From olive oil and citrus to old-world elements, there are so many things that evoke visions of Italy. And if you’re hoping to host an authentic Italian-inspired wedding, there are plenty of great ways to incorporate traditional details.
Well-known as a popular destination wedding setting, Italy’s Amalfi Coast can be cost-prohibitive for some. But just because you’re marrying stateside doesn’t mean you can’t take a few cues from one of Italy’s most stunning regions. Just a few details can make you and your guests feel like you've been whisked away to another locale.
Read on for 12 ideas to help with planning your Italian-inspired celebration.
Start With Your Stationery
Convey your Italian theme through all aspects of your wedding (and every celebration prior) by integrating details in your invitations. Kerri-Lynn Mulhearn, owner of Stella Day Events, recalls a couple who incorporated greenery, florals, and lemons into their stationery to foreshadow an Italian-inspired wedding.
Embrace Old-World Details
Italy is full of old-world detail, and Diana Venditto, owner and creative director of Eventi Floral & Events, recommends that you be sure to incorporate that feeling with every element. Luxe gold can be incorporated throughout in details such as your cake stand, server, and flatware to help create the feel of old-world Italy.
Use Landscaping to Your Advantage
Utilize existing landscaping at your venue to make your reception feel like you're in an intimate Italian setting, or bring in items to make it so. Christina Baxter of Christina Baxter Weddings says she transformed a Southern garden into the Italian Riviera by bringing in landscaping, including dozens of mature cypress trees, boxwoods in urns, and lemon topiaries. Drawing inspiration from Italy’s rich countryside can make all the difference in embellishing a lively outdoor affair.
Celebrate Citrus and Herbs
The region of Capri is well-known for its fresh citrus. And lemons are certainly at the top of that list. Capri is also a fruitful location for growing herbs, such as thyme. Why not incorporate natural elements into your décor that will evoke the feeling of the region?
Use Vines and Greenery
Consider opting out of a traditional table runner. Adorn a wooden table with vines, grape leaves, or a garland of lush greenery. Plenty of foliage, along with candles and gold flatware, can make for a beautiful complement to an Italian-inspired display.
Incorporate Grapes Into Your Tablescape
When it comes to Italy, it's hard not to think of wine. After all, it is one of the world's biggest producing regions, and there are definitely wineries turning grapes into wine on the Amalfi Coast. It's easy to go overboard with this element of décor, but adding just a touch of fresh grapes alongside greenery can make your table feel all the more inspired.
Incorporate Stone Details
Consider adding in stone elements, giving off an old-world feel. “When large arrangements are placed in stone urns, they are reminiscent of the Italian Riviera,” says Andrea Eppolito, owner of Andrea Eppolito Events, who advises a color palette of white and gold to complement a tablescape with stone features.
Play Up Traditional Food
Why not take authentic Italian cuisine and put it at the forefront of your menu? Italy is known for incredible cheeses and cured meats, and there are so many ways to incorporate that into your menu. We love the idea of setting up a station for guests to build their own Italy-inspired charcuterie board.
Bring everyone together just like they're one big family. Utilizing one long reception table is a great way to make everyone feel included and to facilitate conversation. If you opt for this set-up, just be sure your centerpieces aren't too tall.
Embrace a Traditional Dessert
Of course, celebrating with a cake decked out in citrus would be a beautiful choice. But, if you want to incorporate a more traditional dessert, consider the layered Mille-feuille, traditionally prepped with chantilly cream and plenty of berries.
Theme Your Favors
Why not gift your guests with something that will make them feel like they're jetting off to Italy? “Set the table with a favor fit for the Italian Riviera,” suggests Callista Osborn, owner of Callista & Company. “An individual bottle of olive oil with custom tags or a mini ceramic bottle filled with limoncello is the perfect touch for guests to remember the wedding by."
Incorporate String Lights
Dining al fresco is a great way to make your reception feel like it's set in the Italian countryside, but adding in dainty string lights will take it to another level. Whisk your guests away to a stunning setting in a beautiful garden, or in a setting reminiscent of a small Italian café.
If you're planning to incorporate Italian-inspired ideas into your stateside wedding, why not continue the celebration with your honeymoon? Find the perfect spot on the Italian coast to celebrate officially becoming a married duo.