We could list a million reasons why any couple should consider getting married in the Riviera Maya. Besides the obvious ones like gorgeous weather and breathtaking scenery, there are several other very special qualities this area has inherited as a result of its growing international population. It’s these qualities; the beauty, acceptance, respect and diversity, that brought Jordan and David along with with closest friends and family, from Texas and beyond for their beautiful beachside nuptials in Akumal.
The celebration was held at Villa Bellamar, a gorgeous luxury retreat in Akumal, only 20 minutes outside Playa del Carmen. The quiet beach was the perfect backdrop for this intimate gathering.
We loved the choice of decor for this event. Pops of blue and violet with marine accents made it feel romantic and masculine and fun with touches of quirky Mexican art kept it light and festive.
We are proud supporters of love. Love that comes in all shapes, sizes and forms. Playa del Carmen has a wonderful gay community, and is home to one of the largest gay festivals in North America, the Arena Festival, so it is no surprise to us why we are seeing more and more couples choosing our home as their spot for an unforgettable destination wedding. And we are honoured they choose us to be a part of it all!
Congratulations and Gracias Jordan and David! We wish you all the love in the world!
Thank you to Diego Munoz for the gorgeous pics!
Sallie and Jay have set the bar high for anyone looking to plan a fun and festive destination wedding in Playa del Carmen. The colours, decor and all of the cheerful touches make this one for the books!
The day started as it should, with champagne and friends getting ready at Deseo Hotel and Lounge on Playa del Carmen’s famous Avenida Quinta, a perfect little boutique hotel with an amazing rooftop overlooking the action.
From Deseo, the small group of close friends and family made their way over to the beautiful beachfront property at Mosquito Beach, just a few blocks away, for a romantic ceremony filled with love and laughter and then down 5th Avenue, mariachi and all, to start the celebration!
We loved all of the details that went into pulling off this gorgeous day! Thank you to our awesome couple for inviting us to be a part of it!
And thank you to Dean Sanderson for these gorgeous photos!
A little rustic, a touch of bohemian and a splash of Mexico makes this beach wedding at Blue Venado Beach Club the beauty that it is!
Andrea and Hectors intimate celebration was true perfection. Pretty purples, gorgeous flowers, festive, whimsical decor and a happy couple surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Love was all around!
The ceremony was sweet, followed by a delicious meal and stunning cake. The party got started when the costumes came out and everyone let loose on the dance floor. And for a special touch, a moonlit balloon release!
Special guests, the pups!
Felicidades Andrea and Hector!!!
It’s easy to get lost in all of the exciting aspects of wedding planning. Colors, themes, floral arrangements, the dress, the champagne… the paperwork. Ok, so maybe not that last one, however legal documentation is unavoidable should you wish to be legally recognized as husband and wife, in any country.
You may choose to take care of the paperwork in your home country before or after your ceremony in Mexico, however some of our couples feel strongly about completing the civil union on the day of the wedding. You shouldn’t be concerned about the process here in the Riviera Maya despite what you may have read about it being lengthy or complicated.
Here is the low down on “making it official” in paradise!
WHAT YOU NEED:
Passports: valid passports for bride and groom (must be valid for more than 6 months from the wedding date).
Tourist Card: given to every foreigner on the flight to Mexico.
Blood Test: to determine blood type, HIV, RH factor and Venereal diseases. By law this must be done in the municipality where you get married within 2 weeks from the wedding date.
Witnesses: 4 witnesses with their passports (min. 6 months of validation) and tourist cards.
That wasn’t so bad was it?! Now here is what you should know about the process.
Travel: the bride, groom and their 4 witnesses must be in Mexico for at least 3 complete business days (Saturdays, Sundays & Public Mexican Holidays are not included) before the wedding, not counting the arrival date or the wedding date, to submit all the required documents.
Marriage License (for USA, Canadian and British Citizens): we will obtain the apostle for the Marriage License and will send it to you by courier. The procedure takes around 2 months. This certificate is legally recognized in your country, the same as you would have received at home.
Ceremony: Mexican Law requires a Justice of the Peace to perform the ceremony. Some may perform in English however traditionally this is done in Spanish.There is a short script and you are welcome to have a friend or family member officiate in your language. Please note that the script can not be edited or altered, however you are free to add personal vows.
3 months before wedding
Photocopies of bride, grooms and witnesses passport emailed to planner
Make sure everybody has valid passports (remember, they need to be valid for at least 6 months past the wedding date)
In case of a divorce on any side, ask your planner if you need to present any document
3 days before wedding
Meet planner and review all documents are in order
Blood tests (it is usually possible to have a nurse come to your hotel or condo to perform the test and it only takes a few minutes to complete the forms and take the sample… you’ll even get a lollipop!)
Complete forms for marriage certificate. Couple and witnesses need to sign the papers.
Hopefully this helps you in your planning process. Your planner will be able to review everything with you should you have questions or concerns.
We’re excited to share a special treat with you this week lovelies! This beautiful video of Jessica and Damien’s Playa del Carmen wedding will give you a great idea of the feel of a destination wedding here in Playa. The church, 5th Avenue, the beach, the people… this video has all the quintesencial Playa elements. See for yourself!
Thank you Ken Brownlee for doing such a great job on capturing the feel of this fun day!
You may have come across Xcaret while researching things to do in Playa del Carmen. It’s a beautiful theme park where you can snorkel, see exotic animals, pretty architecture and learn about the Mayan culture. What you may not know, is that Xcaret is also home to a gorgeous chapel and is a fabulous and unique spot for your wedding.
Our lovely couple, Paola and David, knew that this amazing venue would be the perfect fit for their romantic celebration.
We love the dramatic feel of Xcaret. The lighting and shadows really set a romantic tone and it just always feels so magical!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
And thank you to Quetzal Photo for these stunning images! See the whole wedding here.