Playa del Carmen Wedding Photographer – M&J Photography
If you prefer a beach town ambiance to the lengthy hotel strip of Cancún, working with us as your preferred Playa Del Carmen wedding photographer is the best choice for getting married on the Mayan Riviera. Playa del Carmen was a tiny fishing village with sand streets in the 1980s, and a hangout for backpackers in the early ’90s. Playa del Carmen has developed into an international destination with an energetic beach and nightlife. Playa del Carmen is in the middle of the Riviera Maya, which runs from Cancún to Tulum. Visitors have a choice of large, AI (all-inclusive) resorts; hip, boutique hotels; and all-night beach clubs. They combine to make Playa a spot with endless choices for a destination wedding.
Read about our travels on the Riviera Maya on Latin Journeys.
Playa Del Carmen Things to Do
We prepared a list of places to see in Playa del Carmen that can be used as well for your engagement or Playa del Carmen wedding photography backdrops. We love to shoot among the Mayan ruins, cenotes, or traditional beach wedding scenes.
We included google maps to show points of interest for your Mexico destination wedding and we recommend you look at them from 3D view with the yellow “Google Pegman” (bottom left corner above the + zoom icon) and street view to get a complete picture of the locations where we can take your Mexico wedding photography pictures. Here is an example below:
If you decide to visit the buzzing street of Quinta Avenida before or after your Playa del Carmen photography session, you can visit upscale international shops and find stores that specialize in Mexican crafts and art. Quinta also has restaurants and bars to suit every taste and every budget. Quinta Avenida also has a number of boutique hotels that can play host for your Mexico destination wedding in the Riviera Maya.
Playa Tukan & Mamita’s Beach Clubs
When you choose Playa del Carmen for your Mexico destination wedding you may try hitting the two popular beach clubs; Playa Tukan and Mamita’s Beach. With laid-back bar-restaurants, palapa-sunshades and lounge chairs for rent – you are sure to find a great place for you or your guests to unwind before or after your Playa del Carmen wedding. Some of the hotels nearby have arrangements that allows guests to use the beach club amenities free of charge.
The Riviera Maya is home to a large system of underwater springs which appear in many areas where the limestone has given way to create a large pond or “cenotes“. Of the dozen or so cenotes south of Playa del Carmen, a few are suitable for diving (with a guide in a cavern), although cave diving requires special certification. Most of the cenotes are perfect spots for trash the dress sessions. We have a few favorites and here is a photo from one of them:
Where to get Married in Playa del Carmen?
Your choices depend on the number of people you are expecting and if they all plan on staying at the same place. If you are expecting more than 70 people, you’ll probably want an AI. Smaller choices exist. Here are a few of our favorites.
Love the feel and style of this luxury, boutique hotel near Playa del Carmen.
Love this resort with it’s proximity to Playa del Carmen and the cool spots around the grounds for photos.
Choose from three, upscale and luxurious hotels with stunning grounds and some of the best food in the state.
Over-the-top luxury about 15 miles south of town.
The newest”glamping” addition to the Riviera Maya scene on one of the nicest stretches of beach south of Playa.
When to get Married in Playa del Carmen?
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.
NOTE: The Cancun and Playa del Carmen beaches are on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The prevailing winds (usually around 10-15 mph) are from the east. You should take this into consideration when planning your wedding (and your hairstyle).