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Celebspiration: Kate Waterhouse’s Italian Nuptials
Horse Racing Royalty Kate Waterhouse wed her long-time beau Luke Ricketson (former Sydney Roosters Captain) on the 28th June in a romantic event in Sicilian village, Taormina. Eighty guests attended the nuptials; the blushing bride in her stunning, ivory chiffon A-line Vera Wang wedding gown, the groom was ever so handsome in a navy blue tuxedo. They had a traditional Italian wedding ceremony in San Guiseppe Catholic church.
To add a touch of Italy to your wedding, consider the following:
In Italy, a wedding is a large and lavish affair. A traditional Italian wedding, the bride and groom walk hand in hand together to the church, coming up against obstacles (little ones set up by family members as a symbol of their married life) which they overcome together to get to the church. In Italy weddings are not held during Lent or in the months of May or August. If you want to be lucky, Sunday is considered the luckiest day of the week to hold your wedding. It is also customary for the groom to break a glass at the reception – the more shards, the longer the marriage! Some Italian weddings also release white doves at the end of the ceremony.
Another custom with Italian weddings is the satin money bag. The bride carries a satin pouch around at the reception and guests place money in the pouch. This was to help the happy couple cover the expenses of their lavish wedding reception, although I think this has altered to accommodate more modern wedding expenses (honeymoon!) instead. Some will place money in the pouch in return for a dance with the bride. When the bride is not carrying the pouch, her grandmother is in charge of looking after it. The Italians are known for their love of coffee and tasty desserts. The Italian wedding cake is an elaborate sight to behold – beautifully decorated. Some popular choices for wedding cake are the “mille feulle”, “Torte di fruto” which is a fruit based cake and a “Fregolatta” a cake made with fresh cream and almonds. They also love a good “Buffet dei dolci” – a sweets table and will fill it with chocolates (Kinder Bueno, Ferrero Rocher), nougat and other candies along with gelato. Set up your “Buffet dei dolci” and a coffee bar brimming with Italian coffees for your guests to enjoy.
Pink Frosting Products that can help you add a touch of Italy to your event:
Bird candy buffet jars
Wilton Candy Bags
Ice cream sundae boats (to represent the Gondolas of beautiful Venice)
Cupcake stencils (to decorate your little cupcakes with)
For the bride, the satin money bag to carry at the reception with the white love birds’ wedding ring pillow and matching guest book. Name each table at the reception after a town in Italy with the Bridal table being Rome. Include nods to some of Italy’s culture such as the Opera, artistic influences of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo. If fashion is your passion then hail Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and include the Italian Stallion that is Ferrari for the car enthusiast. Have your first dance as husband and wife to Italian Opera superstar Andrea Bocelli’s “Someone Like You” or “That’s Amore” or “Mambo Italiano” as sung by crooning legend Dean Martin.
Pink Frosting has a touch of Little Italy, perfect for you and your wedding. Belissimo!
Photo Credit: Herald Sun
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