A Puerto Rican Wedding Tradition: “Capias”
Being engaged, and getting to marry the love of my life was one of the happiest days of my life. Planning a bicultural wedding was so much fun that I actually wanted to bring everything about my Puerto Rican heritage to our wedding! (Shells, and all! But I’ll leave that for another post!)
I wanted to incorporate my Latin culture to our USA wedding. The one thing that I really, really wanted to share with my husband’s side of the family were the famous “capias.”
The “capia” is a wedding souvenir that the bride gives to her guests. The one pictured is from our wedding. I still have a few that I’m keeping. These capias are truly special, they are a labor of love, a gift from Mami. She made them in Puerto Rico, and brought them to me for our wedding.
The “capia” is made with a thin satin ribbon with the bride’s & groom’s name; and wedding date engraved on them. The ribbon is placed on a lace or other material with a decorative piece on top. A pin is included so that the bride can put it on her guests as a corsage or boutonniere. This way the bride is able to see all her guests, and give them a wedding souvenir.
Featured on Worldwide Culture Swap: “Puerto Rico – The Capia Custom.”