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Romance, Derived from Rome

23 Jun

Where better to research the customs of weddings than in one of the most romantic cities in the world? The word Romance after all, is derived from the name Rome!

For my ADV 490 Independent Study course, our current assignment was to pick a topic of our choosing and conduct research about it. I chose to research Italian wedding customs and I found out some very interesting things. For instance, the show I was in a few years ago, “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding” is a stereotypical and very un-Italian representation. Still, funny as hell.

I did some focus group research with the MSU students on my trip about wedding traditions back home so I had something to compare to my Italian wedding findings. This is the list of things that are very typical of an Anglican/American wedding:

  • Cutting of the Cake (shoving it in each others face)
  • Tinking Glasses to Kiss
  • Throwing Rice
  • Cans on the back of Cars
  • Daddy Daughter Dance
  • Bouquet Throw
  • Garter Throw
  • Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
  • Gifts: Kitchen appliances, China, Linens

Sound pretty good? I’ve only been to a few weddings but I do have another one coming up soon 🙂 After that, I interviewed Rosa Fusco, the Director of Computer Services at the American University of Rome. She has lived in Italy for 17 years but she’s from London and she married an Italian man. Here are some fun facts that she told me about Italian marriage ceremonies:

  • There are no Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
  • The Bride and Groom each have 2 Witnesses (similar to a bridal party but they are called Testimonies)
  • The rings are bought by the Witnesses
  • The Groom’s tie is cut into pieces and sold throughout the night, the money from this then goes to the happy couple
  • Gifts: Money. That’s it.
  • You eat A LOT during the reception. A LOT.
  • Each guest receives 5 White Almond Confetti nicely decorated (the 5 Almonds represent love, fidelity, longevity, fertility, and happiness and even numbers are considered bad luck)

    Italian Almond Confetti

    Italian Almond Confetti

I also found that picture customs are very similar with wedding photos. Traditionally, pictures are taken the day of the wedding for both Anglican and Italian weddings. I thought in Italy that the pictures were taken on a separate day but because Italy is such a beautiful place, people are coming here specifically to take their photos so it may not be the same day as the wedding. This is a newer trend that is happening with the changing technology and customs.

Lastly, if you want to know some other crazy fun facts, you should visit this Associated Content article I found, Italian Wedding Traditions. It’s got some interesting points about what colors to not wear the day before a wedding and other silly things like that. Worth the read! Hope you learned something cool from this post, it was definitely interesting to research. Ciao!