U.S. couples are increasingly opting to hold their destination weddings in Mexico,according to Google’s travel trends for 2013. The list was compiled by analyzing trending queries from the search engine giant,which makes this the most comprehensive global list to date.
“Google revealed that couples are searching for more sand than ever before,” writes the International Business Times. “Mexico is the top trending wedding destination for 2013.”
There are a number of compelling reasons for Mexico’s growing popularity among newlyweds to be,including affordable luxury of the nation’s many resorts,easy access to and from every major airport in the U.S. and safety. Of course,its warm tropical weather,extensive coastline,fabulous cuisine and reputation for friendly service also factors in.
Google’s results are not really that surprising,considering that the Cancun Convention and Visitor’s Bureau reported in late November that 2013 had seen an increase in Mexico destination weddings of more than 20 percent. In addition,out of the 30 percent of U.S. couples who opt to hold their wedding ceremonies in a foreign country each year,an average 24 percent of them head to Mexico. This adds up to more than 25,0000 couples each year from the U.S. alone.
Although there is no residency requirement for couples getting married in Mexico,you are required to have a valid passport and to take a blood test two days before the ceremony. In addition,four witnesses are required,but most resorts are happy to help with this if you don’t have family in tow. To be safe,allow three days to receive your marriage license.
There are a variety of excellent locales throughout Mexico that offer an ideal setting for a destination wedding,including Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s west coast,as well as Cancun,Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s eastern Caribbean coast. Regardless of where you decide to go,be sure to take time to look at a variety of different resorts in the region,since many will offer special packages for newlyweds and their families. These are likely to include everything you need for the ceremony and reception,as well as a variety of other activities,such as golf,jet skiing,surfing,hiking,snorkeling and more. Spending plenty of time before booking to consider all the possibilities will ensure that the experience is truly unforgettable,and will bring the most value for your hard-earned dollars.
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