mexican wedding traditions

Petronella Photography is known for her gorgeous, multi-cultural wedding photography and inspiration shoots. Today she is sharing three different Mexican wedding traditions – the wedding lasso ceremony, las arras unity coin toss, and los cascarones – in order to help inspire 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation couples who are looking to incorporate their culture and heritage into their big day!

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1. WEDDING LASSO CEREMONY

From Petronella Photography – “As part of the ceremony to symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads is placed in a figure eight shape around the necks of the couple after they have exchanged their vows.

The symbolism of the lasso is to show their love, union and protection of marriage, which should bind the couple together everyday as they equally share the responsibility of marriage for the rest of their lives. The specially appointed ‘padrinos’ are in charge of lassoing the couple together as they kneel in prayer. The lasso is then gifted to the bride as a souvenir of her taking the groom’s hand in marriage and symbolizes their commitment to each other.”

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2. LAS ARRAS UNITY COINS

“The las arras matrimoniales (13 wedding coins) ceremony is an integral part of the marriage vows. Over the centuries, the gifting of the coins during the marriage ceremony evolved into a symbol of the groom’s dowry – his unwavering commitment to provide for his new family.

The 13 coins have multiple meanings, but at its core, the symbolic gesture is meant to communicate the couple’s trust in each other to share the responsibility of managing household financials. The groom makes a pledge to provide for his family while the bride vows to honor the blessings God has put into their lives.

Presented to the groom by an honored padrino and blessed by el padre (priest), the coins serve as a good luck token and symbolize prosperity. Additionally, the odd number of coins is not divisible and this symbolizes the strength of marriage.”

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3. LOS CASCARONES

“Los cascarones are colored & decorated confetti-filled eggshells, which are crushed and sprinkled all over the head of the girl or guy that you’re attracted to. This tradition is meant to bring good luck.”

FURTHER INFO: MADRINOS & PADRINOS

“Madinos & Padrinos are wedding attendants who have special roles in the wedding. They are selected by the bride and groom to sponsor part of the wedding and specific items such as the lasso and arras. They serve as mentors both during the couple’s engagement and as newlyweds and often present the couple with a special gift during the wedding such as a Bible.”

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MEXICAN ELEMENTS TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR WEDDING

– Rosary matching that used in the lasso ceremony
– Sombreros
– Mexican wedding lace hanging decorations
– Jarritos Mexican soda
– Choose a wedding dress from a Mexican designer
– Dessert table featuring popular favorites from Mexico such as churros, powdered white Mexican wedding cookies, and cornbread.

Further reading: Mexican inspiration shoot, fiesta weddingdestination weddings in Mexico & see more inspiration shoots from Petronella Photography here

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Petronella Phogotaphy and Olivia Headpieces are Burnett’s Boards Vendors.

Photography: Petronella // Photography Assistant: Sarah McNieill // Florals: House of Magnolias // Bridal Styling: Vaniglorious Brides // Event Design: Avenue Six Events // Headpieces: Olivia Headpieces // Bridal Gowns, Jewelry & Accessories: Madeleine Fig // Bridesmaid Dress: BCBG MaxAzria // Hair & Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga // Plating & Event Décor Rentals: Borrowed Blu // 125 year old chairs: La Lux Del Dia // Stationary: Eddy Martinez for Natural Impression Design // Cake: The Cake Bakeshop // Venue: Olvera Street in Los Angeles, California.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.

Comments

  1. Such an educational post! Love learning about all the elements of a traditional Mexican wedding.

  2. These pics are amazing!!! Was so blessed to be a part of it!!!

  3. I’m so honored to have this cultural inspiration featured. Couldn’t have made it happen with a fab team of LA based vendors! Thank you so much!

  4. So glad to have collaborated with you all once again on such an inspirational, colorful and unique photo shoot! Amazing vendor talent and kudos to Petronella, who has an amazing eye for capturing details, love and emotion in a photo!

  5. Wow! This is one of the most colorful, inspirational wedding shoots I’ve ever seen. Spectacular! Thumbs way up to the talented photographer and event coordinator and all parties involved in making this a beautiful wedding!

  6. These colors are so fab! I’m in love!

  7. I loved reading about all the traditions and the colors are phenomenal!

  8. So excited to have this shared on Burnetts Boards. Working with Petronella is a dream and this shoot was so fun to work on. It’s nice when you get to be creative and work with great people! And the color pallet was so fun to work with when it came to the flowers.

  9. I am so thrilled to have been a part of such a beautiful shoot! Thank you Petronella, Selena, Burnett’s Boards and all of the collaborating vendors for the amazing experience!!!

  10. So happy to finally see this! I love it! Thanks Petronella for having us. Means a lot to me being a mexican myself. Everyone involved, great job!!! XX

  11. The colors are gorgeous and I adore the stationery suite!

  12. Vanessa says:

    This is just so beautiful. I’m so greatful to have been apart of this shoot.
    Petronella did a great job bringing this to life! Amazingly Beautiful!!

  13. The wedding lasso is so romantic…love it. And every detail here is absolutely gorgeous!

  14. Beautiful! Such vibrant colors!

  15. Loved learning about these fantastic traditions and seeing these vibrant colors!

  16. Chelsea says:

    Love, love, love all the colors and traditions! <3

  17. Sarah McNeill says:

    Wow! These photos are absolutely beautiful! Petronella has an amazing eye for detail and color- a true gift for capturing romantic atmosphere. I’m thankful to have been a part of such an excellent and fun production- good job everyone!

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