MEXICO CITY -- Planning a destination wedding or honeymoon for
clients traveling to Mexico?
Finding the perfect location for a wedding in Mexico should be
as easy as dialing a resort's toll-free reservations number, as
many Mexican properties offer on-site coordinators to handle nearly
every detail of planning the ceremony.
And once the wedding arrangements are taken care of, planning
the honeymoon can be as easy as booking a honeymoon package.
The following is a sampling of resorts and operators that offer
honeymoon and destination wedding packages, all commissionable at
• Palace Resorts offers complimentary wedding ceremonies at its
Moon Palace Golf, Xpu-Ha Palace and Aventura Spa Palace
Arranged in conjunction with a wedding coordinator, each ceremony
includes features such as a decorated gazebo; document arrangements
and legal fees; services of a justice of the peace; champagne;
dinner reservations for the wedding party; breakfast in bed for the
bride and groom; and witnesses, if necessary.
The resort company also offers wedding packages that start at
$1,299 per couple, exclusive of the room rate.
In addition to the features mentioned above, packages include
table flower arrangements; the bride's bouquet and groom's
boutonniere; a heart-shaped wedding cake; a decorated horse-drawn
carriage for the bride (only at Moon Palace Golf and Aventura Spa
Palace resorts); a manicure and pedicure for one; and a spa package
for the bride and groom at Aventura Spa Palace.
For information or reservations, call (800) 635-1836 or visit
the Web at www.palaceresorts.com.
• At the Hacienda Xcanatun, an 18th century manor
house-turned-inn located 10 minutes outside Yucatan's capital of
Merida, couples can participate in a Mayan wedding ceremony as part
of a more traditional -- and legally binding -- wedding.
The hotel offers a three- to five-night combination wedding and
honeymoon package with prices from $1,475 per couple for three
nights and $2,150 for seven nights.
The Mayan wedding ceremony is led by a Mayan shaman and
performed in the property's nine-acre garden.
The ceremony begins with offerings of herbs, bread and water to
the Mayan gods, followed by the couple drinking a honey-based Mayan
liquor to "cleanse their auras." After traditional Mayan prayers
are recited, flowers and incense are used to "cleanse the couple's
The resort offers a wedding coordinator to help with planning
the traditional ceremony, which is performed in the resort's
The wedding/honeymoon package includes accommodations in a
master suite with a separate living room and a private patio; daily
continental breakfast; one dinner at the resort's Casa de Piedra
restaurant; a bottle of wine upon arrival; a couple's massage; and
For information or to make reservations, call (888) 883-3633;
e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web at www.xcanatun.com.
• Viva Resorts' Mexico properties -- the Viva Maya and Viva
Azteca, both in the Riviera Maya, and the Viva Vallarta in Puerto
Vallarta -- offer a number of add-on wedding packages.
At the Viva Vallarta, for example, the Classic Wedding package
costs from $420 for up to 10 people.
It includes an oceanview room for the couple; assistance of a
wedding coordinator; the wedding ceremony and certificates;
decorations; the wedding cake and champagne; and dinner
reservations for a maximum of 10 guests in one of the resort's
All wedding packages can be purchased separately and added to
the cost of an all-inclusive vacation.
In addition, the resorts offer a complimentary honeymoon package
for couples who stay a minimum of three nights.
The package includes a room upgrade; a bottle of champagne or
sparkling wine; a fruit basket; a tray of hors d'oeuvres; a
souvenir picture; and two Viva Resorts T-shirts.
For information or reservations, call (800) 898-9968 or visit www.vivaresorts.com.
• Customers who purchase a casita suite at the El Dorado Royale
in Cancun for seven nights or longer through MexSeaSun will receive
a free wedding ceremony. If paid for separately, the ceremony would
cost approximately $400.
The promotion is valid for bookings made by May 31 for travel
through Aug. 31. Vacations include roundtrip air fare via Mexicana,
seven nights at the resort and airport transfers.
Prices start at $1,584 from San Antonio and Austin, Texas, and
$1,164 from Chicago.
The wedding includes all documents; the services of a justice of
the peace; the wedding cake; and the bridal bouquet and the
In addition, guests celebrating a honeymoon or wedding
anniversary will receive a private dinner for two with champagne on
the beach; a half-hour couple's massage class; and a king bed when
booking a casita suite or an oceanfront junior suite.
MexSeaSun is available through the major GDSs, through VAX Vacation
Access, or by calling (866) 263-9732. All bookings made
electronically earn a 15% commission.
• Clients who purchase an Everlasting Memory honeymoon package
at the Casa Magna Marriott Cancun Resort or JW Marriott Cancun
Resort and Spa will receive free use of a digital camera and tripod
during their stay.
The resorts also will allow couples to download their images at
the hotel business center and e-mail them back home.
At the JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa, the package includes
daily buffet breakfast for two; a 30% discount on spa treatments at
the resort's 35,000-square-foot spa; and a bottle of champagne.
Rates at the JW Marriott start at $244 a night, double, from May
20 to July 1.
For information or reservations, call (800) 223-6388 or visit www.offshoreresorts.com.
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