Best Wedding Chapels for Destination Weddings

At Legacy Travel, we often help arrange destination wedding ceremonies in chapels.    Here is a collection of some of our favorites around the globe in no particular order.

 

1)    Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa – All-Inclusive in Tulum, Mexico

The intimate and vibrant chapel at Dreams Tulum is just steps away from Tulum’s white sanded beach.   This chapel can hold up to 40 guests inside with extra chairs outside if needed.

 

Source: Dreams Resorts

Source: Dreams Resorts

 

 

2)  Paradise Maroma, All-Inclusive in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

This beautiful beachfront chapel is nestled right on Maroma Beach, which is named Top 10 Beaches in the World by the Travel Channel.   This chapel can accommodate up to 90 people.

Source: Elizabeth Medina

 

3)  Iberostar Paraiso Resorts & Spa – All-Inclusive in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

This chapel is located right in the heart of the amazing golf resort Iberostar Paraiso.   This resort is perfect for multi-generation groups due to the diversity in hotel options.  It can hold up to 60 people but with extra chairs can hold 200.

Source: Iberostar

Source: Iberostar

 

4)  Moon Palace Gold & Spa Resort – Cancun, Mexico

This large resort has a beautiful chapel that can hold 60 guests seated or 80 guests standing.   It has beautiful views of the Caribbean sea.

Source: Palace Resorts

Source: Palace Resorts

 

 

5) Chapel of Guadalupe – Xcaret, Mexico
As an important part of the “Hacienda Henequenera” Mexican complex the “Guadalupe’s Chapel” is located, its Neoclassical architecture of the 20th century makes it seem like a country rustic chapel.

Capacity: 360 people.

Resource: Xcaret

Source:  Xcaret

 

6) St. Francis of Assisi Chapel – Xcaret, Mexico
The uniquely shaped Chapel is perched on the highest point in Xcaret offering guests spectacular ocean views and natural scenery.
Capacity: 200 people.

Source: Xcaret

Source: Xcaret

Source: Xcaret

Source: Xcaret

 

7)  Valentin Imperial Maya, All-Inclusive Resort in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

Source: Valentin Imperial Maya

Source: Valentin Imperial Maya

 

8) El Dorado Royale in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

This beachfront wedding chapel is located at the gourmet all-inclusive resort The El Dorado Royale. It can fit up to 80 guests.

Source: Karisma Hotels

Source: Karisma Hotels

Source: Karisma Hotels

Source: Karisma Hotels

 

9) Majestic Elegance All-Inclusive Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Source: Majestic Resorts

Our friends as Majestic Elegance have a chapel that can accommodate up to 50 guests.

 

10) Altos de Chavon chapel at Casa de Campo Hotel in La Romana, Dominican Republic

Source: Casa de Campo

Source: Casa de Campo

The romantic 16th century style St. Stanislaus Church in Altos de Chavon overlooking the river valley and the Caribbean Sea. The ambiance of the resort is naturally romantic, on an Island covering 7,000 acres. The chapel can hold 80 guests.

 

11) Barcelo Bavaro Palace in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Source: Majestic Resorts

Source: Barcelo Resorts

 

Source: Barcelo Resorts

Source: Barcelo Resorts

 

12) Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica

Source: Sandals Resorts

Source: Sandals Resorts

 

13) Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo, Mexico

Source: Pueblo Bonita Resorts

The chapel will sit 60 guests comfortably plus in the courtyard another 20-30 guests.

 

14) One & Only Palmilla in Cabo, Mexico

Source: One&Only

Source: One&Only

Located on a hill overlooking the resort’s tropical grounds and beaches, the chapel is in traditional Mexican style, whitewashed with arched doorway and windows.
Capacity: 44 (indoor), 150 (outdoor)

 

15) Cabo Azul in Cabo, Mexico

Source: Cabo Azul

Source: Cabo Azul

The El Corazon Chapel can accommodate up to 125 guests.

 

16) Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu, Hawaii

Source: gohawaii.com

The freestanding, two-story Ocean Crystal Chapel at the 22-acre, 2,860-room Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu accommodates up to 80 guests and features floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views. From the first level, nestled amid waterfalls, you’ll ascend a landscaped stairway to the airy, light-filled second-story chapel.

