Selecting the date for your wedding is one of the first major decisions in the planning process. But where to even start? Well, we’re going to bet that your destination wedding vision doesn’t include thunderclouds!
Beach weddings are all about warm weather and sunny skies. And while there are no guarantees when it comes to the weather, doing your research into the local climate is key when setting the date for your wedding in Mexico.
Unfortunately, the best weather typically happens during peak tourist season, which means busy resorts and higher costs. If you’re willing to take a gamble on the weather and plan for a shoulder season, or even low season wedding, you could save a lot.
Let’s take a look at some of the details on weather, tourist seasons and local holidays that will help you decide on the best time of year for your Mexico destination wedding.
Peak tourist season varies a little by region, but it means the same thing no matter where you go – great weather, high prices and tons of tourists. If those perfect sunset photos and sunburn-worthy temperatures are at the top of your priority list, this is the time to go.
Make sure you factor high season prices into your budget from the start. Everything from flights and accommodations, to photographers and day trips will likely be at peak prices during this time.
For peak season weddings, you will also need to book well in advance, since these are obviously the most popular times for a destination wedding. If you’re staying at a resort, high season can also mean playing the towel game to reserve beach chairs, difficulty getting dinner reservations and often a dip in the quality of service and food.
If you’re willing to gamble a little in the weather department, setting your wedding date during shoulder season can be a great budget-friendly compromise. In addition to getting a bit more value for your money, you’ll avoid the craziness of the peak season crowds. You likely won’t need to book quite as far in advance for day trips or other activities, and typically the quality of the service and food in most resorts will be at its best.
Low season generally corresponds to the time of year with the hottest weather or greatest chance of storms – often both! If neither of these phase you, then low season offers the chance for some great destination wedding deals. Resorts will be much less busy, which usually means stellar service and a relaxing atmosphere. This can also make some resorts feel a bit like a ghost town (especially the larger ones), so if a lively party atmosphere is what you’re after, this may be something to consider.
It’s always a good idea to check out the dates of any local holidays in the area you’re considering. July and August can be a busy time of year, as this corresponds to the school break in Mexico. Also remember that many vacationers from Canada and the United States plan their holidays around Christmas, New Years, Easter or other long weekends – and don’t forget about Spring Break! Mexico is incredibly popular as a getaway for college and university students looking for a party during their mid-March break.
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit
High Season – November to April
Shoulder Season – July to August
Low Season – May to June, September to October
High Season – October to May
Shoulder Season – September, June
Low Season – July to August
Cancun and Riviera Maya
High Season – December to March
Shoulder Season – November, April
Low Season – May to October
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