Intimate and Sophisticated Ceremonies: The Castle Opens to Minimony

They are called minimony or micro weddings and are a trend that is very much in vogue among many couples, both Italian and foreign. Sharing the most important day of one's life with a very few, select guests, creating an intimate ceremony but still paying attention to the smallest details.
Table of contents:
  1. Refined micro weddings
  2. The enchantment of small ceremonies
  3. The imposing Luzzi Hall
  4. Other corners and the garden

Minimony Refined

Many couples today choose to celebrate their marriage in a reserved manner, with a small and particularly refined ceremony. However, this choice can present challenges, as many wedding venues impose a minimum number of participants, sometimes forcing compromises on the elegance of the event. The Castle of Torre Alfina decided to respond to this need by offering a unique opportunity to couples wishing to pledge eternal love during exclusive ceremonies with a small number of guests, thus realising the dream of a fairytale wedding.

Intimate and Enchanting Ceremonies

Immersed in the evocative beauty of a historic residence and away from the traditional crowded ceremonies, the Torre Alfina Castle happily offers the possibility of organising intimate and elegant minimonies. The bride and groom will have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience in a romantic and atmospheric setting. With customised packages and meticulous attention to every detail, our staff will strive to turn your intimate wedding into an unparalleled experience, making the magic of this dream location accessible to all. Moreover, if you choose a weekday for the ceremony (Monday to Thursday), you can access more favourable rates.

Ennio Luzzi Hall

The bride and groom can choose between numerous picturesque corners within the castle to set up their ceremony, including the sumptuous Ennio Luzzi Hall, considered the main hall of the structure. This space represents an authentic artistic masterpiece steeped in history, the result of centuries of effort to preserve the essence and beauty of the castle. Commissioned in 1600 by the Monaldeschi della Cervara family, the Ennio Luzzi Room was magnificently decorated and frescoed by Cesare Nebbia. Later, in the early 1900s, it underwent an initial restoration by Pietro Ridolfi. Around 1990, Ennio Luzzi assumed responsibility for the restoration of the marks left by his illustrious predecessors, a commitment that earned him the posthumous naming of the hall. This room is ready to welcome newlyweds and their guests in an atmosphere of pure magic, offering an unforgettable experience for the most important day of their lives.

Evocative Corners and Renaissance Garden

In addition to the prestigious Luzzi Hall, newlyweds will have the opportunity to choose between various picturesque corners within the castle or the enchanting scenery offered by the renaissance garden. The latter, a refined Italian garden, enriches the open spaces of the castle and overlooks a breathtaking panorama. Here, the geometries of the hedges, the presence of a fountain with water features, flower beds and a secret garden make it possible to celebrate intimate ceremonies and to organise elegant and refined outdoor wedding banquets.

The Torre Alfina Castle offers a unique opportunity for couples wishing to realise an intimate wedding, without compromising the elegance and sophistication of the event. Ask for more information on how we can help make your minimony a reality, amidst historic halls, Renaissance gardens and the evocative views that hide magical scenery, ideal for creating indelible memories.


Bridesmaids: the Origins of Tradition

What is one of the greatest emotions for a bride? Having at your side friends, sisters, cousins to whom you give a special role on the most important day of your life. We are talking about the bridesmaids of the bride, practical and emotional support figures from the planning stages of the wedding, right up to the big day. A major role among bridesmaids is also played by the maid of honour.
Table of contents:
  1. The origins of tradition
  2. In Italy an imported tradition
  3. The role of bridesmaids

Ancient Origins of Tradition

The tradition of accompanying the bride towards her dream of love has very ancient origins. It dates back toAncient Egypt, when it was believed that on the wedding day, the evil spirits could prevent the bride from realising her happiness. It was therefore customary for a group of at least ten women to wear dresses similar to the bride's wedding dress, to confuse and throw off evil spirits. This belief was also echoed in Ancient Rome, and from the Renaissance onwards, throughout Europe, the number of young women, often single, helping the bride and accompanying her up to the moment of the ceremony, was all the greater as the economic and social power of the bride's family.

Bridesmaids in Italy: a Modern Tradition

The figure of the bridesmaids was imported from the United States to our country only very recently. Until some 50 years ago, the Italian bride surrounded herself with pageboys and bridesmaids, i.e. children particularly close to the bride and groom who performed certain tasks during the ceremony. The bridesmaids, two to six, wore clothes of the same model differentiated at most by colour. Same number for the page which were to be dressed up and one of them usually had the role of carrying the wedding rings down the aisle. Most important role in Italy they had, and still have, the bride and groom's witnesses. The bride still chooses a friend, a sister or a person close to her who, however, usually has no particular tasks to perform. In contrast to the Anglo-Saxon world, where the role of bridesmaids and maid of honour is taken very seriously.

