Budget Conscious Brides

Planning a wedding on a strict budget can be a challenge, especially when you need to consider adding travel costs as well.

When looking at sun, sand and sea destination weddings, more often than not your Spanish speaking destinations will provide the best value. Think Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Take a look at some of the sample destinations below!

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    View of the Pool at Ocean Varadero

    Ocean Varadero El Patriarca

    The Ocean Varadero El Patriarca is a five-star Cuban standard resort located right by the idyllic Varadero beach and surrounded by spacious gardens, home to the legendary “El Patriarca” cactus, which is over 500 years old. The hotel offers exclusive rooms as well as a wide range of services that include themed restaurants, and a Privilege Club with exclusive rooms and services.

    A midsize hotel with 420 rooms in 35 villa style buildings. The resort offers 3 pools, 4 restaurants & 8 bars. There is also a fitness centre, playground, disco &  Despacio spa centre.

    The all inclusive plan offers 3 meals daily, 24 hour snacks and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Also includes your roundtrip airport transfers, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, admission to disco with drinks, non-motorized watersports, room service (11am-11pm) a well as a kids club for children aged 4-13+ years.

    All around a good choice for families and groups of all ages.

    Travel costs from Toronto – Range $1000-1600 CAD including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season)


  • Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Cuba

    Cuba welcomes couples from outside the country to hold civil or religious weddings.

    If you have never been married previously:

    • passports (valid throughout your stay in Cuba)
    • tourist cards

    If either the bride or groom has been married previously (in addition to the above):

    • if divorced: his/her birth certificate + Certificate of Divorce
    • if widowed: his/her birth certificate, Certificate of Marriage + Certificate of Spouse’s Death
    • his/her birth certificate + any divorce/marriage/death documents must be translated into Spanish, certified by a notary public + legalized by the Cuban consul in Canada (service fee applies)


    • a list with your names, home address, occupations, levels of education, nationality + the full names of your parents, living or deceased
    • attach photo pages of your passports
    • fax copies of all documentation (including the extras listed above if you have been married previously) in both English + Spanish to your hotel in Cuba at least 3 weeks prior to arrival
    • bring all of the original documents with you

    Your marriage will be formalized in your name as it appears on your passport. Therefore, your passport must be correct, and the name on your passport must match that on all your other documents.

    After your wedding, your Marriage Certificate will be arranged as quickly as possible and either given to you prior to your departure (time permitting) or couriered at the hotel’s expense to the address on your documents. Your marriage will be legalized by the Canadian Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Foreign Affairs department.

  • The Classic Package

    If you book a Privilege Junior Suite for a minimum of  7 nights, or have 4 Deluxe Rooms for 4 nights, this package can be FREE.

    Package includes:

    • Professional onsite wedding planner.
    • Ceremony in the location of your choice; our fabulous beach with its stunning white sand, in  our wedding gazebo or in our tropical gardens. (Basic set up)
    • Elegantly decorated wedding cake.
    • Champagne toast for guest to celebrate.
    • Dinner for up to 10 guests at any of our a la carte restaurants with a set menu.
    • Bride bouquet and matching boutonniere for the groom.
    • 15% discount on spa services for hairstyling or make up on the wedding day.
    • Romantic honeymoon dinner at any of our a la carte restaurants for the wedding couple during the stay.
    • Personalized fruit basket in the couple’s room.
    • Late check-out for the newlywed couple. (subject to availability)
    • Preferential room location keeping with the category booked.

    Applies to a maximum of 10 guests staying at the hotel, each extra guest has an extra cost of approximately $18 USD each.  Minister, justice of the peace, legal documentation and related fees not included.

    Upgraded wedding packages available ranging from $1199-3500 USD.

More Destinations

Riu Merengue Puerto Plata, DR

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Main Pool at Riu Merengue

Riu Merengue, an all inclusive resort for guests of all ages can enjoy the variety of land and water sports, the natural beauty of the tropical surroundings, and the 24-hour, all inclusive food and beverages on offer.

An array of air-conditioned rooms plus a family room for families with up to 3 kids, RIU amenities, and delightful views, are available to suit your unique needs.

Whether you’re travelling as a family, couple or with friends, you’ll find a wide variety of activities to keep you entertained all day long.. There are areas for enjoying tennis, table tennis, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, bodyboarding, snorkelling, golf, volleyball, swimming and much more. Your children can also enjoy crafts, activities and dancing together with other kids in the RiuLand program.

Wedding packages starting at $1100 USD. (Free weddings may be available in off-season, restrictions apply)

Travel costs from Toronto – Range $1200-1700 CAD including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season)

Melia Cayo Santa Maria Cuba

The Melia Cayo Santa Maria Hotel is a popular and charming Cuban resort located directly on a pristine sandy beach on the island of Cayo Santa Maria and approximately 116 km form the Santa Clara airport.

It covers an area of 12,000 m² with extensive facilities for families, an excellent Yhi Spa in a beautiful natural setting, and a Club Cubamigos where our youngest guests will have great fun.

Free wedding packages are available, as well as very affordable upgrades ranging from $500-1350 CUC. (pesos.. roughly equivalent to the US dollar)


Travel costs from Toronto – Range $900-1500 CAD including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season)


Catalonia Yucatan, Riviera Maya MEXICO

Just as you would expect, this marvelous Caribbean hotel lies right next to the sea. Its breezes find you wherever you happen to be in the hotel, and the scenery is incomparably beautiful.

If you are looking for a fairytale setting in which to spend your vacation, this hotel will amaze you.

The resort is in Puerto Aventuras, a tourist development which boasts a yacht marina, a golf course, restaurants and dolphin tanks, all within easy reach of the Mayan Riviera’s main attractions.

Very affordable wedding packages start at just $899 USD for up to 15 guests. Extra adult fee $20 USD per person.

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Travel costs from Toronto – Range $1400-1800 CAD including airfare & taxes. (Low/High Season)

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