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Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Elaborately painted sugar skulls and intricately cut paper-lace backdrops contrasted against a palette of bold and beautiful brights, it’s no wonder that we’re falling head over heels for the theatre and the style epitomised in Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations. It’s a festival like no other, so how do you incorporate the magic of meurtos – the colourful celebration of lifetimes after a lifetime – into your wedding theme? Wedding planner, Cait Duncan of events company, Luna + Pond, shares her thoughts for Day of the Dead wedding ideas. Viva la fiesta!

“When you’re planning your wedding around a specific festival or holiday, be respectful of its cultural significance. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration that honours the memory of loved ones who have passed on; and many believe that the spirits of the day visit their families between 31st october and 2nd November. Many couples raise a glass to family and friends who have passed away, so combining the colourful Day of the Dead theme is a fun way to celebrate their memory and your nuptials!”

Go Bold & Bright

“One of the things that stands out to me the most about the Day of the Dead is the bright colours: with all contrasts of black against white and colour pops of bright purple, pink, red and orange, it creates such a fun and vibrant palette to work with. So go for it. Start by making black and white your base colours, then add bold, bright flourishes throughout, particularly in the floral elements.

“There is also a huge floral element to the holiday… I’m seeing bright flower crowns, bouquets, floral arches, etc. Using the bright colors and floral elements of the holiday is a perfect way to soften and romanticize the more macabre motif of skulls.”

Stationery

“Stationery is one of the easiest ways to incorporate the Day of the Dead theme in to your wedding. You could have an invitation that mimics Mexican papal picado (a Mexican folk art banner made from cut paper) or cute illustrations of the couple as sugar skulls.”

1 Wedding stationery set Day of the Dead by LulaFlora invitation on Etsy via The Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls lesbian wedding invitation by colorsofsummer on Etsy - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

“Stationery is the best place to go all out on your wedding theme. I love this one, by South Africa stationery makers, SStudio Design.”

Wedding stationery set Day of the Dead by SStudio Designs via The Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

“However, if you’d prefer to not be too on the nose, you can always go with a more subtle floral motif that still reflects all those glorious Day of the Dead colours, like this one by PaperHive on Etsy.”
Wedding Stationery by paperHive on Etsy com mexican fiesta invitation via Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Ceremony

“For the ceremony, try to be a little more abstract and subtle, because the main focus of this part of the wedding should be on you and your vows. To incorporate your theme, consider a fun, colorful backdrop such as a floral arch – real or paper – with matching aisle decorations that give a indication of what’s to come, but that aren’t in-your-face.”
Mexician day of the dead theme aisle decor image from Pinterest via the Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Mexician day of the dead theme floral paper pompom ribbon wedding arbour image by SY Photography via the Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Mexician day of the dead theme floral wedding arbour image by Clayton Austin via the Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Mexician day of the dead theme ceremony chair image from Pinterest via the Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Ceremony day of the dead theme decor paper cut out by Margaret Austin - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Reception

“Incorporate a brightly colored papal picado for an additional cultural element.”
Reception papal picado day of the dead wedding theme image by Clayton Austin - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Reception sugar skull ideas for day of the dead wedding theme image by Clayton Austin - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

“The table decor is a perfect place to incorporate sugar skulls. I’m completely in love with this sugar skull centerpiece with bright floral spilling out.”

Reception sugar skull flower vase centrepiece for day of the dead wedding theme image by SY Photography - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Reception SY photography - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

dayofthedead wedding table decor image by clayton austin - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

“You can also incorporate the sugar skulls in to the cake, guest favours, stationery and food, drink and gift displays.”

Reception 3 Sy Photography - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Day of the dead bar wedding ideas image Hello Love Photography via southboundbride dot com - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Day of the Dead food display via inflight celebrations via The gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Bridal Style

“Floral crowns are perfect for this theme! These bright and oversize flower crowns look like they’re right our of a Frida Kahlo painting.”

