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First of all take a rest. Have a siesta — a big one. Stamina is key to surviving an Argentinian boda wedding. But before we dissect the mixture of the tradition, syncretism and the frankly bizarre moments of an Argentinian wedding, we need to roll back the time to when the two lovers were, well, just that.
To take a Churchill quote wildly out of context, dating a girl or boy in Argentina is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. One myth is that Argentinians, of both sexes, are obsessed with marriage. Ninety-two per cent of the country claim to be Catholic, although only 20 per cent practise regularly. For this reason and, more importantly, simple economics, most Argentinian boys and girls live at home until they are married. Hence the popularity of the Telo — Argentinian sex hotels.
No wonder they want to get the hell out and married so quickly. The average age for a man to get married is Argentine Wedding — Photograph by Emiliano Horcada. No engagement rings here bloody sensible if you ask me , but they are worn on the right hand until the wedding day. Next up is the Wedding Shower — basically an engagement party. Before the wedding day, often precariously close, is the despedida de soltero and soltera — stag and hen nights, which basically consist of ritual humiliation, nudity, strippers and dressing up as a bunny.
The next day, however, is the big day. Stamina, I reiterate, is needed. The service is mercifully brief. There are no bridesmaids or best men. If you not so lucky, you could end up in a salon de fiesta. The glowing couple start the evening off with a waltz. Guests line up either side — men on one side, women on the other, and at some point, the couple will part and grab another dance partner.
Here ensues a painful two minutes, akin to the last slow dance at a school disco whereby you seek a partner, or are sought by someone. By now, famished and in desperate need of booze, you are shown to a table, where the feast commences. It is, needless to say, mostly a meal of meat, with side portions of meat and, for vegetarians, chicken. Then the one where you do the can-can. Then bride is spun around to within an inch of her life. Thankfully at around 6am, breakfast is brought out, usually accompanied by whisky, at which point I suggest you skip the whisky, and skip to the taxi.
Interesting to know how the marriages survive in Argentina.. Thanks for sharing the information.. I am glad that I came here and come to know about it.. I really appreciate every bit of information you have shared.. Wedding day is a great memorable day for everyone. So it is important to leave happily log life with your partner. It is a good information about how the marriages survive in Argentina.
Deberian organizarse wedding tours aqui en Argentina, seguro todos salen con alguien del brazo! Nobody wants to get married in Argentina excepts gays. Most couples live together without getting married. I married an Argentine in Argentina and we had a mix of English and Argentine traditions — I had bridesmaids, best man, wedding speeches, music played by my husband and his sisters, tango and folkloric dancing demonstrations… I think unless you are marrying into a particularly traditional family, anything goes nowadays.
No one wants to clean all that mess the following day. Her single, i. Both ladies have to hold a pair of glasses of champagne, one in each hand. Leave a Comment Cancel reply. At 3am things will look like this: By 5. The following two tabs change content below.
Bio Latest Posts. Daniel Neilson is a freelance writer and photographer, and lived in Buenos Aires for five years eating too much meat, going hoarse at football games and thoroughly failing to learn a step of tango. He now spends his days drinking imported mate and planning his return journey.
Latest posts by Daniel Neilson see all. I love weddings! Glad you enjoyed Daniel's post. Thanks for the comment. Table Pad. Well, now I want to go to a wedding xD when will my friend start getting married??? PS: sorry about my English xD.Argentina marriage customs
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