Local Traditions: La Víbora de la Mar


Photo by Erick Pozos

Oh, La Víbora de la Mar. It is a tradition that I USED to love. Here is a very accurate description from Wikipedia:

“In Mexico, it has become quite popular to play this game at weddings. In this variation, single men and women are often divided, the groom and bride standing on chairs to form the arch under which everyone passes. (The groom often uses the veil or train of the bride’s dress). In this case, the song is not sung, and the rhythm of music is followed, which gets faster and faster, the participants struggling to keep the “snake” together, while running through tables, chairs and the couple. At the end of the game, depending on the sex of the participants, the bride throws from her chair the wedding bouquet, and the groom the garter.”

And here you can see some videos from actual weddings that I found on You Tube:





The men are especially mean, since all they want is to get the groom to fall off of his chair.

Anyways, I was saying that I used to love this tradition. That is, until I fell down while doing it!!! In front of ALL of Mr. Weather’s family!! And while wearing spandex underwear!!! I still shudder every time I think about that. Brr, brr”¦.

So now I have to decide if I am gonna have it at our wedding. Mr. Weather and all our friends say we should, the bride never falls, but still, every time I hear that music I get the chills!! On the other hand, it is a tradition that most guests will be expecting, and before THE fall, I used to enjoy it”¦

What will I do??


Mrs. Weather Vane

Mexico City
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    beenumberbea 112 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:17 am

    Are the ladies standing around the bride there to guard her?? It looks way more fun (and dangerous) for the guests than the bride and groom :) I do think in the end you will be fine, but I can totally see why you are having a hard time deciding what to do!

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    lionlove 312 posts, Helper bee @ 1:12 pm

    We skipped this tradition at our wedding <3 I'm loving reading your posts!

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    Mrs. Weather Vane 144 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:05 pm

    @BeeNumberBea: Yes! The ladies hold the bride so she doesn’t fall down ;)

    @LionLove: Hola! But, did you had a bouquet/garter toss or skipped everything? :) I’m glad you are liking my posts, thank you for commenting!!!

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    dazzledbyEddy 226 posts, Helper bee @ 8:04 pm

    You totally should do it! I was scared as well but the memories we made with all of the traditions were worth it in the end. Whenever we look at our pictures we can’t help but smile at the awesomeness. It was fun for everyone! :)

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:28 am

    This sounds both awesome and terrifying!

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