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The 10 Best Wedding Venues in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is a paradise, and that means choosing to get married here is a no-brainer. The wedding venues in Puerto Rico are as beautiful as the Commonwealth itself, and that can present an unexpected problem. Whether you want to get married on the beach, in the lush tropical jungle, or in a grand old colonial building just off the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, there is a Puerto Rico wedding venue for everyone. As you start your search, you will find the most options in San Juan, though make sure to check out Rio Grande and Carolina wedding venues, too.

Browsing Puerto Rico Wedding Venues Can Feel Like a Dream

Puerto Rico has everything. Boutique hotels are some of the most popular wedding venues in Puerto Rico, but couples also celebrate their vows in charming haciendas, on picture-perfect secluded beaches, and in elegant villas. Do you love luxury? The island’s resorts have everything right on-site, from spas to world-class golf courses and amazing restaurants that cater. If you’re happiest in the great outdoors, you can get married next to a crashing waterfall with coqui frogs singing nearby. Offbeat Puerto Rico wedding venues run the gamut from tree houses to romantic ruins.

Narrowing down your options can be a challenge. The first thing you need to do is to figure out your budget. Using a wedding budget planner from the start will make creating a list of possible venues easier.

A Step by Step Approach to Choosing a Wedding Venue

Step one is making a list of Puerto Rico wedding venues that you love and can afford. If you already have an idea of how large your wedding guest list will be, you may be able to pare down your list to just a handful of options. Step two is reaching out to each of these to make sure that they are actually available on your wedding date. If you haven’t set a date yet, the availability of each of the venues on your list may help you do that. Step three is scheduling tours of each of the venues (which is when you’ll ask about packages, prices, when deposits are due, catering, decor, and the cancellation policy).

In-person walkthroughs are incredibly important and will probably end up being what helps you choose your Puerto Rico wedding venue. A ballroom or event space can look very different online than it does in person, and you may arrive at a venue you adored only to find out that it really doesn’t have the vibe you’re looking for. Remember, your venue will probably determine which vendors you can use, how large your wedding guest list can be, and what the look and feel of your celebration will be. It’s worth putting in the work it takes to find the best possible one.

After you’ve chosen a Puerto Rico wedding venue, there will still be lots of wedding planning to-dos to tackle. For help with everything else, whether you’re browsing local wedding vendors or setting up your wedding website, WeddingWire has tools that can help.

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The Ultimate List of Small Wedding Venues in Puerto Rico

As a wedding photographer, I have witnessed how intimate weddings in Puerto Rico have become popular in the past five years. We’re now living in both turbulent and exciting times when couples question traditions and what their financial priorities should be. Both destination and Diasporican clientsuse their visit to Puerto Rico as the perfect excuse to get married in an intimate ceremony.

With the appearance of COVID-19 in our realities, everything has changed in our society, and celebrating weddings is not exempt from these changes. For this reason, many local couples are now rethinking their wedding plans and looking for intimate and small wedding venues in Puerto Rico.

A particularity of small weddings is that there’s usually no wedding planner, and some of the tasks that would naturally fall on that professional end up being absorbed by other vendors, usually me. One of those tasks is to guide the couple during their or venue scouting for small weddings. Below I’ll share several categories of sites where I love to photograph small weddings, and each one will be accompanied by at least one link to a full wedding there. I hope that my blog inspires and helps you realize that having a small wedding does not make it less unique.

Outdoor weddings in Puerto Rico are my specialty as a wedding photographer, so they will be the first to talk about on this blog. Puerto Rico is so beautiful that even with its heat and weather challenges, I prefer this type of wedding to being enclosed within four walls. Small weddings and elopements have a degree of flexibility in which we could basically get married anywhere, but here are examples of where I have most enjoyed working at.

Small Weddings at El Yunque

An adventure wedding is for you if you are hikers, and a sense of adventure is part of what defines you as a couple. But, considering guests who may not be as nature lovers as you are, or have accessibility concerns, El Yunque Rainforest is an excellent choice as a small wedding location in Puerto Rico.

