Destination Weddings are the perfect opportunity to share one of the most important days of your life with your closest family and friends. By having your wedding day in a different country, you have the chance to make it that much more special and memorable – and so just imagine what it would be like to have your Destination Wedding in somewhere as special and unique as Guatemala!
With majestic Mayan ruins to climb and explore close-by, infinite paths and rides to enjoy through the forests, and breathtaking views and proximity to the jungle, one of the best places you could have your big day is the Bolontiku Boutique Hotel. The Bolontiku is known in Guatemala for being the sanctuary of the nine Mayan gods, and is situated on the picturesque and mystical Lake Petén Itzá in northern Guatemala. It is the perfect combination of the comfort of modern living, and the freedom of nature.
If you’re looking to really impress your guests with the sight of the most beautiful colonial ruins, then there is no place better than Antigua, the ancient capital of Guatemala in the south of the country. With paved stone streets, artistic iron gates on windows and doors, and close to blooming with colour and florals, the Land of the Eternal Spring (as Antigua is commonly nicknamed) is surrounded by historic and immersive architecture that is unlike you will find here. Around every street corner lies the perfect background for a beautiful photo that will capture the uniqueness of this place.
You can choose from any number of places the specific destination for your ceremony. You can recite your vows in one of the public ruins under the domain of CNPAG (the National Council for the Protection of Antigua Guatemala), which will be completely customised for you – or you could arrange your own wedding at one of the best hotels in the country, Casa Santo Domingo.
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The old Convent of Casa Santo Domingo preserves the treasures from the Baroque era of the old ancestral Central America. The Convent, converted into a hotel many years ago, is one of the largest of its kind in all of South America – a sanctuary for all, with some incredibly special features. The relaxing garden environment creates an ambience of relaxation for all, and with the finest amenities on site, with handmade textile products adorning the rooms, and a really authentic Guatemalan vibe in the artwork, it is easy to see just why the Casa Santo Domingo hotel is considered one of the best.
However, we have saved the best for last. Lake Atitlán, which extends across an impressive 18 kilometres – though is not as deep as its penetrating azure colour makes it appear – is surrounded by three volcanoes: Tolimán, San Pedro and Atitlán. Despite the slightly unnerving nature of being circled by three volcanoes, this is truly one of the most calming and inspiring locations in the entire world. Tranquil and serene, don’t just take our word for it – why not visit and see for yourself?
The Lake is so peaceful that any visitor who steps foot within its vicity will want to remain there forever. And waking up to a magnificent sunrise through the window of an exclusive boutique hotel – such as the Casa Palopó and the Casa Prana – will only intensify this feeling. Both are located high up in the mountainous regions that surround the Lake, with a stunning view that will leave you in awe of nature. Spending even a single night in one of their colonial rooms will give you the best rest that you will ever have! Intimate, unique and in an unbeatable setting, you and your closest family and friends will enjoy an unforgettable wedding at Lake Atitlán.
And these are just a handful of the hundreds of beautiful and special places where you could celebrate your wedding in Guatemala. The bright colours, the constant scent of flowers, the luxurious fabrics, the rich culture, the native cuisine and – most of all – the people of this wonderful country make it a hidden gem for your Destination Wedding. Have an unforgettable experience!
This article was contributed by Pilu Delgado from Marry Me in Guatemala, a subsection of the Dream Events Wedding Planning company. They plan destination weddings all across Guatemala and beyond!