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One of the best places to go for a destination wedding is Mexico. Why? It is close enough that more of the people that you love will be able to get there – as you can get to the Caribbean portions of the country easily from nearly every major international airport in the United States.
Even if you aren’t worried about people paying for their way to your wedding or you don’t plan to have a large wedding, Mexico is a beautiful location to have your wedding. The country is known for granting couples the destination weddings of their dreams.
The question is, then, where should you have your wedding in Mexico? Here are some of our top options to consider in the Caribbean portion of Mexico:
Cancun, Mexico Weddings
One of the most obvious choices for a Mexican wedding destination is Cancun. This beautiful, world-famous area has been the location of many weddings. Perfect for the young or the young at heart, Cancun is home to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and activities that will make your wedding one to remember. If space is of concern to you, that is something you won’t have to worry about here. Most of the hotels are sprawling complexes or high-rise resorts that fit any ceremony capacity. There are smaller resorts as well if you want a more personalized feel.
Note that the beaches here aren’t as private as some of the other destination wedding locations in Mexico. The beaches are a bit rocky, but well tended-to and cared for by the resorts. Another added bonus? It is just 25-minutes away from the airport.
Recommended Resort: Finest Playa Mujeres
Finest Playa Mujeres
The Finest Playa Mujeres is a wedding resort just recently opened, so it is upscale, chic, and has everything you could want. Even better, it is on a secluded bit of beach and in a gated community. This makes it perfect for those that have a varied wedding party – with those who want to go out and those that want to stay in. Luxury is the name of the game here, with world-class pools and food.
The entry-level package comes with a junior suite. You’ll get a beach or gazebo ceremony location (with up to 120 guests), a wine toast, digital photos, ceremony decorations, spa discounts, and a wedding cake.
Recommended Resort: Beloved Playa Mujeres
Another excellent option is the Beloved Playa Mujeres, a quaint but modern boutique hotel where you can find everything you’ll need for an adults-only destination wedding. There are beautiful pools, a perfect beach, and some of the most stunning ceremony venues in Mexico.
The entry-level package can be complimentary when your guests book at the hotel. For that package, you get a wedding coordinator, wedding cake, turndown services, digital full-color photos, spa discounts, and a honeymoon package. There are three venue options: the beach (with 70 guests max), the Lupita Lounge (with 45 guests max), and the El Mar Terrace (also with 45 guests max).
Riviera Maya, Mexico Weddings
Known for some of the most beautiful jungles around, the Riviera Maya is a top choice for Mexico destination weddings. Located south of Cancun, you can expect to see many sprawling resorts and long stretches of white sand beaches. The beaches here are a little softer and more private. Your guests will appreciate the chance to relax – and maybe even see peacocks, monkeys, iguanas, and the local Coati. Many hotels will plan getaways and events to help make this event one to remember.
But where should you stay? Here are our top choices:
Recommended Resort: Dreams Riviera Cancun
Your wedding is sure to be a dream at Dreams Riviera Cancun, located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. There are plenty of options that will make your wedding special and unique – as well as romantic. Get a private jacuzzi in your own room, a romantic outdoor pool theater, and some of the best food in Mexico. As for your wedding, you can get a complimentary stay if you book for at least 7 nights. For your wedding, you will get the wedding day outfit preparations, flowers, a wedding cake, spa discounts, sparkling wine, and free anniversary nights.
Larger weddings are accessible here, with many options for your wedding day. These can include the beach (250 guests max), grand lobby staircase (250 guests max), gazebo (100 guests max), Oceana rooftop (100 guests max), Mayan Tree (60 guests max), or the Sky Terrace (60 guests max). What’s even better is that the resort holds no more than two weddings every day.
Recommended Resort: Azul Beach Riviera Maya
This oceanfront resort may be one of the most contemporary you ever see. This is the choice for you if you have always dreamed about the perfect ocean view on your big day. Relax by the beach, go out on the town, or participate in any of the events that the venue has each day.
With a wedding at AZUL Beach Riviera Maya, you will have access to decor, a sound system, wedding concierge, a wedding attendant the day of the wedding, a Groom’s room, and a honeymoon gift registry. There are four venue options, including a ballroom that can hold up to 70 guests, the beach gazebo or lobby area with 50 guests max, or the Sky wedding deck with 65 guests max.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico Weddings
Playa del Carmen is one of the Caribbean’s most visited and best-rated destinations for weddings. The beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. But that isn’t all – there is a thriving city nearby where you can go out to explore. Playa del Carmen is perfect for those who want to experience the culture, nightlife, energy, and relaxation all at the same time. Here are some of our top choices for where to stay:
Recommended Resort: Playacar Palace
The Playacar Palace is located along one of the finest beaches in Mexico. With an ocean view pool you can spend your days relaxing by. However, the reason many people pick it as their wedding destination is because of the romance available: fireworks, horse-drawn carriages, flowers, and picture-perfect scenery.
As you can imagine, it does book quickly so you will want to reserve early. Still, you get everything you could need: wedding attire prep, decorations, bouquet and boutonniere, wedding cake, a minister for the ceremony, chairs, dinner reservations, breakfast in bed, and a wedding specialist. Choose from one of four Mexico ceremony venue options: North Beach (unlimited capacity), South Beach (unlimited capacity), Cielo Terrace (120 guests), or the wedding terrace with 40 guests max.
Recommended Resort: El Dorado Maroma
Named among the top 10 beaches in the world, El Dorado Maroma is the paradise you deserve for your wedding day. It’s for adults only, and you will have the time of your life here. You can lounge all day in the beach beds and enjoy the truly world-class food.
