Why I Love Beach Weddings in Cancun

31 Jul

I’ve been living in Cancun since I was 19, but had never attended a local wedding until last year. Now that I’m well into my 20s, many of my friends are starting to get engaged and get married (including myself… heh).

My best friends got married on the beach in Puerto Juarez, Cancun

I’d never before realized just how amazing Cancun is for a wedding, but in the past year I’ve had the chance to see several stunning beach weddings right on the Caribbean.

With unique chapels set under a palapa-roof, intense turquoise waters and bright white sand beaches, brides and grooms in Cancun don’t even need to buy large flower arrangements or expensive decorations to set the mood for a romantic beach wedding.

Couples getting married in Cancun can experience an elegant ceremony at one of this destination’s incredible resorts, or choose a more secluded oceanside event venue in areas like Puerto Morelos and Puerto Juarez, both located within 20 minutes of the Hotel Zone.

When it comes to beach weddings, I’m great at salsa dancing in the sand and hounding the dessert table… but when it comes to planning, my organizational skills fail me. So, I decided to ask my friend Ilse, the owner of Diamant Events and a beautiful beachside venue in Puerto Morelos, a little about what it’s like to plan a destination wedding in Cancun.

The gorgeous Ilse of Diamant Events

Why do so many people choose Cancun for their destination wedding?

Because people get more for their money in every way. Cancun offers amazing background colors for your beautiful wedding photos. We also have very good weather almost every time of the year.

Nighttime beach wedding by Ilse of Diamant Events

What inspired you to choose Cancun for organizing destination weddings?

I know Cancun is still a young city and the wedding industry is growing fast around the world, and Cancun is the perfect place to do things the right way. If we all have good and certified wedding planners, we can raise the bar for quality weddings and become the world’s top wedding destination, not just the Top 10.

A daytime beach wedding by Ilse at Diamant Events

What are some fun traditions you’ve seen being used here?

I’ve seen the Chinese tea tradition, one tradition from a Nordic town where bride and groom cut together a piece of wood symbolizing they are now working together as a team, I’ve seen tossing the bouquet to see who is the next one in line to get married, and the Jordanian Candle Dance where all the ladies from the bridal party (including bride) entering the wedding salon with the lights dimmed and all of them dancing; then they get to the groom they carry them and every one dances in circles around them.
How hard is it for a foreigner to get married in Mexico from a legal standpoint?
They can do the legal ceremony here too. Most people don’t want to do the paper work because they don’t realize that any certified wedding planner in Cancun can do that for them, including sending the papers back home and making them legal in their foreign country.
What’s the best time of day for a beach wedding?
My favorite time is just before sunset. The natural lighting, the breeze and the serenity of the ocean at that time is just amazing!

An evening beach wedding by Isle at Diamant Events

Ilse was nice enough to invite me along to a wedding this weekend! She was at a workshop hosted by New York wedding coordinator Candy Cain, where she and other coordinators got their Wedding Specialist Certification. Saturday afternoon, I met up with Ilse at the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun’s Hotel Zone to see a beautiful wedding right on the beach, organized by Candy. It was INCREDIBLE. So small and simple, yet breathtaking. I’ll leave you with a few pictures…

Any wedding with a parasailer in the background is all right with me.

What’s your dream wedding location?

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the Mexico Today Program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things Mexico shared here are completely my own.

29 Responses to “Why I Love Beach Weddings in Cancun”

  1. Susie Albin-Najera July 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    Great post Laura!

  2. ilse August 1, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    This POST is just amazing Laura, thank you so much for sharing the magic involved in Cancun Weddings!!!

    • gringation August 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

      and thanks to you for all your help! I had a great time.

  3. Candy Cain August 1, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    Love the blog entry! I created the wedding that you saw on the beach. Thanks for posting the photos of it and all of the compliments. I specialize in simple yet elegant weddings. It was so nice meeting you there. I sincerely hope to spend more time with you when I next come down to Cancun!

