Tradition and details of Apulian weddings

Some movie directors have several times represented Apulian weddings in their movies , including details and traditional elements. As an Apulian wedding planner I’m going to tell about some good and curious stories of Weddings in Puglia and Taranto.

Apulian weddings are not celebrated on Sundays, guests are not less than…one hundred (the most intimate guests) just like Irish weddings! In the Church, waiting for the bride, guests are always excited, well tidy and with their shoulders rigorously covered.  The  priest, usually a friend of the couple, celebrates the ceremony which ends with a final applause after the kissing and the declaration of “Husband and Wife”.

After the Religious ceremony, before moving to the location of the wedding reception, the bride and the groom are busy with the photo session. It was once very popular to shoot photos on the rocks overlooking the sea; now we quite often see couples strolling in little streets of the ancient city, near Medieval and stunning Churches and buildings: a scenery that we easily find in Itria Valley

Then  guests drive to the reception in decorated cars with white cockades or tulle. The location is a key element of the wedding.

Many are the venues on the seaside in Puglia with terraces with a breathtaking view of the sea; or ancient Farm houses, renovated and refined;  Agriturismi immersed in the Apulian countryside that is the ideal setting for an Eco Wellness- Wedding

Places where you can spend your time taking a healthy walk, in contact with nature, tasting typical specialties of Apulian farm such as home-made pasta, mushrooms, selected farming meat, dairy products, wine, honey, vegetables, preserves in olive oil, and also sea products: grilled octopus, sea salads, sushi.

Then we pass to the Pastry and fruit buffet before the Wedding Cake; we absolutely can’t miss the Apulian red or white wines: Primitivo, Negramaro or Salice Salentino.

After this long, sometimes too long,  day guests say good bye the couple who thanks them with the so called Bomboniera: a wedding gift for guests as a memory of the special day.

Some  friends will remain to party or for a chit-chat about the new life as a married couple! Then all go home, but don’t forget…the new wife and husband invite guests in their new home to show photos and video of their special day!


  • Lisa

    I am looking to get married in Puglia next summer and would be grateful if you could send me some further information on venues for a civil wedding ceremony, reception, accommodation and rates.
    I look forward to hearing from you

    October 19, 2013
  • Rachelle


    We’re also getting married next year in Puglia. Would love some more info just like Lisa.


    November 23, 2013

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