Few wedding destinations match the beauty and romance of Mexico. But while couples prize Mexico for its world-class beaches and vibrant culture, they’re just as enthusiastic about the sheer convenience of throwing a wedding celebration in such a desirable environment. Much of this convenience can be attributed to local resorts and their all-inclusive packages, which ease the hassles of wedding planning while infusing nuptials with unprecedented luxury.
The Top Perks of an All-Inclusive Wedding in Mexico
All-inclusive Mexico weddings offer a variety of perks that are either unavailable or prohibitively expensive for a traditional stateside ceremony. While these perks range significantly from one resort to the next, they typically boil down to the following categories:
On average, destination weddings cost far less than the average ceremony and reception at home, despite going above and beyond with scenery and pampering. Further savings are within easy reach if you visit during the off-season or if your guests meet a certain threshold for number of rooms booked. Free wedding packages can be found at popular chains such as El Dorado Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, and Palace Resorts.
All-inclusive weddings aren’t merely cost-effective; they’re easier to plan, too. The right package can provide a valuable framework for the planning process, with every detail accounted for by your resort of choice. Instead of juggling with dozens of different vendors and agencies, you can rely on your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist and the staff at your resort to handle some of the most stressful elements of wedding planning. Your Specialist will also act as a travel agent, ensuring all your guests’ flights and accommodations are booked accordingly, relieving you of a lot of coordination between your friends and family.
Wedding Packages to Suit Every Style
Whether you dream of simple, intimate nuptials on the beach or a lavish affair on an outdoor terrace, multiple Mexico resorts are capable of bringing your vision to life. Style preferences may go beyond the venue itself to include a thematic element. Many all-inclusive resorts in Mexico bring local flavor to the ceremony and reception, offering aisle runners and arches infused with tropical flowers or even live mariachi music during the reception. Others infuse traditional Mayan rituals into the ceremony. Classic and romantic options are also available, featuring, for example, white rose centerpieces or live violinists.
The all-inclusive resorts of Mexico have gotten wedding planning down to a fine science, to the point that arrangements can be adjusted as needed based all types of scenarios. This element of flexibility is rarely available for traditional weddings, for which commitments must be firm and made early on.
What Is Typically Included in a Mexico All-Inclusive Wedding Package?
No two Mexico resort wedding packages look exactly alike. A lot will depend on the size of your party, the venues available and amenities offered at your preferred resort, and, of course, your budget. Customizations can be made with most packages so you can add your own personal touches. That being said, many all-inclusive packages include the following basics:
Ceremony Venue with Simple Decor
Mexico resorts offer a variety of venues to accommodate all kinds of wedding parties. Many locations focus on intimate beach or gazebo weddings. For these ceremonies, the scenery does all the talking. All-inclusive wedding packages may include simple, yet effective decorations such as aisle runners, floral arrangements, arches or chair decor.
Romantic Touches for the Newlyweds
The romance shouldn’t end after you’ve shared your vows and your first kiss. Often, all-inclusive packages offer extra touches specially designed to keep the butterflies going throughout your stay. Examples could include breakfast in bed, moonlit dinners on the beach, or complimentary couples massages.
Basic wedding packages will typically come equipped with ceremony music to walk down the aisle to. However, exciting upgrades may include live musicians, cigar rollers, fire dancers, light-up dance floors and more.
Catering and Bar Service
All-inclusive resorts in Mexico are known for their unlimited drinks and meals at gourmet restaurants, but wedding packages take it a step further with more exclusive service. For example, your all-inclusive package could include a catered meal during your wedding reception, along with several hours of bar service.
Complimentary Honeymoon Nights
Part of the financial appeal of Mexico resort weddings is that they encompass the ceremony, the reception, and the honeymoon all together. Typically at home, these would constitute separate expenses. Many all-inclusive Mexico resorts take this a step further by offering complimentary nights for newlyweds to get the honeymoon started. This allows couples more time to relax after they’ve tied the knot, at no additional cost.
How Much Does the Average All-Inclusive Mexico Wedding Cost?
Estimating the cost of any wedding can prove difficult, but you can rest assured knowing that the price tag for your Mexico nuptials will be far more reasonable than what you’d likely encounter back home. The final price tag will depend on your preferred location, the time of year, how many guests accompany you, and your willingness to splurge on luxury experiences. The following factors should be considered:
Flights. Prices depend on your location and whether you opt for first class or coach seats. Many couples are able to book round trip flights for less than $500 each. Keep in mind that, even without a destination wedding, you’d likely spend a similar amount booking your honeymoon flight.
Accommodations. Mexico resort accommodations range significantly in price. The one constant, however, is that the room cost includes all meals and drinks, as well as several entertainment options. Depending on your tastes, rooms could cost anywhere between a few hundred to several thousand dollars for your stay. Often, resorts offer free room upgrades for newlyweds, so be sure to ask your Wedding Specialist to look!
Wedding package. Ranging from complimentary to several thousand dollars, all-inclusive Mexico wedding packages can reduce the overall cost of the wedding by preventing you from spending separately on the venue, catering, floral bouquets, and photography. Some wedding packages include complimentary honeymoon amenities, too – win win!
Experts at The Knot estimate that couples spend an average of $33,391 on traditional weddings. In 2018, however, our average destination wedding experience totaled under $10,000 for the couple when airfare, accommodations, and wedding packages were taken into account. If you select one of the more affordable resorts, your total could be even lower.
Popular All-Inclusive Wedding Resorts in Mexico
Mexico is home to a vast range of all-inclusive resorts, each with its own unique accommodations, venues, and activities. The following resorts offer some of the best amenities and wedding packages for couples looking to tie the knot:
Secrets the Vine Cancun
This adults-only, beachfront oasis takes pampering to a whole new level, with packages featuring turn down service, couples massages, and even breakfast in bed. Personalization options are endless, so you can select an established wedding package and make it your own, down to the last napkin fold.
Hotel Xcaret Mexico
Embrace the excitement and authenticity of Riviera Maya at Hotel Xcaret. This should be your go-to destination if, in addition to a picture-perfect wedding, you demand non-stop fun before and after you tie the knot. You’ll enjoy access to a variety of eco parks and tours, which you and your guests can explore to your heart’s delight.
Le Blanc Los Cabos
Experience the ultimate in pampering in gorgeous Cabo San Lucas. Your Le Blanc Los Cabos wedding package will treat you to one luxury after another, including butler service on the day of your ceremony and breakfast in bed the next morning. You’ll also receive a resort credit for spa treatments and excursions.
El Dorado Royale
Foodies and romantics rejoice – this Gourmet-Inclusive ® property is an adults-only playground amongst the lush scenery of Riviera Maya. With an onsite greenhouse dishing out fresh and local produce for every meal, your taste buds will thank you after saying “I do” to one of their fabulous (and affordable) wedding packages.
With the right all-inclusive wedding package, you can amp up the experience of your destination wedding in Mexico while also easing the stress of planning. Your opportunity to wed in paradise is here – so get started today!