hispanic traditions

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s2bmsv Posts : 1 Registered: 7/26/08
hispanic traditions
Posted: Oct 5, 2008 6:54 PM

Hi ladies.  I need help.  I was wondering if anyone knew anything about hispanic traditions.  My fiance is puerto rican and neither one of us has any idea.  I can't find anything online.Frown

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HLYflute Posts : 1,282 Registered: 2/5/07
Re: hispanic traditions
Posted: Oct 7, 2008 8:28 PM Go to message in response to: s2bmsv

Is there anyone in his family who has gotten married at all recently?  That would be a good starting place.  

My husband is Mexican; not quite the same, but maybe they have some of the same traditions?  I'm not sure.  Anyway, they do a thing called "Las Arras" where the groom places some gold coins in the bride's hands to symbolize the sharing of wealth in their new lives.  Also, they use a "lasso"-- it's like a really big rosary-- to join the two together as they say their vows.  Finally, the bridesmaids each carry something significant.  One has the arras, another the lasso, someone has a Bible... I forget what else. 

Another thing is to try and include music from his culture.  We had a latino ensemble perform during cocktail hour, and featured margaritas at the bar.  Guests loved it, and it was something his family could appreciate.

Anyway, talk to family, see what they say.  Some things may be hispanic traditions, but not normally done in his family.


nanette927 Posts : 1,748 Registered: 1/28/08
Re: hispanic traditions
Posted: Oct 7, 2008 8:34 PM Go to message in response to: s2bmsv

I have a few links for you but they are at work. My BFF is Puerto Rican and she is planning her wedding in 2010 She sent me several links to look at but I can't get hold of her right now. I do have them saved at work on my conputer there. I seill be more than happy to give them to you tomorrow. if you still want them. 


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LadyE2010 Posts : 83 Registered: 10/30/07
Re: hispanic traditions
Posted: Oct 13, 2008 12:33 PM Go to message in response to: s2bmsv

Hi!  I myself am puerto rican, but can't really think of anything.  I know that there is a bride doll that is sometimes used, but I havn't really seen this used at most of the weddings I've been to. Capias are another thing that are usually incorporated, but to me, they are basically favors.  For our wedding my FH (not puertorican) and I decided that we are going to find an officiant that can do the ceremony in spanish and in english, since my grandparents and some aunts and uncles on my dad's side don't understand english too well.  FH and I love to dance salsa and have taken lessons, so for our reception, we would like to hire an instructer for 30-60 min and have people come out and salsa with us.  You could always incorporate a "tropical" dessert or dinner into the menu.  Most of all, don't stress too much because the wedding customs are not that different and vary mostly depending on what type of church a person attends, just like here.

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nanette927 Posts : 1,748 Registered: 1/28/08
Re: hispanic traditions
Posted: Oct 13, 2008 12:38 PM Go to message in response to: LadyE2010

here are a few web sites




I hope this helps. Good luck.


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NotOfThisWorld Posts : 153 Registered: 10/14/08
Re: hispanic traditions
Posted: Oct 14, 2008 10:55 PM Go to message in response to: s2bmsv

i also need to know about hispanic traditions. my fiance is mexican and i'm kenyan, so we'll have a little bit of both. he's never been to a wedding so he doesnt even know much about weddings period! lol


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CSUFgrad08 Posts : 114 Registered: 6/19/08
Re: hispanic traditions
Posted: Oct 29, 2008 1:28 AM Go to message in response to: s2bmsv

Hello there! My FH and I are both hispanic and practicing Catholics. Most of what other girls have mentioned on here is pretty much covered. We use the traditional "lasso" which is placed around the couple to symbolize their joining as one. The "arras" which is a symbol of combining and sharing each other's wealth and belongings and as Catholics, we also offer flowers to our lady of Guadalupe (also known as Mary). FH and I are totally having a traditional Catholic ceremony with all of these elements. Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

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SharonOtero Posts : 12 Registered: 3/7/08
Re: hispanic traditions
Posted: Nov 21, 2008 5:17 AM Go to message in response to: s2bmsv


I'm Puerto Rican and the only thing that I remember seeing was the Bride Doll dressed just like the bride (same dress and all) placed in the entrance of the reception and it is where capias ( adorned ribbon with bride and grooms name and wedding date is worn line a bouttoneir) are placed to be pinned on wedding guests by the bride and she greets her guests. I think it has been phased out. It's not customary anymore, it's actually considered tacky now. Weddings in Puerto Rico are pretty much the same as they are here in the States.

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MAGIDAH Posts : 2 Registered: 11/22/08
Re: hispanic traditions
Posted: Nov 23, 2008 7:35 PM Go to message in response to: s2bmsv

hey there... the other gals here have pretty much covered it with the lasso, las arras, the flowers given to the la virgen de guadalupe, also..as you leave the ceremony, the tradition is to have the guests throw rice for abundance in the couples future lives together. at the reception, there is the baile del conejo. where the bride and groom stand on chairs in the center of the dancefloor..the groom holding the veil or tail of the bride ...the females make a seperate line from the males, and the dance begins...both lines go under the veil or tail when dancing...the more particiants the better...it's a tradition to wish the newlyweds with many children...

...i also need help! my husband is from el salvador and i'm mexican...i want to incorporate some of the salvadorean traditions as well, but he has no clue...can someone help me please??

...and by the way, congrats!!!

" Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."

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