Brazilian Wedding Traditions & Customs

It’s no surprise that the biggest country in South America is known to have some of the biggest and most extravagant weddings on the continent. Brazilian weddings are known for being loud, fun, and full of the partying spirit. Like any other country, Brazil has its wedding traditions and customs. From selecting the bridal party to ending the evening, we’ve put together a collection of some of the most popular customs and tips for a Brazilian wedding.

Ceremony – Many Brazilians follow Christian and Catholic traditions when it comes to the ceremony. The ceremony will usually take place in a church and the couple will exchange vows, rings, and seal the deal with a kiss. One key difference is that Brazilian brides are expected to be at least 10 minutes “late” at their wedding.

Bridal Party – The bridal party in a Brazilian wedding typically consists of three groomsmen and three bridesmaids. They are usually couples who are in relationships, but they can also be longtime friends of the couple getting married. In one tradition, the bridal party isn’t chosen until the day of.

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Attire – Following in American customs, the bride will typically wear white. However, most Brazilian brides will rent their dress for the day, instead of buying it. The bride’s shoes are usually gold in color. The groom wears a tuxedo. Members of the bridal party typically do not wear matching outfits. Instead, the bridal party may be colorfully attired, with each person wearing a formal outfit of their choosing.

Food and Drink – There is always plenty of food to be eaten at a Brazilian wedding. You may see a variety of meats, as well as rice and beans. You will likely see feijoada, which is a type of slow-cooked bean stew made with plenty of meat. Another popular wedding must-have are bem-casados or casadinhos (“married”), which are wedding cookie made from a sponge cake that is filled with dulce de leche. These cookies are typically given as gifts to guests. The caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, is also sure to make an appearance at a Brazilian wedding.

Music – Brazilian weddings are often loud and full of dancing, music, and fun (would you expect less from the country that boasts the biggest carnival in the world?). While samba music is the most traditional, any variety of upbeat, dancing music is acceptable. Of course, a large dance floor is a must!

Now that you have some idea of what Brazilian weddings are like, you might be thinking of incorporating some of these traditions into your own wedding. If that’s the case, please be sure to give us a call. We’ve been helping couples in South Florida plan the wedding of their dreams for years now. Our wedding venue in Hollywood FL features spaces that are large enough to host even the biggest Brazilian weddings and smaller spaces for those who are looking to have a more intimate affair. Give us a call today to find out how we can turn your wedding dreams into a reality.