by Lucy Gallagher, Yucatan Weddings
Finding the venue that fits your needs is probably the most important part of the wedding planning process. Before you set your mind to a specific venue, consider the following:
- How many guests do you intend to invite and does the venue have the capacity to hold them all comfortably?
- What time of the year to do intend to marry—during the dry or wet season? If it is outdoors, is there a backup area in case of rain?
- Do you want to hold both the ceremony and reception at the same site?
- Is it important for you to provide overnight accommodation for your guests at the venue?
- How easy is it to access by public transport and are there plenty of parking spaces for guests driving to the event?
- Is there a area for the bride and groom to change and/or relax?
- How much are you planning on spending on a wedding venue?
Typically, in the Riviera Maya, couples decide to marry at either one of the following venues: beach, rooftop terrace, restaurant, jungle, hacienda or villa. Whichever venue you opt for, we will make sure your wedding is absolutely perfect!
The Mexican Caribbean is renowned for its idyllic shoreline, so it is no surprise that most couples choose to have beach weddings where they can walk barefoot down a sandy aisle and exchange vows overlooking the clear, turquoise waters. The light breeze in the air and relaxing sound of the waves will make the union with the love of your life just perfect.
In the Riviera Maya, you will find a wide range of oceanfront locations to suit your needs, from the luxurious beach restaurants in trendy Playa del Carmen to the long, deserted beaches of laid-back Tulum
Rooftop ceremonies are becoming the new trend in the Riviera Maya to host an unforgettable ceremony and wedding reception. These venues are private and stylish with fabulous views over the Caribbean Sea. Ceremonies during sunset and receptions under the stars make for a truly romantic and elegant evening. Later, the cool Caribbean breeze will allow you to dance the night away to the music of some of the best DJs in town.
The Palm at Playa Rooftop, Playa del Carmen
Restaurants and lounges are becoming an increasingly popular choice for couples seeking an intimate venue with impeccable service. One of the great advantages of a restaurant wedding is that you will not need to rent tables, chairs and tableware, nor will you need to hire a caterer, as the chef is already on site, so this is also a cost-effective option.
The Riviera Maya offers an extraordinary array of oceanfront restaurants to suit your needs, from the elegant and sophisticated indoor restaurants of Playa del Carmen to the casual thatched-roof restaurants on the beautiful beaches of Xpu-Ha, Paamul and Tulum. However you envisage your restaurant wedding, we will be sure to find a restaurant that meets your needs.
Wicky’s Beach Club and Restaurant, Playa del Carmen
The Yucatan Peninsula is the magical land of the Maya and its jungles abound in natural treasures. Its cenotes, lagoons, ancient trees, traditional palapa-roof homes and archeological remains all contribute to the perfect wedding if you are looking to have a rustic and earthy ceremony.
Most couples choose to get married by a shaman in a lush cenote setting. Others prefer the idea of exchanging vows as part of a Temazcal ritual, which is a traditional Mesoamerican sweat lodge. Both are highly spiritual experiences, which the couple and their loved ones will never forget!
Haciendas and oceanfront villas are possibly the most sumptuous venues for weddings. We recommend this option if you prefer a private and intimate ceremony in the most elegant surroundings.
Haciendas will take you back to a more romantic and traditional era. They make superb wedding locations with their thick walls, high vaults, cool patios and old-fashioned courtyards. Oceanfront villas offer luxury accommodations and beautiful settings with spectacular views over the Caribbean Sea. Couples who decide to rent a villa for their wedding usually want an elegant and exclusive ceremony but many also like the idea of its being more like a mini-vacation with the people they care about most.
Hacienda Corazon, Puerto Aventuras