Due to its proximity to the U.S., warm weather, beautiful beaches and scenery, and variety of resorts and accommodations, Mexico destination weddings are quite popular. But Mexico is a big country with lots of beautiful and exciting regions—how can a couple decide which location is best for them and their wedding guests? Once you’ve determined the style and type of wedding you’d like to host, read about these Mexico destination wedding locations to find the best area for your event.
For the Couple Who Loves to Party…Cancun
If you’re hosting a Mexico destination wedding and want to combine gorgeous beach scenery with vibrant nightlife, Cancun may be your best bet. Though you might want to avoid marrying during spring break season due to the crowds or during hurricane season, visiting during early December and April are ideal. And with so many luxurious resorts in this Mexican Caribbean area, your guests will enjoy a fun-filled Cancun getaway during your wedding weekend. Nearby Playa Mujeres is another destination wedding locale worth checking out, too.
For the Boho-Chic Couple…Tulum
In recent years, Tulum, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, has become an in-demand tourist destination known for its privacy, relaxed vibe, white-sand beaches, and Mayan ruins. It’s also an ideal wedding location for couples who want a bohemian-style Mexico destination wedding and is particularly lovely for weddings in the late fall and early winter. And with lush national parks, gorgeous beaches, foodie-friendly restaurants, and highly-rated resorts in the area, you’ll have no shortage of options when it comes to choosing your Tulum wedding venue.
For a Wedding with Tropical Style…Playa del Carmen
Tropical-style beach weddings are oh-so in right now and there may be no better place to host a wedding with all the palm fronds and monstera leaf décor than Playa del Carmen. Couples who want their guests to enjoy an outdoorsy good time during their wedding weekend will also love this area, where the area resorts offer lots of activities plus beaches full of lush natural beauty. In particular, the Mayakoba area is particularly private and high-end for couples who love the luxe life.
For the Couple Who Loves Marine Life…Cozumel
Not only Cozumel ideal for couples who love ocean views, it’s also a great destination for couples on a budget, as it’s a bit more affordable than other Mexico destination wedding locations. You’ll love scuba diving and snorkeling before or after your big day—there’s nothing quite like seeing a sea turtle, manatee, or dolphin up close. There are numerous all-inclusive resorts in Cozumel, which not only make fabulous wedding venues, but will win raves from your guest list for budget-friendly accommodations.
For the Celeb Treatment…Riviera Maya
Couples who want to marry like the stars should definitely check out the numerous wedding venues in Riviera Maya, located on the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula near Tulum. There are the traditional luxe resorts with beachfront or garden gazebo wedding ceremony sites, romantic overwater bungalows and even, er, a clothing-optional resort, where you can say "I do". Numerous celebrities, including Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio, have vacationed in the area, so you never know when you’ll spot a star here!
For Those Instagram-Worthy Photo Backdrops…Cabo San Lucas
Located closer to California on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas in the Los Cabos region is a popular Mexico destination wedding locale for West Coast couples. One of the benefits of hosting your dream wedding in Cabo is the less severe hurricane season. You’ll also swoon over the stunning beaches, particularly those located along the scenic Playa del Amor (a.k.a. “Lover’s Beach”). There are numerous luxury resorts here where you’ll find truly spectacular views of breathtaking sunsets—ideal for wedding portraits and Instagram images alike.
For a Serene and Intimate Wedding Day…Puerto Vallarta
You’ll love the historic elements in Puerto Vallarta, from the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Church, to El Malecon Boardwalk. The wedding venues offer memorable settings—and not just beaches—from oceanfront terraces to stunning cliffs, lush tropical gardens, and more, along with a variety of destination wedding packages for every budget. And while same-sex weddings aren’t allowed in certain parts of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is known for being welcoming to same-sex couples.