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Spanish Wedding Traditions

As a wedding officiant my busy time is spring, summer and fall, so I take a vacation in winter. As you read this, I’m in Spain, and naturally I wanted to do some research on Spanish weddings. The region I’m visiting is Andalucía and some call it’s the ‘real’ Spain because the traditions are so […]

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Variations on a Theme

There is an interesting intersection of the many customs and rituals of weddings. One with surprising commonalities is the African-American ‘jumping the broom’ and the Celtic ‘jumping the oak branch’. But today I want to talk about a tradition used in wedding ceremonies in Spain, Latin American countries, and the Philippines:The ‘arras’ or 13 Coins, sometimes even […]

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The tradition of the 13 Coins

Continuing to explore diverse wedding traditions, weddings in any of the many Spanish-speaking cultures here and around the world are still most often Roman Catholic, but of course, not always. Keeping in mind that Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America, and Spain, all have specific traditions, certainly makes it hard to generalize. But there […]

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