So, you’re planning a destination wedding. Congratulations are in order of course! But here comes the tricky part: you have to decide on a destination. As simple as this may seem, there is a bevy of picturesque Mexico and Caribbean locations that would provide the perfect base for an unforgettable experience.
There’s a minor issue, however. All of these global hotspots seemingly have the same immaculate climates, luxury resorts, breathtaking venues, and dazzling excursions. While this may be partially true, we firmly believe that every destination delivers unique retreats specifically molded by its surrounding culture and environment. So, without further ado, let’s get down to the basics:
Take a short flight down to a mystic wonderland teeming with lush jungles, cultural landmarks, and perhaps the most exciting array of watersports in North America. It’s intimidating, at times, to view Mexico’s selection of locations. Not only are you met with 8 possible destinations in the same country, but each city and town boasts flora, fauna, and activities linked to their respective region. However, this is the beauty of planning a Mexico destination wedding.
Every location possesses its own atmosphere. Whether you’re taking a dive in a refreshing cenote in the Riviera Maya forest or touring Puerto Vallarta’s artistically stunning downtown district, you’ll discover a wedding environment that perfectly accommodates you and your guests’ preferred speed.
Budget: Free – $20,060
Locations: Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Los Cabos, Huatulco
Number of Hotels: 238; Cancun (60), Riviera Maya (77), Cozumel (11), Puerto Vallarta (27), Playa del Carmen (20), Tulum (18), Los Cabos (23), Huatulco (2)
Average Room Rates: $85-$250 per person per night
Travel Times: 3-5 hr flight (varies per location)
Excursions: Cancun Nightlife, Chichen-Itza in Riviera Maya, Snorkeling in Cozumel, Hiking Jungle Trails in Puerto Vallarta, Culinary Classes in Playa del Carmen, Swimming in Cenotes in Tulum, ATV Tours in Cabo, Scuba Diving in Huatulco
Conveniently located between downtown Cancun and Playa del Carmen, you can make your dreams of a lifetime come true with a Dreams Riviera Cancun wedding. Whether you want your wedding ceremony on the beach or beneath the Mayan inspired gazebo, Dreams Riviera Cancun will make sure your wedding ceremony is as beautiful as you could imagine. Enjoy the privacy of your own jacuzzi in your room, or experience the outdoor pool theater that offers shows and themed dinners. No matter what your desires are, this resort has got it all!
The sprawling Hard Rock Riviera Maya resort features everything, with a heavy emphasis on ‘everything’! For your wedding: wedding chapels, overwater gazebos, restaurant reception venues, and the Las-Vegas style nightclub for your after-afterparty. For your guests: a skatepark, obstacle course, waterpark, more bars then you can count on your fingers, and did we mention that nightclub and how it has a pool instead of a dancefloor? Extend beyond the 20+ guests and invite your second aunts and second uncles too, there’s room for everyone.
Hidden in a private cove on the coast of Puerto Vallarta, this all-inclusive resort offers a beautiful and secluded beach to make your tropical getaway perfect. With spacious accommodations and views of the stunning beaches and vibrant gardens, your Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta wedding will feature a feeling of pure bliss as you say your vows.
Named one of the best 10 beaches in the world, you will lose yourself in this secluded paradise. This adults-only resort sits along the beachfront stretch of Maroma Beach, where the turquoise waters meet the velvet sand. Experience complete relaxation during your El Dorado Maroma wedding as you lounge all day oceanfront on the exclusive beach beds, or poolside with complimentary refreshments. There is no better place to celebrate creating a beautiful life together and create unforgettable memories.
The lush and full jungles, crystal clear waters, and the colonial architecture of Dreams Tulum wedding resort will leave you speechless. Sitting on 2 miles of powdery fresh sand, a secluded adults-only section, and every room offering a hammock on the private balcony, this resort has endless opportunities to feel serene. With Mayan traditions of holistic well-being creating a leisure atmosphere, this is the perfect resort to unwind and enjoy yourself at. Dreams Tulum have recently added two new wedding ceremony and reception venues to their impressive portfolio including the Secret Garden and Sky Terrace.
