The most prominent Cuban wedding tradition involves the bride's dress. The dress that the bride wears is considered the central theme of the wedding and is expected to be lavish and extravagant.
The most popular tradition that is performed at Cuban weddings is the money dance. This is when the bride dances with several people and they all pin money to her dress as a gift to help her start a new life with her husband. It is a longstanding tradition in Cuba that the bride's family pays for the wedding. The bride and groom can also expect to receive a large gift from both their parents that will help them begin their married life together.
Another popular tradition is for the bride and groom to give all of their guests a gift as a thank you for attending the wedding. These gifts are usually handmade items or ribbons with the name of the bride and groom on them. Guests at more extravagant weddings can sometimes receive a nice cigar to celebrate the union of the bride and groom. Weddings in Cuba are not a religious event because the country is still under Communist rule. This means most Cuban wedding traditions are performed at the reception that is held after the wedding.