Sugared almonds (Confetti in Italian) always embodies the indivisibility of the new wedded couple. Always given in uneven numbers (five), white confetti mean fertility, longevity, health, wealth and happiness.
Many years ago, there was a popular ritual of throwing sugared almonds by the wedded couple from the balcony. After the religious ceremony, the couple went back to the house and threw confetti to friends and relatives gathered under the balcony for the celebration. There was never a shortage of children who rushed to collect the confetti. I remember, few people even came with umbrellas.
Today, confetti are given to guests in the form of wedding favors. They are tucked into pretty boxes called
that are personalized with the couple's names and wedding date.