How to Throw a Cinco de Mayo Inspired Wedding

Colorful papel picado banners hanging off of a white building at a Cinco de Mayo wedding.

Cinco de Mayo is festive and fun, so why not combine it with the flair of a wedding? Throwing a wedding with a Cinco de Mayo inspiration can be accomplished in many beautiful ways. My husband’s birthday is around Cinco de Mayo, so I have lots of experience creating a vibrant party full of colors and fun. Here’s a few ways to make it happen.

Start with the Invitations and Other Stationery

You can go wild with style with your paper products for the wedding, including the save the dates, invitations, programs, and menus. Decorate the stationery with traditional Mexican iconography like maracas, pinatas, and desert flowers. Achieving the classic feel of a traditional wedding with a playful twist of a Mexican party is easy to achive with your wedding paper goods.

Hire a Mariachi Band

A mariachi trumpet player at a Cinco de Mayo-inspired wedding.

Music is at the heart of every Cinco de Mayo bash. If you have access to an amazing mariachi band, that’s just icing on top of the wedding cake. Live music is a must to get the festive heart beating. From guitars and trumpets to maracas and violins, you can set the tone to the wedding with Mexican music. You’ll have people up and dancing the entire time.

Use Colorful Flowers and Cacti

The basis of any Cinco de Mayo party is color and flowers are an easy way to achieve that. Peonies in purple and pink mixed with orange rananculus are amazing centerpiece selections. Succulents and cacti typically aren’t wild with color, but are traditional in Mexico so you can mix them with bright decor for the same feel. Carry a bouquet of bright flowers against your white wedding dress for a statement.

Serve Tacos and a Salsa Bar

Mexican tacos at a Cinco de Mayo wedding reception.

Food is one of the most important parts of the wedding—as well as any Cinco de Mayo bash! You can go wild with ideas when it comes to Cinco de Mayo-inspired food. Have a salsa or guacamole bar so guests can try out different flavors with tortilla chips. Add in a bit of queso or bean dip, too. Of course, tacos of any kind are a hit and so easy for a big crowd of people. Fajitas and quesadillas are also easy and efficient to feed a big crowd. When it comes to desserts, they can be completely decadent when you go with churros or Mexican chocolate. If you have access to someone who makes a mean tamale or tortillas from scratch, you’ve gone above and beyond.

String Papel Picado and Use Mexican Blankets as Decor

A Cinco de Mayo-inspired wedding wouldn’t be the same without some papel picado banners strung across the reception area. These colorful paper flags are made with cut-outs in various imagery or design. You can also make use of traditional Mexican blankets, either as tablecloths or to keep guests warm in the evening. Traditional woven welcome baskets can be put at the entrance of your ceremony or reception filled with programs or fans.

Offer a Variety of Tequila and Mexican Beer

A tray of tequila shots surrounded by cacti at a Cinco de Mayo-inspired wedding reception.

Of course, the most popular Cinco de Mayo drinks are margaritas. Straight tequila and Mexican beer are the perfect accents, as well. Mexican beer like Dos Equis and Corona can be served in bottles. Add a handful of limes and you’ve got the best Cinco de Mayo wedding drinks.

Hang a Piñata to Entertain the Kids

A piñata can be incorporated into your wedding in many ways. A big piñata filled with candy provides a fun game in the midst of the dancing and dining, especially if you want something fun for kids to participate in. Use mini piñatas to decorate tables or as favors. The options are endless as long as you have a colorful creation.

Use Maracas at the Reception

Maracas can be used for so many fun things at your Cinco de Mayo wedding. They make the perfect little wedding favors for guests to take at the end of the night. Place a pair at each seat at the reception and asks guests to give them a shake for a kiss instead of the traditional clinking of the glasses. Or, instead of throwing rice at the end of the night, guests can shake their maracas as you run to your car.

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