As I was doing the Liebster Award, I realized that I do have alot of traditions that I would like to share. Incase you didn’t know my husband and I are Hispanic.I was born in McAllen, Tx. My husband was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My mother was born in Houston, Texas and her mother was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. My father was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. My husband and his parents were all born in the United States but his grandparents come from Mexico as well. This is how we are Hispanics. Anyways, We have lived in the Rio Grande Valley most of our lives. In my family, we often have “Quinceneras and Weddings” to attend. Our traditions change over the years but we still do certain things we believe are important to keep doing.
Our Wedding Ceremony ” El Novio y La Novia” (The Bride and Groom)
Alex and I got married at the Catholic Church were I grew up going to in Mission, Tx. We got married by the church and by the court on the same day, November 8, 2014. Back in my grandparents day, you would get married by the court first but not move in with your husband until you get married by the church. As a wife you were to stay put at your parents house until you got married by the church. The man was in charge of all the wedding preparations if he wanted to get married and make the woman her wife. The man also had to ask for her hand in marriage to the Father of the Bride. Alex and his parents came over to my house one week before we got engaged to ask for my hand in marriage. This is traditional. The Father of the bride has the last word. He has to give the blessing and thankfully both my parents did. My Mexican family is very superstitious so according to tradition Alex could not see me in my white dress until we got to the church to get married. Since we had a traditional catholic wedding we got “Padrinos” Godparents for the bible, rosary, lasso, the coins, rings, the unity candle, flowers for the Virgin Mary, and embroidered pillows to kneel on during the mass. Each item has a symoblic meaning in our marriage. In a Hispanic Wedding the tradition is that we get God parents for almost everything. The main godparents are the ones involved during the mass. Each Padrino purchased the item for the bride and groom. Alex and I both found padrinos for certain things and back then my grandpa was the only one to find padrinos for my grandma.
“La Recepcion” (The reception)
My Paternal grandparents had their Wedding at home and again my grandpa was in charge of everything including the food. They had “Birria” (Birria is a Mexican dish from the state of Jalisco. The dish is a spicy stew, traditionally made from goat meat or mutton, but occasionally from beef or chicken.) I wish I had Birria for my wedding :p We just got what came with the package at the ballroom. Alex and I did it together. We were both working and we both saved up money and paid off our wedding together. This is common in all marriages now. The reception was held at a ballroom we had Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner and we danced all night to Spanish songs. We danced to “Tejanos, Cumbias, and Huapangos” like we always do.
The reception was from 6pm to 1am. The first thing we did was eat and while we ate we had a Mariachi come to play for an hour. After the Mariachi left we started with the Father/ Daughter dance. The father/daughter dance is important because it shows how it is time that I leave home away from his care and that I am no longer his responsiblity. It shows that I am off to start my own family. Right after our dance my now husband came to take over and danced with me. Our first dance as a married couple and we danced to “My Endless Love”. This is why I say Tex-Mex wedding because not everything at our wedding was spanish and mexican.
After the dance, we got the champagne bottles ready for the “brindis” we made a toast to an everlasting marriage. I forgot to mention that I had a total of 8 bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen. They are very important in a wedding. To be honest, I had so many because I couldn’t pick and chose from my closest friends. They all deserved to be a special apart of my wedding. My sister was my Maid of Honor and My husband chose his younger brother as his Best Man. They were apart of the dance. They just looked nice and swayed to the song endless love and towards the end they all got their partners to dance with them while Alex and I danced our song. It was beautiful!
After this everyone started dancing to the music our band played. The band that played are from Zacatecas, Mexico. In fact they are family. Their name is “Los Rokis” and they play Cumbias, Tejanos, and Huapangos. Exactly what we all dance too. After an hour of dancing we stopped to do another traditional dance called “La vibora de la Mar ” and then the Dollar Dance and “El Regalo Sorpresa” or the Surprise Gift and finally the throwing of the Liga and the Bouquet.
Our wedding was not fully a Mexican Wedding but we still had lots of fun after our wedding we went home to get things ready for our honeymoon trip while my parents and our guest went to my moms for a “Torna Boda”. They continued to party at my moms until 6am.
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