We're all familiar with common wedding traditions -- the white dress, the garter and the bridal party, to name a few. But what about the gift of thirteen coins, or the Puerto Rican bridal doll?

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we've gathered some of our favorite wedding traditions from Latin America. Click through the slideshow to learn more!

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  • Venezuela

    Often the bride and groom <a href="http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-customs/articles/a-roundup-of-latin-american-wedding-traditions.aspx">disappear during their wedding reception</a> -- good luck comes to whoever notices first, and <a href="http://shine.yahoo.com/latina/161-que-viva-la-novia-celebrating-latin-american-173700817.html" target="_hplink">good luck comes to the bride and groom</a> if they don't get caught.

  • Guatemala

    After the ceremony, a reception is held at the groom's home. The mother of the groom greets the couple as they enter and<a href="http://blog.cfcausa.org/2011/02/07/marriage-traditions-in-guatemala/"> breaks a white bell</a> filled with flour, rice, and grains to represent prosperity and abundance.

  • Chile

    It is common for couples to wear their wedding rings before the wedding, but on their right hands. The rings are switched to the left hand <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=o8JlWxBYs40C&pg=PA257&lpg=PA257&dq=argentina+wedding+traditions&source=bl&ots=g-OEY2GHpn&sig=4WIs2ytj8rbyWCM9QVzAGBDgF9I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EHRsULfoDITeigK2j4HIDA&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=argentina wedding traditions&f=false">during the ceremony</a>.

  • Panama

    The groom gives the bride <a href="http://www.emilypost.com/weddings/new-times-new-traditions/1029-muslim-weddings">13 gold coins</a> that have been blessed by a priest before the wedding. These represent Christ and his 12 apostles.

  • Costa Rica

    The night before the wedding, the groom usually <a href="http://shine.yahoo.com/latina/161-que-viva-la-novia-celebrating-latin-american-173700817.html">serenades his bride-to-be</a> to show everyone in her neighborhood how he feels about her.

  • Mexico

    Sometimes the bride <a href="http://www.escapesmagazine.com.mx/mexican-wedding-traditions/">carries two bouquets</a> -- one for herself, and one as an offering to the Virgin Mary in hopes that she will bless the marriage.

  • El Salvador

    In El Salvador, <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=wOtKIHy5CgEC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=south+american+wedding+traditions&source=bl&ots=P4qxln6oqJ&sig=7PKKpkBjWZIy42qX0iy2a8k4W_o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F5FsUIbkIsShiQLklYCQBw&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=south american wedding traditions&f=false">Seven white cars</a> escort the bride and her family to the church.

  • Colombia

    Bachelors place <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=wOtKIHy5CgEC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=south+american+wedding+traditions&source=bl&ots=P4qxln6oqJ&sig=7PKKpkBjWZIy42qX0iy2a8k4W_o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F5FsUIbkIsShiQLklYCQBw&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=south american wedding traditions&f=false">their shoes under the bride's dress</a> at the wedding, then the groom chooses one from beneath the gown. Whoever's shoe gets chosen is said to be the next person to get married.

  • Puerto Rico

    A unique Puerto Rican tradition is the <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=wOtKIHy5CgEC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=south+american+wedding+traditions&source=bl&ots=P4qxln6oqJ&sig=7PKKpkBjWZIy42qX0iy2a8k4W_o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F5FsUIbkIsShiQLklYCQBw&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=south american wedding traditions&f=false">bridal doll.</a> This doll is fashioned to look like the bride and is dressed similarly. Charms from the doll are taken off and given to the guests, who will often pin dollars onto the doll in exchange.