Where is Akumal Mexico?

Akumal, Mexico is located on the Mayan Riviera. It is a small town located on the Caribbean Coast about 60 miles south of Cancun. The area is quiet, not heavily populated, and extremely friendly, with lots of affordable accommodation options for your guests, family and you!

What is the wedding location like?

La Buena Vida Restaurant is located on a wonderful beachfront property on the oceanfront with gentle waves, serene sunsets, and great views over Half Moon Bay. The beach is sandy and never crowded. There is plenty of room to set up chairs for up to 70 wedding guests. Many guests choose to include a palm-covered arbor, a cabana structure with flowing streamers of fabric, or a rustic rock-lined aisle in their beachfront ceremonies with Akumal Weddings.

Feel free to bring your own decor to add a personal touch to your special day! Our weddings are definitely on the casual side and lots of fun for guests and family to join in the decorating.

Can we get married at your property even if we do not stay at your hotel?

Yes, you may use our wedding services without staying at Del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Condos. We do not, however, plan weddings off-site. You may wish to hire our services for just a Rehearsal Dinner or reception if you hold your wedding ceremony elsewhere.

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Heidi at Akumal Weddings was fantastic. She was more than accommodating while planning our rehearsal dinner and helping to book rooms for our guests. I greatly appreciated the fact that she was extremely responsive to all of my emails and always included lots of details. I would highly recommend her services.
Nicole F., Happy Bride

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Who helps me plan the details of my wedding?

We have two coordinators who will assist you with the planning of your wedding:

Heidi, in our US office, will be your contact person prior to your arrival in Akumal. She will assist you with reserving the date, arranging the deposits, choosing vendors, reception planning, and menu options.

The final details will be arranged upon your arrival in Akumal, with our on-site wedding coordinator, Erick. We arrange an on-site walk through and brief meeting a day or two prior to your big day just to iron out the final details.

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I just wanted to thank you again for all of your help in planning the rehearsal dinner.  Santos and the entire staff at La Buena Vida were wonderful and everyone had an amazing night. It literally was perfect! Thanks again to you, Heidi.
Hannah, Happy Bride

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Is my Mexican marriage legal in the US and Canada?

There are two types of weddings: Spiritual (Non-Legal) and Civil (Legal).

Spiritual Weddings

Spiritual Weddings are not legal ceremonies and this is our specialty. They are an affirmation of a couple’s commitment to one another. Participating in this ceremony will not legally change your marital status. In a spiritual wedding, anyone can perform the ceremony: a religious official, a friend, or a celebrant provided by Akumal Weddings can act as officiant. We recommend you get married in a quick civil ceremony in your home state or country, then have the celebration of your marriage with us.

Civil Ceremonies take a lot of time!

In order to have a ceremony that will be recognized in a court of law in Mexico, you will need to closely follow the requirements. To have a civil wedding in Mexico, you will have to be married by the Justice of the Peace. Their cost is about $500. While we do not coordinate legal weddings here is a list of how to get started:

US Citizens with Passports:

  • Passports
  • Drivers License or other valid form of ID
  • Tourist Card (This is given to you on the plane)
  • Blood Tests
  • Medical Certificate
  • 4 witnesses (If you are providing your own witnesses then they all MUST have a valid passport and the tourist card).

Who will perform the service or may we provide our own celebrant?

As a spiritual rather than a legal ceremony, your wedding can be performed by anyone: your own minister, a friend or family member, or our local celebrant. Our celebrant has been conducting spiritual ceremonies for many years, and we highly recommend using him for a meaningful and friendly service. Akumal Weddings services are nondenominational; Catholic weddings must be performed in a church, therefore, we do not offer Catholic wedding ceremonies.

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Excellent service. Heidi answered my endless questions via email for ten months!
Leah P., Happy Bride

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Can we have a wedding service in English?

Yes! Or Spanish or both! If you have a lot of guests you may consider renting our PA system so everyone can easily hear your exchange of vows.

Can we provide our own wedding vows?

Yes. Most couples write their own vows and have a pretty good idea of what they want include in their ceremony; we can provide some popular choices to help get you started.  Please provide your vows to the celebrant in advance; we want to make sure that your readings go smoothly and the celebrant is able to review your text ahead of time.

What about a Welcome Party or Rehearsal Dinner?

We often arrange Welcome Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, and just the Reception portion of wedding festivities too. Akumal Weddings can provide as much or as little assistance as you need.

If you have a special request, drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help you. When possible, we use the local Akumal businesses. We can put you in contact with specialty suppliers and vendors. Most ask to arrange payment with them for their services directly.

Do you perform gay wedding ceremonies and renewal of vows ceremonies?

Yes, we do! Akumal Weddings has hosted numerous same sex commitment ceremonies, weddings, and vow renewals in the past. Del Sol Properties and La Buena Vida Restaurant are both gay-friendly.

What about music during our event?

Some wedding ceremonies have music; some do not. We think that the sound of wind, waves, and nature is perfect for a special event such as exchanging wedding vows. However, we have contacts with  musical talent that we are happy to recommend. Mariachi bands are popular if you would like to plan a festive wedding.

 

Can we provide our own liquor at the reception?

Yes, only wine and champagne may be provided by you, and we will chill it for you and serve it. The corkage fee is $12 per bottle.

 

We have a lot of friends and are planning a big wedding. What is the largest  number of guests you can accommodate?

Our facilities accommodate events as small as two, and as large as 120.

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My good friends’ wedding was a beautiful huge success – 160 guests on the beach! (I believe they said it was a record for a wedding in the area). Our rooms were very nice and clean, with great views. The staff was helpful and kind. The ocean setting was perfect for a wonderful wedding.
Kevin, Happy Guest

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