Thursday, October 14, 2010

31 Days of Hallowedding Inspiration #14: Dia de Los Muertos Wedding

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead (for those of us who are uni-lingual), is a Central and South American celebration in honor of those who have departed. Unlike Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos is happy and celebratory, not somber and frightful. People come together to celebrate, remember and honor those who have passed on, and is often celebrated by dressing like skeletons, making altars and placing offerings of food, playing music, and decorating cemeteries. These sugar skulls are commonly served. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2. The colors in the celebration are bright and vibrant. You can find out more about Dia de Los Muertos here, here, and here.

1. Couple in cemetery
2. Banner
3. Poms
4. Bride & Groom pinata
5. Placecard holder
6. invitation from Alan Valek
7. Cake with skeleton cake topper
8. Gift Table

Some things you can do to honor the loved ones in your life that are at your wedding in spirit:
Dedication: A few (or many) words on the people who are important to you in the program or in a toast
A song of dedication during the reception or ceremony
Memorial Candles: A candle with each person's name or photo you'd like to honor.
A photo table or small picture charms: A table with photos, or small photo charms hanging from a clothesline

1. Skulls
2. Candles for the departed
3. Marigold bouquet
4. Skeleton Couple illustration
5. Flower hairpiece with skull
6. Champagne flutes
7. Skulls & marigolds
8. Maracas

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