Exotic Wedding Locations in Cancun

By: Catherine Gordon

March 25, 2014

From barefoot weddings on the beach to traditional Mayan ceremonies in the jungle, the possibilities are endless for couples looking for wedding locations in Cancun. The Riviera Maya is also the ideal getaway for family and friends, who not only get to enjoy the nuptials, but also to experience all the activities the area has to offer while on holiday.

It’s no surprise that the most popular wedding option is a private beach ceremony at sunset. A palm-leaf altar at the ocean’s edge, tropical flowers, Tiki torches and candles create a classically romantic scene. After you’ve said “˜I do’ you can treat your guests to frozen margaritas and grilled lobster, before dancing the night away to salsa music under the stars.

Cancun - Zama Beach Club

Zama Beach Club, Isla Mujeres © Susan Pacek

Isla Mujeres is the perfect choice for intimate weddings; you can select a private beach, such as Zama Beach Club, to enjoy all to yourselves. Tucked away from the crowds, Isla Mujeres offers bespoke weddings with an authentic Mexican flavour. You can get married at one of the island’s beautiful Catholic churches and book a mariachi band or fire dancers to put on a show at your reception in addition to treating your guests to some delicious local homemade cuisine.

Cancun Weddings - Mariachi Band

Couple dance with traditional Mexican mariachi band, Isla Mujeres © Susan Pacek

Getting hitched on the beach allows for some extra fun and creative details to be included in your big day. Guests can throw flower petals into the sea; shake Mexican maracas to demand a kiss from the newlyweds or release floating Chinese lanterns into the sky.

Cancun Weddings - Moon Palace Chapel

Moon Palace Chapel © Moon Palace

Every five-star hotel in Cancun has a wedding planner who will lead you effortlessly by the hand from your rehearsal dinner right through to your honeymoon. This is, of course, the luxury option, where the only thing you need to worry about is what time your spa appointment is booked for. The Moon Palace can arrange a horse-drawn carriage to take you to its beautiful glass chapel, where you can say your vows overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Cancun Weddings - Jungle wedding in Xcaret

Jungle wedding at the Xcaret Eco Park © Xcaret

For something a little more spectacular, check out the weddings on offer at Xcaret Eco Park. Here you can opt for a traditional pre-Hispanic ceremony with a shaman beside a tranquil natural pool or the Mayan ruins. For a chic affair, get hitched at the Capilla de Nuestra Seora del Carmen, the elegant white washed Catholic Church on Playa Del Carmen’s 5th Avenue. Or why not get away from it all and select the open-air Maroma just 20 minutes south of Cancun?

Cancun Weddings - Cenote

Stunning underwater cenote © Cancun Visitor’s Bureau

One of the major benefits of tying the knot in a tropical location is your wedding snaps will be truly stunning. Have fun with the rock the frock concept, dive into the ocean, try stand-up paddle boarding, or visit fresh underwater cenote Rio Secreto for an interesting aquatic portrait.

Whether you keep it simple in a secluded garden or go for broke at a luxury beach club, there’s something for all tastes and budgets to ensure your big day is extra special.

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Have you visited Cancun or gotten married there? Tell us about some of your favourite wedding locations in Cancun in the comments section below.

Written by Catherine Gordon


Catherine Gordon

British freelance journalist Catherine Gordon is based in Cancun, Mexico. She writes about Cancun, the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan for newspapers, magazines and online media. She specialises in travel, culture, health, luxury, water sports and off-the-beaten-track city guides. Her website can be viewed at

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