A 10-Step Guide to Planning the Perfect Destination Wedding | Playa Del Carmen, México

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

As promised, here are my destination wedding how-tos to close out my mini-series on destination weddings. Since our wedding in June I have gotten many questions about how to plan a destination wedding. Friends saw and shared our story and have had questions about how we got it all together.


Lucky for all you fiancées in planning mode— I took great notes! I truly feel like we got the most out of our destination wedding as well as our vacation to Playa Del Carmen, México. I loved every moment. So here are my blueprints! Included throughout this post are photos from our trip.



Lindley and Rasmus

Wedding Date: June 1st, 2019

Location: Mahekal Beach Resort,

Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México

Attendees: 70

Cost: $16,794



Research

When it comes to a destination wedding, this is where you should spend most of your time and mental energy. Selecting the right country and venue is everything. Take your time considering the cost of flights, climate and culture. You might also look into exchange rates and access to airports. For us, Mexico was a good spot, for most of our guests. Most of our people live in the Southwest and Mexico is a quick flight. I also love Mexico and speaking Spanish and have been myself 10+ times.


I spent a few months collecting quotes on wedding packages in and around the Cancun area. I talked with brides and read lots of blogs. I actually chose my resort, Mahekal Beach Resort, on the recommendation of a good friend, Allyson Coraggio, who had gotten married there a few years prior.