Your Moon Palace Wedding – 4 Things Every Bride Must Negotiate

Brides have a love-hate relationship with the Moon Palace Resort when planning their Cancun wedding photography, and it is justified. However, if you learn to ask the right questions when you negotiate your wedding contract, you can make your Moon Palace wedding fun and easy. In this wedding article, I will give you several Moon Palace wedding tips to do just that.

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Saying the Moon Palace is a large resort is an understatement. With over 2,400 rooms on 123 acres of land, it is gigantic. Here are just a few of the event attractions on site: a signature Jack Nicklaus golf course, a 39-room spa, a full nightclub, 17 restaurants, 12 bars to choose from, an amphitheatre, the surf simulator FlowRider, mini golf, themed play rooms and playgrounds for kids, not to mention the pools. With all of these amazing attractions, you must be wondering what there is to be worried about for your Riviera Maya wedding.

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Moon Palace, a beautiful but large resort which presents advantages and disadvantages for weddings due to its size

First, let me tell you some of the good things about Moon Palace weddings.

Moon Palace Weddings – Great Ceremony Locations
Moon Palace has a lot of choices for wedding ceremony locations on their resort grounds. You can choose to have your special Moon Palace wedding on one of their many beachside terraces, the chapel, the numerous seaside gazebos overlooking the Caribbean waters, or one of their majestic indoor ballrooms.You can also have your ceremony on the beach. What’s great about a beach ceremony is that they have some private beach areas which allow you to party far into the night! Moon Palace really knows how to take care of their bridal couple’s preferences. So when you are talking to the wedding coordinators, don’t be shy — just tell them what you really want and let them create a magical day for you.

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Moon Palace Weddings – Great Wedding Packages
The Moon Palace wedding packages are packed with extras that you would not think of. They really want to make sure you get exactly what you want — and they will spoil you.

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You can choose wedding packages with garden views, beach views and an even an option for arriving in a horse-drawn carriage! If you are wondering whether there is a demand for brides wanting horse-drawn carriages, then let me tell you that there is. This particular feature caters to many of the Indian wedding brides.

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Having said that, Moon Palace weddings are designed to cater to specific nationalities and cultural backgrounds. You can have non-denominational weddings, Catholic weddings, Jewish weddings, Indian weddings as well as a Mayan celebration. Moon Palace doesn’t stop there with their wedding packages to spoil you. They will also cook foods specific to your chosen wedding culture,so you and your guests get the whole cultural experience when choosing a Moon Palace wedding.

If you are have certain food preferences due to dietary needs, ethnic preferences or religious requirements, discuss this with the wedding coordinator. Due to the large number of guests that visit the Moon Palace, they are familiar with almost all types of varieties and will most likely be able to meet your culinary needs.

The Moon Palace Wedding Challenges
Now that I’ve told you all the great things about Moon Palace wedding packages, you must be wondering what could possibly be the problem about booking your Cancun wedding at Moon Palace.

It’s not that there is anything bad about Moon Palace weddings, but due to the immense size of the Moon Palace and the number of weddings they have each day, you may find that your wedding day setup is not ideal. This could be due to the physical distances that need to be travelled between venues.

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The Moon Palace wedding planners are very busy coordinating weddings each day and making each one the best Cancun wedding experience for that bride. But sometimes when they are reserving your ceremony location, cocktail hour and reception, the physical time to travel between these locations is forgotten. This can cause delays and unnecessary worry to the bride, groom and their guests. To add to this, when it rains, you and your guests will need to scramble to stay dry and beautiful while navigating the resort to the next event location.

I want you to be aware of these various scenarios because my brides have experienced it. By informing you now, I hope you can discuss it with the Moon Palace wedding planners prior to signing your contract. This will help you to avoid these problems and have a more fun and easy Cancun wedding experience at the Moon Palace.

Below, I will explain what you want to be aware of and how to discuss this with your Moon Palace wedding planner. Make sure you go over these points before you sign your contract.

Room Location versus Ceremony Location (time, moving about)
As I mentioned earlier, due to the sheer size of the Moon Palace, there are some logistical issues with the bride, groom and wedding party going from their room to the ceremony, then travelling from the ceremony to the reception.

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What does this mean? When you book your rooms for the bride and groom, don’t just look at the type of room and the view you get. Ask the wedding planner the following questions:
1. How far are the bride and groom rooms from the ceremony site? Can you walk this with your gown?
2. How far are the bride and groom rooms from each other?

When your bridesmaids and groomsmen need to travel between your rooms, you do not want it to take them 20 minutes to get to the other room just to deliver a message or an item of value.
Understand how far the rooms are from the ceremony. For example, after you are finished getting ready, will you be able to walk 20 or 30 minutes with your bridal party to your ceremony site?
I recommend that my brides ask for the bride and groom rooms to be close together as well as choosing rooms that are close to the ceremony site.

Possible Wedding Day Challenges You May Encounter
Here are some of the challenges you may encounter if your rooms are too far away.
1. Wedding delays due to walking distances from the room to the ceremony site.
2. Less time with photographer for bride and groom getting ready, since it takes so long to get from room to room.
3. If it rains, you and the wedding party will be walking in the rain to the ceremony site. The wedding planners may also have to make quick decisions and start juggling weddings to different locations. This can cause some unforeseen unpleasant options for the bride, groom and wedding guests such as walking further to the ceremony or reception with no umbrellas.

