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Mexican Wedding Traditions

Mexican wedding traditions are rich in meaningful customs which date back to the ancient Aztecs.

By incorporating cultural traditions to honor their families heritage, couples can personalize their wedding day.


In some regions of Mexico, an engagement can last for four years.

So, there is a tradition of giving a promise ring to the bride before the engagement ring is given.

The promise ring can be given up to a year before the engagement ring is given.


The Mexican culture is very family oriented.

So, when planning the wedding everyone participates. Even when making up the invitation list, both sets of parents are involved.

Other invitation traditions are:

  • There is an old Mexican wedding tradition for guests to receive two identical invitations, one from the bride's family and one from the groom's family.

  • Another tradition is for all of the attendants to be listed on the invitation with their special role in the wedding noted.

  • Information about the reception and dance are printed on the invitation or included as a separate card.

  • As a guest, you must bring the entire invitation to gain admittance.
Mexican Bride, Arthur Avenue - The Bronx

Mexican Bride, Arthur Avenue - The Bronx by Chris Goldberg, on Flickr


The bride's attendants are called "godparents" and offer advice and often financial support for the wedding.

The godparents roles may include:

  • Padrinos de ramo (Godparents of the bouquet) - Provide the bouquet.

  • Padrinos de lazo (Godparents of the lasso) - Provide a special rosary used to show the unification of the couple during the ceremony.

  • Padrinos de arras (Godparents of the gold coins) - Provide the 13 silver or gold coins in a miniature treasure chest or box.


Picture of an all white wedding bouquet.

White roses are the choice of bridal flowers.

Even the wedding cars are decorated with white paper flowers and colored ribbons that match the colors chosen by the bride.

Wedding Bible

Picture of rosary on bible.

A traditional Mexican bride will carry a rosary and Bible.

The Bible is presented to the couple by the godparents and will have their names and the wedding date embossed on the front.

The Bible is usually decorated in creamy satin and lace.

More Mexican Wedding Traditions

Some of the more popular wedding traditions include:

  • The groom presents the 13 arras to the bride one at a time as a symbol that what belongs to him now belongs to her.

  • After the vows the godparents drape a lazo around the couple in a figure eight to symbolize that the couple is now united as one. The lazo is two rosaries joined together with a cross.

  • It is another Mexican tradition to toss red beads at the newlyweds as they leave the church. This is suppose to bring them good luck and prosperity.


The reception may last all night and the couple must stay until the end.

The reception is usually a sit-down meal with the bride and groom sitting at their own table.

Mexican Reception Food Ideas

More Traditions At The Reception

The wedding traditions continue through the reception.

  • For the couples first dance, the guests gather around the couple in the shape of a heart.

  • Money dances are common during Mexican receptions.

  • The groomsmen will take the grooms shoes and pass them around so that people can fill them with money while they toss the groom in the air.

  • For entertainment, there are pinatas filled with little favors for the guests.

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