Archive for December, 2008

 

Whatever venue you choose for your reception whether it is a Renaissance villa,  Castle or a traditional farmhouse, candles are a very pretty way to decorate the reception hall.You can have a variety of candles, such us simple tealights, lanterns, citronella scented candles or flares.  Tealights and lanterns can be placed on the dinners tables as well as being scattered around the room  If you want more glint then fairylights will definitely create a real glowing effect for you.Citronella candles and flares are instead ideal for outdoor. Citronella in particular are mosquito repellent and they are ideal for hot summer nights.Flares can be amazing if you have a cypress alley to decorate but they look stunning even if you have a simple hedge.     

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 
 

-Tuscan Wedding Food by Tuscan Dreams-

An Italian wedding dinner is a combination of at least 4 different courses. Here is a typical menu

Antipasti
Starters
This is the pre-meal part. Typically, you can be served Crostini (lightly grilled slices of unsalted bread spread with chicken liver pate) or also the popular Bruschetta (a Pugliese version with diced tomato, garlic and herbs). Other Tuscany favourites include fried squares of Polenta (cornmeal flower based) and selection of cured meat.
It has now become very popular to serve the antipasti in a buffet style manner accompanied with a glass of Prosecco ( Italian dry champagne ).

Primo Piatto
First Course
In most case, this is the pasta part of the meal but you can also be served salads such as Panzella (Tomato salad with bread crumbs – taste much better than it sounds!). Pasta is of course a very versatile dish for the amount of shapes and sauces that it can be arranged with. From Ravioli con Burro e Salvia (ravioli with sage and butter) to Parpadelle sulla Lepre (ribbon pasta with hare), you will be spoilt!

Secondo Piatto
Second Course
As in many Mediterranean country you cannot celebrate an event ( such as weddings!) will always include meat as part of the menu.
The Tuscans are particularly fond of meat and typically eat it grilled (beef, veal, rabbit, hare, wild boar, lamb, etc). The meat dishes are accompanied with side dishes of seasonal vegetables: fried, cooked in the oven or simply grilled (aubergine/eggplant, stringy beans, beans etc).

Dolci
Desserts
Of course, ice-cream (Gelati) and tiramisu are typical Italian deserts. However, on occasion such as weddings, dessert will is typically fresh fruit cake (Puff pastry covered with a layer of cream and fresh fruit).
Pane
Bread
Nobody forgot the salt! The bread is typically Pane Sciocco which is unsalted bread.

Vino e Liquori
Wine and Digestives
Wine will be good quality table wine, red or white according to your wishes. We can also organise for the more noble Tuscan wine to be served such Montalcino or Brunello. Half way through the meal, you will often be served a sorbet with a drop of liqueur. And to round off the meal, expect digestives such a Limoncello (lemon liqueur) or Grappa to be served with coffee.

Buon Appetito!

 

- Tuscan Wedding Food by Tuscan Dreams -

For Italians each meal is a truly feast, something to share with family and friends. If a British person would not drink on his own then an Italian will not in a million year have a meal by himself. Excellent food is a major part of the Italian lifestyle a way of socialising and bringing friends and family together. It is also a very good reason to have an Italian wedding.

Tuscan cuisine in particular has a variety of recipe which combines the simplicity of its peasant origins but the richness of character of its people. You will rediscover the taste of tomatoes gorged with sun, the delight of handmade pasta and the richly flavoured meats.

There is always a dish for every palates, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or omnivorous there will always be a traditional dish for you.

All these, coupled with outstanding local wines, we feel will ensure a successful wedding party!

 

- Weddings in Tuscany by Tuscan Dreams-

The lower and residential side of this town is just like any other towns in Italy. But just a minute away higher up hides like proper treasures do, a neat and undiscovered Medieval hamlet. It is almost as a small village on its own quiet and well preserved a real step back in history and a simple journey into time lost Romanticism.

Palazzo Pretorio with its pretty courtyard is a stunning setting for the wedding of your dream. The Palazzo built in 13th century as the residence of the Lord of this area seems to have been especially thought for weddings. The courtyard with its frescoed ceiling and beautiful ancient well, the back garden and the views that one can enjoy from its main tower make Certaldo a unique backdrop for such a special day.

 

-Weddings in Tuscany by Tuscan Dreams -

A pure gem of Etruscan, Roman, mediaeval, and Renaissance art. Volterra is situated on a hill 550 metres above sea level.

It is surrounded by a dramatic landscape created by the so-called Balze: impressive chasms, caused by landslips and landslides, in the hilly north-western slopes.

Volterra is a city to be lived intensely, to be discovered little by little, with its atmospheres, its contrasts, the pulsing of a civilisation and a culture that make it unique and unrepeatable.

History has in fact left its interrupted mark from the time of the Etruscans to the nineteenth century, with extremely important artistic and monumental forms, which can be admired simply by walking along the streets of the city centre.

One of these is the Palazzo dei Priori a palace that dates back to 13th century and which is today the headquarters of the local borough and also used as Wedding hall.

It is the oldest government building in Tuscany and if you climb to the top you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view that goes as far as the coast if the day is clear. Couples choosing to celebrate their marriage in Volterra will find themselves in a fairytale setting that is authentically Tuscan and far away from tourists and crowds.