What is a padrino?

Padrinos, or madrinas, at their core are essential members of their Hispanic community who act as patrons or sponsors for family events. Some of the most important celebrations in Hispanic culture only happen because of this very important aspect. These milestone events include quinceañeras, weddings, baby showers and more. Families host beautiful celebrations and they reach out to padrinos to make it happen.

Traditionally, the family organizing the event will ask grandparents, godparents, cousins, uncles, aunts and close friends to accept the honor of being the padrinos for the special occasion. By sponsoring essential items for a celebration, such as the band, cake, venue and more, padrinos help lessen the financial burden on the family. Most significantly, padrinos create a sense of community by supporting and pitching in for the main cause. In the Hispanic culture, being asked to be a padrino is an honor and the blessings that the family receives on the special day are said be be passed on to their padrinos as well.