Papel Picado Isn’t Just For Cinco De Mayo or Day of the Dead

by admin on November 4, 2011

I love paper art and nothing screams “PAPER” like traditional Mexican papel picado banners and artwork. How I missed the opportunity to use these for weddings in the past 15 years is a mystery.


The lovely papel picado designs in the previous photos are all from the Etsy shop, Ay Mujer, of Yreina Flores Ortiz.  Some designs take as long as 6 weeks to deliver so order in plenty of time!

Another company offering in-stock and custom wedding papel picado is  Designs below.


For a less expensive option, the very traditional papel picado designs below can be purchased from Casa Bonampak.  They also carry plastic pale picado banners for outdoor wedding


Continue the theme with these whimsical invitations from Printable Press.

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Hemi Halliwell November 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

These are awesome! I have never heard of them before but if I had, I would have definitely ordered some for my reception. (We decided on a civil ceremony at the courthouse on Thu. and a reception with family and friends on Sat.)
The are very beautiful and the matching invites are great,too.


MeganAmy November 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I had never heard of those before either. Thanks for sharing some photos and links. They are beautiful.


Chocobo November 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Admin, thank you for posting links to artists who make authentic papel picado art. I sometimes worry about cultural misappropriation when it comes to the individualization of weddings; wherein brides and grooms cherry pick traditions from cultures which they have no prior relationship to, and worse, appropriate traditions out-of-context that have nothing to do with weddings.

I was worried for a moment about this post, but I’m glad to see that the at least some of the vendors you have linked to seem to be true artists of the papel picado tradition working within Mexican culture. Thank you for that.


anonymous November 5, 2011 at 9:08 am

They come in color, too, not just white (I realize most people who want to use them for weddings will prefer white or pale colors, but for those of us who don’t care for white and are all about bright color, they come in every shade).


Serenity S. November 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I think they are beautiful.


noph November 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

What a fantastic idea! These are lovely. I love how they add a homey and personal feel while still looking very elegant. These will be one of the very very few things to make it onto my “I’m not going to get married, but if I absolutely had to plan my wedding, I’d want” list. (it is a less than ten item list, the first item being pre-nup agreement. lol.)


Caligirl November 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

I went to an outdoor wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the bride and her family were from Mexico. The day was overcast and slightly misty, but the reams and REAMS of Papel Picado in every color imaginable added such a festive splash! I had never seen them before, but I can understand why they’re taking off now. 🙂


Kaiti November 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

oooo pretty!


CaffeineKatie November 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

How gorgeous!


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