I've always wondered what the purpose of the "pedida de mano" is. Couples now-a-days get engaged and announce it to their families and that's as official as it gets. However, many Latin American cultures still do an official "asking of the hand", where the groom and his family go over to the bride's home to ask the bride's family for her hand in marriage. So old fashioned. I love it.
I'm a big nerd. Obviously, I did my research on why latin families still do this. As you can probably imagine, it's a Spanish tradition where the bride's father would ask the groom about his financial situation and how he planned to support the bride. The whole thing was a conversation between the groom and father of the bride. So much for independence! PTL, that's not what it's about anymore. It's about two families coming together and welcoming each other to their own family, and to celebrate their children's decision to get married. There is no talk of financial situations, and very little talk of wedding planning, it's all about getting to know each other. As far as tradition goes, usually both parents give a speech giving their blessing to the couple and the groom says a few words about his love for the bride. I can't complain!
It's an intimate event, with only the bride and groom's core family. As it is usually celebrated over dinner, we decided to serve Paella. So fitting! We also decided to take the opportunity to officially ask my fiancee's niece and nephew to be our flower girl and ring bearer. I know they had no idea what was happening, and they were probably only interested in the gifts we bought them, but it was still so fun! For the adults at least. I just HAD to. They had their own scratch-off cards (the same I used here) and a little present for each one. SO extra, if I may say so myself.
As my Colombian grandma would say, "Antes muerta que sencilla". So naturally I spent more time than I should've planning my outfit. Thanks to Palacio, that was a breeze. As for make up, Camila Vela did an amazing job. And hair by moi! (I won't pretend I didn't spend hours practicing, but here's the tutorial if you'd like to attempt it.) See? I told you. Big nerd.