Friday, July 8, 2011

Glorified Cleveland Inspiration Board: Italian Romance


Best season for this theme: Summer or Fall

Cleveland Venues that would work well for this wedding style:
Park Lane Villa
Old Courthouse
New Tudor Arms Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel

Music:
  • Use a local opera singer to perform an Italian love song with a string quartet while the bride makes her way down the aisle
  • Use an acoustic guitarist during cocktail hour to entertain guests
  • Have a live accordion player walk around during dinner to add a fun touch!
  • Consider using some of these songs to add to the romantic Italian feel of your event: The way you look tonight or Fly me to the moon by Frank Sinatra, That's Amore or On an Evening in Roma by Dean Martin, Hold on or Sway by Michael Buble, Can't help falling in love or Ave Maria by Andrea Bocelli, Mambo Italiano by Orietta Berti

Other ideas:
  • Name tables after different regions or cities in Italy, or after different types of wine
  • Use wine corks to hold and display place cards for guests
  • Include grapes in centerpieces to contribute to the Italian feel and add an extra pop of color
  • Adding small votives or even large candelabras as centerpieces can give a soft and romantic glow to any reception
  • Beautiful colors for an Italian Romance wedding include deep reds and purples with golds, greens, oranges, and pinks for accent colors
  • Instead of having a traditional cocktail hour turn it into a wine tasting for guests!
  • For dessert feature a decadent Italian dessert station, dessert ideas include mini cassata cakes, vanilla pizzelles, biscotti (goes great with a coffee station at the end of the evening!), tiramisu, cannoli, sesame cookies, amariette cookies, wanda cookies, and Italian almond biscuits
  • A gelato station would also be a fun way for guests to satisfy their sweet tooth
  • Pass out wine stoppers, small bags of Italian coffee with biscotti, or tiny bottles of Italian wine with the bride and grooms name on them as favors
  • Food is a huge part of any Italian style wedding, consider passing antipasto h'ors d'oeuvres like prosciutto wrapped melon, olives, salami, pickled peppers, calamari, and prosciutto during cocktail hour
  • An Italian wedding meal can consist of 5 to 14 courses, obviously 14 may be a bit much but make sure to include different combinations of soups, meats, salads, and pastas during the dinner course
  • Specialty drinks: Bellini (white peach puree, prosecco, maraschino cherry juice), Sgroppino (vodka, lemon sorbet, prosecco, and mint), Americano (vermouth, bitter campari, soda water), also consider using Sofia Minis for your specialty drink, tiny pink cans of sparkling wine!

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