Whether it is a life-long dream or you have never really given it much thought, a wedding is a truly unique event. However, the happiness and joy of organizing this special day can give way to stress with the preoccupation of making mistakes.
Paying special attention to even the smallest detail is the secret to organizing a unique and unforgettable wedding.
The "Confettata", a typical Italian tradition, and very deeply rooted in the region of Puglia, is a beautifully decorated table of sugar coated almonds, known as "confetti".
WEDDING IN PUGLIA
Puglia, the land of marvels and tradition. The landscape of Puglia lies as a breathtaking background to the beautiful images in the wedding album that will be proudly shared with family and friends.
Wedding celebrations in Puglia are not a one-day affair. The festivities continue for two or three days with sumptuous food, entertaining music and lively dancing for the enjoyment of the Bride and Groom, as well as family, friends and sometimes even neighbors and passersby.
Here are a few tips if you wish to respect customs and traditions when organizing your wedding:
The most important thing to remember is that the wedding invitations are to be sent at least two months before the wedding date. The Bride and Groom personally hand deliver the invitations to each and every guest except, of course, to those who live too far away, in which case the invitations are mailed. This step can be very time-consuming and depends on the number of guests that are invited, so planning is very important. Also, if possible, organize the delivery to guests who live in the same area, all on the same day.
Pouches of sugared almonds should be included with the party favors, to be given to those who send flowers or a gift, even if not invited. Party favors for the parents and the Maid of Honor and Best Man should be different and special. It is also important to give a small pouch of sugared almonds to anyone who sends a card.
SETTING UP THE PERFECT "CONFETTATA"
The "Confettata" is the emblem of the wedding reception. The beautiful shapes and vivid colours of the "Confettata" are extremely appealing to guests and especially to children.
Every detail of the decor must reflect style and good taste and must be carefully selected to blend in with the theme and colour scheme of the reception.
The first decision to make is where to set up the table. It is recommended to set it up away from the diners so they are not disturbed by guests serving themselves to these sumptuous sweets. Restaurants normally have a designated area that has been carefully chosen to accommodate the "Confettata".
The tablecloth on this table is usually the same as the one on the dining tables, but you can, of course, choose differently if you wish. Ideally a white tablecloth should be used as it will emphasize the beautiful colors of the candy.
The containers can be of different shapes, colors and materials such as silver, lace or the classic and timeless crystal. These containers should also be chosen according to the style of the event.
The star of the show which is, in fact, the "Confettata", offers an astounding number of choices. White classic sugared almonds from Avola and its chocolate variant are a must. For the rest, you can choose according to your personal taste or on the season. The shapes vary and you can choose between classic, round or heart-shaped, all in a wide range of colors and flavors.
It is recommended to put a small sign in front of each container identifying the type of candy. This will make the selection easier and will avoid a pile-up of guests at the table.
Don't forget the paper cones that guests will fill up with their favorites to take home.
Caramels, chocolates and other candies can also be included.
Flowers, ribbons and petals strewn over the tablecloth will add an extra touch of class.
(Copyrigt Elena Le Fosse)
If you are in the process of organizing your wedding, you have no doubt realized that there are never-ending details to be taken care of. It is difficult for the Bride and Groom to take time from their numerous life commitments to deal with inevitable unforeseen and last-minute events. For this reason, turning to a professional Wedding Planner is the most effective way to ensure a perfect wedding.
THE WEDDING PLANNER IS INDISPENSABLE FOR A WEDDING THAT IS MEMORABLE.
With the countless activities that are part of our daily lives, it is difficult to dedicate the time needed to properly organize a wedding. The role of the Wedding Planner was created to relieve the Bride and Groom of all the tasks involved in the organization of this event. With the assistance of a professional, you are assured to have nothing to do except sit back and enjoy the most important day of your lives. It is the Wedding Planner's responsibility to make your "special day" extra special and to deal with unexpected and/or last-minute issues. The creativity of these professionals enables them to propose original ideas based on the wishes and desires of the Bride and Groom, always keeping in mind that every wedding is unique.
WHY RELY ON A WEDDING ORGANIZER?
There are many reasons to seek the help of a professional Wedding Organizer, and we have listed the main ones below.
By consulting an expert, you will be assured of the highest quality of services and you will avoid the stress and fatigue of organizing the event by yourselves. The attention paid to every single detail will make the difference between a simple wedding and a wedding that is a truly unique and memorable experience. You will be relying on someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in the field and is specialized in all the creative aspects, from the setting and location to contacts with the various professionals who will be involved with the event, and so much more. Your Wedding Organizer is there to grant your every request, making sure that the most important day of your lives is extraordinarily special. Do not leave anything to chance: when engaging a Wedding Organizer, all you will have left to do is think about enjoying the moment, without worrying about anything other than having fun.
(Copyright Elena Le Fosse)
Jeff Sutton, the Manhattan real estate tycoon and 522nd wealthiest man in the world, chose the breathtaking scenery of Puglia for his daughter's wedding. The fairytale wedding between the young Renee Sutton and Eliot Cohen was celebrated on August 31, 2017, at the Lido of Santo Stefano in Monopoli, at a cost of approximately 25 million dollars.
