The Destination Wedding Mini-Guide: Cancun

If you have finally come to the excellent decision to get married abroad, but you’re still unsure as to where, then have a read of this. Our Destination Wedding Mini Guide to Cancun has everything you need to know when organizing your big day in this sunny Mexican paradise.

This beautiful city in Mexico is situated on the Yucatán Peninsula, caressed by the warm crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea. Cancun is a popular destination for many reasons: amazing hotels, food, views and of course, its nightlife. It’s also easier and much more affordable to travel there than you might think (you can find direct flights from 17 American cities.) With year-round shimmery sunshine, great spots for surfing and snorkeling, and an undeniable luxury, you’ll not only be able to have the wedding of your dreams, but also the trip of a lifetime.

Cancun views. Photo via: gmstockstudio
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Planning a destination wedding can actually prove to be easier than planning a wedding in your home town. Many hotels will have packages that include catering, wedding coordinators and accommodation. You’ll have less guests to worry about, so all you will need to do is pack your bags and get there! However, it is still important to know the legal requirements to marry in Mexico, and a some help from a destination wedding planner can go a long way. In this guide, discover our top picks of hotel venues, caterers, planners and entertainment in this beautiful destination wedding location.

Marital Requirements

First things first, you need to make sure you have all the legal documents necessary to be able to tie the knot in Cancun. Bringing your passport along is a given, but make sure you also have your birth certificates (translated into Spanish by an authorized translator), medical certificates, tourist cards (obtained on your flight), and 4 witnesses. It’s also necessary that you and your loved one have a prenuptial blood test upon arrival in Mexico. Visit cancunweddingvows.com for more information!

Hotel Venues

Packages make everything easier. Luckily for you, Cancun boasts a plethora of amazing luxury resorts that overlook stunning coastlines. Could you get anymore romantic? An “I do” facing the sea is probably the most fantastic wedding scenario you could dream up. Cancun is one of our star destinations for this type of blissful experience.

Photo Credit: Marriott Cancun
Photo Credit: Marriott Cancun

For intimate ceremonies, we recommend Excellence Playa Mujeres, a jewel of a resort situated on a 2-mile stretch of untouched beach near an island marina and golf course. With award-winning cuisine and a variety of wedding packages for the most special of vows, you really cannot go wrong. Their Excellence Package, for example, will have you say ‘I do’ under a white gazebo overlooking the Caribbean Sea, in front of 10 close guests. Expect horse and carriage transportation included, as well as a bridal bouquet, a wedding cake, a decorated ceremony, accommodation and a honeymoon package to die for!

Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancun
Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancun

For larger ceremonies suitable for the whole family, have a look at Marriott CasaMagna Cancún. Imagine taking saying your vows in either a Catholic chapel or a beautiful altar on white sands, elegantly decorated for the occasion. Here, you’ll be looked after by talented wedding coordinators, and the hotel’s wedding packages are completely customizable, so you’re wedding will be all about you. Overall, this luxury complex has more than 10 rooms and four lounges to accommodate the different events of your special day (La Isla Patio has a capacity for up to 800 people!).

CasaMagna Marriott Cancun ResortLearn more about “CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort”
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort

For a list of our favorite beach venues in Cancun – have a read of this

Caterers

When you think of Mexico, you most likely think of its deliciously spicy and exotic food. So, if a package in an all-inclusive hotel isn’t quite for you, and you would like to choose a separate venue, then you’ll need some advice on the best caterers in the area. Well, we have a delicious treat for you

Our recommendation is Gourmands & Gourmets, an original catering company specialized in quality and sophisticated wedding banquets. Indulge in exclusive Mexican and world recipes made with love by international chef, Federico López, whose training in the Culinary Institute of America will ensure a flawless meal for your wedding day. With the creativity and professionalism that characterizes Gourmands & Gourmets, comes their ability to adapt your wedding menu to suit your requirements.

Photo: Gourmets & Gourmands
Photo: Gourmands & Gourmets

Destination Wedding Planners

When it comes to organizing a destination wedding from afar, we often recommend that you get planning advice from a professional who knows the area. It will save you the stress!

Ro Cháves is a certified wedding planner in Cancun that has arranged destination weddings for couples from the US, London and even Australia. According to Ro, “A wedding planner is much more than just someone who sources suppliers, a wedding planner is someone that offers experience, security, can manage unforeseen circumstances and much more…”. You can rely on Ro and her award-winning team to cover every detail from the initial consultation to the final touches on the big day.

Ro ChávezLearn more about “Ro Chávez”
Ro Chávez

 With so many couples from the US choosing Mexico as both their wedding destination and their honeymoon spot, it’s worth mentioning travel agent, Azul Cancun, and their wedding planning team Love DreamsNot only do they help you plan exotic holidays in Cancun, but they can also help plan your special day and your honeymoon. Love Dreams by Azul Cancun takes pride in making your special day a success with unique weddings that reflect your personality and turn your beautiful ideas into reality.

Love Dreams provide a wide range of venue decoration packages, live band or trio, DJ’s, choir for the ceremony, flowers, hair & make-up, photography, a post ceremony cocktail, fully catered wedding reception and much more.

Love Dreams by Azul Cancun
Love Dreams by Azul Cancun

For a list of Wedding Planners in Mexico, here are our top 15…

Entertainment

Cancun is synonymous with fiestas, so make sure you throw the best party for you and your guests. If you’re celebrating in smaller numbers, there’s always Cancun’s unbeatable nightlife to enjoy, but if you’re celebration continues in your venue, then be sure to get the best possible entertainment. Fire dancers, renowned DJ’s, salsa dancers, Mariachi bands… Cancun has it all.

Fire Show, credit: Tarakin
Fire Show, credit: Tarakin

Always check with your venue first as to whether your wedding package includes any entertainment, as many resorts will already provide some great music and performers. Alternatively, ask your wedding planner for recommended services in the area.

Our recommendation is to use Disco Movil, only the best wedding DJ service in Cancun! Founded by Ricardo and Jimmy Lorenzo, this service is committed to tailoring a high-quality sounding musical atmosphere to your tastes. With years of experience and a passion for world sounds and rhythms, these guys will no doubt get the party started.

DiscoMovil Set upLearn more about “DiscoMovil Set up”
DiscoMovil Set up

As you can see, Cancun is an excellent place to tie the knot in as there is an abundance of options to choose from. Choose from our list of amazing venues, resorts, wedding planners, caterers and entertainers all in the sunny and rhythmic surroundings of Cancun. Our recommended venues await your call, they’ll help you plan the most special day and the trip of a lifetime!

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