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For clients interested in a destination wedding, it’s never too early to start planning. The first — and perhaps hardest — decision to make is where to host the once-in-a-lifetime event.
To make things a little easier for excited couples, we’ve put together a list of our favorite resorts in Mexico for a destination wedding — whether it’s a grand family affair or an adults-only getaway.
Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection If clients are looking for a picture-perfect, Instagram-worthy destination wedding in Los Cabos, Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection is a prime choice. Couples can wine, dine, wed and take pictures against beautiful backdrops — such as the famous Sea of Cortez — from a private beach ceremony or an indoor-outdoor reception at Aire, Esperanza’s newest wedding venue.
“Aire is sure to bring a new caliber of oceanfront gatherings and weddings to Los Cabos,” said Marc Rodriguez, general manager of Esperanza. “The expansive ocean views and coastal topography encircling Aire provide a beautiful natural setting that is unmatched in the area and truly unique to Esperanza.”
As a bonus, guests staying at Esperanza receive dining privileges at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, which means that couples can host cocktail hours and post-wedding culinary outings at both resorts.
Moon Palace Cancun Moon Palace Cancun is a great option for couples seeking a religious or cultural wedding experience. The all-inclusive luxury resort, which ranks well among other top resorts in Cancun, offers Indian, Jewish, Catholic and nondenominational weddings, as well as Maya ceremonies, with religious and cultural officials.
In fact, Moon Palace Cancun is the only Palace Resorts property that offers a Chapel Collection package, which includes a Catholic chapel “Immaculate Conception” location; the services of a Catholic priest and a certificate; and a horse-drawn carriage for the bride’s arrival.
Nonreligious parties can opt for a themed wedding package, such as a Nautical or Romantic Red beachfront setting. In addition to thoughtful decor, every Palace Resorts package includes an audio system and a semi-private dinner.
Now Amber Puerto VallartaAn ideal location for family-friendly gatherings and wedding ceremonies, the AAA Four Diamond Now Amber Puerto Vallarta creates a well-rounded experience for guests of all ages. Within the resort itself, Now Amber caters to children and teens with two separate clubs: Explorer’s Club and Core Zone Teen’s Club, respectively. Nearby, families can also partake in communal activities such as kayaking, golf and sightseeing excursions.
But the wedding packages save a little something special just for the bride and groom. For example, a romantic turndown service following the ceremony comes complete with a private Jacuzzi strewn with rose petals, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. Or, depending on the selected package, newlyweds can choose breakfast in bed, served with mimosas, the following morning.
Clients looking to book Now Amber can also take advantage of the resort’s Love At First Site package, which offers a special rate and private site inspection for couples prior to booking their destination wedding.
Viceroy Riviera MayaFoodies should book with Viceroy Riviera Maya, an adults-only beachfront resort that is minutes away from Playa Del Carmen. Recently recognized as the No. 1 resort hotel in Mexico by “Travel + Leisure,” Viceroy Riviera Maya houses La Marea, an award-winning, Mexican fine-dining venue.
Couples can opt for an intimate ceremony within La Marea or host a large gathering in the open-air Coral Grill outpost. Regardless of the venue, Viceroy Riviera Maya will serve a feast (and drinks) fit for kings and queens.
First up, hors d’oeuvres hour consists of small bites, most of which contain a seafood element. Then, guests can enjoy a four-course meal that ends with sweet treats such as chilled banana souffle with mango and Kahlua creme brulee with vanilla pound cake.
Vidanta Nuevo VallartaAlthough Vidanta owns many luxury resorts along Mexico’s coastline, Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta tops the list when it comes to wedding ceremonies, featuring a bevy of versatile venues. Smaller parties can enjoy a peaceful setting at the Grand
Luxxe Adults-Only Pool, while large blowouts can be held in Vidanta’s new convention center. Meanwhile, clients looking for a more tailored experience can select the Mayan Palace Secret Garden venue, which offers a fairytale-like setting.
“Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a grand affair, Vidanta’s team of expert wedding planners can help plan a flawless celebration for the big day, including high-touch details, from flowers and cake to photography, leading entertainment options and even a private fireworks show,” said Norma Preciado, director of lifestyle and entertainment marketing for Vidanta.