The reception welcomes everyone and weddings with only 500 people are on the smaller side.

The reception also has a number of traditions, such as the crowd lifting the bride and groom in the air and the excessive dress of the guests, who may appear more likely to be attending a costume party.

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Other topics to avoid include Belize’s status as an independent country, the place of Guatemalans black slave ancestry (whose very existence is denied by some), reproductive rights for women, and religious beliefs.

In general, Guatemalans tend to react very negatively to any criticism of their society, particularly if it comes from an outsider.

For the church ceremony the people in attendance tend to be limited to immediate family as there are no groomsmen or bridesmaids.

After this small service, which usually takes place in the early evening, comes the reception, beginning at about pm.

Note that, initial conversations that are part of introductions or first meetings should be kept along general and broad topics.

For example, while Guatemalans might welcome a Canadian commenting on the variety and tastiness of local foods, they would find it particularly insulting if a Canadian is engaged in a critical discussion of the nutritional value of their foods.

#2: Skip The Engagement Ring In Argentina, Chile, and various other Latin American countries, it is customary to skip the engagement ring altogether!

Instead, both the man and the woman exchange wedding rings or bands, which they wear on their right hand until their wedding day.

Once they've become husband and wife, they symbolically switch the bands to their left hand.

#4: A Special Wedding Favor In Puerto Rico, it's traditional to distribute a unique wedding favor to guests — the capias.

Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in Uruguay One significant difference in dating in Uruguay compared to many other South American countries is that a growing number of young people are moving out of their parents' houses.