now amber puerto vallarta
Only a couple of months old, this resort offers a fresh location for a destination wedding with all of the trappings of AMResorts behind it. Warm colors and all-new, modern, comfort-oriented perks fill out this lifestyle-focused beachfront property, which offers the brand’s Unlimited Luxury concept served in a lovely Pacific setting: premium a la carte dining, top-shelf beverages, nightly entertainment, theme parties and more.
The bride- and groom-to-be will most likely opt for the gazebo or beach for their ceremony; a large wooden deck area is located next to the gazebo and is the ideal location for a beachfront reception without having to be on the sand. The resort has many special touches a couple can add to cast added magic on their day, such as doves or butterflies released at just the right moment during the ceremony; for the reception, they might want to go with fire dancers or a cigar roller.
Couples have several wedding packages to choose from here, including one that can be complimentary; each including an onsite wedding coordinator, preparation of the bridal gown and groom’s suit, minister or judge services, the wedding cake, 20 percent discount on all spa treatments and more. The Divine Wedding offer, priced at $2,999, also comes with a guitarist or saxophonist during the ceremony, a full photo package, a couple’s massage, dinner reception for up to 25 guests and many more inclusions. Rates start at $226 pp, per night.
Why we chose it: Brand-new facilities and lots of added-value perks for guests.
Contact: (877) NOW-9953; nowresorts.com
capella pedregal, los cabos
The cliffs and soaring ocean views from Capella Pedregal’s prized Los Cabos location paint a mesmerizing backdrop for the resort’s weddings, each of which is personalized to the couple’s liking. The resort’s signature wedding services, called Yours Truly, has Celebration Specialists whose mission it is to deliver unforgettable nuptials. They’ll walk the soon-to-be-wedded through every aspect of the planning, including pre- and post-activities for themselves or their guests, and arrange everything from a bridal lunch or rehearsal dinner to music on the big day. Among the standouts: a private session with the onsite astronomer, cooking lessons, or together time at the resort’s Ariga Spa. Luxury is a big part of the experience here, and clients should expect it in an above-par reception dinner as well.
These Celebration Specialists can also take it a step further by incorporating Mexican traditions, including a flower offering to the Virgin Mary and the groom gifting 13 gold coins to the bride as a symbol of his financial responsibility. And this being Los Cabos, there’s always the possibility of a sunset cruise, a day of golf with the wedding party prior to the big day or a girls-only spa day for much-needed stress relief. Woven fans and umbrellas will greet the entire group by the pool, while a library stocked with cordials and games will help them wind down their days.
Couples married here are invited back every year on their anniversary to receive a free 1-night stay and a bottle of champagne. Room rates start at $525 per night.
Why we chose it: Deluxe experiences, wedding personalization and beautiful views.
Archived related article: Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Planner (May 2011)