For this wedding type, I recommend that it be as close as possible to dawn to avoid the crowds. Also, you have to consider the walking time and avoid damaging the hairstyle and makeup, you’ll have to stroll, instead of power-walking. My clients usually put on their wedding clothes upon arrival at the waterfall they wish to get married in, so as not to get their clothes too dirty before starting. What an adventure!

Sexy engagement photography at El Yunque Rainforest

Jessica & Jake’s El Yunque Wedding Photos

An Engagement Session at El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico’s National Treasure

Wedding Venues Puerto Rico: Hacienda Azucena in Río Grande

This little known venue, Hacienda Azucena, is one of my favorite haciendas for small weddings in Puerto Rico. The service is excellent, the views are beautiful, and the venue offers lodgement options, so you don’t have to go home once the event is over.

Hacienda Azucena Outdoor Rainforest Wedding at Rio Grande

Heartfelt Destination Wedding at Hacienda Azucena

Beautiful Outdoor Wedding at Hacienda Azucena Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Wedding Venues: Hacienda Don Carmelo in Vega Baja

Many people do large weddings at Hacienda Don Carmelo. Still, in my opinion, their venue is ideal for smaller and more intimate weddings. It is one of the most beautiful haciendas for weddings in Puerto Rico, I think the photos will speak for themselves.

Día de Bodas de Ensueño en Hacienda Don Carmelo

Hermosa Boda Rustic Chic en Hacienda Don Carmelo, Vega Baja

Puerto Rico Weddings at Hacienda Muñoz in San Lorenzo

Coffee, Hacienda, coffee, peacocks, coffee, nature, coffee … do I have to keep mentioning the virtues of Hacienda Muñoz? The Hacienda has a rustic barnyard with an open layout that can accommodate large and small weddings. It is a place with a lot of potential for beautiful photos.

Un Dia Brutal en Hacienda Munoz

Divertida Boda Rústica en Hacienda Munoz, San Lorenzo

Givanka y Carlos: Boda Rustica en Hacienda Munoz, San Lorenzo

Hacienda Siesta Alegre in Río Grande

It couldn’t be a blog about my favorite small wedding venues, without mentioning the magical Hacienda Siesta Alegre. My little ranch, as I call it my love, is the perfect place for all kinds of weddings, but for intimate weddings, it has even greater magic. Here are some examples:

Dreamlike Elopement at Hacienda Siesta Alegre

Sunrise-to-Sunset: Elopement at Hacienda Siesta Alegre and Old San Juan

Hermosa Boda Diurna en Hacienda Siesta Alegre

Old San Juan is the other place I’m always at. It is inevitable: it has the colonial architecture beauty, romance, nostalgia, and the convenience of being at the epicenter of Puerto Rico’s tourist activity. It all makes Old San Juan a perfect destination for small weddings. Filled with historical monuments, restaurants, and beautiful scenery, who wouldn’t feel like getting married?

Intimate Weddings in El Morro and Castillo San Cristobal, Old San Juan

In so many centuries of history, the Morro keeps so many memories within its walls, including countless love stories, surprise engagements, and romantic weddings. Under the jurisdiction of the National Parks Administration, both San Cristobal and El Morro require a permit to hold events inside, but the beauty is worth the effort.

Personally, El Morro seems to be a better option for elopements. At the same time, I prefer San Cristobal for weddings in which the couple wants to have some kind of setup for the guests. Note: in most cases, National Parks require that all installations are made after the parks are closed, which makes these ceremonies inevitably nocturnal.

Destination Wedding Locations: Perla at La Concha Resort

Aldo & Myron’s Sunrise Puerto Rico Gay Elopement

Engayged! Same-sex double proposal at El Morro Fortress

Small Weddings at Plaza La Rogativa

In the heart of the colonial area of Old San Juan, steps from the Cathedral, Hotel El Convento, and overlooking the sea, I love Plaza La Rogativa as a ceremony location. Although I have had several large weddings there, I have to admit that space can get a bit cramped, making it ideal for micro-weddings or elopements.

