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Top Wedding Resort Hacienda Encantada Highlights Getting Married in Cabo San Lucas This Fall

15 Oct

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Once travelers set foot at Top Wedding Resort Hacienda Encantada, they soon see exactly why so many travelers who visit the area find it to be such a romantic place. The resort is home to sweeping views, something that many who visit Mexico hope for. Using these as a romantic backdrop for wedding photos will create a lifetime of memories.

After their ceremony, many will want to stick around Cabo San Lucas for the honeymoon as well. Relaxing at any of the beautiful beaches in the area, especially Lover’s Beach will be the perfect place for newlyweds to celebrate their relationship for the first time ever as a married couple. There are many other beaches nearby as well, including the famous Medano Beach, where people watching and many delicious restaurants await.

After a day sightseeing around, come back to relax at Hacienda Encantada. Famous for providing the best place for travelers to unwind, and the holistic spa is a great place to do it. After the ceremony, every couple needs to take some time to just be. A sure way to beat the stress to spend time indulging in the luxury spa treatments available at a travelers fingertips. The Temezcal experience is one that many refer to as life changing, a ritual originating from Mexican tradition known to be cleansing, providing the ultimate relaxation. Following up with a couples massage or facial, Hacienda Encantada knows this honeymoon will be one to remember.

Hacienda Encantada knows those who are already married will have a wonderful time here as well. Hacienda Encantada shares the resort is also known for being a romantic place to plan other events than just weddings, so perhaps a future vow renewal or anniversary ceremony could be planned at the resort as well. This is a great option for all those wanting to share a special moment together in the near future. For more information on planning a ceremony in Cabo San Lucas with Hacienda Encantada, contact the resort today at; planner@haciendaencantada.com

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BODAS DESTINO LATINOAMERICA -DESTINATION WEDDINGS’ SITE- LAUNCHES. All the info you need to plan a dream destination wedding.

23 Dec

Destination Weddings on the Rise

Mexico City, Mexico December 20, 2014:  According to Yahoo Finance, destination weddings are on the rise.  They are up an estimated 20% due to sites like Instagram and Pinterest promoting exotic locations for brides. Bodas Destino Latinoamerica, which literally means “Destination Weddings Latinamerica”, is a promotion and wedding planning company, and is proud to offer fabulous events in wonderful locations for engaged couples who want a romantic destination wedding. Bodas Destino Latinoamerica services international clientele and provides plenty of lovely getaways.   Destination weddings to Mexico and other Latin American countries are increasing in popularity among international couples.  According to the Knot Market Intelligence 24% of couples in the United Sates are now choosing to have a destination wedding. Cancun CVB, also publishes that 30% of them are international weddings, with Mexico accounting for 24% of that number, which equates to about 25,000 couples annually, providing a truly memorable experience that is sure to be unforgettable, destination weddings are hard to top.  People from all over the world are traveling to Latin American locations to have the experience of a lifetime among beautiful landscape and unforgettable views.  Many people turn to Bodas Destino Latinoamerica to provide the best weddings in Mexico and Latin America.  For couples that are looking for special events, destination-wedding resources or planners, Bodas Destino Latinoamerica procures convenient planners, locales and other top professionals for couples. With access to the most breathtaking destinations and venues in Mexico and Latin America, part of its portfolio, guests will have the time of their lives.

Bodas Destino Latinoamerica has finally launched under the lead of Carmen Laborin, which will provide a fabulous addition to Bodas Destino Latinoamerica due to her experience with Mexican tourism and special interest travel from her work with the Mexican government, tourism & hospitality industries, which procured more destination weddings to Mexico.  Laborin, is also a member of the Association of Bridal consultants and Bodas Destino’s owner. Laborin was appointed “Rising Star 2012” among the top travel agent professionals who are 35 years old or under, by Vacation Agents and Agents@Home Magazines.   More services will be available due to the company’s new direction, and provides excellent promotional and consulting capabilities, along with brand recognition skills.  If you are looking for a destination wedding in Mexico or Latin America, Bodas Destino can help you throw your dream wedding, for Bodas Destino Latinoamerica is an ambassador for the top special events’ professionals and locales.

 

DREAM WEDDINGS. EXTRAORDINARY LOCATIONS.
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 The #1 Reference for locations and services for weddings and events, launches its online magazine.

 

DESTINATION WEDDINGS LATINAMERCA, launched on December 1st., 2014 the most comprehensive and attractive information platform in the world of weddings and events, as well as the direct link to the “Top Wedding Providers” or wedding vendors. This is a must for experts and current partners. A communication platform, which recommends everything needed to consider the integration of the most memorable in the world of weddings and romance moments; and only for firsthand experiences.

The launch of this online magazine, is great news for the events’ industry, for which is shared, is born from the expertise of prominent members of the industry, who have high sensitivity and knowledge within this highly specialized segments; as they are the romance travel and destination weddings ones.

