Elope/Get Married in Mexico!

Mexico Destination Weddings

Mexico is fast becoming a hot spot for couples seeking a destination wedding or to simply elope.  What are the legal requirements to get married in Mexico, and what spots in Mexico are the best locations for your wedding?  

Legal Requirements:

Do check the requirements for the area in Mexico in which you are planning to be married, as some areas may have slightly different requirements.  However, here are the overall legal requirements if you are a foreigner and wish to have your wedding in Mexico:

Waiting Period:  2 days
Witnesses:  4 (2 for the bride and 2 for the groom)
Required Procedures and Documents:
  Passport and birth certificate
  A copy of your tourist card or visa
  Proof of divorce or death certificate of former spouse
  A blood test performed by a Mexican doctor

Be sure to check the weather!

If you are eloping in Mexico or planning a wedding there, you will want to make sure that your trip isn’t overshadowed by torrential rains, storms, or even a hurricane.  While planning your wedding, you should follow the local news for both current events and the weather.  Keep in mind that hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico is from June 1 to November 30, with the peak months occurring August through October.   

Top locations for a Mexico Destination Wedding

Cabo San Lucas

Deserted beaches, on both the Pacific coast and along the shoreline of the Sea of Cortez, make Cabo San Lucas an awesome beach wedding location. Not only is it a great venue for a wedding, but it offers many different activities for you to enjoy as you stay for your honeymoon, such as boating, marlin fishing, horseback riding and golf. Golf has become very popular in the area and there are five championship golf courses already there and more on the way.

If you're interested in wedding planners for the Cabo area, you might want to try:

Weddings in Paradise
Hidalgo & Emiliano Zapata s/n
Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. MEXICO
Tel/Fax: 52-114-32891
Contact: Mary Bragg/Owner

Los Cabos Weddings
Paulino Estevez Muñoz Subida al Cerro s/n
Col. Centro Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S.
Tel/Fax: 52-114-35268
Email :


Cozumel or the Coral Island is Mexico’s most populated island.  From Mayan ruins, to the majestic Nichupte Lagoon, Cozumel is a feast for the eyes.  It is also a popular attraction for those who love to go snorkeling or scuba diving. This is due to the beautiful coral reefs that can be found underwater.  Cozumel is the ideal vacation destination for those couples who wish to see the ocean at its finest.

For couples into scuba diving, you might want to consider Cozumel for an underwater wedding ceremony.  At the Grand Cozumel Hotel couples can wed underwater for US $2,800, which includes the boat rental, diving equipment, wedding ceremony, flowers, a wedding cake and champagne. For those of you wanting to take the wedding plunge, but not the scuba wedding plunge, will also find the Grand Cozumel to you liking.  The Grand Cozumel also offers free land-based wedding services to parties who reserve at least four nights in the hotel.


You probably won't be able to find a more amazing and diverse place than Cancun, with beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and an abundance of coral. Cancun is a small Mexican island located on the northeast point of the Yucatan Peninsula, 350 miles southeast of Miami, Florida.  In fact, Cancun is actually a Caribbean island separated from mainland Mexico by two bridges.  14 miles long but just a mile, or even less, wide, wherever you find yourself in Cancun, you're sure to be near a good beach.

You'll also find many fine resorts which cater to couples eloping or seeking elaborate destination weddings.  Some which offer wedding packages include:

Golden Parnassus - an all-inclusive, adult-only resort offering wedding packages for 6 - 13 persons.

J.W. Marriott - their gazebo overlooks the ocean - great location for your ceremony.

Secrets Excellence Riviera Cancun - all-inclusive, adult-only.  Free wedding package with 7-night stay, with use of the ocean-front wedding gazebo.

The Moon Palace Resort - free wedding package with resort stay.  Signature Golf Course by Jack Nicklaus and full spa facilities.

If you want something out of the ordinary, why not try a wedding at a nudist resortThe Hidden Beach Nudist Resort is the only luxurious all-inclusive nudist resort in the Mexican Caribbean. An adult-only resort, The Hidden Beach consists of 42 beachfront suites. Definitely bring your sunscreen.  

For those who wish the aid of a wedding planner for Cancun, you can contact Cancun Mexico Weddings at

Riviera Maya

Set in the eastern section of the Yucatan Peninsula and bathed on two sides by the crystal clear turquoise water of the Caribbean lies the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. There situated south of Cancun and stretching down the peninsula coastline is Riviera Maya. Due to its lush jungle, landscape, shoreline and history, Riviera Maya has a variety of attractions to entice travelers.

Playa del Carmen is the major town in the region and runs along the beach; offering tourists prominent hotels. The pulse of the city is Fifth Avenue (Quinto Avenida) which is the main street and caters to pedestrians as cars are not allowed.

Another one of Mexico's jewels is Tulum. You will find Tulum about an hours drive south of Playa Del Carmen on the Mayan Coast. Tulum is best known for its Mayan ruins. Small but impressive, the ruins are perched high on top of limestone cliffs that offer a breathtaking view below of the sparkling Caribbean and a romantic coastline.

Consider the following resorts in the area for your wedding:

Hotel El Cid Marina Riviera Maya - offers a complimentary wedding package when your guests stay at the resort. The beach-front package includes all you need to have a spectacular wedding.  The El Cid can even supply the witnesses.

The Sunscape Tulum Riviera Maya -  an all-inclusive resort located in the Maya Rivera. The resort is said to be one of the most beautiful resorts in all of Mexico.  The Dreams Wedding in Paradise package is complimentary when booking a Honeymoon Suite category or higher for a minimum of 7 nights.


Mazatlan is located south of the Tropic of Cancer, on the Pacific Coast mainland, across from the tip of the Baja Peninsula, and is known for having one of the largest beaches that Mexico has to offer, as well as having some of the best surfing in Mexico.  Mazatlan is also known for the malecón.  The malecón is a long winding stretch of waterfront street that runs through nearly the entire city and covers roughly five miles of beach.  Another great feature of Mazatlan is a celebration that is similar to Mardi Gras.  It is held before Ash Wednesday and lasts for five days.  This event often involves fireworks, parades, dancing, and music.

If considering a Mazatlan wedding you might want to consider one of these hotels which offer wedding services:

El Cid Marina Beach
Pueblo Bonito At Emerald Bay
Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan
Hotel Playa Mazatlan

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is located in the Pacific Coast of Mexico and is one of the most incredible tourist spots around the world.  Nestled along the shoreline of Mexico's largest natural bay, the Bahia de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico's top destinations for weddings, anniversary celebrations and honeymoons.  

Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains, and is subject to a heavy rain season from June to October.  The high temperatures during these months range from the high 80’s – mid 90’s.  The temperature is very steady year round; however, Puerto Vallarta is known for its large amount of nighttime rains.

You can have a free destination wedding package when you Book 7 nights in a Junior Suite Club or higher category at Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa.  Wedding packages must be requested at least 4 months in advance.

Or, if you want a wedding planner to help you plan your Puerto Vallarta wedding, you can contact:

Vallarta Original Weddings®
Melchor Ocampo # 178, Diaz Ordaz
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico 48310
+52 (322) 293 1268

DMC Vallarta
Dalias 261, Colonia Villa las Flores
Tel:(3) 322 22 121 64, and (3) 22 22 121 64

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