Traditional Rice Throwing – Italian Style

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Did you know throwing rice at a bride and groom after their wedding ceremony is perfectly acceptable with the birds? Yes, if birds could talk, they would tell you they will not be harmed by this long standing tradition…that is, unless they fly in the direct path of the flying rice.

Pictured here is the joyous pelting of a bride & groom after their ceremony in Asiago, Italy. I couldn’t help but laugh as I took these photos…between the happy shouting and what must have been at least 100 bags of riso (Italian for rice), this 15-20 minute event was one of the highlights of this particular Italy trip…yes! the B&G had rice thrown at them for THAT long!

If you want to read more about the myth that surfaced regarding rice being harmful for birds, check out the link on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/birdrice.asp

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What does “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue” mean?

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

I love traditions! Especially this one. Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…a collection of gifts given just before the ceremony. These tokens each represent special meanings:

Old: continuity
New: brand new future
Borrowed: cherished relationships
Blue: faithfulness, purity & loyalty

Although I admit…when I got married, I made sure I had these items arranged before the day of the wedding. It wasn’t until later that I found out these items were traditionally given to the bride at the 11th hour…but who cares! I was eating chocolate donuts at the 11th hour! I’m just glad I added the “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue” tradition to my celebration.

It is fun carrying on traditions…make sure to ask the ladies in your family (and your husband-to-be’s family) what additional traditions that they carried on. Tradition is history. And your wedding is the new chapter in history; it is the story you are beginning to write.

For additional fun facts on this “Something Old” tradition, check out this link to The Knot – it has a bit more fun detail.