UPDATED June 17th 2017
Young people want to fit in—it’s just how they’re hardwired. They quickly adopt the mainstream lifestyle, often at the cost of their cultural traditions. In a world that applauds conformity, embracing their Hispanic heritage may not be very appealing. Latina brides, for example, might be inclined to ditch some family traditions for the sake of integrating more seamlessly into American culture.
The good news is that as Latinos continue their rise to prominence in popular culture—think Pitbull, Sofia Vergara, J-Lo, Eva Mendez and Selena Gomez—they also, in effect, become supporters of a rich cultural heritage. As actress Eva Longoria has said, “In Mexican culture, we never miss a baptism, a birthday, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a wedding. You must show up. Otherwise, you’ll be in big trouble.” Following Ms. Longoria’s lead, when preparing for one of life’s most treasured events—a marriage—we salute traditions of Hispanic weddings that honor the culture and welcome the beauty they bring to the occasion.
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