In Mexican wedding traditions, a couple is sponsored by their godparents, who act as padrinos. The padrinos mentor the couple during their engagement period and even after they are married. Often, the padrinos give a Bible to the couple during the ceremony.
- During the wedding vows, a white ribbon or rosary (called a lasso) is wrapped around the couple’s necks, which represents the couple's infinite union. It is placed in a figure eight while the couple kneels at the altar. (This takes place after the bride and groom have exchanged vows and is worn during the rest of the service).
- In Mexican wedding traditions, the groom gives his wife a present of thirteen gold coins, which the priest then blesses at the ceremony. This represents the groom’s aim and commitment to support his new wife financially.
- When the couple leaves the church, guests toss red beads at the couple to bring good luck.
Reception wedding traditions
- During the first dance as husband and wife, guests hold hands and form a heart shape around the newlyweds.
- A piñata (made of paper mache) is hung from the ceiling with a string and is filled with candy. Children especially enjoy hitting it in order to break it open and get the candy.
- A Mexican wedding cake is typically a moist fruitcake that has been drenched in rum.