t panic and just copy what other people are doing.

After the ceremony, right outside the church, there is “il lancio dello sposo”. Usually it ends well.


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2. Food is essential

You will never see or eat as mush food as an Italian wedding. Even in the North Italy, you will remain sited at the table for several hours.

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3. Expect some songs from the 70’s and 80’s

We love good old school music, if it’s a song you can sing loudly and dance to, it probably will be played.


4. If you are a woman, be ready to catch the bouquet.

It’s a tradition that at some point after the meal. The bride will throw her bouquet and all the women attending the wedding will “fight” to catch it. The legend says that the woman who will catch the bouquet will be the next one to be married but, even if you are already married, it’s important to catch the bouquet because, if it’s touche the ground, it means bad luck for the wife.

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5. Gifts are usually monetary

Modern people will set up a website or provide a link into the invitation to make the donation. Otherwise you can put some money in an envelope and put the donation in a box (usually at the entrance of the restaurant).

Have you ever attended an Italian wedding? Did you notice different traditions? Share your experience in a comment. 🙂



2 Comments on 5 Things to Know Before Attending an Italian Wedding

  1. The way that I can spot a rookie at an Italian wedding is that they are the ones who fill up on pasta, only to discover that there is still a large meat course coming!
    Viva la sposa!

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