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Mariachi Wedding Traditions

Published on May 24, 2015 by in Mariachi Band

Mariachi Wedding TraditionsThe end of spring is getting closer and wedding season is in full force! Summer is right around the corner and the number of weddings will only increase. Plan ahead an schedule your mariachi now before we’re all booked up! Mariachi music is great for the reception but is also very fitting for the ceremony!

Mexican history shows a type of “wedding parade,” much like a callejoneada where a bride and groom traverse up and down the streets on a burro alongside their wedding party and sometimes a walking Mariachi group providing musical entertainment on the way and to the reception site. People come out from their homes to see the newlyweds before the reception.

Mariachi music is fitting for weddings because it is upbeat, danceable, but it can also be slower, like a romantic serenade, and evoke feelings of happiness, love, and other deeper emotions. Let our performers serenade your bride one minute and have your guests dancing like they’ve never danced before the next.

Bring out your love of your Mexican heritage by hiring a Mariachi (maybe as an alternative to a destination wedding in South America?) who will work with the religious ceremonies as well as provide authentic styled music to make your wedding unforgettable. Weddings are a huge deal in Mexico so do your background proud by doing it right!

Mariachi Wedding TraditionsA traditional Mexican wedding is held in a Roman Catholic Church with a special mass; kneeling included. After the family or godparents give the gifts of a prayer book, pillow, and/or rosary then Lazo is presented. The Lazo is a type of chord made from ribbon and with a rosary adornment (also seen instead of a rosary: precious stones, crystals, satin or crown orange flowers, fertility symbols, pearls, etc) and it symbolizes the joining of the bride and groom by placing it around the necks of the couple in a figure-eight configuration. This can be done while they say their vows or before or after the vows. For a more ancient tradition a lasso of flowers or other natural elements may be used instead of a Lazo.

The bride then sometimes gives a gift to the Virgin of Guadalupe before she kneels and prays at the statue. A bouquet of flowers is often the offer to the Virgin. Mayan traditions allow the new couple to make an offer of a flor de mayo bouquet to the sacred tree of the Maya (Ceiba tree).

Other traditions include mentors and sponsors who are designed to help the couple prepare for the wedding as well as witness the civil union creation. Las Arras features the groom to give his bride 13 coins (symbolizing Jesus and the 12 witnesses) and the coins are blessed by the priest.

Mariachi Wedding TraditionsFrom ceremony to reception a Mariachi can make your wedding more interesting and memorable. If you don’t want to go the whole nine yard with a traditional Mexican wedding you can still give it a South American flare with a Mariachi from the mass to the after-party. So bring out the tequila and tortillas and get ready to “kiss the bride,” and cut the cake with help from Mariachi Alegre de Tucson.

Related terms: Mariachi Wedding Songs, Mariachi Wedding Dress

 
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