Find out why more and more people are opting to hold their destination weddings in Puglia, Italy instead of more well-known cities like Florence, Rome, Venice and Lake Como.
So where is Puglia? It is in the southern region of Italy, where it basically forms the heel of Italy’s “boot.”
The area is renowned for beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, lush farmland and ornate churches. Free from the more “touristy” areas of other popular Italian cities like Rome and Florence, it is an ideal location for a romantic destination wedding.
One big reason it is becoming a popular choice for couples looking to hold a destination wedding is that Italy’s larger, more visited cities and areas like Venice and Lake Como have become destinations more suited for school trips and vacations due to the large crowds of tourists that flock to them.
The large number of tourists simply makes it difficult for couples to hold a romantic wedding in those areas. In fact, trying to stage a wedding in those areas can often result in accommodation shortages, inadequate transportation options and difficulty finding facilities.
For example, most couples find it extremely hard to even find a restaurant where they and the wedding party can celebrate after their marriage ceremony.
Meanwhile Apart from the Crowds & the More
Touristy Parts of Italy lies Puglia
Known for its white-washed hill towns, historic farmland and miles and miles of coastline it offers an idyllic setting for a romantic event like a wedding.
In fact, many who visit the area say they find themselves standing in scenes that look like they sprang straight from the pages of romance novels.
The area’s beauty can put visitors into a romantic mood and allows love to bloom even more. Let’s take a closer look at dream weddings and dream locations like Puglia.
So You’ve Found Him … or Her!
Finally, after all of the months or years of waiting and searching, you’ve met the one with whom you want to spend the rest of your life: a companion, a partner to share with you the long nights and the hard days, and the attendant joys of security and fidelity.
You can’t believe your luck. The moment has come: the time of the ancient ritual, the passage into a new form of adulthood. Truly a milepost in anyone’s journey, this is a joyous, transformative event.
An event that deserves to be held in a truly memorable location – a location that emphasizes the beauty and awesomeness of your love.
Weddings Should be Memorable Events!
Magnificent, fantastic weddings — whether 500-guest royal events or 10-person shaded-glen affairs — are the result of a lot of effort, and a lot of thought as to what one wants their wedding to be.
For in the modern world most weddings are no longer the hidebound rituals of old. Of course, in some traditions and cultures, the orthodox ways are followed down to the smallest stricture.
For people getting married under less determined conditions, it might seem as if the ultra-traditional weddings are bit of a relief — there’s no invention involved, right? All one has to do is let the ancestors or tradition-followers take care of everything, right?
Wrong. Planning a wedding is a struggle and an intensely arduous process no matter what the formal demands of the day … if any. (One way to alleviate that struggle is to hire a wedding planner – like Princess Apulia)
Any creative concerns a traditional wedding might alleviate are balanced by the bride and groom’s desire to do things perfectly, and still find a way to express their individual personalities amidst all the rules and regulations.
This is a key question, common to most modern weddings:
How to express one’s own personality in one of the most formalized human rituals.
In other words, how to keep a couple’s individuality while still retaining the universal, the solemnity, the gravitas that must necessarily mark a bond based on a choice of lifelong commitment. How to dance between playful lightheartedness, beauty, and seriousness.
Having a destination wedding – in a location like Puglia – is one way to do that.
Those who choose to diminish the importance of the marriage ceremony, often only succeed in diminishing the importance of their commitment to each other.
If guests see a jokey ceremony, a thrown-together, poorly thought-out, or even sophomoric event, they will generally not take the marriage too seriously. And, subconsciously, neither will its participants.
This is why planning a wedding, no matter how small or large, modest or grand, is so important.
The effort involved is easily justified when one considers that this event is meant to be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, an establishment (or reinforcement or formalization) of a sacred bond between two people.
Creating History in an Historical Place Like Puglia
The bonding of people into long-lasting, formalized, and committed relationships, has survived as an institution for thousands upon thousands of years.
Marriage began as a way for families to preserve their bloodlines and their wealth. In this sense it was much more like a business deal than the love-relationship sanctioning we think of today. Yet the results weren’t as cold-blooded as some scholars would make them sound.
Though the participants in a marriage generally couldn’t pick their mate, and sometimes didn’t much care for them, a certain set of codified rules bound the partners together, and these rules were often supplemented with the kind of respectful love that grows between two people who spend a great amount of time together.
Early marriages were often unequal, and too frequently slanted in the direction of the male. Yet, in many societies (and for the bulk of human history), both partners were caught in the same set of societal expectations.
Neither had the tremendous freedom people in today’s advanced societies do — that of choosing with whom one wants to spend his or her life.
