Latin Ceremony Customs

As a ceremony organizer, it’s always good to see spouses implement components of their tradition into their great evening. Whether it’s traditional food, cocktails, songs or just a little bit of Spanish or Portuguese here and there, it really helps to bring out the best of a woman’s lineage.

For many Spanish American communities, getting married in a cathedral is an essential history. Although, more modern people usually stray away from this and choose to get married at other locations that are important to them like haciendas, galleries, or parks.

Another important latin wedding tradition is the wedding lasso or el lazo. This is a beautiful ceremonial symbol that signifies unity and eternity for the couple as a single unit. It is traditionally a rosary, silk cord or silver rope and it’s usually draped around the bride and groom by their padrinos ( godparents ) after they exchange their vows.

Lastly, the veiling ceremony is a very significant part of a wedding in Latin America. This is where the bride’s mother or the groom puts the veil over her head to signify her purity and commitment to her husband

This is also a time when the groom presents his new wife with a set of 13 gold coins called las arras matrimoniales or arras de boda. These are gifts from the padrinos, and they symbolize that the groom will take care of his new wife and provide for her. This is a great tradition that is commonly seen at weddings in Spain, Mexico and other Latino cultures.

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