Celebrating Your México Wedding in Style. By Christine Wentzel. Los Cabos Magazine Issue #16 Spring 2008.

You’ve chosen your Los Cabos wedding location. You’ve chosen your wedding party. You’ve set up a bridal registry at both Tiffany’s and Home Depot, both excellent choices by the way. You have gone over the guest list and sent out the invitations. You’ve arranged your honeymoon hideaway. Now it’s time to decide what ceremonial details you want on your big day. A Los Cabos wedding offers myriad choices for this. Attire can be from the traditional formal gown and veil, to a relaxed “feet-in-the-sand” flowing linen dress, from a tux or tails to cotton slacks and a tropical shirt. What the bride and groom wear sets the tone and style for your guests.

Guided by traditions, your wedding ritual can be the perfect opportunity to embrace the culture of the country where you will wed. While planning your ceremony in Los Cabos, you may want to think about or learn about some of the matrimonial customs of this country. Maybe you’ve already thought about using a good tequila for toasting, or having a wedding cake made of fruit soaked in rum or a rich tres leches cake. There are many wonderful Mexican traditions that can add meaning and enjoyment to this special day, and leave your guests talking about their travels to your wedding for a long time.

The Men’s Wedding Shirt and A Reboso (Shawl) for the Women

The guayabera is considered the best tropical wedding attire for men. The groom and his attendants will love the comfort of these classic white, boxy shirts (great on any body type) worn over lightweight pants. This style is a Mexican classic. It’s the equivalent to a tie and jacket considered formal attire north of the border for.

The reboso, a handmade lightweight shawl for women, can flatter any style of dress. It will play a dual role as an adornment or something to keep you comfortable if the evenings cool a little.


Celebrating a great moment and Mariachi music is synonymous here in Mexico. A Mariachi group can welcome your guests as they arrive, serenade the bride’s entrance and trumpet out the jubilation when you walk blissfully down the aisle after sealing your vows with a kiss.

Music is integral to any wedding and here in Mexico that means Mariachi. For the best results, hire a large enough group to experience the gusto of Mariachi at its best. There are groups of three or four who deliver traditional sound but it’s not the same as the full complement of musicians. You need the trumpets and violins and the vihuela (a five string guitar) and the small acoustic bass for an authentic Mariachi sound. Big harmonic voices and singers in charro (Mexican cowboy) attire, from wide-brimmed hats to leather heeled boots, are genuine Mariachi.

El Lazo (The Lasso)

The custom of using a lasso symbolizes unity between the bride and groom, and, if they so choose, can be extended to include the families. During the vows, someone significant – the maid of honor or parent(s) – drape a length of flowers, ribbon or beads in a figure eight over the bride and groom’s heads and then rest it on their shoulders. This lasso signifies the love that will bind them and their families together as they respectively share the responsibility of marriage for the rest of their lives.

At the end of the ceremony, the lasso is removed by the couple or the person(s) who placed the lasso on them. The bride keeps this lasso as a memento of her becoming the mistress of the groom’s heart.

Trece Monedas de Oro

(The Thirteen Gold Coins)

These symbolic coins (gold is nice but it doesn’t have to be) are collected by the groom from family and friends as an expression of their desire for the couple’s prosperity. The groom then puts the coins in a keepsake box and gives it to his best man for guardianship. Near the end of the ceremony, the best man gives the box over to the person officiating the wedding, who in turn places the box holding the coins into the hands of the groom. The groom then drops them one by one into the palm of the bride, pledging that he places all of his goods into her care and safekeeping. When the bride accepts the coins, it means she is taking them with trust and confidence, and in turn promising to manage with care and devotion all he is giving her.

Why thirteen coins? The custom of coins originated in Spain, the number thirteen representing Christ and the twelve apostles. It is believed that an ancient Roman custom of breaking gold or silver, one half to be kept by the bride and the other half by the groom as a pledge of marriage, was created in the same spirit.


(Remembrances for the guests)

In Mexico, guests are given a gift to remember the day. Often it’s a religious card with a prayer on the back or sometimes a rose, either real or made of silk. If you decide to give your guests a memento from your wedding, it would be most appropriate to select something made in Mexico. There are many distinctive artesano pieces to choose. A small silver box or basket filled with almonds representing good luck is a nice touch.

Brindis Mexicano (A Mexican Toast)


Health, Money and Love…and time to enjoy them.

This time honored toast is urging the couple to take time to enjoy together these gifts of life. What exquisite counsel for anyone.

The Devil Is In The Details. Wedding planners and service providers in Los Cabos:

A Baja Romance Wedding : www.karlacasillas.com

Baja Weddings: www.bajawedding.com

Brown’s Private Services: www.brownsprivateservices.com

Cabo Surf Hotel: www.cabosurfhotel.com

Denni’s Catering: www.denniscatering.com

Diamonds International: www.DiamondsInternational.com

Gilda Badillo: www.gildaphoto.com

Helix Audio Visual: www.helixav.com

Lazy Gourmet: www.lazygourmetcatering.com

Los Cabos Wedding: www.loscaboswedding.com

Photo Mexico: www.photomexico.com

Romantic Cabo Weddings: www.romanticaboweddings.com

Sunset Weddings: www.asunsetwedding.com

Ultrafemme: www.ultrafemme.com

Weddings in Paradise: www.weddingsparadise.com