Located away from the Cabo San Lucas party atmosphere, the RIU Palace Los Cabos wedding resort will allow you to completely unwind and enjoy your special day with your loved ones. Where the golden beaches and rugged cliffs meet the vibrant mountains of the nearby Marino de Cabo Pulmo National Park, have your wedding ceremony at one of the most romantic places in all of Cabo San Lucas. With the perfect blend of entertainment and luxury, you will never want to leave the resort.
On the golden sands along Conejos Bay is the Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa. The gorgeous location is ideal for a destination wedding, with the Pacific Waters and iconic rock formations in the background. Your wedding guests will find the resort lives up to its Unlimited-Luxury promise, with exciting nightly entertainment available, impeccable dining, and a stunning ceremony location at this beachfront property just outside of Tangolunda.
As we venture towards the Caribbean Islands, we find the vibrant oasis of the Dominican Republic. With 24/7 sunshine, pristine white sand beaches, and the clearest waters you’ll ever see, it’s no secret that this opulent paradise has couples returning years after their destination weddings. From the glamour of Punta Cana to the calming vibes of La Romana, the region boasts a variety of elegant all-inclusive resorts representing the gold standard of chic Caribbean luxury.
Guests can enjoy long walks on Bavaro Beach or even tour La Romana’s model Mediterranean village, Altos de Chavon. No matter where you decide to host your Dominican Republic destination wedding, you will achieve direct access to some of the finest culturally-rich attractions in the Caribbean.
Budget: Free – $16,999
Excursions: Horseback Riding in Punta Cana, High-End Shopping in Puerto Plata, Altos de Chavon in La Romana
Locations: Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, La Romana
Travel Times: 3-5 hr flight (varies per location)
Average Room Rates: $120-$300 per person per night
Number of Hotels: 80; Punta Cana (66), Puerto Plata (5), La Romana (9)
Situated along the gorgeous Caribbean coast, a Royalton Punta Cana wedding offers you the ceremony you have always dreamed of. The elegant decor and crystal clear views of the turquoise waters will elevate any destination wedding. Your guests will have plenty to do, with access to the largest waterpark in the Caribbean or relaxing on the beach with cocktails in hand.
The NOW Onyx resort offers an all-inclusive stay designed for guests who desire chic surroundings and current design. From the slated panels separating room balconies, to the ultramodern pools that offer space for everyone to relax, the sprawling property has much to offer the top destination wedding resorts list for 2020. Venues include the elongated beachfront, or the contempo fountain, where brides enter with fountain jets shooting off overhead. Guests will also enjoy a new family-friendly section in 2020, and delicious restaurants throughout.
An Iberostar Costa Dorada wedding, in beautiful Puerto Plata, is perfect for a ceremony that is equal parts fun and indulgence. This colonial style resort mixes Caribbean thatched roofs with palm trees and elegant details. A wedding ceremony would look stunning against the golden sands of Costa Dorada as its background, and the superb dining options and activities on offer will excite wedding guests long past the ceremony.
Resting on Puerto Plata’s lovely Playa Dorada beach is Be Live Collection Marien. This lovely Caribbean getaway invites you and your loved ones to celebrate in style, class, and comfort. Be Live Collection Marien weddings offer you and your partner the chance to make your special day your own as well as provide you with the utmost care and service in terms of your accommodations and amenities. This exemplary property will blow away your expectations of romance and whim.
Located in the southeast of the Dominican Republic, this spacious, all-inclusive, luxury resort is welcoming to those looking for ultimate relaxation on the picture-perfect beaches, or various entertaining activities ranging from excursions to other islands, to kayaking or scuba diving. A Hilton La Romana wedding offers diverse venues that allow for a special and unique experience for you and your guests.
