A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to the wedding of my host mom’s son. I have only been to one wedding in my adult life, so I was excited to see the differences between an American and Argentine wedding. The differences were not as drastic as I expected, but it was one of the most fun things I have done so far in Argentina! After a brief Jewish ceremony (the bride was from Colombia, and they had already had a longer Catholic wedding in Bogota), the festivities began. There was an absurd amount of food, and it was all amazing.
My host roommate and I were the only people around our age, but the son’s friends, who were in their late 20’s, talked to us and made sure we had a good time! Everyone was dancing, eating, talking, and generally having a good time. There was not one dramatic event that was life-changing or anything like that, but I felt extremely welcomed the entire time. In reality, I have no relationship with my host mom’s son or anyone who went to the wedding, but they took me in like I was a member of their family and made sure I didn’t feel uncomfortable. I was blown away by that hospitality, considering that weddings are not typically thrown with the intention of making sure the random 20 year old exchange student feels at home.
My host mom told me that Argentine weddings typically go all night and end with breakfast, but many of the guests had travelled from all over South America and around the world, so this one ended a 1 am. In that short period of time, however, I felt like I got a lot closer with my host mother, her family, and my host roommate. I met a lot of people from different backgrounds, and very few of them spoke English so it was a perfect opportunity to put my Spanish skills to the test. I was happily surprised to find that my Spanish is better than I thought, and I can definitely hold an interesting conversation with anyone. All-in-all, it was a great night and I felt like I had become a member of the family!