Pan-American Highway, National Geographic Book: Traditional Bride and Groom

A Zapotec bride and groom share a private moment at their wedding party. Dancing and celebrating has begun under a tent the covers the  guests and festivities. Tradition rules that the man’s side of the family covers the cost of the mass, food, drinks, band–everything connected with the wedding and party. The woman’s family gives money and presents to the couple. The party can last up to three or four days with the total cost hovering around $20,000 U.S.