A marriage is about more than just tying the knot. It’s about showing where you come from, who you are, and what makes that worth celebrating! So, what better way to make your wedding special than to show off your Latino heritage on your BIG day?

But maybe you don’t know how to do that, or maybe you want some additional ideas. The good news is that’s exactly what I’ve come up with for you today. Whatever you decide though, my only hope is that you have an amazing wedding and a great marriage after. 

Now, let’s get to some ways to incorporate your Latino heritage into your wedding.

7 Ways To Incorporate Your Heritage Into Your Wedding

For this list, I wanted to give you as much information as possible. I know not everyone knows about all of these things below, so I tried to keep that in mind while writing about them. Feel free to use whatever ones you want to make your dream wedding come to life!

#1 - Show Off Your Heritage With A Dreamy Vestida De Bodas

Okay, let’s start with one of the most important things in any wedding: the wedding gown or la vestida de bodas. You probably already have an idea of what you want your dress to be like. But if you want to give it a hint of your Latino heritage, don’t be afraid to go all out on the lace details or add ruffles at the hem!

Close-up shot of bride putting on her earring captured by Corazon Photography
Bride smiles as she looks at her reflection on the mirror shot by Melina Garcia

A lot of wedding dresses bringing in their Latino heritage come in figure-accentuating, dreamy designs, usually with a delicate train. So, adding a long, scallop-trimmed lace veil will give it all a nice traditional Latino finish.

Sleeveless designs are also way more common these days, but if you want to go for a safer look, you can go with a dress that has lace sleeves. By the way, here’s a pro tip for you: you can opt for detachable sleeves, so you can simply remove them for the reception, and there it is! You have a second look.

#2 - Plan Your Wedding Theme Latino Style

Playing around with the theme and decor is one of the most FUN ways to incorporate your Latino heritage into your wedding. You can make it as subtle or as out there as you want, whether you’re going for a boho, minimalist, rustic, or modern theme. 

Still not sure what to do? Here are some decor ideas for you!

Ways To Incorporate Your Latino Heritage Into Your Wedding. Wedding guests at the wedding reception.

Colorful Textiles

You can use colorful textiles to show off your Latino heritage in the wedding theme and decor. For the reception, you can go for table runners that come in the colors of your country’s flag, for example. It’s a really fun way to honor your Latino heritage.

Wedding ceremony venue with rows of chairs facing the altar taken by Melina Garcia

Papeles Picados

This is a cool one right here. Give your wedding reception a fiesta vibe by hanging papeles picados or paper decorations. These can be as vibrant, muted, or neutral as you want to fit the theme you’re going for. There are lots of options!

Colorful Flowers

It definitely isn’t a Latino wedding if it isn’t vibrant and colorful. And one of the ways to show off your Latino heritage during your big day is to deck out your ceremony and reception venues with colorful flowers. Pick out your favorite blooms and feature them on the aisle and dinner tables for an elegant and romantic feel.

#3 - Don’t Forget The Padrinos

A Latino wedding must have its padrinos or godparents. The padrinos play an important part and not just during the wedding ceremony either! They are chosen by the happy couple to help them keep their marriage strong when the wedding excitement has faded.

Wedding guests raising their glasses and smiling at the camera captured by Corazon Photography

Padrinos can also be called wedding sponsors, and that’s because as part of the Latino heritage they traditionally sponsor certain parts of the wedding by buying the marriage coins and the wedding lasso. In a lot of modern weddings though, the couple buys these themselves. 

Still, godparents are great to have around not only because it’s a gesture of respect towards family and close friends but also because (let’s admit it) they usually give big wedding gifts! Who doesn’t want that?

#4 - Do The 13 Coins Ritual

This is another cool part of Latino heritage! Here the groom gives his bride las arras or the marriage coins. It’s a symbol of the husband taking on the responsibility to provide for his wife and support their family. It’s so amazing!

Oh, and in some Latin American countries, the giving of the coins also symbolizes Jesus and his 12 apostles. The groom gives the coins to his bride to show that God will be at the center of their marriage.

#5 - Bring In The Lazo To Symbolize The Union

Another Latino wedding tradition is the joining of the bride and groom with el lazo. It symbolizes the amazing bond between husband and wife. This ritual is a great way to incorporate your Latino heritage into the wedding as it has been around for generations. It’s also a pleasant reminder to young couples that they’re in for the long haul. If you’re Catholic, you can create a wedding lasso using rosary beads, but it can also be made using a lace or silk cord.

Bride and groom standing before the officiant at their Latino heritage wedding

#6 - Get Your Guests In A Party Mood With A Mariachi Band

Nothing sets the mood at a wedding party like good music. And for that, you can bring in your favorite mariachi band to do the job. From sweet ballads to fiesta music, you can count on them to get your guests dancing or singing.

If you want to keep the reception jumping, have the drinks served while the band plays. Nothing beats a good mix of those two!

Close-up shot of men playing trumpets at wedding reception taken by Melina Garcia

#7 - Turn Up The Party Energy At La Hora Loca

If you want to turn up the wedding festivities up even more, why not give your guests a unique party experience with la hora loca, which literally means “the crazy hour.” This is usually a party within a party that lasts about an hour, where guests can put on crazy costumes, enjoy their drinks, and dance like there’s no tomorrow.

Ways to Incorporate Your Latino Heritage into Your Wedding. Wedding guests having fun while dancing at wedding reception

It’s a fun way to show off your Latino heritage while ensuring everyone has a time they won’t soon forget. So, prepare to dance until you can’t feel your feet and watch everyone get their groove on! This is definitely a unique wedding party experience that even non-Latino guests will surely enjoy.

Conclusion: 7 Ways To Incorporate Your Latino Heritage Into Your Wedding

Weddings that proudly showcase the couple’s Latino heritage are always an experience. There are big celebrations, lots of food and drinks, endless dancing, and laughter all around.

All those special moments require a photographer who knows what to look for though. Thankfully, you’ve found one right here! 

Don’t believe me? Take a peek at my portfolio to see the beautiful weddings that I’ve worked on so far. When you’re finished, let’s get in touch

I’m excited to make your wedding memories last!


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