Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mexican Wedding Traditions Explained

I posted once about certain Mexican wedding traditions, and ways to incorporate them into your wedding. I'm so keen on the idea of tying the culture of your wedding location in, that I wanted to include some more content I recently came across. What better way to honor the beautiful area in which you're celebrating this special day than to celebrate with fun and unique traditions that honor the beautiful nation of Mexico!

The Thirteen Gold Coins
In certain parts of Mexico, the groom gives the bride 13 gold coins calls "arras." This comes from a Roman tradition of breaking a piece of gold or silver...half the gold to be kept by the bride, and the other half by the groom. It is meant to symbolize compromise in the couple's union, and I can't help but think nostalgically back to those necklaces that each included half of a complete heart. What a great tradition!

Los Padrinos (Godfathers) 
Los Padrinos translates as godparents and are sponsors for different aspects of the wedding such as the flowers, the ceremony, the cake, and even the bride’s dress. These padrinos contribute to the cost of the wedding ceremony.

El Lazo (Lasso) 
El Lazo is intended to represent the unity component of marriage, some couples include an actual lasso into the ceremony, permanently looping them together. Some couples choose to be entwined in orange blossoms as this symbolizes fertility and hapiness. 

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