Nicaragua Nuptials offer something new, something old, something borrowed and something Blue.
With the recent increases in tourism to this little known Central American country it is of no surprise that brides-to-be are also eyeing this jewel as an exotic place to tie the knot. It’s a mysteriously romantic destination with a touch of rawness that appeals to adventurous couples.
Something New? Well it’s definitely a ‘new’ destination for weddings offering a less expensive but no less exotic location than Hawaii or Costa Rica. Something Old would include the charm of ‘old’ Spanish Colonial towns – and that laid back feeling of days-of-old. Something Borrowed should be from the Nicaragua wedding traditions such as costumed dancers, masquerades, wedding processions or fireworks. As for Something Blue, besides the incredible skies and endless waves of the Pacific Ocean.. there’s Out of the Blue Photography.
Young adventurous travelers have been beating down the path to San Juan del Sur for years and now couples looking to create a memorable wedding are discovering Nicaragua as well. A bride would be surprised at how affordable it can be to add special touches such as ‘first kiss fireworks’, a live band, Nicaraguan dancers and flame throwers. Or even something quintessentially Nicaraguan – a hosted cigar rolling station?
In addition to the larger hotels, namely Pelican Eyes Resort and Villas de Palermo that have in-house special event organizers, a small wedding can be planned with the help of a local wedding co-ordinator or you can take it on yourself. We continue to be impressed with the do-it-yourself brides that come to San Juan del Sur and make it all happen.
Not wanting to leave flowers to chance – Amy, from Texas, packed her beautiful silk bouquet and boutonnieres in her bag. While Jennifer, from Montana, preordered the gorgeous table cards and wedding guest favors that donned the tables of her silver and cream themed wedding.
More and more weddings are taking place in beautiful homes that are made available for rent here in San Juan del Sur. Many boast gorgeous views, large outdoor entertainment areas and of course the rooms for family and guests. There are several caterers who now create custom menus for wedding parties providing all the staff, dishes and fresh food items to ensure happy guests and full bellies. Nicaraguan specialities feature exquisite seafood in season or a whole roasted pig if you so desire.
As to where to share your Nicaraguan Nuptials? The choice is yours. The beaches are gorgeous and often so quiet they seem private, the rock outcroppings make a dramatic vow sharing setting, there’s a beautiful big Catholic Church in the center of town, the beautiful house you rented, a resort on the hill, at the foot of the Jesus Statue…. the options are endless.
I would of course love the opportunity to create some amazing photos of your destination wedding day in San Juan del Sur. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions you may have. I’ll do my best to answer.. or at least find you one.
P.S. Ever wonder what is the meaning of the ‘Something Old, Something New’ poem is?
Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. “Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. “Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead. “Something borrowed” is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”
And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security.
A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.
Maybe I can be your ‘something Blue’.