Weddings are changing across the world. In July, I went to a “western style” destination wedding in Nicaragua.
Some parts were traditional some were not.
My Nicaraguan friends Clarissa Elena Rivas and Hansell Alberto Jimenez recently got married at Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort in Nicaragua. As I observed their wedding, I was curious about various parts of their nuptials, so I decided to ask them some questions.
The religion of Nicaragua is predominantly Catholic and weddings often include a Mass. The Pastor does a sermon, explains “the rules of marriage,” and then gives a nuptial blessing. Often, however, marriage is reserved for the middle and upper classes, with many couples living together without being formally married.
First, we talked about “traditional vs. modern" weddings. Clarissa and Hansell immediately said, with a laugh, ”It’s not very regular to celebrate the marriage like we did!” It was somewhat non-traditional. Clarissa and Hansell are Christians and wanted to marry before God, friends, and family. They also wanted it to be legally recognized by the State and religion.
The couple met while working together in service at a hospital for children. They gave out toys and hugs, as a part of their volunteer work. They both have big hearts and knew right from the start that they were meant for each other.
Hansell said that he asked God for a wife, and he had a great connection with Clarissa. Clarissa said that they have excellent communication, so they can talk about everything. They believe that keeping their communication open will make for a happy marriage.
After knowing each other for two years, he proposed during a romantic dinner at a restaurant. He simply said, “Hey, you want to marry me?” She kissed him several times, and said yes. Clarissa was 26, and Hansell was 27 at the time of the nuptials.
The traditional part was signing the wedding certificate in front of the Pastor, then making food for the family and friends. Rice and beans, and of course, cake!
They said, that it is normal also to take a honeymoon. Their special trip to Gran Pacifica was wonderful. They listened to the waves of the ocean at a special candlelight dinner from the award-winning SeaSalt Restaurante. They said they felt like they were “in a different country.”
Residents of the community look forward to weddings held at Gran Pacifica. For another wedding, a Canadian priest, who is a resident of Gran Pacifica, was invited to assist officiating at a large wedding for 300 guests from the Honduras. He had to find the appropriate formal wear in a couple of hours! He was honored to have been asked.
Giovanni Rodriguez Rozzotto, Public Relations Director for ECI Development Ltd, who plans weddings at Gran Pacifica, stated, “Our guests come from everywhere! We get couples for all over the world including the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, and even Taiwan. We do traditional, modern, or customized weddings. Some of them may include traditional Nicaraguan food, a typical dance group from Granada, the dress of linen colors including the famous ‘Guayaberas’ for men. That will be a Nicaraguan Wedding!”
"Destination weddings" make up 25% of weddings, according to Tripsavvy.com and 40% of those are international. They account for $16 billion U.S. dollars in annual spending, with each one having an average budget of $28,000. (Susan Breslow Sardone, 4/17/2018)
Let Gran Pacifica plan your special day, as simple or as formal, as you would like. If marrying at Gran Pacifica, know that you are supporting a socially responsible business that gives to the local communities, thus you will be supporting this beautiful country’s economy, too.
Cheers to a happy and successful marriage, Clarissa and Hansell.
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