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The Ultimate Cancun Catholic Chapel Wedding Guide


If you’re one of the 20% of US couples that are Catholic, you’ll no doubt be on the search 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 or 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, 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 at Hotel Xcaret Mexico. There truly is nothing quite like the beauty and grandeur of this amazing chapel.  At 148’ in the air, this chapel is seated at the top of a pyramid structure and has 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

I’m not sure there is enough space on this website to list all the amazing things that we love at Hotel Xcaret Mexico, 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! You want dancing under the stars, on a beach, with a waterfall backdrop? You can have that! Prefer an indoor ballroom, with 180-degree ocean views? Done! Second, you will not run out of activities at Hotel Xcaret Mexico, since ALL Xcaret parks and excursions are included in the room price. That’s 9 full theme parks and excursions. This resort has 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

 

Cost of Chapel and its Inclusions

$1,668 chapel fee (2021 pricing)

Includes usage of the chapel, microphone/sound system for the ceremony, and a floral arrangement for the shrine

A priest fee of approximately $300USD is also required

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$9,445 includes the Deluxe wedding package (up to 30 guests) and the cost of the Catholic chapel. Deluxe wedding package includes a cocktail hour and 4-hour reception dinner, bouquets, boutonnieres, 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 1-hour welcome cocktail party event.

And, book 85 or more “room nights” in your room block and you’ll receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit for your personal air tickets!

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*

$4,700+ 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, cocktail hour, and dinner reception.

 

Perks!

When you book your room block with Yellow Umbrella Events and achieve at least 85 or more “room nights” in your room block you’ll receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit for your personal air tickets!

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. They also have a fantastic resort credit program, that starts with a $500 resort credit per guest room (must stay a minimum of 3 nights for this promo). You can use these resort credits for spa services, excursions, upgraded wine, gift shop items, and more. All you need to do is pay the 16% VAT tax on the credits you use.

 

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).

Wedding guests that book their room from your room block will also receive free private round-trip transportation from and to the Cancun airport.

Until August 31, 2020, there is an amazing special that gives you a $20 per room per night credit, for each room booked in your room block, that you can use towards flowers, décor, and specialty wedding cakes. Contact us directly for this promotion!

Atelier Playa Mujeres and Estudio Playa Mujeres

Atelier and Estudio Catholic Chapel from Above

 

Description

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

The beautiful adults only Atelier property opened in April 2019 and its family friendly sister resort, Estudio, soon followed. These 5-star properties are a great option for those that would prefer an adults-only experience but may have some younger family members they simply can’t leave out since the properties are connected to one another. The Atelier side is adults only (16 years old and up) and the Estudio side is family-friendly. You can host your wedding events on the Estudio property but walk on back to your room on the adults-only Atelier side after each event. Between Atelier Playa Mujeres and Estudio Playa Mujeres, you and your guests will never run out of dining options, great pools, and 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 and Estudio weddings

One of the coolest features about Atelier and Estudio is that a live painting of the ceremony is included in two of the wedding packages! Another perk that our Atelier Playa Mujeres wedding couples and Estudio Playa Mujeres wedding couples love is that they only allow one wedding at each resort per day!

 

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.

 

Perks!

With 25 or more rooms (that each stays a minimum of 3-nights) booked in your room block at Atelier Playa Mujeres and/or Estudio Playa Mujeres you will earn 3 days of free private events – a welcome party cocktail hour event (2 hours), a 3-hour reception on your wedding day, and a semi-private brunch (2 hours) the day after your wedding.

When you book your room block with Yellow Umbrella Events and achieve at least 85 or more “room nights” in your room block you’ll receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit for your personal air tickets!

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.

Dreams Tulum is a family-friendly beachfront property and is one of the only all-inclusive properties in Tulum. 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, compared to the great quality of the resort and its food, drinks, service, and amenities.

