Brazilian Wedding Traditions.

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Brazilian Wedding Traditions



Dinner Tables



Engagement Rings





Parent's Gift




Wedding Dress

Wedding Party

Wedding Rings

Brazilian Wedding Tradition

Traditional wedding celebrations and Brazilian folklore are among the richest and most expressive of the world, rich in songs, legends, dances, beliefs, and foods. The mixture of Indigenous, Negro, and Caucasian races forms the Brazilian Nation, creating an intense diversity in wedding traditions and a vast cultural experience we can all enjoy.

The numerous traditions in Brazilian culture , the phases of the moon, for example, determine when to plant and when to sow. Some folkloric traditions of Brazil are brought to us by Brazilian brides and grooms and give us many traditions for wedding celebrations.


The bride must be late, not 30 mins, but at least 10 minutes after the groom, you don't want to get there before him, do you?


Pagode is a form of samba (a dance) which is often played and danced at weddings. Lots of wonderful Samba music.

Dinner Tables:

Tables (instead of numbering) can be named after cities in Brazil that the guests are from.


Bumba-Meu-Boi ~ A man would prove his worth as a suitable husband by his ability to tame an unbridled donkey.

If his attempts were successful, he had permission to marry the daughter of the man who owned the donkey. This tradition we here of often but it was just from a particular area of Brazil and Cape Cod has few donkeys but many lovely Brazilian ladies.

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Capirinha is a Brazilian drink made of an alcohol called "cachaça" (cashassa) which is like rum but made from sugar cane instead of molasses then put into very sweet limeade.


1 lime quartered

1 tablespoon of sugar

1 shot of cachaça / vodka is a substitute

1/2 Cup of ice cubes with water


Place the lime and sugar in the bottom of a glass.

Using the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash

the limes. Pour the liqueur and ice. Stir well.

1 lime

2 ounces of cachaça

Sugar to taste

Ice cubes

Wash the lime and roll it on the board to loosen the juices. Cut the lime into pieces and place them in a glass. Sprinkle with the sugar and crush the pieces (pulp side up) with a pestle. Just enough to release the juice, otherwise it will get bitter. Add the cachaça and stir to mix. Add the ice and stir again. It is delicious and potent!

You can also make a pitcher of caipirinha. Figure out how many people and multiply amounts. If you can't find cachaça where you live, use a good vodka. The drink will then be called caipiroshka. No vodka? Use white rum and you will have a caipiríssima. Caipirinhas made with sake are all the rage in Rio now! Try one...

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Engagement Rings:

In Brazil, both bride-to-be and groom-to-be wear an engagement ring. The tradition is very different in Brazil, if you are getting engaged both of you have to wear an engagement ring on your right hands, when you get married you switch , you put the ring on the left hand.


Groomsmen can carry or be pinned with a small Brazilian flag instead of a flower..


Give "casadinhos" is a wedding favor: they are Brazilian cookies and their name in English is "well-married" cookies.

6 x

Egg yolks

3 x

Egg whites, well beaten

250 gm


300 gm


3/4 tbl

Baking powder


Instructions: This is from Brazil and its called "Casadinhos" (diminutive for married in Portuguese). They are two cookies (about two in. diameter) put together with Marmalade, honey, jam, Boston cream, fudge, something sweet. I have two recipes, but never tried them. You can also make a white cake, cut it in squares or circles, and put two pieces together with the filling you like.

Golden part of the cake should be on the outer side. When you have a marriage, you make the casadinhos, then roll them in (confectioner) sugar and wrap* each one of them nicely, like wedding favors. Then they are called "Bem Casados" (nicely, well married in Portuguese), a wish for a sweet life together. You can distribute them to the guests as they live the reception, after the dessert or cake is served, with the wedding favors...

* They are usually wrapped in cellophane , and then crepe paper, but you can do it any way you like. You can add vanilla sugar or cinnamon to the sugar.

Mix all ingredients but the filling, adding the baking powder last. Open the dough with the rolling pin and cut it with cookie cutter (the traditional shape is a circle) Bake the cookies in a greased and floured cookie sheet. After they are baked, put the cookies together, two at a time, with the filling. Flat (bottom) side of the cookie inside. Then roll them in sugar.

At a Brazilian wedding reception, the guests arrive at the specified time and stayed until the food is all gone. All exhausted, well fed and happy. It is fun!

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The Groom must pick the bride up to walk in to the new house/hotel room holding her on his arms and step inside with the right foot for the first night.


One of the main differences is in Brazil there is the signing of the marriage license as part of the ceremony. .

Parent’s Gift:

The Bride and Groom should give his parents a small present, and vice versa..


A prayer said in Portuguese is a very nice touch for Brazilian guests.


Brazilian song (by Vinicius de Morais), or the national anthem.


We can arrange for a translator to be present, so all parties understand the whole service (except for the special music, which was all in Portuguese). This is strongly recommended and we have translators that are use to translating wedding services.

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Wedding Dress:

The Bride is supposed to be late and if the groom sees her dress before the wedding it is considered very bad luck. The groom CANNOT see the bride dressed up before the
ceremony, he can't even see her gown, he'll only see it when she arrives for the wedding.

In Brazil it can be difficult to find tuxes and matching dresses for them, so they just all wore whatever formal wear that could be found. Brazilian brides usually rent their wedding gown for a savings on its one time use. Like men rent tuxes here.

Wedding Party:

I think the most different thing is the "padrinhos" (the wedding party. In Brazil, they don't pick them separately: bride's maids and groom's men. They choose couples--married or not, they even match them up .They usually have three couples on each side.

Wedding Rings:

Another thing is not drop your wedding bands at the time of exchange, it is known that if that happens your marriage won't last.

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