My homework today is researching wedding traditions in Argentina. So far I've discovered some interesting differences...
Rather than having a maid of honor and best man, the bride's father and the groom's mother typically escort the couple in and stand with them during the religious ceremony.
This is after they've handled the legal part, or civil ceremony, first. The church wedding is usually held the same day but not always.
While the tradition of having "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" is found here also, the something blue is usually a blue petticoat under the dress. Don't know that I've ever seen a blue petticoat in the U.S.
Forget a wedding reception that lasts just a couple of hours...Argentines like to party all night long! The typical reception begins at 10 p.m. and goes until 6 a.m., ending with a continental style breakfast.
And you won't find little finger foods either. People who party all night need fortification! Food is plentiful and substantial.
Today most receptions are held in a salón de eventos. It's not exactly a restaurant - you rent the place and the catering, service, DJ, everything is included. They organize the timing of the party - serving several different courses between times to dance (appetizer, dancing, first course, dancing, so on). Dancing begins with a waltz by the bride and groom, then the bride and her father, and then other people join in. Once the waltz is over, modern and/or "oldies" from the bride and groom's teenage years are played. It's becoming more and more popular to have carnaval carioca with Brazilian music at the end.
A different take on a common tradition, the bride wears multiple garters and gives them away to the single women in the party. In some cases, the new husband has to take off the garters - one by one - and put them on the legs of single women. Awkward!
Another tradition is to have lots of ribbons on top of the cake. Before cutting it, each of the single women take one of the ribbons and pull. The ribbons have trinkets tied to the ends. One is a ring and the whoever pulls it is supposed to be the next to get married (similar to catching the bouquet).
And because Argentina is a country of immigrants just like the U.S., you'll have odd little traditions popping up that represent the couple's heritage...be it French, Italian, German, whatever.
This is what I've uncovered after just an hour or so of research. Anyone have anything to add? I hoped to find information about wedding traditions of the indigenous Indians in the north but haven't been successful yet.
My homework assignment doesn't stop with this research. In coming days I'll have to interview those who provide different services, develop a calendar/schedule complete with a budget, and track down all the items that would be needed for a full-fledged wedding.
I'd hate for all this work to go to waste. You remember that we have to get married here, right? Argentina doesn't recognize our marriage license from the U.S. so... Couldn't get my hubby to renew his vows on our 25th, but our 30th is coming up! ☺