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Mexican Traditions to Borrow!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2010 in Decor & Details | 5 Comments

A few years ago, (amazingly, two children ago!!) we flew to Mayra’s home town of California to work on and attend her brother’s wedding.  While we specialize in fusion celebrations, Mayra’s brother’s wedding was a traditional Mexican Wedding, punto. So, when I saw this lovely wedding on the Envelopments blog, I got a little misty eyed remembering Juan’s trip down the aisle, preparing for the nearly 500 guests that attended the reception and me, taking a late night  “nap”  after a few too many palomas and a hot day in the sun!

Maria, who works at Envelopments, and Carlos had a traditional Mexican ceremony, that included the laso, arras and of course, the sounds of Mariachi.

Screen shot 2010-08-18 at 10.27.28 AMScreen shot 2010-08-18 at 10.18.19 AMScreen shot 2010-08-18 at 9.12.46 AMA lot of the time, our clients seeking to infuse a Latino element to their wedding (or who just like the sound) will have us secure a Mariachi for their cocktail hour.  In traditional Mexican culture though, Mariachi are a major aspect of the ceremony.  In fact, ideally, the Mariachi come to where the bride is getting ready to serenade her before heading on to the ceremony.  Can you imagine how awesome those photo ops would be? Mariachi really make for fabulous ceremony music, and it is a great way to incorporate a cultural element into your day.

Another one of my favorite traditions from a Mexican wedding is a dance called La Vibora de la Mar. As far as cultural dances go, it is not as famous as the Horah or the Tarantella, but it is certainly as much fun!  The bride and groom stand on chairs and the groom holds the brides’ train or veil.  The guests, holding hands “snake” (vibora) through… it gets fast and furious and a little bit wild!

Obviously, since Maria works with Envelopments her invitations were just fantastic.  Here is a sneak peak, but you should DEFINITELY check out their website to see how they created this look as well as some of her other stationery pieces and more pics from her wedding.

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5 Comments

  1. Matthew
    August 19, 2010

    Hey Xochitl,

    Maria’s stationary is gorgeous, but I love the fantastic details you mentioned about traditional Mexican weddings. Any event with all-day Mariachi, vibora dancing and too many palomas is a winner in my book! Fun stuff. Thanks for sharing.

    Matthew
    Nina Shoes

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  2. Aleah + Nick
    August 21, 2010

    What a great, thoughtful post! It’s so interesting to learn that a Mariachi band in fact typically plays a role in the ceremony, too! You learn something new every day!

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  3. Aleah + Nick
    August 21, 2010

    What a great, thoughtful post! It’s so interesting to learn that a Mariachi band in fact typically plays a role in the ceremony, too! You learn something new every day!

    Reply
  4. Aleah + Nick
    August 21, 2010

    What a great, thoughtful post! It’s so interesting to learn that a Mariachi band in fact typically plays a role in the ceremony, too! You learn something new every day!

    Reply
  5. bridal girl
    August 22, 2010

    I haven’t attended a wedding with a different culture. Bad for me. Hopefully one day, I could attend a wedding just like what you have attended.

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