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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Offers & Advice for Marrying in Mexico

Words by Courtney Cox

It’s day two of our Destination: Mexico series and today we’re sharing information, offers and advice from Mexico aficionados. We’ve compiled some of the helpful advice offered by real-life couples who said “I do” in places like San Miguel de Allende and Cabo San Lucas. We are also bringing you an ongoing offer from Starwood Hotels & Resorts that is perfect for couples looking to wed and/or honeymoon south of the border. DID has been fortunate enough to travel quite extensively throughout Mexico, so we’re passing along our experience and advice for various wedding hot-spots. Lastly, DID's editor in chief recently participated in a helpful webinar with the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association and Iberostar Hotels & Resorts: How to Plan the Perfect Destination Wedding in Mexico.

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Say “I Do” & Earn Starpoints

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is running an amazing wedding offer for weddings hosted by December 31, 2017 at participating Starwood Hotels – including three in Mexico. If you choose to say “I do” at The St. Regis Mexico City, The Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa or Hacienda Santa Rosa, a Luxury Collection Hotel you will earn bonus Starpoints that can be put toward free honeymoon nights or more at hotels and resorts in Hawaii, Paris, Bora Bora and more. There are other wonderful participating Starwood Resorts in Mexico – to see a full list, click here.

If you’re not already a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, join now and you will earn one Starpoint for every $1 contracted of room rental and food and beverage costs for your wedding. You will also get a complimentary guest room on your wedding night and a sparkling toast for you and your guests during the reception. To search all participating Starwood Hotels and venues, click here. You can also begin planning your wedding by calling 1-866-912-4134.

Advice from Couples Like You

When planning your destination wedding in Mexico, you will likely do hours of research on destinations, venues and accommodations. There is lots of helpful information on the Internet, but first-person accounts and advice can prove invaluable. Here at DID, we’ve been fortunate to feature dozens of Mexico real weddings over the years, so we’ve pulled some of the strongest advice from our real-life wedding Mexico couples:

“We wanted [our destination wedding] to seem more like a vacation for our friends and family – a time we could spend several days with everyone instead of just one wedding day, which can go so fast. Cabo has a large airport, which most airlines fly into. It is also a relatively compact town, allowing for people to get to rehearsals, dinners, the wedding and reception easily.”
~ Peter, Cabo San Lucas groom

“[Sayulita] was the first town that popped in my mind when we began planning the wedding. Sayulita was the first place we went on vacation together [and] as soon as we arrived, I knew this place was special. It is such a beautiful town with an undeniable spirit. When having a destination wedding it is so important to embrace the destination. Don’t force anything on the location that doesn’t belong there.”
~ Dasha, Sayulita bride 

“Mexico holds a dear place in our hearts. We’ve been all over the country, but Puerto Vallarta, in particular, is where we find ourselves returning. We had a lot of ideas (having a donkey, mariachi band, piñata, churros instead of cake, maracas and custom tequila shot glasses/tequila bottles for guests), but it was my planner and [amazing] team of vendors who made it all happen.” 
~ Vanessa, Puerto Vallarta bride

“The celebration starts from the moment each of [your guests] sets foot on the car or plane. Choosing a destination [for your wedding] gives you the liberty to choose a place you love and share that place with the people you love. We were very careful to choose a place that could accommodate all different budgets, and make sure that it was a family friendly place to travel to.” 
~ Marianna, San Miguel de Allende bride

Destination I Do’s Expert Advice

Odds are, if you’re considering Mexico for your destination wedding or honeymoon, you’ve done lots of research. Allow us to assist and share some of our first-hand experiences throughout our visits to Mexico. Below, you’ll find various articles from DID’s traveling editors and contributing writers, as well as an incredibly helpful webinar, hosted by DID's editor in chief.

Please stay tuned for the rest of our Destination: Mexico week! Tomorrow and Friday we will have real-life weddings in Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Thursday will be all about beautiful inspiration. Discover our handcrafted Pinterest board full of both classic and forward-thinking Mexican wedding style. Also, check out yesterday’s article 5 Reasons to Get Married in Mexico in case you missed it!

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Taylor Abeel PhotographyNunez PhotographyAlex Lasota PhotographyDavina + Daniel & SPG Hotels & Resorts (5th-7th).

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