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The Beauty and Simplicity of a Haitian Wedding


For the bride-to-be searching for a unique experience with traditional customs for her special day, a Haitian wedding is the answer. The city of Port-au-Prince provides lovely surroundings, but the event itself is made even more special by traditions that have been handed down throughout the ages. Once forgotten, these simple customs are once again becoming part of the wedding ceremonies of modern couples around the globe, many of whom wish to reconnect with their Haitian roots, or simply show reverence for ancient island customs.

Formal invitations are unnecessary, as guests are invited through word of mouth. The groom leads his bride, accompanied by her bridesmaids, to the church, and sits opposite her. The maid of honor, the best man, and the witnesses sit beside and behind the couple, as all of the bridal party will sign the marriage certificate. There are bible readings and singing, and the entire wedding party dances their way up the aisle of the church, marking the end of the ceremony. One of the most interesting traditions concerns the wedding cake - is not eaten at the reception. Instead, the newly married couple eat the cake in their marriage home a few days after the wedding.

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    A very pleasant atmosphere and helpful staff greeted me upon arrival. Vladimir, who quickly handled my special requests, was especially helpful. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend this hotel for all travelers, whether on business or vacation.

    – Matthew W

  • “Oasis”

    Located off the central town square it has good security and is the obvious expat place to stay. Nice garden breakfast area near a well received pool. Tranquil after the huddle and bustle outside. Rooms are clean, beds are very comfortable and the hot showers a blessing.

    – Harlequin_dreaming

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    Great experience. All the staff was very helpful and the rooms were very clean. Vladimir and James were very supportive and helpful as well. The front desk and restaurant was high class. We will definitely be back.

    – Tyler S

  • “PG from Florida”

    I really enjoyed the family atmosphere at Leplaza hotel . Every single staff was very nice courteous, helpful , professional from the security guards to the receptionists , the staffs at the bar and restaurant . I had the greatest times of my life because everyone make feels at home especially at the reception and the bar- restaurant . I strongly recommend Leplaza Hotel . My rooms were nicely cleaned daily . I want to go back soon because they made me feel special . I want to thank all the staff about their warm welcome .

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    We really enjoyed this property. The staff was very friendly and even went out of their way to accommodate us, by letting us check in early after flying all night. The atmosphere was very laid back just as most Haitians are.

    – Gregory C