The Ultimate Cancun Catholic Chapel Wedding Guide

The Ultimate Cancun Catholic Church_Chapel Wedding Guide


If you’re one of the 20% of US couples that are Catholic, you’ll no doubt be on the hunt for a Catholic Church (or Catholic Chapel) for your Mexico destination wedding. While there are many beautiful “chapels” and churches in the Cancun and Playa del Carmen areas, there are very few true Catholic chapels, so you can waste a lot of time finding just the right one at the hundreds of resorts in the area. It’s this reason that we’ve compiled the most comprehensive list for you, of the top Cancun and Playa del Carmen area (Riviera Maya zone) wedding chapels located at all-inclusive resorts, to help you narrow your search.

Here are the criteria we used for this list. All the Catholic chapels on this list are:

  • Located at a 4 to 5-star level all-inclusive resort
  • Physically on-site at the resort – you and your guests do not need to leave the property complex to get to the chapel
  • Able to seat at least 40 guests within the chapel itself

 

* Wedding Package Details and Average Cost – You’ll see that we’ve listed the “average” cost of what we see couples spend on the basic wedding packages that are offered at each of these resorts. Please note that most of the listed resorts offer lower priced and higher priced wedding packages, but the price listed is a good average for what we normally see for our couples. Also, the price you see listed does NOT include the cost of a photographer and or videographer, and in most of the resort packages, the cost of a DJ, dance floor, and décor are not included in the standard wedding packages (unless we specifically listed it as included). Each resort’s wedding packages offer quite different inclusions and we normally see these wedding packages updated/changed yearly. If you’d like more information on any of the resorts listed on this page, please contact us and we’d be happy to help you!

Hotel Xcaret Mexico – Family Friendly Resort in Playa del Carmen

Hotel Xcaret Arte – Adults Only Resort in Playa del Carmen

Chapel of Todos Los Angeles

Hotel Xcaret Catholic Chapel

 

Description
Perhaps one of my absolute favorite Catholic Chapels is the Chapel of Todos Los Angeles, shared by the Hotel Xcaret Mexico (family friendly) and Hotel Xcaret Arte (adults only) resorts. There truly is nothing quite like the beauty and grandeur of this amazing chapel, that is situated in the very center (the dividing building) of both Hotel Xcaret Mexico and Hotel Xcaret Arte resorts.  At 148’ in the air, this chapel is seated at the top of a pyramid structure and has stunning ocean views on one side and jungle views on the opposite, fully embracing all the scenery that the Riviera Maya has to offer

 

What we love about Hotel Xcaret Mexico & Hotel Xcaret Arte

I’m not sure there is enough space on this website to list all the amazing things that we love about these 2 gorgeous resorts, so I will keep it to 2 key points.

First, the ceremony and reception sites are like nothing else you’ve ever seen at a resort before. They are so unique and beautifully done. You want to host your reception dinner in a cave? You can do that at Hotel Xcaret Mexico! You want dancing under the stars, on a beach, with a waterfall backdrop? You can have that as well!

Second, you will not run out of activities at Hotel Xcaret Mexico or Hotel Xcaret Arte, since ALL Xcaret parks and excursions are included in the room price. That’s 10 full theme parks and excursions, all fully included. These 2 resorts have so much to offer for Catholic wedding groups!

 

Capacity

Up to 150 guests inside the chapel, with options for an overflow of guests outside the chapel

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$16,750 (2024 pricing) for the Paraiso wedding package (up to 30 guests). The Paraiso wedding package includes the ceremony (no additional fee to use the Catholic chapel, like most other resorts charge), a cocktail hour, and 4-hour reception dinner, bouquets, boutonnieres, DJ, dance floor, and some additional items.

Want to learn more about what a wedding at Hotel Xcaret might cost? Find out by reading this blog post, “How much does a Hotel Xcaret Wedding cost?

 

Perks!

