14 Cinco de Mayo–Inspired Wedding Ideas

Get inspired by these fiesta-themed wedding details for a bright and fabulous celebration.

Whether you're planning a Tex-Mex celebration or a destination wedding south of the border, a fiesta-themed wedding is always a good time. Deck out your reception with bright colors and florals, entertain guests with live music and, whatever you do, don't forget the margaritas.

  1. Papel Picado Invitations

    Turquoise Papel Picado inspired wedding invitations
    Photo by Ana & Jerome

    Get your guests in the fiesta spirit by sending out papel picado–inspired invitations. Don't forget to throw in some español!

    From A Whimsical Destination Wedding at Cabo Surf Hotel in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

  2. Colorful Getting-Ready Dresses

    Bride and bridesmaids getting ready in
    Photo by Dear Wesleyann

    While getting dolled up, your attendants can slip into some comfortable (and colorful) mosaic-inspired, floral-patterned dresses.

    From A Colorful, Tex-Mex–Inspired Wedding at St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach, Florida

  3. Maraca Ceremony Exit

    Wedding ceremony seating with bright florals and maracas
    Photo by Dear Wesleyann

    Ask guests to shake some maracas while you're walking down the aisle as newlyweds in lieu of throwing rice or confetti. A fun extra? They can also be used to get the couple to kiss at the reception.

    From A Colorful, Tex-Mex–Inspired Wedding at St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach, Florida

  4. Groom Style

    Bright pocket square for the groom
    Photo by Vienna Glenn Photography

    Get the groomsmen into the Cinco de Mayo spirit too with some discreet but brightly patterned pocket squares.

    From A Fiesta-Inspired Wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona

  5. Colorful Reception Décor

    Colorful table decor
    Photo by Jenna Marie Photography

    Bright colors and vibrant blooms like fuchsia peonies and orange ranunculus are the epitome of a fiesta. Instead of tablecloths, opt for striped Mexican blankets.

    From A Bright, Mexican-Inspired Wedding at Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, New York

  6. Fiesta-Ready Fare

    Fiesta-themed appetizers
    Photo by Jenna Marie Photography

    Before the meal, serve some light bites like mini tacos and guacamole in small waffle cones, or get creative with a build-your-own salsa station with different peppers for personalized heat levels.

    From A Bright, Mexican-Inspired Wedding at Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, New York

  7. Spanish Table Numbers

    Once table numbers
    Photo by Jen Fariello

    Give guests a little Spanish lesson by numbering your reception tables in Spanish (uno, dos, tres!).

  8. Mariachi Music

    Live Mariachi band music during the cocktail hour
    Photo by Justine Bursoni Photography

    Delight guests with some live music during cocktail hour and for your big entrance at the reception.

    From A Modern Rooftop Wedding at TheWit in Chicago, Illinois

  9. Margarita Bar or Tequila Tasting Station

    Margarita satellite bar for a fiesta wedding reception
    Photo by Jen Lynne Photography

    Craft up some signature margaritas at a satellite bar with fresh lime garnishes and salt rims. Margaritas can be made in large batch servings and poured over ice, which equals quick service so guests can spend their time on the dance floor. Or opt for a tequila tasting station and let guests keep the shot glasses as favors.

  10. A Festive Beer Burro

    Mexico destination wedding with a donkey beer waiter
    Photo by Vienna Glenn Photography

    There are plenty of unexpected wedding ideas out there, but having a donkey waiter is definitely in the top five. Guests won't be able to stop talking about "that wedding with the awesome donkey!" (Yes, this is possible!)

    From A Fiesta-Inspired Wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona

  11. Piñata Place Cards

    Cindo de Mayo wedding with mini piñata favors
    Photo by Melissa Mercado Photography

    Who doesn't love a party with a piñata? The only way that could get any better is if everyone got their own. Place mini piñatas at each place setting for a fun and festive favor.

    From A Beach Destination Wedding at Azul Sensatori Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico

  12. "Mr." and "Mrs." Sombrero Chair Signs

    Sweetheart chairs with sombrero decorations
    Photo by NBarrett Photography

    Don't expect to go the whole night with these sombreros on the back of your chair (they're especially fun for the dance floor), but they're a creative way to denote the newlywed chairs at the reception.

    From A Mexican Fiesta–Inspired Wedding in Arlington, Texas

  13. A Mexican-Inspired Wedding Cake

    Colorful fiesta-themed wedding cake
    Photo by Nbarrett Photography

    Give your cake a little fiesta flare of its own with colorful floral detailing and fresh blooms for an eye-catching dessert display.

    From A Mexican Fiesta–Inspired Wedding in Arlington, Texas

  14. Hot Sauce Favors

    Escort card table with hot sauce favors
    Photo by Jenna Marie Photography

    What's a fiesta without some spice? Arrange mini bottles of hot sauce for a creative escort card display that doubles as a favor table.

    From A Bright, Mexican-Inspired Wedding at Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, New York

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