Hacienda weddings embrace the Spanish and Mexican-influenced style that is very popular in the southern California region. San Diego, in particular, is the perfect setting for a fiesta themed wedding. With so much of this latin flair in the architecture, food, and decor of this border town, we've decided to highlight our favorite Spanish style venue here, and how to host the perfect fiesta themed wedding celebration!
Situated in the prestigious Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, the Hacienda Loma is a Spanish influenced historic Estate. Built in the 1920’s this home is quintessentially “San Diego” in style. Located just one block from the famous Sunset Cliffs, you’ll enjoy ocean views and breezes. If you have a small wedding party, you can even obtain a permit to host your ceremony at Sunset Cliffs for an even closer waterfront celebration!
You’ll see the south-of-the-border flair in the architecture and accents throughout the property. From delightful archways to incredible tile work, the estate truly embraces what makes this style home special. Event areas include grassy green lawns for a wedding reception and a pool area just begging to host a cocktail party.
Save the Dates/Invitations
To set the right tone of your wedding, you'll want to select the perfect Save the Date cards and Invitations. From cacti and succulents to papel picado influenced cards, you'll certainly have a lot of choices to complement your fiesta themed wedding reception.
Crepe paper flowers can be a quick and easy way of decorating your ceremony space. There are plenty of tutorials on Pinterest to get you started, and they look fantastic in photographs.
This stunning punched paper can be strung up above your dance floor or dining area. Mixed with market lighting and colorful lanterns, this look is sure to wow your guests!
Table Place Cards
La Loteria cards are certainly some of the most iconic Mexican images that you might think of. Create table place cards or escort cards from the cards or create your own using the same style.
Using traditional Mexican fabrics for table runners and napkin holders not only adds color and dimension to the dining table, but also supports local artists and their craft. Folk Project creates custom pieces from these traditional Guatemalan fabrics, including the ones below.
Succulents, cacti and colorful bouquets will add a bit of latin flavor to every tablescape.
Use tile house numbers to create your table numbers.
Other decor details
These spray painted rubber welcome mats look a bit like papel picado, don't you think? They will have the greatest impact if placed all together, but will look great on their own as well. Place them around your venue's entrances or near the buffet for an extra pop of color.
Food & Drink
Gourmet tacos and Mexican food stations are the perfect way to feed your guests. They can create their own tacos with a choice of both vegetarian and meat options. A salsa bar is a fun way to add some kick to your tacos too.
Margaritas or anything tequila or mezcal-based are obvious choices for alcoholic beverages. For the non-drinkers or those that want to try something a little different, aguas frescas in large glass jugs are tasty options. From horchata to tamarindo, your guests will want to try them all!
Some of my favorite favor ideas to complete the fiesta theme are bottles of Jarritos Mexican soda, custom hot sauce bottles, and potted succulents.
Hiring a traditional Mexican mariachi band is the perfect way to get your guests smiling and dancing throughout cocktail hour.
From wedding cakes to cookies, we have a few great ideas for wedding desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sugar skull cookies are a great way to add a dash of dia de los muertos into your wedding style. Wedding cakes with colorful ribbons of frosting mimicking the tissue paper on a piñata, or papel picado, is another great choice!
What ideas are you incorporating into your fiesta themed wedding?
What is your favorite hacienda style venue?
For more fiesta wedding ideas at the Hacienda Loma in San Diego, be sure to check out this real life wedding!