About Mexican Wedding Traditions
Mexican wedding traditions are unique and special in many ways.
In Mexican culture family is very important, which is why most of Mexicans are family oriented and have great respect for their family members.
Since the marriage is regarded as the begging and a birth of a new nucleus family its status in Mexican culture is almost holy.
The role of god parents in traditional Mexican culture is significant. God parents are traditionally chosen by a couple and their role is spiritual guidance and support throughout the good and challenging times of their god children's lives.
God parents have a special role in Mexican wedding. They sponsor the wedding, have a special place by the wedding couple, make a speech and bless the wedding and marriage
Mexican Wedding Dress
When it comes to choosing your Mexican wedding dress there are many options available to you, including the dress which is very similar Western wedding gowns.
However, if you want to have a real traditional Mexican wedding and traditional Mexican wedding dress you should go for the Puebla dress. This dress has loose fit, short sleeves and beautiful and colorful embroidery and even though it is usually white it can be made in any other color.
If you prefer flamenco look for you wedding you can pair a slim wedding dress with bolero jacket.
The groom can wear the graybeard (a Mexican wedding shirt) and lose pants; or a matador jacket and tight trousers.
Mexican Wedding Ceremony
During the wedding ceremony the groom gives 13 gold coins, which represent all of his material belongings, to the bride. This symbolizes his unquestionable confidence and trust in her and her acceptance symbolizes her promise to love him and take care of him and his belongings.
These 13 coins that represent Christ and his twelve apostles are also a foundation of the material possessions of the future family.
After exchanging their vows the white ribbon (the lasso) is symbolically put around the necks of the bride and the groom in the shape of an eight.
This Mexican wedding custom symbolizes the unbreakable love and commitment of the married couple. It also makes it clear that their marriage is their sacred union and that others should not meddle. Their marriage is their secret and others can help only when asked to help, otherwise everybody should respect their marriage and its privacy.
After the wedding ceremony is over the ribbon (the lasso) is removed and is given to the bride for safekeeping.
Mexican Wedding Reception
Big part of Mexican wedding traditions is traditional Mexican foods, music and dances.
Traditional Mexican foods include tortillas, beans, rice, chicken, beef and goat based dishes, avocado, papaya, corn and etc. Also, there is always Mexican beer, tequila, sangria and other alcoholic and nonalcoholic traditional Mexican drinks to celebrate the new marriage.
Of course, there is no Mexican wedding without Mexican wedding cake and Mexican wedding cookies, and if you know that the Mexicans ancestors invented chocolate than you can only imagine how sweet and tasteful their cakes and cookies are.
Dancing is a big part of Mexican culture and Mexican wedding as well. In fact, there is a special wedding dance called the dollar dance in which the guests take turns to dance with the newly weds and give them money.
Mexican Wedding is a true festivity and a very important event in Mexican culture. However it is also recognized that marriage, no matter how great the wedding was, is a challenge. This is why many Mexican wedding traditions are designed to buildup a support network for the newly weds.