DESTINATION WEDDINGS LATINOAMERICA, is a comprehensive and modern site, where the newest trends in event design, fashion, travel romance will be communicated; among other recommendations, the most extensive network of providers for planning and organizing a wedding. On this platform, new entrepreneurs will also find strategic partners that strengthen, reaching proposals for greater impact in creating unforgettable moments for its clients.

There are 4 main areas that make up this Online Magazine:

  • Locations Galleries: destinations, hotels and venues featured.
  • “Inspiration” articles: dreamy ideas, including ‘Real Weddings’ references
  • “Expert Zone” articles on specific themes suchas a budgeting, site inspections, protocol, etc., and including a form to send us your ‘Q & A’s’ which our experts will reply to.
  • Database of outstanding wedding vendors.

The launch event was held on December 1, 2014, at 17:00 hrs. in the renovated space that belongs to the Hotel Camino Real Polanco “TOY GARDEN”. The event gathered more than 150 trade guests and the most important figures of the Travel, Weddings and Special Events’’ industries from various cities of origin  Mexico.

In addition to communicating the launch of BODAS DESTINO LATINOAMERICA, a experts’ panel was held: Dagyi Rivera, Director of New Projects for Latin America ABC Bridal Consultants, the largest  Association of consultants and suppliers to the industry’s and most recognized in the world; author of “WOW QUE BODA: Secrets of a Wedding Planner for a memorable wedding,” Lucrecia Islas, who is a textile designer, fashion/color specialist, designer and owner of Butterfly Events Linens, Tony Yarto, Founder and Director of entrepreneurial ecosystem Incubatour. Creator and leader of Latour Turespacio -set Group of companies dedicated to the promotion of tourism and Jorge Hernandez Delgado, former President of the AMAV, the National Association of Travel Agencies in Mexico, and current President of the Confederation of Latin American Tourism Organizations (COTAL). This panel was moderated by Carmen Laborin, former Director of Weddings and Romance Meetings Industry for the Mexico Tourism Board and current Consultant for the Weddings and Romance segment as well as Managing Partner of Bodas Destino Latinoamerica. In this panel topics covered related to: “Destination Weddings today… And tomorrow: Trends and challenges in the industry by 2015 “.

 

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“DESTINATION: A MEXICO WEDDING & THE UNEXPECTED LOVE FINDINGS”

1 Jul

With my heart pouring down my hands as I typed, here’s the latest story on my Mexico travels. I’m still learning how to write and how to communicate not only what I find, but how I feel. Hope you like it. /// Its both in English and Spanish.

DESTINATION: A MEXICO WEDDING & THE UNEXPECTED LOVE FINDINGS” on my newest blog site PRETTY CHICK FINDINGS:
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Nuevo post en mi blog… con el corazon en la mano. Esta en ambos ingles y espanol, espero les guste.

 

 

Carmen.

Una Bodas Destino, más allá de un evento de celebridades, el estilo de boda que llegó para quedarse.

9 Aug

por: Carmen Laborin

Cuando pensamos en el concepto –muy novedoso por cierto- “Boda destino”, lo primero que viene a la mente es: viajar, desplazarse, arena y mar, cierto?. Por ello, los invito a recapacitar.

Veamos, adentrémonos un poco en el significado de estos conceptos por separado, la boda o matrimonio, se dice es: “un lazo… reconocido socialmente, ya sea por medio de disposiciones jurídicas o por la vía de los usos y costumbres… El matrimonio establece entre los cónyuges —y en muchos casos también entre las familias de origen de éstos— una serie de obligaciones y derechos… dependiendo de cada sociedad. Ahora veamos “DESTINO” y lo escribo con mayúsculas porque es una palabra también poderosísima; El DESTINO, es “el poder sobrenatural que, según se cree, guía las vidas de cualquier ser de forma necesaria y a menudo es fatal, es decir, inevitable o ineludible… El destino es un camino con distintas direcciones. Wow!!! Ahora me explico? Creo firmemente que el poder y la magia de este concepto debería ser reconsiderado, es decir una boda de tipo-destino, se enlaza definitivamente con algo que va mas allá a la selección de un lugar según el uso y costumbre convencional, y creo por tanto que las personas que deciden unirse para toda la vida en una celebración así tendrán mucho que festejar porque en efecto, dos almas no se cruzan por casualidad. Esta pareja resultado de una fuerza mucho más grande, que las personas que la componen tienen en el destino un aliado, ya que desde un punto de vista religioso y la definición de destino, “es un plan creado por Dios” y por ello, no pudiera ser modificado, para los griegos por otra parte el destino se llamaba “Ananké” y era una fuerza superior, no solo a los hombres sino incluso a los mismos dioses. En fin, qué bello es pensar que estando una pareja predestinada a encontrarse, amarse y casarse, también este predestinada a celebrarlo en un lugar igual de mágico, que será lo que sentara las bases para una relación solida y duradera, cuya comunión se atestigüe en un lugar más bien nuevo, para la mayoría de los presentes. Una boda destino puede estar tan cerca o no de casa como se quiera, pero lo que sí es seguro, es que se encontrara muy lejos de ser una boda ordinaria, como las hay tantas.