When you book your room block with Yellow Umbrella Events and your guests’ book at least 11 or more rooms in your room block, you will receive a complimentary 1-hour welcome cocktail party event the day before your wedding.

To learn all the ins and outs of having a wedding at Hotel Xcaret you’ll want to read the Yellow Umbrella Events Hotel Xcaret Wedding Guide.

Grand Velas Playa del Carmen

Virgen De Guadalupe Chapel

Grand Velas Catholic Chapel

 

Description

The Virgen De Guadalupe Chapel at Grand Velas is probably the most peaceful Catholic Chapel that I have experienced in the Riviera Maya. This chapel is all indoors but has a beautiful jungle view through the floor to ceiling contemporary windows, and the interior is made up of elegant marble floors and walls, wood benches, and a full feature window backdrop.

The family-friendly Grand Velas Playa del Carmen resort is a high-end all-inclusive resort, known for its phenomenal service and overall luxury experience. (There’s an adults only area for those that prefer a child free experience.) Everything about this resort – the gourmet food, premium drinks, huge luxury suites, gorgeous beach, the amazing pools, etc – is top-notch.  Your guests will be very well taken care of and pampered if you host your Catholic wedding at this property. Grand Velas Playa del Carmen is such an extraordinary resort and one of our favorite all-inclusive resorts in the world!

 

What we love about Grand Velas Playa del Carmen

The Grand Velas Playa del Carmen Catholic Chapel is one of the larger chapels in the area, so you don’t have to be concerned about limiting your guest count. The wedding department is another wonderful part of hosting your Catholic wedding at this property – their service can not be matched!

 

Capacity

Up to 143 guests inside the chapel

 

Cost of Chapel and its Inclusions

$1,200 chapel fee

Includes the paperwork, priest fee, and sound system for the ceremony

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$5,000+ for 40 guests. Grand Velas Playa del Carmen has an al a carte wedding program, where each element is priced individually and all weddings are custom created. The cost you see listed here would include the ceremony site and service, bouquet and boutonniere, basic cocktail hour, and basic dinner reception.

 

Hard Rock Riviera Maya

San Charbel Catholic Chapel

Hard Rock RM Catholic Chapel Overhead View
Photo provided by Pixan Photography.

 

Description

The Hard Rock Riviera Maya San Charbel Catholic Chapel is a unique (indoor air-conditioned) round, glass-walled chapel, located on the lagoon in the resort, so you’ll have beautiful lagoon and ocean views for your ceremony.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya is the perfect property for those that are looking for one big nonstop party for all their guests! At this resort, you can party all day and night – go straight from the party at the pool during the day to the night club at night. Or you can chill at the quiet pool if you need a little break. The resort is divided into two sections – an adult only side and a family-friendly side (though there are some dates in the year where the entire resort is family-friendly) – making Hard Rock Riviera Maya an easy choice for those that can’t decide between and adult only wedding and having kiddos as part of the celebration.

 

What we love about Hard Rock Riviera Maya

That’s easy – the party vibe! This is such a fun resort, focused on fun and entertainment. You won’t feel a need to have on your host/hostess hat at Hard Rock Riviera Maya. Guests of all ages will find all the fun they need.

 

Capacity

Hard Rock Riviera Maya Catholic ChapelUp to 100 guests inside the chapel, with options for an overflow of guests outside the chapel

 

Cost of Chapel & What’s Included

$1,100 chapel fee

Includes usage of the Catholic Chapel and sound system

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$7,900+ for approximately 50 guests. Hard Rock Riviera Maya offers a variety of décor collections and cocktail/reception options al a carte, so this estimate is an average of the base level items for a wedding day event (the total you see includes the ceremony, a cocktail hour, and a 4-hour reception dinner – no additional decor)

 

Perks!

For the wedding – When working with a travel agent, you could earn some free event hours (like a cocktail hour and some reception hours) depending on how many rooms are booked in your room block.

