Weddings of United States citizens in Mexico generate annual revenues of $900 million for the country which has enjoyed preference over any other international destination. Mexico,and the state of Quintana Roo in particular,is the preferred destination for getting married for Americans far surpassing Hawaii,Europe,Canada,Central and South America.
Manuel Madrigal,spokesperson for Belha Imagen,a wedding planning organization dedicated to “destination weddings”,stated that during 2009 the count of American matrimonies that commenced in Mexico totaled 75,600,and of those,46,200 (over 60%) were conducted in the Mexican Caribbean.
Given the opportunity to get married amongst stunning scenery,it is not hard to see why the Mexican Caribbean is the number 1 destination. Many couples find their most difficult moment to be when deciding where to have the ceremony itself. From tropical gardens,to sandy beaches touching the Caribbean Sea,and gazebos surrounded by acres of blue pools,the vast beauty of the surroundings are equal to the beauty of the occasion.
On the days where no ceremony events are planned,many wedding parties choose to book day excursions to some of the many points of interest and activites in the area. For the adventurous a day trip to Cozumel and scuba diving the world´s second largest barrier reef,or a plunge down a zip line at Xplor Eco-Adventure park. History buffs will appreciate a glance of ancient history first hand at Chichen Itza,one of the principle Mayan archeological sites located on the Yucatan Peninsula,which in 2007 was named as one of the new seven wonders of the world.
Equally enticing is the economic aspect of the wedding. Many hotels offer the same,if not better amenities for weddings than those found in the United States at less than half the cost. Check out the Palace Resorts in the Riviera Maya and Cancun where packages start for as little as $1,250 dollars.
Getting married in Mexico is 100% legal and the marriage certificate will be valid world-wide,but please plan ahead so that you will have time to fill in the few necessary forms and pay the nominal fee. The local registry can assist you in this,or if a wedding planner is hired,he/she will lead you through every step of the process.