Destination Wedding Location Series: Mexico Destination Wedding

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a Mexico destination wedding!  Today we’re taking you on a trip to Mexico, another very popular location for destination weddings for its warm climate, ancient roots and varied activities.  It is a big country with everything from sandy beaches and blue water to pyramids, ancient temples and colonial cities to forests and mountains, which make it easy to satisfy every type of traveller.   There are activities galore for both you and your guests so no one will be bored! It’s a great location to consider for your destination wedding and for those on a budget, Mexico is also great because your dollar, pound or euro will go a long way here.

Mexico is divided into 31 states and 1 federal district and each area has it’s own style and way of life.  For many couples, the lure of Mexico is the tropical coastal areas where you have sand and sea.  However, there are also a plethora of beautiful and intriguing locations that provide interesting architecture, history and tradition.  The influences of the Aztec and Mayan culture and of course, the Spanish influence create the mix that exists today.  Beyond the amazing sites to visit and look at, experiencing the culture and the Mexican people might be one of the most exciting things about Mexico.  Take the food for example, it can be simple to complex, layered and varied.  While I guess you could say that about other types of cuisine, it seems particularly true here.  And the people are just the same, simple, sweet, but layered and varied.  It’s a joy to experience and unless you’ve been around the entire country, there is always something new to discover.

One thing to keep in mind when choosing a Mexico destination wedding that we have to mention is the current travel advisory.  The US and other countries as well have recommended against all non-essential travel to certain areas of Mexico due to the drug trade-related violence.  This shouldn’t stop you from having your destination wedding in Mexico, it just means you should take care in selecting the area.  To find out what is happening, what areas to avoid, and how to travel safely, make sure to check the US Department of State website (or your respective government’s website) for travel warnings.

Mexico destination wedding Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Jessica Claire)

In terms of weather, there really is no bad time to head to Mexico.  The coastal areas tend to be hotter and more humid while the interior of the country has a more temperate climate.  Generally, the months of June to October are the hottest and wettest months.

July and August tend to be the peak holiday months for both Mexicans and tourists, so be aware of this when picking your date.  Other big holiday seasons are mid-December to early January (when people want to get away from the cold) and a week on either side of Easter (for Mexicans). At these times the coastal resorts are crowded, in high demand and prices go up, so keep that in mind when planning.

Happy couple at a Mexico destination wedding Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Jessica Claire)

Getting married in Mexico is relatively easy, but does take some work, which you don’t normally have to do in other locations. The requirements vary a little from state to state, so double check with the local office in the area you are interested in.  You must be over 18 to marry and will need both copies and originals of your passport and your tourist card or visa (which you get when you fly in).  Some of the states require a certified copy of your birth certificate that needs to be translated into Spanish and confirmed by your own country.  All documents you submit will be kept so make sure you have copies to provide.  You will also need to get a blood test and chest X-rays taken by a physician in Mexico and submit that along with your paperwork.

It generally takes 2-3 working days to have your paperwork and documents processed and the timing can vary from state to state, so make sure you arrive at least 3 working days before your ceremony to get all the paperwork completed.  You need 2-4 witnesses over the age of 18 and your witnesses also need to provide identification.  A marriage in Mexico is legal only if it is a civil ceremony and is usually performed at a local Civil Register Office (Oficina del Registro Civil), but can be performed elsewhere for an additional fee.

Ruins wedding Mexico destination wedding Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Kate Harrison)

Mexico is a beautiful location and the people even more so.  All the experiences and interactions I’ve had there have been really enjoyable.  There is so much to see and take in.  Maybe because of its history, there is just so much texture surrounding you.  Imagine getting married in a hacienda or some ruins, caves or a white sand beach.  There are so many fun locations, it’s hard not to fall in love with what a Mexico destination wedding can offer.

Couples attracted to a Mexico destination wedding are typically pretty laid back and outdoorsy.  Similar to Costa Rica, you don’t come to Mexico to hide out indoors.  It’s a place for having an adventure or just relaxing on the beach.  I think couples that are attracted to Mexico also really enjoy the great history and tradition that comes with such a colorful country.   This is not your modern and sleek type of locale, but just the opposite and I think it’s all the more special because of it.

Wedding couple walking by colorful buildings at a Mexico destination wedding Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Kate Harrison)

Wedding couple with local kids at a Mexico destination wedding Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Jessica Claire)

Doesn’t this make you want to get married in Mexico?  It sure makes me want to get married all over again.  A Mexico destination wedding has a lot to offer not only as a location, but an experience.  But, it’s not for everyone and if this doesn’t seem like your kind of place there are more exciting locations coming your way soon!

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