El Lazo (the Lasso) Mexican Wedding Tradition
A lasso (El lazo) is used in traditional Hispanic wedding ceremonies to symbolize unity. This tradition probably came from seventh century Spain. A rope, ribbon, cord or large rosary is draped around the neck of the groom then the bride in a figure eight after they exchange vows. Often the Padrinos (Godparents) have the honor of draping the lasso during the wedding ceremony. In some ceremonies the lasso is draped around the wrists instead of the neck. To symbolize the forever binding of love and marriage, the couple wears the lasso until the end of the ceremony. After the ceremony the Lasso is removed either by the Padrinos (Godparents) or the priest. The Lasso is then given to the bride for her to keep as a memento of her status as mistress to her husbands heart and home.
This is one tradition that is very much common place in Mexican weddings, especially in Mexican-American weddings.