Three Distinct Wedding Practices in Mexico

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Many couples have chosen Mexico to tie the knot. And it is actually easy to understand why. Aside from its beautiful location, Mexico is known for its rich traditions in wedding ceremonies. For anyone planning a Mexican wedding, your venue should be part of your planning. The Punta Mita villas is among the places you could consider.

Wedding traditions in Mexico may differ from province to province. However, there are three unique practices that are noticeable in every Mexican Wedding.

Three Distinct Wedding Practices in Mexico

Los Padrinos y Madrina (The Godfathers and Godmothers)

Los Padrinos y Madrina means godfathers and godmothers, they are the godparents and sponsors for various areas of the wedding ceremony like the flowers, the wedding service, the wedding cake, and also the bride’s gown. These padrinos help the in the cost of the wedding ceremony as a whole. There is also the madrina de copas who will be the carrier of the wine glass for the wedding toast.

There are other padrinos for other elements in the wedding such as the rosary, the prayer book, the guestbook, and even for the kneeling pillow. Also, the bride can select a madrina de velacion to direct her all through her wedded life. The very last individual in the procession of sponsors is the remembrances-bearer. He carries the memorabilia which is soon passed to visitors. In certain households, there are godparents who offer to support the newlywed couple spiritually and financially.

El Lazo (Lasso)

The El Lazo or Lasso is a Mexican wedding tradition that represents unity. The lazo is almost always included in every wedding in Mexico. The Lazo is a large rosary made of beads. It is placed around the necks of the couple in eight-shape. The lazo looped on the bride and groom represents binding love and unity where they both share the responsibility in their married life. There are some families that use orange blossoms for happiness and fertility.

The Padrinos de lazo is the lazo given by the godparents which is placed on the couple right after the bride and groom exchanged their vows. The laso stays with the bride and groom throughout the wedding service. After the lasso had been removed, it will be handed to the bride being the groom’s mistress of his home and his heart.

Arras (Thirteen Gold Coins)

Arras or the tradition where the groom presents the bride with 13 gold coins. This tradition rooted from the Romans where a gold or silver coin is broken in half where the groom keeps one piece and the bride the other.

In Mexico, arras is a symbol of the groom’s trust to his bride. It is a promise that he entrusts his finances to his bride. In return, the bride accepts the trust and will take good care of it with prudence. The arras is presented in an elaborate box or gift tray.

The arras is presented to the priest for a blessing at the beginning of the ceremony. The groom passes the arras to the best man who holds on to it. The best man hands the arras back to the priest right before the ceremony is concluded. The arras is passed on back to the groom who hands the arras to the wife, entrusting her his finances.

The Mexican customs have changed with time, merging Mayan and Aztec ceremonies, Spanish traditions, and contemporary wedding styles. These days, Mexican varies from family to family from the rituals right down to the food, music, and even dresses. If there is one common factor in all Mexican Wedding ceremonies, it is that they believe and value the solidity and foundation of marriage.

By Roxane Maybelle, ago