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Lo primero que hay que destacar, es que aunque las bodas destino por románticas, convenientes y atractivas que resulten, NO SON PARA TODOS, y tal como evalúan concienzudamente las consideraciones para la compra de una casa, un coche, la planeación e un viaje, la solicitud de un crédito, etc., es que se debe de considerar esta opción, de manera seria y claro que con gran emoción, pero sin olvidad por un minuto 1. La personalidad de los novios, y con eso me refiero las cualidades y características de la novia y el novio de manera individual, seguido de la familia de la novia y luego la del novio (aunque las cosas han cambiado últimamente y las modernidad permita mayor flexibilidad en estos aspectos). Últimamente, se ha notado se reduce la participación de las familias en los gastos de la boda, una posibilidad es que la pareja es más independiente, el factor que la edad de los contrayentes va en aumento y mucho en la realización de segundas nupcias, porque sinceramente es la opción ideal para este tipo de unión.

Una importantísima tarea a la par de conocer si el temperamento y estilos de toma de decisiones de la pareja y agregados, permiten una boda de este tipo, es considerar a los afortunados invitados de la lista. No puedo evitar pensar que en este mundo global y enredado, nuestras amistades distan mucho de ser aquellas de la infancia, y bien, la realidad también es que pocos son los bolsillos que aguantan casa, coches, maestrías, boda para 500 invitados, y todo al mismo tiempo, así como pocos son los invitados a quien le interese asistir a su 50va. boda de la vida, o la decima del año, siendo Junio, para disfrutar otra cena de 3 tiempos en mesa redonda, vestidos de traje, visualización de un primer bailes de novios y baile sin control hasta que el maestro de ceremonias o la voz femenina del grupo cierre con: “thank-you-very-much”. Es momento de crear EXPERIENCIAS, no solo para los novios sino para los invitados, es momento de pensar en que es conveniente también para ellos, testigos importantes de la unión, hay que convidarles algo más que cena-baile. Ahora que recordamos la importancia de los invitados, la tarea consiste en conocer el status de esos invitados, es decir pensar en sus antecedentes y situación actual, y estimar lo mejor posible de esos invitados quienes deben/pueden asistir. Si vemos, una vez realizada esta tarea que resulta que hay más SI’s que NO’s, nos daremos por bien servidos, pensare que tenemos las de ganar, ya que de ahí en adelante todo se pone mejor y mejor.

Ahora que el panorama está más claro; es decir 1. Tienes una pareja amorosa, guapa y comprometida, que además se quiere casar, 2. Probablemente, tu ya no vivas con tus padres, o siquiera en la ciudad de dónde eres o bien que tu novio tampoco viva de donde es originario, 3. Algunos de tus amigos, radican en otras ciudades por cuestiones de trabajo, estudio, etc… 4. Tienes muchísimos contactos y compromisos sociales como para atenderlos todos… En el caso de haberte identificado con al menos 2 de los anteriores casos, me permito compartirte oficialmente que eres el prospecto ideal para la famosísima Boda-destino. Ahora los factores decisivos en la selección de una locación para tu boda son: la Facilidad de viaje, la locación/hotel y paquetes de Bodas, la fecha del año, el clima en tal fecha, las opciones de actividades relativas al destino (sitios arqueológicos, escena nocturna, golf, snorkeling, etc.) y muy importante, la disponibilidad de servicios de planner o consultor de boda en la locación, que por cierto son cada vez más y mejores.

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Una vez escogida la locación ideal es ideal encontrarse con su otro yo, es decir buscar la de hada madrina, AKA wedding planner, quien se convertirá en su cómplice, abogada, estratega de negocios, decoradora, psicóloga y amiga por los siguientes meses antes de la boda, esta persona es indispensable y vale cada centavo en que convengan. Esta persona por dedicarse a esto de carrera logra una relación muy cercana con proveedores de TU BODA, y te invito a preguntarte, quienes crees que son VIP para estos proveedores, a una novia que probablemente los contrate una vez claro, o bien a una coordinadora que les trae negocio cada fin de semana? Bien acertaron, esta planner no solo tiene la ventaja de tener mejor respuesta y posibilidad de negociación con los prestadores de servicios, sino que tiene la tarea y la responsabilidad de encontrar para ti, lo mejor y nada más que lo mejor. Ella (o el) simplificara tu tarea, la selección de lo que tú quieres y deseas para TU gran día, gozan de una visión de la estética, el buen gusto y discernimiento que te será útil en todo momento, es capaz de traducir tus necesidades, deseos y sueños de infancia en una visión casi fotográfica de lo que será TU bobda. No escatimes en este servicio, es algo que recordaras para toda tu vida.

No lo puedo negar, me declaro una FAN de las Bodas Destino, simplemente son siempre más divertidas que las convencionales y el dinero gastado (in-ver-ti-do) tiene mucho más valor. De entrada sucede que en lugar de pagar por ver a tus amigos 8 horas, para abrazar, besar, cenar y bailar, los puedes tener por al menos 2 o 3 días, para hacer claro todo lo anterior y mas; actividades culturales, de aventura y sociales (perfecta excusa para una mini-vacación sin culpa), y no necesariamente tienen los novios que ser los patrocinadores de tan distinguido evento compuesto, aunque por otra parte siendo que invitas a tus familiares y amigos más cercanos, y el numero original siempre se reduce, tienes la capacidad de ofrecerles una mejor y más fina experiencia.

