What to Expect: Warm sunny weather from the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Mountains as a backdrop, beautiful hotels ready to serve and some of Mexico's most iconic landscapes. Couples will find a wide range of choices for their dream wedding here: from beach ceremonies where shoes are optional, to the most elaborate and luxurious of functions. We love the adults-only Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta located minutes from downtown Vallarta, among other things, its ability to offer both a magnificent wedding gazebo to say “I do” or a Secrets private destination beach wedding followed by an elegant ballroom, terrace or beach-front wedding reception.
Teresa Stauring, owner of Vacations For Less, Inc in Southern California and consultant of travel wedding events, explains that all-inclusive resorts are the ideal destination wedding venue for brides and grooms. Secrets provides Unlimited-Luxury® including every amenity you’d expect from a world-class destination, plus reservation-free gourmet dining, daily activities and entertainment programs. We also highly recommend the family-friendly Now Amber Puerto Vallarta, located in the heart of the Hotel Zone in Puerto Vallarta. Get married in a beautiful wedding gazebo facing Bandera’s Bay or select a private terrace or one of Now’s elegant ballrooms. Now Amber Puerto Vallarta offers three romantic Now wedding packages. With many options to personalize, select the perfect wedding package and make it your own.
Stauring is also a great believer in the cost effectiveness of destination weddings. "While many couples think that traveling for a wedding are more expensive than having a hometown wedding, they actually tend to cost less. Destination weddings are the perfect option for couples who want a dream beach wedding, plus the honeymoon included." Her advice? "Make sure that you work with a professional who knows the destination and property that you want to get married at. It is important to have someone who knows the ins and outs, quality wedding vendors and can help you with all of the planning from afar."
Puerto Vallarta is situated on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, sitting in the middle of the largest bay in Mexico named Banderas Bay 26 miles from tip to tip. This idyllic tourist location offers similar climate to the Hawaiian Islands with more then 300 days of sun and an average temperature of 77 ºF. during the dry season, from November to May, daytime temperatures average 80˚ to 85 ºF and there is hardly no rain. At night, the temperature drops 55˚ to 65 ºF, which is perfect for sleeping, however you may want to pack a shawl or light jacket. The humid, hotter rainy season lasts from June to October.
Puerto Vallarta area is actually several destinations rolled into one, each with its own unique signature and charm. The River Cuale divides the town into north and south. On the southern end is the quaint Romantic Zone where the Playa los Muertos attracts sun worshippers to its golden sand and countless beach bars. Further south the seaside villages of Boca de Tomatlan and Mismaloya where The Night of the Iguana was filmed beckon. North of the river, the Old Town meanders uphill to Gringo Gulch and along the bay where you’ll find the main square and Los Arcos amphitheatre where daily free performances draw crowds.
Puerto Vallarta’s renowned Malecón (promenade) runs from the Romantic Zone to the start of the Hotel Zone. Here you’ll find a quaint collection of bronze sculptures, including the town’s iconic seahorse. Here in downtown you'll find Puerto Vallarta's parish Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, a city icon, it dominates Vallarta's downtown skyline and is one of the favorite symbols and landmarks of the city, topped with an elaborate crown.
Couples and their wedding guests traveling to Vallarta might also want to explore Riviera Nayarit with roughly 200 miles of shoreline to choose from, this beachside town hidden away by abundant vegetation, top-tier golf courses and a wonderful mix of small, inexpensive hotels and luxurious brand-name resorts such as the Hard Rock Vallarta offering nine different beach wedding packages, and the Dreams Villa Magna Nuevo Vallarta, offering three romantic Dreams wedding packages. With many options to personalize, select the perfect wedding package and make it your own. There are gorgeous quiet beaches to discover in Riviera Nayarit, not to mention surfing hotspots like Sayulita, a bird-watcher's paradise in San Blas and the eclectic, friendly town of San Pancho. If you begin your stay at Riviera Nayarit also known as Nuevo Vallarta, drive into Puerto Vallarta and you're in the state of Jalisco, still enjoying a beach-jungle combo but now deep in one of Mexico's most charmed cities. A walking tour of downtown Puerto Vallarta reveals unique architecture, cobblestone streets, art galleries and landmarks such as the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Salcedo Theater and several emblematic sculptures that line its boardwalk. You’ll learn that Vallarta is a 2-in-1 wedding destination offers everything you ever dreamed of and more.