wedding at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

Renewing Your Vows in Mexico

The Basics

Beaches, Spanish colonial architecture, lush gardens, and ancient pyramids can provide distinctive backdrops for a vow renewal. Along the Yucatan coast, the Caribbean Sea laps long stretches of beach and offshore islands such as Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. Inland, the architecture of smaller cities such as Merida and San Miguel de Allende harkens back to Spain. The Pacific Coast is dotted with resort towns and fishing villages. And at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is home to some of country’s most glamorous resorts. 


Wherever you choose to renew vows, it can be romantic to incorporate elements of Mexico’s indigenous and Spanish Colonial cultures and colorful crafts. A sweet Mexican wedding custom often used in vow renewals involves creating a figure-eight around the bride’s and groom’s necks with a lazo, a circular chain, to signify that a couple is linked for eternity. Also fun: hiring a mariachi band to play after a vow exchange (the word mariachi is said to be derived from the French word for marriage). 


Pros

  • Quality hotels and resorts with high service levels at reasonable prices
  • All-inclusive and traditional resorts with experienced planners 
  • English and U.S. dollars function in most tourist areas


Cons

  • Some high crime areas. Check latest U.S. Department of State travel advisory
  • Zika virus can be an issue, check with CDC for updates
  • Vulnerable to hurricanes, especially June to November

Five Places We Love

Maya Riviera: Have your union blessed by a Maya shaman in a traditional ceremony as an interpreter explains the meaning of the chants and symbolism in an archaeological site or at Xcaret


Cancun: Steps from boutiques, eateries and nightlife, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort and Spa venues include the beach, terraces, or your private balcony overlooking the sea.


San Miguel de Allende: This pretty colonial town is the backdrop for a ceremony on the lawn, rooftop terrace, garden restaurant or amphitheater at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende


Los Cabos: An upscale all-inclusive, Grand Velas Los Cabos offerings include a sunset ceremony on the beach, set with a flower-adorned dais; in a beachside garden; or on a grand terrace with sweeping sea views.


Huatulco: With a kids club, Dreams Resort & Spa can be an ideal setting for a family-friendly event. Book at least five rooms for three nights and the ceremony (including bouquet, officiant, cake, and sparkling wine) is complimentary.