 

TRS Coral Hotel Costa Mujeres / Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres

Nuestra Señora del Rocío Chapel

Description

TRS & Grand Palladium Catholic ChapelNuestra Señora del Rocío Chapel, the Catholic Chapel at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres (a family-friendly property) is shared with the TRS Coral Hotel Costa Mujeres (an adults-only property) and is located in the shared “Village” section of the resort. This beautiful Catholic Chapel is the most “church looking” chapel in the area. It is quite grand and stately and has a presence like no other. 3 walls of the chapel are floor to ceiling glass, and it has one of the highest ceilings of any of the Catholic chapels in the area, which makes for an amazing sunset view. The sunset hitting that gold altar is downright magical! It seats 100 guests, so it has plenty of space for weddings with larger guest counts.

 

What we love about TRS Coral Hotel Costa Mujeres and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres

There are 3 great things that we love about this combined property – the first is that it’s perfect for weddings that have a mix of adult couples and families with children since one property is adults only and one property is family-friendly. Second – the beach in Costa Mujeres is vast and absolutely gorgeous! It’s a perfect mix of white sandy beaches with some natural greenery growing in areas. And third – this resort has a variety of very budget friendly rooms all the way up to high end suites, so it’s an ideal resort for couples that have guests from all price points, from those on tight budgets all the way up to high end spenders. 

 

Capacity

Up to 100 guests inside the chapel

 

Cost of Chapel and its Inclusions

$650 chapel fee

Includes usage of the Catholic chapel and the sound system

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$11,240+ for up to 50 guests includes usage of the Catholic Chapel, centerpieces and upgraded décor elements, a 4-hour reception, and a DJ.

 

Atelier Playa Mujeres

Atelier and Estudio Catholic Chapel from Above

 

Description

The unique Catholic Chapel at Atelier Playa Mujeres is set away from all the foot traffic and busyness of the resort and has a jungle view on 3 sides of the chapel.

This is the only exclusively adults only resort that has a Catholic chapel on site, making this 5-star property a great option for those that would prefer an adults-only experience (16 years old and up are allowed). At Atelier Playa Mujeres, you and your guests will never run out of dining options, great pools, entertainment, or beachfront. There’s also an 18-hole Greg Norman designed golf course on-site, for those that love to hit the links.

 

What we love about Atelier weddings

One of the coolest features about Atelier is that a live painting of the ceremony is included in two of the wedding packages! 

 

What we don’t love about Atelier weddings

The exorbitant outside vendor fees! If you choose to hire a local wedding photography and/or videographer or bring your own team from home, (even if they stay at the resort in your wedding room block) the resort charges a $3,000 USD (three thousand dollars) fee PER VENDOR if you don’t choose their in house photography and videography option. It’s the highest outside vendor fee of any resort that I’m aware of. They are also notoriously inflexible. 

 

Capacity

Atelier and Estudio Catholic ChapelUp to 94 guests inside the chapel, with options for an overflow of guests outside the chapel

 

Cost of Chapel and its Inclusions

$1,500 chapel fee

Includes usage of the Catholic Chapel, the Priest fee, paperwork, and the basic sound system (microphone and speakers)

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$11,690+ for the wedding package for up to 50 guests includes a welcome cocktail party the day before the wedding, the chapel fee, live painter for the ceremony, cocktail hour, 3 hour reception, 1 hour of photographer with up to 80 images, semi private brunch the day after the wedding, and a few other items.

 

Dreams Tulum

Dreams Tulum Chapel Inside
Photo provided by Pixan Photography.

 

Description
The Catholic Chapel at Dreams Tulum is the perfect chapel for a smaller wedding, due to its petite interior. Most of our couples choose this chapel and the Dreams Tulum resort for their Catholic wedding because they love its Mexican charm. The chapel itself is situated in the plaza of an old “Mexican village”, located within the resort, and has a very old world Mexican flair.

