On Sunday afternoon, my host sister, China, celebrated her wedding to her high school sweetheart, Arnoldo. This being my first Nica wedding, I was not quite sure what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the turn-out of friends and family and the “alegria” (happiness) of the event.
It was a civil marriage, what we know back in the states as getting married by the justice of peace. There were over one hundred guests to witness the signing of the documents, and as they did so, the crowd gave them a standing ovation. This short ceremony took about 15 minutes and immediately after, the music began.
The guests started to form a line to greet the bride and groom and hand over their gifts. I was confused at first exactly what was happening, but quickly grabbed my gift and joined the others. As each guest passed, they gave a few words of wisdom to the bride. It was a beautiful moment.
My host sister chose an ivory colored wedding dress that set just above the knee. She looked beautiful, like a little cupcake…seeing as she is 4’9”. J
They had a three-tier wedding cake and the traditional center pieces at every table. A soda was served first and then came the main meal, which was fried chicken, side salad and rice. A small pudding dessert was served and then everyone hit the dance floor. There was no first dance, nor did everyone dance in a circle to “We Are Family”, but dancing sure did happen. I was able to practice Cumbia, Merengue and Salsa while everyone got a kick out of the “Gringa” on the dance floor! It was truly a blast.
Unfortunately, the party ended a bit early due to a power shortage. Sad to say, but that’s just want happens in my town.
Here are some pictures of a true Nicaraguan Wedding. Enjoy!
Three-Tier Wedding Cake
La Chinita “I Do”
My Host Sisters and Host Mom