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Mexican Wedding: Best of Both Worlds

Traditional with a modern twist

Ellen Lai

on 19 September 2012

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A MEXICAN WEDDING: Best of Both Worlds Traditional With A Modern Twist Ceremony Padrinos and Madrinas Godparents chosen by the bride and groom before the wedding. Padrinos and Madrinas sponsor the wedding. Mark of respect by the couple the godparents is given a special place by the coupe in the wedding ceremony.
The Madrina de Ramo (flower girl) carries the flowers for the Virgin Mary (gift given to Virgin Mary before asking for her blessing). The Madrina de Laso (ring bearer) carries the jewelled or beaded ribbon (Symbolic of Unification) which is placed around the couple as they recite their vows.
Bride’s mother / parents offer prays with the bride. ROLES Laso or lasso; this is a jeweled or beaded ribbon that symbolizes the couple's unification, which is carried by the Madrina de Laso (ring bearer). The Madrina de Ramo (flower girl) carries this bouquet as gift (given before asking for her blessing) for the Virgin Mary. Traditions Two of the utmost traditions which must be up held in every traditional mexican wedding, no matter how much of a modern twist is added are the tying of the Lasso and the 13 gold coins.
The purpose of the Lasso is to symbolize or represent the unification of the couple. The Lasso is looped or tied around the necks of the couple (first the groom, then the bride), before they begin the wedding mass and the recital of their vows.
The 13 gold coins tradition started back in Ancient Rome, and was influenced by the Spanish. A belief is that the 13 gold coins represent Jesus and the 12 apostles. Another belief is that they represent the 12 Luna cycle of a year and the 13th coin symbolizes Newly-Wed's honeymoon.
Before the 13 coins are given to the bride by the groom, it is first blessed by the priest. 13 gold coins presented in a case Bridal Wear Traditional Dress Code The bride sews three ribbons—yellow, blue, and red into her lingerie for good luck. The ribbons are supposed to ensure the availability of food, money, and passion in the years to come. The dresses are traditionally white; occasionally the bride would have colourful embroidery. In some instances the bride would carry a bouquet of flowers. Grooms Wear Traditional Mexican wedding ceremony attire for the groom includes a bolero jacket, usually in black, and fitted or tight pants. This is very similar to a bullfighter's outfit. The bolero jacket also may be embroidered with elaborate designs in gold or silver thread. Mexican-American grooms may choose to wear a traditional tuxedo with a pocket square or bow tie that is red or green. Guests & Participants The guests and participants of the wedding would usually wear red. Reception The cake is usually a rum-soaked fruit cake, with bits of pineapple, pecans or coconut. Food Entertainment A Piñata is paper-mache animal or heart filled with sweets and toys is presented at the reception and hung from a string on a tree or beam. The children would take turns being blindfolded and whacking a bat at the piñata until it breaks, releasing the sweets and toys. The children would then scramble to gather as many of the goods as they can.
Many people believe that a traditional Mexican wedding is incomplete with out a Mariachi band. The instruments the band consists of are guitars, drums and trumpets. The members are often dressed as cowboys.
During the first dance, the guests would usually form a heart around the couple as they begin to dance.
Whilst the gust are sing La Vibora de la Mar, they would be ducking under an arch the bride and groom makes.
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