How to Have a Dreamy Destination Wedding in Tulum, Mexico

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May 10, 2022

Tulum is one of the latest hotspots for travelers and at the top of everyone’s lists. The romantic villas and scenic ocean views make it the perfect location for a destination wedding in Mexico. Tulum has it all. Here are a few recommendations for where to stay, what to do, and how to get married in Tulum.

Tulum is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo on the Eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Caribbean location makes it ideal for visiting any time of the year. It is easily accessible from most cities in North America. The closest airport is the Cancun International Airport. The ride to get to the main areas in Tulum from the airport is around 1-2 hours. Most hotels offer transportation services to and from the town to the airport.

Tulum has two main areas. Tulum Playa, where the hotels and beaches are located, and Tulum Pueblo, where the shops, restaurants, and nightlife are located.

Tulum vs. Cancun

The main difference between Tulum and Cancun is that Cancun is livelier and more concentrated with tourists, though Tulum has become an increasingly popular destination in the last few years. Cancun is the place you think of when you think of the word, “all-inclusive” as it has large resorts with many amenities on site. Tulum has hotels that are more intimate, less for families and more for couples and adults wanting a serene getaway. Cancun is known for its nightlife and large swaths of tourists that come from all over. Tulum is also popular, but it is much more scaled down than Cancun.

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Hotels in Tulum

When it comes to accommodations, Tulum has endless options. Most hotels in the area are luxury, boutique hotels that are different from the massive, all-inclusive resorts that you might find in other parts of Mexico like Cancun or Acapulco. The best wedding resorts in Tulum are ones that provide wedding planning services, offer discounts on room rates, and provide all you need to make your wedding day special. Here are a few of our recommendations for the best wedding resorts and hotels in Tulum.

Layla Tulum Boutique Hotel

Layla Tulum is a boutique hotel located in the middle of Tulum Pueblo. You can get the best of both worlds here with the proximity to the local culture, and privacy for you and your guests to enjoy. The hotel has a beautiful Moroccan Riad-style pool that is the best place for taking a swim or staging wedding photos.

Hotel Bardo

Hotel Bardo is an upscale hotel located deep in the Mayan jungle. It is on the pricier side, but the accommodation and amenities are well worth it. The villas are carefully designed with elements of Mexican architecture and nature. It is great for guests that want to experience total serenity and healing. The hotel offers yoga classes, sound healing meditation, and unique spa treatments.

Azulik Tulum

Azulik Tulum is unlike any other hotel you have been to anywhere in the world. The hotel is adult only, has a private beach for guests, and a private beach club called IMIX where you can order cocktails and small bites while lounging on daybeds in the sun. Like Hotel Bardo, it is the ultimate spot if you want to truly unwind in luxury. At Azulik, there is no air conditioning and no electricity in the villas, to help you unplug and become one with nature.

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Azulik can be the site for your wedding ceremony or reception. The hotel offers six different locations for you to choose from. You can get married in an air-conditioned dome fit for a dreamy wedding ceremony for up to 80 guests, or in an above-ground terrace fit for 30 people to experience an intimate ceremony and stunning views of the ocean.

Alaya Tulum

Alaya is another unique accommodation in Tulum. It is located just steps away from the beach and has a design that reminds you of the jungle. Alaya offers yoga and wellness activities to get you and your soon-to-be spouse completely relaxed. As you are just steps away from the beach, you can easily spend hours lounging on the sand. The hotel also offers the choice to stay in one of the rare private beachfront homes in Tulum, which is ideal for couples. You can contact the hotel for onsite wedding planning services.

Casa Chechén

Located near Tulum’s lively bars and restaurants, Casa Chechén is a luxury villa with amazing amenities and expansive common areas to relax. Booking a stay at the villa offers a quiet break from the local nightlife, and a private alternative to the hotels in the area. Casa Chechén is also a prime spot for intimate weddings, as it has a deck and can easily be set up for an intimate ceremony or reception. The villa also includes a pool and private access to the nearby beach.

