29 Must-Play Mariachi Songs for Weddings

Trying to come up with a list of popular Mariachi songs for weddings can be a little challenging. The reason why? Because there’s just too many to choose from.

So if you’re looking for music that Mariachis can play at your weddings (or somebody else’s wedding), then read on!

In this article, I have tried my best to collect 29 of some of the best and most popular Mariachi love songs for weddings.

Some of these songs can be played during the ceremony, can be used as your first dance, can be used as wedding entrance songs, etc… — It’s up to you.

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10 Interesting Facts About Mariachis You Probably Didn’t Know

When people think about mariachis, most likely the first thing that pops into their mind is…

lively and entertaining music, intense dancing, emotional screaming… and yes… tequila! :)

But I’m sure there are a few interesting things you probably didn’t know about them…

Well, in this article I’m going to list some unusual facts about mariachis.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Mariachi Music and Folklorico

Mariachi music has been getting people on their feet to dance for many years. Just as mariachi music and lyrics have great significance, a part of the Mexican heritage can also be interpreted through dance.

Folklorico dance has grown more popular through the years much like mariachi music has.

The words of a ballad can be expressed so vividly through dance and the stories that go along with rancheras can be put to reenactments, showing the intensity that the singer does in his or her singing.

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Mariachi Music: The Heart and Soul of Mexico

Mariachi music is a unique, distinctive style of music that is considered by some to be the “heart and soul” of Mexico.

Also, especially in the Southwestern United States, it is associated with the cultural heritage of the Mexican American people.

Mariachi bands often work with dancers, which add color and excitement to their lively, traditional music.

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El Traje de Charro

We all know what the traditional mariachi looks like: big, round hat, snug fitting pants and short jacket that are both embellished in gold or silver designs.

However, what many don’t know is how their stylish and excessively decorated suits came to be.

The charro suit has existed for years but its name actually derived from a sport that has existed for over 100 years. From there it progressed into the style we see today.

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Women Mariachi Making History

For many years mariachi bands consisted of only men (and that was just the way it was). Mariachi music has been completely male-driven from the beginning. Women were only there to cheer on the mariachis and dance.

However, this practice has changed dramatically in the past 100 years.

Three women are known for breaking through the all-male boundaries that had been there for so many years.

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Instruments of Mariachis

There is a plaza in Mexico City called Plaza Garibaldi where mariachi groups stand on the sidewalks (as they have done since the 1920s), waiting for someone to hire them to play at a special occasion.

Mariachis in Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City

Mariachis in Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City

Some groups even perform serenades right there in the plaza. They are usually already dressed in full charro gear and equipped with their instrument in hand, sometimes playing a portion of a song to grab the attention of potential clients.

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Mariachi Music Styles

Some people say that mariachi songs sound all the same but there are significant differences in rhythm and tone.

Just like any other genre of music, mariachi music has many variations; some of which has to do with the region of Mexico where it was established in or the era it became popular.

In this article you will learn about the different mariachi styles that have been around many years, such as corridos and rancheras (and its variations: Polka, vals and bolero).

Ready? Ok, let’s dig in…

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How to Hire a Mariachi Band

You’re having a fiesta soon, or a special event such as a wedding, quinceañera, sweet sixteen or a graduation…

And you have decided to hire a mariachi band to play.

If this is the case, good for you!

Now, the hard part for you is… what steps do you take to hire a mariachi band? Or, what mariachi do you hire?

This decision process can be difficult or frustrating — especially if it’s your first time.

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