Sugar skulls, succulents, and lanterns abound at this Dia de los Muertos wedding (with bonus GROOT CAKE!)

Arlene and Jared have always wanted to get married in the fall as it’s their perfect weather in Northern California. They're also fully into all things Halloween, their Mexican culture, Dia de los Muertos, and sugar skulls, so this theme was a no-brainer. They chose a restaurant with authentic and fresh Mexican food and decor, Milagros Cantina, which meant decorating was far easier. But a few skulls, lanterns, terracotta pots, and succulents made an appearance. Jared’s brother Rian helped out by hiring a few of his music students to be our string quartet for the ceremony. Let's peek at this Dia de los Muertos wedding in Redwood City, California.


Bind two souls for eternity: Our short Halloween wedding ceremony script

Although I did not grow up with a heritage which embraces Dia de Los Muertos, I always felt like Halloween is truly a day when the veil between this world and the next is its thinnest. I also believe in eternal marriage — that is that a marriage can bind two souls for eternity instead of "til death." While my husband is atheist, and I currently don't identify with a specific religion, my husband was extremely willing to let me create a Halloween wedding ceremony script that would include some spiritual undertones.


Mariachi, glitter skulls, and limbo at Erin & Ryan's Dia de los Muertos wedding

Glitter skulls, a mariachi band (just like the bride's parents had), a now-traditional limbo competition, and tons of colorful paper flower decor make this Dia de los Muertos wedding a must-see. You won't want to miss how the bride turned the first look on it's head. It's absolutely an idea you'll want to steal. Wait until you see what the couple did instead of a first dance: think a wedding-wide game of Cards Against Humanity!


Rockabilly meets a hint of Dia de los Muertos at a '50s-inspired San Diego wedding

When great themes collide, you get the awesomeness that is Jhosmara and Chris' 1950s, tattooed rock 'n' roll wedding! They exchanged vows at the deliciously mid-century Lafayette Hotel last November. The celebration showcased Jo and Chris' affinity for tattoos and '50s rock and roll, as well as a nod to Jhosmara's heritage with calavera dolls and sugar skulls on a fabulous turquoise cake.