Most Mexican weddings are held in a Catholic church, and include a nuptial mass if both parties practice Catholicism. “Sponsors” who are close friends or relatives of the bride and groom, are chosen to assist in financial and personal points of the wedding, and are usually present during the ceremony. A flamenco style wedding dress is worn by the bride, which is hand sewn by her family members at the groom’s expense. A “mantilla” is a lace veil that covers the bride’s face, worn to ward off evil spirits during the ceremony. The groom wears a pleated Mexican wedding shirt, called a “guayabera.” During the mass, the couple kneel on pillows and present flowers in honor of the Virgin Mary. A large rosary is placed over the shoulders of the bride and groom and lassoed around their necks in the shape of a circle eight while the priest says a prayer. This symbolizes the binding of their marriage for eternity. An arras takes place, where the groom hands the bride 13 gold coins to represent his ability and willingness to support her. Red rose beads are tossed to the couple as they exit the church. Delicious foods, such as mole sauce and a rum based cake are served at the reception. The town usually assists with the preparation of the foods served at the reception. Mexican weddings are known to turn in to outrageous parties that last more than a day, as the bride and groom, wedding guests, and family celebrate and dance to live mariachi music.

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