About three weeks ago, we came back from visiting wonderful Argentina. The country is full of beauty, adventure, and history. In Buenos Aires, where we spent most of our days, every street contained a certain cultural flair whether it be a certain saint sculpture or pastry shop with extremely friendly town folk.

Everything contained a certain historical aspect, even their weddings. Luckily we were invited to attend a beautiful Jewish wedding in El Once. Uber is popular in Argentina, even though they are constantly feuding with cab drivers, so we took an Uber to the synagogue, and the moment we are dropped off onto the cobblestone streets of El Once, we are overwhelmed with the sight of the historic synagogue. 

Ceremony

The wedding was located in such a beautiful and yet traditional romantic structure. Its structure was huge in comparison to some venues in the states but yet still a  fairytale like structure perfect for a traditional Jewish wedding. In today's blog I wanted to compare and contrast destination weddings from Argentina to the States but, honestly, the only difference in the Jewish wedding ceremony in Argentina versus states is that they signed the Ketubah under the Chuppah during the ceremony instead of before the ceremony. BUT there were quite a few differences occurring after the ceremony and during the reception.

Reception

The reception was in a different part of Argentina, called San Isidro, which took about thirty minutes to drive to. Upon arriving, we had cocktail bites as well as their signature drinks, a mojito. Pretty standard like the states. After the cocktail hour, we were led into the reception hall where we were seated. Then the bride and groom had their Grand Entrance which turned into the Hora and then the pogo. The pogo is when all of the men jump around the groom in celebration of his new marriage. That's a very short explanation of whole lot of dancing and jumping.

Biggest Contrast: The Pogo

As mentioned before, the pogo is the tradition where the men in the wedding are jumping hastily up and down around the groom while the groom is squished in the middle of this craziness. Something that really stood as a difference is the groom and his attire. Apparently, during the pogo, the groom is somehow undressed. In a blink of an eye, the groom was fully dressed and then undressed to his boxers and socks. Apparently, this happens during the Bar Mitzvah's as well where the bar mitzvah boy takes off his shirt.

Then we were seated for our main course of a wonderful Argentinian steak! We then watched a beautiful montage of the bride and grooms life together and then we started the dancing. The dancing lasts for hours and hours. Music varied, from US Top 40 to salsa to DANCE . If it is a night wedding, the dancing doesn't stop until the next morning. Throughout the night, the guests are served snacks as well as espresso's to make sure the energy is thriving. Breakfast is even served in the morning after dancing for over 7 or 8 hours.

All in All, from my experience, Argentina gets an A+ on their weddings. And a wanted to say a Big Congratulations to Alan and Barbi!