Bridal headwear day of the dead wedding ideas via the gay wedding guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

“Another way to incorporate the cultural element would be to wear traditional Mexican textiles, or to embrace the black and contrast it with some bright floral prints or embroidery.”
Lesbian Bridalwear day of the dead wedding ideas via the gay wedding guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas
“And if you’re one for detail, complement your look with some leather palpal picado-style shoes or some beautifully embellished Day of the Dead heels or pumps.”
Lesbian Bridalwear shoes day of the dead wedding ideas via the gay wedding guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Grooms Style

“Top hat and tails go seamlessly with this wedding theme, but dress it up with some quirky accessories – a Day of the Dead bow tie, cufflinks or even braces!”
day of the dead cufflinks Groomswear SY Photography - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas
Day of the dead groomswear ideas via the gay wedding guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas
top hat and tails via pinterest - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Food and Favours

“Traditional Mexican food is always a hit at weddings – think enchiladas, beans, tortillas for your wedding breakfast, and intricately painted cookies, mini pinata cakes and showstopping wedding cakes! The colorful elements will augment the overall aesthetic perfectly.”

Day of the dead mexican wedding menu ideas via the Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

“The bar is a great place to incorporate some of those sugar skulls. I’m particularly fond of this sugar skull light up sign.”

Catering 2 Sy photography - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Day of the dead mexican wedding bar ideas via the Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

“It would be so fun to come up with your own Day of the Dead themed signature cocktail!

“Sugar skull cookies are the perfect favour. They’re so pretty your guests won’t want to eat them! Or give them some lick-smacking churros. Mmm.”

Churros and day of the dead wedding favours ideas via the Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

“And finally, there’s the cake; it is a perfect opportunity to reflect your theme.”

Black Day of the Dead cake by Conjurers Kitchen day via the Gay Wedding Guide - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Catering 2 We Heart Pictures - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas

Day of the Dead cake via inflight options - Day of the Dead Wedding Theme Ideas
About Luna + Pond

Cait Duncan is a planner at Luna + Pond, a weddings and events planning company that specialises in curating spaces and occasions that represent who you are and what you love. Based in Minnesota and preferring to work with clients who think outside the box, Luna + Pond promises to create inspired, and unique celebrations. Discover more at lunaandpond.com.

Image Credits (from top to bottom)

Stationery
Papal Picado stationery by LulaFlora on Etsy
Sugar Skulls wedding invitation by ColorsofSummer on Etsy
Day of the Dead wedding stationery suite by SStudio Designs
Fiesta-style stationery by PaperHive on Etsy

Ceremony
Aisle seating flowers via Pinterest
Ribbon and crepe paper streamers image by SY Photography
Pom-pom wedding arbour, image by Clayton Austin
Couple’s wedding seat, via Pinterest
Giant personalised papel picado backkdrop, image by Margaret Austin Photography

Reception

Papal Picado bunting image by Clayton Austin
Ribbons and sugar skulls on plates images by Clayton Austin
Sugar skull vase image by SY Photography
Table decoration image by SY Photography
Table decoration image by Clayton Austin
Blackberry Mojito and sugar skulls image by SY Photography
Bar image by Hello Love Photography
Sweets, cookies and cakes food table display via Inflight Ideas

Style: Brides
Bridalwear images from L to R: Hello Love Photography
Headwear images L to R: Primary Petals, We Heart Pictures, and Hello Love Photography, Pinterest, Clayton Austin
Footwear image L to R: Pink Palm Photo, Moda Operandi, Pinterest

Style: Grooms

Top hat and tails via Pinterest
Braces by Scalliwags
Bowtie by Guys and Ties on Etsy
Tie by VintageGaleria on Etsy
Cufflinks image by SY Photography

Catering & Favours
Wedding food dishes via Pinterest
Bar light up sugar skull image by SY Photography
Mexican Day of the Dead themed bar imagery by Hello Love Photography
Sugar Skull Day of the Dead cookies by Tea with Jam; churros wedding favours via Pinterest
Black Day of the Dead wedding cake by Conjurer’s Kitchen
White floral wedding cake image by We Heart Pictures
White Sugar Skull Cake image by Magpies

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