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Wedding behind the scenes

You have chosen Tuscany for your wedding and you want it to have that Tuscan feel you have been looking for; you want your venue, your guests, food and drinks, colours, clothes and music to taste of Tuscany. So, what do Tuscan people eat and wear during the winter? What ingredients do they pick or buy? What are the colours? What clothes do they buy and what activities do they favour? I am hoping to give you an idea of what to expect if you spend a few days in Tuscany for your wedding and some advice on how to eat, dress and live the Tuscan lifestyle. What to eat: Tuscan menu is based on a tradition of cooking with locally sourced seasonal ingredients and winter is no exception. Food for us is more than just eating; it is an essential part of our identity and one of the things that really unite us. People from all walks of life have enjoyed the same food for centuries: delicious soups made with garden vegetables, beans, chickpeas, spelt, rice, tomatoes and black kale; chestnuts, mushrooms and truffles which are the basis of many winter dishes; plus plenty of fish and meat, featuring…

Wedding Music

14 Gen 2014, Posted by Whitethings in Blog, Male perspective

Organising music for your wedding can be a rewarding but difficult task. There are quite a few moments in a wedding where music can really lift the atmosphere to a different level: the wedding ceremony, the reception, the evening entertainment. My wife and I are both musical, and so are many of our friends and family, so it was obvious that we were going to have a lot of music at our wedding but, at first, we were decidedly getting carried away with it (well, I was, at least) and were nearly turning our wedding into a concert.  So if you are in charge of organising your own wedding music, get the balance right, immediately. Remember: people are coming to share in your great day and not to listen to music; they want to concentrate on you and your wife and have a good time with you. So music should add a pleasant touch to the atmosphere; it should be a tasteful and meaningful accompaniment. Music is also a very sensitive aspect of a wedding. Whether you opt for a church wedding or a civil wedding, in a town hall, hotel or on the beach, make sure the music fits…

What do I wear to a wedding?

22 Dic 2013, Posted by Lucy in Blog, Male perspective

Gone are the days when a rented tuxedo was the only fashion option open to the groom for his own wedding, while the bride spent hours and hours choosing a tailor and fabric for her beautiful dress. Modern grooms are approaching their sartorial decision well determined to inject a bit of their own style into their wedding suit, and there is evidence that grooms are becoming more fashion conscious: in London, for example, many Savile Row fashion houses from Turnbull and Asser to Anderson and Sheppard are now offering a wider choice of wedding attire and in the finest wedding venues (Claridge’s, Soho House, Savoy), it is more and more common to see a variety of stunning men’s wedding fashion styles. So, if I were to organise my wedding today, what fashion choices would I make? I went to talk to my friend Attilio Iaboni of Momento Moda, London fashion consultants, and asked him to guide me through the choice. After listening to him and looking at the wonderful suits he provides, these are the main options I would consider for my own wedding. Classic morning coat. You can never rule this out of course; this is always a great…

Destination wedding Tips

09 Dic 2013, Posted by Whitethings in Blog, Wedding styles

You don’t need to be a bridal expert to know that destination weddings are on the rise. In fact, a quick visit to Pinterest or Instagram – popular photo sharing sites – should give you all the proof you need on the subject. However, if those sites aren’t enough, perhaps the best indicators that more of us are planning to say I do abroad are the conversations that happen on an almost daily basis in offices around the world. Spending more than 10 minutes near the coffee machine at work or slightly more dangerous for those who aren’t planning a wedding, the female toilets, will inevitably lead to marriage talk. Announcements about an engagement will automatically lead to an outpouring of all that gushiness us girly girls usually keep hidden away during normal work hours. But it’s not long before the congratulations are over and more practical topics take up conversation space. From questions over the cost of transport to concerns about where to find babysitters and depleting vacation time, it seems that everyone has their two cents to share on the topic. So here are our ‘best of the best’ when it comes to advice on organising or planning…

A WINTER WEDDING IN TUSCANY

01 Dic 2013, Posted by Whitethings in Blog, Seasonal weddings

If you come this way in the winter, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. This is Tuscany as you wouldn’t expect it: snow-clad mountains, crisp air, morning hoarfrost gradually thawing in the daylight and…. no crowds. There are a lot of reasons to choose the winter, if you decide to have your wedding in Tuscany. Take the weather, for example. Tuscan winters are pleasantly dry, with average chances of rainfall of about 25% in December and around 12% in January and February. They are cold but not too cold: you may expect average temperatures of 6-7 degrees in the cities while only on the mountains it regularly gets below zero. The air is crisp, invigorating and crystal-clear and by mid-February, it starts getting mild again. There are many things to do, as well, for you and your loved ones. Admire the cities without too many people around, take thermal baths in some hot springs, go for inspiring walks along the beach and enjoy the sea with no crowds or, if you are feeling energetic, go skiing.  Everywhere, the atmosphere is soft and relaxed; almost intimate. Venues will be easier to find for your reception and ceremony (and less expensive!). You could choose…

