Are you looking to have a wedding in a stunning and different place? Today we are talking to Jossy Quezada, wedding planner member of BWP. Based in Lima, she tells everything about weddings in Peru and culture there.
Peru is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. What people should know about the local culture? What is the money currency that you have in Peru?
Peru is, in fact, a marvelous country. I think that we have it all, we are a really blessed country: rich history, beautiful landscapes, friendly and vibrant people, the best cuisine in the world (Peruvians are experts in new flavors), wonderful architecture, three amazing regions (coast, highlands, and jungle) and warm weather. Here, you can enjoy an authentic cultural experience.
Peru is a land of opportunities, historical and ancient culture (the Inca Empire, pre-hispanic cultures) and hard-working people. We are a multi-ethnic country with vibrant traditions. It’s well-known for ceviche, pisco sour, inca cola, chicha morada, quinoa, Machu Picchu, some of the best waves in the world, the best cotton is Peruvian, the great quality of Peruvian chocolate made of Peruvian cacao and the finest Alpaca fiber. There are innumerable reasons to visit Peru and live a magic multicultural experience.
The Nuevo Sol (New Sol) is the official currency of Peru. It comes in banknotes of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimos as well as larger denominations of 1, 2 and 5 nuevos soles.
What are the best places to get married in Peru?
Peru has everything. If you are thinking of getting married in Peru, there are different places that you can consider for your religious ceremony and wedding reception: luxury hotels, indoor and outdoor venues, private haciendas in the countryside, historical museums and charming architectural ruins.
The most beautiful places to get married are:
- Lima the capital city with lots of history and classical architecture. In Lima, you can find different wedding venues where you can hold a great event.
- Cusco that is one of the most charming places in the world. It’s a magical and historical city and by far the best option to have a real destination wedding. In this city, you can have awesome pre and post-wedding photos. Also, your guests can have the real experience of visiting amazing ruins and one of the seven wonders: Machu Picchu.
- Arequipa is a city full of inspiring museums, cathedrals, and monasteries. It has amazing landscapes, an impressive volcano, historical buildings, and a rich regional cuisine.
How people should behave in a Peruvian wedding? There is a special ceremony that people are used to having during the weddings?
Peruvian people are mainly Catholic and the wedding ceremony usually takes place in a church. However, in some cities and towns, you will observe the customs of their ancestors which involve spiritual and romantic traditions.
There’s a traditional andean ceremony called a tribute or offering to the Pachamama. It’s a small and private ceremony between the bride and groom with local musicians and a local priest. There’s a traditional shamanic ceremony in order to get more fortune in marriage. The ceremony involves music, singing and is done in the Quechua language, which is the language of the Incas. This is a tribute to the Pachamama or mother earth that is the most important god in the Incas culture. It’s a way to connect with nature and receive a mystical blessing.
Weddings in Huancayo include a Pallpa (a competitive gift giving by the bride and groom’s families). The family of the bride and groom compete to see who can give more presents to the new couple marching to the rhythm of the band playing traditional huayno music. It’s a huge celebration with drinking and dancing.
Destination wedding couples always try to show their guests the country traditions with typical dances, folk music, typical food and some fun activities to enjoy their stay.
I think it’s a good idea to be proud of where you are and mix different traditions in your wedding to make it a memorable day for you and your guests.
If you attend a Peruvian wedding, be ready to eat mouth-watering food, have tasty Peruvian spirit drinks and dance all night long. Once the bride and groom arrive at the wedding venue and perform the first dance… the party is officially on mode-on.
If you need to sell your country to a future couple that is thinking about a destination wedding, what would you say to them?
Weddings are memorable experiences and are filled with romance, tradition and storytelling. Can you imagine a wedding in the most beautiful scenery, surrounded by the nature and historical tradition? You should definitely consider Peru for a destination wedding. Having the opportunity of a unique experience for a memorable day – a colorful wedding with vibrant traditions, the most exotic and delicious food in the world, wonderful landscapes, lively music and a magic atmosphere. You can find the perfect mix of tradition, romance and beauty.
Is it expensive or cheap to get married in Peru? Tell us a little bit more about that?
Having a destination wedding in Peru is once in a lifetime experience. The cost a wedding will vary according to the type of celebration you are planning: indoor or outdoor venue, luxury hotel or another type of venue, the number of guests, and the type of event you have in mind: rustic, elegant or glamourous.
The wedding budget is always a big issue. Compared to other destination wedding venues, planning destination weddings in Peru will be cheaper. The average whole wedding cost is estimated between $20,000 to $25,000. This includes the venue, catering and other wedding vendors. There are different alternative services that you can find to personalize your wedding style. If you are planning a destination wedding in Peru, it’s really important to have professional advice and having a wedding planner is a great decision. An expert’s advice can make the difference and will be your eyes and direct contact with all your wedding vendors.
What are you proud of your country that you would love people to see or have the experience?
Peru is a wonderful place to fall in love with and Peruvians are the friendliest and warmest people in the world. I have no doubt to say that it’s one of the most prodigious countries, full of natural wonders. It has every climate you can imagine, a variety of cultures and an extraordinary history.
In Peru, you can definitely try the most exotic and exquisite food, unique flavors and combinations. Also, you can drink the most diverse range of drinks made of Pisco, our national alcoholic drink, and other soft drinks made of exotic fruit. If you are thinking of having a great time with friends there are lots of places that you can visit to learn about our history and live the real Peruvian experience, a real cultural exploration. Once you visit Peru, you would like to come back again because it’s a place with historical tradition. Wherever you go, you find breathtaking views and landscapes.
Being Peruvian for means feeling proud of my roots and sharing with the world the beauty and richness of my country.
How long usually a Peruvian wedding party last?
Weddings in Peru are big celebrations, sometimes with a band or orchestra that plays all night. In Lima, wedding celebrations usually last 7 or 8 hours. In some Peruvian cities or towns the celebrations last 3 or 4 days. Something that you need to have in mind is that people in Peru love celebrations, dancing and having fun with their beloved ones.
One thing that you will definitely feel amazed is the way Peruvians celebrate a wedding dancing and drinking all night. There’s something that takes place during the party that’s called “Hora Loca”, it’s a way to keep the party going and enjoy with colorful masks and party toys.
What should people expect about the Peruvian people?
I feel really proud of being Peruvian. For me, being Peruvian means have the courage to overcome difficulties and get whatever you want in life.
Peruvian people are very friendly, hospitable, warm and lively.
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About the author: Jossy Quezada works with weddings in Peru. she has been doing weddings for over 7 years.
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