The groom gives 13 gold coins (arras)to the bride. This tradition of some Hispanic weddings, which is popular in Spain, Panama and Mexico, demonstrates the groom’s ability to care for his new bride. The number of coins, which are blessed beforehand, is meant to represent Christ and his 12 disciples.
2. Madrinas y Padrinos
Latin American godparents take their role very seriously. They are involved in every aspect of wedding planning and guiding the couple as they prepare for the big day. In Mexico, madrinas y padrinos even help the young couple financially.