5 Resorts We Love for Destination Weddings
A sunset beach ceremony surrounded by white sand and palm trees. A covered pier with miles of ocean and blue sky in front of you. A tropical garden gazebo filled with captivating color. Deciding where to host your big day is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) decisions to make when you’re wedding planning. With destination weddings becoming more popular—thanks to their increasing affordability and couples wanting to give their guests even more to look forward to—there are countless resorts in nearby Mexico and the Caribbean to choose from. From a pure party atmosphere to something decadently pampering, here are five of our favorite all-inclusive resorts that are assuredly wedding worthy.
Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres
Perfect for: a scenic ceremony
When you decide on a destination wedding you can guarantee that your event will take place in the most beautiful of settings. What makes the all-inclusive Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres a little extra special is their gorgeous Sky Wedding Gazebo, Sky Terrace, and Sky Lounge. These unique rooftop oceanfront locations overlook the most breathtaking views of palm-lined beaches and vivid turquoise water. Couples can mix and match with the ceremony, cocktail hour, and/or reception at these venues. The Sky Wedding Gazebo fits up to 50 guests for the ceremony, the Sky Lounge holds events of up to 120 guests, and the more intimate Sky Lounge holds space for up to 30 guests. Other locations at the Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres include the beach, a ballroom, the Lively wet bar, and the Piano Bar Terrace.
Hard Rock Hotel, Cancun
Perfect for: rocking good times
You know that staying at a Hard Rock Hotel is all about being the life of the party. And Cancun is the perfect place to get loud, get wild, and have an epic event that will have guests talking about for months (years!) to come. But that doesn’t mean it’s all glitz and glamour. From barefoot in the sand to stilettos in the ballroom, Hard Rock Hotel sets the stage for a ceremony and reception that perfectly suits you and your attendees. Create special memories with activities to help your guests let loose, including silent discos and group guitar lessons. Create your own vibes at venues that include the gorgeous beach located in the heart of Cancun’s famed hotel zone, the Rock n’ Roll Ballroom that can easily accommodate the biggest of events (we’re talking over 1,000 attendees), the smaller Cancun Ballroom for up to 170 guests, and multiple outdoor terraces.
Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya
Perfect for: events with all the extras
If you want to celebrate with even more special moments, you have to try the Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, named for the it’s stunning Spanish-influenced architecture and décor. Take extra time to celebrate your love with a twilight photoshoot and dinner for two (also perfect for that surprise proposal or anniversary), a cozy Mediterranean-style picnic for two, or a moonlight dinner for two, among others. From dramatic couture bouquets to a wide range of color and fabric choices, a Palladium wedding is anything but basic thanks to their partnership with celebrity event planner Karen Bussen. Ceremonies can be held on the beach, on the romantic cliff-top gazebo overlooking the sea, or even at the tranquil Zentropia Spa, with its majestic columns and fountains. Plus, this all-inclusive gem is super family friendly with a kid’s club and on-site water park—making it our pick for a multi-generational gathering.
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences, Playa del Carmen
Perfect for: blooming garden parties
The Fives Beach Hotel & Residences in Mexico’s gorgeous Playa del Carmen region offers gorgeous beach, terrace, and indoor venues for wedding events. But what sets this AAA Four Diamond Resort apart from others are the magical tropical garden areas. Filled with countless shades of green and a rainbow of flowers, the Grand Garden and the Love Garden reception areas provide colorful contrasts to the white sands, aqua water, and cerulean skies of the ceremony. Speaking of ceremonies, along with the traditional beach, The Fives delivers out-of-the-box options for saying, “I do,” including a stunning, modern beachfront gazebo (for up to 100 guests), and at the end of the quaint, covered Sea Pier (for up to 36 guests).
Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort, Punta Cana
Perfect for: adults-only relaxation
For an ideal adults-only wedding, escape to the new luxurious all-inclusive Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort located in Punta Cana. Situated on the famed Bávaro Beach—one of the longest white sand beaches in the Caribbean—and the only wellness-included resort in the Dominican Republic, this is the perfect place for all of your guests to recharge and renew. Each stay includes the Wellbeing 360 Experience with included yoga, meditation, organic culinary delights, and more. The decadent bridal suite is over 1,300 square-feet and includes a living space, dressing area, and hair and makeup areas. For even more indulgence, upgrade to The Level for an oceanfront villa, exclusive lounge and pool area, and a private beach cove. Wedding spots include the beach, gazebo, garden, and multiple terraces. You can even do a few pre-event events, including the fabulous Primp & Pamper Bachelorette Party and the action-filled Wolf Pack Bachelor Party.
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