Each year following the peak of engagement season – which begins at Thanksgiving and ends around New Year’s Eve – couples worldwide begin planning for their big days. Recently,about one quarter of newly engaged couples will decide to host a destination wedding,and according to research by the Huffington Post and survey results from more than 1,000 brides on wedding network “The Knot,” Mexico tops the list of the world’s most popular places to say “I do!”
“Not only is Mexico easy to get to,it also has reliably good weather outside of hurricane season,and you won’t have issues bringing in vendors from the U.S.,” writes the Huffington Post. “Los Cabos and Cozumel – both known for their beautiful beaches – are popular choices for weddings.”
Other popular wedding destinations in Mexico include Acapulco,Cabo San Lucas,Cancun,Playa del Carmen,Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. In fact,each year thousands of couples turn up the love and glamour by heading to Mexico for a destination wedding… So many,in fact,that Mexican customs forms specifically mention “bridal trousseau” as an option!
“The most desired location in Mexico is Riviera Maya,” writes the Huffington Post.
Here,all-inclusive resorts like the Grand Velas Riviera Maya offer multiple wedding venues to choose from,including jungle and beach-themed locations. Or,couples can opt for greater intimacy and stay in a private hotel villa like those at the Viceroy Riviera Maya,where guests can host their reception on the beach overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea,by the pool,or in one of the property’s three delectable restaurants.
“You can get married in a private garden dwarfed by greenery,walk down the aisle in a pretty little Mexican chapel,or have a three-day South Asian wedding with little gold elephants leading up to the henna tent,or have a Mayan shaman on the beach,” writes The Toronto Star. “There can be hundreds of weddings and vow renewals every day at resorts across the Mayan Riviera.”
Keep in mind that couples are actually advised to get married – as in,complete the legal paperwork – before they arrive at the destination. By doing the legal ceremony at your local city hall before the trip,you can skip the blood test – along with about $1,000 and up to six months of paperwork!
Mexico’s continued popularity as a hotspot for destination weddings continues a trend that can be traced back to 2013,when Cancun reported a 20 percent increase in couples planning ceremonies,and was continued last year when Google named Mexico the #1 trending wedding destination in early January.
A Brief History of Marriage in Mexico’s Riviera Maya
Interestingly,the ancient Mayans had a much different take on marriage than most modern-day couples heading to Mexico for a destination wedding! Centuries ago,it was customary for Mayan priests,matchmakers and parents to decide who married whom,and back then the father of the groom was responsible for footing the bill!
Of course,the main idea was simply for the newlywed couple to begin producing plenty of children – in many cases the couple never spoke until after the ceremony… Perhaps that’s why divorce was no big deal to the ancient Mayans,according to a Spanish Bishop’s writings from the 16th century.
Perhaps the ancient Mayans would be pleased to know that an increasing number of today’s modern wedding ceremonies throughout the Riviera Maya also include a shaman to bless the union!
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