Wedding Photography and Videography Challenges You May Encounter
As your Cancun wedding photographer, I want to make sure you look beautiful and relaxed while having fun on your wedding day so that we can capture wonderful memories of your special day for your to cherish for the rest of your life. If you are stressed and worried during your wedding, it will show in your photographs. So, my goal for all my brides is to give them wedding tips that help them enjoy their day.

Since your wedding photography and videography is going to capture this special day for you, I want every minute of the day to count. Imagine if it takes 20 minutes to travel from the bride’s room to the groom’s room. Then 20 minutes to the ceremony location from the bride’s room. If you had purchased a 6-hour photography package, your wedding photographer and videographer will spend 40 minutes going back and forth between the rooms while the bride and groom are getting ready (unless you hired a second photographer or videographer) as well as another 20 minutes to get to the ceremony site. Granted, they may follow the bride to the wedding ceremony and be taking great photographs along the way, but time is being taken up due to the distance we need to travel.

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After the wedding, most brides want to have family portraits and bridal couple portraits. If your ceremony is not at one of the beachside terrace or beachside gazebos, then you and the wedding party will need time to travel to the beach for these portraits.

I am going to stop here because I want you to understand that no matter where your rooms, ceremony and reception are, we will still be able to capture amazing wedding photographs for you. But what I want you to also be aware of is that you can make it easier on yourself by asking the right questions and reserving event locations that are closer together so your whole wedding experience is not about rushing from one place to another.

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What to Negotiate in Your Contract
The best time to discuss all of this is before you sign your contract. You really deserve a day where you are the center of attraction, and to be happy and enjoying yourself. So, I suggest you negotiate the following in your contract:
Make sure the bride and groom rooms are close by, less than 2 minutes away. That doesn’t mean you have to be down the hall from each other, but close enough that you can walk to each other’s room quickly. This is far enough that the groom will not see the bride, but close enough to travel between the rooms for your vendors and bridal party.
Make sure your rooms are close to the wedding ceremony site so you and your wedding party can arrive quickly and easily to the ceremony.

What to Negotiate in Your Contract if it Rains
One of the most overlooked items I have seen in most of my brides’ wedding contracts is what happens if it rains. It is true the sun shines bright and hot here in the Riviera Maya, but the truth of the matter is this is a tropical climate and it rains, so plan for it.

The rainy season is from July to November. Granted, it is not raining the whole day. But it can rain for 20 minutes, then the sun can be out and it is hot again while you can see the after effects of the rain.

Remember, most people will tell you not to worry because it will not rain. I know you don’t want to think about it, but I’ve seen brides who did not plan for the rain and it is not a fun situation to be in. I do not want this to happen to you. So please make the extra effort and discuss with your wedding planner what they will do if it rains.

Discuss things like:
1. Where will the ceremony be moved to?
2. Where will the reception be moved to?
3. How far is this alternative ceremony/reception from your rooms?

The best things to negotiate in your contract if it rains are:
1. Bride and Groom rooms are near each other (not too close)
2. Golf cart for the bride and groom.
3. Golf carts to transport the guests from the ceremony to the reception.
4. Umbrellas for the bride, groom and guests.

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Jasmine looks beautiful and relaxed. She had a golf cart waiting to take her to the ceremony from her room

Remember, your goal when negotiating your contract is for the resort to assist you and save time between the different events.

If you are able to come and visit the Moon Palace before your wedding, this is ideal. Then you can see the venue for yourself and make much more informed decisions. If you do come to visit, contact us and we can have a beautiful engagement photography session to capture your time here in magical Cancun, Riviera Maya.

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Jasmine and Rob had a fun Moon Palace wedding. Such a beautiful couple. They planned ahead and everything went smoothly.

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Here’s a nice summary of the article as an infographic. Save it on your Pinterest board so you can refer back to it. Also, send it to you friends and family so they can stay cool and enjoy their time at your wedding.
When you are ready to discuss your wedding photography, contact me and tell me what you envision for your wedding day and I’ll be happy to create the days photo timeline for you.
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I hope you found this wedding article helpful. If you did, please do not hesitate to email me at and let me know. I would love to hear from you.

I am so excited about your wedding and I want it to be fun, easy and filled with love! Let me know what you envision for your Cancun wedding photography and I will be happy to discuss how we can make it a reality!

When you are ready to find the best wedding photographers in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, contact us. We’re Life Wonders Photography, your first choice for wedding photography in the Riviera Maya, Mexico because we care about you having a beautiful wedding experience.

Rain on Wedding Day – Make it The Best Riviera Maya Wedding Ever

If you ask any bride what is their worst nightmares is for their Riviera Maya wedding day, most will undoubtedly say, “I don’t want it to get rain on wedding day!”

I am going to give you a perspective that hopefully will empower you to embrace the rain and have a wonderful wedding day. After all it is one of the most special days of your life.

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To start, there are many superstitions about how much good luck it is to have it rain on your wedding day. Here are two of my favorites:

Rain is Believed to be Good Luck

Good luck #1: Your wedding is meant to last

This is from a Hindu tradition, since you are “tying the knot.” To do so when it’s raining will make it wet, causing it to be tied tighter and consequently very hard to untie — a marriage made to last.

Good luck #2: Rain signifies a fresh start
As we all know water is used to clean and purify. Some believe rain on your wedding day means your past has been cleansed and this rain on your Riviera Maya wedding signifies a fresh new start. So go out and dance in the rain!

Bride and Groom’s Attitude Makes All The Difference

This wedding day is all about you. Everyone’s attention is on the newlyweds. When you are worried or stressed, your bridal party, parents and friends are all naturally concerned and trying to figure out how to make you feel relaxed and at ease. When you are smiling enjoying yourself and being playful, all of your guests are smiling and celebrating your wedding too.

