Candles: a must at your wedding reception

March 20th, 2013

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Candle light is perfect for an evening or night time wedding, you don’t necessarily have to have flowers, even if I suggest to have some, but you really need candle light. It adds a lovely glow and sets an intimate and romantic tone.

Candlelight will also give that wow factor when guests enter the room.

Line your entrance path with candles or paper bags, hang candles in vases from trees, mix them with your flower arrangements or use just candles as centerpieces, put floating candles in the pool, use them to underline the architecture of a building or line them on steps and pathways to invite guests into certain areas.

Be sure to ask  the venue if they allow candles inside and outside and if there are any restrictions.

If you have an outdoor wedding, be sure to have candleholders that are taller than your candles, as these might blow out with the wind otherwise and it also prevents any possible fires.

Have a look at some candles and floral inspiration at some past weddings and some other ideas on my pinterest board.

Wedding in a Medieval Castle in Umbria

February 12th, 2013

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Who among us has not dreamed of becoming the Queen or King of a castle for one day?

Umbrian castles can recreate the perfect location for any type of wedding reception you have in mind, ensuring memorable photographs in private corners between the walls lit by the fire for traditional weddings.

A wedding in an Umbrian castle can be ideal for a Medieval themed wedding, with guests and waiters in period costumes.

If you like to give your wedding in a castle a more modern twist, the choice of two dominant colors, such as white and black, could provide the starting point for many details of your wedding, such as themed décor, flowers, candles, menu’s, wedding favors etc..

For any setting you want to recreate, it is necessary to study in detail decorations, lighting, flowers, music, menus, wedding cake to create a high-impact wedding reception.

We at Italian Wedding Dream can help you achieve your dream wedding in an Umbrian Castle!

New trend: succulents instead of flower arrangements

February 5th, 2013

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Succulents are the new trend for weddings, from the bouquets to centerpieces, buttonholes, wedding favors, planted in small pots to double as seating cards and wedding favors, styled in to the bride’s hair and many other details…

Succulents come in several shades of green and purple and unlike flowers, which wilt and die shortly after the wedding celebration, succulents can live for years, earning them major points, as they can be used also during very hot days under the Italian sun and they are so beautiful!

They can stand either alone with little or no flowers accompanying them or mixed into flower arrangements as an accent note. Think about succulents for your wedding in Umbria, it might be a good altenrative to flowers!

Fun ways to entertain guest at your wedding in Umbria

January 15th, 2013

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Weddings are all about bringing friends and family together to celebrate your special day and even more so when it’s a destination wedding in Umbria, where most guests will stay for at least a few days.

Your guests will already be very impressed with your wedding venue in Umbria, the great Umbrian food and the Italian atmosphere but if you want to add a little extra fun to your Umbrian wedding reception, here are a few ideas:

  • Wine tasting: skip the classic welcome cocktail and host a wine tasting instead with great Umbrian wines, typical Umbrian cheeses and cured meats. Display top picks from the Umbrian wine selection and hire a sommelier to introduce the wines.
  • Photo booth: you can either hire a professional photo booth or make your own photo booth with a picture frame hanging from a tree and some fun props.
  • Jazz band: this is a fun way to entertain guests during the aperitifs, especially if it’s an outdoor wedding where guests talk and drink before the seated dinner.
  • Wedding lawn games: adults too enjoy playing games and you could have an Italian bocce game, a corn hole, a mini golf game, big lawn Jenga game… all these games can be personalized with your wedding theme colour or your monograms.
  • Dance competition: if you have a young crowd that loves to dance, you could host a dance competition with prizes for the winners.
  • Table games: have a different game on each table and post easy step-by-step instructions to remind guests how to play. Avoid those that have a difficult setup or takedown and complicated game play; opt for simple favorites like Scrabble, Checkers, Connect Four, Uno or Sorry.
  • The newlywed game: have the MC at your wedding reception have everyone take their seats at their tables and watch the Newlywed Game show featuring the new newlywed couple. The bride and groom take seats in the middle of the dance floor back to back. Then, either using their own shoes or make up small signboards, give each a bride shoe/board and a groom shoe/board. Then the MC asks the bride and groom a series of questions that each will answer independently and therein lies the fun! To see who answers which way.
  • He Says – She Says game: A way to see how well guests really know the bride and groom. Create a list of favorite quotes and sayings from the Bride and Groom. Guests try to guess whether “he said it” or “she said it”.

There are many other games and entertaining ideas you can come up and it’s important that they reflect your style and that they are suitable for your wedding reception in Umbria.

Don’t forget to entertain children at your wedding, there are many ideas also for them which I will write in a future post.

Wedding cupcakes for wedding in Umbria

December 5th, 2012

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Whether you’re searching for something out of the norm or are having a more casual wedding, cupcakes are a great alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

Cupcakes are a great wedding idea because they are versatile, come in different colors and flavors and they will add a special fun touch to your wedding.

You can arrange them as you want, as a centerpiece, as wedding favors or using different sizes, heights, types and colors of stands to create a tired cake of cupcakes. They look wonderful and they can become the desert so every guest gets their own piece of the special day.

If you want to do the traditional “cut the cake” you can request a small wedding cake to be placed on top of the stand, which allows you to do the traditional cutting of the cake.

Wedding cupcakes can also easily match any wedding theme and be adorned with trendy decorations.

