Planning a destination wedding can seem really challenging when you first get started. There are many logistics to juggle, but before you can even begin dealing with those, you have to figure out where you even want to get married in the first place!
When you think of your ideal wedding destination, what comes to mind? How about something with sun, sand, and painless travel options? If a serene, tropical location with delicious food and rich culture sounds appealing, you may want to consider Mexico.
Mexico is a great wedding destination for many reasons. Its close proximity to the US means, from most US locations, your flight to Mexico will only be a few hours – depending on your final destination, of course. Just don’t forget your passport!
Mexico has great weather, incredible food, and luxurious accommodations for every style and budget. You get the best of both worlds with the opportunity to pick calm, private retreats or bustling resorts where the party doesn’t stop until 2am.
There are adults-only and family-friendly options. Resorts where you can learn about Mexican history and culture in the morning and bask in the sun with a drink in your hand in the afternoon. And there are plenty of resorts that mix many of these qualities!
With so many destinations to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect Mexico wedding destination for you.
Dreamy Mexico wedding destinations to consider
The most popular regions of Mexico to visit are the Baja California Peninsula, located on the western coast of Mexico, and the Yucatán Peninsula, located to the southeast of Mexico.
Baja California has popular resort destinations including the famous Los Cabos, made up of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, both known for their luxurious resorts and colorful nightlife.
The Yucatán Peninsula is home to the Cancun hotel and casino strip, as well as other well-known destinations including Tulum and Cozumel.
When you’re researching the perfect Mexico wedding destination, these two locations are most likely to come up. We’ll be focusing on both of these destinations in this blog.
What’s the average cost of a wedding in Mexico?
Wedding Spot says $8,000, though they don’t specify the number of guests. Like many other destination wedding locations, you can find options that range from a few thousand dollars to six figures, depending on the resort. The number of guests you’d like to attend your wedding obviously plays into how much your celebration will cost.
Overall, planning a wedding in Mexico typically costs less per person than many popular locations in the United States. Almost every resort and hotel in Mexico offers some kind of wedding package, ranging from intimate elopements to 1000-guest parties.
When beginning your search, look at popular locations and venues to determine what resort or hotel you’d like to consider. Many of the popular destinations in Mexico we’ve already covered have hundreds of hotels and resorts to choose from.
Top Mexico wedding destinations by venue
Regardless of the resort you choose, Mexico has stunning views and amazing food to offer. But if you’re looking to host your wedding celebration at one of the most impressive resorts in Mexico, consider these venues.
Hotel Xcaret is one of the biggest resorts in Mexico, with 9 parks, 12 restaurants and 14 bars, and a world-class spa. This resort is so expansive, you’ll need more than a few days to explore everything. This is the perfect destination for couples looking for adventure during the day and a party at night.
If you’re looking for something more laid-back and intimate, Nest Tulum is a great choice. Nest is a boutique hotel with 12 guest rooms and a private villa. The resort has a private beach, spa services, and 2 restaurants. It’s also close to nearby public beaches and restaurants if you’d like to venture outside of your private oasis.
The staff at Villa La Joya are well-versed in wedding planning, as this destination is so popular for tying the knot. Because it’s a private venue, at Villa La Joya you can plan your wedding exactly the way you imagine, without having to jump through hoops with resort restrictions.
The best Mexico wedding destinations for multi-day events
Chances are if you’re planning a destination wedding in Mexico, you’ll want to hang out and enjoy the location for more than a day or two. If you’re considering making your destination wedding a multi-day event, these are great locations to consider.
Cancun, located on the northern edge of the Yucatán Peninsula, has vibrant nightlife and many popular beachfront resorts. It’s fairly easy to get around and most resorts offer transportation to and from the airport.
Popular wedding venues: The Haciendas, Aloft Cancun, Hotel Xcaret, The Ritz-Carlton Cancun
Riviera Maya spans the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. This area is known for its long stretches of beachfront and calming ocean breezes. There’s plenty of history to explore in this area as well.
Popular wedding venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Royalton Riviera, Unico 20°87°
Cozumel is a small island off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. The island offers some of the most stunning scuba diving locations in Mexico because it’s located in the second-largest coral reef system in the world.
Popular wedding venues: Cozumel Palace, Iberostar Cozumel, Grand Park Royal Cozumel
Tulum is located in the southern part of Riviera Maya, away from the hustle and bustle of larger resort locations like Playa del Carmen. Tulum’s resorts focus more on mind and body than parties, so if you’re looking for a calming retreat, Tulum is a good choice.
Popular wedding venues: La Valise Luxury Hotel, Nest, Arcadia, Orchid House
There are many breathtaking resorts in Cabo. So many, in fact, that we put together a list of our favorite Mexico wedding destinations in Cabo, dedicated just to this stunning area of Baja California. Cabo has some of the most luxurious resorts in all of Mexico. If you’re looking for a 5-star experience, Cabo is the location for you.
Popular wedding venues: Esperanza Resort, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, The Cape, Acre, Flora Farms
Ready to start planning your celebration in one of these fantastic Mexico wedding destinations? We can provide luxury videography and photography services to capture your special day. Visit our website to learn more about us, or contact us to see if your wedding date is available. See you in Mexico!
Photography/Videography: Dalton Young Weddings