Hola, amigos and amigas! If you’ve ever attended a Mexican wedding, you know it’s not just any old celebration; it’s a full-blown fiesta, baby! Okay. We know what you’re thinking. There are heartwarming ceremonies, lavish parades, and tacos galore…so what else is possibly left?! Spoiler alert: puuh-lenty. They take their entertainment quite seriously. And we’re about to break it all down for ya. FYI, you’ll be saying “¡Qué chistoso!” by the end of it. Cross our hearts and hope to salsa.
The Hilarious Cake Smash
Forget the gentle cake cutting – Mexican weddings often feature a friendly cake-smashing contest. Whoever dares to get the most frosting on their partner’s face wins. Easy Peasy. I mean, do we wanna smother other people in rich, tasty cream? Heck yea! Where do we sign up?
Here’s the thing – piñatas are not just for birthdays. At Mexican weddings, a wedding-themed piñata gets smashed open, basically drowning everyone in sweet treats, good luck, and abundance. *Stares at the treats while drooling.* Don’t forget to watch out for flying candy! Oh, and piñatas aren’t just for smashing; they often inspire colorful, fun decor. Giant paper mache piñata hearts, anyone?
The “Lasso” Laugh Fest
Step 1: Acquire a lasso. Step 2: Place it around the bride and groom’s shoulder in the shape of an “8” to symbolize infinity. Step 3: ~gasp in guacamole~. Did we mention it’s also an excellent opportunity for guests to pretend they’re cowboys and cowgirls?
The Shoe-Stealing Shenanigans
Let us set the scene: The bride and groom are dancing. You, the world’s best wedding guest (obviously), enter the scene and sneakily steal their shoes. The next thing you know, the couple has to pay an oh-so-handsome ransom of drinks or cash to get them back. Because you deserve it. Shoe-napping, anyone?
The Sombrero Serenade
Raise your glasses! If there’s one thing every wedding needs, it’s a good toast. Instead of a traditional toast, guests often serenade the couple with a song while wearing a massive sombrero. Tequila shots might be involved, and we’re, uh, not mad about it. I mean, talk about adding some extra spice, with a jalapeño on top, amiright?
The Ring Dance-Off
Sooooo, there’s this dance-off to see who can get closest to the bride and groom without knocking them over. It’s kinda like a real-life game of “Ring Around the Rosie,” but with a happy ending. Our two cents? A definite crowd-pleaser. Count. us. in.
The Flower Peddler Parade
We’re suckers for flower girls, but at a Mexican wedding, it’s not uncommon to have flower peddlers throwing petals like confetti. We get a flower! You get a flower! Everyone gets a flower! *cries in tres-leches flavored churro*
The Dance of the Money
To help the newlyweds financially, guests groove with the bride or groom and pin money to their attire. It’s kinda like a high-stakes tango with dollar bills. *Plays Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena*. It keeps getting better, we know. Keep scrolling.
The “Jumping the Broom” Race
Is it just us or is the symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new just simply a must at weddings? Mexicans agree. The bride and groom jump over a broom together, but sometimes, it turns into a hilarious long jump competition. This activity is ridiculously adorable, too, which is just *chef’s kiss* for a good wedding romance moment.
The Mascota Mischief
Just imagine a super-ulta mischievous character called a “mascota” who just strolls around, teasing and entertaining guests throughout the ceremony. Think of them as the wedding jester you never knew you needed. Guest-ertainment at its finest– just sayin’.
The “La Vibora de la Mar” Snake Dance
This is a fun one. Oh, who are we kidding? They all are. Guests form a human tunnel and the newlyweds have to slither through like snakes bc why not? Think about doing it in a wedding dress. No biggie, right?
The Tug-of-Love Tradition
Okay, many weddings definitely have a bouquet toss for our single gals, but do they have a fab activity involving rope with attached ribbons? Didn’t think so. Annnnd cue a good ol’ game of tug-of-war! *Sings* All the single ladies, all the single ladies, now take a ribbon and put your hands up! The one with a ring attached at the end is said to be next in line for marriage.
Cracking Celebrations With Cascarones
Confetti-filled eggs that are quite literally cracked over the bride and groom’s heads for good luck? Ummmm…yes, please! Let’s be real. There’s just sooo much to love about this.
The Mariachi Musical Chairs
Are we the only ones who think adding a classic game of musical chairs to a wedding day is a fab idea? A mariachi band often plays at Mexican weddings, and musical chairs are just simply a must! When the music stops, guests scramble to find a chair, while the mariachi serenades the lucky “winner.” Quite a necessary addition to the big day’s events if we do say so ourselves.
The Grand Exit
Here’s the deal: As the newlyweds leave the reception, guests shower them with rice or birdseed. Warning: Accidents (like say… someone accidentally throwing a whole bag of rice) might happen. Oops.
Riots of color? Check. World-class entertainment? Check. A whole lotta love & laughter in the air? Major check. Well, Mexico, you’ve done it again. The next time you find yourself at a Mexican wedding, get ready to jump, dance, and laugh your way through these hilarious and heartwarming customs. ¡Viva el amor y la fiesta! 🎉💃🕺