You will surely know those details that characterize the traditional weddings of your home community. Many are related to the bridal bouquet, the dance, the dowry when to show the wedding dress, the readings or the wedding details, but it is possible that the customs of other places are completely new and unknown to you. However, they are all beautiful and full of symbolism. Do you want to discover them? We explain them below.
Andalusia lives with fervor all the religious manifestations, which end up turning into great festivals full of color and spirituality. There is an old custom called “wakefulness” that many couples are currently recovering. What does it consist of? You may be wondering. In placing a large veil over the shoulders of the groom and the head of the bride in order to express the point of union of the couple after the religious ceremony.
Another original custom of this Autonomous Community that is spreading to other regions of Spain is that of pins. According to tradition, during the banquet, the bride should place a pin on the dress of the unmarried guests with the ornament down and without securing. If the guest loses the pin during the party, it means that she will soon find a husband. Instead, married guests are pinned face up, so that they do not get lost, so that they are lucky in their marriage. Today, pins are part of the wedding guest gifts couples demand for their big day.
“Vaqueiras” weddings are typical of this community. It is a very old celebration that includes concerts and traditional dances, and it is celebrated on the last Sunday of July in the Alto de Aristébano, between the councils of Valdés and Tineo. It is a festival of tourist interest and many visitors come to witness this peculiar tradition.
Castilla y León
Traditionally, the bride came to the church in an ox-drawn cart. Today there are few married couples who follow this tradition, which is only celebrated in small rural towns. In addition, at the exit of the church, there is an arch with flowers that the couple goes through once they are married.
One of the most precious traditions of Catalan weddings is the custom of the groomsman reading a verse to the bride –written by himself–, while also handing over the natural bridal bouquet with which he will attend the wedding. Groomsmen who have difficulty writing their own verses can turn to traditional poems or draw inspiration from the lyrics of the best romantic wedding songs.
The reading of the verse is usually carried out, before the ceremony, in the place where the bride has prepared, once already perfect in her mermaid-style wedding dress and surrounded by her more direct family and friends. The verses usually have an emotional touch and speak of an anecdote related to the love story of the couple or with memories shared by family and friends, in which the bride is the protagonist.
Likewise, and unlike other Autonomous Communities, in Catalonia, the wedding band is placed on the left hand.
Valencians cannot end any party without their traditional fireworks, which warns the surroundings that a great celebration is taking place. It is usually done when the groom leaves the house to go to the church. Another curious custom is that the bride unveils her dress the day before the wedding to her friends and family, leaving, of course, the groom on the sidelines.
Traditionally, the groom’s brother led the wedding procession to the church carrying a “fish market”, an iron one meter long and the thickness of a finger, with a hilt similar to that of swords. In the past, loaves and the hindquarters of a goat were nailed to this rod, adorned with flowers and colored ribbons, which were placed to the right of the bride and groom during mass, in order to attract fertility to the couple.
Galicia is a gastronomic paradise and its weddings are famous for the good quality of their cuisine, rich in local products. During the aperitif, bagpipe music is usually listened to, and sometimes a pulpero is hired. Also, during the party, some bride and groom choose to include the conxuro da queimada , which serves to attract good luck and delights the guests. Without a doubt, a fun wedding idea.
The dowry custom was fundamental in traditional Basque weddings and involved a whole ritual in which family and friends drove the bride in cars, with all their trousseau, to the groom’s house. The arrangement of the drive on the cars was encoded with a symbolic language shared by the community. The head of the car was dominated by the spinning wheel and the spindle, and in the tail was the mirror. In the center and high, the bed, four wool mattresses and pillows, and under them the bride’s ark with sheets and shirts for the groom, including the elegant bib that would look at the wedding.
There are many regions in which it is tradition to bring eggs to the Poor Clares so that the wedding day is good weather. In addition, in Castilla la Mancha all the close family of the bride accompanied her to church until a few years ago. And in Murcia, the banquet was held at the bride’s house and could last up to two days. In the treat, they could not miss the mantecados.
Also note that many other traditions are related to songs for weddings, which include folk music. Now that you know better the wedding customs of our country, you only have to decide if you are going to include any of these original traditions in your link. If this is the case, do not forget to communicate it with your wedding invitations. It will be a unique link!