Earlier this week with explored Mexico destination wedding locations on the Caribbean Coast, and now we’re following it up with insights into areas and resorts on the Pacific Coast. This includes the beautiful cities of Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos, and also includes the off-the-beaten-path choice of Huatulco. To see part 1, click here.
Mexico is a stunning location to have your wedding. The country is known for granting couples the destination wedding they’ve always dreamed of, without breaking the bank.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Weddings
Puerto Vallarta is among some of the most popular Mexico destinations, because of the intense beauty of the sky. If you get married in Puerto Vallarta, make sure to plan for sunset pictures. Of course, there are also beach venue options, mountain surroundings, and even garden venues. Puerto Vallarta is the perfect combination of quiet and quaint and loud and fun – you’ll be able to get the best of it all. It’s also a truly ideal destination for LGBT-friendly and gay weddings.
Recommended Resort: Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
The Hard Rock hotels are designed for your inner rockstar, and the one in Puerto Vallarta will transport you and your wedding guests straight to paradise. Located in one of the most private areas of the city, you will have access to pools and oceans that don’t share as much foot traffic as others. Your guests will love all of the amenities, and delicious a-la-carte restaurants on offer.
For your wedding, you can have either the beach venue, which has unlimited capacity, or the Wedding Gazebo, which holds 50 guests. You will have access to decorations, a two-tier wedding cake, a complimentary honeymoon package, sparkling wine, an event consultant, flowers, and a white hanging ceremony podium.
Recommended Resort: Barcelo Puerto Vallarta
Located on the Mismaloya beach, the tropical feeling of Barcelo Puerto Vallarta is one that cannot be replicated. The Mexican-inspired hotel reminds people that they are abroad and can relax and have fun. With something for everyone, it is hard to find a better option that is this budget-friendly.
For your stay, you’ll get a massage session, open bar, live music, and more if you meet certain room and night requirements. For the ceremony, you’ll get breakfast in bed the day after the wedding, special room amenities, a wedding cake, flowers, dinner, decor, and a sparkling wine toast. There are three wedding venue options:Los Acros, the beach, and La Placita (100 guests). Even better – this resort typically only holds one wedding per day.
Los Cabos, Mexico Weddings
Los Cabos weddings are insanely popular thanks to El Arco, a rock formation that makes for unique photos. Wedding guests should note that many of the beaches are not swimmable here: there are very strong currents that make going into the ocean difficult. Still, for those who enjoy just walking along the surf and sitting on the beach, it is perfect.
Still, if you are going to be on the beach, you want to choose the perfect location. Here are our top picks:
Recommended Resort: Grand Velas
Widely regarded as one of the most luxurious locations in all of Mexico, the Grand Velas has some of the most beautiful rooms in all of Los Cabos. The resort staff here does everything that they can to make this a perfect option for every type of wedding party.
Every wedding package is tailored to your needs. You’ll get massages, dinners, photography, cakes, a wedding toast, flowers, and private transportation as you need it. Choose from the Terraza del Mar, which holds 800 guests, the Azul beach or Azul garden, which holds 200 each, or the Velas 10 Beach, which holds 120 guests. Your wedding will be the only one held that day – making it that much more special.
Recommended Resort: Casa del Mar
If you are looking for a more boutique experience, the San Jose del Cabo Beach Hotel Casa del Mar is one of the best choices that you can make. Decorated with fountains, trees, and flowers, there are many beautiful locations to take in. For those who love water, there are quite a few pool options and of course the luxurious, Los Cabos beach.
There are some great perks and add-ons for your Mexico wedding package. Get the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen, draping, a solo violinist, furniture, a massage, tiki torches, a DJ, a photographer, one-hour open bar, appetizers, a buffet, and a wedding cake. There is only one wedding per day and same-sex marriages are welcomed here. Choose from great wedding venues like the beach club or one of the elegant terraces.
Huatulco, Mexico Weddings
Huatulco isn’t the most well known Mexican wedding destination, but it is perfect for those that want a smaller, more tranquil wedding. There are many natural elements here that make it a reprieve from the cities. There are untouched beaches, preserves, and rivers as well. This destination is a bit harder to get to than some of the other Mexican wedding destinations, but the journey is well worth it.
Recommended Resort: Dreams Huatulco
Set amongst the mountain and jungle, Dreams Huatulco is perfect for those that love to explore and be surrounded by nature. There are nearby coral reefs, adventures, and plenty of local cultures to keep you busy throughout your wedding.
For your wedding, expect flowers, wedding attire prep, a wedding cake, spa discounts, a sparkling wine toast, and free anniversary nights. Choose from three venue options: the Rendezvous Terrace (100 guests), the beach (100 guests), or the Gazebo (50 guests). To make your wedding even more special, they only host one wedding per day and only up to five per week.
Recommended Resort: Secrets Huatulco
Located on the golden sands along Conejos Bay, this adults-only location is perfect for those who want luxury. There is nightly entertainment, great dining, and activities all day long. You can adventure outside of the resort or stay in it – you make the call.
For your wedding, except sparkling wine, attire prep, turndown services, flowers, spa discounts, and a wedding cake. Choose from the beach (200 guests), the garden (100 guests), the gazebo (80 guest max) or the Sugar Reef Terrace for your venue.
For your wedding, expect ceremony decor, a sound system, a wedding concierge, a wedding attendant, Groom’s room, and a honeymoon gift registry. There are seven venue options, from wedding gazebos to a chapel, or even the sky deck. Even better, there are only two weddings held per day, so you will get the special attention you deserve.
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