Cupcakes tend to lend themselves to a much more casual wedding, while a traditional cake is generally preferred for a more elegant event.

Lavender seeds as eco-friendly alternative to rice tossing

November 26th, 2012

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Lavender flowers are becoming a popular replacement for rice or confetti tossing at the newlyweds.

Rice expands inside birds who eat it causing death and many Town Halls and Churches in Umbria now charge a fee for the cleanup of either rice or paper confetti.

Dried lavender flower buds are about the same size rice grains, they smell wonderful and there is no need of cleanup since they are biodegradable and become one with the environment naturally.

Lavender can be placed in cones, small baskets, sachets, or other favor bags for the guest to throw in the air instead of rice as the newlyweds make their exit. The old tradition of throwing rice is intended to give the couple good luck, fertility, and abundance.

This modern day twist represents the old sentiments, but adds a personal touch when the fragrance is released as the guests and married couple crush the buds under their feet.

Another good alternatives to tossing rice are dried or fresh rose petals, bird seed and you blowing bubbles is also a good idea, as no cleanup is needed and it makes beautiful pictures.

Customized wine bottles as wedding favors

October 3rd, 2012

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Nothing makes a wedding day more magical than having some personal touches to the wedding.

Here’s an idea for unique wedding favors for those couples that are wine lovers and want wine to be an important part of the wedding.

Umbria region is renowned for many great wines and it’s possible to request small bottles with no label on the front of the bottle where you can put your own customized label.

Your personalized label can include your names, the date of your wedding, a picture, a thank you note, a poem and can also be made in the same style of your wedding invitations, table names, name tags etc… there is virtually no limit on what you can write on it.

This wedding favor is also a great option if you choose a wine themed wedding, where you could also use corks for the table name holder and the name tags.

Since most likely your wedding party will include also children, you can purchase wine bottles and fill those with M&M’s or other small candies.

The same wine bottle labels could also be used to create a unique table plan with wine bottles hanging from a tree for example or set on a table.

Above are some pictures of customized wine bottles at a wedding held last week close to Todi in Umbria, Italy, with bottles of the “Scacciadiavoli” winery.

New pictures in back-stage gallery!

September 1st, 2012

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It has been a while from my last post, I have been very busy with this spring and summer weddings, but just found a minute to upload some new pictures in the back-stage page of my website, check them out!

Tips to choose shoes for your Wedding in Umbria!

April 30th, 2012

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Comfort  – Your perfect wedding shoes need to be comfortable, don’t forget that you will walk down the aisle with them, greet your guests, pose for the photographers, walk in them all day, cut the cake and possibly dance with them.
Remember that in Italy, and especially in Umbria. there are many old streets made of pebble stones.
Right heel and height – This is an important choice, as your wedding dress will be fitted to accommodate the height of your heels.
If you don’t feel comfortable with very high heels, I would not try them out the day of your wedding, it’s not the day to experiment!
If you are not used to stiletto’s, consider platform heels, wedge shoes, lower kitten heels or even satin ballet slippers can be beautiful bridal shoes if you prefer flat.

  • Comfort – Your perfect wedding shoes need to be comfortable, don’t forget that you will walk down the aisle with them, greet your guests, pose for the photographers, walk in them all day, cut the cake and possibly dance with them. Remember that in Italy, and especially in Umbria. there are many old streets made of pebble stones.
  • Right heel and height – This is an important choice, as your wedding dress will be fitted to accommodate the height of your heels.If you don’t feel comfortable with very high heels, I would not try them out the day of your wedding, it’s not the day to experiment!If you are not used to stiletto’s, consider platform heels, wedge shoes, lower kitten heels or even satin ballet slippers can be beautiful bridal shoes if you prefer flat.
  • Surrounding of your wedding in Umbria – Your shoes need to be compatible with the wedding surrounding, don’t wear stiletto’s if you have a reception in one of the beautiful Umbrian venues with a beautiful but unpaved garden, platform, wedges or flats will save you from sinking into the grass. In Umbria there are many streets with pebble stones, so if you are getting married in a Town Hall, consider also walking on them in your shoes.
  • Colour of your wedding shoes – Your wedding shoes should match your wedding dress, the style of the wedding and your personal style.They don’t need to be the colour of the dress, they could also match with the colour of your bridesmaid’s dresses or your wedding theme.
  • Don’t buy them last minute – You will need to bring your shoes to the dress fittings, so that your dress will be of the correct length. I always suggest you buy them before coming to Italy. I know there are many beautiful Italian designers, but maybe you can buy another pair of shoes to wear after the wedding.
  • Allow a fair budget – If you pick the right shoes you can use them again for future occasions, so even if you splash a bit it’s not wasted money and you make sure you will be comfortable the day of your wedding. The last thing you want is to walk around with cheap and uncomfortable shoes that undervalue your wedding dress and hurt your feet!
  • Treat your feet – Schedule a relaxing pedicure before your wedding day, you will feel at your best with your soft skin, neat cuticles and freshly painted nails!


Vintage cars for your wedding in Umbria!

April 11th, 2012

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I just found this fantastic place where they rent beautiful vintage cars for weddings in Umbria, they even have a beautiful VW T1 bus in pastel green and white, so cute!

Here a preview, but if you want to find out more about the options for your wedding car, just drop me a short e-mail or have a look at the small selection of cars in the website under transport.