Both men and women answered that teeth were the most important physical quality in a partner.63% of American men said their top “must have” is their partner being someone they can trust and confide in.However, as the United States moves towards a more progressive twenty-first century, women are often encouraged to ask the man out instead (Dow, n.p.) Similar to Costa Ricans, Americans are eager to find their soul mates, but to an even bigger degree.
Although dating, marriage, and sadly, divorce customs may be different among cultures, many of them are created from, engrained in, and products of the quest to find this kind of magic we call love.37% of Ticos and Ticas believe that the man should ask the woman out and pay for dating expenses, such as meals and trips (A Tico Guide, n.p.) Surveys indicate that typically, Ticas are open to dating men who are five years older or younger, (Foreign Misconceptions, n.p.) and 65% of Ticos and Ticas do not believe age matters when it comes to love.A particular survey done by La Nacion, found that Ticas value “nothing more than loyalty and fidelity in a man, followed by a desire than a man be a good soul mate.” 29% look for partners who are responsible and romantic.Dozens of extended family members usually attend, with elopement being extremely uncommon (Hubbard, n.p.) It is viewed that the more guests that attend, the more blessings the couple will receive.“In Costa Rica, families are close knit, and it would not seem like a real celebration if both families could not be present at the wedding” (“Five Costa Rican,” n.p.) Music ranges from traditional Latin music to Top 40 (Hubbard, n.p.) Brides wear long gowns made of black silk, accompanied by a lace veil.