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Wedding Traditions in Mexico

The wedding

religious customs
Dating/Customs Traditions
The wedding
Reception
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     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 friends.

     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.