Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.
|It's right in the vows, ''Til death do you part.'' Brides and grooms are adding vivid, cultural Dia de Los Muertos aspects to their wedding for a memorable occasion. We gathered some of the top ways to incorporate the sights, sounds and inspirations of this fascinating holiday in your wedding--especially if you or your betrothed are of Latino descent.
First of all, the color palette of a Dia de Los Muertos wedding is a fiesta itself. The main colors tend to be a lot of black and red, but the accent colors are vibrant and bright:
Red roses are incredibly popular as bouquets and flower crowns with inspiration from Frida Kahlo or the famous La Rosa Catrina motif. The original depiction of this grand dame of death was of an elegantly dressed female skeleton with an extravagant hat. The hat can vary from interpretation to interpretation, and for Day of the Dead weddings the hat is often replaced with a long, intricate black veil and a crown of roses. Aside from roses, marigolds are a favorite choice to incorporate in bouquets, hair adornment, boutonnieres and décor.
Following many of the same motifs as the flowers, Dia de Los Muertos wedding jewelry uses a lot of roses and florals. This is where the holiday's influence really starts to shine though with skeletons and skulls. Skull cuff links or even a bone skull necklace is perfect for the groom and his side of the bridal party, while brides have been seen wearing skeleton cameo earrings, skull beads with aluminum or polymer flowers as eyes, skeleton hands in the shape of a heart and Swarovski crystal skulls if looking for a heightened sense of glamour. The skulls depicted in jewelry can be plain, but some are images of Calaveras de azucar, or sugar skulls. The colorful and sometimes glittery skulls have heart eyes and show up just about anywhere.
Speaking of décor, there are lots of opportunities for hanging decorations at a Dia de los Muertos wedding. Oversized paper flowers--typically marigolds--adorn the altar, banquet tables, the bar, back drops of photo booths, etc. The altar is often also covered with streamers or the entire backdrop consists of Mexican papel picado banners. These are a decorative craft considered a Mexican folk art typically cut from tissue paper. Traditional themes include birds, flowers and skeletons. The banners are displayed for a range of occasions including Christmas, the Day of the Dead, weddings, quinceañeras, baptisms and more. These banners are popular motifs in invitations and even painted in icing on the wedding cake. Paper fringe garland livens up the front of banquet tables, the bar or above guest tables. No wedding would be complete without some signs, and the most common words we've spotted are, ''Love Never Dies,'' '''Til Death,'' ''Amor Eterno'' or ''Novio'' and ''Novia'' for the chairs of the groom and bride.
And, some extra details to consider:
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