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Deciding on a destination wedding is easy. Sun, fun, a vacation with your closest friends and family, plus a beautiful backdrop for the big day? No brainer! The tough part is narrowing down all those dreamy destinations to choose your perfect paradise, but don't worry, we're here to help! Let's dive into four important questions for you and your partner to answer when choosing your wedding destination!

1. Where and when are your guests flying?

It’s easy to focus on the destination – but don’t forget how everyone will get there. Airfare can be a huge factor in the overall cost for your guests. The Cancun airport is one of the most accessible airports from cities across the U.S., with affordable and often direct flights year-round. You'll have more freedom when it comes to choosing the right resort if your guests can get to your big day without breaking the bank.

Secrets Akumal wedding venue set up

2. Who's coming?

You know what your friends and family enjoy. You also probably have a good idea of the kinds of places and activities that aren’t quite their style. Since half the fun of a destination wedding is that it lasts well beyond “I do,” you’ll have to think about how you and your guests will want to spend those extra days in paradise.

Are you an active group? Would you get antsy spending too much time in the hotel? Then your crew will find plenty to do in downtown Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Both areas boast remarkable shopping, with flea markets and high-end shops within walking distance of the hotels. If sports are the name of your game, you’ll be happy to hear that prestigious golf courses are just a putt away. Plus, plenty of ocean adventures like deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling are often adjacent to the hotel.

Maybe you’re eager to explore history and culture? Well, there are Mayan ruins and towns around the Cancun area with centuries of stories. Or stop at the shopping districts, where you can marvel at the talents of local street performers. For foodies or those who enjoy a great night out, the Cancun area will tantalize your taste buds with delightful waterfront dining and popular hot spots like The City and Mandala.

If your group prefers to stay onsite to enjoy the activities and amenities of the hotel but also wants to go on an excursion or two, we can take you to Playa Mujeres in the north or Riviera Maya in the south. These places have resorts that cater to mixed interests. Whether you're looking for an adults-only oasis, or a family-friendly property that has something for everyone, you’re going to find it in this popular area.

Royalton Riviera wedding set up

3. What do you want your wedding to look like?

Not every destination wedding has to take place in the sand. Maybe you’re picturing a garden view or something completely off the beaten path? The sheer volume of hotel options in the Cancun area is a real perk when finding the perfect setting. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and the expansive beaches are obvious assets of Cancun. But in addition to ocean-side events, many hotels offer garden-view wedding gazebos, on-site Catholic chapels, and unique palapas if you’re looking for something a little different. Pair those locations with a vast selection of customizable wedding packages, and your wedding will be anything but cookie-cutter.

4. What are your absolute must-haves?

It’s natural to focus on your guest's experience and preferences, but don’t forget to consider your wants. What will make this entire week the vacation and experience of your lifetime? Is it crystal blue waters for daily swims and wedding photos? Or a variety of restaurants so that you can treat your taste buds? Whatever tops your list, there is definitely an area and hotel that fits your wants and needs.

Whether you want an intimate ceremony or an over-the-top affair, the Groups Team can bring your dream wedding to reality. Start planning your big day with Apple Vacations today!

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