Italian Wedding Traditions
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Italian Wedding Cookie Traditions
At traditional Italian weddings there is usually a dessert or sweet table with a cake and large trays of cookies. At some weddings the "cake" is made of Italian cookies piled high. Sometimes a cookie dance (much like a line dance) takes place. The bride and groom lead their guests around the reception area, and then over to the cookie table where each guest takes a cookie. The non-dancers are also invited to come up for cookies. Some folks even take a cookie or two home to someone who was not able to celebrate at the reception.

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The Traditional Italian Wedding Reception
Since Italy is a Catholic Christian country many Italian descentants in the United States are Catholic or Christian. The wedding ceremony usually takes place in the morning at Mass or a Christian religious service. The reception begins in the late afternoon and it is truly a festa for all the guests.
Before any food is served, women are served sweet liquors like Amaretto, Sambucca, Kahluah, Bailey and Frangelico. The men usually enjoy stronger drinks - Cognac and cocktails. The reception consists of feasting and dancing for hours. The traditional wedding circle dance at the reception is called the Tarantella - a fast and lively dance which originated in southern Italy. - Having fun is the name of the game.

The Traditional Italian Wedding Dinner
The bridal couple usually provides a favor or candy for each guest called  confetti. These are almonds covered with candy (sometimes called Jordan Almonds) which symbolizes married life - union of bitter and sweet in the relationship. You can purchase confetti, Jordan Almonds, at: http://www.jordanalmonds.com/Pages/almonds.htm

Generally the first course served is antipasto (before the pasta). Antipasto includes delicacies auch as stuffed mushrooms, olives, salami, pickled peppers, calamari, capicola, and prosciutto. Sometimes this, or a similar combination, is served on a layer of lettuce and other greens. The dressing is usually olive oil, vinegar, and a bit of basil and oregano.

After the antipasto, the pasta is served. Usually several varieties of pasta is offered with various sauces - tomato (sugo), alfredo, or pesto. If no lettuce was served with the antipasto, a salad is the third course of the dinner. After the salad, the fourth course of soup is served. The fifth course consists of the meat and vegetables. Then comes the fruit and cheese and coffee. Bread and wine are served during the entire meal. No one goes home hungry from an Italian wedding dinner. Dessert is saved for later - usually Italian cookies and the wedding cake. Guests are invited to go to the dessert table for cake, cookies and other pastries. Sometimes fruit is served with a cholocate fountain. Of course, coffee is always served with dessert.

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CookiesItalian.com Italian Wedding Cookies
Our gourmet and traditional cookies are priced by the dozen and range between $9.00 and $14.00. Our cookie assortments are priced by the number of cookies in each assortment. We offer special assortments for weddings, commitment ceremonies, showers, and other festive occasions. Click here for wedding cookies.


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