<P>Traditions that are still widespread.By Lucila Valsecchi, Argentina Before the wedding When a couple decides to get married - the groom often proposes to the bride during a special occasion - they communicate the news to their families and occasionally use engage- ment rings. Prior to the big day, friends of the bride and the groom, separately, prepare the despedida de soltero/a (stag and hen nights). These represent a way to celebrate the end of the couples single life. Friends prepare differ- ent games and tricks; frequently the brides group of friends dress up and go around the city having a good time. The legal civil ceremony takes place in the Civil Registry Office, usually some days before the party. Traditionally, guests throw rice when the couple walks out of the building, as a symbol of fertility. The big day The marriage celebration usually starts with a religious ceremony. As most Argentineans are Catholic, the service occurs in church and tradi- tional Christian customs are observed. The bride wears a long whitedress, and is escorted by her father down the aisle accompanied by the wedding march or ‘Ave María. The groom stands at the altar with his parents and the brides mother. There are no bridemaids or best men. Other religions, such as Jews, follow their own particular ceremony traditions, and there are even mixed celebrations combining differ- ent religious traditions. Straight after the religious ritual, Argentineans throw a large party that goes on throughout the night. The reception may start at around 10pm. Weddings are one of the biggest familiar events in Argentinean culture. Couples like celebrating their marriage with a big party with friends and family until early hours in the morning. Here some classic traditions that are still widespread. Straight after the religious ritual, Argentineans throw a large party that goes on throughout the night. The reception may start at around 10pm. Guests enjoy a large appetizer and drinks while they wait for the just-married couple to arrive at the venue in their special car. Nowadays, there is a new practice before dinner: the groom and bride make a special entrance to loud and vibrant music, while all their friends are waiting on the dancefloor. When they come in, everybody dances animat- edly in a big circle, moving euphorically around the couple. After dinner, husband and wife open the danc- ing floor with an elegant waltz, followed by their parents and other relatives who are invit- ed to share this special moment with the groom and bride. The party then starts in ear- nest. The music invites guests to dance the whole allnight long. By the middle of the party, around 4am, guests bust out masks, crazy glasses, party hats and lighted rings and anten- nas - items together known as cotillón. Some of the Argentinean traditions during the wedding include tossing the bouquet and the pulling of a ribbon from the wedding cake by the single women of the party: whoever gets the ring charm will be the next to marry, and the same goes for whoever catches the bou- quet. The party often finishes with breakfast the next morning. 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