Most wedding venues will allow you to decorate however you wish for your event, but deciding how to do it can be challenging. Do you have roots that set from south of the border? Perhaps you were born in the United States, but your culture is Hispanic. Either way, here are some ideas that might help you to plan a fun and memorable Mexican wedding reception for your daughter.

The Table Decorations - Go with a lot of color. Think of bright pink, turquoise, yellow and other colors that will add a Mexican flavor to the dining tables.

  • One idea is to place beautiful Mexican brass and glass boxes in the middle of the dining tables and fill them with colorful curling ribbon.
  • Another thought would be to buy hand-painted clay birds and place them on brightly colored ​papel picado to use as the centerpieces.
  • Tin candelabras accompanied by real or silk flowers would be another appropriate centerpiece for a Mexican-themed wedding reception.
  • Pictures of the bride and groom in colorful little frames would be good accent pieces for whichever centerpiece you select.

The Food - Are you wanting a sit down dinner or do you want your guests to serve themselves at a buffet?

  • Think about having a caterer do your daughter's wedding reception meal. Bring your ideas to the caterer and let him or her fine tune your menu with Mexican dishes the service has served in the past.
  • If you're having a sit down dinner, consider gourmet dishes like Huachinango a la Veracruzana or Brochetas de Camaron with sides like Calabacitas con Queso and ​Tomates al Horno.
  • For a buffet, think of offering a fajita bar with choices of beef or chicken and toppings like cheese, guacamole, and sour cream.
  • A traditional wedding cake would be a perfect way to end the meal, especially if you chose Tres Leches for the recipe.

The Entertainment - Think of words like festive and music.

  • Think of hiring a mariachi band to serenade the bride and groom.
  • Even if you have only a small area for the wedding reception, save a spot for dancing.
  • If you hire a DJ, ask him or her to play a variety of old Mexican songs along with newer ones, and add some American music, too.
  • Another idea is to add a bit of Tex-Mex flavor to your daughter's wedding reception by getting somebody to lead your guests in line dancing.

Instead of the traditional rice that is often thrown toward the bride and groom as they depart for their honeymoon, think of giving your guests little bags of confetti to throw.