Are you a sociable couple who likes to go out often or join parties with friends? Then a wedding in Mexico is a wonderful option, especially if you plan to organize a party full of joy and color, with Latin dances, aromatic cuisine and tequila. Moreover, you can give your ceremony a tropical twist by choosing one of Mexico’s unique beaches. Find out in this article about the best locations for an exotic wedding in this Central-American gem!
1.Wedding venues in Mexico: Best tropical beaches
Mexico is a vibrant and cheerful country where tourists are awaited by historical sights, exotic cuisine, unique nature, dynamic nightlife and, of course, lush beaches. The presence of popular diving and surfing places, canyoning and other watersports make this place the perfect destination for couples who prefer outdoor activities. So, check out the most beautiful beaches for your tropical dream wedding:
- Tulum, Quintana Roo
Located an hour from Cancun, Tulum is one of the most famous and attractive beaches in Mexico and a favorite destination for Instagram lovers. This place looks like paradise on Earth: white sand, turquoise water and roads surrounded by jungle vegetation. Tulum has some of the most picturesque beaches in this coastal area, making it one of the best wedding venues in Mexico.
If you plan to extend the Mexican experience with your honeymoon as well, you have to include the ancient Mayan civilization in your itinerary – it is one of the stopping points in the Yucatan Peninsula for backpackers. The Mayan temples were built right on the ocean shore and the view is truly incredible.
- Isla Mujeres Beach
Right off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres looks like it’s from another world. Being one of the liveliest islands in this part of Mexico, you will find a lot of gorgeous venues for a wedding fiesta to remember for a lifetime. Keep in mind that late night parties are among the most spectacular you will experience. If you get here, you should know that from June to September you can travel by sea to watch whales and sharks swimming in the Gulf.
If you want your guests to have a one of a kind experience, then you can visit two protected areas: Punta Sur and Garrafon Natural Reef Park, where you can admire colorful reefs. On the west coast of the island is Tortugranja, which is a turtle sanctuary and the rehabilitation center of the island. The famous Underwater Art Museum (MUSA), with its more than 500 human-like statues, is another interesting place to visit.
- Costa Alegre, Jalisco
Costa Alegre can be found between Jalisco and Colima, being a combination between traditional elements and modern architecture – luxurious hotels and resorts are surrounded by unique nature. Cuixmala, along the Costa Alegre, is another favorite tourist destination in western Mexico. Private beaches, infinity pools, very luxurious apartments and miles of sublime wilderness – Costa Alegre is definitely one of the best choices for a memorable wedding.
- Holbox, Quintana Roo
Holbox Island, north of Cancun, is one of Mexico’s best hidden gems. Until a few years ago, it was an almost unknown paradise. It became more and more popular lately, mostly among couples who want to elope for a private ceremony or newlyweds who choose it as their honeymoon destination.
Holbox island is known as being a more secluded area if you would prefer a more private and peaceful wedding. Many say it is a piece of heaven where the waters of the Gulf of Mexico merge with those of the Caribbean Sea. Moreover, it is part of the Yum Balam reservation, where more than 150 species of birds are protected.
2. Wedding locations in Mexico: Timeless latino traditions and customs for your inspiration
Mexican fiestas are easy to notice due to the complexity of the paper decorations and the bright colors accompanying every traditional event. Your wedding will definitely be fun and dynamic with so many invigorating colors around!
Here are some of the most interesting wedding traditions in Mexico:
- The royal mantilla
As in other cultures, the white dress is chosen by most women in Mexico. However, Mexican culture can be found in the little details, such as the bride’s veil, for example. This traditional veil is known as the “mantilla” – it is very long, made of lace and adorned with intricate details on the edge. Thanks to the flowing and delicate design,the mantilla gives any bride a feminine and romantic look.
- The groom’s costume
As for the groom, there are many options from which he can choose. Official ceremonies can inspire him to wear a traditional matador costume, which consists of a bolero and pants. Other men choose to wear comfortable pants with laces, white or ivory, and a specific wedding shirt that has become a popular outfit for beach weddings. However, despite its recent popularity, the Mexican wedding shirt has a 200 years history.
- The wedding invitations
On wedding invitations, Mexicans often include the names of the bridesmaids and “sponsors” (people who paid for the wedding expenses). This may sound strange, but in Mexico it is common to bring recognition to the people who pay for the wedding.
- Flowers for Virgin Mary
While in other cultures, the girl with the flowers and the ring wearer are dressed up like the bridesmaids and groomsmen, in Mexico they are dressed to match the newlyweds. It is not uncommon for the children to wear a miniature version of the wedding dress, and the ring wearer’s suit to be a copy of the groom’s suit. Another role that a child can play in a Mexican wedding is to carry a flower bouquet dedicated to Virgin Mary.
- The thirteen coins
Another Mexican tradition is the division of the thirteen coins between the bride and groom. The tradition has its roots in an old Roman custom, the coins symbolizing the groom’s trust and commitment to the bride. Often, these coins are kept in decorative boxes and passed down from generation to generation.
- The paper decorations
“Papel picados” or Mexican flags are traditional paper decorations that are engraved in very creative ways: geometrical shapes, pigeons or hearts. It depends a lot on the specifics of the event. These decorations are absolutely mandatory for a Mexican-themed wedding. They are placed above the tables or around doors. The colors depend on one’s taste – if the ceremony is required to be elegant, white flags are ideal.
In the past, Mexico was not a very accessible country, for many people being that exotic place that you admire only in movies and photos. But nowadays, flights across the Atlantic have become much more accessible and so have the prices. If you wish to get married on one of Mexico’s heavenly beaches, you can see your dream coming true if you turn to our experienced wedding planners. Ask for an offer and let us make your wedding experience truly memorable!
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