Costa Rica Beach Wedding
Costa Rica Beach Wedding

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so why wouldn't you want to tie the knot here?! Whether you are having a small, private wedding, or large and luxurious gathering with friends and family, Costa Rica is the place to be. From white-sand beaches and lush forests to towering volcanoes and mountain ranges, you'll have virtually every backdrop to pick from here.

What's your wedding style?

Costa Rica is incredibly diverse, giving you the ability to pick whatever kind of ceremony you are in the market for! I haven't been to too many weddings in Costa Rica, but the ones I have attended have been incredibly beautiful. From laid-back ceremonies to lavish and extravagant parties, you'll have your pick of wedding types in this tropical paradise.

Couples in love walking to the Altar, La Fortuna
Couples in love walking to the Altar, La Fortuna

Beach Wedding

For many couples, getting married on the beach is the ultimate romantic experience - and I agree! With the waves crashing in the background and the sand beneath your toes, a beach wedding will be an unforgettable experience. Just imagine walking off into the sunset or horseback riding along the coastline after you've said your "I do's". Some of the greatest beaches to get hitched at are Tamarindo Beach, Mal Pais and Langosta. These pristine locations are popular options for people choosing Costa Rica as their wedding destination because they are all semi-secluded and boast unmatched scenery.

For example, Tamarindo has weather that is simply supreme. This area has a shorter rainy season than many other parts of Costa Rica, opening up the availability window for the bride and groom to pick the ideal date. Here you can also choose from a variety of accommodation styles. For instance, there are boutique hotels, villas, condos and beachfront resorts to pick from.

Wedding celebration at Arenal Volcano Inn, La Fortuna
Wedding celebration at Arenal Volcano Inn, La Fortuna

Tropical Wedding

Have you ever dreamed of tying the knot on a mountainside or with a massive volcano in the background? The Arenal area in La Fortuna may be just the place for you! Since this region attracts many visitors, there are plenty of accommodations where you can say your vows. You can take a dip in the hot springs or visit cascading waterfalls in this region pre- or post-nuptials there's no better way to relax and enjoy your new life together.

Monteverde Cloud Forest is another popular place to tie the knot because the lush, green forest and biodiversity is unlike anywhere else in the country! Imagine your wedding bells being the chirps and calls of native birds and monkeys! This is great place for adventurers because there are hundreds of eco-tours and exciting attractions just minutes away.

Beautiful wedding cake offered by Arenal Volcano Inn
Beautiful wedding cake offered by Arenal Volcano Inn

Church wedding

Since many local Ticos are Roman Catholic, you typically will not have an issue arranging for a traditional church wedding. Boasting a bevy of ancient architecture, Costa Rica is a wonderful place to get married in a church for history buffs. Many of the churches here are in very remote areas, which is super romantic and serene. There is something truly unique about the churches in Costa Rica, so you can check around a bit and find the one that you've fallen most in love with and that won't be problem.

Marriage Legalities

When you're getting hitched in another country, there are some legalities that you'll want to keep in mind. U.S. citizens are able to get married here, according to Costa Rican law, and a lawyer can perform the proper legal ceremony so that you and your new spouse are official. You'll have to head over to the Embassy's Consular Section with your valid passport and a copy of your birth certificate, which is in San Jose.

Honeymooner Suite complete with a flower heart
Honeymooner Suite complete with a flower heart

Why Costa Rica?

Sure, I'm just a frog, but I've learned a lot about weddings throughout my travels, and I must say they are quite expensive!! Traveling out to Costa Rica may put a dent in your wedding budget, but you really won't have to worry about paying for decorations. Think about it: with the mountains or the ocean as your backdrop, and floral arrangements surrounding your ceremony in nature, who needs any other d'cor to brighten up the gathering?

Getting married in Costa Rica also gives you, your new spouse and your entire family and friends the opportunity to go on vacation for a few days! Why not plan your wedding and honeymoon in one package? Whether you love lying beach side or enjoy hiking and adventure, you'll be able to find something to suit your fancy in Costa Rica.

Consider the Weather

All areas of Costa Rica have different rainy seasons, so make sure that you consider this when booking a date. The typical rainy season is from May to November, but this is also dependent on the hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

Have you planning a wedding in Costa Rica in the past, or are looking forward to getting hitched here? Share your experiences and tips with everyone else!