Friday, January 16, 2009

Spring is in the air and along with it comes weddings with flair. When helping our brides plan weddings, my italian roots come into play. We LOVE to bring immediate family into the formalities. One of the ways we encourage this is by having a Family Unity Toast.

The Bridal Library's Signature Unity Toasting Set is just one way of holding it, but you can use any toasting glasses. The custom comes from Italy when the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom, along with the newlyweds, come together to welcome their new in-laws to their family.

Usually started by the father of the bride, the toast is made to thank everyone for joining in the wedding celebrations. Then he welcomes his new son-in-law and his parents to the family and in unity, they all raise their glasses to his toast, then drink together. Most times, sisters and brothers also join in the toasting.

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