Luxurious Tropical Wedding Vibes at Amanda & John’s Day!

Microboda Mágica: Natalie y Xavi en Plaza de la Rogativa y Hotel El Convento

The Dreamiest Old San Juan Destination Wedding!

Restaurants for a Simple, Intimate, and Small Wedding in Puerto Rico

A restaurant with a lovely lounge or rooftop is the most comfortable option when there are family and guests, especially when there are grandparents or elderly people with accessibility concerns. Booking and decorating a restaurant lounge is also a great Plan B. Here are some of my favorite full weddings for inspiration.

Gorgeous Micro-Wedding at El Morro Fortress

Rain Can’t Water Down a Strong Love

Intimate and Dreamy Destination Wedding at Old San Juan

Alexa & Carlos: Intimate Wedding @ La Casona Santurce

I think that, as islanders, when we think about giving ourselves a romantic getaway, the beach is always one of the first options. It is also often one of the favorite choices when it comes to small weddings. The beaches are so beautiful you don’t need to invest much in wedding decor. And also, we are surrounded by beaches, so there are limitless options for you to choose at your convenience.

Intimate and Heartfelt: 10-Year Vow Renewal at a Beach in Puerto Rico

Jessica & Jake’s El Yunque Wedding Photos

Real Couple Review: Jasmine & Jonathan’s Puerto Rico Elopement

Beautiful Beach Photos of an Elopement in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Ways to Elope: Simple and Heartfelt Condado Beach Elopement Photos

Abbey & Jeremy’s Dreamy and Offbeat Vieques Wedding

Beach Weddings at Copamarina Beach Resort, Guánica

I love Copamarina! This southern treasure has a perfect look for an intimate wedding. Away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan area, it has beautiful villas with a very casual vibe and ballrooms to accommodate small groups of guests. Photos don’t do it justice!

Boho, Laid-Back Vibes at a Copamarina Beach Resort Wedding

Brunch Wedding en Copamarina Beach Resort, Guánica

The Cutest Mini Destination Wedding at Copamarina Resort

Hermosa y Emotiva Boda Militar en Guanica, Puerto Rico

Rebeca & Mike: Destination Wedding @ Copamarina Resort

Intimate Weddings at Villa Montaña Beach Resort, Isabela

Located within Shacks beach in Isabela, and close to the popular Jobos restaurant and bar scene, Villa Montaña Beach Resort is ideally located. It’s great for vacations or honeymoons in Puerto Rico, and its Resort has beautiful villas to stay and get ready for weddings. It also has several restaurant options for receptions of all sizes. For these and many other reasons, it is one of my favorite places for weddings in Puerto Rico.

Happy and intimate destination beach wedding at Villa Montana

Micro-wedding Photography at Villa Montana Beach Resort

Intimate Weddings at Rio Mar Wyndham Beach Resort

This resort is huge! Rio Mar is definitely one of the best small wedding venues in Puerto Rico with endless options, lounges, terraces, and one of the most beautiful and intimate resort beaches in Puerto Rico. As you know, I prefer outdoor weddings, which is why my favorite combo is the ceremony on the beach and the reception on the deck for a romantic sunset.

Happy, Tropical, and Laid-Back: Beach Destination Wedding

Alfresco Beach Wedding at Wyndham Rio Mar Grand

An Amazing Beachfront Caribbean Destination Wedding

Intimate Weddings in Culebra and Vieques

Ok, I love Culebra and Vieques, probably you will too. But to do a big wedding if your guests are not residents, it would be a nuisance. The cool thing about small weddings is that what is almost impossible at big weddings, with fewer guests, becomes totally possible.

Abbey & Jeremy’s Dreamy and Offbeat Vieques Wedding

This Honeymoon Portrait Session in Flamenco Beach will Leave You Breathless

Intimate Elopement Photography at Flamenco Beach, Culebra

Perhaps being outdoors is not your thing, or simply to comfortably accommodate guests, you would like to have the convenience and accessibility that you only find with a hotel. Here I share the best hotels for small weddings in Puerto Rico.

