Post # 1
I have only been engaged for almost two months and will not be getting married until APR 2011 but I feel like I am already overwhelmed!
I am a 3rd generation Mexican-American but was raised as a 1st genration with ALL of the Mexican cultural traditions and I embrace that! But I feel that I am going to have a dilemma… And the reason I say this is because I want to have a MEXICAN-AMERICAN Wedding.. I want BOTH my worlds to come together but I think it will be too much.. Maybe?
Necesito sus opiones porfavor… Is it too much too have, too rushed or it’s fine it will work? Can I have all of this at the receprtion? What should come first? How do I coordinate this?
This is what I AM and WANT TO have in my wedding..
Church: it will be the traditonal Mexican wedding with Padrinos de velacion, lazo etc. and a trio will be playing at the Mass (my gramps is in a trio).
RECEPTION (this is my biggest worry):
– the entrance of my bridal party and my Fiance and I (I have never seen this done at mexican weddings)
-Mariachi during the reception (La comida)
– OUR 1st dance
– Toast (the Bridesmaid or Best Man & Maid/Matron of Honor speech)
-Groom/Mother dance ( Iwas even thinking of having BOTH our dances (father/Mother) together and play the song- sleep walk – Kill 2 bird wirth one stone, right?)
– La Vibora (Bouquet/Garter throwing)
I think that’s it… Ay Dios mio.. I want to be able to to all this and still be able to have time for my guests and my Fi and I to dance to the BANDA we are going to have!
Post # 3
Most of these things that you listed for the reception go down in non-Hispanic weddings, so it can be done! J Are you hiring a day-of coordinator? I would totally suggest one to keep everything on track. I used to worry about organizing all of the activity going on at the reception and ever since I hired a DOC, all of that went away since the responsibility is hers now.
Her advice to me was to get all of the activity done during dinner and before the real dancing begins, otherwise the reception will come to a halt while you’re trying to fit in dances/cake cutting/etc. Some of the “moments”, like the garter and bouquet toss, can during the dancing without stopping all of the action, with the help of a good MC.
Post # 4
I am Boricua and my Fiance is Mexican and we are planning to also have a Mariachi Band as well. We will have a DJ for when the band takes their breaks. I think your plan is fine. Sounds great.
Definately get a timeline together and try to stick to it as best possible, just like with anything else. You will be on track. Just remember to have fun.
Post # 5
Hay Mujer your wedding planning is down to the core and I LOVE IT!!! FOR ONE THING FOR KEEPING IT REAL. I was born and raised in Us but with Mexican heritage since my mother is from Jalisco and my dad from Michoacan.
Like me your wedding will take place in 2011.
For your bridal party coming in (I have only seen that in American weddings) However my fiances uncle that is Mexicano had his wedding this past JULY 10,2010 and his bridal party to introduce the bride and groom did just that. However this is what they did. The groom allowed the guys to choose the music they wanted to walk in with than the next couple than the next couple of the 5 groomsmen 4 choice Mexican music that only lasted like 30 seconds or less for each couple. Incorporate the Musica Mexican .
I love that you are having the Dollar and Vibora Dance and that you are have not become American-washed and embrassed and embrace your cultura.
Post # 6
You just basically described my wedding to my Mexican Fiance… except we’re not having a trio or a dollar dance. You can easily fit all that into a reception!
Our reception starts with a mariachi band playing during coctail hour, then after we make our “grand entrance,” dinner starts and the mariachis go around and sing to each of the tables. Then the mariachi band leaves and the DJ starts up the music, mostly American but with a lot of FI’s zapatiado mixed in. We’ll have toasts, special dances, bouquet/garter toss, and cake cutting too… and still plenty of time to dance!
Post # 7
Hello, Im the same here!! Im a March 2011 bride and I was going crazy just yesterday thinking about how everything is gonna go down lol! Im not doing the vibora, throwing that out completely, I feel like takes up alot of time. The $1 dance, I think we’re going to do that while the band is playing since we only have the band for 3 hrs.
Mariachi while dinner is served. 6-8
Band/DJ 8-1 inbetween this do the garter/bouquet toss, cake cutting and dollar dance lol
that’s all i have so far…
Post # 8
I don’t think it’s too much. You can do it. Sounds good to me :o)
Post # 9
That sounds exactly like my wedding. My Fiance is Mexican and I was feeling very overwhelmed at first. I had never heard of the dollar dance before I met his family. I was thinking of combining the parent/child dances too. My Future Sister-In-Law had a Mariachi at her reception but only during the dinner portion. I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels like there might be too much going on.
Post # 10
Dont worry! It can all be done. Mine will pretty much be the same as yours, Mariachi and all 🙂
Post # 11
Gracias! That is a really good idea!
I just want to keep it organiozed!.. Since August I have a much better perspective of everything and started the timeline.
Thankss for your input and congrats on your engagement!!
Ay haber como nos va..