The wedding season is here in the United States — I’ve already been to one almost every week. When do they finish? I keep wondering when I’m going to get the bouquet, and in those tacky weddings, how to tell my friend that all her ladies in those identical green dresses are going to stand out more than her on her wedding day. But if you are preparing for a wedding in Latin America, you may be wondering what I am talking about. Elsewhere, you’re more likely trying to figure out where the wife is hiding after the party, or if her godmother was the one who picked the flowers. Here are eight wedding traditions are seen in Latin American. Maybe they make you change your mind if all the ladies need to wear that same horrible green …
This is one of the old wedding traditions but it is still seen in some Puerto Rican weddings. A doll dressed like a wife is placed on top of the cake or on the guests’ tables. A capias is attached to the wrist and then handed out to guests as little gifts. And how about the boyfriend? Well, the bride is definitely the focus of attention at a Puerto Rican wedding.
Don’t you know where you want to have them after the room closes? Or if you must have a brunch with mimosas to continue celebrating the next day? In Argentina, this problem does not exist. The party starts very late and continues until dawn. But make sure you drink plenty of water and that you have some hidden snacks because in time you will be hungry again. Churros are traditionally offered — enjoy them!
These bells are different from what you are imagining at a wedding. In a traditional Guatemalan ceremony, a white bell is placed at the entrance. When the bride and groom enter, the mother of the bride breaks the bell. Rice, flour, and another wheat fall as a symbol of prosperity for the new couple.
Are you afraid of facing that guy who’s going to be super drunk? Or are you worried that those distant friends from high school are going to meet up too late? No problem in Venezuela! The bride and groom secretly escape before the end of the night and the honeymoon begins a little early.
If you are getting married in Chile, the wedding budget may have to be a bit larger for their wedding traditions. Both the groom and the bride give each other engagement rings. And things get even more complicated at the altar — in addition to changing wedding rings, engagement rings are also transferred from the right hand to the left hand.
Gift exchange in Cuba is quite creative. If the wedding guests want to dance with the bride, they have to pin money on her dress. Perhaps here wealth matters more than beauty …
If you are worried that there is going to be a fight for the bouquet when you hear “Single Ladies,” this custom is a bit more relaxed. In Peru, there are baked threads inside the wedding cake. A single thread is attached to a ring. The tradition is that whoever chooses the thread with the ring is the next to marry.
The wedding traditions of Mexico are vows are not as intimate in Mexico as in other countries. Groomsmen and bridesmaids play a big role in planning the wedding as well. They support the bride and groom both on the wedding day on the dance floor and on the days before and after the wedding with their finances.
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