(Closed) Cuban wedding must-haves! Please help!

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Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My best friend is Cuban, this is such a cool theme!  I’d suggest doing a Google-image search for “Cuban wedding” for inspiration.

Thoughts off the top of my head: “Cuban” cigars (any cigar really) but add personalized labels, have a Cuba Libre as your signature drink, play Cuban music during the cocktail hour and/or during dinner, lots and lots of bright colors, have a “Cuban” coffee bar, use little Cuban flags for name cards, maybe have some pictures of Cuba framed and use those as table numbers.

Classic Cuban food: roast pork (pig), rice, beans, and fried bananas.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My fiancรƒยฉ is half Cuban. His dad is from Cuba. I don’t think there are really any special things. I mean, most of them are catholic and have the traditional catholic wedding. All mine has said is he wants lots of food at the reception. Just talk to him and see what he wants. My ffil is super laid back and hasn’t offered any suggestions.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OOH – I struggled with finding stuff myself. I’m half Cuban, and my fiance is from Cuban American. But we were both raised in Northern VA.

We are doing roasted pork, black beans and white rice as our main dish for the reception dinner.

 Yuca con mojo is a basic staple in Cuban cooking, as well. A variety of Cuban music will be playing during the reception. We don’t drink alcohol, but I would totally love to have esperesso’s offered after dinner if we could – cafe cubano with a little bit of foam – yummy. Or if there is alcohol – having mojitos, or daiquiri would be great.

As far as dessert – we usually do stuff with guava. Another popular dessert is pastel de tres leches – or 3 milks cake – very easy to make. You can add fruit to that as well.

You didn’t mention if the wedding was going to have relgious stuff, so I left those out.

Post # 9
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Newbee

Hi lionskitty, both my Fiance and I are of Cuban decent. One question is how long has his family been in the US? My family left Cuba in the 50’s -60’s so thy are fairly religious. As such we will do a short prayer during the ceremony but I am not getting married in a church. This is very non-traditional (I will be the first Cuban wedding I’ve ever been to not in a church). However my Fiance came from Cuba in the 90’s. Most Cubans that have arrived more recently (like my Fiance who came in ’94) are atheist (Castro severely limited the power of th catholic church) and so his parents never married in a church.

Aside from the ceremony expect them to be late… My friends and family that have gotten married usually give the Cubans an hour earlier start on the invitations (and some are still late!). I will be giving my family and his a 6pm start and my american friends a 6:45 start (ceremony starts at 7).

The one advice I would give on food is nothing spicy!!!! You will have some very distraught grandmothers if they accidentally bite into anything spicy! Also make sure there is white rice!! Lol… This is a must in every Cuban meal

My Fiance also just told me to add that mojitos are a must. Also, be prepared for everyone on his side of the family to show up…. I am running into this problem myself, but in general the family does not understand how expensive weddings are and that you can’t invite every distant cousin and childhood friend. Be firm if you have a budget – I have had to have some firm conversations with my mom and grandma about this… My grandmother wants to invite everyone that’s invited her to their grand kids wedding… Even if I have never met them!!!!!!!!

Let me know if you have specific questions you want to discuss let me know…. Hope this helps and good luck!!!!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

To be honest – you might want to ask first about what part of Cuba they are from. Some areas aren’t into black beans and therefore prefer red – because black were for the poor or vice versa, its pretty crazy. Another thought is, Lechon asado (roasted pork) is pretty popular across the board, and so is a marinade like the mojo marinade.

And some parts of Cuba didn’t have mojitos at all, it was a capital/tourist thing. So keep that in mind. I’d sit with the “older” people in the family and ask them what type of stuff did they have in their weddings. I did that with my fiance’s father and he even pulled out the old pictures that they had, so that was pretty cool. The other thing I did was ask the dads, what some of their old favorite bands from Cuba were, turns out a lot of that music is available online. So I am including that in the music during dinner, most were pretty romantic anyway. Some of it is pretty traditional old Cuban music – danzones, boleros, salsa, etc.

Some thoughts that come to mind if you were having and outdoor more casual wedding, I would totally go for a whole roasted pork! Cubans LOVED this back in La Pequeña Havana and here where we are. Or even wearing guayaberas instead of tuxedos. Depending on where you live tropical flowers would be pretty awesome.

Those little touches bring a nice feeling to a wedding. And are greated appreciated by the older family members.

Good topic! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OOH – I love the idea of the guayaberas – I’d totally have gone for that! For now I’ll have to be satisfied with him in a tuxedo, and the “Pitbull” look ๐Ÿ˜‰

I like the idea of the “carne en pincho” that’s delicious, a good touch! And those can totally go in different directions, all vegetarian to different types of meat. Yummy! With onions, piña, g pepper, etc….yummy – okay totally wanting to go to So.FL. Now.

With your multi-european side, I know they eat all kinds of meats there, So adding some of those to a skewer can’t be that difficult. ๐Ÿ™‚ The only food I’m familiar that might be remotely Finnish, is the food they serve at Ikea, with the ligonberry (sp?)  and meatballs. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Sounds pretty good!

 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

See, I knew it wasn’t Finnish……but I was thinking what have I had that was close to Finland. All I could think about was Ikea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yummy, Finnish cake sounds delicious. Unfortunately, not too many Finnish folks in Northern VA area for me to try. We are getting our cake from a bakery that I believe are Irish, they had the best prices for an awesomely delicious cake. We are doing a black and white mousse cake…very, very yummy.

OH trust me….I love the Armando Christian Perez AKA Pitbull look….and my fiance has those awesome green eyes. I swear I was totally enraptured first time I saw him. Wink 

 

By The Way good luck with the Spanish classes, watch a lot of Telemundo & Univision – the Spanish network channels, it helps with picking it up. And travel to latino areas, well duh, you’ll be in Miami so you’ll get plenty of opportunities to practice.

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