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Hispanic wedding attire, flowers and rings

Brides and grooms in Hispanic countries tend to wear very similar wedding attire to their counterparts in the USA or Europe, but with a few unique touches depending on their culture, religion and the climate.

guayaberaThe groom

Depending on the type of wedding and their culture, grooms in Latin America may choose to wear a traditional tuxedo, a richly embroidered bolero jacket with tight black high-waisted pants, in the style of a matador or bullfighter, or, for beach weddings, Hispanic grooms may choose to wear an embroidered guayabera, a light, short-sleeved shirt perfect for tropical temperatures.

Grooms in rural areas of Chile often choose to wear the traditional clothing of huasos, Chilean cowboys, instead of Western suits or tuxedos. More traditional suits are worn at high-society and city weddings.

The bride

Latina brides have a wide variety of options for their wedding dress, but the look is usually very feminine and figure-hugging. A bride may wear a silk and lace Flamenco-style dress with ruffles or a slim-fitting dress with bolero jacket. The dress is often richly embroidered. As most traditional Mexican weddings are accompanied by a Catholic Mass, the bride's shoulders should be covered whilst in church. Also popular is a long mantilla veil, made in beautiful Spanish lace.

flamenco_gownA Colombian bride often puts a coin in her shoe as a symbol of her wish not to get into a situation where she would be without basic necessities.

Mexican brides often wear a tiara. This comes from a very old Spanish tradition in which they become "queen for the day."

Traditionally, Latin American brides do not wear pearls, as they are said to be a symbol of teardrops, meaning grief and sorrow for the bridal couple.

A Mexican bride sews three ribbons into her lingerie: yellow to symbolize plentiful food, blue for good financial fortune, and red for a passionate marriage.

orange_blossomWedding flowers

A popular bridal flower for Latin American women is orange blossom, which signifies happiness and fertility for the couple.

The church is typically decorated with white flowers at Mexican weddings, representing purity.

It is tradition amongst many Catholic Hispanics for the bride to have two bouquets, offering the second bouquet to a statue of the Virgin Mary asking her to bless the marriage. This would typically be made with white flowers.

Hispanic brides sometimes carry a fan instead of a bouquet. The fan is often adorned with flowers.

It has become common practice for brides in many Latin American countries to throw the bouquet at their reception, as is traditional in the US and other countries, and special bouquets known as “toss bouquets” can even be made for this purpose!

Engagement and wedding rings

Each Latin American country has different traditions regarding where, when and by whom wedding and engagement rings are worn.

In Argentina parents or grandparents sometimes give the gold for the new wedding ring to be made, or one of their own rings. Both the bride and groom wear engagement rings at the wedding ceremony. They are usually made of silver and are thinner than wedding rings. The engagement rings are replaced by wedding rings during the exchange of rings at the wedding ceremony. The couple sometimes keeps the engagement rings and wears them together with the wedding rings.rings

In Chile couples exchange wedding rings when they get engaged, and wear them on their right hands. After the wedding the rings are worn on the left hand.

In Mexico, it is not unusual for a woman to receive a commitment ring one year before being given her engagement ring, and long engagements are not uncommon.

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