Small Weddings at La Concha Resort

La Concha has it all: beachfront, excellent service, inclusion, flexibility. Coincidentally, the lounge that I like the most at La Concha Resort is precisely the one that is most appropriate for a small wedding, the Mirador Rooftop.

La Emotiva boda de Andy y David en La Concha Resort

A Perfect Wedding: Sarah & Will’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

Intimate Weddings in Condado Vanderbilt

In historic Condado Vanderbilt, a small wedding has the same luxurious atmosphere as a large one. Salón Azul (or blue room), is ideal for a small wedding. It also has direct access to the East Veranda. On this beautiful terrace, you can celebrate your ceremony with a view of the sea.

Effortless Classic: Grace & Brian’s Wedding at the Vanderbilt

Luxurious Modern Wedding at Condado Vanderbilt

Hotel el Convento and its Martorell Ballroom

For art buffs and Old San Juan lovers, Hotel el Convento has the perfect small wedding ballroom: Salón Martorell. Hand-painted by the renowned Puerto Rican artist, that room is a real work of art. Colorful and unique, you can keep decor to a minimum and focus on enjoying your intimate wedding.

Bohemian Old San Juan Elopement at Hotel El Convento

Brunch Wedding at Hotel El Convento

MUSEO CASA BLANCA — CASA BLANCA MUSEUM WEDDINGS AT OLD SAN JUAN

This authentic early colonial-style museum was closed off for a long time. It re-opened recently, and besides being a nice attraction during your vacations in Puerto Rico, it is also an amazing venue with the most accurate Old San Juan aesthetic for small weddings, elopements and microweddings!

Boda en Museo Casa Blanca: Un sueño hecho realidad

Trending alert! Renting luxury properties through platforms such as Airbnb and Homeaway, to celebrate intimate weddings in them, is what’s up right now. AirBNBs are excellent options because each one is unique, and you can choose one exactly how you like it. Tip: remember that with no cleaning staff like in a venue, you’ll have to clean and handle trash by the end. Also, utility areas such as bathrooms and kitchens could be affected by unusual traffic.

Fotos de Compromiso en Playa Ostiones, Cabo Rojo PR

A Perfect Wedding Day at Fusion Beach Villas, Puerto Rico

¡Se nos casa la fotógrafa! Maydeline y Noel en Sabe a Vino Village, Morovis

They said si by the sea! Cailin & Erica’s destination beach wedding

Un love story muy sexy en Playa Las Picuas Rio Grande

AirBNB Weddings in Puerto Rico: Aguada Beach Microwedding

This is my list for now! I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments below. I hope this blog was useful, and that all your small wedding dreams come true.

xo,

Cami

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Puerto Rico Weddings — Other 2022

San Juan Weddings. Puerto Rico. On the ocean. (December 2022)


wedding in San Juan. Puerto Rico. On the ocean. (December 2022)

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Getting married in Puerto Rico is a wonderful thing. Not only do you get tropical beaches and rainforest, but you also get a charming and historic capital city and great culture. Conveniently, it’s part of the United States (no passports required!) and only a few hours away from many US airports. Most people on the island speak English and the modern infrastructure makes planning your wedding relatively easy.

If you’re thinking of getting married as a destination, but you’re worried about inconveniencing your guests or even important guests not being able to, consider getting married in Puerto Rico.

