Getting Married in Mexico
I think for the most part it’s like how it is in the US, although some people choose to have both a civil and religious ceremony. I went to one religious ceremony – Catholic of course, and it seemed more or less the same as the ones I’ve seen in the states. At that time my Spanish wasn’t so hot, so as you can imagine I was pretty well bored.
Most people just go to the reception, which starts in the afternoon and rages on until really late at night. They enjoy a great reputation. I’ve been to a bunch already, including one on the beach in Acapulco that got really hot. They are MUCH bigger affairs than in the states. You might get three bands at one party! Lots of dancing, lots of drinking (always open bar), lots of food, and plenty of activities. Certain party favors come out for certain songs, like balloons, cheap cowboy hats, masks, you name it. It’s a seamless mix of family and friends, all night. Grandma will stick around as long as the drunken best man.
However, something quite funny for us gringos is that for a month or so before the wedding, the photos of the bride and groom are posted outside the church for all the community to see. Why? Maybe one of them is already married! Hey, I know that guy, he’s married to my cousin!
I hope you don’t think I’m being culturally insensitive by finding amusement in this. You should know that Mexicans get a big laugh out of this too. Leave me a comment, what do you think about this custom?