What is your tie worth? An Italian wedding custom
For lovers, the wedding day is the most beautiful day in life, for the tie of Italian grooms, however, this is certainly not true. According to an Italian custom which is especially popular in northern Italy, the tie is cut off during the wedding reception. Find out more about this special tradition.
As with all traditions, there are the ones for whom the tradition is the highlight of the celebration and those who are reluctant and sometimes even refuse completely to participate. At many weddings in Northern Italy no contradiction helps. The custom of cutting off the grooms tie is simply part of the wedding.
Usually it is the friends of the groom, that take care of this: The tie is cut off and then cut into pieces of different sizes. Afterwards the fabric pieces are collected in a hat or on a plate and the friends go from table to table with it to “sell off” the pieces as souvenirs. The collected money is then handed over to the bride and groom.
If the mood at the party is particularly good and the guests are generous, there is even a real auction where friends and relatives are trying to outbid each other and get hold of one of the pieces of the tie.
Some consider this tradition however as inappropriate, as the guests, who usually have already brought a generous wedding gift, are asked for money again.
In any case, it is a fun custom and especially popular with the younger guests and traditionally the money is used to pay the band.
But it would be in fact a shame to ruin a good quality tie, like the handmade accessories from Andrew’s Ties. Many grooms use therefore a little trick: Between the courses of the wedding dinner, the new husband disappears to the bathroom and replaces the tie.