At the time of the wedding, the groom got dress at his house as same as the bride because if
the man sees the bride before they go to church with her dress is bad luck for their marriage.After the bride is leaving
her home for the ceremony, the bride's mother offers a prayer with the bride. Then the woman goes out heading to the
church accompanied by her parents and family. As the groom is waiting for the bride at the church with parents, family and
The bride arrives to the church then the bride's parents release the bride to the groom to get
into the church,so the ceremony can get started.The couples have a special place to be, they go to the front of the priest
and have a sit in comfortable chairs that were special decorated for them.The bride wearing a white dress because the color
white has been a simbol of joyous celebration since early Roman times. At the beginning to the 20th century, white stood for
purity as well. But, today it holds it's original meaning of happiness and joy.
Mexican weddings tend to be large with many attendants. The attendants are called madrinas and
padrinos and they have special roles in the wedding.Teh flower girl and ring bearer are dressed as miniature versions of the
bride and groom. The madrina de ramo carries fowers for the Virgin Mary. The madrina de laso carries a jeweled or beaded rope
tha is placed around the couple as their vows, to simbolize their union.
The madrina de arras holds the 13 coins the bridegroom presents to the bride. The coins, or
arrhea, was a Roman custom of breaking gold or silver, one half to be kept by the woman and the other half by the man, as
a pledge of marriage.The groom gives the bride the 13 coins as a symbol of his unquestionable trust and confidence.HE pledges
that he places all of his goods into her care and safekeeping. Acceptance by the bride means taking that trust and confidence
unconditionally with total dedication and prudence. The number of 12 represents Christ and his 12 apostles. The coins are
presented to the priest by a friend or relative.
Others participants like the madrina de copas carries the winw glasses for the toast.Madrinas
of padrinos carry a prayer book, a rosary, a guest book for signatures and an embroidered pillow to conmemorate the day.There
is also a madrina de velacion, who the bride has chosen to turn to for guidance throughout her marriage life.The last persons
in the procession carry the recuerdos, which are remembrances given to the guests. Also, as part of the ceremony to symbolize
unity, a large loop of rosary beads or a lasso is placed around the neck of couple. The loop is a simbolic of their
responsability of marriage for the rest of their lives.At the end of the ceremony the groom kisses the bride and that means
the ceremony is over in some areas they use the mariachis at the end of the ceremony as a part of the recessional.