Photographing Italian Wedding Reception
Differences between the wedding reception at an Italian wedding reception and a destination wedding in Italy
Another distinctive feature that differs been an Italian wedding celebration and a destination wedding, is the reception setting.
At Italian weddings, while being much more relaxed and of a much longer duration in comparison to the wedding ceremony, the wedding still has quite a serious tone. At an Italian wedding , the reception is basically focused on food. Participating in an Italian wedding definitely means filling up on large quantities of food and drink. For Italians, much like fashion, food is an important part of their cultural identity. At an Italian wedding reception, there are many dishes, listed below are the courses that are usually served:
3. First courses
4. Second courses
5. Fruit and Dessert
6. Wedding Cake
The aperitif is almost always served as a buffet, one large enough to easily feed all of the guests, and more besides. Usually there are trays and tables laden with a a myriad of delicacies. Often these buffets are divided into sections, such as seafood, sausages and cured meats, cheeses, fried delicacies, and many others. Lately hotels have begun preparing tables with absolutely exquisite delicacies prepared by their chefs, and presented as single servings on little serving spoons.
Starters are served at table and they are usually the dishes that open the lunch or dinner wedding banquet. So, they are usually fish or meat based dishes, depending on what will be served during the rest of the meal.
3. First Course
There has never been – and I don’t think there ever will be - an Italian wedding where at least one pasta course – or as is usually the case, two. The most popular receipes are fish and seafood based. So, homemade pasta is dressed with seafood or shellfish sauces. My absolute favourite dish is spaghetti with a lobster and prawn sauce. Yummy!!
4. Second Course
Lately at all the weddings receptions I’ve attended, the second course dishes have all been served in a single serving, and have consisted of delicious dishes in perfect keeping with the est f the wedding menu.
5. Fruit and Dessert
Even fruit is served at table, usually consisting of generous portions of exotic fruits, but also local seasonal fruit, depending on the couple’s preferences.
At the end of the meal, for those who can manage it, and I must say that almost all Italian guests do, it's time for pastries and wedding cake. Desserts, like aperitifs, are usually served as a buffet. And again the there is an endless selection of delights. The tables are filled with . dozens of different types of desserts and cakes, from typical Neapolitan babas to a smooth and creamy mousses ...there is an embarrassing selection of choices and choosing can be really difficult.
The wedding cake is the undisputed star of the wedding lunch or dinner, carried, almost always, by a team of waiters, in all of its magnificence, to the location for the cutting of the cake.
In recent years, wedding cake decorations have become very varied and very imaginative and the look and presentation of the cake has become far more important than its taste.
There are companies and pastry chefs who specialise solely in the preparation of wedding cakes.
Having described what is eaten at an Italian wedding, it’s easy to understand that once the meal arrives, attention is mainly focused on food. There is seldom dancing or any situations that give a wedding photographer the opportunity to capture guests away from their table and without their cutlery in hand. In recent times it has become the fashion to have an open bar after dinner, where younger guests can have fun, with music and dancing late into the night, and it’s only really then that a photographer has the chance to capture the bride and groom and their guests in less formal and more fun poses.
published on 24 Marzo 2013 by Gianni
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