Photo by Kate Uhry Photography
On the fly: on the run or in a hurry
Fete: an elaborate party (often outdoors)
Fiesta n. A festival or religious holiday, especially a saint's day celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries.
For one reason or another, you are throwing a wedding and you have just a few moths to pull it all together. Take a deep breath, and think small fiesta. Or maybe you have six months, but you just want to hold a casual unique wedding, this is the perfect plan for the non-traditional couples. First things first, scale it down to make it more manageable, and heat it up with some colorful Latin flavor.
Keep the wedding list to a minimum. This will cut down on costs, as well as make the wedding more intimate, and laid back.
Keep it outside. If you don’t have room to throw it in your backyard, find a funky reception site, (Mexican restaurant) that can hold up to 50. You can also look into holding the reception in a public park, or go beachside at a public state park. If you chose an outside site, you will need to find a Mexican restaurant or caterer that will set up something on location. You may also want to look into a tent (in case of rain).
Keep the bridesmaids bright. Allow your bridesmaid to choose whatever dress they want (keeping it casual). Assign a color to each maid by choosing three or four bright colors (turquoise is very trendy this year) yellow, orange, and red. Choose bright colored zinnias (or Gerbera Daisy) as bouquets.
Keep your dress light. Think ethereal flowing, goddess-like. Choose a light airy fabric if it is seaside. Look for off the rack wedding gowns, such as J.CREW, where you only need to make some slight alterations.
Groovy groomsman. Think light linen suite jackets and kakis with hot bright colored ties (that complement the bridesmaid dresses).
Fancy fruit. Here is a DYI idea: Choose lemons and oranges (sliced) and place in glass hurricane vases, top it off with orange and yellow flowers. Check with your florist for some fun creative bright ideas. Marigolds as a runner down the isle?
Kick it up a notch with a salsa band or maybe a little mariachi during cocktail hour?
Pico-de-what? Set up a salsa bar, with fresh salsas, along with fresh guacamole. Set up different buffet stations with make-your-own-tacos, don’t forget to serve a margarita, or consider the ever so trendy Caprihina. They are both refreshing summer drinks.
Where to find it:
Dress yourself and your wedding party at Westfarms mall.
For floral arrangements check out: Dirt
Check out the local state park links in my links section.