Building a Traditional Marriage with Latina Women

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Intercultural Marriages

The rise in popularity of online dating, dating apps, and other online matchmaking services has made international and intercultural marriages with Latina women possible. This new dynamic in dating has made finding potential partners easier, and has quite frankly widened the horizon of the dating scene.

Essentially singles have the opportunity to meet people abroad without having to leave the borders of their own locale. Due to the ease of access and the wide possibilities that international dating offers today, more and more singles are turning to international matchmaking.

Latina Personalities

The first thing you have to remember is to leave the stereotypes behind. Films and other media have portrayed Latin American women to fit into their scripts, mostly in characters that are sexualized in nature; they’re feisty, they’re overly religious, they’re associated with gangs or “cartels” as is portrayed in films. These are all typecasts you should leave behind the door.

Latin American people are genuine and passionate. They have a rich familial tradition and as a result, they make sure their partners feel taken care of. They grew up in a society with close ties with the community and they are very cordial towards the community.

Traditional Latin American Marriage Culture

What we have to understand about Latinas is that they are very grounded on their cultural identity. They are very proud of their heritage. There will be cultural barriers and cultural differences between you and your partner, which is why it is important to pay attention and immerse yourself in Latin American culture.

  1. Religion
  2. Latin American traditional marriage cultures are very much parallel to their faith. Roman Catholicism is the prevalent religion in Latin America.

    Approximately 90% of individuals in Latin America are Catholic and will thus follow Roman Catholic marriage sacraments.

    Latin American Catholic weddings take place within a mass. It’s usually the same as typical masses but the characteristics of traditional marriage ceremonies are performed along the way. For example, the vows are usually followed by Holy Communion. This is so that the first meal of the couple signifies their reliance on God for sustenance and support.

    It is also common for the couple to present the bouquet to the Virgin Mary and ask for a blessing. This is usually done after the wedding ceremony.

  3. Bride’s Dress
  4. Traditionally, the bride’s dress is sewn by the bride’s family, but is paid for by the groom’s family. Traditional dresses are heavily influenced by Latin American Culture. Traditional dresses usually display Flamenco styles, while more traditional dresses usually depict different patterns representing various symbolism for fertility, luck, and prosperity.

    The bride may choose to wear a veil or not. Mantilla is usually the traditional Spanish veil brides wear.

    Modern trends show that Latin women are leaning more to designer dresses. Modern style is incorporated with traditional design. Since most weddings occur in churches, church dress codes are to be followed, which is why brides tend to wear boleros to comply with dress code regulations.

  5. Groom’s Attire
  6. Grooms traditionally wear a Latin American shirt and linen or black pants. Latin American wedding shirts are also known as Guayaberas and contain up to four small, patch pockets and two rows of vertical, fine pleats. These shirts are commonly made of linen and are of equal formality than any tux out there. In fact, Mexican presidents and other Latin American leaders have been known to sport Guayaberas to international formal events.

    Although many grooms would rather wear a comfortable Guayabera than a formal suit, the truth of the matter is that many end up wearing a formal suit to their wedding. Suits are chosen in direct relation to the formality and time of the wedding. Many are rented and many more are tailored for the groom.

  7. Role Model Sponsors
  8. These role model sponsors are usually successfully married couples. They’re usually witnesses to the wedding ceremony and the civil registry of the couple.

    These role model sponsors are usually couples that people admire and are honored to have at their wedding. These are also couples who are able to share their experiences and wisdom with the newlyweds.

  9. Honoring Both Parents
  10. Latin American culture is deeply rooted in familial customs. Families are tight knit and honoring both families is essential in Latin American customs.

    Both the groom and the bride walk towards the altar accompanied by their parents. This serves to honor both the bride’s and groom’s parents and symbolizes their consent in the union of their children.

  11. La Callejoneada ( Wedding Parade)
  12. La Callejoneada, also known as a wedding parade, is usually performed after the wedding ceremony. It’s a walking and dancing celebration filled with upbeat mariachi music. This lively celebration usually serves as a prelude before the wedding reception.

  13. Latin American Wedding Receptions
  14. There’s nothing quite like Latin American wedding receptions. It’s a vibrant celebration of the union of the newlyweds. From the never-ending dancing and lively mariachi music all the way to all the incredible food and desserts.

    Food is usually quite traditional. At Latin American weddings you’d see tacos, tamales, pork carnitas, and chiles rellenos (stuffed poblano peppers). You’d also find an open bar where you can have Latin American beer and margaritas. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available for children and for guests who don’t have an affinity for alcohol.

  15. La Tornaboda (After Party)
  16. La Tornaboda or after party is celebrated after the reception or usually the day after the wedding. This is usually exclusive to family and close friends. If they get together the day after the wedding, they’ll often use this time to open gifts from the guests of the wedding.

    Latin American culture is all about family. They love big parties (and they do throw a hell of a party), but they use this time to celebrate with the closest people in their lives. La Tornaboda is essentially a more intimate celebration with the newlyweds’ families.

Latina women are very passionate. They devote themselves to their families and you can be sure you will be truly committed to your marriage. You’d be hard pressed to find a more impassioned partner. There’s really nothing better than marrying a Latina.

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