DIY Dia de los Muertos Wedding Photoshoot

When I got an e-mail from Kio Kreations‘ Kristen saying that she and a bunch of indie wedding vendors had put together a Dia de los Muertos wedding photo shoot, I knew I just had to take a look at the pics. I’m glad I did because it’s a wonderfully styled pictorial with tons of handmade details that I know you DIY brides looking for an alternative wedding theme will get much inspiration from.

Dia de los Muertos wedding bride

day of the dead wedding cake

day of the dead wedding bouquet

The photo session was held in mid-June of this year and it was Kristen and Ariela of RBK Creations who came up with the concept. Luckily all the talented vendors involved got on board with it (be sure to check out the vendor list at the bottom of this post). Anyway, I’m shutting up now and letting Kristen tell you more about it alongside gorgeous photos taken by Caitlin of Hazelton Photography.

This wedding puts a fun spin on The Day of the Dead (also known as Dia De Los Muertos), which is in the simplest of terms, a celebration of life and death. We thought that celebrating the idea of “Til Death Do Us Part” by incorporating bright festive colors, fun skull imagery, and some nods to some of Tim Burton’s best movies (i.e. Beetlejuice, A Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride) would make for one heck of a wedding. (And we also did a bunch of great DIY projects along the way!)

Dia de los Muertos wedding decorations

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For the ceremony, we designed our own unique unity candle set using color-drip taper candles and adding a skull-button felt flower, ribbon and wire wrap around our pillar candle. We let the color-drip candles burn down a bit to get the desired color-bleed effect we were going for. The candles were all put in a set of matching candlestick holders and a black pedestal urn that we found just found at a thrift store. This whole Unity Candle set cost less than $15 to make!

DIY Day of the Dead Wedding Dia de los Muertos bridal bouquet

The bridal bouquet was a bright, textural masterpiece that contained orange freesia, magenta peonies, green hypericum berries, blue delphinium, orange pin cushion protea, burgundy Hocus Pocus roses, orange spray roses and some colorful hand-embroidered felt button flowers. We pulled from this flower assortment in putting together the small centerpieces and accents around the reception space.

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 For the reception décor consisted of a multitude of fun, bright flowers and textures. To add some height, we used the wrought iron panels that the venue had and added votives and flowers to them. We also made some tissue paper flowers using the tutorial found on 100layercake and placed them around the space.

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dia de los muertos wedding place setting

BONUS: This Maze is included as a free download!

We also found an awesome, hand-cut Mexican party banner on Luna Bazaar that we hung behind our guest tables. The guest tables were covered with bright linens and multicolored napkins. Each placesetting was marked with a colored “Til Death Do Us Part” Maze that functioned as both a placemat and fun activity for guests. 

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dia de los muertos wedding table centerpiece

*A tutorial on how to make these succulent centerpieces will be posted in the next entry!

The tables had 2 styles of centerpieces, including a mixture of colored glass vases filled with colorful fresh flowers and button flowers that were surrounded by colored glass votives. The other style was a large dish garden of succulent plants and colored glass gems with a felt button flower accent. We also used some $1 thrift store fiestaware as planters for single succulent plants. They were the perfect accent pieces! The colorful glasses and votives we found for the floral centerpieces on Luna Bazaar. These were very inexpensive so we were fine with the guests taking them home after the reception.

Dia de los Muertos wedding photobooth dia de los muertos wedding props

To add to the fun of the event, we made a faux-photo booth by attaching some of our tissue paper flowers to colored tablecloths to create the backdrop and made some cardboard mustaches and Spanish sayings in talk bubbles on sticks for props. The bride and her guests had a blast using these silly props. We worked with the photographer to make the series of photos taken in front of our backdrop into fun photo strips for the guests.

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Perhaps our favorite detail of the day was the awesome “wedding cake” which was really a cake-shaped display of cake pops with a totally fun Dia De Los Muertos topper on top. The topper consisted of 2 pieces: a wooden base with felt button flowers surrounding a pair of hand-painted skull peg-people and a tissue paper flag banner on wooden skewers that poked easily into the cake and really made it look like a little celebration. The cake pops were red velvet flavored and some were even shaped like skulls! Red velvet cupcakes with felt button flower toppers (which we added) filled out the bottom of the cake display along with some votive candles. The cake pops and cupcakes were literally to-die-for!

We loved how this Dia De Los Muertos Wedding turned out—it was the perfect mix of skulls, bright colors & one-of-a-kind details!

dia de los muertos wedding mustache

dia de los muertos wedding cupcake

I do love how it turned out too! It seems like everyone involved had fun and it shows in how all the elements were presented with such great care and attention to detail. Kristen was kind enough to share instructions for making the succulent table centerpiece too so watch out for it in an upcoming post.

VENDORS: Photographer: Hazelton Photography
Venue: Riverside Receptions
Felt Button flowers, Button Stems, Cake Topper, Tissue Paper Flowers: RBK Creations
Flowers, Decor, Cake Topper, Dish Garden, Photo booth Props, Maze: Kio Kreations
Styling: Kio Kreations   & RBK Creations
Cake Pops & Cupcakes: Lillycakes
Hair & Makeup: Blend Beauty
Linens: The Chair Couture
Attire: The Crystal Bride

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring this today Cynthia! We are glad you enjoyed it as much as we did!

  2. Thank you so much for posting this shoot. We definitely had a great time with it! It was really a dream team of vendors! And it isn’t every day you get to work with such great colors!

  3. Thank you for sharing your awesome work to our readers, Kristen and Ariela! As I told Kristen, the hardest part for me was choosing what photos to show because all of them looked fantastic. As you can see I ended up posting almost all of it 😉

  4. Well put together!! Great job Kristen and Ariela. Its too bad I wasn’t there to experience it with you all but at least my linens did my work for me. 🙂

  5. Where did you find the candles with the raised dots all over them? I have two orange ones from a long time ago and would love to have a bunch more for my wedding in a couple weeks but can’t remember where I found them! Thanks!

  6. your website is very beautiful.i belive love . tank you. but where is the groom in this page????

  7. @Masi -thanks for the kind words about my site! 🙂 It’s a styled shoot — not an actual wedding. The creative team didn’t feature a groom and focused on showing recommendations on how to style/decorate this particular wedding theme.

  8. Hello, Beautiful beautiful!! I am planning a real day of the dead wedding. Where can I download the maze place mats? thanks

  9. @Maria you can download them on the “freebies” page! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. This has got to be the most amazingly beautiful and vibrant wedding I have ever seen! It’s such a shame it’s not a real one (though it took me a while to realise it wasn’t). The style is so unique and the designs are beyond brilliant! I’ve looked at A LOT of wedding photos lately to get some fun ideas (I’m getting married in March 2015 and I’m preparing now) and none of the weddings I’ve seen have have drawn my attention anywhere near as much as this one has. It has a truly magical feel and I’m sure it will inspire many people. The photos are amazing and capture the fun and beauty so well!!

  11. there isn’t a single picture of the groom??

  12. @Nissa — Thank you so much for your feedback, I’m so glad that this shoot inspired you! 😀

    @me — it’s a styled shoot, not a real wedding. They didn’t have a male model. 🙂

  13. Where did you get the cake toppers? I’m getting marries in June and need seething just like that

  14. I am planning a Dia De los Muertos wedding for November,I would love the felt skull flowers for my bouquet and centerpieces, where can I get them?


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