After we received so much positive feedback for our first article about The Best 15 Wedding Venues on Lake Atitlan, we created now this list of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala. Antigua is such a beautiful and unique place to get married. With colorful colonial streets and looming volcano peaks in the distance, it’s no wonder that this is an up-and-coming location for destination weddings.
So, for all you brides out there who haven’t decided on a venue yet, this is the ultimate resource to help you find the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
~ First Things First ~
Our biggest piece of advice for getting married in Antigua is to hire a wedding planner — this goes especially for brides who are planning a wedding from abroad. Having someone who knows the ins and outs of booking certain venues, what their policies are, and if they work inside of your budget will save you a lot of time and headaches in the long run. If you need recommendations for wedding planners, you can shoot us an email and we will send you a list of the best ones in the country.
When deciding on a wedding venue, be sure to consider the size of your wedding, style of wedding, and what time of the year you’re planning on getting married in Antigua. Keep in mind rainy season usually starts around May and goes until October, with sometimes a break in between in July or August, and dry season is usually from November until April. There are as many ways to get married as there are couples who wish to marry. So, take this information and create a beautiful event that works for your needs and turn it into the best wedding of your dreams!
All the photos on this post were taken by us. We have shot weddings in all the venues here, so if you want to see more photos of a particular place and you don’t see a link to a published wedding on our website, you can send us an email and we will send you a full gallery of a wedding there.
We have divided this list on Ruins and Hotels. Without further ado, below you can find our list of best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala, starting off with ruins.
Best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala ~ Ruins
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The first part of our two-part venue recommendations begins with the gorgeous church ruins that are spotted all over Antigua. The following places are some of our favorite locations where we have photographed weddings. They are essentially a blank slate for design and decoration and these stunning venues will surely blow your guests away.
Ruins of Santa Clara
(Click here to see a wedding we photographed in Santa Clara)
The Convent of Santa Clara is perhaps one of the most dynamic and stunning locations for a wedding in Antigua. The convent has a wide variety of spaces that function for separate parts of the wedding day. You could literally host your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and a separate dance-floor all in different spaces within this complex. The possibilities here are endless.
The entirety of Santa Clara includes a beautiful garden with a fountain, a few arched walkways along the sides, a beautiful, temple with an open ceiling and altar, all of which could be used for various special moments throughout the day.
Also, just outside the ruins is the Pila Pública or Tanque de la Unión, an infamous yellow washing station where we have photographed many couples who are getting married inside of Santa Clara. This building is a wonder for photos, since it provides a myriad of angles for amazing pictures.
These ruins are great for big and small weddings, but it might be a good idea to use some of the smaller areas for more intimate moments, like the ceremony. Another thing to keep in mind about Santa Clara is that most of the spaces are not covered, so you might be taking a risk if your wedding is planned during the rainy season, especially if you are planning on having the reception in the garden or open-ceiling temple.
There are more uncovered areas of Santa Clara than covered, but in the dry season, this location is a dream!
Ruins of Capuchinas
(Click here to see a wedding we photographed in Capuchinas)
Capuchinas would be great for a large or small wedding. And if you’re looking to get married during the rainy season, the two-level courtyard provides a great shelter from the rain, as well as a stunning setting for dinner tables or a candlelit walkway. You and your guests also have access to the second level of the courtyard, which means more quintessential Antiguan backdrops and space for photo opportunities.
Ruins of San Jose El Viejo
(Click here to see a wedding we photographed in San Jose el Viejo)
San Jose is a hidden gem in Antigua. It is not open to the public, so very few people ever get to see beyond the beautiful facade and large wooden doorway. Inside San Jose is a stunning high-ceiling temple which looks like it came from an ancient history textbook.
The walls of the temple are already equipped with candle fixtures and the small garden in front is perfect for a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception. All of San Jose El Viejo is covered apart from the courtyard outside, so it’s a nice cozy venue even in the rainy season.
The space is perfect for a ceremony and reception for a modest-sized wedding (between 50-150 people). If you’re looking to host a larger event, there is the option of having the ceremony take place at San Jose, then moving the party to Porta Hotel, which is just across the street.
