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Are you dreaming of a destination wedding that combines luxury, tropical scenery, and rock and roll vibes? You have to consider Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, one of the coolest all-inclusive resorts we have experienced in the Mexican Caribbean! About an hour and fifteen minutes' drive south of the Cancun International Airport, this musically-inclined property boasts a variety of wedding packages and on-site amenities to please even the pickiest guest. And if that doesn't do it for you, you can literally borrow (for free) a Fender guitar or bass to bring to your room during your stay. If that's not the most unique hotel amenity ever, then we don't know what is!

Our editor-in-chief Chelsea and her husband recently visited this stunning resort in September to get to know the property and its wedding team as guests of the Mexican Caribbean Tourism Board, so we can attest to the unforgettable experience it offers for couples seeking a unique and fun-filled wedding celebration. Read on as we share our experience and 3 reasons why we highly recommend Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya for any couple's destination wedding in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Get ready to rock your special day in paradise!

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Reason #1: Wedding Packages for Literally Everyone

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing the right package. Love is love here, and all couples are welcome to live out their wedding dreams at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. They offer 5 different core wedding packages to suit everyone's individual style and needs. The Classic Arrangement Collection is a great option for couples who want a simple and elegant wedding with a white monochromatic color palette for their decor. It includes a symbolic ceremony, personal white roses for the couple (such as bouquet or boutonniere), one tier wedding cake, and a sparkling wine toast post-ceremony. It's all the essentials without any added frills.

If you're more of a boho personality, the Free Spirit Collection is for you which features pampas grass details, wooden ceremony decor aesthetic and oodles of aisle and arch flowers along with your personal florals. We especially love that this comes with your very own soloist musician for the ceremony, and you can choose between violin, saxophone, or guitar! It wouldn't be a Hard Rock wedding without music, right? (And during our visit, we were spoiled by Bitter Sweet Violin and their serenading us on the beach with popular wedding tunes!) You also have a few options to choose from with your reception decorations such as round or rectangle tables styled in a rustic beach look perfect for trendy Tulum lovers.

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For those dreaming of a more modern tropical style for their I Dos, the Tropical Paradise Collection hits the spot. With white geometric chairs and monstera leaves galore, your ceremony is set up to let your contemporary vibe shine as well as your beach destination. You went to the Mexican Caribbean! Of course you'll want to celebrate its coastal beauty. But if those styles aren't for you, and you want the ulimate luxury glam ceremony, Hard Rock's Modern Enchantment Collection sparkles. The giant white circular ceremony arch dripping in white flowers and crystal teardrops is every rock royalty's dream. You choose your themed bouquet and your gold accented details for the reception, but everything is designed to complement each wedding setup beautifully.

No matter which package you choose, you can expect top-notch service and attention to detail from the experienced wedding planners and vendor teams who work with Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. They will collaborate with you to create the wedding of your dreams, making sure every detail is taken care of even if it's not listed on their sales guide.

The warmth and friendly hospitality that Elena, Marlen, and their wedding team did not go unnoticed as we toured around the property. They thought of everything, including tasty surprise cocktails on the beach to celebrate Hard Rock love!

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Reason #2: Beautiful Customization Options for your Big Day

Your wedding day should be a reflection of your unique love story and personal style. At Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, they understand the importance of making your big day truly yours. With a range of customization options, you can tailor every detail to create the wedding of your dreams. The packages offered are just the starting point to help you not get overwhelmed!

Firstly, you can choose from a variety of stunning ceremony and reception locations all over the property on the Heaven Side (if adults only) and on the Hacienda side (if families with children are attending). From a picturesque beachfront setting at Starlight Beach to undercover at the gorgeous Heaven Terrace thatched gazebo, you have a range of styles depending on your preferences and guest list size. Even those with 300 guests have an option with Hacienda's Woodstock Terrace that overlooks the Caribbean waters!

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There are also accessible locations available for those with mobility challenges or require a wheelchair, so no one misses out on the memory making. We found the Hard Rock Riviera Maya property with ramps everywhere, including the reception lobbies, beaches, and pool areas. Elevators were also available in the multi-storied buildings, including where the all-inclusive restaurants were. You just need to let your Hard Rock wedding coordinator know what your needs are, and they'll let you know how to customize your celebration.

Reason #3: Accommodation, Dining, and Entertainment Variety

When it comes to keeping your guests happy during your destination wedding event at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, you can be rest assured that they will have an unforgettable experience. From luxurious accommodations to mouth-watering dining options and exciting entertainment, this resort literally has it all... even for those guests who might not be into the music scene!

