Brides and grooms come from all over the world to see that “perfect Tuscan light” and of course to soak up the culture, fashion, art, history – and let’s not forget: the food and wine! Every year we see vendors coming up with fun new ideas to make the weddings in Tuscany a little different and special. Couples are more and more mindful of giving those family and friends a special day since they have come so far to celebrate with them their love and commitment.
So I’ve asked Belle & Chic sponsor Original Tuscan Wedding to collect a few fun ideas that they think could give a special twist to that dream Italian wedding you are planning… over to them!
1. Gelato cart: It is easy to hire a vintage gelato cart similar to this one to roll in at midnight to give a tasty, refreshing break during the disco part of your reception. You can have up to 4 flavors with cups, cones and toppings. Your guests will love this oh-so-Italian treat!
2. Aperitifs for kids: The Italian cuisine is definitely a major perk of having a destination wedding here, at least for us adults. But kids can sometimes be picky, and those lovely pecorino and prosciutto antipasti just don’t do it for them. So instead we suggest you have a special little table with “white martinis” (milk!) and cookie covers for the younger guests. You can serve this early on or during the cake cutting. Cute and always a hit with kids and their pleased parents.
3. Sbandieratori: The art of flag throwing dates back to medieval guilds. A guild’s banner or flag was considered a symbol of purity, and as such it was not allowed to touch the ground. There a two major categories of flag throwing: classical and acrobatical. In classical flag throwing, the flag is turned left and right around the body in a standing posture. In acrobatical flag throwing, the thrower uses both hands to move the flag in a sitting, laying, or kneeling posture. This is great fun to see and an original way to greet guests as they arrive from the ceremony to the reception grounds.
4. Fiat 500: We organize the rental of the classic Fiat 500 cars to take the bride to the ceremony, but a really fun twist (especially if you have a small wedding of 20-30 guests which is common for destination weddings) is to have a caravan of them. What a great way to transport guests to and from the ceremony. Now that’s Italian!
5) A wedding with culture: If you have a small group of guests and don’t know how to fill that hour of photos you want to have with just you and your groom before aperitif time at the restaurant or villa, why not give them the present of a low-key, personal tour in the palace you marry in? In Florence you marry in Palazzo Vecchio’s Sala Rossa, so after the ceremony and a toast, a professional guide can take guests into the Palace museum to hear the history of the wonderful venue. Down the street there is the Uffizi, Gucci Museum, Bargello Museum… just to name a few. A short but un-rushed, personal tour can be a real treat for your art and history loving group.
Amazing views, great food and wine… and why not – something a bit out-of-the-ordinary for your special Tuscan wedding?
Text: Original Tuscan Wedding