One couple I'm marrying wants to give a special nod to the groom's Mexican heritage. They let me know about an old Hispanic wedding tradition called "El Lazo" (The Lasso). I love this idea! A couple is literally bound together by loved ones. You can use any string-like prop to do this (a rosary might be too symbolic for non-religious people). Other suggestions include an actually lasso, pretty ribbon, or even a leis of flowers. A description of the ceremony is below:
The Lasso (El Lazo)
As part of the ceremony to symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads or a lasso (cord) is placed in a figure eight shape around the necks of the couple after they have exchanged their vows. It also is beautiful when made of entwined orange blossoms (which symbolize fertility and happiness). A double rosary lasso may also be given by one set of the parents and may be blessed with holy water three times in honor of the trinity.
A special person/couple places the lasso around the shoulders of the bride and groom, groom’s shoulder’s first. The lasso may also be tied around their wrists. The couple wears the lasso throughout the remainder of the service. (The loop is symbolic of their love which should bind the couple together everyday as they equally share the responsibility of marriage for the rest of their lives.)
At the end of the ceremony, the lasso is removed by either the couple which placed the lasso on the couple, or the priest. The lasso is given to the Bride as a memento of her becoming the mistress of the groom’s heart and home.
The same couple also had another cool idea: a Day of the Dead themed wedding cake! They found a fab cake topper at Austin's own Turquoise Door on South Congress. Tesoros Trading, down the street, will have some fun accessories as well - I know they sell Mexican oil cloth by the yard. Hello? .... reception idea!!
Top it all off by getting my favorite Austin mariachis, Mariachi Relampago, perform. Or, a unique twist, book the all-female Mariachi group Margaritas de Tejas (and, maybe have some actual margaritas on hand - always a hit!).
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