(Photo: www.elizabethmedinaphotography.com )

Tanta importancia ha tomado este segmento y a nivel nacional para los destinos del país, que incluso la máxima autoridad en turismo encargada de la promoción, el Consejo de Promoción Turística de Mexico, tiene un nuevo enfoque hacia bodas y ha dedicado un área dentro del segmento de Turismo de Reuniones, de manera que los extranjeros que están por casarse opten en su lugar por hacerlo en nuestro gran país, y así poderles compartir nuestros ritos y tradiciones, y claro está, mostrarles como se celebra la vida en Mexico. En el caso de playas, son Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Nayarit, Riviera Maya y en cuanto a destinos más bien históricos Oaxaca, Morelia, Merida, Puebla, Morelos, Guanajuato / San Miguel de Allende y Zacatecas, son los destinos prioritarios en la promoción del segmento y los cuales están representando y exponiéndose ya en varias plataformas especializadas de bodas, a través de figuras públicas, asociaciones, coordinadores de boda top en Estados Unidos y por supuesto con las novias potenciales mismas. Ha sido una grata sorpresa el saber que nuestros vecinos del norte reconocen y agradecen la oportunidad de considerar el gran valor que representa Mexico y sus creativos proveedores para su boda. Personalidades de la industria como Lisa Light, autora del libro “Destination Bride”, Colin Cowie “Lifestyle Celebrity”, quien tuvo su propio programa de TV “Everyday Elegance With Colin Cowie”, con 8 libros y el más reciente “Colin Cowie, Wedding Chic”, e incluso el famoso autor de también 6 libros y host de la serie “My Fair Wedding” -en su segunda temporada-, están enterados a través del CPTM, de lo que está sucediendo en Mexico a este respecto, y lo que representa como oportunidad para sus clientes y su auditorio. Este ultimo por cierto, nos compartió en reciente reunión que tan solo para 2011 tiene 2 bodas destino de norteamericanos programadas en Mexico, cuando al año por sus compromiso de televisión, presentaciones y libro, solo realizan un promedio de 10 bodas por año, bien Mexico!.

De cualquier manera, mas allá de ser una tendencia entre las celebridades, LA BODA-DESTINO debería de ser algo más que un grito de la moda, y creo que llego para quedarse, deberá eso si entenderse un poco mejor, renacer como una nueva tradición para las parejas de esta generación, que son tan peculiares como diversas y que finalmente buscan también una larga vida de alegría, amor y complicidad en pareja, mismos sueños que merecen una excitante aventura para celebrar tal unión. Creemos tradiciones de amor, compartamos la vida, descubramos el mundo, que la pareja es mucho más que un binomio, bendecido y atestiguado…

Puedo asegurar que todas y cada uno de nosotros, tenemos en la mente la boda destino: sin estrés, divertida, exótica, única, memorable y espectacular, solo que hasta hace poco no tenía nombre. Dejemos que ese gran sueño de dos vaya más allá, y atrevámonos a regalarnos esa boda que existe en los espacios más felices de nuestra imaginación, aquella llena de familia amigos, que se levantan por la mañana y leen juntos el periódico, que comentan historias de infancia, que juegan a ser adultos durante el día, que atardecen con un café, y luego se brindan al anochecer tantos y tantos deseos y unos cuantos antes de que termine la celebración se cumplen; la familia y los amigos que separados llegaron, vuelven siempre y sencillamente familia.

Y bien, al concluir este articulo, reanude mi búsqueda por un significado decente del concepto “Boda-Destino”, y encontré para mi sorpresa, una en idioma ingles de 1990 que dice que es: “una celebración de boda, en una locación exótica o de hoteles”, que para mí es lo mismo que no haber encontrado nada. Por esto y más, les invito a considerar para su matrimonio una celebración tan especial como lo es este tipo de bodas, “Las de Destino” y en un futuro no muy lejano podamos verlo impreso por ahí para la posteridad y como se merece con tanto fondo, como experiencias promete. Que esperan?.

Enhorabuena!

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Carmen L.

Confesiones de una romántica, Viva el amor, y los festejos en torno a el.

(Sentada a cenar en un restaurant de esquina, rodeada a cada lado por dos parejas, cada una de no menos de 140 anos combinados, quienes todavía, se besan en la boca a su encuentro, y todavía, platican en la mesa frente al café… y todavía, pelean por cuanto dejar de propina, y al salir, uno le quita la silla mientras el otro le ofrece su brazo, y del otro lado, el bastón).

Visit Mexico and Become a Certified Green Wedding Professional

7 Aug
This month Kate L. Harrison, author of the bestselling book, Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on any Budget, will host a 1-day Green Wedding Professional Certification Course as part of the Riviera Maya Green Wedding Expo. Join us for the weekend in this beautiful location!
 
