BarcelA? Maya Palace, Cancun

Luxurious Destination Weddings In The Mayan Riviera From $2079

With its beautiful weather, flawless white sand beaches and jaw-dropping Mayan ruins nearby, youa��d be hard-pressed to find a better destination wedding location than the Mayan Riviera. Framed by the Caribbean Sea, this area is home to a range of all-inclusive resorts offering top shelf amenities. Its close proximity to Cancun and Cozumel also means that you can host your wedding in one idyllic beach location and escape to another after the celebration wraps up.

By Jen Oa��Brien

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.

The flight

To reach the Mayan Riviera youa��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. Johna��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, youa��ll need to go through the regiona��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. Youa��ll also need four witnesses on hand to vouch for your identity.

The venue

For a luxurious destination wedding in the Mayan Riviera, therea��s no better venue than the BarcelA? 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 propertya��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 budget

The BarcelA? 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.

*Prices are per person, per week, based on double occupancy. Departure December 2, 2017 from Toronto. Junior Suite Prestige Class, All Inclusive. Rates subject to change without notice. Taxes & fees included. All Inclusive packages include; roundtrip flight in economy class with Air Transat, roundtrip transfers between the airport and hotel, accommodations, all meals and drinks, hotel taxes and service fees, 24/7 assistance by a Transat representative at destination, and more. Certain conditions apply. Ask your Marlin Travel Professional for more details.

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