When it comes to tying the knot, nothing says romance like a destination wedding in Bella Italia. Don’t have the time or funds to make the trip? Don’t worry, we’ve got the next best thing: bring a taste of Italy to your wedding!

In Italy the locals love kicking off a special occasion with an aperitivo. Aperitivo is a sort of happy hour that comes before dinner, where you can drink cocktails and enjoy tasty light bites. This warm-up course is often served before the meal at wedding receptions in Italy. Want to bring this festive tradition to your wedding? Here are some dazzling Italy themed cocktails to serve at your wedding, and tips on what foods to serve them with:


Italy themed spritz cocktail

Aperol Spritz originates from the Veneto region, and is just the right combination of sweet and bitter. If you go for a stroll through Venice or Padova in the evening, you’ll surely pass by many a bar with locals partaking in “uno spritz”.

Spritz Recipe:

Mix three parts Prosecco, two parts Aperol, and one part club soda. Pour over ice and serve in a tumbler or even a wine glass. Enjoy!


No, I don’t mean a coffee Americano. Surprisingly, the “Cocktail Americano” is a light, bubbly refreshment you’re sure to love.

Americano Recipe

Mix together equal parts Campari, Red Vermouth, and club soda. Serve on the rocks with a slice of orange and a squeeze of lemon juice, if desired.


Italy themed Negroni cocktail

This sophisticated cocktail makes an excellent pairing with aperitivo snacks like olives and prosciutto. You’ll feel like a true Italian as you sip one down.

Negroni Recipe

Mix three parts Gin, three parts Bitter Campari, and two parts Red Vermouth. Pour over ice in an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a thin slice of orange.


The Godfather represents quality and refinement. Enjoy with a plate of Italian meats, like pancetta, lardo, or prosciutto. Serve in an old fashioned glass over ice and start furrowing your brow in deep thought.

Godfather Recipe

Mix two parts Scotch Whiskey and one part Amaretto. But feel free to play around with the proportions, as some Godfather enthusiasts like to downplay the Amaretto.


True to Venice tradition, this sparkling beverage is a true delight. While popular among tourists, Bellinis are so delectable, the locals go wild for them too. The best part is you don’t need to go to Harry’s Bar in Venice to get your hands on one: you can make your own! This is the best of the Italy themed cocktails to serve at your wedding.

Bellini Recipe

In a chilled champagne flute, stir together one part peach puree (or peach juice) with two parts Prosecco. Yum!

Delicious snacks

Aperitivo olives

Finally, make sure to top your aperitivo off with a generous helping of light Italian fare. Aim for:

  • Olives
  • Cheese
  • Prosciutto
  • Lardo
  • Pancetta
  • Bruschetta
  • Sausage
  • Pizzetta
  • Quiche

To ensure the most authentic Italian experience, always select the highest quality ingredients.

Not sure what to feature at your wedding or reception? Talk to an expert! At YourAnniversary.it we specialise in planning weddings in Venice, Italy and the surrounding region. We’re dedicated to helping you organise your dream wedding. Read the YourAnniversary blog for more wedding tips, or contact us for more information.

Cheers to your wedding!