Planning any wedding is stressful. There are, it seems, a million questions and decisions that all need your attention at any given time. Cake tastings, dress fittings, flower choices (OK, these ones are quite fun), seating arrangements, the in-laws (to be) and the menu for the reception, but the most important is undoubtedly the where and when of your big day.
If you’ve decided on a destination wedding because you would like to be married on the beach then we can tell you that Mexico is a one of the best destinations for weddings! The only question is… which coast will you be married on? The Caribbean or the Pacific? They both have great features, and if it’s only the beach part that’s really important then it doesn’t really matter which side you pick – just see which venue you like best. For those who are a bit more discerning, however, there are a few more considerations to take into account when choosing weddings in Mexico.
For example, if you have a lot of friends and family that you would like to come, you might want to look into which destinations have the most direct flights available. If you prefer privacy over a wild party scene, this too can have an effect on which coastline is best for you. Here’s our quick summary of the two.
Weddings in Mexico on the Caribbean Coast
If it’s white sand, endless sunshine and sparkling turquoise waters you are really after then the Caribbean coast of Mexico is going to seem like heaven! Destination weddings in Mexico on the east coast can fully expect luxury as Cancun and the Riviera Maya are the stars of the tourist trade. Mexico’s Caribbean coastline boasts some of the most luxurious and comprehensive resorts in the country, and the scenery is simply divine for photos. Mangroves, dense jungle and exotic wildlife abound in Riviera Maya, and in Cancun you’ll find beaches unlike any others.
Caribbean weddings in Mexico give you the chance to treat your guests to eco-tours, bike rides, subaquatic exploration and even a taste of the country’s history. In this region you will find plenty of Mayan temples, observatories and ruins which are around 1,000 years old! A slice of the ancient in a glittering modern paradise.
The east coast also offers the chance for unique ceremonies. Why not get married underwater? Or if that’s too extreme consider an underground wine cellar – this will have your guests talking for years to come.
Another advantage for Weddings in Mexico’s Caribbean are the flights. Cancun Airport is one of the busiest in Mexico serving a wide range of international destinations, including Europe.
Weddings in Mexico on the Pacific Coast
The Pacific coast of Mexico is the one you should be looking at if you’re after a peaceful, private and idyllic ceremony which is steeped in nature as well as sunshine. The whole west coast is just that little more relaxed – the beach-front villas and hacienda style homes of Los Cabos in Baja California and the upmarket resort town of Puerto Vallarta have great foodie scenes. Even the sleepy villages of the Riviera Nayarit are gastro-chic. What’s more, there are plenty of island paradises in these waters! Add to this the golden sand beaches, crystalline waters and marine wildlife (humpback whales pass through the Central Pacific region every winter!), and it’s easy to see why this is a nature lover’s paradise.
The unparalleled scenery is one point in favour of the west coast, certainly, but what really makes it great for weddings in Mexico is the fact that the rainy season is a little more defined and the wind is more predictable.
So whether you consider yourself a foodie, culture vulture, history lover or true romantic Mexico offers a variety of options for destination weddings – one of them is sure to be the right fit for you. The backdrops, adventures and accommodation options may decide which coast you end up on, but, when it comes to a beach wedding, there’s no place like Mexico for you wedding!