Post # 1
I’m wondering if there are any Colombians or Puerto Ricans out there? My fiance is Colombian but lived in PR since he was 7. I’ve asked him about traditions/music/etc that we can incorporate but he and his family just aren’t very forthcoming….!
I’ve tried to find a Colombian cumbia that we can get our band to play… I kind of just don’t even know where to start.
Does anyone have any ideas for things we can incorporate? The only limitation to this is that we’re Jewish so anything that may be specifically Catholic or Christian would not really be appropriate.
Post # 3
I’m going down a similar path. My fiance is Puerto Rican & i’m Italian… we are following a theme of "the best of both worlds". To incorporate our nationalities during the cocktail hour we are having "stations". Along with the hot antipast and all the delicious italian food we are having a "latin" station. My fiance is a chef and is working closely with the chef at our reception to make it more "home-made". We are also incorporating some spanish dances and music… and at the church having a reading done in spanish.
Post # 4
My fiance is Colombian too! I have been working with my future mother in law on a lot of the Colombian traditions, there don’t seem to be too many that are specifically Colombian. One that is done during the ceremony, which I’m sure you can do in any faith is The Candle Ceremony. Once the rings have been exchanged the bride and groom each light a candle symbolizing the life of each one. Together they light another candle and put out the original candles, leaving only one burning strongly. The single bright candle symbolizes that the newly married couple are the same body and that they’re going to spend the rest of their lives together. They also have exchaning of the coins between the bride and groom, which symbolizes taking care of eachother financially.
Another idea is to maybe incorporate Colombian desserts into the reception like obleas or incorporating arequipe into your dessert. Also, you can have aguardiente as a drink at your wedding.
Post # 5
Boriqua in the house right here! I think his family will be pretty flexible with traditions. Celebrations are pretty universal. So as long as you have music, dancing, and good spirits you will be fine! The Puerto Rican weddings I have attended didn’t have over the top ingrained traditions incoporated into them. I, myself, am only doing one random thing which is bringing a bunch of Puerto Rican instruments to have my family bang away on during a Spanish dance for them to use. (But I think this is more my personal family’s tradition- making some noise!) So long as they are having a good time is all that matters to me…. we are also having two guitarists to provide spanish background music during the ceremony and cocktail hour.
Post # 7
Hi. I’m actually a Colombian marrying a Puerto Rican!
Music is our most important cultural aspect in our wedding. Our dj will be playing lots of salsa and cumbias and vallenatos. Perhaps you could incorporate certain foods into your wedding? Appetizers would be easy like empanadas, papas rellenas. Colombians also like their "aguardiente" for parties so that also.
Post # 8
my Fiance is colombian! I asked him if there were any traditions he wanted to incorporate. He told me that after the I-dos the grooms lassos the bride. I looked at him with a slight panic, and he starting laughing- it was a complete joke. Anyway, WMforever’s suggestion of aguardiente would probably be a big hit!
Post # 9
I am Puerto Rican while my Fiance is my Gringo… As WMForever had mentioned, music is our most important culture aspect of our wedding. Our DJ will be sure incorporate plenty of Salsa, Merengue and Bachata all night. Nothing gets people up to dance then some really great Spanish music!
Post # 10
My Fiance and I are both Puerto Rican….so everything from my dress to his surprise groom’s cake is going to be decked out Boricua….We are going to have a band that plays Salsa Merengue and Bacata at the wedding. His cake is going to be the puerto rican flag with a bunch of little things surrounding it like a coqui and a few other odds in ends that I have bought…
Post # 11
I’m Puerto Rican. My fiance is half Chinese/half white. We’re getting married in Puerto Rico and we’re going to have some delicious Puerto Rican food at the reception (pernil asado, arroz con gandules, sorullitos, etc etc, yumm). I’m not a big fan of salsa or merengue but we’ll have the DJ play some since that’s pretty standard in Puerto Rican weddings.
Post # 12
Hello! My fiance is Puerto Rican/German and I am Mexican. A lot of our wedding is still in the planning stage but one thing I have been thinking about is our signature drink. I think I am going to try to find a cocktail that uses both Puerto Rican rum and Mexican tequila and call it the happy "marriage". I think it would be cute. I am not sure what liquor to incorporate for the German part. I know they are big beer people.
I think the food is a good way to incorporate culture as well as the music. I have no idea how our music coordination will work since the Puerto Ricans like salsa, merengue and bachata, the Mexicans like corridos, conjunto and tejano and then there is us and our friends who are rockers.
Post # 13
I’m Colombian and he is Cuban. We live in Florida and we are getting married in Bogota-Colombia. We are planning on having a group of son cubano, someone rolling tabacco for our guest and some cortaditos for the coffee lovers. The Colombian part will be the food….lots of empanadas, chorizos, arepas for appetizers. And ofcourse lots of ron and aguardiente…its gonna be a great party!!
Post # 14
My Fiance is Colombian as well and I’ve been asking what traditions he wants to include. He can’t think of any specific rituals or anything that he wants to include, but we’ve come up with a few ways to include his heritage. We are having our rehearsal dinner at our favorite Colombian restaurant, will be serving aguardiente at the reception, and will have Colombian candy included somewhere (still figuring that out.) We are also playing a lot of Latin music (still debating about the DJ v. band) and will be dancing a cumbia for our first dance.
Post # 15
My fiance is puerto rican! His parents are both PRican, but they haven’t made any request except salsa/latin music and there has to be rum! lol.
His grandparents only speak Spanish so we were going to have the vows in english/ than in spanish or try to add something in spanish for them. even though my spanish is VERY bad, I still try.
Post # 16
I am Puerto Rican and Fiance is half Puerto Rican and half West Indian (Barbadian). We both grew up in the Bronx so don’t really know of many wedding traditions from Puerto Rico and since PR is so americanized anyway I am not sure there are myny like the other hispanic/latin countries. I do know that in PR it is customary to have Padrinos but not sure if we’re having any