When talking of the Mexican weddings, let's start with the wedding invitations.

In Mexico, it's quite usual to have printed on the wedding invitation a complete list of the bridal party and the "sponsors"; and it is quite common to have this in both Spanish and English. Find more fashion dresses at UWDress.com.

All of the wedding attendants and contributors are individually listed on each wedding invitation with their contributions noted; sponsors, or padrinos, are the people who have made a financial contribution to the wedding.

Traditionally, in Mexico, the wedding couple gets financial help from their godparents, known as padrinos. Although this has changed somewhat in modern times; The padrinos are given a place of honor near the wedding couple during the ceremony. Sometimes they give the wedding couple a gift of a Bible and rosary. In addition to financial sponsorship, the padrinos act as mentors before the wedding and afterward in the young marriage.

Many cultures don't include the names of deceased parents on wedding invitations, but Mexican tradition does include the name of deceased parents, each on a line by itself with a cross or other religious symbol depending upon the religion of the person.

Information about the reception and dance are either printed on the invitation or included separately; one common tradition is the invitation acts like a ticket and must be brought to gain admittance to the festivities!

The bride mostly wears a mantilla veil, or a slim dress with a bolero jacket, or even a Flamenco-style dress with ruffles at the hem. The groom may wear a matadorian outfit ---- a bolero jacket with tight fitting pants, or, a Mexican Wedding shirt with loose, drawstring pants.

A Mexican wedding ceremony includes many attendants. The ring bearer and flower girl are clothed as a miniature bride and groom. The ring bearer brings a rope of rosary beads to circle around the couple following the vows, and act that symbolizes love binding the two together as one. The flower girl carries flowers as an offering to the Virgin Mary. The maid of honor holds 13 coins, a symbol of Jesus and the disciples. The groom gives the bride thirteen gold coins as a symbol of his unquestionable trust and confidence placed in her as his beloved wife and gives the responsibility of all of his material to her.  The acceptance on her part assures him back of her total love and dedication in looking after him, his possessions and her unconditional love. The groom puts the coins into the bride's cupped hands and places the box on top.

After vows are exchanged, the couple is joined by a lasso made of rosary beads or orange blossoms. A priest wraps the lasso in the shape of a figure eight around the necks or wrists of the bride and groom.The couple wears the lasso throughout the service and at the end of the ceremony; the lasso is removed and is given to the Bride as a keepsake.

After the ceremony comes a grand party. Mexican food traditionally served include tortillas, chicken, beans and rice, and sangria, a traditional drink served as a beverage. A container made of paper called the pinata is filled with candies and hung for the children, who swat at it. Once the pinata breaks, the sweets are distributed among all the guests.

Dancing usually starts with the newly wed taking the stage for their dance as man and wife. During this ceremony, the guests hold hands and gather around them in the shape of a heart. The Dollar Dance is also an integral and delightful part of a Mexican wedding. In this custom, the guests take turns to dance with the couple and pin up a dollar bill (or a larger denomination) as blessing for their happy married life. Salsa, meringue and flamenco styles of dance add vigor and life to the festivities.

Mariachis, which is a group that plays traditional Mexican music, sings for one hour at the end of the party, everybody dances and sings.

Then "after party" is followed. It's usually at the bridal parent's house. Only the closest friends and family members attend this party. The people talk, laugh, sing and eat again. Then the bride and groom say goodbye and go on their honeymoon.



Different regions across the country have their own traditions, but there are common elements, such as music, dancing, food, great joy and wishes for happiness.