Board #356 | Fiesta Means Party! (Budget Friendly #19)

If you’re trying to include a large number of guests without breaking the bank, take a cue from Donia and David and hire your favorite local taco truck to cater – they were able to host a wedding with 300 guests for under $8000! I used that as the jumping off point for this fiesta-inspired wedding board, but there are other cost-effective ways to feed your guests: a crawfish boil, barbecue, or even a soup and bread bowl buffet are all delicious options.

Mood: casually festive
Palette: watermelon pink, citrus yellow, lime green, white

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Top row from left: papeles picados from Brides, bouquet photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, Mexican wedding cookies from Martha Stewart Weddings, taco truck
Row 2: fans photo by Elizabeth Messina, tacos from Beth Helmstetter, mariachi band from Brides, sandals from J.Crew
Row 3: Kay Unger dress from Neiman Marcus, Mexican loterĂ­a cards, watermelon from Martha Stewart, fruit skewers from Martha Stewart
Row 4: ring dishes by Paloma’s Nest, watermelon margaritas from Domino, invitation by Hello! Lucky

The Paper: Even if you’re working with a smaller budget, beautiful invitations are still an option. Hello! Lucky has recently started offering a number of their designs in a digital print option (the one I’ve included in this board is only $2.21 when you order 150), Milkmaid Press has just launched a more affordable line, Pearl Press, and Wedding Paper Divas offers affordable styles by some of my favorite designers.

The Fashion: If you’re considering a non-white dress for your wedding, you’ll find plenty of gorgeous designer options for far less than you’d pay for a designer wedding gown (why do they do that!?). This coral number by Kay Unger is $480, and fits perfectly with the bright, festive mood of this inspiration board. Pair it with some gold sandals (starting at $39.50 from J.Crew) and you’re all set!

The Decor: At just $12.50 for 18 feet, traditional Mexican papel picado banners are a budget-friendly way to decorate an outdoor venue. In lieu of table numbers, how about loterĂ­a cards? You can find a set of 54 on Amazon for $8, or online here for free.

The Flowers: Supplement a few pitchers of flowers with seasonal fruit – and let guests know they should feel free to help themselves! For just the cost of some tissue paper, you might also make some Mexican tissue paper flowers in keeping with the fiesta theme. And if you’re going to splurge on any flowers, splurge on a lovely bouquet – it will make for some gorgeous photos!

The Food: Paying less for food doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll lose out on quality – especially if you hire a favorite local taco truck to cater the wedding! Fruit skewers that you’ve made a day ahead (with the help of friends and family of course) and baskets of tortilla chips round out this casual meal. Offer bottles of Mexican soda (Jarritos is my favorite) and beer, and maybe one signature drink such as a margarita in your favorite flavor. Skip the wedding cake in favor of Mexican wedding cookies that you (or someone who loves you very much) can bake in advance and freeze if need be.

Other Details: A custom ring dish by Paloma’s Nest will only set you back $28, and it is a lovely reminder of your wedding day – after the wedding day, use it as a bedside jewelry dish or maybe a Christmas ornament. And who knows – maybe it will become a new heirloom. If you’re holding your wedding in the middle of summer, place hand fans in each guest’s seat – at $1.25 they can double as a favor.

See the rest of Snippet & Ink’s budget-friendly inspiration boards here. What are you doing to keep your budget low?


  • Copeland Photography says:

    Nice work! What a creative collection. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas!


  • melissa says:

    Thanks! This is exactly the wedding we are trying to plan. Although a taco truck would have been a great idea…

  • Megan says:

    Thank you so much for doing another round of budget-friendly boards! Our budget is crawling closer and closer to our limit of $8,000. Last year, it seemed everything would be okay if we jumped over that line just a tad, but now it’s causing me to lose sleep! Your boards always make my day a little brighter. Thank you. You have no idea how much the feeling of escape/fantasy means to me each morning.

  • Ashley L. says:

    This is my mood in a wedding collage today! You’ve captured it! I love your collages! You’ve got some serious talent! Keep it up! :)

  • practicallymarried says:

    Love it! We’re keeping our wedding budget low by having a late evening hors d’oeuvres reception, and we’re having the rehearsal dinner at a local Mexican restaurant — great food, really great prices!!!

  • christina says:

    kathryn, i LOVE this board…we considered tacos for our food too {heck, we are in los angeles!}, but we did sandwiches instead…but this board is great!

    so relaxed and festive, i love it!

  • Worth and Chelsea says:

    You’ve captured my wedding! We’re getting married at a wildflower center in Texas with lots of limestone and bright colors… We’re introducing a little Tex-Mex flair with a fajita bar. I LOVE this board!

  • veiltales says:

    This is super helpful as I am planning a very budget friendly fiesta!

  • Costume Diva says:

    Yes! Im having a fiesta bridal shower! Im passing this on to my MOH!

  • PinkPearl says:

    Great idea! so unique, my family would go nuts for this and something I’m definitely going to think about for my wedding. Thanks for this!

  • Lizeth says:

    This is EXACTLY what i have been planning for the last year and a half for my upcoming wedding! Hilarious that you have this up!

  • Suzanne The Party Girl says:

    Here! Here! I went the Mexican route for my wedding, too! Mexican food and alter candles saved us a ton! Love your inspiration board! Too cute! Suz ;-)

  • ccornwell88 says:

    Hello! I’ve been on Jessica Strickland’s blog and I stumble upon yours and so far I love your inspiration!! I’m an aspiring photographer here in Kentucky and find that your blog gives brides or future brides-to-be fresh ideas esp. on colors and themes. I also have a blog and would love to tell my blog readers about you. Let me know if its OK. Feel free to view mine at:

    Thanks again and best wishes!!


  • Courtney says:

    I love this! thank you, I have officially chosen this as my theme for my October wedding!!!

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