14 Mexico–Inspired Wedding Ideas

Get inspired by these fiesta-themed wedding details for a bright and fabulous celebration.
Newlyweds with friends and family playing maracas in the background
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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.

Papel Picado Invitations

Turquoise Papel Picado inspired wedding invitations
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

Colorful Getting-Ready Dresses

Bride and bridesmaids getting ready in
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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

Maraca Ceremony Exit

Wedding ceremony seating with bright florals and maracas
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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

Groom Style

Bright pocket square for the groom
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

Colorful Reception Décor

Colorful table decor
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

Fiesta-Ready Fare

Fiesta-themed appetizers
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

Spanish Table Numbers

Once table numbers
Jen Fariello

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

Mariachi Music

Live Mariachi band music during the cocktail hour
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

Margarita Bar or Tequila Tasting Station

Margarita satellite bar for a fiesta wedding reception
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.

A Festive Beer Burro

Mexico destination wedding with a donkey beer waiter
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

Piñata Place Cards

Cindo de Mayo wedding with mini piñata favors
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

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

Sweetheart chairs with sombrero decorations
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

A Mexican-Inspired Wedding Cake

Colorful fiesta-themed wedding cake
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

Hot Sauce Favors

Escort card table with hot sauce favors
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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