Venetian Wedding Motif/Theme

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I continued researching weddings long after my own wedding 9 years ago.  After my book about planning an Italian wedding (Abbondanza!) was published in 2002, I continued to learn about weddings, and became a certified wedding planner.  I realized that what I liked very little about being a wedding planner was the day-of-wedding coordinating (a big part of being a wedding planner).  What interested me most was the wedding design, the overall wedding concept and all those little details that tie it all together.  This collectively is called the wedding motif (or you can call it a theme).  I’ve been collecting wedding theme/motif ideas over the years.  Here is one of my favorites: The Venetian Wedding.  It’s a little more specific than an Italian Wedding.

This is a great motif for a couple who met, got engaged, or are honeymooning in Venice, are of Italian descent, or who just happen to really like Venice, or who just want an elegant and cohesive design for their wedding.  These ideas can also be used for a destination wedding in Venice or for another non-wedding event.


Bright, jewel tones, with royal blue (from the sea), red, green, orange, yellow, black

 Design Features:

Water/canals; gondolas; bridges; windows with shutters and planter boxes filled with flowers; Carnival masks; colorful, hand blown glass (Venetian glass); striped poles

 For the invitation, you could create your own using Venetian inspired paper with a printed velum overlay, tied together with ribbon and accented with a little gondola charm/bead.



 These ribbons are adorable and can be used in design elements (invitations, flower arrangements, seating card arrangements, favors, etc.)

 Signature Cocktail: Bellinis

Wedding Favor: Bellini jelly beans


Venetian canapés, artichokes, and polenta bites as appetizers; main course might feature shrimp scampi, asparagus, risotto, scallops, mussels, gnocchi, eggplant, pumpkin ravioli; dessert could include tiramisu (or mini individual tiramisu’s), and wedding cake with a gondola cake topper

 Other Touches:

Gondola ice sculpture, Carnival masks, a singing gondolier, real-sized gondola props

Copyright © Lori Granieri 2009


2 thoughts on “Venetian Wedding Motif/Theme

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    Parasol said:
    July 6, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Wonderfull, Very artistic use of decoration. I am getting married very soon and my wife is looking for wedding decoration ideas. She has seen some sites with paper lanterns on them and she is thinking about using them. She has looked all over the internet to find good quality paper lanterns. She found a site with great prices at but she is still looking.

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