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But the opposite is also true. When you are concerned about the rain, everyone is concerned with you. I’ve seen brides waste a whole morning looking at the weather channel in their room and fretting. As a result, everyone around her was anxious and trying to calm her down, which was not working.

We know we can’t change the things we can’t control, but we can change what’s within our control. This also applies to your Cancun, Riviera Maya wedding weather on your wedding day. When you focus on what you can change you also alleviate your anxiety and stress levels. Research shows that 85% of the things we worry about never actually happen. That’s an amazing amount of worrying we do for nothing!

To make yourself feel better here are a few things you can do within your control:

  1. Talk to your wedding coordinator prior to the event day
    You can discuss backup plans and alternative venues in case of rain and confirm on the day of. Coordinators deal with this on a daily basis so they know the options and how to ensure you have a fabulous Riviera Maya wedding.
  2. Turn your focus to being in the moment.
    Remember your love for each other. Enjoy the time you have today and each other’s
    company as well as all your friends and family.
  3. Talk about the rain, laugh about it and most of all embrace it with your wedding guests.
    It will be a great story to tell. On my wedding day, my husband, Gulam stayed with his best man and made sure our wedding hall was all cleaned up and empty so we wouldn’t incur any deposit penalties. This was at 2am and a freak one-hour thunderstorm had just finished. On the way to the hotel they got a flat tire because a metal manhole cover had been thrown up into the air due to the extreme water surge and it had broken in pieces on the highway. Needless to say, Gulam didn’t get to the hotel room until 5:30 in the morning! What a crazy story and an unforgettable wedding night. We look back on it and know it was our special night unlike any other. What an adventure to the start of our lives together. That was 17 years ago, we’re still married and we still look at our photos with fondness…and now we share this with our kids! I wish for you to do the same with the photographs I capture of your special day.

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Jen embraced the rain and we found great covered locations in the resort to capture some wonderful photographs

Remember, this is the first day in a whole lifetime of adventures you will encounter.

Plan for the Rain

Planning for rain on your wedding day is in your control. It will give you peace of mind knowing you are prepared. Here are some things you can do to feel at ease on your Riviera Maya wedding day:

  1. Get an accurate weather report
    Look up the weather using the maritime site most of the fishermen and captains use. It’s more accurate and gives winds, precipitation, waves and more. Goto WindGuru to see the reports:
  2. Rainfall patterns in the Riviera Maya are like no other
    This is a tropical climate and there are dense jungles, beautiful foliage and high humidity. You cannot have this without a lot of rain — that’s why it’s called The Tropics. But what you may not know is that most of the time rain falls really hard for 20 to 60 minutes and then it stops. Sometimes, it will do this around the same time each day for the whole week. Once the sun comes out everything starts to dry up. By the mid-afternoon you don’t see any signs that it rained in the morning. So, rest assured
  3. your concept of rain is very different than the rainfall we get here.

  4. Discuss alternative options with your Wedding Coordinator
    At the time of negotiating your wedding contract, you should discuss what the resort will do in case of rain. The resort will have alternative plans and venues. Just be sure to have this written into your contract. If you are planning to have an outdoor wedding reception make sure to understand what alternatives they have for you if it rains during the various events of your wedding.

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Ariana and Michael planned ahead for their rainy reception and the wedding coordinated it beautifully. We captured some beautiful memories of their reception despite the rain.

Your Rainy Wedding Photographs will be Amazing

Yes, you read that correctly. Your Riviera Maya wedding photographs will be amazing because whether it’s only threatening to rain, to a light sprinkle or to a heavy downpour – the possibilities of capturing unique, breathtaking photographs are limitless!

The wedding couples who embrace the rain and make it a part of their ceremony opens up new possibilities of fabulous photographs. How you may ask? Here are some examples of ways to embrace the weather and capture captivating, timeless and fun photographs when it rains on your wedding day:

  1. Bring bright colored matching rain boots
    Yes, bring your heels. But also bring matching rain boots. Imagine a light rain, puddles and you with a red rose bridal bouquet walking through the puddles and as you hold your dress up from touching the water puddles. That means we see you wearing matching bold red rain boots. The photographs we can capture are priceless!
  2. Umbrellas can be so much fun, a forgotten art
    Bring umbrellas that are bold, transparent, matching or contrasting your wedding colors. The umbrella will definitely serve its purpose of being functional and keeping you dry. But we can be playful and creative throughout the day. How you ask? Imagine you are walking to the ceremony with your bridesmaids, I’m photographing you from behind and your beautifully colored umbrella is leaning on your shoulder covering you but I get a wonderful photograph of you, your wedding dress, a bright colored umbrella and the blue ocean as your backdrop. Then you turn your head to the left, peak around the umbrella and give me a wonderful smile — click! — a timeless photo. Love it! So let’s play and have fun in the rain!
  3. The clouds are your best friend
    Yes, clouds are great! First they will keep you and your guests cool, because usually there will be a slight breeze and the sun won’t be hot overhead. Also, your photographs will have a natural dramatic effect with the clouds in background. Imagine a slightly cloudy sky with rays of sunset orange sunlight peeking out and the two of you on the pier with your veil lifted slightly by the breeze. Wow – I can’t wait to capture that for you!

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Dana and Vlad initially were worried about rain on their Riviera maya wedding day, but they were so happy with the dramatic ocean colors and the luminous clouds – their rainy day wedding photographs are one of a kind!

