Post # 1
Well first, my family is American of Italian heritage. My FIs family is mexican with heritage from Sonora and Michoacan.
I asked my Future Sister-In-Law if she could compile a list of well like mexican songs, and I got the list today. I feel horrible because I don’t feel the songs are right for my wedding. Examples:El payaso del Rodeo, La chona, 1,2,3, Simbulo. Don’t know if anyones familiar with the songs, I’ll try to post some links for the non latina bees. I was thinking more like, merengue, salsa, like Elvis Crespo. So I google similiar artist to Elvis Crespo and I learn that merengue and salsa are not mexican, but carribean and puerto rican. My question is if I choose mostly merengue instead of rancheras and cumbias, will they take offense? Or know that I chose the music for my liking rather than honoring their heritage? Or is it recognized as latin music period and most mexicans enjoy it as well.?
Post # 3
I would go with the salsa and merenge that everyone can dance too. I’m not Mexican but I don’t think it would be offensive not to play Cumbia and rancheras as those would probably kill the mood on the dance floor. Especially for your side of the family!
Post # 4
I know mexian girls and guys and they like salsa and merengue as muhc as me (I’m Colombian). I think playing el payaso del rodeo wouldn’t be very wedding appropiate…I dunno… just my 2 cents… but then again I am biased because I love salsa 🙂
Post # 5
I’m mexican… I had a mexican wedding so may I can help you.
Salsa and merengue are definitely not mexican, if yoy enjoy this music then pick a few songs and play them at your wedding but if his family is from Sonora then I think they’ll enjoy cumbias but not the ones your Future Sister-In-Law suggested, please don’t play payaso de rodeo, I asked the band at my wedding to please not play this song, I hate it. There a re plenty of cumbias that are great to dance to. I love rancheras but I don’t think they are as easy to dance to as cumbias so maybe you can pick one or two.
I’m not a big cumbia dancer but my husband convinced me to play a bunch at our wedding and the dance floor was never empty. Just pick the ones that you both like the most go with those. I would personally not be offended if you didn’t play any rancheras or cumbias.
Post # 6
Hi leemarie , Im 100 % mexican with michoacan and tamaulipas heritage , I grow up with those songs : la chona , simbolo ,el payaso , they are a “must” in all the weddings I have attended in mexico and mexican weddings in usa , i like payaso del rodeo ; it’s a fun and hilarious song to dance ( i am going to have all those songs in my wedding ) , answering your question about if they will fill ofended if only plays merengue and salsa I think they really really will ; because is not mexican at all ,probably a 2 or 3 songs are ok but not having mexican music can be a little problem because your so family will fill left out , please talk with your so clearly about what kind of music you want and what he wants and find a balance with your choices and let the family know what kind of music to expect in your wedding.
Post # 7
@anali: thanks. I’m glad to know the truth. I am trying to find a happy medium. If the songs don’t fit my wedding then they just don’t, so I’m trying to find some good/classy cumbias on my own to recognize the mexican.
Post # 8
I must agree with the other bees salsa and merengue not Mexican at all, my family is from Jalisco and Michoacan and Panasonic del rodeo is so fun Cumbias are fun and a must you should ask your Future Mother-In-Law about some of those classic Cumbias. What I’m doing at my wedding since I’m haing a live band play is on the RSVP cards I’m going to ask that every family thats oing to wedding to write down their favorite song and if the band knows the song they’ll play it like that every body gets to listen to their favorite song and dance to it
Post # 9
im half mexican , fiance is puerto rican, salsa bachata and merengue are def NOT mexican, but i still love them, and many from my family do as well
Post # 10
My family is from Michoacan and my SO ‘s family is from Jalisco. We’re having a full blown Mexican Fiesta, I wanted a live band (Tamborazo) but my SO is very Americanized and doesn’t really like Mexican music. lol.
Merengue is NOT Mexican but you can play a few songs and people will dance to it. If you want real Mexican music, you must play “Banda” & “Norteno” I believe PP’s are correct in that Sonora is more cumbia but I believe it’s with banda. A very famous singer from Sonora is “Valentin Elizalde” if you don’t like him as a singer at least you get the idea of what “Mexican Music” is. Most of his songs are real catchy fast. Listen to “Como me duele”, “La Papa”, or “Yaquesita”
Post # 11
OP you could maybe google some artists in the genre you’re looking for?
I had a full on Mexican wedding and our DJ played norteno and banda all night.
Here are some artists you can google and see if there are any songs you like
Conjunto primaver Cumbre Nortena Los Rieleros del Norte Pantera del Norte Fidel Rueda Fito Olivares
Post # 12
My husband is not Mexican, but we played full on Mexican music during part of the wedding (tamborazo, banda, rancheras mainly). His family and friends didn’t really dance, but it was important to me that my 92 year old grandfather have music he liked. I like the music too.
Anyway, mix in some of those songs in a set with cumbias and even some merengue and salsa. The lattter are not as popular in Mexico, but if people are already up and dancing they’ll dance through those songs too.
Post # 13
Merengues and salsa are not Mexican music however this doesn’t stop us from dancing to it. I am marrying into a caucasian family and I plan on having, cumbias, rancheras, merengue. salsa, bachata, newer pop music and yes even 80’s music because I am a fan. Having a variety of music for all cultures that would be invited will make it more fun and something that everyone can relate to.
And coming from a full blown Mexican family, most Mexicans will find it an insult if you don’t play music they can dance to. Just saying.