How to organize your Catholic Destination Wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Catholic destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular and many resorts in Mexico are doing a great job of keeping up with demand by offering an array of styles and venue options. It’s most important to note that a Catholic wedding in Mexico is different from a legal wedding. Catholic ceremonies are preceded by a Catholic Priest and must take place in a recognized Catholic chapel. The wedding couple must get the permission by their Parish Priest back home and take the pre-marriage courses in their country so they can get the letter (Nihil Obstat) from his Curia, where the Parish Priest give his approval to the Priest in Mexico in order to celebrate the Catholic marriage.

It’s important to look into all the minor details that are required in order to ensure that you plan according to the rules in Mexico & the specific resort/off resort venue that you are holding your ceremony at. For example, typically the wedding couple must arrive at the hotel a minimum of 3 days prior the ceremony. Often times, certain days of the week will not be available for Catholic ceremonies. You will also need to make sure that you organize your legal marriage to ensure that you are covered both legally and with your religious ceremony.

While this can all feel daunting at first, there are resources available to you to ensure that all steps are taken care of accordingly. First and foremost, speak with a Destination Wedding Travel Specialist who has worked with Catholic Weddings in the past. They can refer you to the most suitable venues for your specific needs. After your Travel Specialist has helped you to find the right location for your Catholic Wedding, the wedding coordinator at your chosen venue will guide you through the process as well. If you are looking into planning your Catholic Wedding in Mexico, contact to speak with a Destination Wedding Specialist!

While there are many venues available, here are three of our favourite locations for a Catholic Wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico:

Dreams Tulum

Catholic Wedding in Mexico

Barcelo Maya

Catholic wedding in Mexico

Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Catholic Wedding in Mexico

There are many more options available to fit your unique style and needs. With such a variety of locations for your wedding, it can feel overwhelming to start researching all the different venues by yourself. Contact a Coral Tide Destination Wedding Specialist to get a full list of options! We have visited so many resorts and wedding locations and we are here to help you to find your perfect fit! Contact for details.