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 situated between downtown Cancun and Playa del Carmen, your enchanting wedding awaits. Whether you desire a ceremony by the beach or under a Mayan-inspired gazebo, Dreams Riviera Cancun will guarantee a day of endless bliss. Enjoy a private in-suite Jacuzzi, or visit the outdoor pool theatre, which offers shows and themed dinners. No matter what your wishes are, this resort has it all!
Located in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, the resort stands on a peninsula that provides gorgeous views of the seas surrounding it and creates an unforgettable wedding experience. The beautiful white sand against the clear blue waters paints the perfect scene for your ceremony. With a Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos wedding, you and your guests will experience the utmost relaxation through the luxurious guest rooms, spa options, and peaceful pools to ensure that all guests will be satisfied throughout their entire stay.
The Royalton Riviera Cancun offers a sprawling complex with bountiful pools and serene ocean views, sure to delight any wedding guest. With Caribbean decor designed to impress and thoughtful service for the duration of your stay, you and your guests will be relaxed and ready for your destination wedding.
Smack center in Cancun’s legendary hotel zone sits the family-friendly Panama Jack all-inclusive resort. Resting on a picturesque beachfront, this property is ideal for a destination wedding, full of unlimited fun for guests of all ages. This recently renovated resort will have endless activities beyond the wedding ceremony, including mini-golf and a waterpark for little ones, and indulgent restaurants and cool cocktails for the adults.
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 with all your wedding guests.
Located just outside of downtown Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, this resort is situated on the expansive Playa El Medano beach. The property offers all the luxuries of its neighboring RIU Resorts, and provides stunning views of the ocean from the lavish infinity pools. Your RIU Santa Fe wedding will be as beautiful as you could have ever hoped, with stunning seascapes and gorgeous venues.
The Hard Rock Riviera Maya is a Caribbean paradise, featuring oceanic lagoons with private beach access, sure to make your destination wedding truly photogenic. The grounds feature lush flora and the rooms feature rock n’ roll details which will hit all the right notes for you and your wedding guests. A Hard Rock Riviera Maya wedding is perfect for couples looking for a ceremony that is equally beautiful as it is fun.
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)
The Majestic Colonial is an expansive resort nestled between rich flora. It offers Caribbean decor throughout the resort complimented by the soft sands of Bavaro Beach. A Majestic Colonial wedding is perfect for couples looking to share their special day surrounded by lush vegetation, golden sands, and the sounds of the sea.
Settled in the Uvero Alto region of Punta Cana, this adults-only resort is the epitome of luxury and excitement. With secluded palm tree-filled beaches that include waiter service, and 8 pools to soak up the sun at, including a multi-level freestyle pool, a Breathless Punta Cana wedding makes it easy to wind down and relax with your wedding guests. You also have the chance to join the party with some high-energy fun at the monthly themed parties, topless pool sections, and thrilling nightlife! The free flow Caribbean environment will help make your destination wedding as exciting as you wish.
The Hard Rock all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana is sure to make any wedding couple feel like rockstars, situated along an expansive stretch of pristine Caribbean beach. With edgy decor and the best casino in the Caribbean, a Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding is a guarantee that you and your guests will have everything needed for an exciting and fun-filled ceremony, and an equally incredible stay.
The Dreams Onyx Punta Cana takes luxury to the next level, situated on a palm tree-clad beach along the most Northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, ideal for a destination wedding. The Dreams Onyx resort is recently renovated, with modern decor and a plethora of pools thoughtfully designed, a landscape that’s lush and inviting, and the glistening Caribbean waters just moments away. A Dreams Onyx Punta Cana wedding is best for couples looking for a modern ceremony set in a luxurious tropical setting.
Let the sun beam down at your Dreams Punta Cana wedding ceremony as you celebrate your love at Uvero Alto Beach. This tropical paradise will fulfill all your needs and desires among the natural beauty of the property, from exquisite beachfront lounge chairs to endless sports, such as exploring the coral reefs or jumping on the ocean trampoline. A Dreams Punta Cana wedding is going to make your special day a truly unforgettable event for you and your guests.
The all-new Royalton Bavaro welcomes wedding guests of all ages to luxury, with service that will translate beautifully to your tropical wedding ceremony. Your guests can explore the multiple amenities, watersports, or simply relax on the iconic Bavaro white-sand beach. A Royalton Bavaro wedding has endless avenues to partake in, from a splash waterpark and lazy river to numerous elegant dining options.
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)
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 Royalton Blue Waters in Jamaica is a newer generation resort with superb architecture and beautiful cerulean waters to frame a perfect destination wedding. Your guests will be enthralled by the ocean views and tropical luxury offered by a Royalton Blue Waters wedding and they’ll be sure to remember your wedding ceremony for years to come. Enjoy the stylish decor, the private island, and plentiful opportunities for total relaxation.
Located along the most western coast of Jamaica, a Royalton Negril wedding takes advantage of a breathtaking beach with crystal clear waters, a setting that will make any ceremony a memorable experience. The laid-back Jamaican culture blends seamlessly with the floral surroundings with beach access to azure waters both North and South, making a true destination wedding.
The RIU Ocho Rios wedding resort places you and your loved ones in the beautiful Mammee Bay, surrounded by Caribbean waters, tropical rainforests, and spectacular waterfalls. Your wedding ceremony can be set upon the white sandy Jamaican beaches as the ocean breeze rolls in. The huge resort often feels like its own living and breathing city, with vibrant colors splashed across the Victorian-like buildings and an endless amount of activities including numerous pools and an authentic jerk chicken shack.
Stretching a glorious length of pure golden shores, RIU Reggae welcomes guests to take a walk on the laid-back side, all while overlooking the shimmering waters of Montego Bay. One of RIU’s premier adults-only resorts, the all-inclusive property garners an inviting set of infinity pools, swim-up bars, and professionally-crafted cuisines ideal for travelers desiring a lavish, yet minimalistic stay. In addition to a plethora of dynamic activities ranging from windsurfing to snorkeling, the resort also shares exchange privileges with RIU Montego Bay, where guests can enjoy a further selection of amenities.
Enjoy the tropical and laid-back island atmosphere at the Grand Palladium, located along the calm waters of the northern coast of Jamaica. Although this resort is very family-friendly, expect quieter grounds with plenty of opportunities to relax and have a romantic destination wedding. Perhaps the centerpiece of this resort is that it features Jamaica’s largest whirlpool hot tub. With a Grand Palladium Jamaica wedding, you’ll have plenty of time to make endless memories in this secluded oasis north of Montego Bay.