“Bodorrio” is one of the colloquial ways for “Boda” – wedding.
It refers to a big wedding – although big in Spain usually means lots of food!!!!! There are not many traditions that take place in Spanish weddings, making the reception more like a big party. First course (primer plato); second course (segundo plato); dessert; cake; coffee etc In addition to all the “aperitivos” you will get before the meal. And then usually, a free bar and lots of dancing until well into the night (4 – 6pm).
I do like Spanish weddings, although I think they have become something of a “commercial transaction”. Before I elaborate on this, let me share with you something I read today that prompted me to write this post.
If you are invited to a dinner party, you can bring a gift – flowers, wine, or whatever counts as a friendly gesture. If instead, you leave $100 on the table at the end of the meal, you will destroy the atmosphere because you have turned a social interaction into a commercial exchange.
(Harvard Business Review article “The Unselfish Gene” July/Aug 2011 Fayard & Weeks)
If any of you have ever received a wedding invitation with an account number inside it, you will know what I mean.
Wedding lists are still tradition in Spain, but as couples marry later on in life and already have their 8 piece set of eggholders, their dishwasher and flat TV in place, what use is a Wedding List for them? Much better just to get the cash! So if you are invited to a Spanish wedding, be ready to dish out 100 EURO per head.
Or, if like me, you still prefer to keep this a social occasion, you can choose to ignore all social conventions and give them a personal gift! I haven’t been spat at yet (neither literally nor metaphorically) – at least not to my face.
Do leave your favourite/hated Spanish (or other) wedding traditions here, if you wish. And be ready to shout:
¡¡¡¡VIVAN LOS NOVIOS!!!!
To incite the rest of the guests to shout: