By Jared Benoff | Published on August 26, 2023

Congrats, you’re engaged! 

And you’re excited about hosting a destination wedding…

But you’re feeling lost.

You don’t want a generic, run-of-the-mill resort with watered-down drinks, bad food, and a wedding department that’s filled with more chaos than small details. 

Well, we’ve curated a lineup of the best resorts for a luxury destination wedding in Mexico.

What makes them the best? 

Our team has 30+ years of experience planning hundreds of weddings, so we know what differentiates a good venue from a GREAT one. 

Let’s jump in! 

How expensive is a destination wedding?

It’s a common misconception that destination weddings are inherently more expensive. 

In fact, by offering wedding packages that include many key elements of your wedding events, you’ll save money along the way.

Some top resorts even offer complimentary weddings for couples meeting specific requirements.

So, to answer the question of how expensive a destination wedding is, well, the average cost of a destination wedding is around $30,000… but this isn’t reflective of destination weddings in affordable nations like Mexico. 

The average cost for our clients to have a destination wedding in Mexico is between $15,000 and $20,000. 

If you’re aiming for a luxury experience, you may find yourself at the upper end of this range. 

Of course, you can spend more than $20,000, which may result in even better value for your money. 

You can check out our list of top wedding packages under $15,000 and packages under $10,000 as you’re planning your destination wedding budget.

Do I need a destination wedding planner?

It depends. 

While working with a destination wedding planner is optional, the benefits can simplify the wedding planning process. 

Throughout planning your destination wedding, having an expert represent your interests can make all the difference. 

Destination wedding planners help you get what you want and keep on top of the process by leveraging our relationships with resorts. 

A destination wedding planner can also help you navigate a confusing landscape of terms and conditions, timeframes, and obligations. 

Plus, bringing groups of family and friends overseas can be like herding cats, so a destination wedding planner can certainly help with that.

If you have any questions about how you might work with a destination wedding planner, get in contact with us, and we’ll answer any questions you may have. 

What are the best destination wedding locations?

There are a few countries that are especially popular for destination weddings. 

Usually, these locales offer a stunning climate and natural scenery, such as Hawaii, or history and culture, such as Italy or France. 

The destinations that we (and our clients) love the most are those that combine all of these elements. 

Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and other places throughout the Caribbean offer unforgettable tropical scenery and the chance to appreciate lively cultures. 

Of course, the destination can also be the journey, and large-scale cruise ship destination weddings around unique places such as Tahiti can also make for unbelievable experiences. 

Mexico tends to be the most popular location for a destination for our clients. 

So let’s get into it! 

Here are some of the best luxury resorts for destination weddings in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and Cancun:

Le Blanc Cancun

le blanc cancun wedding

Le Blanc Cancun is a resort that offers an elevated adults-only stay right ‌in Cancun’s popular hotel zone. 


If you’re looking for a five-diamond resort specializing in the best quality food and mixology with exceptional service, Le Blanc Cancun is a choice you shouldn’t overlook. 

Everything at this resort is edited, elegant, and sophisticated, providing an escape from the bustle of the hotel zone. 

Le Blanc Cancun prioritizes luxury, from its well-thought-out pools to its world-class spa and dining options. 

Key amenities

  • Gourmet restaurants
  • Jack Nicklaus golf course nearby
  • Butler service
  • On-site spa
  • Wellness experiences and fitness activities
  • Complimentary hydrotherapy
  • Swim-up bars
  • Oceanview Infinity pool 

Wedding highlights

  • Only one wedding per day
  • Gazebo, beach, terrace, and ballroom venue options
  • Complimentary private function incentive program
  • Bridal spa with makeup and hair services

Best for 

Couples who want one of the best adults-only resorts in the Cancun hotel zone. 

Finest Playa Mujeres

finest playa mujeres destination wedding

The Finest resorts are aptly named, and Finest Playa Mujeres is no exception, situated on the peninsula just north of Cancun and across from Isla Mujeres. 


Finest Playa Mujeres ensures that everybody can have the luxury experience they want, introducing their Excellence Club and adults-only category that gets you grown-up access to exclusive lounges, restaurants, pools, and beach areas. 

If you or guests have little ones, their thoughtful facilities also allow quality time ‌for families to connect. 

Key amenities

  • Adults-only options
  • 18-hole Greg Norman golf course
  • Fitness center
  • Tennis court
  • 12 all-inclusive restaurants
  • 14 bars and lounges
  • On-site ONE Spa

Wedding highlights

  • Beach, rooftop terrace, or oceanview gazebo locations
  • Complimentary wedding package option
  • Competitive package pricing
  • On-site wedding coordinator team
  • Photographer included in packages

Best for 

Couples who want a luxury experience with budget-friendly packages and adult-only options for heightened romance. 

Atelier Playa Mujeres

atelier playa mujeres destination wedding

Atelier Playa Mures is a 5-star all-suite resort that takes advantage of the peninsula’s natural beauty and adjacent golf course. 


With its 539 suites, this adults-only resort offers guests a chance to relax in a high-art slice of paradise. 

There are seemingly endless activities and opportunities to unwind and forget about any part of the world that doesn’t involve world-class mixology and gourmet food. 

Every corner is inspired by Mexican art and design, making it an art lover’s dream destination. 

Key amenities

  • Over 20 restaurants and bars
  • Golf course
  • On-site NUUP Spa
  • Atelier App for planning, navigation, and exploration
  • “PET-IT” dog-friendly options

Wedding highlights

  • Beach, terrace, and meeting room locations
  • Packages include 50/80-minute bridal couples massage
  • Two comprehensive wedding packages (Including cocktail hour, plated dinner, open bar)
  • Customizable design
  • On-site wedding planner

Best for 

Art lovers, golfers, and couples who want an all-out exclusive experience with an emphasis on sophistication. Most suitable for groups of about 50 guests. 

Impression Isla Mujeres by Secrets

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Impressions Isla Mujeres is one of Secrets Resorts’ best-kept secrets, nestled on a stunning island amid the aquamarine waters of the Riviera Maya. 


With its scenic clifftop location, the views from Impressions Isla Mujeres offer unparalleled turquoise ocean views. 

This 125-suite, adults-only resort offers guests unbeatable opulence and luxury with exceptional service. 

Key amenities

  • On-site spa with floatation and hammam therapy
  • Bulter service
  • Beach access
  • Four gourmet à la carte dining choices
  • Rooftop terrace with infinity pools

Wedding highlights

  • Complimentary wedding packages are available
  • Beachfront, gazebo, and ballroom location options
  • On-site wedding coordinator
  • Romantic private dining experience option

Best for 

Couples who want top-of-the-line, expertly curated weddings and experiences with exclusive privileges in a remote environment. 

Garza Blanca

garza blanca cancun wedding

The Garza Blanca resort sits along one of the best stretches of white sand beach in Playa Mujeres. 


This resort is a big win for families and couples who want to enjoy adults-only areas. 

The beach is the star of Garza Blanca’s show, and guests enjoy lounging beneath the picturesque palm trees by the bright blue waters. 

With 425 suites, this is a luxury-loaded destination wedding location. 

Key amenities

  • On-site Spa Imagine
  • Kids Club
  • Adults-only rooftop with scenic infinity pool bars
  • Four gourmet restaurants
  • Seafood food truck
  • Access to restaurants at sister resort Villa del Palmar Cancun
  • Fitness facilities

Wedding highlights

  • Beach, terrace, deck, and Skyroom locations
  • Tiffany chairs
  • 15% spa discount for bride and groom
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Separate ceremony and reception packages for greater customization

Best for 

Couples with about fifty guests who want luxury all-inclusive experiences with a competitive price tag. 

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

grand velas riviera maya destination wedding

Situated in Playa del Carmen, Grand Velas is where the jungle meets the sea, offering a unique tropical experience. 

Fun fact: Grand Velas Riviera Maya is also where the couples in Season 5 of Love Is Blind spent time after being in the Pods!


Grand Velas is another resort that offers family-friendly luxury at the highest level. 

This five-diamond resort offers three distinctive categories of stay, or “experiences”:

  • Grand class: romantic couples suites
  • Ambassador: Family fun near the beach
  • Zen Grand: family-friendly relaxation in a jungle setting

Key amenities

  • Five signature restaurants
  • Kids and teens clubs
  • Fitness center
  • Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes
  • Eco jungle tour

Wedding highlights

  • Garden, terrace, chapel, beach, and convention center locations
  • Dedicated wedding coordinators
  • Can host up to 100 guests
  • Personalized wedding offers rather than packages
  • Exquisite decor
  • Indian weddings possible

Best for 

Couples who want a highly personalized, family-friendly wedding surrounded by luxury.

Los Cabos is home to more of Mexico’s top resort destinations for luxury weddings, here are some of our favorites:

Le Blanc Los Cabos

le blanc los cabos destination wedding

Le Blanc resort in Los Cabos is where the desert and sea meet at the very tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. 


This adults-only, five-diamond resort offers 373 chic rooms that allow guests to soak up the beauty of Los Cabos in elevated luxury. 

Whether whale-watching or lounging by the pool with a cocktail, couples choosing Le Blanc Los Cabos won’t want to be anywhere else.  

Key amenities

  • Seven world-class restaurants
  • Five bars
  • On-site Blanc Spa
  • Fitness center
  • Four outdoor pools, including one infinity pool
  • Two swim-up bars
  • Two outdoor hot tubs

Wedding highlights

  • Seven terraces, beach, and ballroom locations
  • Complimentary wedding amenities (incl. ceremony location, minister, wedding specialist)
  • The more rooms you book, the more free events you get
  • Three distinctive wedding collections
  • Two complimentary hours in Blanc Spa for the bride on the wedding day

Best for 

Le Blanc Los Cabos is ideal for couples who prioritize elegant design and next-level pampering, bringing a large group to unlock perks and benefits

You can read our full review of Le Blanc Los Cabos here.

Garza Blanca Los Cabos

garza blanca los cabos destination wedding

Garza Blanca Los Cabos is situated away from the main city on a beautiful stretch of sandy coast between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. 


Garza Blanca is a five-star beach hotel that welcomes the whole family, with ample entertainment for the kids and opportunities for adults to unwind. 

This resort’s world-class Spa Imagine takes pampering to a new level. Between the mountains, the desert, and the sea, this location is also a stone’s throw from the best golf courses in Los Cabos. 

Key amenities

  • Adults-only spaces
  • On-site Spa Imagine
  • Private beachfront dining option
  • Kids Club
  • Seafood food truck
  • Four restaurants
  • Rooftop pool and bar

Wedding highlights

  • Beach, terrace, poolside stage, and ballroom locations
  • Tiffany chairs
  • Separate wedding and reception packages for customizability
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator
  • Unique design elements

Best for 

Couples wanting a lavish wedding with the whole family might enjoy the unique design touches and package flexibility of Garza Blanca Los Cabos. 

Zoëtry Casa del Mar

zoetry casa del mar los cabos destination wedding

Zoëtry Casa del Mar overlooks the Sea of Cortez from its location in the famous corridor on the south coast. 


This AAA four-diamond winner is a truly inspirational stay, incorporating the look and feel of the Mexican hacienda into an ultra-luxurious getaway spot. 

With only 57 suites and rooms, Zoëtry Casa del Mar offers a level of luxury that few can rival. 

This resort is adult-oriented but permits children.

Key amenities

  • Five swimming pools
  • Two gourmet dining options
  • Endless Privileges experience
  • Tennis court
  • Fitness center
  • On-site Zoëtry Spa
  • Minutes from Premier championship golf courses

Wedding highlights

  • Range of wedding options from eloping to booking the entire resort
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator
  • Complimentary newlywed package
  • Courtyard, beach, and unique “mirror zone” and “quiet zone” locations
  • Legal weddings are possible for additional costs

Best for 

Couples who want a no-holds-barred luxury destination wedding with unique and personal touches, whether an elopement or a large-scale event. 

Grand Velas Los Cabos

grand velas los cabos destination wedding

Grand Velas Los Cabos is another resort in ‌a prime location along the tourist corridor with its own stretch of pristine sandy beach. 


Grand Velas Los Cabos is a spectacular option for a family-friendly destination wedding for those also seeking beach, sun, and top-notch food and beverage. 

Savor the best mezcal Mexico has to offer or delight in fresh ceviche while looking out over the Sea of Cortez. 

It’s easy to see how this sophisticated and contemporary resort earned its five-diamond status. 

It’s an excellent destination wedding venue if you’re planning to invite 100+ guests.

Key amenities

  • Kids and teens clubs
  • Three infinity pools
  • On-site SE Spa, with signature Water Journey
  • Fitness center
  • Seven gourmet restaurants
  • Six bars

Wedding highlights

  • Only one wedding per day
  • Wedding planners certified in Asian, LGBT, and Jewish ceremonies
  • Beach, garden, palapa, ballroom, and Miramar bar locations
  • Customizable wedding offers rather than packages
  • Elevated focus on decor

Best for 

Couples who want the whole family along for a sophisticated, elevated, and customized destination wedding. 

Puerto Vallarta offers even more unmissable destination wedding options:

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

grand velas riviera nayarit destination wedding

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is an ultra-lux resort on the Mexican Pacific’s west coast. 


The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is the only all-inclusive in the Mexican Pacific to be awarded five diamonds by the AAA. 

From its prime beachfront location, you can drink in the magnificent views of the Siera Madre mountains and the bright blue waters that match their beauty. 

As a family-friendly resort, this is a perfect way to enjoy a premium wedding experience with all of your nearest and dearest. 

Key amenities

  • Infinity pool
  • On-site spa
  • Gourmet restaurants under executive chef Guillaume Morancé
  • Non-motorized water adventure activities
  • Kids and Teens Clubs

Wedding highlights

  • Only one wedding per day
  • Garden, ballroom, beach, and terrace venues
  • Wedding planners certified in Asian, LGBT, and Jewish ceremonies
  • Can host up to 500 guests in specific venues
  • Exceptional contemporary decor
  • Customizable wedding offers rather than packages

Best for 

Couples who spare no expense for the best luxury experience possible and want to invite the whole family. 

Garza Blanca Preserve

garza blanca preserve destination wedding

Garza Blanca Preserve offers guests stunning coastal views of Banderas Bay along the southern coastline of Puerto Vallarta.


This five-star hotel is a family-focused haven for fun, relaxation, adventure, and, for lucky couples, romance. 

Garza Blanca Reserve takes advantage of its unique surroundings, nestled between the tropical Mexican jungle and the bay’s turquoise waters. 

Key amenities

  • Infinity pools
  • On-site spa
  • Three outdoor pools with jacuzzis
  • Three gourmet restaurants and two snack bars
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Oceanview gym
  • Complimentary water sports
  • Complimentary guided jungle hikes 

Wedding highlights

  • Beach, terrace, poolside, tent, plazoleta, ballroom, and other unique locations
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator
  • Separate wedding and reception packages for customizability
  • Unique architectural and decorative design elements

Best for 

Couples who dream of aesthetically unique weddings in an inclusive, family environment. 

Secrets Vallarta Bay 

secrets vallarta bay destination wedding

Secrets Vallarta Bay is conveniently situated only 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport and has a stunning location along Banderas Bay.


This adults-only resort is a generous example of luxury, adventure, and elegance for an all-inclusive vacation in Mexico. 

It’s no wonder Secrets Vallarta Bay earned four diamonds from AAA, considering how elevated their decor is and the quality of their food, beverage, and service. 

Golfers and other guests enjoying Unlimited Luxury experiences can soak up the mountain and bay sunset views from the open-air lobby.

Key amenities

  • Complimentary green fees at three nearby championship golf courses
  • Infinity pool 
  • Fitness center
  • Ten gourmet restaurants
  • Freeflow access to Dreams Vallarta Bay resort
  • World-class on-site Spa by Pevonia
  • Two outdoor hot tubs

Wedding highlights

  • South Asian wedding packages
  • Elopement package
  • Legal wedding possible for an additional cost
  • Beach, terrace, scenic lobby, poolside, deck, and ballroom locations
  • Complimentary wedding package option

Best for 

Couples who want an adult-focused destination wedding with a chic, modern atmosphere and generous wedding packages. 

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

fiesta american puerto vallarta destination wedding

The Fiesta Americana resort in Puerto Vallarta holds a privileged location in the area’s hotel zone overlooking the Bay of Banderas.


This family-friendly resort offers the best of both worlds, with plenty to keep the kids smiling and the adults relaxed. 

Stunning tropical gardens and the picturesque aquamarine waters of the Mexican Pacific coastline surround Fiesta Americana.

Key amenities

  • Adults-only rooftop bar, pool, and beach club
  • Fiesta Kids and Teens Clubs
  • VIP Chef’s table
  • On-site spa
  • Fitness center
  • Six restaurants

Wedding highlights

  • One wedding per day
  • Beach, lounge, or terrace locations
  • Experienced, Equality Institute-certified wedding planning team 
  • Civil/legal marriages possible
  • Custom-designed weddings rather than packages

Best for 

Couples seeking a budget-and-family-friendly all-inclusive, with opportunities for adult-oriented and romantic environments. 

Need help planning? 

Our experienced wedding planners at Destination Weddings by Vacationeeze are with you every step of the way.

With decades of experience planning hundreds of weddings, our team understands what couples are looking for and how to navigate working with the resorts. 

Our dedicated team will work with all your friends and family so you can focus on planning your dream wedding.

Ready to start planning your big day?

Call us at 215-454-2070 or get in touch with us here

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About The Author

Jared Benoff

Jared is a certified destination wedding travel advisor and has been recognized as a top agent by Palace Resorts, Karisma Resorts, Lomas Hospitality, and Hyatt Inclusive Collection.

He caught the travel bug early in his life as his parents (the founders of Vacationeeze!) instilled a passion for travel and adventure in him and his siblings.


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