What do lemons, old-world elements, intricate stonework, and olive oil have in common? All can be used to create an authentic Italian setting, even if you're marrying in a ballroom in Connecticut. With the Amalfi Coast becoming an increasingly popular destination wedding setting (but cost prohibitive for most), it’s only natural that the trendiest wedding decor would take a cue from Italy's seaside locales. Whether your walk down the aisle will take place on the Italian Riviera or you simply want evoke a feeling of an authentic Sicilian destination, we’ve asked industry professionals for their ideas on how to transform any wedding venue into an Italian celebration.
If you choose to integrate lemons into your tablescape to resemble the citrus-lined streets of Capri or let Italian cuisine take center-stage, these elegant ideas will take your event to the next level in Italian design.
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.
Use citrus, specifically lemons
Lemons will evoke the feeling of Capri, a region known for its fresh citrus, suggests Brianna Sumey, sales director at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Embrace old-world details (see: gold!)
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 details throughout with this cake stand, server, and flatware all help create the feel of old-world Italy.
Use landscaping to your advantage
“We transformed the Southern Garden into the Italian Riviera by bringing in landscaping, including dozens of mature cypress trees, boxwoods in urns, and lemon topiary,” says Christina Baxter, owner of Cibi Events. She drew inspiration from Italy’s rich countryside to embellish a lively outdoor affair.
Incorporate stone details
“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 table scape with stone features.
Use vines and greenery instead of florals
Opting out of a traditional table runner, Morgan Childs, founder and creative director of Moana Events, adorned a wood table with candles, assorted florals, and an alternative centerpiece of lush greenery. “Lots of foliage with an assortment of gold flatware and votives is the perfect complement to an Italian-inspired display,” she says.
Play up the traditional food
Why not take authentic Italian cuisine and put it at the forefront of your event’s decor? We love this festive street-market inspired stand created by Jennifer Zabinski Events that included pasta, bread, and other traditional Italian food.
Stay within the Italian theme for favors
“Set the table with a favor fit for the Italian Rivera,” 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."
Go for rustic over modern
Beth Bernstein, owner and event director at SQN Events, encourages a display with a traditional farm table. “Use fresh greenery down the center, sprinkle in candles in varying heights, and add a sprig of fresh sage to each place setting,” she says. For even more of an authentic vibe, opt for family style dining.