Are you planning on getting married anytime soon? If your answer is affirmative, you might consider holding your wedding ceremony in this beautiful Latin American country. Mexico is on the rise not only as a vacation spot but also as a wedding hub. No wonder the search term “Destination Wedding in Mexico” is very popular on the web.
Probably, the idea hadn’t even occurred to you, but Mexico has dream destinations where you can spend your special day. I’m pretty sure beaches will be the first option for many people, but trust me, there are way more places to choose from. Let’s get started!
As you may already know, Mexico has lots of beaches on both coasts of its territory. You are most likely familiar with Cancún since it is a popular vacation spot among foreigners. Needless to say, it is also one of the most sought-after destinations in the Mexican wedding industry.
Cancún and its surrounding areas are at the top of the list by far. Cancún includes Cozumel, Tulum, Holbox, and Isla Mujeres, among other beaches. Its turquoise waters mesmerize anyone and are the perfect setting for your special day.
But did you know there are several other beaches you could choose from? According to the specialized wedding site www.bodas.com.mx, the perfect beach spots for a wedding are:
- Huatulco, Oaxaca
- Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guerrero
- Cozumel, Quintana Roo
- Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo
- Holbox, Quintana Roo
- Tulum, Quintana Roo
- Cancún, Quintana Roo
- Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
- Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
- Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit
As you can see, Quintana Roo in the Mexican southeast dominates the list. However, this doesn’t mean you have to abide by this list. There are also incredible beaches in the states of Yucatán, Veracruz, Baja California Sur, and Chiapas, just to mention a few.
Haciendas were large estates in Spanish-speaking countries, especially used for farming or ranching. Mexico, of course, is no exception. There are beautiful haciendas spread throughout the country, particularly in the south/southeast.
Many of them were transformed into beautiful hotels where you can have a relaxing vacation away from the bustle of the city. They also offer all the services needed for a wedding. Impress your guests with some of the most ancient and beautiful buildings in Mexico. No need to select a theme for your wedding as the venue will be the theme itself.
We could also include ex-monasteries and convents under the same category. There are beautiful buildings that have been restored and feature huge gardens with beautiful flowers, fountains, and impressive decorations that seem to have been taken out of a fairy tale.
The first time I attended such a wedding was in Oaxaca City. My boss at that time got married to his fiancee at Quinta Real, which is a top-notch hotel in the Mexican southern city. This hotel was a convent during the Spanish Colony. I was impressed by all the small details around me. Everything was taken care of. I’m sure he and his wife will remember that day for years to come.
You have several options to choose from when it comes to historic buildings. Among them, it would be worth looking up:
- Hacienda Uayamón, Campeche
- Hacienda Vallumbroso, San Luis Potosi
- Hacienda San Antonio El Puente, Morelos
- Hacienda Santa Rosa, Yucatan
- Hacienda El Carmen Hotel & Spa, Jalisco
- Hacienda de San Antonio, Colima
- Hacienda de Los Morales, Mexico City
- Hacienda Viborillas, Queretaro
- Hacienda Las Trancas, Guanajuato
- Hacienda de Cortés, Morelos
- Hacienda Tamchén, Yucatan
Small Towns or Villages
This category overlaps with haciendas since most of them are located in small towns/villages. I once held a conversation with a wedding planner, and she explained to me that although people still look for beach options when it comes to weddings, many of them were resorting to smaller, maybe not too famous, places. People are looking for different options and many small towns offer just that.
Do you want a natural setting for your wedding, but you don’t want a beach? You could consider getting married in the small town of Valle de Bravo. You will have a beautiful lagoon as a backdrop and might be able to witness a very romantic sunset. Even Hollywood stars like Eva Longoria got married there. That should tell us something.
If you want something chicer, you should look at Hotel Rosewood in San Miguel de Allende. They have a terrace where you will get a superb view of the city. The hotel is right in the center of San Miguel and has excellent reviews from its visitors.
