This Tuscan welcome dinner epitomizes the spirit of an opening party for your wedding in Italy. 2 days prior to their elegant wedding this international couple hosts a welcome party to introduce everyone to the some of the gastronomical delights available in Tuscany.
I consider a wedding abroad more of a vacation with friends and family. Most people that do attend your event often extend their trip to make a holiday out of it. Because of this it is commonplace for destination weddings to have extra events like a welcome dinner or farewell brunch.
A welcome dinner is a great idea for various reasons:
Our event starts with everyone enjoying refreshments and finger food at the back of the villa. Some guests are staying at the villa, meanwhile others just around the corner. People arrive in their own time after an enjoyable day relaxing by the pool or reading a book.
With a buffet of cold meats, cheeses, vegetables, cold salads, breads, quiches, flans and more we don’t have to worry about the food overcooking so we can just start dinner when we feel like it.
Everyone enjoys the starters and appreciates the chance to try so many different things. Next fresh pasta is cooked and served and then we have the grilled meats and desert.
As the evening flows on everyone relishes the food and drink and atmosphere. Later, we have a quick welcome speech by the bride and groom. At the end of their toast they also call up the bride’s mother as they surprise her with a birthday cake.