A wed­ding is a joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion and that is no dif­fer­ent in Puer­to Rico. There are a few tra­di­tions that are asso­ci­at­ed with a con­ven­tion­al Puer­to Rican mar­riage. One of these tra­di­tions is the offer­ing of the bride and groom a bev­er­age called café con leche and is served in coconut cups.

The Bride’s Bou­quet

Bridal bou­quets in Puer­to Rico are abun­dant with the amap­o­la, which is a tra­di­tion­al flower often used at a Puer­to Rican wed­ding. The bou­quet may also con­tain a fan as it is a part of tra­di­tion­al wed­ding attire in Puer­to Rico. The maids of hon­or also car­ry bou­quets made of amap­o­la flow­ers whether real or silk, and fans as these things are said to sig­ni­fy good luck for the cou­ple.

Tra­di­tion­al Wed­ding Favors

Typ­i­cal wed­ding favors pre­sent­ed to guests at a Puer­to Rican wed­ding are called capias. They are nar­row rib­bons imprint­ed with the names of the bride and groom on one end and the date of the wed­ding on the oth­er. The bride and groom snip them off the bou­quet before they are pinned upon their guests by the hap­py new­ly­weds.

The Wed­ding Cer­e­mo­ny

A Puer­to Rican wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny is sim­i­lar to most oth­ers except for one thing. Dur­ing the wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny, a priest will bless a plate of coins and gives it to the groom. Once the wed­ding vows have been exchanged, the groom gives the same plate of coins to his new wife as a gift to her. This gift is a sym­bol of pros­per­i­ty and good luck for the mar­ry­ing pair. While the cer­e­mo­ny is being per­formed, you can usu­al­ly hear the soft strains of the sounds of coqui, lend­ing the atmos­phere a most roman­tic air.

At the Recep­tion

Puer­to Rican cus­tom dic­tates that at the head of the main table, a doll that is sim­i­lar­ly dressed as the bride is placed. The doll is cov­ered with charms and these charms are passed out to the wed­ding guests. A typ­i­cal Puer­to Rican wed­ding cake is dec­o­rat­ed with seashells and is often a rum, pineap­ple or coconut fla­vor.

Puer­to Rican wed­dings are chock full of deli­cious foods and joy­ous music. For their first dance, the bride and groom might choose a tra­di­tion­al Puer­to Rican waltz called a “dan­za criol­la.” Cen­ter­pieces are usu­al­ly made from palm trees and uti­lize “abeto” ferns and then dec­o­rat­ed with shells. Can­dles are also pop­u­lar as dec­o­ra­tions at a tra­di­tion­al Puer­to Rican wed­ding.

 

Source by Yolan­da Nash