Bridesmaids and Maid of Honour in the Anglo-Saxon World

In USA and the UK the tradition of bridesmaids is very well established. The wedding procession consists of the "bridesmaids' and the 'maid of honour' as key figures. Bridesmaids have the very specific task of advising the bride in her choice of dress, following her through all the stages of wedding preparation, helping her to dress and relax during the big day. They also have the role of opening the wedding procession, behind the maid of honour, and flanking the bride at the altar. The bridesmaids must also wear a dress of the same colour, carefully chosen by the bride according to her taste.
The bridesmaid performs a fundamental role in the wedding preparations and celebration. During the ceremony co-ordinates pageboys and bridesmaids. She is the first to enter the church, in front of the bridesmaids, holding a small bouquet of the same floral arrangement as the bride's. During the ritual, it deals with settle the dress and veil of the bride. During the course of the banquet, she is ready to intervene to handle any unforeseen events, while maintaining a discreet profile so as not to overshadow the star of the event. Anglo-Saxon tradition suggests that la bridesmaid meets her future husband at her friend's wedding.

The influence of the Anglo-Saxon world is now also being felt in Italy. In fact, more and more Italian brides are choosing to replace bridesmaids and groomsmen with adult bridesmaids and a maid of honour.

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Wedding Dress Trends 2024

As the year comes to an end, numerous fashion shows and bridal fairs have shown us what the trends for 2024 will be in terms of bridal gowns and more. First and foremost, Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, one of the most eagerly awaited events in the sector, where many world-famous brands have decided to bring their gowns to the catwalk, marking once and for all what will certainly be the bridal trends 2024.

Table of contents:
  1. No to excess, yes to elegance
  2. A luminous bride
  3. Style and practicality
  4. Change of clothes with dual-dress

Less Volume, More Elegance

A key role in the success of a perfect marriage is the choice of wedding dress. One of the most obvious trends for wedding dresses in 2024 is the volume reduction. Many of the creations that will be on trend are characterised by cleaner, tighter lines with a focus on enhancing the silhouette of the bride. Goodbye to excessive layers of tulle and wide skirts, next year promises to be the year of simplicity and elegance.
Brands such as Yolancris, Jesús Peiró, Isabel Sanchis and Sophie et Voilá are promoting this trend with dresses from the straighter lines, petticoat cuts, sheath dresses, empire dresses and more sober lines. The aim is to bring out the bride's natural beauty, putting her figure in the foreground.

Dresses with Diamonds: A Bright Continuation

Started in 2023, the trend of bridal gowns with diamonds will be further consolidated in 2024. Brides will literally be sparkling stars on their special day. Designers are making dresses with shiny fabrics or completely covered with sparkling stones, from the largest to the smallest. Luxury and opulence are sure to take centre stage. These wedding dresses become true jewels, putting the bride at the centre of attention and creating a magnet effectno one can take their eyes off her. Shimmering gowns feature glittering details on bodices, skirts, veils, sleeves, capes and even the train. This trend is perfect for brides getting married in the evening or in sumptuous locations such as historical residences or villas with a sea view.

Mini Dress and Party Dress: The Bride Dresses with Style and Comfort

Short wedding dresses are nothing new in the bridal world, but in the coming year they will play an even more central role. Many fashion houses are proposing short dresses, some just above the knee and others true mini-dresses. This year's special feature is the train at the back, which can be attached and detached as required, creating a double look that suits different stages of the wedding. From Yolancris, with its bold mini-dresses, to Jesús Peiró who adds tulle details to skirts, to The Atelier, Elie Saab, Demetrios, Nicole Couture and Woná Concept, all are proposing short wedding dresses with a modern, sensual and lively cut. These 'party dresses' are ideal for young, determined brides who want to feel like queens on their day without sacrificing comfort.

Dual-Dress: Effortless Changing of Dresses

And speaking of comfort, the trend that won't go away is the dual-dress. Many designers are creating clothes with detachable skirts, allowing the bride to make a unique dress change without necessarily having to buy two different models. Generally, the removable tail is made of tulle, but there is no shortage of fully feathered models or very wide ones covered with ruffles. Imagine wearing thefull dress at the ceremony and then to remove the back train during the reception or the final party, so you can show off your mermaid dress in all its splendour. This smart and versatile choice will allow you to fully enjoy every moment of your wedding.

2024 will be a year of great creativity and diversity in the world of wedding dresses. So, if you are planning your wedding for next year, remember to keep these trends in mind when choosing your dream dress. Whether you prefer simplicity, glitz or a festive look, there is sure to be a dress that will make your beauty shine on the most important day of your life.

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