Where to get married in Puerto Rico

The first thing to do: Choose your ideal setting, as this will set the tone and direction for everything else. Think about what you want at the wedding. You want:

  • The cobblestone streets and the glorious cathedral in Old San Juan? The oldest part of the capital is charming, full of colonial buildings and 16th century Spanish forts. Many people say that El Convento is the best boutique hotel in the area. Because the building used to be a monastery, you can have a ceremony in the chapel or in the open courtyard before the reception in one of its six rooms, which can accommodate from 10 to 300 guests. If one of you is Catholic, you can have the ceremony at the San Juan Cathedral. They recommend that you call at least 3 months in advance to arrange.
  • The convenience and convenience of a large resort? The island’s resorts aren’t cheap, but they’re perfect for couples who want everything at their fingertips. Your guests will never have to leave their property in El Conquistador, with a world-class golf course, water park, tennis, spa and casino, 31 miles from San Juan. The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino offers a luxurious experience for you and your guests, conveniently located close to Old San Juan and the airport. A little further from the best surfing and snorkeling spots on the islands is Horned Dorset, another solid option.
  • An adventurous rainforest wedding? El Yunque is the only rainforest that is part of the US Park Service. Have a small wedding next to a magnificent waterfall with the soundtrack of chirrups coca frogs, then head east to the beach for a reception at Rio Mar Resort. Closer to these are a few small bed and breakfasts and the Yuquiyu Village Resort, made up of wooden cabins created by artisans. You can also rent the El Portal Rain Forest Portal Visitor Center for evening weddings of up to 175 guests (sitting) or 300 (standing).

When to Get Married in Puerto Rico

Peak season is from December to April when warm 80 degree days offer a welcome respite from the mainland US. cold winters. Warm and the rest of the year as well, and less crowded. You’ll probably want to avoid hurricane season from June to November as PR lies inside the hurricane belt.

How to plan from home (US).

Many major resorts have wedding coordinators and package options to help you easily plan your wedding from abroad. You should also ask about the cost of a group room for your guests. If you’re not interested in a big resort, consider hiring a wedding planner who can recommend vendors and arrange local arrangements for you.

The Tourist Office will also help you start your wedding planning. Contact them at 1-800-866-7827 or email: [email protected] com.

These inexplicable… wedding traditions

There are a huge number of wedding traditions in the world that came from ancient times, but are honored today! Do you want to travel with us all over the world in ten minutes, spying on the happy moments of all the peoples of the Earth? Forward!

England

In England, for example, there is an ancient marriage tradition of throwing shoes at newlyweds as they leave church. This symbolizes the wishes of the young for happiness and a long and happy life.

Each of the guests brings a cake to the wedding, which symbolizes the abundance in the life of the young. The pies are piled one on top of the other in the middle of the table, and the bride and groom must kiss on top of this mountain of pies.

In the English countryside, the bride and her guests walk together to church. The procession is led by a little girl, who scatters flowers along the road so that the life of the bride flows happily and is filled with flowers.

For luck, brides sew an amulet, such as a small silver horseshoe, to the edge of the dress.

Scotland

In Scotland, it is traditional for the groom to accept the bride into his family or clan, immediately after pronouncing the wedding vows, throws a tartan scarf over her shoulders with the colors of his clan and stabs it with national Scottish silver pins or fastens a belt of a similar design on his chosen one…

France

In France, newlyweds at a banquet in their honor must drink wine from a goblet with two handles, called «a coupe de marriage».

Germany

One of the main German wedding traditions is the unusually colorful Polterabend ritual. On the evening before the wedding, the bride’s friends come to the door of her house and smash dishes and plates on the threshold. It is believed that the fragments bring good luck to the bride. After that, traditionally, the bride invites congratulators to a glass of wine and something tasty.

The next day, during the ceremony itself, the bride should have bread and salt in her pocket, which portends material wealth for the future family. The groom brings grain — this means wealth and good luck. Guests cover the path with fresh spruce branches, which the bride and groom will follow at the end of the ceremony, so that the path of the newlyweds is paved with hope, good luck and wealth. For this, guests are given handkerchiefs so that they can wrap the food left over from the holiday in them and take it home. Savings first and foremost!

Austria

The bride decorates her veil with myrtle, which is the flower of life.

Holland

A festive wedding dinner is arranged before the ceremony. At dinner, there must be sweets , called «bride’s sugar», and spiced wine, called «bride’s tears».

Italy

Silk ribbons are tied in front of the church where the wedding takes place, which symbolizes the inextricable marriage bond.

