Puerto Vallarta, Mexico offers beach weddings with picturesque sunsets

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By Jerry Jones, November 2019 issue.
Photos courtesy of Marriott and Westin resorts

For many LGBTQ
couples, a wedding in an exotic location or even one on the beach, was
something they could dream about but never really afford.

The staff at two sister hotels in Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico, want you to know that your wedding dreams can come true, and
they are looking to work with you and your budget. The Marriott Puerto Vallarta
Resort & Spa and The Westin Resort and Spa Puerto Vallarta, sit about a
mile apart from each other, and both have received LGBT certification by
the Jalisco Tourism Secretariat and Talento Consultores; The
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is also TAG Approved, and TMR Out Now
certified.

Westin Puerto Vallarta.

With the hotels operating under the
Marriott International umbrella, they sit on beachfront property overlooking
Banderas Bay and the Pacific, and each have ample space for just about any size
wedding.

Marriott
International, has long been recognized as a leader in the hotel industry on
topics of diversity and inclusion, regularly scoring a 100 on the Human Rights
Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. The company also offers education and
sales training to its associates to give them greater insight into what their
guests might expect.

However, be warned that most of the
American weddings performed at the hotels are symbolic in nature — the couples
have gotten married before they left the USA. If you want a legal Mexican
ceremony, the law requires that you be in the country at least four days prior
to your wedding, and there are several other steps that you must take.

Love is
love
has become our inspiration to coordinate wedding experience. We
remember that this is not only the wedding day for the couple, it’s also the
arrival of friends and family, setting up the right moments for networking and
details that will long last memories of your special day” said. Areli Vega,
wedding and special events manager, The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and
Spa. “Our recently renovated resort offers amazing beachfront locations; it has
become a preferred resort for Americans and Canadians. Some couples have marked
their first walk together on white horses, others prefer the butterfly release,
and of course we can always make the vow pronunciation a special surprise for
your love one.”

A breezy eve at Westin Puerto Vallarta.

Most of the
weddings held at the hotels are done on the beach, and at sunset. Each hotel
will only allow two weddings on the same day.

With wedding
packages starting as low as $75 USD per person (no including food), each hotel
has specialists who will work with LGBTQ couples to help make them feel
comfortable and make lifetime memories.

“We have a lot
option to offer with our packages, or we can personalize their wedding to meet
their own needs,” said Denisse Montes De Oca, wedding and special events
manager, The Westin Resort and Spa Puerto Vallarta. “We love to work with
couples. And their location in the USA is not a problem. We work through email,
telephone and FaceTime right up until the wedding.”

Marriott Puerto Vallarta.

Planning for a
wedding — especially one that is in a foreign country — can be a daunting
experience. But, rest assured Montes De Oca said, the thousands of details will
be expertly handled.

“Our certified
wedding planners are trained to help,” she explained. “After completing demanding coursework, each Marriott Certified Wedding
Planner is qualified to coordinate weddings of all types, including ethnic and
military weddings. Relying on experience, training, tradition and old-fashioned
intuition, Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can help you determine an
overall vision for your wedding and help you execute each detail. That includes
setting an event budget; deciding on a menu; arranging table settings; and
finding florists, photographers, a band and other entertainment for the big
day.”

Montes De Oca said she is often asked “when is the best time of year to
have my wedding” and she said that the hotels can make any time of the year
work.

Puerto Vallarta, where weddings and water mix.

“We have a huge annual pride celebration in Puerto Vallarta around
Memorial Day,” She said. “That’s always a high interest time. But there are
pros and cons to our different seasons. The summer months can be hotter and the
later in the summer rain showers are typical. But both hotels are experienced
and can make anything work to please the happy brides or grooms.”

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