North American Weddings


A traditional Mexican wedding is financially sponsored by the bride and groom’s godparents. They are called “padrinos” or sponsors of the wedding. The padrinos, who serve as the bride and groom’s role models, are very much honored in the wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, the bride and group are joined by a rosary or a white ribbon (lasso). This symbolizes the union of the couple. For the groom to show his commitment to support his new wife, he gives her 13 gold coins. The priest blesses these coins. This gift-giving of the groom is customary in Mexican weddings. Upon leaving the church, red beads are thrown at the bride and groom for good luck. At the reception, the guests will join hands and form a heart shape around the newlyweds as they dance as husband and wife. Fruitcake is usually served at a traditional Mexican wedding. A pinata (a paper mache container), which is shaped like an animal and filled with candies, hangs from the ceiling. Children take turns hitting the pinata. When it breaks, the guests will share the candy.


A traditional Puerto Rican wedding has similarities to a Mexican wedding. A Puerto Rican groom also gives gold coins to his bride. The bride will keep these coins because they serve as a gift from her husband. This act of the groom represents good luck and prosperity for the couple. At the reception, a doll is placed at the main table. The doll wears the same dress as the bride. The doll has little charms on it, which are later given to guests as wedding favors.

NATIVE AMERICA (Alonquin Indians)

A young Indian goes to the family of the girl he has chosen to marry to ask her parents permission. The couple is responsible for the wedding preparations. They also must choose four sponsors who can give them guidance. The official who will wed the couple will make sure the bride and groom are serious about the marriage. Only then will the couple be wed. Divorce is forbidden in their culture. Since they have sworn to God to become husband and wife, they cannot separate. On their wedding day, the couple wears a regalia, a traditional hand-made clothing by the Alonquins. A wedding feast follows. Food – bread, deer meat, beans, corn soup and desserts is served on a blanket.

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