Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Timeline of an Argentine Wedding


I’m home!  After a 36 hour whirlwind of travel with 1 hour of sleep, I wanted to kiss the floor of my house when I walked inside.  However, I saved most of my kisses for Dan and Ina.  It feels so good to be back in the arms of my little family again.  I sure missed them.

The reason I made the trip to Argentina was to attend my friends Noelia and Sebastian’s wedding, and let me tell you, this event was worth the trip.  

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This wedding was so different from the typical American wedding, so I am going to break it down for you timeline style.

- The night before: instead of a rehearsal dinner, Noelia and Sebastian invited the out of town guests to an asado, which would be similar to a backyard BBQ, but taken to the next level.  

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Look at all of that meat!  I couldn’t begin to correctly explain how the meat was cooked, but I do know it is different than how we grill meat, which was proved by the absolutely amazing taste.  I told Dan I am sending him down to Argentina for training.  

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-7:30: when the invitation told us to arrive.  Apparently this was pretty early for an Argentine wedding, and they typically start at 9 or 10 PM!  The wedding was at a sport’s club that was beautifully decorated.  

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The theme was the 1920’s and everything was decorated so cute.

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We walked around, took pictures, had some drinks, and chatted with the wedding guests.  I really enjoyed getting to know all of their friends and family over the past week.  

8:30: the ceremony started with Noelia and her dad driving up in an old car (so cool!) and then him walking her down the aisle.  

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The ceremony was short (less than 15 minutes) and completely in Spanish, but from what I could tell, seemed similar to what we do in the US - exchanging of rings, kissing the bride, etc.


8:50: tables of appetizers were brought outside and waiters also served us little bites to eat

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(selfie with a stray dog that was hanging around the food)

9:30: we slowly made our way inside and sat at our tables, which were labelled by location.  I would like to point out that I am almost always asleep by 9:30.  

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10:15: the family waltz, which starts with the bride and groom, and then the bridge/father and groom/mother, and then other close family members and friends.

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10:40: the first dance session when everyone dances

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11:10: dinner is served

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11:30 more dancing

12:45: dessert #1 served at the tables

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1:05: the bride and groom gave a speech / toasts

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1:20: more dancing

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2:15: second dessert, which may be one of the most beautiful things i have seen in my life.  Tables and tables and tables of treats.  Picking just one was a very hard decision. 

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3: cotillion - which from what I could understand meant dancing with costumes

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3:30 - I have to sit at the table, my American body doesn’t know how to dance for this long

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3:50: pizza is served to us at our tables

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4:15: I threw in the towel and got a taxi back to our hotel, but would like to point out that the celebration was still going strong when I left with babies and elderly still dancing.  

My goal was to make it to 3 am, so I was super proud of myself.  Ha!  

What a night / morning.  I am so glad that I was able to go on this little adventure.  Happy day before Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

  1. I had to take a nap just to make it through your description! LOL! Sounded like such a blast.


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