Post # 1
I wanted to incorporate both Asian and Spanish traditions in my wedding and eventhough fiance doesn’t have a single clue of what spanish traditions are when it comes to weddings, I know that with everyone’s help ( including his family ) we’ll be able to pull off an asian-spanish inspired wedding.
I would love to hear some ideas from you guys. From favors to music to food, I’ll appreciate every input you can give us.
Thanks girls! ( and boys? ) Really appreciate your help.
Post # 3
my best friend thought about having a tapas reception before going with a full fledged dinner buffet…they ended up having paella as one of the dishes [which was incredibly yummy] since spain played a HUGE roll in their relationship.
also google "spanish wedding traditions" lots of hits came up when i just did. maybe you can have some flamenco music during a cocktail hour? you can get lots of inspirations from the dance clothes and whatnot [fans, colors, feel, etc].
if i come up with anything else i’ll let you know! good luck!
Post # 4
My husband’s family is from Latin America (Chile and Argentina) and I am Chinese. We had a Chinese banquet as the main reception. We didn’t do the traditional games, but I did do one dress change, and we hired lion dancers.
To incorporate his Latin heritage, our ceremony reading was "Sonnet 17" by Pablo Neruda and our classical guitarist played music from Argentina. Our favors were alfajores. We almost ordered a cake that was green tea with dulce de leche filling but didn’t like the final taste. We included Chinese and Spanish translations of our invitations – these were printed out on our computer, nothing too fancy. Our rehearsal dinner included steak (although it was at a french bistro). Good luck!
Post # 5
many spanish traditions are included during a catholic mass. not sure if you guys are having that type of ceremony, but i’m sure you can incorporate the same traditions in a non-catholic ceremony. there is a laying of the veil, placing of the cord/lazo, and exchange of the arras (coins) ceremonies. they all symbolize different parts of the relationship, like faithfulness, unity and mutual self-giving.
Post # 6
It’s customary at Spanish weddings for the bride to give pins ("alfileres") to the women guests, pinned right sigh up if she’s married and right side down if she’s single. If the pin falls out during the reception, it means she will marry.
I’m incorporating lots of Spanish traditions (including arras) and my blog is linked below, so maybe that will be of help to you…GL!
Post # 7
When u say Spanish, you mean Spain or Hispanic culture in general? I am Chinese born in Costa Rica. I had some Spanish music, like salsa, merengue, reggaeton. During the cocktail hour, we had paella and empanadas. I wanted to hire a Mariachi Band to serenade my fiance (it’s supposed to be that the groom serenades the bride but Mariachi’s are not part of his culture). It would be really cool if nobody knows about the Mariachi and they just enter the room surprising your future husband and guests. As favors, I’ve also heard of alfajores (<font size=”-1″>shortbread cookies sandwiched together with Dulce de Leche), cajetas(milk sweet) or just any other kind of Hispanic sweets. I used chocolate covered guayaba and pineapple sweets, brought directly from my dear country.</font>
A friend of mine who is also Chinese Costa Rican hired both the Lion Dance and some carnaval performing dancers. It was a complete hit! Good luck!
Post # 8
i am asian and my husband is caucasian. we had chinese takeout boxes as favors with fortune-cookie shaped chocolates we made ourselves, and with our fave drinks. we also used the double-happiness symbol as one of our elements. the most asian element was probably the traditional chinese lion dance, performed by a local youth group – it was a ton of fun and introduced his side of the family to part of our culture, plus it was good luck for the wedding. and it was a ton of fun!