Spain

Spaniards have long preferred the orange color of wedding clothes. Orange flowers must be present in the bouquet of the Spanish bride, they are also woven into the bride’s hair. The most popular reason for choosing this color is that the orange is an evergreen tree, and therefore the bride will remain young and blooming throughout her life together.

Portugal

In the Portuguese “dance of money”, a guest who wants to dance with the bride must also first make a monetary contribution to her shoe, which is offered to everyone in turn.

Switzerland

An interesting tradition also exists in Switzerland. Once a year, on July 25, in the towns of Farwagen and Mastergwaden, women present a huge list of requirements to men, which must be completed within 4 days.

The tradition has existed for about 300 years — on July 25, 1712, women saved their men from inevitable death in the second battle of Fillmorgen.

Poland

Usually in villages, friends and neighbors weave a wreath of rosemary leaves on the bride’s head. The Polish version of the «dance of money»: guests attach money to the bride’s dress in order to buy a dance with her. Or another option: the bride and groom stand in the center of the circle formed by the guests.

The groom removes the veil from the bride, and the guests throw money at her instead of the gifts they could have bought with that money.

Croatia

After the ceremony, married relatives of the bride remove the veil from the bride and put on her a headscarf and apron as a sign of her current married status. Then all those gathered go around the well three times (symbolizes the Holy Trinity) and throw apples into it (symbolizes wealth).

Greece

The Greeks define the head of the family in a very unusual way. On the day of the wedding, the bride strives to step on the groom’s foot. And if he fails to dodge, then, according to the wedding traditions of the country, he will be henpecked all his life together. Before the wedding night of the newlyweds, children must first jump on their marriage bed so that in the future the newly-married family will have good offspring. And at a wedding, on the outfits of the invitees, an eye should be depicted in order to protect the young family from troubles and failures.

While the bride and groom are dressing for the wedding, special songs are sung in their honor. Immediately before the start of the ceremony, the groom gives the bride a wedding bouquet. Historically, the main function of witnesses was to exorcise evil spirits — in Greece, witnesses even dress in a special amulet with the image of an eye. The same goes for friends and bridesmaids.

The groom’s godfather is an honored guest who crowns the couple and leads them around the altar three times. The bride puts a sugar cube in her glove on her wedding day so that love is always sweet.

At Greek weddings there is a lot of dancing. There is also a “dance of money”, during which guests, dancing with the bride and groom, attach banknotes to their clothes.

Bulgaria

For a young man in Bulgaria to be considered a full-fledged groom, it is enough to throw an apple at his beloved beloved. When the bride and groom leave the festival, instead of rice or wheat, they are showered with figs.

Hungary

In Hungary, the entire village participates in the wedding procession, first coming to the bride’s house and then accompanying her to the groom’s house or church. The Hungarians also have their own version of the “dance of money”: the bride puts her shoes in the middle of the dance floor and those who pretend to dance with her must put a couple of local forint banknotes in the shoes.

Finland

The bride wears a golden crown. After the ceremony, unmarried women blindfold the bride and dance around her. Whoever the bride puts on the crown, she will be the next to marry. Then the bride and groom hold a sieve covered with a silk scarf, and the guests throw money into it. At this time, the best man calls the names of the throwers and how much money they put in.

Sweden

The bride puts the silver coin her father gives her in her left shoe and the gold coin her mother gives her in her right shoe. Shoes should be without fasteners, which symbolizes the easy birth of a child in the future. Swedish wives wear three rings — an engagement ring, a wedding ring and another ring symbolizing motherhood.

Armenia

In Armenia, guests did not need an invitation to a wedding at all. Anyone who heard festive music could come to the holiday.

Africa

Traditional African weddings are accompanied by the sounds of drums and national instruments. Dance movements, traditional for the inhabitants of Africa, symbolize the union of husband and wife, as well as their families.

There is a ceremony during which the owners of the house pray to their ancestors, asking them for protection and prosperity, to which the guests respond in chorus “Aye!”, which in Swahili means “So be it!” After that, consecrated water is poured all over the floor. Evil spirits that might enter the ceremony are kept at the doorstep by fumigating them with the smoke of special plants.

