20 Latino-Inspired Wedding Ideas You’ll Love
If you’re planning a wedding or just want some inspiration for your big day, the best way to make it unforgettable is by adding themes that speak to you, your partner, and your guests. By adding a few personal touches and nostalgic pieces to your decorations, your wedding is sure to be a favorite.
To help you with wedding decor ideas, we rounded up 20 Latino-inspired ideas. It will add flair and personality to your ceremony and reception. From a tequila bar to Lotería table card decorations, we’ve got you and your family covered.
1. Talavera Tile Table Numbers
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Spice up your decorations by adding cute talavera tile table numbers. Instead of using cardstock paper to print out each number, write it down on the handmade Mexican tile. It will add charm and personality to your decor. Your family members will definitely want to take these centerpieces home.
2. Agua Fresca Stand
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Since most weddings now offer a cocktail hour (this usually takes place during the bride and groom’s portraits), why not throw in an agua fresca stand for your guests? It’s perfect for kids and adults who don’t want to party too hard.
3. Churro Bar
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Set up a churro bar next to your cake or have it displayed during cocktail hour. Guests can mingle while enjoying the beloved dessert. Trust us, if you have a churro bar at your wedding, it will go down in history.
4. Tequila Bar
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Would this list be complete without offering a tequila bar? We don’t think so. During cocktail hour, have a specific stand to display all of the glorious tequilas. You can make it more personalized by having your bartender create signature drinks for the bride and groom. Blushing bride, anyone?
5. Used Cans As Table Setting
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If your wedding has a chic, rustic vibe, you’ll love this idea. Instead of having glass vases, put your bouquets in used cans like our abuelitas used to do. Yes, really. Similar to the mason jar trend, you can put flowers or succulents into used bottles and cans, like Tapatio, El Pato, etc. They can be part of your table decorations.
6. Cafecito Wedding Favors
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Coffee is life, that’s just a fact, but that rings even truer in the Latinx community. For your guests, hand out coffee beans wrapped in burlap sacks as a party favor. You can even throw in a cute note, something cheesy like, “our love is brewing” or “I love you a latte.” Your guests will eat it up — or shall we say, drink it up.
7. Colorful Fiesta Wedding Cake
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If you don’t want to get too crazy with your decorations, have a little fun with your cake. Throw in a fiesta-themed design to make it unique and special to you and your heritage. Since most of your guests will eat the cake, you don’t have to worry about it messing with the rest of your wedding decor.
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Piñatas are a birthday party essential, but this doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the happiest day of your life with one. There are different wedding styles that exist, you can even have one made to look like a cake topper. Fill it with candy or party favors. You decide.
9. Loteria Cards Table Decoration
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Up your game, quite literally, and add Loteria cards to each table as a fun decoration. You can use this idea three ways. First, add a Loteria game card to each seat that way your guests can play while they wait for the bride and groom to finish up their portraits. Second, use the cards as the table seating chart. If you’re having your girlfriends sit together, then your guests can look for the “La Dama” card. Lastly, use the Loteria cards as a fun centerpiece. Throw it in your flowers or succulents to add some flair.
10. Latina-Inspired Wedding Dress
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For brides, you can easily celebrate your heritage by wearing a bridal dress that captures the essence of your culture. Whether your dress features bold prints, big ruffles, special embroidery or a pop of color, you can show your Latino pride with your gown.
11. Day of the Dead-Themed Wedding
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Literally, make the themed for your wedding Day of the Dead. Especially if you plan to get married in the fall, this theme will hit the nail on the coffin (we had to). It’s a unique way to incorporate your culture into your wedding.
12. Mariachi-Inspired Suit
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Like the bride, the groom can honor his roots by wearing a suit that highlights his roots. You can dress like Mr. Worldwide in a sleek suit that resembles the singer, throw on a Mariachi suit to show off your Mexican roots, or throw it way back and rock a Zoot suit. Even for the groom, the options are endless.
13. Maracas Send-Off Party Favors
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Instead of guests sending off the bride and groom with sparklers or white rice, give them maracas to shake. Get creative and personalize each one that way your guests can have a cute keepsake. Even better? Write a little note letting your guests know when to shake them.
14. Wedding Card Box
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It’s inevitable that you’ll receive a bunch of cards (filled with honeymoon money, we hope), but instead of having them scattered on a table, make your guests drop them in a Latino-inspired wedding card box. For example, Jennette Zitani created a Havana-themed card box, and it’s truly remarkable. Something like this will add character and charm to your gift table.
15. Candy Bar
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In the south, groom’s cakes are popular. The groom gets to pick their own cake aside from the main one. It’s usually something sporty or geeky. But we digress. Rather than having a groom’s cake, create a candy bar that includes your childhood favorites. We’re talking Rebanditas watermelon lollipops, De la Rosa caramel candy, Bocaditos de Ajonjoli, etc.
16. Cigar Bar
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Add some recreational activities to your cocktail hour with a cigar bar. This will be the highlight of your tíos and abuelitos night. Trust us, a cigar bar will be their favorite part of your wedding (jk, kind of). Either way, guests can relax, mingle, and enjoy each other’s company while the bride and groom take romantic pictures.
17. Cuban-Inspired Dessert Table
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Similar to the candy bar, you can offer guests Cuban-inspired desserts during or after the cake is served. This will not only be a sweet treat, but your guests will appreciate the sentiment and meaningful gesture.
18. Arroz Con Leche
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When you serve the cake, throw in an arroz con leche option as well. Especially if you plan on having a fall or winter wedding, your guests will appreciate (and enjoy!) this delicious dessert.
19. Succulent Wall
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More recently, brides and grooms are opting for photo walls rather than photobooth. Instead of copying every other theme with a flower background, make it a succulent wall. It’s a subtle nod to your background yet it’s totally on-trend. Succulents are all the rage right now, so you can make your wedding modern but with a Latino twist.
20. Mariachi Band
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If you’re Mexican, this is usually a standard thing to see or to have at a wedding. But if you’re unfamiliar and want to incorporate “gritos” and have some drunk, we mean, romantic music played during the reception, a Mariachi band is the way to go.
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