In the grand scheme of things, a Los Cabos destination wedding may not seem may not seem groundbreaking. But why mess with a good thing? The area does get 350 days of pure sunshine per year, practically guaranteeing your big day won't be rained out. And thanks to resort openings and updates in the classic and idyllic Mexican vacation spot, it can actually be much more unique than you may think. While it's somewhere you may want to go in advance for “research,” properties' in-house planners make it a flawless process to plan even from afar. And they'll provide vendor lists that offer a range of prices, making it feasible to do a Los Cabos destination wedding on many different budgets.
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, opened earlier this year, is the former historic Hotel Cabo San Lucas, where old-Hollywood stars like John Wayne and Bing Crosby hung out. Now it's an Auberge resort, with Los Cabos's largest year-round swimmable beach, a dreamy spa, a three-tiered zero-edge pool, and a chic contemporary design that has indoor spaces bleeding into the tropical outdoors. With its 22-acre grounds, the property has nine options for venues, ranging from intimate to massive—think a 7,800-square-foot lawn or a 1,000-square-foot air-conditioned space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the sparkling Sea of Cortez.
Grand, sweeping views are also on hand at the new all-inclusive Grand Velas Los Cabos, where a plush ballroom is the place to have your elegant affair, but there's also a golden-sand beach where you can have a casual barefoot wedding during one of the iconic, spectacular sunsets. If you plan on having hundreds witness your I do's, there is nowhere more picturesque than the Terraza del Mar terrace, with panoramic views of the sea and space for up to 600. The resort's wedding planners are experts at creating one-of-a-kind spectacles for each couple, with gourmet eats—Mexican or otherwise—and plenty of tequila, mezcal, and even locally sourced Mexican wines. They're also versed in ceremonies of varying cultures and customs, like South Asian.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, is fairly new to the local scene as well and offers its couples unreal views of Land's End and the Arch rock formation, plus the opportunity to eat unbelievably delicious food by famed Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, whose restaurant the Manta at the Cape is a must for an intimate rehearsal dinner or romantic evening before everyone arrives. The hotel also has Cabo's only rooftop lounge, so consider your after-party taken care of. Options include a boho wedding featuring Mexican traditions or a more modern look that plays off the striking architecture.
The design is also a big draw at Mar Adentro, a new luxury hotel that has a sunset-view open terrace for making it official and also the gorgeous Nido restaurant—where local craftsmen constructed a nestlike structure out of recycled twigs—for the reception. Those seeking the perfect place for super-private nuptials should look no further than the lush, verdant One & Only Palmilla, where the whitewashed chapel with its bell tower can hold up to 40 and you may arrive via horse-drawn carriage. Another dreamy bet in the destination known for its sailing, snorkeling, whale watching, and hiking (your guests will have no problem saying "yes" to your invite) is Las Ventanas al Paraíso, the Rosewood resort that redefines luxury and offers edge-of-the-ocean locations for a paradisiacal wedding that could include flowers perfectly matched to the sunset sky. It doesn't get more magical than that.