I am so excited about your wedding. Rain or shine, I will be as creative as you want! We will have fun and be adventurous. I am willing to try almost anything to make your wedding extra special, capturing unique and beautiful memories of your special Riviera Maya wedding day!

Let your spirit shine on a rainy wedding day and together we’ll create magic.

When you are ready to find the best wedding photographers in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, contact us. We’re Life Wonders Photography, your first choice for wedding photography in Riviera Maya, Mexico because we care about you having a beautiful wedding experience.

Top 25 Most Romantic Marriage Proposals

If you are thinking of romantic ways to propose, the best thing you can do is have a proposal idea and plan it well. These top 25 most romantic marriage proposals will do just that. They are some of most creative, romantic and loving ways to propose to the one you love.

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Joi and Nicole share an intimate moment after she says ‘Yes’ to the surprise marriage proposal.

Proposing marriage is one of the most important things you will do in your life. Because of that, how you do it should match your personality as well as how special you want it to be. Whether you are looking for proposal ideas for men, proposal ideas at home or memorable proposal ideas, these top 25 have at least one for you.

One of the most romantic ways to propose is a destination or a well planned engagement proposal getaway. Going away together is incredibly romantic. And choosing an exotic destination such as the Riviera Maya, can make even a simplest marriage proposal absolutely breathtaking. An added bonus is that all your activities will just seem like part of the vacation. So if you plan a fancy dinner, spa day, or beach picnic, your partner will not immediately assume you are planning to propose.

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Yes, she said yes…. Just look at her hand!

To help get you started on the perfect marriage proposal, we have created this Ultimate Engagement Guide. It is complete with 25 of the most romantic ways to propose. We have also included a planning schedule, as well as extra tips to help you make your special ways to propose the best it can be. These marriage proposal ideas are guaranteed to make your loved one say yes.

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Make your engagement day even more unforgettable with some unique proposal ideas

Remember, I have photographed many marriage proposals in the Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Akumal area If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me as I would be thrilled to help out any way I can. Most of all, I would be very happy to answer any inquires you may have.

Enjoy these engagement proposal ideas:

25 Romantic Ways to Propose

The way you propose should be focused on you and your partner’s tastes and personality; make it a meaningful experience by tailoring it to what they like and dislike. Remember, the story of your marriage proposal will be told for years to come. With that in mind, have a look at some of my favorite engagement ideas and most romantic ways to propose below.

1. Propose on the Beach

A Beach wedding engagement is an incredibly romantic way to propose.

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I will make you appear as though you are on a secluded island.. I love how Angie and Johnny’s love is captured here with nothing in sight but the deep blue ocean.

Tip: Find a Secluded Location Without The Effort
Many people think they have to find a secluded beach in order to propose. However, the many weddings I have photographed and experience has taught me that it is not always the case. Whenever you hire me to photograph your special marriage proposal, I will use some seasoned photography techniques. Doing so will allow me to make sure that the photographs show you both as the only two people on the beach! The beautiful ocean, and the intimate feeling of being the only two in the world, is the perfect scene to begin your lives together. Have a look at the these intimate feeling photographs of Angie and Johnny’s beach wedding engagement.

Planning Considerations: beach, ask a tour guide, find good location

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The beach and romance are the perfect combination to bring lovers together.

2. Have a Surprise Performance – Hire a Band

Live music can add a sentimental element to your marriage proposal. If you two already have a song, it can end up pulling on the heartstrings even more.

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Eugenio succeeded in giving his fiance a surprise with this mariachi band.

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The mariachi was just another part of this beautifully planned marriage proposal.

There’s plenty of musicians and mariachi bands for hire in Cancun. You can hire one for a surprise performance of your partner’s favorite love song – or any love song for that matter. You can do so on the beach or at dinner for your marriage proposal.

Planning Considerations: music, plan ahead

3. Rent Your own Private Boat or Yacht

One of the most romantic ways to propose, is by either renting a boat or a yacht to do so. While this may be a bit too expensive for some, you can always hire a boat in the Riviera Maya area. (Contact me if you need help with this). We were lucky enough to see this happen when Joi did it for Nicole recently. We had the privilege to be there to capture it the entire beautiful and romantic moment. In fact, their romantic engagement turned out so well, that their story resulted in being featured on I was the photographer for this beautiful Cancun engagement. You can see Nicole’s surprise and excitement in every photograph.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, adventure, reservations

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I love Joi’s expression as Nicole puts on the ring. And when you are ready to propose, I will be there to capture it all for you both.

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This is a moment none of us will forget. Nicole’s expression was priceless. It was very heartwarming for me to be there and capture it all.

4. Surprise Her with Family

Are you planning on taking a trip with her friends and family? If so, then consider involving them in the planning process. They can even help with the actual marriage proposal, or the she-said-yes after party. Keep in mind that I only recommend this if you know you can trust them with the secret though — After all, you don’t want your carefully planned matrimonial proposal to be ruined due to a chatty family member.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, travel & accommodation arrangements

5. Create a Romantic Scavenger Hunt

Send her on a scavenger hunt that ends with a romantic proposal. This is considered one of the top most creative proposal ideas around. Start with a clue at your hotel, and then lead your fiance-to-be through a tour of the hotel grounds. You can also do so around the beach, or even just inside your room. Include small gifts, flowers, or personalized notes with each clue along the way. This will help to stir up special memories that you two have created during your entire relationship.