Restaurants

Tulum has endless options for food and drink. You can choose from delicious local street food in the heart of Tulum Pueblo or dine at an upscale restaurant in a hotel.

Gitano is one of the hot spot restaurants in Tulum. You can be assured that you will have fun here with your guests as it is always a party. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, and music provided by the DJ as everyone gets up to dance and sing. Gitano is a great option to invite your wedding party to celebrate the day before your wedding.

Humo is a casual spot located in Tulum Town, and great for guests wanting authentic Mexican food in a setting where they can enjoy the local culture.

Tseen Ja is located at Azulik and is an upscale culinary experience that combines the flavors of Mexico and Japan. You can enjoy unique dishes like scallops with jaguar’s milk and ciricote flowers or hamachi tiradito.

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What to Do in Tulum

Tulum offers plenty of activities, both at the hotels and offsite at various places in the town. There is something for everyone, and each place is memorable. Here are a few ideas of the top places to visit when you’re in Tulum. Each of these sites also make beautiful backdrops for wedding photography.

Dos Ojos Cenotes

When you come to Tulum, you can’t miss out on visiting cenotes, or sinkholes. Cenotes are native to Mexico and you can find some of the most magical ones in Tulum. One of the most popular cenotes is Dos Ojos. Come prepared in your swimsuit and get ready to jump into the clear blue natural sinkholes.

No trip to Tulum is complete without a visit to the Mayan Ruins. The Tulum Archeological Zone is the spot to visit if you want to see beautiful ruins that remain intact. In fact, over 50 different structures are located in Tulum. You can see structures like the iconic Temple of the Descending God and El Castillo. This attraction is for everyone, and great if you want to squeeze in a history lesson during your visit.

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

If you want to get even more in touch with nature, then Sian Ka’an Reserve is the perfect place. It is located 20 minutes away from Tulum and home to hundreds of animal and plant species. You will be blown away by the natural landscape and large scale of this World Heritage Site. It is a main tourist attraction for visitors wanting to explore the local ecosystem of the Yucatan Peninsula. You can also take day trips to nearby Playa del Carmen or Cancun with your wedding party to experience more of what the Yucatan Peninsula has to offer.

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Wedding Photography in Tulum

Like most of the oceanside cities in Mexico, Tulum is an ideal location for staging wedding photography. You and your soon to be spouse can have a photoshoot on the whitesand beaches of Playa Las Palmas, a quieter beach option. Or, venture into town for a photoshoot featuring the authentic background of the culture.

What to wear to a wedding in Tulum depends on the type of wedding. Some may be intimate and casual, or large and opulent. Depending on the wedding, you can be sure that the event will take place in hot weather, so dress accordingly. People usually wear lighter clothing to keep cool. Oftentimes, weddings in Tulum have dress codes and color schemes, so as long as you follow the dress code and bring light clothing to keep cool, you will be dressed fine.

If you want to find the best photographer in Tulum, make sure that you know exactly what it is you want. Sure, you can use the photographer that your wedding venue provides, but oftentimes, the photographer provided to you by the wedding does not have your specific interests in mind. They are there to capture the wedding and produce photos. It is best to find a photographer that you like, and one that has your style and interests in mind. You can bring in a local photographer of your choosing to capture the best moments of your wedding. Sanchez Photographers will work with you before, during, and after the wedding to ensure that your wedding photos will be exactly what you want.

A destination wedding in Tulum is one of the best destination weddings you can have. The prime location has it all for you and your guests. It is a hot spot for relaxation, nightlife, and culture. The hotels in the area are designed for maximum enjoyment, and have beautiful venues to host your wedding ceremony and reception. The stunning ocean views and landscape make it a great spot for local wedding photographers to photograph you and get the best shots. It is no wonder why so many people flock to Tulum every year, and why couples love this location as a memorable site to exchange their vows and celebrate with family and friends.

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