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How do Mexican's refer to the wedding ceremony and the celebration following the wedding? I am attending a Mexican wedding and would like to refer to these events properly.

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You can safely refer to those as "Recepción" or "Banquete" for "Wedding Reception" and "Ceremonia" for "Wedding Ceremony".

Personally, for the first part I'd use "Recepción", it's more adequate in all cases, because the word "Banquete" can be awkward if the mentioned event is actually a small and humble one.

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  • The wedding ceremony: "la boda", "el matrimonio" or "la ceremonia".

  • The celebration following the wedding: "la fiesta", "la recepcion" or "el banquete".

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