At the Dreams Dominicus resort in beautiful La Romana, your destination wedding could feature a Mediterranean-inspired paradise. Your guests will be enthralled by the elegant pools, thoughtful decor, intimately lit walkways, and the main pool which lights up like the night sky each evening. The central location offers plenty of excursion opportunities, or just relax on-site and soak up the romance after your ceremony in one of the exclusive honeymoon suites.
Our tour brings us to the masters of island-time: Jamaica. An island dotted with 5-star wedding resorts, the paradisal haven features a collection of charming beachside towns that’ll elevate your dream week of happiness. Offering a front-row seat to some of the world’s most gorgeous seascapes and natural landmarks, hamlets such as Negril and Ocho Rios showcase cliff-diving and Dunn’s River Falls. Guests can also leverage Montego Bay’s contemporary shopping centers, tantalizing nightlife, and world-class restaurants, where jerk cuisine reigns supreme.
Along with mouth-dropping wedding venues and punctual in-resort service, the area is steeped in historical importance and influence. With British colonial architecture forming the basis of a majority of the island’s structures and resorts, the region garners an immersive juxtaposition of tradition and modernity.
Budget: Free – $15,999
Excursions: Catamaran Tours in Montego Bay, Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, Rick’s Cafe in Negril
Locations: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril
Travel Times: 3-5 hr flight (varies per location)
Average Room Rates: $120-$240 per person per night
Number of Hotels: 49; Montego Bay (24), Ocho Rios (12), Negril (13)
The RIU Montego Bay resort is one with nature, surrounded by 450,000 square feet of lush gardens and inspired by the island architecture of its Jamaican surroundings, perfect for a tropical destination wedding ceremony. You and your wedding guests will have quick access to downtown Montego Bay, that is if they can stand to leave the supremely large pool or pristine beachfront. A RIU Montego Bay wedding is perfect for those wanting a regal destination wedding in paradise, with touches of classical colonial decor throughout.
Just on the outskirts of Montego Bay, Jamaica, this exquisite resort is the perfect place for a beautiful destination wedding. The Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall has many different activities to make your stay as relaxing or exciting as you please. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and pools, with amazing food options, the possibilities for an incredible ceremony and a lifetime of memories are endless. You can rest assured, with the Hyatt name, that you and your wedding guests will receive impeccable service for the duration of their stay.
The recently revamped RIU Ocho Rios resort now offers a modern concept, and remodeled rooms. It also offers updated pools, new event spaces for welcome parties and receptions, and a new gourmet restaurant that ups the ante for culinary exploration. Plan for plenty of wedding photo opportunities amongst the Victorian-like architecture. With the RIU brand comes an affordable entry-point for destination weddings with 20 or more guests, along with a wedding team readily equipped to make your ceremony fantasies a reality.
Moon Palace Jamaica is a private beachfront resort at the tip of the famous Ocho Rios Bay, considered to be the most romantic area in all of Jamaica. A Moon Palace Jamaica wedding provides breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and is surrounded by lush gardens. It is the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Adults can dance the night away at the adults-only NOIR nightclub, or explore the beautiful landscapes extending just outside of the resort. Enjoy your wedding with all your family and friends without a worry in the world!
Azul Beach Resort Negril weddings are located is located on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica, creating a mellow and intimate vibe throughout the property. The layout of the hotel, on top of the white sandy beaches and clear warm waters, creates an ambiance of relaxation and pure bliss exclusive to an Azul Beach Resort Negril wedding. Expect chic rooms, impeccable service, exciting activities like cooking and yoga classes, and a perfectly serene environment around every corner.
What Royalton Negril offers is a contemporary escape for destination wedding couples and their guests alike. With access to gripping ceremony venues that include picture-framed stone gazebos, and intimate piers that extend of the cerulean waters. Beyond the wedding events, there is much to relish, from steakhouses and authentic jerk chicken cuisine to gorgeous suites that include signature Dreambed mattresses, swim-out suites, butler service, and more. Negril is famous for its sunsets, and here you won’t just view them, you’ll experience them close up.