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Latina Wedding Customs

There are so many creative ways to honor your Latinx lineage on your big day, from a mantilla shroud to a papel picado-covered roof. You can also demonstrate your love for your traditions with your food and beverages, as well as subtle details like scalloped fabric, but it’s not just about including classic elements. Here, bridal planners share how they helped lovers recognize their identity with their menus, music, and furnishings.

The lazo and reims festival, which involves wrapping a wire or rope around a woman’s arms to show unity, is a well-known Latina ceremony custom. Any wire or ribbon can be used, but Catholic Latinx civilizations value this in particular. During the service, the groom and bride does trade jewelry, pledges, and gifts. The padrinos—the bride’s and couple’s godparents—will next link the rope, representing their help for the few throughout their matrimony.

A recurring theme in Hispanic bridal beliefs is new padrinos—godparents who provide direction for the bride and groom before, during, and after the bride. Hispanic brides and grooms had their own personal padrinos and/or madrinas as part of the bridal party, but they did n’t traditionally have one.

A fun Hispanic wedding custom is a money dance at the reception where guests deposit money on the bride and groom for a chance to dance along with them. The dance can last for up to five songs, depending on how much music is pinned.