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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A Dream Wedding: Elegance and Romance at Torre Alfina Castle

A jewel of medieval architecture set in the hills of Alta Tuscia is the perfect setting for a romantic and refined dream wedding. The Renaissance garden, courtyards, breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and the possibility of ending the day in one of the castle's historic rooms. A modern fairytale for an unforgettable experience

Celebrating a wedding in a unique setting is the dream of many bridal couples who desire a special, elegant, unforgettable ceremony. The Torre Alfina Castle will make your wishes come true by offering you the perfect location and impeccable organisation. But how do you organise the most important day in your life? Here is 4 tips for a perfect wedding:

Table of contents:
  1. Establishing the budget
  2. What kind of ceremony to choose?
  3. The details that make the difference
  4. Continuous planning and support

1. The Budget for a Dream Wedding

La advance planning is essential to ensure the success of the event. Once you have chosen Torre Alfina Castle as the location, it is time to planning and establishing a budget. Set a date and determine the number of guests. Figure out how you would like your wedding day to be: decorations, entertainment, catering, photographer. So contact us for a quote and we will help you choose the formula that best suits your needs. Consider the option of hiring a experienced wedding plannercapable of handling all logistical details and ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

2. Choose the Type of Ceremony

Civil or religious ceremony? In our castle you can choose whether to celebrate a official civil ceremony or the classic religious ceremony. In the first case, you can take advantage of the wonderful renaissance gardenwith its courtyards and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys, or one of the castle's evocative inner rooms, amidst frescoes and precious woods. For the religious ceremony you will have at your disposal the lovely parish church nearby.

3. Magical Details for After the Ceremony

After the reception, the Torre Alfina Castle offers you a unique privilege. A Suite and two double rooms will be available of those who want to immerse themselves completely in the magic of a medieval castle. Spend an enchanting night among high ceilings, drapery and precious woods. A perfect way to end the most important day of your life, immersed in theatmosphere of this dream castle.

4. Planning and Attention to Detail

The organisation of the Torre Alfina Castle is at your disposal to ensure a careful planning and responsive to your every need. Contact us to discover the proposals that will delight you and pamper your guests: such as a catering with excellent local food and wine, and the Cuban corner. Be sure to experience the enchantment of an unforgettable day, an experience of pure love and elegance.

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