Over 400 guests were flown in from New York, by private jet, to attend the billionaire Sutton-Cohen wedding and were treated to $500 per night accommodations at the Borgo Egnazia Resort, with private beach, and dinner selected from a 20-page menu prepared by international chefs. Former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, was among the many VIPs attending.
The staggering budget was certainly not a problem for Sutton, known as "King of Retail" and member of a Syrian Jewish community that dominates business in Manhattan and whose fortune of over $3.5 billion, according to Forbes, surpasses that of Donald Trump.
Here is a small glimpse of this breathtaking wedding held in Monopoli.
The couple were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony near the ancient Abbey of Santo Stefano, on a spectacular platform suspended over a rocky outcrop.
Meanwhile, the nearby beach of Lido Santo Stefano of Monopoli was transformed into a party area, complete with stage and dance floor.
Creativity and elegance reigned at the dinner held in the magnificent Borgano resort. Guest tables were set up in natural rock formations, dressed in exquisite lavender details, lavish flowers and original star-shaped decorations.
The eight trucks needed to transport flowers and decorations for the ceremony and banquet halls have now become legend.
The strictly kosher menu was put into the capable hands of Chefs Domenico Schingaro and Antonio Scalera of Puglia.
For the music, Sutton hired New York's Elan Artists agency, who turned to Orchestra Sinfonica Giovanile del Levante, directed by Federico Morresi. The Bride and Groom chose a mix of classical and pop music with Bocelli and the inevitable notes of Coldplay.
In conclusion, the request that is now most often put to wedding planners is for a wedding in Monopoli. One of the reasons is certainly to follow in the footsteps of billionaire couples, such as Sutton-Cohen, but another very important reason is that an enchanted wedding atmosphere, such as that offered by Puglia, will certainly lead to the writing of a beautiful fairytale.
(Copyright Elena Le Fosse)
FOR THE LOCATION OF YOUR DREAMS
Organizing a perfect wedding that pleases family and friends and, most importantly, the Bride and Groom, is certainly not child's play. Once the date has been chosen, it is time to seriously think about the ceremony and the first step is to book a location. Today there is a vast choice of locations, to please all tastes and budgets: discotheques, farmhouses, villas with swimming pools, seaside restaurants, historic residences, agritourisms immersed in nature and much, much more. It is important to choose the location according to your preference, as well as the style of event you desire, perhaps with the help of an industry expert such as a Wedding Planner, to avoid unpleasant surprises and ensure that your Wedding Day is truly unforgettable.
A FEW TIPS
As gracious hosts, the Bride and Groom should consider the comfort of their guests, with special attention given to the elderly and to children.
One unwritten, but very pertinent rule, is to opt for a reception location that is not too far from the location of the ceremony (not more than a thirty-minute drive) to avoid inconveniences, especially during the hot summer months. Remember to provide your guests with clear and precise driving directions.
Another important element to keep in mind is the weather. You have found a fairytale location, with beautifully manicured lawns, but with no solution in case of rain? Costs for last-minute tent rental can be quite high and installments require a deposit which is usually non-refundable. Better to opt for a practical and already well-equipped solution.
Historically, couples have preferred to celebrate their wedding during the mild season, under clear blue skies, during the period of April through September. However, winter weddings are becoming the new "must have" for the more original and trendy Bride and Groom, especially during the Holiday Season.
Despite the cold, the advantages of a winter wedding are numerous: the flowers are especially fresh, suppliers are not as busy and there is a wider selection of locations to choose from, such as castles and countryside farmhouses, that lend a particularly unique atmosphere.
(Copyright Elena Le Fosse)
WEDDING AND TIMELINE FOR A PERFECT CEREMONY
Organizing a wedding is a very emotional, stimulating and captivating experience, but also very demanding. It is as if the Bride and Groom are making a movie, where the director and producer work together as a team to create a quality product while respecting budget and deadlines, to everyone's satisfaction.
It is always best to plan ahead for the wedding invitations, locations, apparel, menu, wedding favors, honeymoon, and anything unexpected.
How to create a picture-perfect wedding? Simply follow a timeline and rely on trustworthy and experienced people such as a Wedding Day Coordinator or Wedding Planner.
Once the date for the Big Day has been decided, it is time for the preparations to begin. A Wedding is a memorable occasion and not only for the Bride and Groom. Everything must be perfect, a wonderful celebration of love to be shared with family and friends. At the initial stages of the preparations, there are multitudes of things to do and it is often difficult to know where to begin. Relax, buy an agenda to record your "step by step" action plan, without stress: the important thing to remember is to respect the timeline.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The first step towards a successful event is to choose the date, and this should be done at least one year ahead. The reservation for the restaurant / location and the preparation of the guest list should also be done within this timeframe. Although this may appear to be excessive, time really does fly and things don't always go as they should, so it is wise to give yourselves extra leeway.
Six months before the event is time to select the Maid of Honour and Best Man, the wedding bands, suppliers and very importantly, the wedding dress.
Other things such as the accessories, floral arrangements and various decorations can wait to be chosen up to one month before the wedding.
A final word of advice: take up offers of help and delegate whenever you can.
(Copyright Elena Le Fosse)