Spanish and Latin weddings are very well known for their lovely use of vibrant colors, traditions and old-world designs. While each Latin culture has unique twists on certain aspects of a wedding, they usually stem from a traditional idea!
When it comes to decor in Spanish weddings, orange blossoms are found frequently throughout the decor. Orange blossoms, while beautiful, also represent fulfillment and happiness for the bride and groom – the tree blooms and bears fruit at the same time, which is wear this old-world tradition started.
Before vows are exchanged, a groom presents his bride with 13 coins, which illustrate his commitment to her and the bride takes these coins to the wedding ceremony in her small pouch.
The rich culture of Latin American and Spain is still evident in many of the traditional wedding rituals used today. One of the most popular – and one that is found in many cultures – is the groom is not allowed to capture a glimpse of his future bride. The bride’s father is responsible for keeping her hidden until she gives her to the groom during the ceremony.
The flower girl and ring bearer are often dressed as a miniature version of the bride and groom. Unlike some customs, a Spanish wedding is paid for by different godparents or sponsors of the wedding couple and the same sponsors carry the rosary into the church for the couple. The rosary is draped around the bride and groom as a symbol of protection in the new union.
A mantilla veil is a traditional and common choice for the Spanish bride, and some brides choose to wear an ornately embroidered black silk dress to represent their vows until death separates the couple.