Traditionally the groom will give the father of the bride a watch when the proposal is accepted. Modern brides choose a white wedding gown rather than the once popular black lace and silk gowns. Lacey Mantillas are still used no matter the color of the gown. In Andalucia some brides wear frilled flamenco style dresses.
Flowers vary from region to region. In Seville orange trees abound and brides often wear orange blossom wreaths and carry them in the bouquets to represent the promise and fulfillment of the orange tree. Brides in Andalusia prefer pink and white rose garlands and brides in Castillian traditionally wear only white flowers.
Ceremonies are marked by an exchange of 13 gold coins in a special purse or box. These are said to represent Christ and his apostles and a pledge of the new groom to support his wife.Wedding rings are exchanged and are worn on the ring finger of the right hand.The Spanish wedding dance is called "sequidillas manchegas" and guests that dance with the bride traditionally give her money.Paella, a delicious seafood and rice stew, is popular along the coast while sangria, a red wine punch, is found at most Spanish gatherings.The wedding cake is traditionally sponge cake with fruit and almonds.