The Dia de Los Muertos Festival was definitely an event we couldn’t miss! We just love this holiday so much that we had a Dia De Los Muertos theme Halloween party earlier this month for the kids and this past Saturday we attended the 16th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival at Hollywood Forever Cementery! It’s been too much fun…hectic, but fun!?❤️?
For those of you who don’t know what Dia De Los Muertos is, here is a quick recap:
Dia de Los Muertos is a day in which the living remember and celebrate their departed relatives & loved ones. We do this by building Altars called Ofrendas, and decorating them with candies, candles, flowers, plus the favorite mementos, foods and drinks of the departed.
In most regions of Mexico November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2.
Its truly a Celebration of Life…the life that our loved ones once shared with us.
That’s why I’m really fond of this event…the vibe is so chill and full of happiness. Even though it’s at a cemetery, it doesn’t feel creepy at all. To me, there is a sense of peacefulness and joy that the departed are celebrated and remembered. I just love it.
Plus there is plenty to do, see, eat, drink, and hear!!
We decided to make it a date night for the husband and I, since last year we brought the kids to the festival and we all dressed up…the kids had fun for about an hour and then were ready to go. Oh, boy! You can imagine!
Anyway…since it was our second time attending and we really enjoyed it the first time (with the whiny kids and all), we decided to invest a little bit more time with our costumes & go by ourselves…I’m so glad the crowds at the event really responded to our Mexican Bride & Groom (‘Till Death Do Us Part) costumes and we had the pleasure of taking lots of pictures with a ton of amazing people & their great costumes!
The whole dress took me about 2 days non-stop to complete. Thanks to my husband for handling the home front while I sewed away with lace and tulle!
I was going for a vintage bride costume, so I wanted my make-up to reflect that. Simple and light. I think adding the touch of gold to my eyes really helped tie in my gold leaf crown. My original design called for creme large roses on the side of my head, but I ran out of time to attached them to the crown. Sad design moment for me. But other than that the whole costume came out as I envisioned it. I loved it!
Married to my Mariachi Macho! Ok, there is nothing macho about my Mucio! He is such a great sport. I love how he totally got into character and played the part! Love him for being so into it and supporting my crazy ideas! ❤️
Although I went to design school and have a fashion degree its been a long while since I created and made something so complicated for an amateur like me! but I have to say I was pretty proud of my self for completing this costume. Not gonna lie, I considered quitting because I had SO much going on around home that I didn’t really have the time to make a full on dress this detailed! But I stuck to it, and I realized I could’ve made my own wedding gown! Next time I think I will give myself more than 2 days to complete it! Project runway contestants..I feel you!!??
Needless to say we had a BLAST! Already thinking about what I’m going to design for next years event!! LOL!
Thank you to all the wonderful people that wanted a picture with us and complimented us for our costume theme. All the long hours was totally worth it!
Hope you can make it to one of those..they are so fun!…for the whole family!