Following on from our Wedding Traditions From Around The World; we’re going to take a closer look at some wedding traditions practiced by our neighboring countries.
Just south of the border lies Mexico, a distinct country with a strong and unique culture. Approximately 558 thousand Mexican couples get married each year in a mix of secular and religious ceremonies. The majority actually do both in the same day, first before a judge and then in a church.
Traditionally the bride’s family pays for most of the wedding, but friends and family of the couple often help to pay for certain expenses (even dresses and rings!)
The Wedding Receptions are lively affairs filled with traditional, upbeat music and dancing.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7tKhkjxqGs]
One interesting custom is the “Baile de los Meseros”, where the waiters perform a dance before serving food. This can get quite elaborate, sometimes performed on RollerSkates and sometimes even with fire!
Mexico is known for it’s lively customs, but their weddings share many of the qualities of those in America….Rice throwing, Bouquet and Garter Tosses are all common Mexican Wedding Traditions, just like for Americans.
All in all, unique as some of the different traditions may be – both countries emphasize the love between two people, and the love of friends and family attending the event and supporting the couple in their union.