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Tips for Planning a Cozumel Destination Wedding
The island of Cozumel is the best place in the Caribbean for a destination wedding. OK, we are a little biased. We held our wedding here and we live here for most of the year. We love the pace of life, the undeveloped beaches on the windward side of the island, the amazingly clear Caribbean ocean with stunning coral reefs and the low costs. Cozumel has great choices of large resorts, cool ocean-front villas and boutique hotels. Having a wedding here is a fun, relaxing experience and Cozumel is considered one of the safest resort towns in the Riviera Maya.
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Where to get Married on Cozumel?
Your choices depend on the number of people you are expecting and if they all plan on staying at the same place. As Cozumel wedding photographers who were married here, we had quite a few independent friends who wanted to stay at smaller places or rent their own condos. Some stayed at Villa Escondido B&B and most stayed at the Blue Angel Resort (a small ocean-front hotel that put on a killer reception- our group was mostly divers) and some rented condos. We like some of the places where you can stay and have the ceremony, and there are a few beach clubs and restaurants that are independent of hotels and resorts. There are a number of good beaches where you can have the ceremony independent of the hotel, as well, such as Nachi Cocom or Playa Palancar. We had our ceremony at Playa Palancar and they charged us nothing to have our ceremony there!
Non All-Inclusive locations
Buccanos, which is north of town, is a beach club by day and an upscale restaurant by night. Beautiful ocean views, impeccable service and creative cuisine which takes advantage of the Caribbean Sea, makes Buccanos one of the top local picks for a wedding on Cozumel. It’s a spacious location with open-air dining along a large swimming pool, or in a newly-opened second floor space that features a balcony and an air-conditioned indoor dining room. Inquire about this property well in advance, since they are popular and need ample time to create a special space for your wedding and reception.
A well-located beach club by day, the club hosts private events in the afternoon and evenings. Wedding ceremonies are held on the beach or in a more shaded area adjacent to the beach. For receptions, the large palapa is perfect for dining, dancing and unforgettable receptions.
One of the nicest hotels on the island and easily the top non-all-inclusive hotel, they proudly boast their Intercontinental Hotel affiliation. The rooms and the outside dining room and lounge areas were completely renovated in 2016. We can’t say enough about the style and professionalism at this hotel, currently Cozumel’s finest.
A very private beach club south of town along the beach and Caribbean Sea. This a good choice for larger groups, since they can accommodate as many as 50-60 people for a dinner reception. However, this is a very popular beach club during the day, so your daytime wedding may not be totally private, but it will be memorable with good service and a killer location!
Uvas has grown in the past couple of years, but still remains a wonderful, private spot for a ceremony and reception. It is one of the closest venues south of town and features a kitchen staff that will knock your socks off.
The location is also close to centro and is a very private location. With 7 bedrooms, it’s perfect for small weddings or to sleep the entire wedding party! Great pool, lovely beach, and space to dance – and hangout for a week!
Although it’s more of a peninsula than an island, since it is only accessed by boat it certainly feels like an island. Wide, beautiful beaches; clear, calm water; and a dedicated staff are all the reasons to have an Isla Pasión wedding and reception.
COZUMEL WEDDING PLANNERS
If you are going to choose a venue that is not an all-inclusive resort, you will want to find a wedding planner to help you with the details and planning. Currently, Nachi Cocom, Buccanos, and Isla Pasión all have a wedding planner on staff. If you choose a private villa or a beach club without a dedicated planner, here is a list of Cozumel’s best wedding planners:
Cozumel Wedding Planner – Stephanie and Lluvia
Something Special Weddings – Fiona Lomax
Cozumel’s Weddings and Celebrations – Magda Perez
The southernmost resort on the west coast of Cozumel is a lovely spot for a wedding. The grounds are nicely kept with flamingos and peacocks wandering about. The rooms are arranged in a “town home” design with brightly painted two story units, which means the resort has a small and intimate feeling. The resort keeps the ceremony site off to the side of the main beach area, so there is relative privacy for your event and the staff always seems to do a little extra to make your wedding feel special.
Secrets Aura is a bit closer to town than Iberostar. The resort has a great staff and works hard to create a nice space for receptions and ceremonies. We love the long wooden dock for sunset photos.
Perfectly located for the bride and groom and wedding party who want to be within walking distance of town. The hotel is in town, within walking distance of restaurants and shops, plus it’s right on the water for easy access to snorkeling and dive boats.
Or perhaps you want to have your reception on a catamaran as the sun sets. There is a company on the island called Fury Catamarans that has cats large enough for a group of 60!
Or meet up with us after your wedding for a day-after session on the wild side of the island.
When to get Married on Cozumel?
High season, generally from the 2nd week of November to the end of April, is usually warm and dry, but is also more expensive, obviously. Even if it is hot during the day in the winter, you can almost always count on an ocean breeze just before sunset to cool things off.
Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 until November 30. We have noticed that the rainiest time is usually October but hotel accommodations tend to run a lot cheaper during this time.
March can be a little windy, and April is usually warm and dry but you must compete with Mexican families as they take their Easter holiday in Cozumel.
Things to do in Cozumel
August – November:Sea turtle rescue takes place on the east beaches. Volunteers are welcome to help out with digging nests and counting eggs and rescuing the occasional straggler. This is a wonderful thing to do. Our wedding guests (in November) loved it and said it was the highlight of their trip. You can buy a T-shirt or donate to the program to help continue the effort.
February/March: Cozumel Carnaval is held every year according to the timing of Easter. This is an event that offers multiple nights of parades, with floats, dance competitions, and costumes that are extremely impressive for a small island.
Any Month: World class diving and snorkeling on gorgeous coral reefs, unspoiled beaches, sunset cruises, and peaceful lagoons for kayaking or bone fishing can be enjoyed virtually any time of year. Check out this site for fun Cozumel tours.
What we do on our day off: We might do a shore dive near the Blue Angel Resort and Dive Shop, or we might pick up a whole fresh fish (flash fried), some ceviche and take our chairs, cooler, umbrella, boogie boards, and white fluffy Havanese dog to the undeveloped east side of the island. Either way, a day in, on or near the water is the perfect island day off!
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