Weddings

 
     
 

As in other parts of the world, wedding ceremonies in Sonora are an important family tradition.

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As in other countries, weddings in Mexico can consist of solely a civil ceremony, or a church ceremony with the signing of a civil ceremony certicate by the parties to the union. This page will focus on the religious traditions related to matrimony in Sonora.

When two people decide to spend the rest of their lives together, the first step is typically to have "platicas," or talks, with a priest of church lay member. Oftentimes the platicas are organized as groups of couples, who go through several weeks of studying and discussing various topics related to matrimony.

In addition to that, there are other prerequisites that a couple must accomplish before receiving permission to be married in the church. For example, they must present various other church members to vouch for the moral character of the betrothed and their viability as a couple. The members meet at the church on a certain day and sign a document that attests to their statement.

The church ceremony is much the same as those celebrated in other countries, but with some slight differences. The ceremony includes the placement of a long circle of beads or flowers called a "lasso," to represent the joining of the two persons. Another aspect of the wedding is the sharing of small replicas of coins (arras). The priest blesses the arras, then gives half of them to the groom and half to the bride. They then exchange the coins, giving each other the coins that they have. This represents the sharing of wealth and possessions between the two.

After the wedding, during the reception and wedding fiestas there are more traditional activities between the bride and the groom, like the bride throwing her bouquet of flowers to the crowd of single women, or the placing of an apron on the groom, to represent that he will help with the domestic duties.