Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
Colour, colour and more colour – despite the theme of the celebration of Dia De Los Muertos, this wedding inspiration is all about the joy of two lives being brought together and the promise of the future.
You’ll see black, orange, red, pink, blue and other colours in this creative wedding photo shoot. With its success, it proves any theme goes!
Details for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
The Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican celebration that focuses on celebrating and honoring family members and loved ones who've passed away. Friends and family gather during an occasion that includes altars adorned with Calaveras (intricately painted skeletons or skulls), photos of deceased loved ones, candles, marigolds, and the deceased's favourite meals as well as candies and drinks.
Thinking about how the tradition chooses to transform an otherwise somber affair into something beautiful is today's wedding inspiration. In this case, a Dia De Los Muertos wedding is all about celebrating life and love while also paying homage to lost, but not forgotten, loved ones.
Colour Palettes for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
Going with Dana Fernandez's editorial, a wedding colour combo that includes black, lavender, and pink is perfect for the theme. Pops of orange, yellow, blue, and green foliage give the overall aesthetic a cheerful tone. What's even more beautiful is how the spread showcases the use of textural elements in an elegantly flawless way.
From the stunning velvet dress to the skull decals, and gorgeous floral arrangements; there are plenty of ideas of how to incorporate texture into this theme. Worth noting are the pieces of a broken clay pot used for the wedding signage. The simple table setting and chairs also double up as points of interest.
What to Look for in Venue for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
Familiarity and comfort best describe what a Dia de Los Muertos wedding is all about. In the same case, a wedding venue that offers comfort to guests and is decked out to exude a nostalgic feeling is befitting for such an occasion. Outdoor wedding locations are favourable just based on the idea of being in tune with nature, from where we originated and where we'll ultimately end up.
A farmhouse location, countryside venue, or garden best suits a Dia de Los Muertos wedding. Going by the photoshoot, a patio location would equally be a wonderful wedding venue for such an occasion.
Wedding Dresses & Accessories for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
The velvet wedding dress is simply awe-inspiring and a suitable choice for a Dia de Los Muertos event. Black lace trimmings and the silhouette give the outfit a romantic elegance that's perfect for weddings. Whether worn as the official wedding ensemble or simply for the reception; you are bound to turn heads donning a similar gown.
A boho-chic white wedding dress would equally work for such an occasion. A bouncy, layered tulle dress is yet another alternative for the bride who prefers to fully embrace the black hue. As for the accessories, the yellow/orange floral headband serves as the crowning piece. Simplicity allows the beauty of the gown to take centre stage.
Reception Decor for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
Floral arrangements, and plenty of them for that matter, are the best wedding decorations for a Dia de Los Muertos-themed affair. Plenty of plants also blends well with the aesthetics as well as the skeletal decals encased in acrylic displays. Wooden and rattan accents would also work for this theme.
Lace linens for the tablescape and gold-toned candle holders, as well as flower vases, are also ideal for the occasion. To bring in the altar aspect, a photo display highlighting the couple's special moments works for the day. White and lavender/ pink tapered candles are also perfect for the tablescape.
Bouquets & Boutonnieres for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
Flowers are given the limelight in this editorial simply because they equally represent the beautiful aspect of the occasion. The spread uses colourful and textured selections of posies with greenery introduced in the form of foliage and cacti plants. We equally love how clay pots have been used throughout the spread.
The bridal bouquet is equally vibrant while maintaining a simple aesthetic. Create posies using carnations, roses, dahlias, marigolds, and ranunculuses in shades of pink, yellow, lavender, and orange. The same applies to the boutonnieres, a combination of vibrant hues or a similar palette used for the floral headband suits the buttonholes.
Wedding Cake Ideas for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
The jewel of the occasion is the wedding cake covered in white fondant and embellished with selections of colourful sugar flowers. Marigold is the suitable floral choice because in Mexican tradition it is considered as the flower of the dead. Giving a sugary twist proves that it can also be a delightful addition to the big day.
The dessert table follows suit and it's decorated with colourful blooms as well as potted cacti plants. White and black coloured skulls also bring in the Dia de Los Muertos element as well as the skeletal bride and groom figurines encased in an acrylic display. The white doilies are equally a lovely touch.
Wedding Invitations for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
If we were planning a Dia e Los Muertos wedding, we wouldn't change a thing when it comes to the wedding invitations. To borrow from the editorial, a black, lavender, and pink invite suite perfectly captures the spirit of the occasion. Once again, the black and pink lace takes the charm factor to a whole new level.
The skull motif also features on the stationery with varying shades of the wedding colours used for the various cards. The striking black envelope with a pink-coloured flap in a doily-inspired flap design is also an elegant touch. A pink envelope for the RSVPs further highlights the occasion's palette.
Table Setting Style for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
The tablescape also presents lots of ideas to run with when putting together your nuptials. Simplicity wins, once again, with the foldable-style wooden and metallic table paired with gray chairs serving as the ideal choice. The selections of potted posies and cacti plants also feature predominantly in the table setting style.
Orange glassware adds even more colour to the table with silver flatware completing the look. White plates and black charger plates stay true to the overall aesthetic. The orange/pink coloured linen is equally worth stealing for your own nuptials, and a table runner in a similar design would work in case you want to include more additions.
Favours & Gifts for a Dia De Los Muertos Wedding
Send your guests off with meaningful and reflective gifts beyond just treating them to the off-beat yet sentimental experience. Naturally, potted posies and mini cacti plants are ideal wedding favours for a Dia de Los Muertos affair. The significance of marigolds in Dia de Los Muertos celebrations also makes them ideal choices for members of the bridal party.
Edible treats like candies, tamales, and mini bottles of tequila are also befitting wedding gift choices. The skull and skeleton statuettes would also make spooktacularly fabulous gifts in this context. Lantern-style candle holders and customised skull-shaped place cards are other gift options that tie into the theme.
Dia de los muertos wedding inspiration shoot
With plenty of colour, a stunning black wedding dress, and details that simply couldn’t be any more perfect – Dana Fernandez Photography’s Dia De Los Muertos wedding inspiration shoot is an exquisite celebration that just has to be seen to be believed!
From Dana Fernandez Photography – “Although Dia De Los Muertos is associated with the dead, it’s quite the opposite – a celebration of life! A vibrant celebration full of colour, food, and much fiesta!
Chad Cornwall of Flower Power Productions selected different shapes and textures in vivid, colourful blooms – dahlias, roses, marigolds, pincushion, Protea and Celosia – creating an exotic and rustic combination with a southwestern touch of cacti and succulents. Marigolds were a must as it believed the blooms guide spirits to their altars using their vibrant colours and scent. The marigold crown popped off the contrast of the black, dramatic velvet gown by Damsel White Label.”
From Dana Fernandez Photography – “Our bride mirrored Frida Kahalo in style and spirit and was drop dead gorgeous – no pun intended!
Stationary by Nib & Pixel was kept spirited and colourful – featuring the iconic sugar skill in a bright watercolour. To balance the Tablescape from all the lively colour, we incorporated natural neutrals – wood, mixed metals, stone and terracotta in the vessels, chairs and the table.
For dessert, a minimalist cake with rich blooms and traditional Mexican cookies. Dead or alive – I would attend this celebration in a heartbeat!”
Credits: Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography // Event Design & Styling: Two Be Wed // Floral Design: Flower Power Productions // Paper Goods: Nib & Pixel // Wedding Dress: Damsel White Label // Cake & Desserts: Whisk Bakery // Hair & Makeup: Hey Lovely // Rentals: Bourbon & Bloom Vintage Rentals // Linens: Over The Top // Venue: Las Velas in Houston, Texas.