The best time to go
January through June is thought to be the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta—the weather is next to perfect with little to no rain. The first three months of a calendar year tend also to be the busiest so you may want to consider booking from March onwards as tourists tend to taper off (you will also notice a price difference in hotels).
During the fall and winter months Air Transat offers flights to Puerto Vallarta International Airport three times per week from Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Winnipeg as well as weekly departures from Quebec City and Victoria. The airline also has five flights per week from Vancouver and two flights per week from Edmonton, Kelowna, Regina and Saskatoon.
The legal paperwork
If you’re looking for more than a symbolic celebration, you’ll need to complete an “Application for Civil Marriage” at the region’s Civil Registry Office upon arrival. Be prepared to present your passports, one additional form of photo identification, your birth certificates (translated into Spanish), as well as dissolution documents if either of you have been married before. You’ll also need two witnesses. If your witnesses are not Mexican citizens, they must provide their Mexico entry visa or a tourist card, passports and another form of picture ID as well. Blood tests also need to be completed prior to your ceremony. These can normally be administered at your hotel with results in 24 hours. Other than the blood test, most of these formalities can typically be taken care of before you arrive in Mexico with the help of a wedding coordinator, but if you’re planning on taking care of the paperwork yourself, plan to arrive in the country at least three days before your wedding date.
The Barceló Puerto Vallarta is a stunning location for your destination wedding. Located on a small, secluded beach in Mismaloya on Banderas Bay this 4.5 star all-inclusive resort boasts incredible ocean views, mountain vistas and an incredible garden on property making it a lush and luxe wedding destination. You can choose to say your ‘I dos’ on the beautiful warm sand beach or on the hotel’s oceanfront terrace —both locations are breathtaking and beautiful! The property offers six different wedding packages to suit a range of wedding styles, sizes and budgets.
The local customs
Having a mariachi band play you in as you arrive at the altar and make your debut appearance as Mr. & Mrs. is one of our favourite traditions for a wedding in Puerto Vallarta. Another fun and very traditional idea is El Lazo. This custom symbolically joins the bride and groom together when a length of ribbon, beads, crystals or florals are placed in a figure-eight around the shoulder or necks of the couple after saying their vows. This represents two lives coming together as one.
All-inclusive packages at the Barceló Puerto Vallarta from Transat start at $1689 CAD* and free wedding packages are available when a minimum of 60 room nights are booked together. We particularly love the resort’s Blueberry Dream wedding package, which includes a decorated seaside ceremony location, an officiant, a private one-hour cocktail party, a wedding cake and more ! 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 Puerto Vallarta range from modest to luxurious, and costs will reflect this.