Spain is a breathtaking country, filled with amazing landscapes, colorful people, and a deep rooted culture. A culture surrounding food, music, love and family. It is no wonder that culture integrates deeply with wedding traditions in Spain’s history. In this post, let’s visit some of the traditions within a Spaniard wedding.
Dance Until Sunrise
If the wedding is actually in Spain, do not be surprised at a later ceremony time. The beginning of a wedding celebration in Spain tends to be much later than in the U.S. in order to escape the hot, direct sun – so 6PM-7PM is not uncanny. The fiesta after the wedding will then go late into the night, sometimes until the sun rises. One of the benefits of timing a ceremony for around sunset is some of the best lighting for photos during the wedding ceremony.
Unity coins, otherwise known as arras, or the thirteen wedding coins, symbolize Jesus and the twelve apostles. The exchange of the unity coins symbolizes the groom’s promise to provide for his new wife and family.
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No Bridal Party or Groomsmen
Spanish weddings do not include bridesmaids or groomsmen, a Best Man, or Maid of Honor. The groom’s mother will walk with him down the aisle before the wedding ceremony. After the Bride and Groom say they do, and the wedding moves to the reception and seating, the head table will traditionally be set for 6: the bride, the groom, and their parents. With no Best Man or Maid of Honor, no speeches will be made (although sometimes the Father of the bride or groom will address the guests at the reception, depending on personal preference).
Wedding traditions in Spain contain links to generations that have passed – but through current day practices, some of these timeless traditions still are brought into modern church ceremonies. It is amazing when a couple decides to honor customs within their religion or background – and being lucky enough to be a part of a Spaniard wedding celebration will provide exciting and memorable.