07 June 2010
Posted in WEDDING IDEAS
Italy has a brilliant cinematic history. Think Italian cinema and you think of classics like La Dolce Vita, 8 ½ and Divorzio all’Italiana, of glamorous actresses like Sophia Loren and, more recently, Monica Bellucci. So, if you are a fan of the silver screen, why not base your Italian wedding on it?
Black and White to recall the golden era of Italian cinema and Red for the glamour of the red carpet! You can also add a touch of glitzy gold for that film star shine.
A glitzy, high class ballroom or an old fashioned bar straight out of the movies would be the perfect place for this kind of wedding. Add some flim clips on a screen in the background, and you have quickly and easily created a cinema atmosphere.
A cinema themed wedding calls for full on glamour – after all, who doesn’t want to look like a film star at their wedding reception? A slinky, fishtail gown in satin or chiffon will look elegant and alluring, and something with a low back will show off just the right amount of flesh. For a more traditional look, something full-skirted with a simple, fitted bodice will look equally great for red carpet style.
Whatever you choose, just be sure to go for skyscraper heels – silver would look great for this theme – and sparkling jewellery. If you have diamonds, wear them; if not then you can go for Swarovski crystals or, if you have your heart set on the real thing, then why not rent some sparklers for the big day?
Your hair and make-up should be as polished as possible. Think Dita-Von Teese with sweeping up-dos or sleek, shiny waves, pale skin and red lips and Sophia Loren with her curves and cats-eye flicks.
The girls should look great too! Slinky, full length dresses in a bright crimson will make them look like Hollywood starlets on the red carpet and are right on theme. You might also consider an off white colour, but remember to keep them different from your dress, perhaps by raising the hemline. You don’t want anyone mistaking who the prima donna is at this party!
For the groom to look extra sharp, some Italian tailoring would come in handy, and a three piece suit is a must. If he’s always fancied himself a bit of a film gangster, then a hat and a fat cigar should complete the look.
Something simple and classic is on the cards for the flowers. Simple red and/or white roses look striking and elegant. For something fun, fill vases with popcorn or old movie ticket stubs for a themed display. The new and highly fashionable handbag bouquets or simple, striking bracelet bouquets (where the flowers are fastened around the wrist) in red for the bride and white for the maids will add to the idea that you are walking down the red carpet to a movie première!
Remember the colour scheme and you won’t go far wrong. Pick one main colour for the tablecloths and larger accessories, and accent the rest in the others. For example, scarlet tablecloths with black and gold accents. If you want an impressive centrepiece then why not channel a vintage vibe and use sweeping feathers in tall vases? This is simple and impressive, and you could even think about using this idea for a bridal bouquet with a difference.
You might want to have a corner with a popcorn stand or a pick and mix area with all of your favourite cinema sweets to keep the kids happy, and for that classy feel, stills from your favourite films on the walls. Alternatively, you could blow up photos of yourselves at different points in your relationship to make them look like film stills, this is your première as a married couple, after all.
Here, anything goes, as long as it’s good, and Italian food is so delicious it is bound to be! If you want to have a star inspired menu, and can stretch to it, then you might want to serve things such as sushi, filet mignon, lobster and red velvet cake. Your guests will feel like stars for the night too!
Champagne or prosecco is a must, and if you have room after all that fancy food you might want to include some canapés to add real style. Cocktails on the menu should be the Bellini, the classic champagne cocktail, and martini cocktails.
Add some fat cigars for the men to smoke in celebration and you have the look down to a tee. Remember that in Italy smoking indoors is not permitted, so this idea may only be plausible if your venue is outdoors or has balconies and terraces.
- 1 tbsp Peach puree
- 1 tsp raspberry puree
Add the puree to the bottom of a flute and top up with prosecco. Simple and delicious!
- 1 sugar cube
- Angostura bitters
- Lemon twist to garnish
Soak the sugar cube in angostura bitters for a few seconds, drop it in the bottom of a flute and pour champagne (or prosecco, we are in Italy after all!) over the top. Garnish with a lemon twist. This is the original champagne cocktail, and was certainly a favourite with the stars back in the day!
Classic Martini Cocktail
- 1 shot premium gin
- 1 shot dry martini
- A green olive to garnish
Shake the gin and martini together and strain into a martini glass. Serve with a single green olive. Classy and definitely one for the James Bond fans!
A star shaped, tiered cake is one of the easiest ways to carry on the theme , that or a traditional white cake decorated with golden stars. Another possibility is to get stills from your favourite films printed onto rice paper and decorate the cake with these.
The Finishing Touches
The little extras can really make this theme go off with a bang, so get creative! Napkin rings made from pieces of film, gold star confetti, tables named after favourite films or stars and marked with old chalk clapperboards, invitations made to look like cinema tickets and a red carpet rolled out up the aisle are just a few possibilities, but you can let your imagination go wild!