Marriage in these days was more a rite of passage and an introduction to a strict collection of rules, and less a celebration of earthly love.
This changed at different times in different places. In some societies today, even advanced societies, arranged marriage is still the norm. In parts of countries such as India or China, the parents still largely choose, or at least control, who their children will marry. In other places, the economic basis of marriage is still very strong — the dowry or bride-price still forms a crucial part of the social and cultural fabric of many traditional communities.
What’s more, in many parts of the world, perhaps the majority of it, polygamy (the marriage of one man to two or more women) was the norm.
In some developing countries, it still is (though very often only rich men can afford more than one wife or household).
The typical Western marriage, the “promise” of today, has roots in the Middle Ages, when matrimonial promises between two partners were declared to be “unbreakable covenants” in the eyes of God. This arrangement, however, proved untenable — too many people were making too many private promises for the wrong reasons.
In the 1500s, the Catholic Church added the stipulation that this promise must be made in front of a priest and at least two reliable witnesses. Hence the common modern form of the officiant and the maid of honor and best man. (These honorary positions have other historical origins, as well.)
Wedding licenses and other regulations made their first appearance in 18th-century England. Here, and across Europe in general, the modern Christian-style wedding began to take its final shape. Different local customs, however, gave these ceremonies and festivities widely varying flavors.
In France, a two-handled cup was used to salute the bride and groom and symbolize their union. In Germany, the couple both carried foodstuffs in their pockets to secure good fortune and prosperity.
In Italy, the groom might carry a lump of iron in his pocket to ward off any evil spirits drawn to the copious amounts of good food with which that country’s people celebrated nuptials.
Far from Europe, thousands of other cultures celebrated their weddings in rich and fascinating ways: in Mexico, a piñata was hung, and the guests formed a heart-shaped ring around the newly married couple as they danced; in India, the bride and groom walked seven steps together, the bride finally stepping on a stone to represent her undying commitment; in Jewish ceremonies, the bride and groom were married under a canopy that symbolized the home and kept away evil spirits, and the husband steps on a glass to remind the spectators of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
The marriage ritual seems a necessary one. Even if a community is for some reason prohibited from performing marriage ceremonies, they will do so anyway.
During the shameful time of slavery in America, Africans and their descendants weren’t allowed legal marriages. Still, men and women in the community celebrated their bonds and commitments in a number of ways–sometimes with clergy, sometimes by simple rituals such as “jumping the broom,” which means exactly what it says. Even in the face of a potential forced separation, slaves were determined to have their marital rituals, as all human societies must.
The bonding of two people for life is a rite that cuts across all lines of time, culture, society. And there are few places on Earth that are more suited to host a wedding ceremony than Puglia.
In Puglia, there are cute little towns and villages and picturesque country-sides. It is also a place where the Italian way of life shines through.
You can choose to hold your wedding in a small city like Ostuni or Otranto or by a gorgeous beach.
Google says about the area: “ Capital Bari is a vibrant port and university town, while Lecce is known as “Florence of the South” for its baroque architecture. Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to “trulli,” stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.”
In addition to beautiful surroundings, you’ll enjoy access to delicious regional food that includes plenty of fresh seafood, handmade pasta, divine pizza, soft, warm breads, olive oil and more.
You’ll also enjoy the slower pace of life that the area is known for – a pace that will allow to better enjoy the area’s beauty and quaint charms.
You may see elderly “nonnas” chatting on sidewalks and groups of old men playing cards. On the streets there may be vespas and old ‘ape’ trucks.
Here’s one more great thing about Puglia: it has great weather all year round.
Recent visitors to the area in late September were amazed at how wonderful the weather was. While beach days were shorter than during the height of summer temperatures still exceeded 28C and offered plenty of time for tanning.
In the winter, visitors will need a jacket but the comfortable temperatures will allow them to still enjoy most of what the region is famous for.
There is however one thing you should be forewarned about – because Puglia has not yet turned into a huge tourist destination (though it is clearly on the way to becoming that) English is not widely spoken in the area.
That means to enjoy the best that Puglia has to offer and to ensure your wedding goes smoothly and satisfies all your wishes, you may strongly want to consider hiring a wedding planner – like Princess Apulia.
The right local wedding planner will be able to work with area vendors and help you secure the locations and services you need to turn your dream wedding into reality.
Preparing for a wedding is time consuming and preparing for a destination wedding can be even more frustrating. The right wedding planner can help the process go smoothly and ensure you have a wedding as perfect as the surroundings in Puglia.
To learn much more about planning a destination wedding in Puglia and about Princess Apulia,
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