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Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun
This sophisticated adults-only resort on Cancun’s golden sands is the epitome of tropical vacation paradise — complete with personalized butler service. Toss in a sparkling pool, comprehensive wellness programming, and — oh, did we mention it is all inclusive? — you’ve got the makings of happily ever after. Wed here and your guests can do as much or as little as they desire. Really, lounging in the oversize, brilliant white cabanas, may be all anyone will want to do, before witnessing your walk down a sand aisle.
Celebrate with a sparkling toast and meal in one of the grand eateries. Psst — the formal Lumiere is a delight of elevated design and traditional French gastronomic offerings (starting wedding packages are complimentary with a minimum four-night stay and include ceremony site and set-up, officiant, wedding coordination and specialized day-of wedding butler, sparkling wine toast, dinner for up to 25 guests and more).
Photos courtesy of Palace Resorts
A resort enclave, founded by a group of jet-setting tastemakers with a passion for design and give-back initiatives, this sprawling property that hugs the Pacific coastline is a truly special place. Think of the sweeping jungle-y 20,000-acre expanse, located just over two hours from Puerto Vallarta, as your personal beach village complete with seven dining options, a cultural center, polo fields, watersports and an adorable town square.
Accommodations run the gamut and are independently owned, which translates into various styles and price points for your guests. There are sleek one- to three-bedroom condos that overlook a photogenic pool and the golden sands of Careyes. Sixty five private villas are perched on rugged cliffs and offer all manner of amenities including personal pools and dedicated staffs.
Two things they all have in common are abundant style and sweeping Mexican vistas. Marry here and host your weekend of events in a variety of locations — beach, garden patio, private villa or castle — without ever leaving the property. Local planners work with couples to craft exclusive celebrations that reflect both your personalities and the magnificent setting (wedding and ceremony site fees start at $4,000 for a ceremony in the sand and reception in one of the restaurants).
Photos courtesy of Costa Careyes
With its Colonial-meets-Modern architecture, excellent art museums, sizzling hot food scene, emerging cocktail culture and ultra pampering hotels, Mexico City, D.F. has cemented itself as chic, cosmopolitan destination. Host a wedding at this boutique hotel and celebrate not only your union, but also the distinct air of the city. The design of this 17-room hideaway is pure D.F — a blend of the antique (the facade is circa 17th century and there’s a traditional leafy interior garden) and the modern (furnishings are sleek and the addition of a hip roof deck bar area is so very now). Events can be hosted on the aforementioned space that’s outfitted in low-slung furnishings and boasting awesome city views. There’s also the adjacent pool mezzanine, a poppy spot with an additional bar. Host your ceremony on the picturesque Breakfast Patio, with its dramatic wall murals, geometric tiled floors, verdant plantings and traditional Colonial plaza vibes before sampling an artful blend of high/low Mexican cuisine offerings, and grooving to the blends of a local DJ (wedding site fees start at about $1,100 and include dedicated staff, set-up and clean-up, music and five hours facility rental).
Photos courtesy of Design Hotels
Legally Wedded: The requirements for saying “I do” in Mexico are extensive. Most hotels can help with the process. All couples must be 18 or older and not currently married. You’ll need to present a valid passport, tourist card (issued upon arrival), birth certificate, blood test results (done in Mexico), completed marriage application forms from local registry and four witnesses. All foreign documents, with the exception of your passport, will need to be translated, apostatized and notarized. The couple, plus their witnesses, will also need to arrive in Mexico four business days before the wedding day for legal ceremonies.