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Are there any other boricua bees? Are any of you getting married? What sort of wedding did have? And did you marry someone who wasn’t PR, if so how much of your ceremony was in Spanish?
Fiance is not PR but he knows Spanish we are trying to figure out how we should run the wedding to make everyone as comfortable as possible. We are mixing up the music and thinking of doing a pig roast or at least we will have pernil, arroz y gandules, salad and a pasta dish for the folks who dont want to eat that. Share your wedding stories/plans I’d love to hear them and if you want to post in Spanish that’s cool too, I just am really bad at writing in it (We moved to PR was I was young but left when I was still in elementary school, havent used the Spanish much since.)
Post # 3
@Mrs Christopher: nyorican here marrying a mexican 😀 we are doing a brunch reception so we kinda stepped out the box and there really wont be any spansh food with the exception of hot sauce lol we are doing a full catholic church mass and we are inclunding all the traditional mexican things arras, lasso etc. we are doing it bilingual – one reading english one spanish – and programs will also be bilingual – we are playing lots of spanish music but especially merengue since it is so easy to dance to. i am taking the seating very seriously though as not everyone is bilingual like us. we dont want anyone feeling excluded. hope that helps a little. congrats and good luck.
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I’m Nigerian-American, but my fiance is Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian (hence the screen name). We’re pretty much having a traditionally american christian ceremony, but the receptions going to be a funky mash-up! We will both dress in nigerian clothes, and observe some nigerian reception (actually traditional wedding ceremony events) customs, but we plan on providing the dj with as much salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and bachata as he can handle! ( from Daddy yankee to Wilfrido Vargas lol). And since my dad is paying for the majority of aspects of the wedding (because most of the aspects are nigerian) , including the food, we’re paying to have puerto rican food catered (arroz con habichuelas, pernil, rellenos de papa, bacalaitos, y maduros is all i can remember right now). Its going to be a buffet made in inter-cultural heaven lol. We intend on having everything in english, but I am trying to see if one of our pastors from our church here in California will co-officiate with my pastor in Dallas where we are having the wedding. Just as you do, we want for our guests who don’t speak english to feel fully included in the wedding! (plus, he told me that grandma would be like , “estamos hablando de mi? wepa!” and go off in the church. im scared of grandma lol). I also plan on us saying our thank you’s in english, spanish, and my dad’s language, igbo. I speak and understand a decent amount of spanish (ive understood enough convos with grandma to be scared of her), so i think the igbo will be hardest. If you have any suggestions of what I should do to add more puerto rican traditions to add to the ceremony, please let me know! He’s Nuyorican (actually from New Jersey), so he doesnt really have a clue; our wedding will be the 1st one he’s ever attended lol
Post # 5
My now husband and I are both boricuas woot woot but it was too long and sounded horrible having the ceremony translated from Spanish to English. His family and him don’t speak English and I invited my English speaking friends and coworkers. We had atranslator at the reception ghat got tired and the food of course was Caribbean style. the music was a lil bit of everything. I suggest if youcan do it in English go for it
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2012 - El Faro Convention center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Hey Guys! Another boricua is in the house!
Mr.Boa and I, were both born and raised in Puerto Rico and we had our wedding on the island exactly 2 months ago. We had a breakfast recepetion with the typical morning items but also included puertorrican pastries (We also did Puertorrican coffee favors )
The whole ceremony was in Spanish since everyone spoke Spanish and most of the gusts did not speak any English at all. We had plenty of lively spNish music
Good luck with the planningn and its nice to see other boricuas around the Hive 🙂
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@isachopin: Nena, that doesn’t help much lol, but I do appreciate the input and knowing that there are other ricans out there. We are doing it at the Penecostal church but neither one of us is Penecostal lol its just what’s what Abuela’s church is. We are still respecting the church though even though we are not Penecostal. And what did you serve people if not Spanish food? We have a list now and pique is on the list of condiments too. As far as the seating, that’s a good point! I’m gonna ask my mom I think to help out with that. When we were going to do the pig roast it didn’t matter but now that everyone will be indoors I have to pay more attention to that.
@NaijaPuertoDorian: Love the incorporative screen name! I had a former classmate that just got married in Nigeria not that long ago and I saw the pictures from their wedding so I actually can picture all that stuff you are talking about lol. I would ask maybe someone in his family whats important to them as far as traditions every family has things that are important to them.
@ricangen81: Yea I don’t want a round robin translation bit going on either. I was thinking of having Abuela do it in Spanish since we know Spanish and she is more comfortable speaking it. Then have someone do the Lord’s Prayer in English and our vows in English, and putting something in the program that kind of lets people who don’t know Spanish know whats being said or let them now yes its in Spanish.
@Mrs. Boa Constrictor: I love the idea of coffee favors my Titi is helping me with that so I’ll ask her what she thinks. We would have loved to have the wedding in Vieques but to get everyone down there would have been really expensive. But we will be taking a trip there at some point so Fiance will can see where I grew up.
How did the morning reception go? We have just recently decided to have a formal reception at the church right after the wedding, and then have a small after party at the house (so we can have a drink or two lol.) My mom did the same thing for her wedding at the same church its kinda funny that mine is going to be just like hers. (Except for the Spanish her ceremony was in English.)
Its so nice to know that there are other boricuas here! 🙂
Post # 8
@ Mrs Christopher we were both raised pentecostal but we didnt get married in my mom’s church we got married in an english baptist church that we rented and the pastor had no problem with any of it. We also wanted to do a lechon but we ended having a caterer that did carribean food and ended up having pollo fricase, arroz amarillo con habichuelas, pernil, vegetables, salad and a friut salad buffett style. I didnt do a seating chart only had the first two tables reserved for family and had an usher at the door making sure it ran smoothly. Everyone sat where they wanted and with ppl they knew so i really liked that. The tables were numbered so they could be called one by one to get their food and no so much commotion. It was handled by our dj and the caterer. I didnt do my reception at the church cause we wanted to dance but no alcohol was served only ppl did have beer and stuff in their cars and would go out to drink. So it will be fine for you i am pretty sure 🙂