It's Cinco de Mayo! Including Mexican Influences in Décor

Be inspired whether you're saying "I do" in Mexico or honoring your heritage.

It's Cinco de Mayo! Including Mexican Influences in Décor

Photo: Carrie King Photographer

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Whether you're celebrating your own heritage or your wedding will be hosted in the beautiful country, there are plenty of ways to incorporate Mexican influences into your big day – or your next Cinco de Mayo party. While the obvious choice to offer tacos and margaritas to your guests will immediately come to mind, there are a number of other options to consider.

If your color palette is neutral or vibrant, consider wearing brightly colored flowers in your hair – even if just for your bridal portraits. A number of couples also have mariachi performers play at the end of their ceremony, leading guests to the cocktail hour in style. If mariachi music isn't your cup of tea, you can still honor Mexican culture with a performance by traditional Ballet Folklórico de México dancers. Use bold Mexican art prints on pillows or linens at the ceremony or reception, and suspend papel picado flags overhead at a welcome party to really set the fiesta mood. Another fun way to incorporate Mexican culture is to have sombreros on hand as props for the photo booth, or go one step further and have donkeys (or burros) pose with your your guests. 

Of course, one of the best ways to honor the country is to have your celebration in Mexico, but for those saying "I do" stateside, you can still incorporate the influences without having guests travel out of the country. For more ideas and inspiration, take a look at the photos below! To see more from these wedding events, click on each photo!

Bride on beach in mexico ines di santo wedding dress bright flowers mexican flowers in hair
Photo by Victoria Angela Photography; Bridal Gown by Ines Di Santo; Planning & Design by Très Chic Southern Weddings & Events

Aerial view of welcome party space rehearsal dinner at wedding in mexico destination wedding ideas
Photo by Carrie King Photographer

Mariachi performers dressed in white performing at wedding mariachis in sand
Photo by Karlisch Photography; Planning & Design by DFW Events

Brightly colored pillow fun Mexican print wedding ceremony ideas
Photo by Victoria Angela Photography; Planning & Design by Très Chic Southern Weddings & Events

Papel picado fiesta flags hanging for mexico rehearsal dinner wedding decorations
Photo by Carrie King Photographer

Wedding reception mexican food appetizer hors d'oeuvres margaritas and tacos in limes
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Wedding guests posing with donkey at destination wedding in Mexico rehearsal dinner
Photo by Carrie King Photographer

traditional Ballet Folklórico de México dancers at wedding reception courtyard reception
Photo by Christine Bentley Photography

Bright pink and blue sombrero hats at mexico rehearsal dinner wedding photo booth props
Photo by Carrie King Photographer

Churros at wedding reception with empanadas and other Mexican appetizers
Photo by KingenSmith

For more ideas, discover the pros and cons of hosting a destination wedding, learn expert tips for accommodating guests at a faraway celebration, and gather inspiration from these warm-weather nuptials.

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