 

17) Grand Wailea on Maui, Hawaii

Source: Grand Wailea

 

18) Turtle Bay on Oahu, Hawaii

Source: Turtle Bay

Source: Turtle Bay

 

19) InterContinental Bora Bora in the South Pacific

Source: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

Source: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

 

20) Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Source: Four Seasons

Source: Four Seasons

Now you can walk down a glass-bottomed aisle in a chapel that is just a few feet over the stunning blue sea.  This freestanding pavilion is accessible by boat only and is in an intimate 485 square feet – large enough for the couple and up to 16 guests.

 

 

If you are needing assistance with your upcoming destination wedding call one of our Destination Wedding Consultants today to have the stress-free experience you deserve.

Amber & David get married at Riu Palace Cabo!

The bride & groom: Amber & David

The photographer: the resort photographer

The resort: Riu Palace Cabo

Travel Agent: Nicki

How did you choose your resort for your wedding?

We knew we wanted to go somewhere in Mexico but did not want to do the typical trips that most everyone has taken at some point in their lives such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, etc. so we chose to go to Cabo. It is a desert environment which I love but it also has the beautiful ocean and the famous arches. We chose the Riu Palace hotel because of the location and because it was all-inclusive for our guests so that they did not have to spend any extra money once they got there unless they chose to do so. The resort is only a 5 minute cab ride to the marina where most of the excursions are located, you can see the big arches from the resort, and it is pretty relaxed but very nice staff. We had a couple of kids in the group and while there were not a LOT of other kids, it was still very kid friendly.

Would you recommend it for other couples getting married?

I would, depending on the wedding coordinator. It seems they switch coordinators pretty frequently. The initial one we met was not impressive but then they hired someone new and she knew exactly what she was doing. One thing that is odd about the resort is their “king” bed is often 2 double beds pushed together so you must request that it is one king size bed. Mosquitoes are also an issue due to the humidity. If you stay at the Palace you also have access to the sister hotel Santa Fe and all of their restaurants, pools, and other amenities. If you go with their top package it includes a couples massage which was great, manicure and pedicure for the bride and they will also do your hair for the wedding. I was very skeptical but they did a great job on my hair.

How was the staff? Photographer?

The hotel staff was very nice and for the most part easy to understand. At the Riu you must use their photographers but they did a great job. We loved our pictures, but I would recommend going with the 4 hour package because the time went by so fast that I felt like I would have liked them to stay longer.

How was the food at your resort?

The all-inclusive buffet was fairly good, there is not a concern with drinking the water they serve you – it is all purified or bottled. The specialty restaurants are good, but they fill up so fast so book early.

If you could have changed anything what would it have been?

I would booked the photographer and videographer for a longer period of time and would have researched more restaurants prior to going down there so that if you want to do a rehearsal dinner or just a group dinner together you have some great choices lined up.

Did you do any excursions outside of the resort?

Yes, we went snorkeling and didn’t see many fish, but there was a tropical storm so that may have been a factor due to the choppy waves. On the snorkeling trip they had fishing poles on the boat so my husband was able to reel in a Mahi Mahi which made his day. We also did a sunset dinner cruise which I highly recommend – great food, great view at sunset, and they will take pictures for you if you like. Other family members enjoyed the parasailing, but the pirate ship for kids was disappointing – the food was bad and not that entertaining. There are a lot of great little restaurants around the marina. One place we ate at was named Solomon’s Landing I believe and it was very reasonably priced and we had great tuna ceviche and great drinks for under $12. On the other extreme we had the best meal of our lives at Edith’s but we paid a lot more to eat there.

What was the biggest surprise?

How smooth everything flowed – from the hair-do, to taking pictures prior to the ceremony to the reception to the beach pictures. Just don’t get ready in a room that is far away from the ceremony site… that is a LONG walk in the heat especially in a wedding dress. Use LOTS of hairspray and keep applying – the humidity will make it go flat in no time.

Do you have a favorite memory from your Wedding-Moon stay?

We switched resorts to get away from everyone and we just enjoyed the short time alone at the Sheraton. Our balcony had a great view so one night after the dinner cruise we sat on the balcony and drank a bottle of champagne that the hotel provided as a honeymoon gift. The waves are a little calmer at this resort so we were able to get closer to the water and enjoy the sea life there. We saw crabs, snails, etc. The food was great there, but it was not all-inclusive.

Thanks,

Amber

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