Italian Weddings or Destination Weddings in Italy?
The differences in the style and number of guests at weddings in Italy....
Another aspect that strikingly differentiates a destination wedding in Italy from an Italian wedding is the number of guests and, in particular, their style.
Photographing Italian weddings means photographing events where the number of guests is rarely less than 100 people. Most of the time the number of guests present at an Italian wedding is around 150 people, although I often photograph weddings with more than 200 guests.
At the weddings of foreign couples in Italy the number of guests is much lower, with only a few dozen people taking part in the festivities. The number of guests at these weddings is on average 40-50 people, often even less. On occasions I’ve photographed weddings with very few guests or none at all guests, in which case, I have to admit, that weddings tend to be a little bit dull.
I think a good number of guests, so that a wedding takes on the appearance of a party and so a photographer can have fun portraying interactions between people and moments of happiness, is 50-70 people.
In addition to the number of guests, style is the other big difference between the weddings of Italian couples and foreign couples. And here the discussion gets very interesting.
It’s impossible to deny that Italian dress, style, and elegance is unrivaled throughout the world.
The Italians have made fashion the hallmark of their culture over the past 50 years. Thanks to ‘high fashion’ designers such as Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Zegna, Gucci, Missoni, and the list is really endless, Italian fashion has seduced and continues to seduce the fashion-mad all over the world.
So for Italians clothing is not only a matter of style, but also a true expression of the cultural values of their Italianism.
What better occasion than a wedding to show off the best of Italian-made elegant style. Italian guests at weddings are always very elegant, both the women and the men. Italian men almost always wear a suit - often custom made - and a tie, but with the unfortunate drawback of always using the same palette of dark colours, black, blue or, at the very most, grey. So this extreme classic elegance, one that I’d almost call ‘diplomatic’, inevitably gives a refined, but at the same time serious, tone to a wedding.
Italian women invited to Italian weddings are just as elegant but, luckily, in recent years they have abandoned the habit of dressing in dark coloured clothing, in exchange for wearing clothes with more colorful and vibrant tones. In a nutshell, the style of guests at Italian weddings is strictly a classical style, except for younger guests who are allowed to wear colourful clothing with more of a relaxed style and, sometimes, a little sexy.
For foreign guests attending weddings in Italy, the situation is different. The style of these guests varies greatly according to their nationality, cultural habits and, especially, their social backgrounds.
Foreign guests at weddings in Italy generally have an ever so slightly more casual style than Italian guests. The fact that the marriages they are attending are less formal, automatically allows guests to dress a little more informally. If it’s true that elegance doesn’t always reign at these weddings, I also must point out that at some weddings, especially English weddings, the clothing worn by female and male guests can be very elegant with a touch of flair that we Italians rarely we allow ourselves.
I also have to mention that British tailoring is as famous throughout the world as Italian tailoring, especially for men’s clothing. I find that the British designers are more daring with the use of colours and fabrics that make their clothing elegant, but at the same time a little more eclectic and unique.
As for British women, their hats undoubtedly dominate the scene at weddings. Women of all ages wear hats of every kind, shape and texture. I truly love the hats worn by British women. This accessory gives a regal, and at the same time, eccentric look to guests.
Younger guests at in weddings in Italy, take advantage of the warm temperatures and relaxed atmospheres offered by Italian locations by wearing light, breezy dresses that are very colorful and very casual but almost always elegant. The reason why foreign guests dress much more casually than Italian guests can be found both in the tradition of their home countries, and in the very fact they’re attending a destination wedding in Italy, a type of wedding that is - by nature - less formal, less rigorous and less serious.
published on 21 Marzo 2013 by Gianni
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