Mexico Destination Weddings: IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya

Guest blog by Erin Calabritto, marketing manager and destination wedding planner at Just Marry!, founded by Perfect Wedding Guide’s ‘National Wedding Expert’, Susan Southerland.

Hello again, from your favorite world-traveling, destination wedding field reporter! Ok, that’s totally a title I just bestowed upon myself. It is not the official position described on my business cards, unfortunately.

However, I am lucky enough to occasionally wear the hat of a destination wedding blogger and I’m thrilled to share the low-down on the dreamy, destination wedding offerings of one of my favorite Caribbean travel locales: the Riviera Maya, Mexico!

On this trip, I visited the lovely IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya, an all-inclusive resort specializing in Mexico destination weddings. They have recently updated and upgraded their intimate wedding options, providing couples from all over the world an unforgettable experience as they unite in the company of their closest family and friends.

When planning a destination wedding, it’s equally as important to consider the appeal and accessibility to your guests as it is to you. By inviting guests, you’re asking them to use precious vacation time and go to the effort (not to mention expense) of traveling for your wedding. For this reason, I will share a little bit about what the IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya has to offer everyone on your guest list, and then –of course– spill a few wedding-specific details just for you.

Located on either side of the IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya are the IBEROSTAR Paraíso Lindo (a family-friendly all-inclusive resort) and the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso (a premium, adults only all-inclusive resort). I was a guest of the IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya, so most of my commentary pertains to that location, but all three resorts offer gorgeous wedding locations and superior attention to detail in all aspects of your planning!


The Accommodations

After an easy 30-minute car ride from Cancun International Airport, I was greeted by guest services with a frosty drink and a steaming towel in the main lobby of the IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya. It was the perfect way to set the tone for the rest of my stay with a message of, “Welcome… now relax.”

Although this all-inclusive resort property is absolutely HUGE, I found it to be well organized and easy to navigate. The walks to and from the pools, dining areas, and beach were very pleasant, as the landscaping is gorgeous and there were surprises around every corner– usually in the form of wildlife! We saw peacocks, coatimundi (or ‘coati’ for short, a local relative of the raccoon) everywhere, and flamingos at the adjacent IBEROSTAR Paraíso Lindo resort.

The Junior Suite in which I stayed was very spacious, perfect for hosting your destination wedding guests, particularly those with children who would appreciate the extra elbow room. The ladies will be as pleased with the garden spa tubs and waffle-knit robes as the fellas are with the ice-cold cervezas in the mini-fridge.

I cracked my balcony door to let in the sea breeze and the faint sound of music coming from the pool area. Not. Too. Shabby.

Just outside my door and downstairs was a concierge station, so assistance was never far away. This is very helpful at a large resort, so that for minor issues, general information, help connecting to the internet, or special requests, you’re not required to hike back to the front desk. More time to enjoy your stay!


The Amenities

What probably draws most couples to Mexico for a vacation or destination wedding are the beautiful beaches! For your sunning and swimming pleasure, the resort is located on a sublime stretch of sand as well as boasts nine outdoor pools (including one swim-up bar and a lazy river).

Other entertainment for you and your guests include live music and shows, an on-property shopping center, as well as tennis, kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball, windsurfing, diving school, an 18-hole golf course, day spa, and more (most of which are included, some of which are an additional charge– be sure to check out their website for details).


Dining Details

Have no fear. You are not, I repeat not, going hungry during your stay! Besides the international buffet and 24-hour room service, there are also five specialty restaurants… and a snack bar.

My personal favorite finds were of the casual dining variety (it’s often the little things that thrill me), pictured below. You can’t go wrong with cheese and chorizo tacos followed by hand-made berry crêpes and hazelnut ice cream!


The Service & Delightful Details

Two aspects of choosing your destination wedding venue go hand in hand: service and details. A superior level of service will afford you a low-stress planning experience and a seamless wedding day. Attention to detail will help you wow your guests with the unexpected. It takes a creative, knowledgeable and reliable wedding planner to marry the two (pardon the pun).

My experience with the IBEROSTAR wedding planning team truly impressed me. They had great energy and excitement when sharing information about their program, listened patiently when our tour group had questions, and offered creative suggestions and provided thorough answers in response.

From cigar rolling (the cigar roller was preparing favors for a wedding that night), to in-room delights (who doesn’t love a towel creature), and off-property entertainment (we took a stroll through nearby Playa del Carmen one evening), there are definitely some unique and unforgettable details that the IBEROSTAR staff is more than happy to help you arrange for your wedding!


IBEROSTAR Weddings

And finally… the weddings! I was very excited to be part of the first group of bloggers and writers invited to sneak a peek at the brand new Star Weddings by IBEROSTAR showroom on property at the IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya. It’s a space dedicated to showcasing the available options for your destination wedding– everything you can think of: photography samples, chair rental options, linens, floral, decor and much more.

By the way, I spied several gorgeous modern-tropical flower arrangements around the resort, so you know they have excellent floral designers on tap. I never cease to find wedding inspiration– I swear it follows me around!

I was invited to tour several ceremony sites that were set for ceremonies taking place later in the day. The beachfront ceremony below was set at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso, which (if you ask me) is the best of both worlds. You get to wear your most fabulous heels walking down the aisle (since it’s on a paved terrace), but you’re still getting married on the beach with the waves crashing in the background! Nobody likes sand in their stilettos.

And there you have it– certainly not all that there is to know, but all that I have to share!

The best way to find out more about IBEROSTAR destination weddings in Mexico is to visit their website. Whether you’re planning a romantic Riviera Maya vow renewal for two, an intimate Caribbean ceremony and reception for close family and friends, or the Mexican destination wedding of your wildest dreams– start by reaching out to the IBEROSTAR planning team today.

It would be nearly impossible to provide every detail here, but I hope this blog has given you a little bit of insight into destination wedding planning and Star Weddings by IBEROSTAR in Riviera Maya, Mexico!

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