The 2024 Guide To Planning a Destination Wedding in Puerto Vallarta

Bridesmaids with the bride on the beach at a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A comprehensive 10-chapter guide on planning a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, written by local experts.

My husband and I have worked as wedding photographers in Puerto Vallarta since 2019, where we’ve seen a significant rise in its popularity as a top global destination for weddings. However, when we started planning our own wedding, we encountered a frustrating issue: there wasn’t a comprehensive guide for wedding planning in Puerto Vallarta. For example, what are the best venues? How much does a wedding typically cost in the area? How do I build my dream team of local vendors? And voilà, the idea for this all-in-one guide to planning a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta was born. Not only do we possess professional experience in the industry, but we also have personal experience, having married in Puerto Vallarta just last year. In this blog post, I’ll provide a step-by-step guide to planning your destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, covering setting the budget, selecting the venue, choosing the date, assembling your dream team, and everything in between. For optimal results, we recommend following this guide sequentially, starting with chapter 1 and concluding with chapter 10.



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Chapter 1 | Dream: Explore the initial phase of wedding planning, perfect for visionaries who enjoy daydreaming and creating vision boards.

Chapter 2 | Budget: Understand the costs associated with a wedding in Mexico and start building your budget using our spreadsheets and calculators.

Chapter 3 | Location: Discover a curated list of the finest wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta, complete with a visual overview of Banderas Bay spanning 300 miles.

Chapter 4 | Date: Navigate through timelines suitable for both long and short engagements, along with insights into the best seasons for weddings in Puerto Vallarta.

Chapter 5 | Guests: Learn how to curate the ideal guest list, whether you envision an intimate affair or a lavish celebration.

Chapter 6 | The Dress: Find your perfect dress with a style guide that emphasizes feeling beautiful and true to yourself.

Chapter 7 | Menu & Flowers: Delve into creating a food menu that incorporates fresh, local ingredients while reflecting personal tastes, along with a local flower guide.

Chapter 8 | Dream Team: Build your local dream team of wedding vendors with guidance on selecting the best wedding planners, photographers, videographers, chefs, and musicians.

Chapter 9 | The Rentals: Access a straightforward article detailing the top local rental companies and tips for effective communication to stay within budget.

Chapter 10 | Making It Official: Navigate the process of legally marrying in Mexico, including the option of a civil wedding in your home country followed by celebrations in Mexico.

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Hi, I'm Taylor, the Creative Director at Chas Studios. I co-founded a matchmaking company at the age of 16 and have since amassed two decades of experience in the dating and relationship industry. My deep understanding spans critical areas, from the spiritual growth potential within relationships to navigating finances with your partner. In 2017, just two weeks after relocating to Mexico City, I met and fell head over heels for Diego, who was working in the fashion and editorial world at the time. We subsequently moved to Puerto Vallarta and launched Chas Studios, a photography and film house specializing in weddings and events. We also married in Puerto Vallarta in 2023 allowing us to offer our local knowledge and experience to our readers. 

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