Photography Considerations: I love this idea! I have helped couples capture beautiful moments of their fiance searching through the resort grounds, them laughing and playing and eventually capturing her surprised expression when she finds the ring box and a rush of emotion comes over her face.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, gifts, flowers

6. Go Out On The Town

Does she love to go out and dance? Take her dancing, and ask the DJ to dedicate a song to her before you propose on the dance floor.

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Love is in the air and this couple is oblivious to everyone else… except each other.

Since knowing what to say when you propose is very important, you can take the time to have your thoughts already written out. If you are bold enough, you can even have them read some of your thoughts or feelings out loud. Or you can see if they let you do it yourself.

There are many places you can go. But in order to make things less difficult, ask the Concierge of your hotel to help you choose a good spot. Remember to do this prior to arriving or as soon as you arrive. If you have time, it would be wise to visit their suggestions on your own one evening. Just make sure your partner doesn’t suspect anything.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, evening marriage proposal

7. Propose Overlooking the Ocean

The Riviera Maya offers plenty of chances to rent a scooter, tandem bicycle, or Vespa. Take your partner out on a day trip and surprise them with a marriage proposal while overlooking the ocean.

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That heart pounding and breathtaking moment when the man of your dreams gets on one knee to propose in a magical beach setting.

The islands off the coast, such as Isla Mujeres or Cozumel, are surrounded by gorgeous bluffs with amazing views of the ocean. The drive down the coast from Playa del Carmen to Tulum also has numerous idyllic beaches and views overlooking the deep blue of the Caribbean Ocean. Contact me and I can help you set up a beautiful beach wedding engagement day trip.

Photography considerations: Have your photographer capture the two of you riding on a scooter up a cliff road. You can have the ocean in the background and the two of you smiling and enjoying the day together.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, ask a tour guide, adventure

8. Have an Engagement Photography Session

This is one of the best ways to get some amazing proposals photos.

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Joy and happiness are captured in this beautiful and romantic marriage proposal moment.

Tell your partner that you have hired a photographer for a couples photo session, then surprise her with a marriage proposal. The priceless look on her face will be captured forever. In addition, you will also have some great photos to share.

Photography Considerations: Discuss with your photographer possible locations for the photo session. Some locations have great spots to help you naturally create a wonderful surprise proposal moment. For example, if there is a small pier off the beach, your partner could be standing on the pier as you jump off, look up to him or her and propose.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, photo session, reservations required

9. Propose with a Romantic Beach Picnic

If you are in the Caribbean, there is no better way to enjoy your vacation than by declaring your love with a beach wedding engagement. Pack a picnic and make your marriage proposal over champagne and strawberries.

Planning Considerations: beach, food

10. Propose Under the Stars

Does she love stargazing? Go to the beach with a blanket, some candles, and wine. The night sky filled with stars is a dramatic backdrop for a dreamy marriage proposal. If you are staying at a beach resort, you can suggest going for a walk after dinner and find a nice quiet spot to propose. And if you both are a little daring, then maybe you can take a clandestine dip afterwards to celebrate your beach wedding engagement.

Planning Considerations: beach, adventure, evening marriage proposal

11. Write a Message in a Bottle

Want another one of the most unique proposal ideas around? Then send your proposal for marriage to your fiance in a message in a bottle. Write out your marriage proposal on a piece of paper. Just be sure to make it look old by crumpling it, burning the edges, or rubbing it with dirt. Roll it up and place it in a bottle. Then, while you are at the beach, bury it in the sand. But be certain to keep it obvious enough so that he or she can find it. If not, then you may just have to find it for him or her. Whenever they pull out the message and begin reading it, be ready and break out the ring.

Tip: Always keep the ring with you, as it can be easy to lose and also be easy for your partner to discover. Make sure you never leave it out in the open or somewhere obvious for them to find it.

Planning Considerations: beach, adventure, plan ahead.

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A genie in a bottle could never provide as much magic as a marriage proposal in a bottle.

12. Spell out Your Marriage Proposal in the Sky

If you want one of the most romantic and heart-stopping outdoor proposal ideas around, write your marriage proposal in the sky. Hire a small airplane to write out your marriage proposal with smoke, or pull a sign behind it with your question. This dramatic, super-visible, and romantic way to propose lets the whole world know that you want to spend the rest of your life together with him or her. Tell her you want to spend the day at the beach. Once you are there relaxing and enjoying the day, point up to the sky and ask her, “What do you think about these sky writers?”. There is no doubt, once she reads the message, your fiance will only say, “Yes” to you!

Planning Considerations: Plan ahead, adventure, ask a tour guide, reservation required

13. Set up a Romantic Dinner

Plan an evening out at a fancy restaurant or talk to your resort. Many of them have private areas for romantic evenings. You can also walk out your room or onto the beach, until the table is all set up. Call ahead to order champagne and extra flowers for your table. Candlelight, good food, and an intimate atmosphere is natural recipe for romance. Make it even more romantic by having a private dinner on the beach; check out how Eugenio, while at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun, did it here.

Planning Considerations: Plan ahead, ask for hotel help as well as a tour guide, flowers and evening marriage proposal.