3 Tuscan Weddings That Will Inspire You

21 Nov 2013, Posted by Whitethings in Blog, Wedding styles

If your dream wedding is set to the backdrop of rolling hills, winding olive groves and chiming church bells, you are not alone. So what makes nuptials Tuscan and how can you start planning your dream destination wedding in the land of romance? Here are three wedding themes on different budgets that might inspire you. The Fairy Tale Wedding To celebrate the love you have found in your very own prince charming, you need a wedding fit for a princess. Well. That’s what years of watching Disney will tell you and the truth is, the truth is Disney was right. You are a princess and a royal wedding is definitely on the cards, it just requires a little expert planning! Tuscany is home to a number of beautiful castles that are now used almost exclusively for wedding services and can be hired out exclusively for your special day. From luxury castles in the Chianti wine region to medieval ones in Florence or Sienna, you have a wide range of possible venues to choose from. You can also organise to celebrate your nuptials in a local church and save the castle for your reception. For a real black-tie feel, you will…

The bride is the star of the wedding day; and so it should be. Nevertheless, the groom should not miss out on organising what will be one of the best days of his life –if not the best. I appreciate that some grooms are happy to let their future wife organise everything and simply be told where they are supposed to be and at what time on the day, but my advice is to be fully involved with the organisation and to divide the responsibilities. This will take some pressure off the bride and will give the groom a feeling that he is actually more important than the wedding cake. Take some time out with your wife-to-be to decide what each one of you is going to do (why not a romantic and productive week-end away from it all?); have a serious consultation on each one’s duties so that you are both happy and comfortable;  take full responsibility for your duties and go for it. There are a lot of things that a man can do to give his contribution so that the wedding day will also be his day: organise the music, hire the musicians, hire the rehearsal venue,…

The perfect Italian wedding menu

14 Nov 2013, Posted by Whitethings in Wedding food

6 Steps to creating the perfect Italian wedding menu Italy’s mouth-watering cuisine is a favourite among brides and grooms around the world. So how do you turn your reception dinner into an Italian wedding banquet? To get started, you need to forget everything you thought you knew about Mediterranean cooking and discover Italy’s (generous) heart by tucking into its delicious food. Step 1: Eat & Think like an Italian To understand the culture, you need to understand the people. Thinking like an Italian will have its obvious advantages when you’re selecting which olives to use for your antipasti or negotiating prices, so try committing this to memory: perfect wedding = perfect food + perfect venue + perfect couple. Step 2: Starters (Antipasti) If you can pre-drink, you can definitely pre-eat. And this is where starters come into play. As we are based in Tuscany, we thought you might like to start your food journey with some of our local offerings. Traditional Tuscan favourites include crostini, unsalted bread with chicken liver pate, Italian “bruschette” with fresh tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil fried sage leaves and a variety of cured meats. Serve with Italian dry champagne known as prosecco tkeep…

Autumn

14 Nov 2013, Posted by Whitethings in Seasonal weddings

Tuscany is a land of many souls whose landscapes vary dramatically with the seasons; if you are going to tie the knot here, you could do much worse than choosing autumn for your wedding. The weather is mild and you can enjoy most of your time outdoors. The Tuscan landscape is at its best in autumn: rich, magical and ….amazingly romantic. The light shines clear all day over red roofs and palaces, while at sunset everything takes on a golden hue; the woods are chestnut-brown and the vines are loaded with ripe, sweet grapes half-hidden by russet leaves. Just imagine holding your reception and having your pictures taken with such a backdrop! Autumn is a generous season, too. Tuscan people thankfully receive Nature’s bounty and store it for the coming months, with whole communities getting involved in picking and harvesting: chestnuts, walnuts, truffles, mushrooms, grapes, olives are but a few autumn treasures which could be featuring on your table in various forms. This is just a hint of what you will experience if you choose to get married in Tuscany in the autumn. If you like it so far, there will be more coming soon, here.