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS OPPORTUNITY, YOU CAN SEE DETAILS HERE.ImageAs the GREEN BRIDE GUIDE website explains:

“A green wedding is any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet – and there are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance!

Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. And, amazingly enough, going green can save you money.”

AMERICAN AIRLINES READY TO WORK WITH WEDDING GROUPS WITH AMAZING SPECIAL RATES

9 Jul

American Airlines is ready to provide wedding parties and guests a group rate for their special events’ travels through their American Airlines Group & Meeting Travel. 

Together, American Airlines, American Eagle@ and AmericanConnection@ serve more than 250 cities in 40 countries, and with our oneworld alliance partners, we can arrange group travel discounts to more than 690 destination. Being Mexico one of their top international destinations, what better way to take off to an exotic destination wedding for your dreams, than in a familiar American airline?.

To find out more about American Airlines Group & Meeting Travel, call 1-800-545-8193 for wedding group’s discounted rates. http://www.aa.com

 

MEXICO’S WEDDING rituals and traditions

24 May

MEXICO’S WEDDING rituals and traditions

Carmen Laborin, Mexico Tourism Board.

 

Mexico has been for long a preferred destination for Romance and romance-related travel. With a number of picture perfect locations that make the perfect scenery for anyone’s wedding movie, the country’s exotic locales, accessibility, romantic atmosphere and favorable climate are only a few of the reasons why more and more couple’s are finding themselves marrying south of the border.

Having decades of experience in the destination wedding industry, the country offers knowledgeable wedding specialists, creative event production and out-of-this-world culinary offerings. With a number of cultural, adventure and social activities, a wedding in Mexico is even the perfect excuse for a guilt-free mini-vacation! What truly sets Mexico apart as a prime wedding location is the great attention to detail placed on weddings. This is primarily due to the importance of marriage in Mexican culture, which ensures that every wedding in Mexico is only of the highest quality.

With Mexico’s people being such passionate and for the most part of traditional religious fervor, celebration such as weddings in Mexico may differ to marriages in other cultures, and we thought it would be fun to share some of the most interesting to-dos’ that relate to a traditional Mexican wedding party and that traditionally as well, usually involves: close family and friends –not meaning few but many-, some sort of ethnic food, music and religious customs, in a row of festivities of great symbolism. In Mexico we celebrate with honor when people commit to Love.

I read once that “Watching a traditional Mexican boda is a bit like studying the history of the country over the past seven centuries. Rituals, customs & traditions combined from the Spanish, Aztec, Native American, & Anglo-American cultures are found throughout the wedding” and it really made sense to me. Possible having taken rituals for granted, I needed to take a break and recall some of my experiences on the number of wedding I’ve taken part.

The people of Mexico love to throw parties & weddings are one of the most important celebrations and a perfect occasion to host a fantastic event. While we hope to have a fiesta that our family and friends swill never forget, we try to be very respectful of tradition.

It all starts with the beloved couple, falling in love and “deciding” to marry. That’s just the very beginning…

 

“LA PEDIDA” OR ‘Father’s Approval’

In traditional Mexican families, the father is very much the head of the household. He has the final say in allowing a couple to date and at time of wedding proposal to officially “approve” their daughter to marry and be “given in marriage”. “Pedir” means to request/to demand. If it is an extended family, the grandfather also has input. The fiancée and his family go to the bride’s household to execute this formalism to ask for her hand in marriage as a sign of respect to them, and also so the two families can meet if they haven’t yet or to get to know each other more closely as they will be related shortly trough the union of their children.

“Rural Mexican families tend to follow traditional dating customs more closely than those in the larger cities” was cited. Exposure to other cultures such as the American for example has influenced the younger generation, giving a more relaxed view on dating practices, however the majority follow along the marriage traditions still.

Once granted the permission to marry the bride, the families are able to discuss as well the best dates for the weddings to take place.

Who pays what

Mexican weddings can be expensive and some affairs could be on easily a reunion of 300-400 people. Is typical that the father of the bride, will pay for wedding expenses incurred, this is for the more traditional weddings. In more rural wedding the padrinos, friends & family consistent of a big portion of the whole town will help with the expenses and bring in food, music, beverages in a way to support the new bride & groom and make sure everyone has the best time, you would think than in smaller towns, pretty much EVERYONE’S INVITED.

In urban center and more modern couples, those who have been on their own for sometime would sometime receive the support of both sides, the families of bride & groom, and doesn’t necessarily mean that they would pay for all. More and more we are seeing the couple will pay for some portion of the wedding. On the higher end of the social structure the more the parents pay, the more humble the couple, the less their parents are left with this responsibility, and in many cases that has to do with new generations having more and better opportunities and resources.

Madrinas y Padrinos

In Mexico, the couple selects those who would be the “mentors” to the couple throughout the engagement and marriage. They are usually people who have played an important role in the lives of the bride and groom or their families, they usually sing as witnesses as well on their civil union. Sometimes in most traditional households or towns, the “Padrinos” help the bride and groom pay for parts of the weddings, sort of “sponsors” of one or another aspects of the wedding, they would also take part of the church services as guest of honor near the couple.