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Intimate and romantic atmosphere makes your marriage proposal unforgettable

14. Plan a Scenic Horseback Riding Excursion

If your partner loves horses or is interested in riding one, this is a way to make your beach wedding engagement fairy-tale perfect. Depending on what they like, you can set up a short or long ride. Talk to the tour operator about your marriage proposal idea. Perhaps they may be able to suggest a nice, secluded area along the trail for you to stop and propose. You can also choose a beach ride or a jungle trip.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, ask a tour guide, adventure

15. Pamper Yourselves with a Couple’s Spa Day

Get a couple’s massage at a day spa with the works—candlelight, low music, and total relaxation. Once you both feel spoiled, indulge her even more by asking for her hand in marriage. Many resorts have spa services available, so be sure to talk to the concierge and reserve ahead of time. Ask if they have private couple rooms and your romantic marriage proposal is well on its way.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, reservations required

Spa Massage

Pamper each other with a very relaxing and stress relieving spa. This will end up making your romantic days and nights even better afterwards.

16. Pamper Her Before You Propose

If she loves having her hair, makeup, and nails done, send her out for an all-day makeover. You can join her, too

Hairdresser at work

What better way to set up your marriage proposal than by pampering her beforehand?

She’ll feel like a queen and will be looking her best when you propose afterwards. You can wait for her in the lobby as she finishes, and when she comes out you can lead her to a nearby beach or garden spot to propose. Or, you can be waiting nearby, and arrange for someone from the hotel to pick her up from the spa. This way, they can bring him or her to where you are waiting to propose. As we mentioned above, many resorts have spa services available. Just be sure to contact the concierge and reserve one before you go.

Photography Considerations: If you decide to do this, then please let me know. I have extensive experience in knowing how to capture the day’s events. This way, we can create a wonderful photo collection of everything that took place. The photos will capture all the wonderful moments leading up to you proposing and your partner’s surprise expression.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help.

17. Write Your Marriage Proposal in the Sand

When it comes to simple proposal ideas, writing romantic proposals in the sand may be one of them.

Marry me

A message in the sand may eventually be erased by the water, but your partner will remember it forever.

However, it is still very amorous and something that will get your heartfelt message across. This can be revealed to her in a number of ways. You can walk along the beach and discover it together. Or, if your room opens up to the beach, you can write it in the sand outside your windows. Just open the curtains and then lead her to the extra-special view.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, beach

18. Propose at an Elegant Hacienda

Haciendas create a naturally beautiful setting for a romantic marriage proposal. These historical and elegant pieces of old-world architecture are rich in culture and romance.

bride and groom in Hacienda Misne wedding

I love being able to capture the essence of love in the smiles emanating from this couple

Their Eden-like design included a beautiful pool in the center of its colorful walls. They are also often filled with plants and flowers as well. Engagement and wedding photos look amazing against the backdrop of bright colors, charming architecture, and plant life.

Have a look at this breathtaking Santa Rosa Hacienda which Gio and Goran used for their wedding.

santa rosa hacienda wedding venue

Haciendas are not just the perfect spots for weddings. They will also deliver amazing engagement photographs.

Contact me if you need help finding the best hacienda for the perfect wedding proposals locations, I will gladly assist you in any way that I can to help you set it up.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, ask a tour guide

19. Fireworks Display

Organize fireworks to be set off at a certain time make the show the backdrop to your romantic marriage proposal.

Couple and fireworks celebration.

Fireworks at the beach or in the background, provide the perfect setting for a proposal.

I can connect you with several party planners and venues. That way, they can help you set up this dazzling engagement surprise.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, ask a tour guide, adventure, evening marriage proposal

20. Plan an Adventurous Riviera Maya Engagement

Set up a private adventure tour just for the two of you, and then propose along the way. Go for a pretty hike, try a zipline, explore a cenote or rent ATV’s. You can also try an underground river walk, go spelunking, cave diving, or check out some awe-inspiring ruins, such as Chichén Itzá. This is a great opportunity to have clever ways to propose in an unforgettable, unique location.

Be sure to book ahead, and when you do, talk with your tour operator and explain that you want to use this adventure as an opportunity to propose. Ask them for their suggestions and help–many would love to help you make this a one-of-a-kind experience.

Photography Considerations: For example, if you choose an underground river walk, they can tell you about the hauntingly beautiful and picturesque areas. Your tour guide can shine a light and illuminate the two of you as I take photos of the incredible journey and your creative marriage proposal.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, ask a tour guide, adventure

21. Propose in Your Hotel Room

If you have a hotel room in Cancun, that can be the perfect place for an intimate romantic proposal.

couple in balcony facing beach

Feelings could never be captured in a photo. But the kiss that made those feelings come alive can.

You can arrange to have the room set up with candles, flowers, and champagne while the two of you are away at dinner. If not, you can do it yourself while you she’s at the beach, shopping, or exercising.

Planning Considerations: Hotel help, flowers, plan ahead

22. Wake Her Up with a Marriage Proposal

Slip the ring on her finger while she’s sleeping. Have fruit, flowers, or champagne near the bedside and then gently wake her up to one of the most special mornings of her life. Talk to the hotel concierge before you go, so that they can help by securing and delivering fruit, flowers, and champagne for your engagement surprise.

Planning Considerations: hotel help, flowers

23. Surprise Her with Room Service

Order champagne, dessert, and flowers from room service and arrange to have the box holding the ring hidden under one of the silver platters. If your room has a nice patio or terrace, you can set up your romantic meal outside with beautiful views. As a bonus, I can be carefully positioned near your patio to capture the moment when she discovers the ring and you make your marriage proposal. Remember to talk to your concierge and photographer ahead of time to set it up and make sure everything goes smoothly.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help, flowers

24. Hide the Ring in a Gift Basket

Create or buy a fancy gift basket filled with things like dark chocolate, fruit, and wine and hide the ring and its box among the treats. Say it is a gift from the hotel, and as she digs in, she’ll find the ring. Again, call ahead and talk with your hotel to see if they offer gift baskets or if they can help you make one.

