A Colonial Mexican Wedding

Growing up in a small colonial town in San Luis Potosí­, Mexico, I have  such fond memories of my fair share of “bodas a la Mexicana”. I love Mexican styled weddings as they are packed with tradition, delicious food, and festive music and decorations.

I wanted to make my first Mexico inspired wedding board very rustic and colonial, since that’s the way I remember them being in the area I grew up in. If your guy can pull off dressing up in a ”charro” suit, all the better!

The setting of your ceremony and reception is very important for a Mexican style wedding. Search for an old mission-style church in your area for the ceremony, and a hacienda or a Spanish-style home or hall for the reception. If you want the real deal, make it a destination wedding and go to a central Mexico spot like San Luis Potosí­, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende or Zacatecas and experience your special day in a real hacienda!

The Mariachi or trio band should never be forgotten in a Mexican wedding celebration, as it is the moment everyone waits for.  A burro in festive regalia is sometimes used to carry drinks for guests–such as tequila or champagne–as it leads the procession from the ceremony to the reception. What a way to start the fiesta!

Mexican Wedding Inspiration Colonial and Rustic
{Photo Credits: Doily Wedding Cake from Marta’s Cakes in Manila, Philippines via SkysCraperCity.com, Singer Alejandro Fernandez in Charro Suit by Charros de Mexico Blog, San Miguel de Allende Hacienda “Las Trancas” by Elizabeth Medina Photography, Silk Folding Hand Fan by Wedding-Supplier.com,
Wedding Ring with Orange Tree Branch & Mexican Fire Opal by TheMuses at Flickr, All-Female “Mariachi Divas” from Malibu, CA by Elizabeth Messina Photography via Brides.com, Wedding Gown Collection Spring 2008 by Oscar de la Renta, Talavera Plate with Sunburst Orange Napkin by Mishka Designs’ Blog, Mexican Wedding Cookies by Oven Haven’s Blog, A Burro {Donkey} Carrying Tequila for Guests by Jim Bastardo via Brides.com, Traditional Mexican Folklore Dance via Hacienda Las Trancas, Tequila Bar via ProjectWedding.com Photo by Victor Sizemore Photography}

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Loves shabby chic design, pretty details, and working with colors. Unwinds restoring antique furniture. Founder & CEO of Mediasoft Technologies, Inc. & WedShare.com, and author of "e-Plan Your Wedding". Check out my blog for more inspiration.


  1. avatar alex marie says:

    This is exactly what an authentic old style mexican wedding should be! Thanks for the post!!!

  2. What a great wedding inspiration board. I was looking for something like this for my own wedding. Great Job!

  3. avatar Yvette says:

    LOVE it!!! Makes me want to get married all over again ;)

  4. avatar Claudia Villegas says:

    That is Amazing, I am also from San Luis Potosi !!!!
    Great work :)


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