In the wedding invitations there was a little card which invited us to the reception and this ticket is
taken at the door by two gentlemen who obviously work for the venue. We enter the large banquet hall which is decorated with lavish linens and ornate table centerpieces. I think to myself that this would be like any reception in the U.S. The venue is simply gorgeous. At the far end of the room just beyond what is obviously the dance floor is a small riser with a white table topped with a four tier cake, framed by pink flower spheres and platters filled with what only could be Brazilian sweets. Before I can go investigate a little closer we find a seat to call ours for the evening and visit with family and friends who are already seated and some that arrive shortly after us.
|The Bride n Groom with his family|
single ladies whom had scurried to the dance floor in hopes of catching it. Shortly after the new husband joined his wife at the cake table for a couple of speeches or toasts. They were in Portuguese and with all the crowd talking I had a hard time interpreting. These were the only customs I noticed during the evening. At least the only ones that I am aware of. Oh wait. a Brazilian custom which I almost forgot was when several of the groomsmen took the groom around to the different table throughout the ballroom asking men to contribute money for the couples's honeymoon. If you made a contribution, the groomsmen would cut a piece of the groom's tie for you as a souvenir of sorts. After this brief interruption, the rest of the