Those selected as “padrinos” or godfathers are given the nickname of “compadres” and for that involves the families or friends in the close system of “compadrazgo”, and gift-exchanging.

Wedding Attire

Latina brides have a wide variety of options for their vestido de novia or wedding dress. While some brides chose a traditional wedding. Also popular as Spanish heritage is the mantilla style veil instead of the regular veil.

Depending on the area of Mexico you’re from and the type of upbringing, the customs for your wedding could differ enormously from one another… for that the wedding gowns can also vary from a simple cotton attire to a very elaborate silk or velvet embroidered one.

For example there’s a tradition where the bride sews three ribbons—yellow, blue, & red—into her lingerie for good luck. The ribbons are meant to ensure the availability of food, money, & passion in the years to come and yes, this isn’t visible but it’s a part of the traditions and preparations, in more modern families, she would only wear a blue colored garter (as in something blue).

In Oaxaca State, wedding dresses are always very personal, with lace, embroidery. In the south of the state they can be made of velvet with flowers embroidered, and a curious sort of white colored open hat called resplandor that gives a frame to the face.

In the state of Chiapas for example, the Chiapanecan textile is known because of its symbolic meaning, and is related to the soul. This symbolism reveals itself in the designs, traditional costumes or the dreams of the locals. Typically the designs reflect the power of the nature and the creation, that is a way of expression of their perceptions and beliefs. For that, each ethnic group has got its own representing design, and therefore these textiles are believed to preserve the identity of their community.The most used fabrics are cotton and wool, and are elaborated in their cloth and a sort of belt loom. In this region the textiles are used principally for ceremonies, rituals and in the daily life. For example, a typical wedding dress from Zinacantán, an area in Chiapas, is that made of cotton strings and goose feathers. In the pre-hispanic period these feather symbolized wealth, power, fertility and beauty. Because Zinacantán is characterized by the production of flowers , the main designs of this community are flowers and animals.

In southeastern areas of Mexico such as in Yucatan, there’s a common dress used by locals that is fresh and beautiful, consisting of a long straight skirt and long straight blouse in light cotton fabric with embroidered square neck, which for wedding attire is white on white, the flowers embroidered are hand stitched and this type of dress is called a Huipil (pronounced “ee-pill”).

Besides the classical suit or tux, some grooms may choose to wear a “guayabera’, a light, short-sleeved shirt perfect for tropical temperature. The shirt style is about 200 years old. It is a very detailed shirt, which includes embroidered panels or pleats sewn close together vertically. The design covers both the front and back. There are many styles and designs, on e of the most luxurious ones and perfect for weddings would be the one design called “presidecial” (“presidential”). It is also the shirt of choice for Mexican beach weddings. A popular color is white, but other colors can be worn at less formal weddings.

 

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Processional

Our cathedrals, churches ad parishes, are evidence of the town’s culture and heritage, with ideal architecture and scenery for wedding ceremonies. The use of our town’s icons for weddings for a truly unique experience for the brides… The bride participates in a processional with her parents and family from their home to the cathedral, as does the groom towards the place of the ceremony, asi if for the whole town to see and the parents to feel proud of their marrying daughter or son.

WEDDING CEREMONY – Catholic

Mexican weddings are full of customs and rituals that are steeped in Mexican history and the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. Many traditions still practiced in Mexican weddings date back as far as seven centuries. Weddings are almost always held in a Roman Catholic Church, are very spiritual and involve a full mass, where the couple is considered married for eternity. The “Novia y el Novio” (bride & groom) and their attendants stand or kneel at the Church’s alter.

Family and Godparents “padrinos and madrinas” play prominent roles in the ceremony. During the liturgy godparents may present them with gifts of a prayer book, rosary and kneeling pillow.

SYMBOLS OF MARRIAGE IN MEXICO

El Lazo

The “Lazo” is a sort of tied rope which can be made from something as simple as a ribbon, to something as ornate as a rosary – either beaded or jeweled, silver filigree, crystals, satin or wreath of orange blossoms, fertility symbols- to symbolically join the bride and groom . It is placed around the necks of the couple – in a figure 8- after they have exchanged their vows to represent their linked future together; the joining of two lives. It’s also called a “UNITY LACE”. Usually, family of the bride & groom, padrinos or best friends of the couple are the ones responsible for “lassoing” the Bride and Groom together. Tradition requires the couple to wear the lasso for the remainder of the service. The lasso is a traditional rope, either beaded or jeweled (or both, in some cases) that is placed around the couple as they say their vows. The rope is intended to symbolize the statement of union and togetherness that the couple is making. The lasso tends to be limited to religious ceremonies.

In some of the more spiritual ceremonies of the many that can be performed in Mexico, at some more traditional Maya Rituals even, a lazo is also used, only this is made with natural elements like flowers or sisal twine, of coursed the ritual varies from areas of Mexico and specific indigenous groups to perform it.