The accommodations at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya have a range of room options to choose from, so you and your guests can relax and unwind in style before and after the wedding. From spacious suites with private swim-up balconies to breathtaking ocean views to in-room hydro spa tubs, each music-themed room is designed to provide the ultimate comfort and luxury. Even the pillow cases and bedding have subtle guitar details, so when you settle in for the night with your Buenas Noches hotel slippers, you'll be surrounded by thoughtful design.

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When it comes to all-inclusive dining, your guests will be spoiled for choice. The resort offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars, serving up delicious cuisines from around the world. Whether your guests are craving Mexican delicacies, Italian classics, or fresh seafood, they will find something to satisfy their taste buds on both the Heaven and the Hacienda sides. If you're a Heaven guest, you get restaurant access to the entire property whereas the Hacienda guests enjoy the options only on the Hacienda side.

And if you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, you will not be disappointed by the care and attention given to you! At check-in, the concierge will make laminated food allergies cards in both English and Spanish that you will then show at every restaurant you visit. Your wedding planner will also ensure everything is noted for your cocktail hour and reception.

During our stay, our personal foodie favorites were 24 hour room service for breakfast, Faro Gastro Market for a gourmet buffet lunch that served local Mexican and international flavors, and Zen for the delicious Japanese cuisine at their fun teppanyaki tables.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico destination wedding

To keep your guests entertained, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers a range of activities and entertainment options. From live music performances to bowling alleys and poolside activities to local off-property tours with Eknx Tours (to places like the Tulum Ruins and swimming with sea turtles at Akumal Beach!), there is never a dull moment at this resort. Your guests can also indulge in the luxurious spa services or hit the gym for a workout, ensuring that they have plenty of options to stay entertained throughout their stay.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya certainly sets the stage for a fantastic and fun-filled destination for a wedding that will keep your guests happy and entertained from start to finish. It is a place that really does exceed all expectations!

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Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Planning a destination wedding can be a thrilling but daunting experience, especially if you've never been married or traveled much before. But fear not, we're here to share some helpful tips to make your destination wedding planning process smooth and stress-free.

- It's important to start planning early. Destination weddings require careful coordination and logistics, so give yourself plenty of time to secure your desired wedding date, make travel arrangements for you and your guests, and communicate with your wedding planner at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. The earlier you start, the better chance you have of securing everything you need for your dream wedding.

- Communication is key throughout the planning process. Make sure to maintain regular contact with your wedding planner at the resort to discuss details, ask questions, and address any concerns you may have. They are there to assist you and make your wedding vision come to life, so don't hesitate to reach out.

- Consider the needs and preferences of your guests when planning your destination wedding. Provide them with all the necessary information about travel arrangements, accommodations, and any planned activities or excursions. It's also a nice gesture to create wedding welcome bags or itineraries to make their stay more enjoyable.

- And don't forget to take care of yourself amidst the planning process. Destination weddings can be overwhelming, so take some time for self-care and relaxation. Remember, this is your special day, so make sure to enjoy the journey and the experience at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. With their exceptional service and attention to detail, you're in good hands.

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Want to know more about booking your destination wedding at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya? Head over to their Weddings website and contact their Sales team to get all of the details. It's time to love hard in paradise!

Photography: Chelsea Barton for Tidewater and Tulle | Venue: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Ceremony and Reception Decor: Zúñiga Deco Cancun | Florals: Tuilpania | Violin Music: Bitter Sweet Violin with Party Music Events

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Disclosure: Accommodations and activities were sponsored by Mexican Caribbean Tourism so we could provide an authentic review on our experience at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. All love and opinions for what's been mentioned in this feature are our own. Some of the above product links are affiliate-linked and purchasing through these links helps support Tidewater and Tulle and its wonderful partners! You can find our full disclosure policy here.

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Photographed by Carly Rose Photography, Maggie's bridesmaids wore solid and floral pattern dresses in different shades of blue while the groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos. As a tribute to her grandmother, Maggie incorporated her family's love for butterflies into her personal details, including butterfly appliqués on her cathedral-length veil and diamond butterfly-shaped earrings. Colin also brought his own style with a white tuxedo, bow tie, and black velvet loafers which paired perfectly with his bride's gown featuring an exquisite beaded lace bodice with a scoop neckline and flowing silk georgette skirt. The happy couple exudes garden glamour at its finest!

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To add of touch of DIY and modern fun, the two also made all of their gorgeous disco mirror ball table numbers while having a wedding favor tree decorated with mini disco ball necklaces for guests to enjoy as they danced the night away to live music and surprise Taco Bell late night snacks. The day was absolute magic -- love, joy, and fun are all you need for the big day, and Maggie and Colin's was no exception!

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