Further still, if you would like a beach, but something more intimate at the same time and in a small town, you might want to take a look at Casa Teitiare Estate in Sayulita. Europeans love this venue. There are two houses on the premises. After getting married there, you can spend your honeymoon in this charming town. Kill two birds with one stone.
The list could continue on and on as there are so many places we could talk about. Some of them are not small towns but have that feeling. Such is the case of Querétaro City and Campeche City. There are large cities that still retain that small-town feeling.
Advantages of Holding Your Wedding in Mexico
When looking for wedding options in Mexico, it’s important to consider several factors. There are advantages and disadvantages of holding your wedding in a foreign country. Some advantages I can think of:
- Your event will stand out. More than impressing your guests, you want to make your day as special as you can. This will do the trick.
- Destination weddings can be more affordable than holding a similar event in your own country. Convert those dollars/euros to pesos and do the math!
- You can form a stronger bond with the important people in your life.
- You can organize a kind of vacation along with your wedding.
- Depending on where your wedding is, you can get married outdoors even during wintertime.
- When holding your wedding at a hotel, there are discounts and other perks you might be offered.
- Destination weddings are more intimate. They’re usually attended by close family and friends.
- Experience another culture from a different perspective and share it with your loved ones.
Disadvantages of Holding Your Wedding in Mexico
On the other hand, there are also disadvantages to consider. Among them, we could point out:
- The logistics can be a little bit complicated if you do everything yourself. It’s easier to hire a wedding planner, but that will inevitably increase the cost.
- When holding your event outdoors, there is always the risk of bad weather, especially during the rainy season.
- Hotels will usually require you to book a minimum number of rooms so you can use their facilities for your event. If you don’t have that many guests, you will have to pay the difference out of your pocket.
- The financial burden on your guests can be heavy. They will have to pay for their flights, accommodations, etc. which can reduce the number of attendees.
- Many people are still scared of visiting Mexico. When my ex-boss got married in Oaxaca City, only about 60-70% of the invited people attended. Most of them cited their fear of going to Mexico as their reason for not going because of what they saw on the news.
- The legal process involved can be confusing and bureaucratic.
As you can see, there are many wedding destinations in Mexico to choose from. There are advantages and disadvantages to consider, but at the end of the day, it’s your decision.
Holding your wedding in Mexico can be quite an experience. The planning process can be fun and challenging. From finding a venue to selecting your guests, choosing the menu, and choosing other activities in the city for your guests, it can be a long process. If a “normal” wedding takes time and dedication, much more a wedding in a foreign country.
I’d like to know your experiences and opinions on the subject. Feel free to leave them in the comments below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. See you soon!
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Book your flight
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Book your accommodation
The next thing you have to do is secure your lodging. Whether you prefer a hostel, a guesthouse, a B&B, or a hotel, you can find them all on Booking. You can find lodging of all kinds ranging from cheap to expensive and somewhere in between. Many people have scored good deals using it.
Another popular option is Hostelworld. This website focuses on hostels as opposed to hotels.
Book a tour
In some places, you might want to hire a tour. Not all places are equally accessible to visit by oneself. It helps enormously when you visit with a local guide who can show you around and answer any questions you might have…all in your native language. My to-go place is Viator as they offer tours of all kinds and have a presence all over the world.
Rent a car
Public transportation is usually cheaper than renting a car, but it’s sometimes more complicated and time-consuming. That’s a reality. In some cases, it’s more convenient to rent a car. My recommendation is Rentalcars.com. Here you can compare rates and choose the one that fits you best.
Book your bus tickets
You can save money by booking bus tickets online. My favorite site to do this is Busbud.
Get travel insurance
Never travel without a travel insurance policy, especially during these days! Travel insurance can save your life. My recommendations are World Nomads and Insured Nomads. Both companies cover COVID-19 related incidents, which is crucial these days.
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