I grew up in the Southwestern US and the one thing I specifically love about living here (other than not having to shovel snow) is the Latin American cultural heritage. I love the architectural influences, the music, the food, and the customs. This is starting to become a popular and unique wedding theme (which makes me so happy) here in the United states and abroad.
One of my favorite celebrations is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead - the day to honor and celebrate the deceased. We have a giant parade here every year. I personally love this tradition and collect art related to it, which is why, when I received a DOD sock monkey for my anniversary I knew I had to feature a bride and groom on my website.
They are one of a kind, lovingly handcrafted by a local artisan, made to order, and can be designed to match your wedding colors. I would suggest you order well in advance, as they can take 6 to 8 weeks to complete.
We are also currently working with the artist to design some on a smaller scale that could serve as a bride and groom cake topper as well as planning a buying trip into Mexico to find other beautiful bride and groom DOD cake toppers and other interesting accessories & gifts, so check back in with us soon to see what we have discovered.
Another Dia de los Muertos tradition is the decorating of Calaveras or sugar skulls, which are placed lovingly on the altar for the deceased along with offrenda like food and drinks the deceased loved when they were alive. Sugar skulls have recently become a very popular design element on everything. Shirts, cell phone cases, tattoos - we offer a sugar skull cookie cutter which can be used to create beautifully decorated sugar skull cookie favors for your guests. Place a cookie in a cellophane bag with a brightly colored ribbon, or include a cookie cutter for your guest to make their own as well.
You can also include your wedding party by selecting a variety of brightly colored dresses, or one dress with coordinating brightly colored flowers to enhance your fiesta theme. I love the traditional skirts.
And your own dress (which would be perfectly in theme with the trending crown of flowers as a hair accessory)
Mexican food and drink such as chips and salsa, guacamole, tamales, ceviche, empanadas, mini tacos or a taco bar with carne asada, street corn, beans and rice served with aguas frescas (a light fruit drink popular throughout Mexico blending fruit with water, a bit of sugar and a little lime juice) or some Jarritos would make perfect food and beverage choices.
A brightly decorated wedding cake and churros, and traditional Mexican wedding cookies, for dessert. Almost to gorgeous to eat.
And what fiesta would be complete without the traditional papel picado banners. They are so beautiful and add an ethereal as well as unique quality and ambiance to any event. Papel picado designs have been showing up lately as design elements in wedding invitations and save the day notices. You can get them in the beautiful, bright multi-color strands or in white with wedding cut designs. The addition of brightly colored tissue paper flowers can round out your design and really carry your theme home.
A little tequila and some micheladas to round out the evening and your can create a unique event people will not only enjoy, but talk about long after it is a loving memory.
With themed events you can go all out, or just add small touches here and there to give your wedding that extra special bit of originality. I hope we have inspired you with the love of our local culture and I hope you will work to add a bit of your personality by incorporating the things you love into your wedding day. Enjoy!
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