Getting married in Italy: customs and traditions


Well-known throughout the world for its incredible natural, cultural and architectural wonders, Italy is also a country full of ancient traditions and superstitions from the most varied origins but still deeply felt by the Italians. Each zone or region has its own, but there are occasions for which there are well-established rules, as in the case for example of marriage. Italian Traditions takes you today to discover some of the most stringent, wacky standards that are respected in the Belpaese to hope for a long and happy marriage.

As for the wedding dress there are superstitions of all kinds, from the choice of color: the favored by destiny appears to be white, while the ivory promises a turbulent life; blue indicates sincerity; pink predicts an economic loss; red is death wish; yellow means lack of esteem; green – shyness, while black is symbol of repentance. Also the bride must not look in the mirror with the dress on her wedding day, and if you really wanted to do it, you should first remove a shoe, an earring or a glove.

There are also 5 “must-wear” special symbol of auspicious objects, which is a new thing, an old one, a borrowed one, a donated one and a blue one, a symbol of sincerity and purity.

The bouquet instead must be bought by the groom, as a last gift from boyfriend, who must be delivered to the home of his beloved on the morning of the celebration. At the end of the ceremony, his wife will launch it into a group of single women, and according to the legend whoever will take the bouquet will be the next to marry.

Lovers also do not absolutely have to see each other before the meeting in the church, while it is usually after the ceremony that the man bring his bride over the threshold of their home for its first entry. This tradition was born in ancient Rome, where it was believed that it was better for the wife not to trip entering the new home, sign deemed inauspicious. From the ancient Romans has also derived the widespread use today of the veil, then used as a sign of modesty on the part of the bride, but also to cover up his face to the end of the ceremony to prevent any second thoughts. In many countries of the South, the veil length depends on the number of years of engagement, and each year corresponds to one meter.

Rice is then regarded as a wish for happiness and wealth and pull it to the bride and groom symbolizes a shower of fertility, while still in force in some countries the custom of the groom, the night before the wedding, to arrange a serenade under the window of the future companion, while her family organized to follow a rich buffet in thanks. These are just some of the most popular and well-known customs connected to this sacred ceremony, although locally have spread many other even more heartfelt and genuine.

Whether you are superstitious or not, however, now you know the ancient secrets to appease fate, and have a truly happy end as in fairy tales.