The Reception for Destination Weddings in Italy
The food, which for Italians is the centerpiece of the celebrations, becomes only a very small part of the reception for foreign couples.
While enjoying and appreciating Italian cuisine and the dishes prepared for them by the chef, for foreign couples the food is just a wedding detail like any other.
During the reception, foreign couples and their guests tend to have a greater enjoyment of the ambience and atmosphere of the locations they’re visiting. Usually, the aperitifs last much longer than at Italian weddings and the amount of food served is ten times less. The aperitif is that time when, especially during the hot summer evenings, when you can enjoy cooler temperatures, the romantic atmosphere and the breathtaking scenery of Italian locations. During this time, a wedding photographer has the chance to capture lots of photos of the setting and the interaction between the guests.
The wedding dinner in Italy, which is served after the aperitifs, never has more than three courses. One thing that is immediately noticeable, however, is the amount of alcohol consumed, which is inversely proportional to the amount of food eaten.
Primarily the British, or even more so, the Irish, make alcohol the focal part of the celebrations, drinking enormous quantities of wine, beer and spirits.
An other typically Anglo-Saxon feature of a wedding reception are the infamous speeches. This tradition was completely unknown to me until I started this job. At a specific point during the wedding reception, firstly the father of the bride, then the best man, and immediately after that, the groom, stand up to dedicate a few words to the bride, groom, wedding party and guests.
Wedding speeches, which can last anywhere up to 30 or 40 minutes, give a photographer the opportunity to capture emotional and fun images of the guests and the bride and groom. In some cases, in addition to the standard speakers mentioned above, speeches are made by various friends and relatives.
During English weddings, the end of the dinner is undoubtedly the most interesting part to photograph. In fact, immediately after the cutting of the cake, all of the guests, without exception, launch themselves onto the specially designated dance floor to Everyone participates in this happy moment, and encouraged by having drunk large amounts of alcohol, let themselves go to the rhythms of the music.
In conclusion, the wedding receptions of foreign couples who marry in Italy differ from those of Italians for their sobriety and the less formal and more festive feel. The wedding photographs captured during this phase, obviously reflect these characteristics, being more spontaneous and relaxed.
published on 25 Marzo 2013 by Gianni
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