A Brazilian wedding can be described as a big party where no one is ever sitting! They’re always full of color and life that is tailored to each couple’s style. Traditional Brazilian weddings can take place over an entire weekend versus just one day. The bride has 3 pre-wedding events that center around her: the Cha de Cozinah (kitchen shower), Cha de Lingerie (trousseau party), and the Spa Day.
The Kitchen Shower traditionally was just for the bride and her female friends and family members. It’s typically held about a month before the wedding, and each guest brings a gift specifically for the Bride’s kitchen. Recently, men have been invited to the Kitchen Shower.
The Trousseau Shower is a more intimate gathering that takes place about a week before the wedding. This shower is pretty similar to an American bridal shower. The bride’s female family and friends gift her with lingerie and other fun items for her wedding night and marriage.
The Spa Day is the last event that takes place the day before the wedding, with the bridal party and family ensuring that the bride feels zero stress leading up to her wedding.
Another pre-ceremony tradition involves the bride writing all the names of her single friends on the inside of her white dress for good luck so they will be next to get married.
The majority of Brazilian weddings are performed under Catholic tradition in a church. The bride is always set to arrive at the ceremony customarily 10 minutes late, sometimes longer. As it is considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony. The bride and groom will recite vows to each other after a prayer is read, and then the clergyman will bless the rings and hand them to the couple to exchange. The rings are usually engraved with the name of the groom on the bride’s ring and vise versa for the groom. Following the kiss, the bride and groom sign the register of the church, then their madrinhas (godmother) and padrinhos (godfather) sign as witnesses.
A reception will follow and is full of bright colors, food, and vibrant music. A lot of Brazilian couples choose to have live attractions such as samba dancers or other entertainment. There are a few traditions that place during the reception, such as the couple having a “dawn snack” which is a very late meal about an hour before the wedding ends in addition to their main meal. The cutting of the groom’s tie, where the pieces are auctioned off to the wedding guest and the money is given to the couple to put towards their future. The lifting of the bride’s dress, lifting of the newlyweds in chairs, gifts are given to the couple’s parents, and the giving of a “bem casado” sweet to the guest on their way out of the reception.
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