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4 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Destination

Deciding on a destination wedding is easy. Sun, fun, a vacation with your closest friends and family, plus one heck of a beautiful backdrop for the big day? No brainer. The tough part is narrowing down all those dreamy destinations to choose your own perfect paradise. The crew at Weddings by Funjet has some tried-and-true tricks for helping couples pick their getaway – starting with four key questions.

Try it out. Ask yourself these questions while we take a look at a favorite destination: the northern portion of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, usually referred to as simply Cancun.

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. If you make sure your guests can get to your big day without breaking the bank on airfare, you’ll have more freedom when it comes to choosing the right hotel.

Live Aqua, Cancun Live Aqua, Cancun

Who is 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 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 keep you busy in downtown Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Both areas boast remarkable shopping, many times 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, a variety of ocean adventures including deep sea fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling are often adjacent to the hotel.

Maybe you’re eager to explore history and culture? There are Mayan ruins and towns surrounding the Cancun area with centuries of stories. Stop at the shopping districts too, where you can marvel at the talents of local street performers. For foodies or those who just enjoy a night out, the Cancun area will make your mouth water with amazing waterfront dining and many favorite hot spots like The City and Mandala.

Delectable Mexican cuisine Delectable Mexican cuisine

If your group wants to do an excursion or two, but primarily will want to stay onsite to enjoy the activities and amenities of the hotel, we can take you a bit north to Playa Mujeres or south to Riviera Maya where the resorts cater to the mixed interests. Whether you are looking for an adults-only oasis, a family-friendly hotel to accommodate the few children coming, or a family-focused property that has something to offer for everyone, you’re going to find it in this popular area.

One resort especially known for catering to a mix of tastes and interests is the Barcelo Maya complex (see images below). This property has four unique hotels within the complex, which means it’s home to numerous restaurants and pools as well as thousands of feet of beach. There’s plenty of space for everyone to spread out whenever they desire. Facilities include an onsite dolphinarium (yep, you read that right – there are dolphins), a fitness center and spa, a shopping mall complete with a sports bar and a 24-hour bowling alley, a pirate themed water park, Surf Rider (haven’t you always wanted to learn to surf?), a nightclub and a casino. The hotel also offers a variety of sports like 18-hole mini-golf, tennis, ping pong, basketball, snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing during the day. But of course, you could always just choose to be a beach bum.

Lunch for two with a view. Lunch for two with a view at the Barcelo Maya Beach, Riviera Maya. Fun for the whole family at the Pirates Island Water Park at Barcelo Maya Beach Resort. Fun for the whole family at the Pirates Island Water Park. A spa day to remember at Barcelo Maya. Relax. Rinse. Repeat. A spa day to remember: relax, rinse, repeat. A family sailing excursion at Barcelo Maya A family sailing excursion.

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 it comes to finding the perfect setting. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and the expansive beaches are the obvious asset 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. Couple those locations with a vast selection of customizable wedding packages, and your Cancun wedding will be anything but cookie-cutter. A tip: Weddings by Funjet can help guide the specific elements of your wedding day to ensure that your entire vision comes to life. (That means you don’t have to stress over any details on your big day.)

Idyllic deck and gazebo at the Finest Playa Mujeres The idyllic deck and gazebo at the Finest Playa Mujeres

What are YOUR absolute must-haves?
It’s natural to focus on your guests’ experience and preferences. But don’t forget to consider your own 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? We’ve had couples stress their desire for a rocking swim-up pool, brides who absolutely needed a private cabana for lounging, grooms who wanted a terrific spa experience for his bride, and groups who wanted to “hit the clubs” from time to time. Whatever tops your list, there is definitely an area and hotel that fits your wants and needs. Narrowing these specifics will help determine the perfect destination for you.

Paula is a Weddings by Funjet concierge. The Cancun/Riviera Maya area is a second home to her and she has a gigantic collection of Dia de los Muertos dolls to commemorate her dozens of trips there. To contact Paula, email her or visit WeddingsbyFunjet.com

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