Mexico Destination Wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
Member
11273 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i just came back from the now jade in the mayan riviera and met a couple of brides who got married there.  they were very pleased.  you can choose from 3 different locations.  they do an average of 2 weddings per day.

Post # 4
Member
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i think the riviera maya can be a great option, the beaches are awesome. im biased however as im getting married there next march! puerto vallarta is also great, so it depends where its easier to fly to for you!

here are some options you migth want to think about:

all inclusive resorts

pros – less expensive than independent venues, wedding planner onsite so co-ordination is pretty simple.some wedding packages are free depending on the number of rooms guests book (but you can add extras like bands etc)

cons- beach weddings are kind of public – so a few metres nearby youll have sunbathers in speedos. they also have more than one wedding a day. you get a reservation in the restaurants normally, but it isnt a private reception unless you pay more

private beach wedding

some beach clubs have private beaches – i recommend blue venado in playa del carmen.they do a wedding package for around 1000 dollars i think (set up, chairs etc), then you pay for food and drink for the reception

or haciendas/big houses that you rent

ooh and there is a fabulous place nearish cancun just off the island of cozumel- look up Isla de la pasion. private island. my family seriously hate boats though, which is what you need to get to the island so they vetoed it.

pros- private. guests can stay whereever they want (All inclusives guests HAVE to stay there or you pay more, andthey have to buy passes too. and sometimes theyd prefer cheaper accomodation).

cons- you have to sort otu transport. more expensive than AI

beach clubs without private beach – in playa del carmen, you have kools and wickys which are both very nice. also a few others

other

if you have a mega budget – xcaret is a stunning venue. but will cost tens of thousands, much as wedding back home would

How many guests approximately?

general mexico info – if you want the legal wedding you have to have blood tests 3 days before (can be done in hotel) or you can go to courthouse back home and have a symbolic ceremony

bear in mind rainy season starts from may, and the most likely time for hurricanes is september/october

im having my legal ceremony at sandos playacar in playa del carmen- ive visited, and is on the lower end of the price scale for all inclusives in playa del carmen but its very nice. then im having a catholic ceremony and reception at xcaret.

most all inclusives are nice – only ones ive been that are so so and i would avoid are reef playacar and grand coco. there are also expensive luxury hotels…like grand velas, and dreams

feel free to pm me any questions!i spent forever investigating different places in the riviera maya!

also the ‘best destination wedding’ website has a whole bunch of hotel reviews and stuff that is super helpful – i use this website for more general issues, and that for mexico specific things

one other thing. not to be a negative nelly, but destination weddings do have their own stresses. guests that are 100% committed to going when you first mention it, then drop out closer to time etc. it isnt stopping me though 🙂

Post # 6
Member
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m a bit biased but Barcelo Maya Resort is stunning( we got engagd there and will be married there next June).

They have a number fo different package options for weddings. All ceremonies are on the beach(some locations are quite private) and for receptions you can have it in an al a carte, banquet hall or on the beach!

There are different  price points for staying at the resort as well. The Palce is 5 star, Tropical/Colonial section is 4.5 and Beach/Caribe is 4.

http://www.unofficial-barcelo-maya.com/   was a very helpful rescource for me, it’s not hosted by the resort but by fans of the resort. Theres a section in the forums for weddings with tons of pics and info.

Good Luck!

(sorry for all the photos, but i found pics helpful so here you go)

I think im a little excited!

Post # 9
Member
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Be careful about the rainy season! I wanted to do the Riviera Maya and then looked at the time of year and the chances of rain and decided the West Coast would be a much better option for me. 

I’m doing mine in Dreams Villamagna in Nuevo Vallarta (which is BEAUTIFUL) and the rainy season doesn’t start untl June there so yay!

Post # 10
Member
5 posts
Newbee

Oops my comment posted twice! 

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  emurr059.
Post # 10
Member
5 posts
Newbee

SupermansSweetheart:  Hello!! This resort is beautiful and I’m sure you’re wedding was amazing!! My Fiance and I are looking into destination weddings in Mexico but we noticed a lot of places cut the reception off at 10-11pm. What is up with that?! We feel like our group will want to keep partying until at least 1am. What was your experience like? Did you feel like the party was cut short? I know many people say you can move inside to the bar but would I really want to do that in a wedding dress? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!! 

Post # 11
Member
5 posts
Newbee

newname_99:  Hello!! My Fiance and I are looking into destination weddings in Mexico but we noticed a lot of places cut the reception off at 10-11pm. What is up with that?! We feel like our group will want to keep partying until at least 1am. What was your experience like? Did you feel like the party was cut short? I know many people say you can move inside to the bar but would I really want to do that in a wedding dress? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!! 

Post # 12
Member
46334 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

emurr059:  FYI- you can tag more than one person in one response.

The reason resorts have an early cutoff time is because there are loads of other guests who would complain if they are kept awake by your wedding. You are welcome to party late in the bar.

Post # 13
Member
7242 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This thread is 4 years old. You might not get any responses from the original comment posters.

Leave a comment


Find Amazing Vendors