What is a Traditional Mexican Wedding?
There are many traditions that surface in a traditional Mexican wedding. Mexican wedding traditions are symbolic and are integrated with Latin customs.
Questions are asked about a traditional Mexican Wedding and these include…
Who pays for the wedding? Both families will foot the bill since both are involved in planning the wedding. The wedding bridesmaids and groomsmen are paired and each pair plays a different role in the wedding.
What about wedding invitations? Wedding invitations are written in Spanish and English and list the parents of both the bride and groom. All the wedding attendants are listed on the wedding invitation.
A Lazo – What is that? A Lazo is a large rosary or decorated cord that is draped around the bride’s and the groom’s neck, starting with the groom first. It is placed in a figure eight symbolizing eternity while the couple are kneeling at the alter. The Lazo is used after the bride and groom have said their vows. The bride is given the Lazo after the ceremony as a keepsake.
What is an Arras or 13 gold coins? A priest blesses 13 gold coins and the groom gives it to the bride. The 13 coins represents Jesus and the 12 apostles. The groom pledges to be a good provider and the bride accepts the coin stating her trust and confidence in her husband to be.
What is the money dance? With this tradition, the guest are expected to pay generously for being able to dance with the bride. The money will be used by the newlyweds for their honeymoon and for setting up their new home.
Who selects the colors for the wedding? The bride. Whatever color the bride selects, that color theme dominates the entire wedding decorations. The reception also will reflect the colors chosen by the bride.
A time-honored Mexican wedding is steeped in tradition handed down from generation to generation to be enjoyed by the entire wedding party and their guests. No doubt you will have a chance to enjoy in the festivities should you be honored with a Mexican wedding invitation.