Planning Considerations: plan ahead, hotel help

25. See if Your Hotel Offers Romantic Engagement Packages

Many hotels can help set up a romantic wedding proposal surprise for you by organizing dinner on the beach.

wedding proposal on beach


You can also write a message in sand. Nothing is more romantic than a beautiful proposal message written in the sand!
congratulation message on sand

You can also add thoughtful touches like flowers and music.
engagement ring box with roses

This tiny box contains an object that will change the lives of two lucky people forever.

Have a look at Cyrise and Aman’s stunning beach wedding engagement at Sandos Cancun Resort for some ideas
surprise engagement photo idea - marriage proposals

Plan ahead with the organizer from your hotel of choice. This will guarantee a memorable proposal you will both never forget.

26. Propose When the Time is Right

Proposing to your loved one should be done when the time is right. One of the best moments to do this is while you’re on a beautiful vacation together. Just remember to keep the ring with you at all times until you feel the right moment arise. Once you feel it within you, get on one knee and ask the magical question.

Planning Considerations: have the ring, trust yourself and your instincts.

Best times to Propose

When it comes to the best times to propose, the time of the year you choose to so depends on you. It is also best done for when you are ready. However, if you want an ideal beach wedding engagement, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Time of Day

If you want excellent mood lighting for your romantic proposal, the best time of the day to do is in the morning. Or at least one or two hours before sunset. This is even more important for those that want unforgettable and magnificent photos for the occasion.

That’s because these are the times when the light is the most soft and romantic. In addition, if you want to capture a sunset or beach wedding proposal, you should start a couple hours before sunset. This is a tip about timing which many people don’t realize until it’s too late. By doing so, you will have time to take amazing sunset engagement photos. Check out how Joi and Nicole absolutely glow in the setting sun here

unique proposal photo idea during sunset on a yacht - marriage proposals

The natural light of the sunset gives this photo a glam

Time of Year

Have a look at my in-depth Ultimate Weather Guide for Your Cancun Wedding , which describes the weather in the Riviera Maya for all seasons and all events.

How to Plan Your Surprise Engagement

Step 1: Have the Ring

When it comes to surprise marriage proposals, it is important to present your partner with something special when you do so. An engagement ring is ideal, but another piece of jewelry can also work. This tradition holds so much symbolism that it would be a shame to ignore it. If you would rather pick out an engagement ring together with your fiance, you can also “rent” a ring from a jeweler. Many allow their customers to use a proposal ring. This way, you can present a beautiful ring when you propose, and later, you can share the experience of finding the perfect engagement ring together. This can also work if you simply don’t want to risk taking your ring on vacation. This option allows you to either rent or buy a ring and use it as a symbolic ring when you make your marriage proposal.

Step 2: Plan the Details of your Marriage Proposal

Don’t wait until you arrive at your beach destination to plan the specifics of your propose engagement. You will have an easier time if you do the research ahead of time to find the perfect locations. Be sure to give yourself more time than you think you may need. We recommend making reservations at least 3-4 months in advance. In the event that you are going to have it done during the busy season, then you should do so even longer ahead. While this may require a little bit more effort to plan your romantic marriage proposal from afar, it will be well worth it. After all, if you both arrive at your destination, and you begin running around secretly making plans, your partner will be able to tell that something is going on.

Tip: Make it Easy, Take Advantage of the Concierge
Make your planning a little easier by taking advantage of the services that your hotel staff offers. Not only has the staff been trained to assist with these types of requests, they also have hands-on experience with a variety of creative proposal ideas.

If you need help coming up with ideas, let our top 25 Romantic Ways to Propose ideas above inspire you. Do you plan to propose in your hotel room or a at a romantic dinner? If so, then talk with the hotel concierge to make dinner reservations. It could turn out that he or she may recommend the best beach spot for a sunset marriage proposal. If you start getting overwhelmed, just keep it simple. Remember, you are already on vacation in a gorgeous location, and because of that, it’s hard to beat a beach wedding engagement.

Tip: Say It With Flowers
One small detail that can make a huge difference – remember to add flowers if you can. Everyone loves receiving fresh flowers, and they definitely set the mood for a romantic marriage proposal. Your selection can be anything from a simple bouquet to large exotic arrangements. Whatever you choose, will ultimately have a positive impact. Your hotel concierge can help you find a florist that fits your needs.

Step 3: Photograph It: Capture the Moment Forever

The moments of your romantic ideas to propose are something you want to be captured beautifully. I help couples make this memorable occasion go smoothly. At the same time, I make sure I end up capturing all the special details. For example, the look on their faces when when they realize what is happening, is a moment not to be forgotten. The best part about is that you can use the photos for wedding announcements. You can also use them as a surprise wedding-day gift and as meaningful memorabilia that you will treasure for a lifetime. I have worked on several surprise marriage proposals with photos that you can see here.

My experience in being part of so many beautiful weddings and engagement proposal ideas, has taught me to know what may or may not work. Plus, once my team and I hear your ideas, we can even help you make them a reality so your dream proposal can come true. If you feel overwhelmed or concerned, do not worry – I do this everyday and can help you create a very special memorable event. Just contact me, tell me your ideas and we will set it up.

