I’d say I am now an expert in Spanish weddings. I can tell you how long the ceremony will last (50 minutes) and what will be chanted to the bride and groom throughout the meal (que se besen, que se besen; vivan los novios – Vivan!) and, at least in this part of Spain, what to expect on the menu (ham and lechazo). I just got back from my fourth wedding weekend of the year. We flew to Portland for the first wedding, but the final three have been here in Spain. Boy, do the Spaniards know how to throw down.
It is more common for Spanish wedding receptions to be held in a hotel or restaurant rather than a catered affair in an outdoor tent or winery. They are elaborate and very long. At 3 p.m. we were bused to a hotel in Benavente and started with an apertitif in the garden where a professional was carving and plating jamón ibérico in perfect geometric shapes. What a day!
Congratulations to Raquel and Fran. Qué la vida solo os traiga felicidad! Con mucho cariño, vivan los novios!