Marrying in Riviera Nayarit is a dream come true! This beautiful Mexican destination provides the most romantic resorts, spectacular beaches, superb cuisine and a special attention to all of the myriad details of organizing a wedding. Couples can choose to wed in the exclusive Punta Mita resort enclave, a stylish boutique hotel along Banderas Bay or at a fabulous all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta.
Riviera Nayarit is ideal for a destination wedding or honeymoon because in addition to these beautiful wedding locations, there is so much to do for wedding guests and honeymooners - 192 miles of beach framed by forested Sierra Madre Mountains, luxury yachts, world class spas, six championship golf courses, great diving and snorkeling, some of the best surfing beaches in the world, many opportunities to commune with nature, shopping and gourmet restaurants - in an authentically Mexican, unspoiled setting.
Couples who wish to marry in Riviera Nayarit can have a civil marriage ceremony or a religious ceremony with a priest, minister or rabbi. Wedding planners in each of the hotels can help couples prepare the necessary documentation and if desired, obtain clergy from the appropriate religious denomination. Below we have outlined the documents needed to marry in Mexico.
Some of the most popular locations for weddings in Riviera Nayarit include:
Dreams Villamagna, Nuevo Vallarta
The all new, 233-room all-suites Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, is a luxurious, all-inclusive resort just 15 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. In addition to four a la carte restaurants and a buffet venue, the hotel provides a spa, fitness center and a variety of recreational options, including dolphin and sea lion swimming adventures and sunset tours. Wedding facilities include a 6,652-square foot grand ballroom accommodating more than 200 guests that can be divided into two roughly equal spaces, and over 5,000 square feet of terraces for outdoor ceremonies or receptions. www.dreamsresorts.com/drenv/
Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, edged in pristine white-sand beaches, natural islands and the turquoise Pacific, offers an unparalleled luxury in Riviera Nayarit. In addition to 141 rooms and 32 suites, there are four restaurants, two Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf courses, the luxurious Apuane Spa, tennis courts and shopping boutiques. In addition to a wedding on the spectacular beach, the resort provides event space for up to 200 guests. www.fourseasons.com/puntamita
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Nuevo Vallarta
As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and The Leading Spas of the World, the beachfront Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers an all-inclusive luxury experience. It is also a recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award. In addition to 267 suites there are five restaurants (three hold the AAA Four Diamond designation), a luxurious spa, tennis and infinity pool with three levels. The resort's event space is 17,411 square feet and can accommodate up to 600 people for a reception. The wedding gazebo by the sea is a beautiful spot for a small ceremony or wedding photographs. www.vallarta.grandvelas.com
Marival Resort and Suites, Nuevo Vallarta
This 5-star, all-inclusive beachfront property provides 495 rooms and a variety of suites, six restaurants and extensive recreational facilities including four swimming pools. It has a beautiful 7,740-square-foot grand ballroom that can be divided into three sections, along with outdoor areas for the wedding. www.gomarival.com
Paradise Village Resort, Nuevo Vallarta
Paradise Village Resort is surrounded by water one of the most beautiful beaches on the Mexican Riviera. The resort provides 700 suites, nine restaurants, and the acclaimed El Tigre Golf Course designed by famed golf architect, Robert Von Hagge. A world class sports and fitness center includes tennis, squash and racquet ball, heated swimming pools and an extreme sports facility. The Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 1,250 for receptions. www.paradisevillage.com
St. Regis, Punta Mita
Situated on Banderas Bay, the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort has 120 rooms; 89 guestrooms, and 31 luxurious suites, including one presidential suite with three bedrooms. Other facilities include: three premier restaurants, two bars, Remède Spa with 10 Treatment Rooms, two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses and 3,787 square feet of event space. www.stregis.com
Iberostar Playa Mita, Litibu
Iberostar Playa Mita is the chain's newest destination and a first along Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. At the all-new, all-inclusive Iberostar Playa Mita, guests will be treated to uniquely breathtaking architecture, both inside and out. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains, Iberostar Playa Mita offers an incredible setting for remarkable weddings. Wedding venues include: sunset weddings at the Gazebo area along hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean as well as tropical gardens amid the backdrop of intense skies, emerald mountains, abundant vegetation and endless beaches. http://www.iberostar.com/en/hotels/riviera-nayarit/iberostar-playa-mita
Hard Rock Hotel, Nuevo Vallarta
Beautifully designed with a modern look and style, the all-inclusive Vallarta Palace features 348 rooms, four restaurants, three bars, two swimming pools, a fitness center, spa and beauty salon. The 6,300-square-foot Nayarit Ballroom which can accommodate up to 500 people. http://www.hrhvallarta.com
Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit
An exclusive and relaxing resort along one of Nayarit's most beautiful Pacific beaches, Villa La Estancia offers 245 suites, two restaurants, luxurious Tatewari Spa and a 17,036 sq. ft. conference center equipped with the latest technology. Website: http://www.villagroupresorts.com/resorts/villa-la-estancia-riviera-nayarit
Documentation required for each participant in a Civil Marriage Ceremony. You can bring the originals and one complete set of copies or send it to your wedding coordinator at least 15 days prior to the wedding. Birth, divorce, death, name change certificates must be translated into Spanish by an authorized translator from the City Hall of Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit.
o Valid passport.
o One additional form of valid picture identification, such as a driver's license.
o Birth certificate, translated into Spanish
o Mexican entry visa or tourist card (this is provided by Customs upon arrival at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport).
o Blood test results for HIV and STD. These tests and the required medical certificate are normally taken care of at the hotel with results in 24 hours.
o If either party has been married before, the proper dissolution documents, dated at least one year prior to the wedding date, must be provided. If by divorce, a certified copy of the divorce decree. If by death, a certified copy of the death certificate.
o Legal documentation of adoption or name change, if applicable.
o Two witnesses for the bride and two for the groom. If the witnesses are not Mexican citizens, they must provide their Mexico entry visa or a tourist card, passport and another form of picture ID.
o Completed and signed "Application for Civil Marriage." This is normally available to sign at the Civil Registry Office upon arrival.
Required documentation for the bride and groom for the Religious or Non-denominational Ceremony include the following:
o Valid passport and a driver's license or birth certificate
o Mexican entry visa or tourist card (provided by Customs upon arrival at the Cancun International Airport).
o Two witnesses with their passport, driver's license or birth certificate and their Mexican entry visa or tourist card.
o If either party has been married before, the proper dissolution documents must be provided. If by divorce, a certified copy of the divorce decree or, if by death, a copy of the death certificate.
o A copy of the original Marriage Certificate.