Founded by the Spaniards in 1542, Merida is all about French style houses, hot days, and night walks around the Plaza Grande. In addition to colonial buildings such as the Cathedral of San Ildefonso and Casa de Montejo, there are plenty of museums, including the Fernando García Ponce-Macay Museum, dedicated to modern and contemporary art. After celebrating your wedding here, be sure to get to know the surroundings. You will find Mayan ruins, ancient henequen haciendas, underground water pools called cenotes, and mangrove areas that are inhabited by flamingos.
► The Yucatecan cuisine is extraordinary. Grab breakfast at a small restaurant called El Barrio. At lunchtime, look for chef Roberto Solís’ culinary delights at Néctar, or check out the menu of the Hermana República restaurant. Have dinner at the avant-garde K’u’uk.
► Go all over Paseo de Montejo, the avenue full of mansions that once belonged to the wealthy landowners of henequen. Here you will find the Poshería, a store where liquor made of corn is sold, as well as Casa T’hō, a concept house with design objects.
► You can take a day trip to Izamal, a small town with yellow facades and cobblestone streets. Visit the Franciscan Convent of San Antonio de Padua. Near the convent you will find the Casa de los Santos, a perfume shop and a sacred art store that also serves as a hotel.
► Visit the extinct Mayan cities near Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Dzibilchaltún, Labná and Mayapán. In between, there are countless cenotes to be discovered, such as Xlacah, Xcanché, Kankirixche, Xbatún, Ikkil or Chelentún.
► About 102 miles east of Mérida is Valladolid, a magical town where you should definitely stay for the night. Enter the Church of San Servacio, and then walk through the tidy Calzada de los Frailes to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena.
After celebrating your wedding here, be sure to get to know the surroundings. You will find Mayan ruins, ancient henequen haciendas, underground water pools called cenotes, and mangrove areas that are inhabited by flamingos.
The mansions turned into boutique hotels in Mérida are the perfect setting for discreet wedding with only a few guests. There you have, for example, Casa Lecanda, Rosas & Xocolate and Mansión Mérida on the Park. If you prefer a larger celebration, choose hotels such as Wyndham Mérida, Presidente InterContinental Mérida, Hotel Misión Mérida and Fiesta Americana Mérida.
But perhaps the best party is the one you can organize in an ancient hacienda where henequen used to be produced. There are plenty serving as hotels in the surroundings of Mérida: Hacienda Santa Cruz, Hacienda Misné, Hacienda Xcanatún, Hacienda Teya, Hacienda Ticum and Sotuta de Peón. Look also for those of the Starwood group, such as Hacienda Santa Rosa de Lima, Hacienda San José and Hacienda Temozón.
In all of the state of Yucatán you will find dream scenarios for a photo shoot. Ask your wedding photographer for a session either in a cenote or an abandoned hacienda. There are also the beaches of Progreso, the pink landscapes of Las Coloradas, or tiny villages with colorful churches like Uayma.