 

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*

$6,299 – $7,500 for the 2 most popular wedding packages, which includes 40 – 80 guests 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 what you receive with the Beyond Memorable wedding package. (A minimum of 50 guests is required for this wedding package.) When you secure this wedding package 12 months or more before your wedding date you get a lot of great inclusions – a welcome party event, a rehearsal dinner, your wedding day ceremony, and a full reception, plus the ability to earn FREE rooms!

When you book your room block with Yellow Umbrella Events and achieve at least 85 or more “room nights” in your room block and you’ll receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit for your personal air tickets!

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

$650 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.

For your guests – Hard Rock Riviera Maya offers an unlimited resort credit program, where resort guests can choose as many excursions and spa services as they’d like, and only pay the service fee of 25%!

Also, when you book your room block with Yellow Umbrella Events and achieve at least 85 or more “room nights” in your room block you’ll receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit for your personal air tickets!

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 2 great things that we love about this combined property – the first is that it’s perfect for weddings that have a mix of couples and families with children since one property is adults only and one property is family-friendly. And 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.

 

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.

 

Perks!

When you book your room block with Yellow Umbrella Events and achieve at least 85 or more “room nights” in your room block you’ll receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit for your personal air tickets!

NOW 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 Now 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.

Now Sapphire Cancun just went through a complete remodel and is now better than ever, with updated rooms, a new waterpark, and new wedding reception venues.

 

What we love about Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, in our humble opinion, is one of the most perfect budget-friendly resorts for wedding groups with a mix of age groups. There is something to do for all ages – from kids clubs to nightclubs, your group will love it here! 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 such a great deal, a lot more of your guests will reserve the Preferred Club rooms, since the cost is not much more. 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.

 

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*

$6,299 – $7,500 for the 2 most popular wedding packages, which includes 40 – 80 guests.

 

Perks!

This property is part of the AM Resorts brand of resorts, and like Dreams Tulum, has some amazing perks, depending on how many rooms are reserved in your room block.

They also have the fantastic Beyond Memorable wedding package (a minimum of 50 guests is required for this wedding package) and when you secure this wedding package 12 months or more before your wedding date you get a lot of great inclusions – a welcome party event, a rehearsal dinner, your wedding day ceremony, and a full reception, plus the ability to earn FREE rooms!

When you book your room block with Yellow Umbrella Events and achieve at least 85 or more “room nights” in your room block you’ll receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit for your personal air tickets!

Panama Jack Cancun

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel

Panama Jack Cancun Catholic Chapel

 

Description

Panama Jack Cancun’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel is situated over the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cancun and has gorgeous ocean views. This chapel almost feels like it’s floating in the air over the ocean. The crystal clear glass walls on 3 sides of the chapel help ease what might otherwise be a very windy location.

Panama Jack Cancun is a family-friendly (and budget-friendly) all-inclusive resort located on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Cancun. There are multiple different room categories that offer lots of options for a variety of family configurations – from rooms with 1 king bed for couples to rooms with bunk beds for multiple children.

 

What we love about Panama Jack Cancun

The price! This family-focused resort is one of the most budget-friendly resorts that host a Catholic Chapel on site.

 

Capacity

Up to 70 guests inside the chapel, with options for an overflow of guests outside the chapel.

 

Cost of Chapel and its Inclusions

$3,500 for the base chapel wedding package for 30 guests.

 

Wedding Package Details and Average Cost*

$5,500 includes the “Royal Catholic” wedding package of the chapel usage and priest, couples massage, hairstyling service, manicure and pedicure, bouquet and boutonniere, sound system, ceremony soloist, ceremony photographer and 24 photos, wedding cake, a cocktail hour, and 3-hour dinner reception, and more for 40 guests.

 

Perks!

When you book your room block with Yellow Umbrella Events and achieve at least 85 or more “room nights” in your room block you’ll receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit for your personal air tickets!

Now that you have a good idea on which Catholic Wedding Chapel you may want to get married in you need to read our blog about “How to have a Catholic Destination Wedding in Cancun and Playa del Carmen“.

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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