Picture this: You've found the person who has stolen your corazón—and now it's time to plan your wedding day. Luckily, inspiration is all around us, and in practically every corner of the world. From the west coast of Mexico to the northeastern region of Brazil, there are so many unique Latin American wedding traditions couples gravitate toward while planning their weddings. For receptions with hundreds of your favorite people and intimate gatherings alike, Latinx heritage is celebrated through food, faith, fun, and so much more.
Whether you've grown up attending relatives' weddings with these nods to culture and family, or simply want to pay respect to the region in which you're saying, "I do," it's understandable that you'll have plenty of questions (Like, what exactly are wedding arras?). We'll go over some of the countless Latinx wedding traditions, and provide examples from real couples featured on our site.
Before we get started, let's break down what "Latinx heritage" means. "Latinx" is a gender-neutral term used to refer to people of Latin American descent. Depending on their background, individuals might also refer to themselves as Latino or Latina (an abbreviated version of the Spanish word latinoamericano/a), Latin American, or Hispanic. Or, it's most common for Latinx people to specifically identify themselves by their or their family's country of origin (think Mexican, Spanish, and so on).
If you're curious about wedding traditions in Mexico and other Latin American countries, we've hand-selected a few that made certain celebrations even more sentimental and special. That being said, there are 33 countries within these regions, and more than 659 million people with Latinx heritage. Plus, the U.S. is home to more than 60 million Latinx people. So, we did our research and found a wide array of ideas, but this list comprises a handful of the many Latinx wedding traditions out there. And hopefully, one (or more!) of these can inspired your own upcoming festivities.