Dreams Tulum is a family-friendly beachfront property and is one of the only all-inclusive properties in the Tulum area. The resort is very private, since there are no other resorts nearby, so you will feel like you’re tucked away from it all. Besides the chapel, there are a number of event locations at this resort – the long gorgeous beach, a secret hidden garden gazebo, pool terraces, a sprawling lawn, indoor ballrooms, a Mexican plaza, and even a rooftop location! This resort is perfect for those that want to host multiple events over their wedding weekend since you can utilize so many unique event spaces.

 

What we love about Dreams Tulum

Our couples are often surprised at how affordable Dreams Tulum is for their wedding guests, as the room rates are very reasonable, commiserate to the moderate quality of the resort and its food, drinks, service, and amenities. This is a solid resort for the budget concious couple.

 

What we don’t love about Dreams Tulum

Dreams Tulum is nearly a 2 hour drive from the Cancun airport, so this is something to keep in mind, as it takes quite a while to get here. On the flip side, due to the price and distance from the airport, guests are more inclined to stay 4 or more nights, with allows you more time to hang out with friends and family. One more thing that is often a surprise to guests is that Dreams Tulum is not actually in Tulum, but still another 20 – 30 minute drive to the main areas of Tulum that travelers normally want to visit. This is a fairly remote resort but can be great for couples with guests on a tight budget, but the couple still want to host their small Catholic wedding in Mexico. 

 

Capacity

Dreams Tulum Chapel OutsideUp to 40 guests inside the chapel, with options for an overflow of guests outside the chapel

 

Cost of Chapel and its Inclusions

No fee to utilize the Catholic Chapel

$500 priest fee

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$11,199 for the most popular wedding package, which includes 50 – 79 guests ($14,499 for 80 – 100 guests for the larger wedding package), includes a welcome party event, a rehearsal dinner, the chapel usage, your wedding day ceremony, bouquet and boutonniere, and a full 3 hour reception, sound system, wedding cake, dessert bar, and quite a bit more.

 

Perks!

One of the best wedding perks at Dreams Tulum is that the resort offers complimentary nights (given in a $$ credit back to the couple after the wedding) based on the total number of rooms/room nights that are booked in the couple’s room block.

 

Dreams Sapphire Riviera Cancun, in Puerto Morelos

Our Lady of Izamal Catholic Chapel

Now Sapphire Catholic Chapel

 

Description

The Our Lady of Izamal Catholic chapel at Dreams Sapphire is one of just a couple of natural open-air palapa chapels at an all-inclusive resort in the area. It’s tucked away amidst the palm trees, so the view is all jungle.

Dreams Sapphire Cancun went through a large remodel a couple years ago and now has some updated rooms, a new waterpark, and new wedding reception venues.

 

What we love about Dreams Sapphire Riviera Cancun

Dreams Sapphire Riviera Cancun is a great budget-focused resort for wedding groups with a mix of age groups. There is something to do for all ages – from kids clubs to nightclubs. And it is so close to the airport, at only 20 minutes away, so you’re out of the airport and at the resort in no time at all.

Since the resort is super budget friendly, a lot more of your guests will reserve the Preferred Club rooms, since the cost is not much more. This is a great advantage, as the Preferred Club rooms have access to the private lounge and pool areas, as well as other upgraded amenities, so we recommend making sure you have plenty of these room categories in your room block and encouraging guests to reserve Preferred Club category rooms, for the best guest experience.

 

What we don’t love about Dreams Sapphire Riviera Cancun

The rooms at Dreams Sapphire Riviera Cancun are hit or miss – some have gone through a nice upgrade and some are still a bit dated and lackluster, even in the Preferred Club categories. The budget friendly room rates are commiserate with the quality of the rooms and the resort overall, in our opinion, so this is something to keep in mind for guests, as we feel that there is a noticeable difference in the PC (Preferred Club) experience vs a non PC experience. 

 

Capacity

Up to 50 guests inside the Our Lady of Izamel chapel, with options for an overflow of guests outside the chapel, of up to 100 additional guests.

