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Cancun is garnering its share (and then some) of the burgeoning destination wedding market. As one of the world’s top destination wedding locations, Cancun has seen an increase of 15 to 20 percent in weddings compared to 2012. The destination has all the characteristics that romantic couples are looking for — the blue Caribbean Sea and white sand beaches against a palm-lined tropical backdrop. Access by air is also easy, with a wide variety of direct and connecting flights from major cities in the U.S. In addition, couples can choose from a range of hotels, from five-star resorts to all-inclusive hotels and budget-friendly properties.
According to the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, 30 percent of all U.S. couples choose to have their weddings in a foreign destination. Mexico accounts for 24 percent of these foreign nuptials (about 25,000 annually), with Cancun hosting 12,000 vow renewals, civil, religious and Maya-themed weddings in 2012 alone.
Hot Wedding Spots
Palace Resorts is one of Cancun’s most popular choices for weddings due to their diverse offerings that include interfaith, Catholic and Jewish ceremonies. Recently, the resort chain also incorporated Indian weddings into their offerings.
“The brand raised the bar in unique offerings for destination weddings by specializing in Indian weddings, available exclusively at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort,” said Lucy Martinez Ramirez, Palace Resorts’ corporate weddings director. “Palace Resorts flew in culinary consultants and resort chefs trained in preparing authentic Indian cuisine.”
Ramirez noted that, since adding Indian weddings to the resort’s offerings, the property has seen a booking increase of almost 10 percent compared to 2012.
The Hard Rock Hotel Cancun is another popular, all-inclusive property for weddings. This resort offers nine exclusive wedding packages created by celebrity wedding designer Colin Cowie. Chic designs inspired by the vibrant culture and colors of Mexico are available, including options such as Elegant Ivory and El Sol. For a unique Hard Rock vibe, brides can choose from themes such as Metallic Dunes and Rocker Chic.
Dolphin Discovery invites guests to swim with dolphins, sea lions and manatees. With a growing number of couples looking for one-of-a-kind celebrations, Dolphin Discovery provides exceptional ways for them to celebrate their nuptials and incorporate nature into every aspect of their wedding. Dolphin Discovery has had a 51 percent increase in weddings compared to 2012, with 7,610 this year alone.
Mandala Beach Club has also seen an increase in weddings by 70 percent this year. Located in the heart of the hotel zone, the Beach Club’s prime location makes it an appealing choice for couples. The club also allows guests to celebrate until the sun rises, with no set protocol for closing or time limit for wedding receptions.