Traditional Spanish Wedding Attire

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If you or your future spouse appreciate the design of Spanish clothing, or admire Spanish culture, you should learn a little about traditional Spanish wedding attire in order to incorporate these elements into your wedding ceremony. The style of dress and accessories for the bride and groom will make your special day much more memorable, and will provide additional appeal to your wedding photos.

Mantilla

  • The mantilla is a head covering for women, with fabric that is usually several feet long. Spanish brides can choose to wear a lace mantilla for their wedding, which covers the sides and top of the head. The mantilla trails behind the wedding dress. Older Spanish women traditionally wore the mantilla on a daily basis or for religious occasions, so some brides from younger generations decorate their mantillas with pearls, additional lace or jewels to update this trend.

Flamenco Dress

  • A Spanish bride may choose to wear a flamenco dress for her wedding, which is a form-fitting dress with ruffles at the hem of the skirt. Some Flamenco dresses also have a split or opening in the front so that the legs are somewhat exposed. Traditionally, wedding dresses for Spanish women were black, but many brides prefer to wear white.

Accessories

  • If the bride is conservative, or is getting married when the weather is cool, it is appropriate to wear a bolero, or short jacket, over her dress. Some Spanish brides also choose to carry a fan with them down the aisle instead of a bouquet of flowers, in keeping with Flamenco style. For brides who want to wear a white dress to their weddings, accenting the dress with black jewelry is a nod to cultural tradition.

Shoes

  • Flamenco-style shoes can be worn with the wedding dress. These shoes do not have a very high heel, and are close-toed, with a strap that goes around the front of the foot. Modern brides may choose to wear a strappy sandal for a spring or summer wedding, which will accent the ruffles of the Flamenco dress nicely.

Groom

  • Customary Spanish dress for the groom includes matador-style clothing, such as tight fitting black pants and a bolero jacket. The bolero can be decorated with threads of gold or red along the edges. For a casual wedding, the groom can wear a wedding shirt--traditionally embroidered by his bride--with drawstring pants.

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