    Candy Cain

    • gringation August 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      Thanks for hosting us, Candy! It was a beautiful ceremony and a great learning experience.

  4. Ang August 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    so beautiful!! I’d LOVE to have a wedding in Cancun!!

  5. John Goolsby Videographer August 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    It was a fabulous wedding in Paradise and it was an honor to film this celebration. John @ http://www.GodfatherFilms.com

    • gringation August 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      It was amazing! Glad so many of us got to experience it.

  6. KfromMichigan August 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Nothing more beautiful than a Cancun beach wedding! Beautiful pics 🙂

  7. akismet-74c925eba8f1a6c39c4fad26226fb7f6 August 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Nice post!

  8. laurencancun August 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    love, love, love Cancun weddings!!!!

    My sis in law got married on the beach in Cancun, and I wish I would’ve had a blog back in the day!! Heck, did blogs even exist? LOL!!!!

    I loved the dress you wore by the way for your BFF’s wedding!!

    • gringation August 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

      If you still have photos, you could always do a post on it 🙂 I’d love to see the pictures!

      Have fun in Canada

  9. Nikki August 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Hmmm…my dream wedding is on Isla Mujeres. Oh wait…I had my dream wedding 😉 I love this post, you’re spot on. We had an amazing and unforgettable wedding, people still talk about it. I hardly had any decor because Playa Norte was the spotlight.

    Gosh I love that name ilse. One of my reasons for picking Isla Mujeres was to bank Isla as a baby name…shhh don’t tell my Husband 😉

    • gringation August 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

      I want to see photos of your wedding!!! Send me a link if you have a post on it.

      Ilse and Isla are both awesome names… I might steal one… or both.

      • Nikki August 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

        You just set yourself up for twins… 😉

  10. mexicanatheartj August 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Ah this was a great post!… I’m far from planning stages, and right now in the imagining stage!… A cancun wedding has always been a thought…. although I have never been to an actual ‘Mexican wedding’ and I’m very curious 🙂

    • gringation August 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      Jess, you HAVE to attend a Mexican wedding! They are so much fun: salsa dancing, tequila lines, staying up until all hours of the morning, plus a lot of traditions we use in the US… great times.

  11. Krysten August 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    My folks tried to talk me into a destination wedding but I had my heart set on EVERYONE being able to attend. Still…. a beach wedding would be AMAZING.

    • gringation August 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      That’s the big question, isn’t it? With a destination wedding you get to spend an entire week celebrating with close family and friends, but at home you can invite EVERYONE. For our wedding, we invited “everyone and their brother” and loved it, so I get it.

    • John Goolsby Videographer August 2, 2011 at 12:24 am #

      Actually some of my brides have done both. They had a multi-day destination wedding celebration in Mexico and then had a wedding reception back in the states where they played a highlight reel. Here is a sample: http://vimeo.com/17623398 This is the video that played at their reception in New York. John @ http://www.GodfatherFilms.com

  12. loveandpalmtrees August 2, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    I love this post, I would love to be at a wedding in Cancun.
    -I LOVE your blog ❤ Aaah, when I first came across it, I literally went through all your posts in 1 day 🙂 Thank you for creating this blog, I smile whenever I see that there's a new blog entry coming from you. I'd love to meet you and get a picture with you, including an autograph! I'm obsessed with your blog. And you are absolutely beautiful ❤

    • gringation August 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      You’re so sweet! I’m blushing haha

      Thanks, Kennedy

  13. Kristi August 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    I would get married in Cancun in a heartbeat 🙂

  14. Kathryn August 4, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Oh wow- gorgeous photos! I can’t even imagine getting married in a tropical paradise like that! And NO WAY is that woman’s name Candy Cain! For real?!

  15. Ceri August 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I totally get why anyone would love to have a beach wedding in Cancun. It looks like an absolutely stunning place. ❤

  16. GRRRL TRAVELER September 21, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    Wow, the beach wedding setup was breath-taking, especially as the sands are so white there. Great interview! Hope you get to do more of these- it’s nice to have a perspective from an events planner.

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