As promised, a back to back installment of “World Of Weddings”. This time, a visit to Spain. While we were there a couple of months ago, we just happened to see a few newlyweds, so I couldn’t help snapping a few photos. April must be a prime wedding month in Spain
Spain’s location in the southwest corner of Europe gave it relative isolation from the rest of the continent mainly due to the Pyrenees Mountains running between Spain and France, plus it’s proximity to northern Africa’s Moorish culture. Because of this, Spain’s history, culture, and wedding traditions are a bit different from the rest of Europe.
Spain is a nation of regions. Many of which were once independent countries. Most are widely known such as Andalucia, Catalonia, La Mancha, Castille, and the Basque region, just to name a few. A few of these even have their own languages that are still spoken with pride. It was interesting traveling across the country and hearing these different languages, accents, and dialects. Within the past year, Catalonia has even tried to seek independence from Spain – so far unsuccessfully. Likewise, each region has distinct wedding traditions, although for the most part, the majority of weddings are fairly similar to those here in the US. Here are a few differences:
**Roman Catholic is still the largest religion, and most weddings take place in a church. Most ceremonies happen in the evening, especially in southern Spain (Andalucia) where midday temperatures can be extreme. Europe’s all-time hottest temperature of 122 degrees was recorded in Seville back in 1881.
**In Andalucia, some brides where frilly flamenco style dresses. I took the photo above in Seville where this bride was doing a photo shoot with her photographer near the fairgrounds.
**Brides occasionally wear a mantilla, a lace headdress which is usually made by the mother of the bride.
**The rings are worn on the RIGHT hand, not the left.
**Firecrackers are sometimes set off as newlyweds exit the church.
**The bouquet is thrown to whoever will be the next married, as opposed to “all the single ladies” here in the United States. Sorry, Beyoncé.
**Due to the warm subtropical climate, most brides carry a hand fan to cool themselves off (see photo below from a couple I spotted roaming around the Alcazar after their wedding).
**Guests generally spend much more on gifts than Americans, and cash is the most popular gift. Typically a minimum of $100 is customary, although average is $200-250.
By the way, I just got word that one of my weddings from last year has been featured in the COUTURE COLORADO WEDDINGS blog. Click the link to enjoy highlights from Chris & Jenni’s wedding day at Black Canyon Inn & Twin Owls Steakhouse last September featuring photography from Two Bright Lights.
Have a great summer!!