Brazil marriage traditions are very expressive and rich. Traditional Brazilian wedding celebrations and folklore are undoubtedly rich in legends, songs, beliefs, dances and food. The Brazilian nation is formed from the mixture of Negro, Indigenous and Caucasian races, thus having diverse Brazil marriage traditions and culture for everyone to enjoy.
Brazilian culture has numerous traditions. For example, in Brazil people use the phases of the moon to decide when to sow and when to plant. Brazilian brides and grooms bring various folkloric traditions of Brazil marriage and wedding celebrations.
Bride. The bride must be late at least ten minutes. She shouldn't appear before the groom.
Dance. Samba, or "pagode" is often played and danced at a Brazilian marriage. There is a great variety of Samba music available for weddings.
Engagement Rings. Both Brazilian groom-to-be and bride-to-be wear engagements rings. When you are engaged, you should wear your engagement ring on the right hand, and when you get married, this switches and you should put an engagement ring on your left hand.
Instead of a flower, groomsmen may be pinned with or carry a small Brazilian flag.
Honeymoon. The bride is picked up by the groom and walked into the new house or a hotel room. While doing this, he holds her on his arms and the first step inside should be taken with his right foot.
License. Brazil marriage usually ends up by the bride and the groom signing a special marriage license as a part of the whole ceremony.
Wedding Dress. Brazilian dresses for weddings is a very interesting issue. The groom should by no means see the bride's dress until she arrives (later then he does for at least 10 minutes, remember)? The groom should not also see the bride dressed up. It may be pretty difficult in Brazil to find the tuxedos and dresses for all the groomsmen and bridesmaids to match each other. So they usually wear anything formal they might have found. Brides in Brazil often rent their dresses for a one time use. Wedding dresses are purchased rarely in this country.
Party After the Wedding. The wedding party in Brazil is called "padrinhos". They usually have three couples of groomsmen and bridesmaids on each side, often matched up. This tradition is very interesting and fun to see. Of course, parties are full of Latin dances and songs - Brazilian parties are always hot.
Brazil marriage traditions are very ancient. As most of the Brazilians are the adepts of Christianity, many traditions which can be observed at a Brazil wedding have much in common with those in other Christian countries. However, there are still many differences, as Brazil is a country of Latin America, and Latinos are known for their hot blood and the corresponding traditions.
If you want to know more about Brazil marriage traditions and ceremonies and perhaps even see them yourself, you should definitely consider traveling to Brazil and visit on of those Brazilian weddings. Brazilian people are very hospitable and are likely to greet your desire to participate in a wedding or two.