There are no bridesmaids at a Spanish marriage, but a madrina (literally god-mother) is always present with ■witnesses. The bride does not enjoy the luxury of a wedding cake, though ther is a reception and often a feast after the ceremony. The house which is to be her uew home is always furnished and Teady before the marriage, so that it may be complete when the couple enter it, as they do not start for their honeymoon tül the day after the wedding. Before their departure a polite visit is paid to their respective parents. When they return, dainty sweetmeats, in elegant boxes are sent round to their friends. No visits are paid till little cards are circulated "offering their house." In Andalusía and other parta of Spain all the wooing is overheard by the duenna.