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budget conscious brides

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

When considering a tropical or beach destination wedding, more often than not your Spanish speaking destinations will provide the best value. You'll want to consider places like Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and certain Central America locations like Panama or Honduras. 

While we will always match your destination recommendations to your specific needs, take a look at some of the sample venues below!

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Melia Cayo Santa Maria

Resort Description
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.

Travel Costs
Travel costs will range based on the seasonality.  Lowest rates, excluding hurricane season, are often found in November and early December. Good winter pricing can be found in January & April, with the highest rates occuring over holidays (ie. Christmas, New Years, March Break) as well as the peak winter month of February. 

Getting Married in Cuba

The Requirements
If you have never been married previously:
Valid Passports & Tourist cards

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

Birth certificates + Divorce Certificate and/or Marriage Certificate & Death Certificate if widowed

Birth certificates + 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)


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 legalized by the Canadian Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Foreign Affairs department and sent to you.

Wedding Packages

Free wedding packages are available, as well as very affordable upgrades ranging from $500-1680 CUC. 
(Cuban pesos.. roughly equivalent to the US dollar)

Packages includes semi-private dinner arrangements, however, luxury package will include a private cocktail party.   Completely private events and extra services such as music, flowers, and activities can be added for an additional fee. 
Free Weddings
Free weddings available if meeting the minimum group reservation room requirements;

Sol - 150 room nights
Melia - 102 room nights
Paradisus - 72 room nights 
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more budget friendly ideas

  • BlueBay Grand Esmeralda

    Just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen, BlueBay Grand Esmeralda is the perfect location for your next tropical getaway. 

    During the day, you can soak up the sun by one of the three sparkling pools, take a walk along the pristine stretch of beach or join in exciting activities with the resort’s entertainment team. 

    After a wonderful day spent in paradise, everyone can come together for a delicious meal at one of six à la carte restaurants serving a range of cuisines from seafood delicacies to classic steaks and Mexican favourites, followed by an evening out at the famous Black & White Bar.
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  • Valentin El Patriarca

    The Valentin El Patriarca in Varadero 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.

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

    The Royal Decameron Complex is located 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport on the most exciting and extensive beach of the beautiful Bay of Banderas in the typical Mexican town of Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit.

    The colorful architecture of the Royal Decameron Complex offers 5 swimming pools, and long stretch of beach where you can enjoy different activities, non-motorized water sports and bar services.

    You can also enjoy a large number of buffet and a la carte options with specialized restaurants including: JAP JAP, Wok, MexicanoFusión, Piccolo and Steak House, among others. .
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  • Senator Puerto Plata

    Nestled between a magnificent golden-sand beach and lush mountainous landscapes, Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort is an ideal destination for your next romantic getaway or sophisticated family vacation. 

    This resort offers premium all inclusive escapes amid Puerto Plata’s beautiful landscapes, where you can lounge by the pool with a refreshing drink in hand or relax on a sun lounger by the beach. 

    Taste delicious dishes at à la carte restaurants or catch must-see games at the resort’s sports bar.  Or stay in, celebrating in your ocean view accommodations –  and enjoy breakfast on your balcony or terrace with 24-hour room service.
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Decameron Los Cabos

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