Who hasn’t dreamed of having their wedding at some beautiful, exotic locale, with white sand beaches and graceful palm trees as the stage for their ceremony, perhaps with some ancient ruins framing a huge red sun as it slowly sinks into an unbelievably clear blue sea?
Not surprisingly, a lot of people have that dream, and they’re making it come true with a destination wedding in Mexico. Mexicans weddings have been trendy for a few years now, and it’s not just the location that draws couples. Many are captivated by the charming customs and trappings of the traditional Mexican wedding. And where better to recreate south of the border nuptials than a breathtakingly beautiful resort destination in Mexico?
A Caballero and His Bride
The traditional Mexican wedding ceremony is a wonderful melding of the tenets of the Catholic Church with the ancient Aztec rituals that were performed before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.
The bride is dressed very modestly in a full-length white gown and veil with long sleeves and lots of lace. The groom will be wearing a bolero-type jacket and tight fitting white pants such as a bullfighter might wear, or perhaps a loose-fitting white blouse, with or without lace, and matching loose trousers. (Think Antonio Banderas.) The bridesmaids and groomsmen bear the rings and the bride’s bouquet, though the bride may opt for a fan instead. Often there are godparents, also refered to as “patrinos,” who play a huge role in the wedding.
The groom arrives at the church bearing a gift of 13 gold coins as a proof of his undying fidelity and his ability to support his new bride.
The couple is entwined with a lasso of silver or rosary beads as a symbol of love and unity.
It’s easy to see why so many have become enchanted with the traditional Mexican wedding.
Mixing the Old and the New
Many couples are opting to blend elements of the traditional and the modern. Here’s how three of them tied the knot in Mexico.
Andy and Kara chose the gorgeous ocean destination of Playa del Carmen for their nuptials with purple and green colors and a message in a bottle theme. Their guests enjoyed authentic Mexican cuisine and sweets while sipping pina coladas to the music of a Mariachi band.
Max and Sara chose something a bit different, and held their ceremony in the quiet and shady pine forests outside of Mexico City. Sara celebrated the old culture with a traditional dress and trees draped with chains created with locally harvested peach blossoms.
The enchanting beaches of Tulum provided the backdrop for Lauren and Tony’s small and quaint wedding, with bouquets of avocados and roses and the bride in an old-fashioned style crocheted dress.