Listen up, all you soon-to-be-wed ghouls and gals!
Are you ready to throw the most spook-tacular, jaw-dropping, non-traditional wedding of the century?
Then look no further!
This is the definitive guide to planning an absolutely unforgettable Day of the Dead Wedding extravaganza that’ll have your guests laughing, celebrating, and maybe even questioning their place in the universe - just like any good wedding should!
So, forget those boring ceremonies by the beach, or those cringe-worthy rustic-chic barn weddings; we're about to take you on a journey into the decadent world of love, humor, and all things morbid.
Let’s dive into the five main elements of your magnificent Day of the Dead Wedding, shall we?
Pre-wedding Celebrations: Because Every Skull Deserves a Party Hat
Engagement Photoshoot: For this memorable and living-dead-themed session, choose a dark but elegant location like a romantic, abandoned mausoleum or a historic cemetery with fabulous tombstones. And remember, don't be afraid to play with skulls, flowers, and share a bone-chilling laugh for the camera!
Save The Dates: Your guests need to mark their calendars for the main event, so why not send them customized coffin-shaped invitations with elegant calligraphy, a skeleton-shaped invitation, or even better, skull-shaped chocolates engraved with the gory details?
Trust us, they'll never forget to save the date!
Attire: Dress to Impress (or Distress)
Bride: Think sleek and dark, with a touch of mystique. A black or deep red wedding gown with intricate lace detailing, coupled with a complementary veil adorned with glittering spiderwebs or a crown of gorgeous, deep-hued roses.
Groom: No more Mr. Nice Groom. Ditch the traditional tux and opt for a dapper black suit with a skull-printed dress shirt or tie. Feeling extra bold? Add a ghostly splash of color with a velvet cape!
Wedding Party: Encourage your bridesmaids and groomsmen to rock their own take on the Day of the Dead theme, whether that means donning skeleton-printed dresses and accessories or adding spooky touches to their traditional attire. Just make sure they don't outshine the bride and groom!
Flowers and Decorations: Tie the (Hangman’s) Knot with Style
Altar: Recreate an otherworldly cemetery scene by adorning your wedding altar with Gothic-inspired elements such as wrought iron gates, lush floral arrangements, and flickering candelabras.
Pro Tip: A skull-shaped unity candle adds the perfect touch of dark romance to your ceremony.
Reception: Continue the hauntingly beautiful theme with macabre table settings that combine elegance and humor. Think glittering black tablecloths, elaborate candelabras, and plates with painted skulls nestled alongside exquisite centerpieces that feature your favorite gloomy flowers.
Personal Touches: Add elements from the traditional Day of the Dead celebrations, like a lovingly crafted "Ofrenda" with pictures of lost loved ones, or personalized sugar skull wedding favors that’ll give your guests a bittersweet reminder of your special day!
Food and Drinks: A Feast for the Dead
A Day of the Dead wedding is a celebration of life, love, and remembrance.
Here are some traditional Mexican dishes and beverages that are often served at a Day of the Dead wedding:
- Tamales: Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish made of masa (a type of corn dough) and stuffed with various fillings such as chicken, pork, beef, or cheese.
- Mole: Mole is a rich and flavorful sauce made with ingredients such as chiles, nuts, seeds, and chocolate. It is commonly served over chicken or pork.
- Enchiladas: Enchiladas are tortillas stuffed with meat, cheese, and/or vegetables and covered in a sauce made from tomatoes and chile peppers.
- Pan de Muerto: Pan de Muerto, or "Bread of the Dead," is a sweet bread typically eaten during Day of the Dead festivities. It's often shaped like a skull or bones and decorated with sugar.
- Aguas Frescas: Aguas frescas are refreshing fruit drinks made with water, sugar, and fresh fruit such as lime, watermelon, or hibiscus.
- Tequila: Tequila is Mexico's national spirit and is often served at Day of the Dead celebrations. It's made from the blue agave plant and can be enjoyed straight or in cocktails like margaritas.
- Mexican Hot Chocolate: Mexican Hot Chocolate is made with milk combined with chocolate, cinnamon, and occasionally other spices. It's a comforting and warming beverage that's perfect for a fall wedding celebration.
I love everything on this menu!
These are just a few examples of the foods and drinks that would be fitting for a Day of the Dead wedding.
Note: It's important to remember that every family and region in Mexico has their own unique traditions and recipes for the Day of the Dead celebration.
Ceremony, Customs, and Traditions
A Day of the Dead wedding combines the ancient Aztec and Catholic traditions of Mexico.
It is a time when families come together to honor deceased loved ones who, according to tradition, return to the living world for a brief time.
Here are some customs and traditions often associated with Day of the Dead weddings:
A traditional Day of the Dead wedding ceremony typically includes a variety of rituals that honor the couple's ancestors and symbolize the couple's commitment to each other. One common custom is the use of a "lazo" or wedding lasso which is draped over the shoulders of the bride and groom, symbolizing the unity created by their marriage. Other customs may include the exchange of vows and rings, and the breaking of a piñata filled with wedding favors.
One of the most important customs associated with the Day of the Dead is the construction of an altar, known as an "ofrenda" or offering. The ofrenda is typically decorated with candles, flowers, and photos of deceased loved ones. The bride and groom may choose to incorporate wedding photos of their deceased relatives into the ofrenda to pay tribute to their loved ones on their special day. The couple may also offer favorite foods and drinks of their loved ones, and other mementos on the altar.
The Day of the Dead wedding celebration often includes festivities that last for several days, starting with "El Día de los Angelitos," or "Day of the Little Angels," which is celebrated on November 1st. This day is dedicated to the souls of children who have passed away. The celebration continues on November 2nd with "El Día de los Muertos," or "Day of the Dead," which is dedicated to the memory of adult family members and friends who have died.
Throughout the celebration, mariachi bands, traditional music, and colorful flower parades known as "calendas" are common sights in the streets.
Family members and friends gather to enjoy traditional foods such as tamales, mole, and pan de Muerto, and to remember loved ones who have passed away with stories and remembrance.
A Day of the Dead Wedding
Is a unique and special occasion that honors the rich cultural heritage and traditions of Mexico. It is a celebration of love and life that pays tribute to the memories of loved ones who have passed away.
The customs and traditions associated with Day of the Dead weddings are a beautiful way to bring together family and friends (living and departed) to celebrate love and those getting married and remember those who have already departed.
Still need some help planning the perfect Day of the Dead Wedding? Check out this list below!
Day of the Dead Wedding Buyer's Guide
- Skull - Fox Scull
- Black Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress
- Black and Champagne Lace Gothic Wedding Dress
- Red Ruffles Plunge V Neck Backless Wedding Dress
- Spanish Style Lace Traditional Vintage Inspired Infinity Shape Mantilla Veil
- Red Rose Crown Floral Headpiece
- Van Heusen Men's Regular Fit Suit
- Skull and Crossbones Men's tie
- Skull and Crossbones Skinny Tie with Pocket Square and Bow tie
- Velvet Renaissance Medieval Cloak Cape Lined with Satin
- Antique Red and Black Gothic Skulls Wedding Invitations
- Black Flameless 8'' Battery Powered Candles with Remote and Timer & Candlestick.
- Luminara Large Skull Unity Candle - Black
- Centerpiece Black Hand Love Heart Gesture
- Skeleton Couple Dinnerware
- El Dia de Los Muertos Ofrenda /Altar Classic Kit
- Till Death Do Us Part Cake Topper
- Marigold Garland
- Aguas Frescas
- Mexican Hot Chocolate