The best time to go
December through April is high season in the Mayan Riviera, so your best bet is to book a wedding date during the shoulder season in either November or May when crowds have died down and the weather is still balmy.
To reach the Mayan Riviera you’ll fly into Cancun International Airport. Air Transat offers daily departures to Cancun from Toronto and Montreal as well as weekly flights from Hamilton and London, Ontario, St. John’s, Moncton, Kelowna and Victoria. The airline also flies from Ottawa, Halifax, Regina and Saskatoon twice a week and from Quebec City, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg three times per week.
The legal paperwork
To legally tie the knot in the Mayan Riviera, you’ll need to go through the region’s Civil Registry Office. Be prepared to present your passports, the tourist permits you receive upon entering the country, your birth certificates (translated into Spanish), as well as dissolution documents if either of you have been married before. Blood tests need to be completed prior to your ceremony but usually these can be administered at your hotel with results in 24 hours. You’ll also need four witnesses on hand to vouch for your identity.
For a luxurious destination wedding in the Mayan Riviera, there’s no better venue than the Barceló Maya Palace. Located on a gorgeous white sand beach, this five star all-inclusive resort has a host of wedding locations to choose from. Tie the knot on a chic sea-view perch at the property’s Gazebo Palace, host a traditional religious ceremony at the onsite chapel, or book Playa Azul for a wedding on the beach.
The local customs
Tacos and tequila are obvious must-haves for every destination wedding in Mexico, but integrating some of the local culture will make for an extra memorable experience. The area around the Mayan Riviera was once a hub of Mayan civilization. In fact, nearby Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities in the world. Pay homage to this rich history by booking a Mayan shaman to offer a blessing at your ceremony to further connect everyone present at your big day to the land and its people.
The Barceló Maya Palace has over 10 different wedding packages to suit every style of celebration, with all-inclusive packages from Transat starting at $2079 CAD*. The resort also offers free wedding packages if your group books more than 50 room nights. Of course, the total cost of your wedding in paradise will entirely depend on the type of celebration you opt for, the dates you book, and the number of guests you invite. Wedding options in the Mayan Riviera range from modest traditional celebrations to luxurious west Asian weddings, and costs will reflect this.