confetti confessions

Planning a wedding in Italy I have been learning many of the traditions. Aside from the fact that you don’t dance at Italian weddings (a tradition I plan on breaking), I am looking forward to our ‘traditional’ Italian wedding and all the customs that come with it, with a few nuances of our own.

One particular tradition I am very fond of is Confetti. (Not at all the paper confetti we are accustomed to in the US.) Italian wedding confetti are white candied almonds bundled into personalized little sachets of five almonds, representing the qualities that must always be part of the new couples life: Health, Fertility, Longevity, Happiness and Wealth.

I had the sweet privilege of tasting the many flavours of these candied almonds. A few of my favorites included white chocolate, toasted hazelnut & pistachio. Is it possible to overdose on these sweet treats? Yes! In the end we opted for the traditional almonds.

Each of these little bags are then distributed to anyone that the family, in this case the groom, has known throughout their life. And in a small village like Monterosso, that means nearly everyone! In turn, those people (roughly 300) often give a small gift or gather at the church to admire the bride and groom. I too gave a few away to those I knew would appreciate this custom.

Confetti is also distributed at other momentous occasions, varying in color depending on the celebration. White for the Wedding, the First Holy Communion and Confirmation, pink or blue for Baptism, green for Engagement, red for Graduation, silver for 25th wedding anniversaries and gold for 50th year of marriage. (Many more almonds to be tasted and shared in the years ahead…)

Where did the Confetti tradition originate? We can thank the  Ancient Romans.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Lindsey June 3, 2011

    I think it’s a lovely AND tasty tradition 🙂 Can’t wait to see photos from your wedding!

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  2. magda June 3, 2011

    I agree–what a really nice and tasty tradition. I like learning about wedding traditions from different countries/cultures. I also love the idea of mixing cultures during a wedding. 🙂

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  3. Sweet Freak June 3, 2011

    I got a sneak taste – they’re as delicious as they are lovely!

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  4. Risamay June 3, 2011

    I love the Italian confetti tradition, as well. I had the honor of attending the Italian wedding of a friend of a friend on Lake Garda in 2000 and was then introduced to confetti. Yum!

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  5. ckmercier June 3, 2011

    I love this idea!! How fun. And, I am LOVING the new graphic on your blog header. SO PERFECT!

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  6. Susan June 4, 2011

    That’s a wonderful tradition…I was worried at first that they were going to shower you with them…ouch! 😉

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  7. Andi June 10, 2011

    I knew about the confetti tradition, but I did NOT know why it was 5, that is wonderful. PS. I love the name of the brand on the box…SNOB!

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  8. Karen June 13, 2011

    Yes, we have these in Turkey too! Makes sense that it comes from the Romans then. Was SOO gorgeous, Kasia! Really, it was truly all like a dream!

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