An “ofrenda” or offering is usually made from the bride to the Virgin of Guadalupe at the church when in a Catholic ceremony, and so she kneels and prays in thanks and leaves a flower bouquet at the virgin’s icon altar at the very end of the ceremony before the procession out of the church. In a Mayan ceremony some shamans allow the bride and groom to also make an offering of a bouquet of flor de mayo (frangipani) to the ceiba tree, the sacred tree of the Maya, which joins together the heavens and the netherworld.

 Las Arras

In a tradition dating back to ancient Rome, it is customary for the groom to present the bride with coins during the ceremony. The ritual of the 13 gold coins originated in Spain, where the number represents Jesus & the twelve apostles. The gift of the coins contained most of times in an ornate box or gift tray, and that are blessed by the priest in Catholic ceremonies are meant to represent the groom’s commitment to support his wife throughout their life together & her acceptance symbolizes her promise to take care of him. The groom would pour the 13 blessed coins into his bride’s hand and then gives her a box in which to place them for safekeeping.

…AND MORE PROCESSIONALS

In the more conservative or colonial towns, once the religious ceremony is completed and the couple if officially married, together they begin a journey to the location where the wedding reception will take place, accompanied by live musicians (often mariachis or the municipal band), with all of their family and friends following behind them, and a large part of the town joining them during that processional in celebration.

This sort of “wedding parade” what would resemble a “Callejoneada”, in Mexican-Spanish tradition is where the bride and groom walk the streets most often accompanied with a “burro” a tequila or wine bottle carrying donkey alongside the wedding group, so it’s guaranteed that the group will have they drinks poured at all times during the walk to the site, at the same time the enjoy amazing festive music, dance and toast to the Mariachi or “estudiantina” music.

This is an amazing tradition where the whole town comes out of their homes to celebrate and have fun with the newlyweds before they get to the reception with their guests.

THE WEDDING RECEPTION

Mexico is definitely a party town, so pretty much any occasion is a good excuse to throw a party, but most important because of the importance of marriage in latin culture, this is supposed to be THE PARTY. Traditionally, they will go on until the wee hours of the morning, sometimes even long enough to see the sun come up the next day! Music, food and beverages are very important elements of these celebrations.

The traditions at the reception:

“Lanzar el Ramo” means to “To throw the bouquet”. Halfway during the celebration, a brief pause is made and the MC calls all the single ladies (your girls and older ladies included) to the dance floor and gathers around the bride and dance. At some point after a bit of tease the girlfriends friends, she tosses the bouquet either blindfold or standing on her back so it’s unknown who the recipient of the flowers would be. It’s supposed that that who catches it is the following to get married.

“Tirar la liga”. In US the garters toss. While the bride wears the traditional blue gather during the Wedding, the groom makes an appearance at the dance floor as well surrounded by the man of the party and stand around on a circle while he removes his bride’s garter – while she’s sitting in the middle of the circle- then once in a heroic moment of furor for him and the friends, they grab him and play around with him, on the dance floor and dance in a way to fun music recalling the “luchadores” (from lucha libre, wrestlers) or something else like a more humoristic march, which you often hear during a funeral, is played while the groom may be lifted by all the man invited, which symbolizes the “end of its life”. At the point where fun has been ad and music stops and he’s supposed to throw it without looking to one of the friend gathered, then who gets it is supposed to be the one to marry next. At the end of this is typical that the lady who gets the bouquet and the man who gets the gather have to dance to one song together in front of the whole party, then the rest of the party comes back to the dance floor and the party continues.

The Mexican traditions have evolved with the passing of time, combining ancestral Mayan and Aztec rituals, Spanish customs, and modern wedding trends. The food, music, dresses, and even customs vary from family to family. But one thing is true: Mexicans believe on the solidity and importance of marriage. And as I once read, “these sentiments combined with beautiful traditions form unforgettable weddings”

Many Mexican celebrations from festivals to weddings typically include the display of fireworks.

Music

Music, in Mexican weddings, take part pretty much on every stage of the celebration. Solos, duets, trios, bands, there’s always some sort of music ensembles surrounding every event

The traditional music is definitely Mariachi, which is fantastic to enjoy because is versatile, it can be either upbeat to encourage dancing or more subdued as a passionate or romantic serenade. Mariachi s will often play the recessional after the ceremony, & in some weddings they will play at the end of the reception when it’s almost time either to leave or for the “trasnochados menu” to be served, alongside with a shot of tequila. The members of a mariachi band, in general, play guitars, violins & trumpets. The bands often dress as Mexican “Charro” which is a very formal wear. For weddings, they may dress in a gala charro suit on black and silver or white instead. When performing at weddings, mariachis add a festive air to the reception.

The Marimba is a traditional instrument with a very upbeat sound, used to give a unique flavor to local events as well, and this is a more traditional instrument. It’s also the State of Chiapas for example icon related to such, her unlike any other places the marimba s played at once by at least two people. This instrument that is so fine tuned can be as smooth or as festive playing, as talented the musicians are.

