Riviera Maya's Ceiba del Mar offers abundant choices for weddings


CeibaDelMarTemezcalCeiba del Mar, a boutique resort in Puerto Morales on Mexico's Riviera Maya, prides itself as being one of the resorts in the area offering both indoor and outdoor wedding venues.

Locations for the resort's all-inclusive wedding packages -- the basic Gold, the amenity-laden Platinum and the amenity-enhanced Diamond -- comprise ballrooms, terraces, lounges and a private beach.

All three packages include 10 deluxe guestrooms for two nights. Fully 80% of the wedding guests must be registered at the hotel; guests staying at other hotels are required to purchase a day pass to attend the nuptials and reception. For their two-night stay, the bride and groom can choose from among the resort's 88 oceanview rooms, including 37 suites and seven penthouses.

The price for each package is based on a guest list of 20 people.

The Gold package, starting at $16,430, includes the ceremony venue as well as a restaurant dinner and wedding cake. In addition, it provides the following: the services of a judge; the legal permissions and blood tests performed at the hotel; the services of a wedding coordinator; the marriage certificate (in Spanish only); a bouquet for the bride and a boutonniere for the groom; a floral option for each of the two witnesses; a ceremonial table; flower arrangements for the tables; a bottle of Moet champagne for the toast; a 15% discount on spa treatments; a photographer for one hour; 36 wedding photos; a handmade album for the prints; digitally corrected printed photos; late checkout (5 p.m.) for the bride and groom; witnesses, if required; and all taxes and service charges related to the rooms provided.

The Platinum package, beginning at $20,220, includes all of the amenities of the Gold package with the following additions or changes: an arch decorated with flowers for the ceremony; two bottles of Moet champagne for the toast; a one-hour private cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres; a trio of musicians for 45 minutes during the cocktail reception; a photographer for two hours; 42 wedding photos; and a 30- to 40-minute DVD from two hours of edited, on-site footage. For the wedding couple, the plan also includes a manicure and pedicure for the bride, a 50-minute Swedish massage for the bride and groom and participation in the resort's 30-minute Temezcal ceremony, a congregational steam bath experience said to strengthen the mind and spirit.

The Diamond package, starting at $21,801, offers all of the amenities listed in the packages above, with the following additions or changes: three bottles of Moet champagne for the toast; a Mexican Mariachi band for 45 minutes during the cocktail reception; a 60-minute DVD of footage from four hours of shooting; 50 wedding photos; two handmade wedding albums; a beach dinner for two; and a one-night complimentary gift certificate for a stay at the resort on the couple's first anniversary with an upgrade to Master Suite.

For more information on Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort and the wedding packages, or to book a destination wedding, contact the resort's wedding planner at (011) 52-998 872-8060, ext. 6803, or visit www.ceibadelmar.com.


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