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A traditional Mexican wedding dress reflects the rich Mayan, Aztec, and Spanish traditions that combined to create Mexican culture. Choosing this style for your wedding attire honors the country where you'll be saying your vows. It's also particularly appropriate for couples of Mexican heritage.
A Mexican wedding dress is a white, shift-like dress, made of rough-hewn cotton and adorned with elaborate and colorful embroidery. These beautiful dresses have been a Mexican tradition since the 17th century and each one tells a unique story. Often, they are handed down through the family from generation to generation. Each region of Mexico has a slightly different historic design.
Accompany your Mexican wedding dress with a "mantilla," a Spanish-style wedding veil. Other traditional accessories include hair combs and fans.
Wear simple, single-strap sandals or flats with a Mexican wedding dress. If you are getting married on a beach, going barefoot is perfectly acceptable.
If you are not fortunate enough to have a Mexican wedding dress in your family, shop for an authentic dress from online auction sites, such as eBay, or in vintage clothing store in cities with a sizeable Mexican population. You can also contact the resort where you will be staying to see if they can put you in touch with a shop that sells contemporary versions of the classic designs.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|