Africans who were taken as slaves to the United States brought the tradition that the bride and groom had to jump over the broom during the ceremony, thus declaring their union. The broom among many peoples of Africa symbolized the beginning of the newlyweds’ creation of their home.

South Africa

The Kgatla tribe in South Africa had a custom, according to which, the next day after the wedding, the bride had to help other women of the family sweep the courtyard clean. By this, she seemed to demonstrate her willingness to help them with household chores in her new home until she gets her own.

Rwanda

Marriage ceremonies in Rwanda require newlyweds to hate each other. Every night after the wedding, the wife must come to her husband’s house and diligently beat him. As soon as hatred is replaced by love, a woman can move into a common house.

Kenya

In Kenya, it is customary for a newly-made husband to dress up in women’s clothes. This is done so that a man can be imbued with a complex and difficult female lot, and at the same time respect for the female sex. Kenyan men sometimes have to walk in women’s clothes for up to a week.
The bride’s hands and nails are painted with black and red ritual patterns; the paint lasts for a whole year, symbolizing the new status of a woman.

Tunisia

Traditionally, wedding celebrations in Tunisia last 7 days. At the same time, the couple and their relatives celebrate separately. This wedding ceremony ends with a common grand feast. It is customary for the Bedouins to prepare a fried camel stuffed with a fried ram, inside which the game, in turn, is stuffed with fish, and the fish with eggs.

Morocco

Five days before the wedding, a Moroccan bride takes a ceremonial bath, then women decorate her legs and arms with henna and jewelry. After that, she needs to go around the house three times, in which she and her husband will live.

India

To avoid any troubles and sorrows in family life, some male family member (usually the groom’s brother) at the end of the ceremony showers the bride and groom with flower petals.

China

During the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom drink wine and honey from goblets tied together with a red ribbon. The bride receives small boxes with gold jewelry as a gift from her relatives. In China, the color of love and joy is red, so everything is usually red: the bride’s dress, candles, gift boxes and envelopes with money. During the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom drink wine and honey from goblets tied together with red braid.

Korea

Ducks are always present at the wedding ceremony, because ducks are faithful to each other all their lives.

Tibet

But in Tibet, women are allowed to have two husbands!

Thailand

An elderly couple prepares the bed for the newlyweds and leaves good luck charms — bags or boxes with rice, sesame seeds, coins, with wishes of wealth.

Japan

In Japan, the bride and groom traditionally drink 9sips of sake. It is believed that their marriage becomes legal after the first sip. In Japan, the head of the family is always considered a man, and all households must unquestioningly obey him.
On the day of the wedding, the bride and her family go to visit the groom. Traditionally, the bride puts a triangular kerchief on her head to hide the «jealousy horns» that every woman is said to have.

Indonesia

And in Indonesia, a girl generally chooses her groom herself. After three months, if for some reason he does not suit her, she can choose a new one for herself.

Australia and New Zealand

In Australia, for example, the son-in-law’s most striking manifestation of respect for his mother-in-law is. .. avoiding her. The son-in-law is obliged in every possible way to avoid contact with the mother-in-law, and when he sees that she is approaching him, he must hide, run out of the house or, at worst, turn away.
But brides from New Zealand traditionally used a pig’s stomach turned inside out as a wedding veil.

Nicobar Islands

The wedding tradition of the Nicobar Islands required a young man to become the slave of the girl he wanted to marry. During this slavery, which could last up to a year, the bride was determined whether she needed such a husband.

Indians USA

Among the Navajos, the traditional dress of the bride consists of four colors, each of which represents the cardinal direction: black for the north, blue for the south, orange for the west, and white for the east. During the ceremony, the couple faces east: in the direction where the sun rises, which symbolizes the beginning of a new life.

Mexico

A romantic wedding tradition from the Mexicans: Before the couple dance their first dance as husband and wife, the guests stand around them in a heart shape.

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