South America for Nature & Culture

Colombian, Argentinian, and Brazilian Destination Weddings

For a wedding full of vibrancy, liveliness, culture, drama and music, destination wedding planners should take a closer look at Colombia. Colombia already ranks high among popular honeymoon destinations, so why not consider having your actual celebration and ceremony there, too? Here are a few traditions to consider:

  1. Add gold to your wedding dress.
  2. The wedding cake, placed in the middle of the dance floor, is usually the first thing to be eaten at a wedding reception.

  3. Have your wedding at a hacienda and decorate it with local flowers that are in bloom.
  4. Serve the traditional wedding drink, Aguardienete, which is similar to a black licorice liquor such as Sambuca. Enjoy with Chorizo!

Highlights: Guests can explore national parks, jungles, forests, and rivers, or they can experience the culture in cities such as San Augustin and Tierradentro, filled with tombs, monuments and statues. Bogota (the capital) has many arts and entertainment venues, museums, interesting architecture, churches, outdoor markets, and a great nightlife scene.

For the beauty of South America and a bit of European flair, look no further than Argentina. Here are a few traditions you can incorporate into your Argentinian wedding:

  1. Wear a white dress, with “something blue” underneath.
  2. You do not need to have bridesmaids or a best man; instead, the bride and groom stand at the altar, typically with their parents.

  3. Learn how to tango, and perform a dance at your reception. The tango is lively and tastefully seductive. (Plus, it will get you into shape for your wedding, an added bonus).

  4. The reception lasts for hours… no escaping in a getaway car halfway through the festivities! Celebrate, eat, drink and dance with your family and friends late into the night!

  5. Serve traditional Argentinian fare, which is mostly beef-based. For dessert, have the helado, a delectable ice cream dish.

Other highlights:

  • Buenos Aires is a very European, cosmopolitan city, with an excellent opera house and theater, many great restaurants, sophisticated boutiques for shopping, and prestigious museums. Other cities such as Cordoba, La Plata, Rosario and Santa Fe also have some impressive architecture, museums and churches.
  • For those looking for nature, the area of Pampas is known for its agriculture, with lakes, hills and extensive green space. Or, go to the Mar del Plata, with its long of stretch of gorgeous beaches. If you want to see waterfalls, the Iguazu Falls are spectacular.

Brazil is among the most amazing destination wedding locations. To incorporate Brazilian traditions into your wedding, destination wedding planners should do the following:

  1. Do not see each other before you get married! It is bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her dress before the wedding.
  2. The bride should be sure to have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on her wedding day.

  3. Both rings of the bride and groom should be engraved with each other’s names.

  4. The wedding reception is extremely lively, and Brazilian music should be the theme of the night.

  5. There should be plenty of food and the traditional drink, the Caipirinha (sugar, sugar cane liquor, and fresh lime juice), should flow freely.


  • Rio de Janeiro is an amazing city to visit, especially with the backdrop of the mountains and the ocean. The city is also famous for its fantastic carnivals. Copacabana Beach is also nearby.
  • Sau Paulo is the largest city in South America, with tons of nightlife, an art museum, and theaters.

  • The Amazon covers a large part of the country. The city of Manaus is a great reference point for exploring the country’s awe-inspiring natural beauty.