Plan Your Destination Wedding in Mexico

Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen Destination Wedding Infographic

Download our editable Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen wedding checklist.

Congratulations on your wedding! Each year, 350,000 destination weddings take place, representing 24% of all weddings. Of those, approximately 25,000 are held in Mexico. Planning a destination wedding in Mexico takes time and patience. With this checklist and timeline, you’ll be able to make all the arrangements you need ahead of time so that you can enjoy your special day in Playa del Carmen free of stress and worry!

12+ MONTHS

  • Pick the type of ceremony/reception you want
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen offers a variety of types of ceremonies, including Civil/Legal, Religious, Traditional Mayan, and Wedding of Sand, which involves the bride and groom pouring sand into a single vase together to represent their unity
  • Determine the budget
  • Research marriage requirements
    • For civil, legal, and religious ceremonies at Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen, you are required to have a valid passport, tourist card, blood test, and four witnesses. The Mexican Ministry of Tourism recommends that you budget two to four days to complete all requirements
  • Choose a date
  • Contact a wedding planner
  • Do a site visit (if budget and time allow)
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen offers a site inspection for your Playa del Carmen wedding that is all-inclusive and includes a tour of the property and a wedding consultation with a wedding planner.
  • Reserve venue and put down a deposit
  • Book a block of hotel rooms
  • Start binder to keep paperwork/contracts
  • Compile the guest list
  • Collect guests’ email/mailing addresses

 

9-12 MONTHS

  • Launch wedding website
  • Send out save the dates
  • Select bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Shop for the wedding dress
  • Choose an officiant
  • Book the DJ/band and photographer/videographer
  • Order invitations

 

6-9 MONTHS

  • Select flower arrangements
  • Buy accessories (shoes, headpiece, jewelry, garter, lingerie)
  • Mail out invitations
  • Book flight and accommodations (encourage guests to do the same)
  • Select wedding party attire
  • Create a registry

4-6 MONTHS

  • Obtain passports
    • Typically takes an average of 4 weeks or less from the time of application.
  • Get blood tests or vaccinations
  • Purchase rings
  • Choose menu and cake
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen offers 8 different menus to choose from, each has 3 appetizer options, 2 main course options, and a dessert
  • Shop for resort/honeymoon wear
  • Book wedding day transportation
  • Make arrangements for rehearsal dinner
  • Make arrangements for pre-wedding events/activities
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen offers a number of activities, including swimming with dolphins, zip lining, sea fishing, sailing, and much more!
  • Buy groom’s attire
  • Make sure wedding party orders their attire

 

2-3 MONTHS

  • Order favors and welcome bag items
  • Book a hairstylist and makeup artist
  • Confirm details with vendors and make final payments
    • A wedding planner from Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen can confirm vendor proposals and contracts for entertainment, flowers, décor, cake, photographers, videographers, transportation, hotel/condominium accommodations, and hair/spa appointments.
  • Get wedding party gifts
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen has a full-service spa and beauty treatment packages

 

1 MONTH

  • Prepare welcome letter
  • Have final gown fitting (make sure to bring your shoes and accessories)
  • Make arrangements to pick up dress
  • Write vows and choose readings
  • Confirm RSVPs and hotel reservations made by guests
  • Create a seating chart

1-2 WEEKS

  • Confirm flight, airport transportation and hotel bookings
  • Make place cards
  • Make ceremony programs
  • Start packing

 Important Things to Pack:

  • Passports/visas/driver’s licenses
  • Confirmations and contracts
  • Prescription medicine
  • Wedding rings
  • Cake topper
  • Get some rest!

 

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

  • Have a rehearsal at the ceremony site
  • Confirm details with officiant and planner
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Make arrangements for a blood test (A licensed physician can conduct tests in a private room of the hotel)
  • Assemble welcome bags
  • Arrange delivery of bouquets and boutonnières
  • Have dress pressed/steamed

 

THE DAY OF

  • Check for rings before the ceremony
  • Have fun and enjoy your big day!

SOURCES

http://images.theknot.com/travelromance/pdf/packlist.pdf
http://destinationweddingdetails.com/destination-wedding-checklist.html
http://www.worldweddingtraditions.com/locations/north_american_traditions/mexican_traditions.html
http://www.condohotelsplayadelcarmen.com/weddings/wedding-documents.php
http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/destination-weddings/articles/mexico-marriage-requirements.aspx#ixzz2kYluaSe8
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/theknotcom–weddingchannelcom-announce-results-of-2nd-destination-weddings-study-159476865.html
http://www.condohotelsplayadelcarmen.com/weddings/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/04/average-engagement-length_n_2411353.html

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