Spanish Wedding Traditions

Weddings are big affairs in Spain and you're likely to find the whole extended family and the entire village turn out to celebrate. Spain is a nation of many regions, most of which were once independent countries, so wedding customs sometimes vary from area to area.

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BACKGROUND

Weddings are big affairs in Spain and you're likely to find the whole extended family and the entire village turn out to celebrate. Spain is a nation of many regions, most of which were once independent countries, so wedding customs sometimes vary from area to area.

DRESS

Traditionally, the bride wears a black silk wedding dress with a black lace veil, but today most brides wear white. The groom wears an embroidered shirt, handmade by his future wife.
- The veil is part of the wedding dress and symbolizes God’s protection.
- The flowers are usually Orange Blossom’s (azahares) – they represent happiness and fulfillment.




TRADITIONS

13 Coins

Spanish wedding ceremonies are marked by an exchange of 13 gold coins in a special purse or box. Whether gold or imitation, these coins are blessed by the officiating priest. They are said to represent Jesus Christ and his apostles, so they not only have a religious connotation but also a practical one since they represent a dowry, a pledge of the new groom's willingness to support his wife.

Firecrackers

As they emerge from the church, the newlyweds are often greeted with firecrackers. Once the reception begins, the festivities continue into the night with dining and dancing. The wedding dance is called "sequidillas manchegas." Guests who dance with the bride, traditionally give her money, but pieces of the groom's tie and/or the bride's garter may also be auctioned off for good luck.

Gifts

During the banquete de bodas or convite (wedding feast/reception), the bride and groom circulate from table to table carrying a basket with small detalles (wedding favors), that they personally hand out to each guest. The men will be offered a cigar or a mini-bottle of wine and the women a little present - usually something which looks and smells nice. This may be the time in which guests also “hand back” the preferred wedding gift: money… in sobres (envelopes).

Cutting the Tie

The custom of cutting the groom's tie into pieces and then auctioning it off for good luck is still actively practiced today by the groom’s closest friends.

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