Here are some Cancun engagements I’ve worked on:

Joi and Nicole’s Surprise Yacht Proposal

Nicole had a surprise marriage proposal on a yacht and Joi had no idea! She was in tears and the surprise was a success.

woman shows her engagement ring - marriage proposals

“Yes, we are now engaged” is the message told by Joi as she proudly shows off her engagement ring.

We had such a fun day together, and as mentioned above, their Cancun engagement was featured in

You can read about their experience below as well as on Yelp:


“I can’t stop talking about the wonderful services and engagement photos we received from Dorota. We are very happy and pleased with all of our photos! Dorota has excellent communication. She answered all of my questions before we arrived in Cancun and kept us updated after the shoot when we returned to California. Her professionalism and kindness is what I truly appreciated. She arrived to the location on time and was ready to work. She was more than what i could have asked for.

She captured some really great shots that we didn’t even expect. With our photoshoot being on a private yacht, we weren’t able to wear our shoes but of course she captured them on the boat with the sun coming down, it was a nice touch and a nice shot added to all the other photos we took. The candid photos came out amazing and she knew exactly where to place us for good lighting. We are so happy and would for sure use her again when we return to Cancun.”

—— Joi, Photo session in Cancun


Valerie and Victor Dancing in the Street

Valerie and Victor wanted a fresh garden background for their Cancun engagement session, as well as some photos from around town.

couple dancing next to the pool - marriage proposals

True love just makes every couple want to dance with each other.

They also wanted to capture all facets of their relationship–the fun and the romance. You can really see their personalities and love for each other in their photos.

Olga’s Romantic Seductive Beach Engagement

Here is Olga’s radiant beach wedding engagement. Her and her partner wanted a romantic couple’s session similar to a trash the dress session, we did exactly what she wanted and captured them at Cancun beach. We all loved it!

trash the dress photo idea at cancun beach - marriage proposals

Olga looked stunning in all of her engagement photos

Step 4: Look your best

Be sure to bring a nice set of clothes or your good suit and get a haircut. If you look your best, you will feel your best, and your confidence will shine through. Not only that, the love of your life will definitely notice and will really appreciate the effort. If you need help deciding what to wear (or what is most comfortable) for your beach wedding engagement, have a look at my article on Mexico Beach Wedding Groom Attire. I provide tips that will keep you comfortable while looking great, no matter what time of year.

Step 5: Have an Event Planner Help You

You can plan this yourself or get some help. I believe the time you spend figuring out all the details will make you appreciate it more. Your partner will be impressed and you will be so proud of yourself when you pull off this amazing feat!

If you do not have the time to figure all the details out or the event you plan is more complicated, then the help of a professional planner can help ease the burden and streamline the entire process.

I can connect you with some great event planners who will be happy to assist you. If you are interested in getting a little assistance, email me at and I will connect you with an experienced proposal planner. For the best experience, please remember to include all your marriage proposal ideas, details, and contact information.

Key Things to Consider

Keep the Ring Out of Sight

You don’t want your special and creative proposal to be ruined by airport security nor by accidental discovery. Be sure to pack the ring properly. If you’re flying, do not carry the ring in your pocket as you will have to remove it when you walk through security, and to be safe, don’t put it in your checked luggage either. The last thing you want is your wedding engagement to be ruined because of lost baggage! What you should do is hide it in your carry on luggage, and be sure to fill your bag with unflashy items like clothing and books, not toiletries or electronics that might trigger a more thorough (and revealing) search. For extra security, consider insuring your ring before you go to protect against any loss, theft, or other mishaps.

Be Careful with Food

A hidden box among goodies or dessert is one thing, but burying a ring in a slice of cheesecake can be dangerous. Also, leaving an expensive and elegant piece of jewelry in food is not only a choking hazard, a dessert mix-up can further ruin the special surprise.

Tell as Few People as Possible

Unless your marriage proposal idea involves her friends and family, try to tell as few people as possible. They may be able to give you some tips, but the more people you tell the greater the chance of someone letting it slip and ruining the greatest surprise of her life. It will also be a joy for her to break the good news to her loved ones, so let that raw excitement and happiness be enjoyed naturally.

Speak from the heart

Think about what you are going to say, but don’t worry if you are not a natural poet. If you have a hard time finding the words, think back to the conversations you had with your friends or parents once you knew that she would be an important person in your life. Look into her eyes, tell her what you love about her, and tell her you want to spend the rest of your life with her. Resist bringing a written speech, as it can be awkward reading from a piece of paper and feel forced. Take it slow, don’t forget to breathe, and if you shed some tears, don’t worry, this moment is meant to be touching and unforgettable.

“We absolutely LOVED working with Dorota. Prior to our visit we set up a call with her and told her our expectations. I also shared some of my Pinterest inspiration with her. I was a little nervous hiring a photographer from another country (we live in USA) but I shouldn’t have worried at all.
On the day of the photoshoot she arrived on time (we had a little issue with our hotel but that was not her fault at all). The whole experience and the photos she took were amazing. She posed us for every shot and made us feel very comfortable.
When we got our photos back I was in love with every single one. These are some of my favorite memories and I cannot wait to treasure them forever.”
—— April Luna, Photo Session at Valentin Imperial Maya


My Final Thoughts

The day you propose may be just one day in the rest of your lives. Whatever you decide, I know it will be special, wonderful and perfect for the two of you! And I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

engagement ring on a rose - marriage proposals

A flower and a ring… will you marry me? Is the message that it brings!

If you have any questions or need some basic advice, contact me I will be happy to help.
I have assisted many couples to make this a fun, exciting and memorable moment in their lives. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear how you met and what you want to plan for you special sweetheart.

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