In Mexico, live musical groups here are very diverse, and although they do vary from region to region, they all are very well-suited to provide lively entertainment.

Other regional band style for example in San Luis Potosi or Queretaro State area is the “Huapango” which on indigenous Nahuatl language means “on the dance floor” their sounds are a fun country style to dance to and they are basically cords’ instruments in different shapes and styles of guitars mostly.

The Dances

Some more modest and traditional celebrations would have the “MONEY DANCE” where the guests take turns dancing up to the bride & groom & pinning or putting money on their clothes, which allows the couple to spend a few moments with each of their guests.

“La Vibora de la Mar”. Or the “sea snake”. The wedding guests sing this song and dance hand holding in a circle first then around the couple and then ducking under a bridge formed by the bride & groom standing in chairs in front of each other.

In Mexico, parties are always about dancing. People actually are surprised with some western parties where people rather like to talk instead of having a good dance! Ths is particularly true in Oaxaca state. Oaxaca is famous for its bands. Each village has at least one band and most villages have several.

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THE FOOD & BEVERAGES

Food

In most traditional towns, the wedding menu may include: chicken or pork dishes, spicy rice, beans, & tortillas. In most common weddings a beef or chicken menu with a side or potato and salad is most likely. But menus can get as fancy as the budget allows, with the Mexican culinary creativity and ingredients wedding menus can become the center of many celebrations.

In weddings and social events in the Huasteca area, a large tamale called Zacahuilis is cooked overnight in a ground hole and then shared between 50 to 150 people. It is made of corn flour, butter, ground chiles and pork meat.

Some traditional Mexican wedding cakes are often rum-soaked fruitcakes filled with bits of pineapple, pecans, or coconut. The “3 leches” cake is typical of all Mexico, but in Oaxaca for example, they prefer a normal cake that is more “dry” considering it has to stand for many hours before being consumed, .when in some typical weddings, more than 500 guests is considered “normal”.

Also another cake not to be forgotten, is the local favorite Pastel de Almendra (almond cake), everybody’s grandmother says that she has the best recipe… There are also traditional almond sweets that are given out as favors at weddings, these can be made in all shapes and colors, and are very good!

Many dessert tables combine sweet and savory, like peanuts with chile, and sweet/tart tamarind-pulp candies.

Drinks

Mexico’s famous fresh fruit waters, are a delicacy and many time hd as a refreshment upon arrival to the reception venue: horchata, tamarindo, chilacayota, zapote negro, Jamaica, tuna, etc.

One thing that is curious of the customs of Oaxaca, is that in the villages, before you get started with the banquet, you may receive a large bowl of hot chocolate chocolate (always prepared with water- never with milk) and a large piece of bread called pan de yema.

Tequila, rum, Whisky, vodka & beer are usually had in weddings, in many cases most traditional parties in typical towns would have beer and their local spirits instead (Mezcal, Xcanbentun, Bacanora, Posh, etc).

Posh, for example, is a strong alcoholic spirit brewed from cane, made in the indigenous Tzotzil communities and it is used as a spiritual drink during religious celebrations. They brew it in different tastes and made in that way it is called ‘aguardiente’ as well. The Tzotzil people drink it to be able to enter their spiritual world. But nowadays it is consumed as a strong liqueur as well.

THE ‘TORNA BODA’

The ‘tornaboda’ is still celebrated in various neighborhoods. It refers to the ‘after party’. They keep on celebrating untilr very early hours, sometimes even long enough to see the sun come up the next day! For these celebrations, there must definitely be a “levanta muertos menu” at 3 or 4 in the morning (literally, “get-up the dead” menu), for those who want to keep on partying, and also for those who have partied too much and need sustenance. In Yucatán, it is traditional to serve our “cochinita pibil” (annatto-marinated pork) either in tacos or in “tortas”, together with cold beer at that hour of the morning.

Depending on the region you’re at, the menu and customs vary, for example if in Queretaro, thee “trasnochados menu” (an after hours menu) consists of gorditas made in the region of cheese or combined with pork meat, and they are delicious. In Mexico City for example “tacos de canasta”, which literally translates into “basket” tacos, these are more tellingly called tacos al vapor, since they are “steamed,” or tacos sudados, since their texture is consequently “sweaty.” Long hours in sweltering conditions allow the taco fillings to soak the tortillas, adding a glistening appeal. In other regions this menu would be the infamous “chilaquiles” which is a corn tortilla based dish. The tortillas are sliced up, sauteed in a red or green tomato & chilies sauce, dressed with cheese, onion, and sour cream a favorite is also the “Pozole” (traditional Mexican soup). These are great comfort food choices and an aid to ease the pain of a hangover the next day.

If you read trought all of the above it’s maybe time for you to attend one of our infamouse mexican weddings. It isnt even that hard to get invited, just ask, we will be happy to have you.

 Sources: eHow.com, pashweddings.com & wedding planners: Chiapas DMC, Gisele Pérez-Moreno, Paula Balderas, Guadalupe Alvarez, Gaby Sanchez, Christine Baker.

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