Updated: Feb 28
You have heard of the handfasting ceremony but the Mexicans drape their shoulders instead. Mexico’s rich heritage and ancient culture means that many of its most important ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals, are steeped in tradition and ornate ceremony. One such tradition fast gaining popularity in the West is the “lasso” – a white chord or ribbon, but usually an ornately decorated rosary, that is large enough to place around the shoulders of the bride and groom simultaneously. It symbolises the binding love and commitment between them. Customarily, the bride and groom each choose a ‘padrino’ (sponsor) to present the lasso at the start of the service
During the ceremony, as a Mexican couple is exchanging their vows, a "lazo," or lasso, made of rosary beads and flowers is draped around their shoulders in the shape of a figure eight. Not only does "el lazo" represent the union of the couple, but its shape also resembles the infinity symbol, signifying just how long they're hoping the marriage will last.
Once the service is over, the groom removes the ribbon and presents it to his new wife as a token of his newly confirmed love for her.