Hispanic wedding traditions: Clothing, flowers, food and decorations
Incorporate beautiful and traditional Hispanic wedding traditions in your own wedding
If you have ever attended a Hispanic wedding, you will notice what a beautiful affair it is, lush with traditions that have spanned generations. Unlike traditional American weddings, the wedding day is not just a celebration catered to the bride and groom. In Hispanic weddings, the entire event is a party put on by the entire family for the entire family. From clothing to food, here are a couple of ideas to make your wedding a fiesta!
Nowadays, Hispanic brides and grooms opt for whatever fashion is trendy at the time, but if a bride wants to add a little Latin flair to her outfit, she can choose to wear a mantilla veil, which is a Spanish lacy veil that is hung over the bride’s head. The bride can also wear a Latin-inspired shawl over her dress or a bolero-style jacket. As for the bridal party, you rarely see soft pastel shades in a Hispanic wedding. Choose a vibrant Latin color like red or green to spice up your wedding party. Perhaps you can take this one step forward and make the bridesmaids’ dresses reminiscent of a Folklorico or Flamenco dancer’s style of dress. For a final touch, have all the women in the bridal party put a medium-sized flower over their ear. The groom, on the other hand, may opt for a suit inspired by the matador: slim pants and a bolero jacket.
As for flowers and decorations, choose colors that are bright. Hispanic weddings are festive affairs where one rarely hears phrases like neutral or pastel colors. In lieu of fresh flowers, you often see hand made Mexican paper flowers, which are large vibrant flowers easily made using tissue paper, pipe cleaners and perfume. Not only will you not have to worry about these paper flowers wilting on you, but they are great party favors for guests to take home as a reminder of your wedding. Opt out of plain white linens and dinnerware and instead go for colorful tablecloths and plates. Hang a few small wedding-inspired pinatas around the reception area and place them on the table where gifts are held.
Have salsa and merengue music playing in the background while the guests are mingling or, better yet, hire a local mariachi band to serenade your guests while they dining. You can also have a local Folklorico or Flamenco group to come entertain your guests with beautiful dancing. This will get your guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor.
The best part of any Hispanic wedding has to be the food. Make sure to have fresh fruit platters (mangoes, oranges, papayas, watermelon, strawberries and grapes) around for guests to snack on before dinner is served. If you plan on serving liquor at your wedding, you can serve up sangria (a sweet wine made with brandy and fruits), Mexican martinis (tequila and olive juice), margaritas and Mexican-inspired beers like Dos Equis and Corona. The food itself, is usually a family affair, prepared and served by family members. Some of the favorites include fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, guacamole, chili con queso (spicy cheese sauce), rice, beans and empanadas (filled pastries). For dessert, expect to see flan (egg custard), Mexican wedding cookies (light powdered cookies) and sopaipillas (fried pastries).