It’s easy to see why Mexico is a popular wedding destination. The picturesque scenery, charming culture, accessible travel, and cost-effective pricing are just a few of the country’s alluring features. But thanks to the countless gorgeous venues the country holds, choosing which one is right for you can be a bit trickier.
First, you need to choose what part of Mexico’s large and diverse landscape is right for you. Do you envision exchanging vows on a pristine beach? Or maybe tropical jungle vibes better suit your taste? Fortunately, the Junebug team found a Mexican venue that seamlessly combines both settings within one unbelievably luxurious and sophisticated resort. We spent four days exploring this stunning property and can confidently say it would make one breathtaking wedding venue.
The Perfect Venue for Your Mexico Wedding
Grand Velas Riviera Maya is the ultimate Mexico wedding venue, no matter the size of your wedding. Situated along the shores of the Caribbean Sea, this property provides everything for a memorable Mexico wedding. After touring the 206 acres of lush jungle and sparkling beaches, it was easy to envision every size wedding–from intimate elopements to multi-day celebrations–coming to life at this one-of-a-kind Mexico resort.
To sweeten the deal even more, each wedding is in the hands of the talented and experienced Velas wedding team. All wedding services and vendors are included in one fee, including the essentials like catering, décor, photography, and floral design. This allows you to dream up the vision, and Grand Velas will take care of the rest.
Small Elopements in Mexico
A large resort may not be an obvious choice for an elopement. But after seeing the property ourselves, we feel the need to urge you to think outside the box. Consider it–why not elope to a place where your wedding getaway doubles as a honeymoon? At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, the days and nights surrounding your elopement will be full of absolute luxury and serenity.
For your elopement ceremony, we have a truly unique option that we adore and highly recommend. Surprisingly, the resort has its very own cenote nestled in its Zen Grand section. Secluded and peaceful, this mystical swimming hole makes for one unforgettable elopement ceremony spot. Keep the wedding quaint and simple, and focus on the significant moment between you and your partner. All you would need is a bouquet, and the natural surroundings will take care of the rest.
Stay in the Grand Class section of the resort, which is an adults-only experience with oceanfront views. You’ll get an impeccable suite, a 24/7 concierge, spa access, and exquisite dining experiences, just to name a few. And the SE Spa isn’t just any typical spa you’d find in a hotel. It’s the largest in the region, spanning over 90,000 square feet while offering authentic Mexican treatments and a signature seven-step water journey. It’s the ideal place to kick off or wrap up your elopement experience.
Midsize Mexico Weddings
Weddings with small to medium guest lists can take just about any shape imaginable. During our property tour, we viewed terraces, ballrooms, gardens, lawns, pools, and coastline–each offering the potential to transform into an idyllic ceremony and reception space.
Beach ceremonies are a classic choice for Mexican weddings for good reason, and Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s private beach holds up to the hype. We’re talking white sands and turquoise waters dotted with lofty palm trees all along the shore. It’s hard to think of a more tranquil setting for your wedding ceremony.
Next, the reception can be held on the Ocean Terrace. This balcony offers a mix of outdoor and indoor space for when you just can’t choose. Take in the ocean views in this charming space, which can accommodate up to 100 guests.
Choose the Zen Pool Terrace if you’re drawn to the idea of lush greenery and a tropical atmosphere for your wedding. This was by far one of our favorite spots within the resort. From the moment you walk into the Zen pool area, you’re engulfed in rainforest vibes. This spot is for couples who love what Mexico has to offer but want a ceremony that’s a little out of the ordinary.
Large Mexico Wedding Celebrations
Lastly, Grand Velas Riviera Maya was practically built for large wedding celebrations. With 539 suites and eight restaurants across three distinctive sections, your guests will not only fit comfortably but will have plenty of activities to keep them entertained.
For a wedding that’s truly grand and spectacular–and expecting 200+ guests–the Grand Velas Convention Center stands out as the right choice. When we say this space is large, we mean it. There are over 30,000 square feet to tailor and personalize. Unlike most ballrooms, here you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows that display the tropical jungle all around the property.
Don’t assume that a large guest list means you’re limited to convention centers or ballrooms for your wedding. If you want to say “I do” outdoors, the Zen Garden is tailor-made for your celebration. Located adjacent to the Zen Grand lobby, this expansive, open-air lawn also has a reflective pool and a beautiful ceiba tree that create a one-of-a-kind landscape. Its nearly 20,000 square feet of space can be utilized and decorated for a ceremony, cocktail hour, reception dinner, or dancing.
But don’t just take our word for it. Grand Velas Riviera Maya has also won several awards across multiple publications, including Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and USA Today. We know you’ll love this impressive resort as much as we did.