 

Cost of Chapel and its Inclusions

No fee to utilize the Catholic Chapel

$500 priest fee

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$11,199 for the most popular wedding package, which includes 50 – 79 guests ($14,499 for 80 – 100 guests for the larger wedding package), includes a welcome party event, a rehearsal dinner, the chapel usage, your wedding day ceremony, bouquet and boutonniere, and a full 3 hour reception, sound system, wedding cake, dessert bar, and quite a bit more.

 

Perks!

One of the best wedding perks at Dreams Sapphire is that the resort offers complimentary nights (given in a $$ credit back to the couple after the wedding) based on the total number of rooms/room nights that are booked in the couple’s room block.

 

Moon Palace Cancun

Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Moon Palace Cancun Catholic Chapel

 

Description

The Catholic Chapel at Moon Palace Cancun is a round indoor pavilion (air-conditioned) with 360 degrees of glass windows, which gives you an amazing view of the ocean and surrounding green space and gardens. The location of the chapel is super convenient since it gives you the option to host your cocktail hour and/or reception on the beach or garden spaces that are connected to the Catholic Chapel area.

Moon Palace Cancun is one of the closest beach resorts to the Cancun airport (just a 10-minute drive) so your guests won’t have to spend a ton of travel time wasted getting to the resort. This resort complex has nearly 2,400 rooms, so you can have a HUGE event here and still have plenty of space! Due to its size, there are a ton of restaurants and bars, a massive swimming pool complex, a huge beautiful spa, and a 27 hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. There’s also a night club for adults and dedicated kids and teens clubs. Moon Palace Cancun is perfect for family groups of all ages since there is something to do here, no matter your age.

 

What we love about Moon Palace Cancun

Moon Palace Cancun probably has more perks for wedding groups than any other resort we know of – see the “Perks!” section below for more details. 

 

What we don’t love about Moon Palace Cancun

The Moon Palace properties have been experiencing some significant service issues since the pandemic began and they have not been fully addressed at this time. We feel that the staffing is still significantly lower than it needs to be, service levels are greatly diminished, organization and consistency are very poor, and there are a number of other issues that continue to plague this resort brand. Though this is still, in our opinion, a great resort to visit, the wedding process and department still leave a lot to be desired. As of this writing, every single one of our couples that had their wedding at Moon Palace (and the other Moon Palace brand properties) over the past year and a half have told us that they would not do it again at this resort. If the perks of hosting a wedding at this resort win you over, we understand. They do make it seem very tantalizing. But you should expect an extremely difficult planning experience and an equally unpleasant room blocking situation for your guests. So, please take this into consideration when selecting this resort.

 

Capacity

Up to 80 guests on the included wood benches, + the option to add additional seats, for a total of appx 110 inside the chapel

 

Cost of Chapel and its Inclusions

$850 chapel fee

Includes usage of the Catholic Chapel and the Priest fee

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$3,750+ includes the ceremony, a cocktail hour with appetizers and a full open bar, a 3-hour buffet dinner reception with full open bar, and full upgraded décor for 5 dining tables, for 30 guests.

 

Perks!

The more rooms you book in your room block at Moon Palace, the more wedding events you receive. Book just 14 “room nights” and receive your wedding ceremony completely free (up to 30 guests)! This includes the ceremony site, ceremony arbor and centerpiece, bouquet, boutonniere, chairs, wedding cake, and sparkling wine toast. (Please note that there is still a Catholic chapel usage fee.)

Book 20 or more rooms in your room block and you earn 2 private event hours (like a long cocktail reception). Book 25 or more rooms and receive up to 9 private event hours (a welcome party, a wedding day cocktail hour, a full dinner reception, and more).

If a Catholic Wedding in Mexico is in the future for you and your significant other and you’d like more information on any of the resorts listed on this page, please contact us and we’d be happy to help you!

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