One of our favorite things about San Jose is the afternoon light, in the afternoon and just before sunset, when the sun shines in through a couple of windows towards the back of the temple creating a beautifully lit, picture-perfect scene for any wedding ceremony. Hands down, one of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
Ruins of La Recoleccion
(Click here to see an engagement session we photographed at La Recoleccion)
We have to admit that we’ve never actually shot a wedding at La Recoleccion
and we have no idea why. Hidden away behind the Antigua market, these ruins look like a lost world among the greenery of the mountains behind it.
At the entrance is a long pathway that leads to what was once a church, similarly constructed in the 18th century. The church existed intact for less than a decade before an earthquake destroyed it and it was left to ruin.
This ruin, however, is one of our favorite places to photograph because of the rocky landscape that exists where a church once stood, creating a backdrop unlike any of the other ruins in Antigua. Giant pieces of the structure lay strewn around a courtyard that looks like it came from an Indiana Jones movie. At the front of the church is a reconstructed archway and staircase—a famously gorgeous frame for a photograph.
The entire compound of La Recoleccion is massive and while there is no covered area within La Recoleccion, many of its courtyards and gardens could be used as a space for a canopy or tent for a large wedding reception. And with so much space, La Recoleccion is ideal for an “all-in-one” location as well, which makes it one of the best venues to get married in Antigua Guatemala.
Jardin Real De Santiago
(Click here to see a wedding we shot at Jardín Real de Santiago, with preparations at Pensativo)
While the layout of Jardin Real De Santiago isn’t as large as some of the other ruins in Antigua, its location is right in the city center of Antigua. Its modest size would make for a wonderful wedding venue.
Jardin Real is also uncovered, but is right next to Ezenario Historico, which can be rented in conjunction with the ruin as an indoor area for refuge during the rainy season.
The jardin (or garden in English) has high, rustic walls along the sides of the garden adorned with bougainvilleas and other flora.
Its enclosed space makes for a more private event while also being close to many hotels and famous photo opportunities around Antigua. For example, Jardin Real de Santiago is located within a few blocks of La Merced, Antigua’s famous yellow church as well as the Arch of Santa Catalina, Antigua’s most famous attraction.
Ruins of La Merced
This is one of the more famous locations in Antigua, because of the church’s bright yellow façade that is emblematic of Antigua’s color. La Merced itself consists of a cathedral and ruins, both of which can be rented separately or together. The limitation with the church however, is that they only allow ceremonies there for Catholic couples. You can certainly rent the ruins separately from the church if you’re looking for just a beautiful rustic place for your special day.
The ruins at La Merced boast the biggest fountain in Antigua right smack in the middle of the ruins, surrounded by arched pathways on all four sides of the fountain’s courtyard.
La Merced has also a stunning second level, from which you have an almost 360 degree view of Antigua. From this second level you also have a view of the three volcanoes seen from Antigua, a rare sight for most of the ruins.
Ezenario is a fairly new location, almost hidden in the center of Antigua, right next to the ruins of Jardin Real de Santiago. The structure was originally built in the 1500’s, but was then restored and converted into a rustic, colorful event space. This venue is great for modest to small sized weddings and contains four different spaces that are available for use.
The entrance is a grand, tall wooden door that welcomes you into the first hall, which is tinted a celestial blue in the traditional sponge painting style that is often found in Antigua. Then follows two larger, covered spaces that would function perfectly as the reception hall and dance floor. Both have pieces of the original construction on display, complimented by the wooden ceiling & large windows, which provide wonderful natural light during the day.
Ezenario also has a terrace with great views of the rooftops of Antigua as well as a view of Volcan Agua, as it quietly watches over Antigua. Finally, there is an open-aired patio with a lovely fountain that is emblematic of a typical Antiguan home, with hallways on the sides and no ceiling, perfect for a cocktail hour or ceremony locale.
Best wedding Venues in Antigua Guatemala
Ruins of Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is a beautiful courtyard that would be perfect for a modest-sized wedding in Antigua. The courtyard has a lovely fountain right in the middle with those famous arched passageways along all four sides of the courtyard. The rustic look of Santa Teresa is beautiful and can be accompanied with a variety of décor and designs.
This ruin is also within walking distance to many famous attractions in Antigua, such as La Merced, the arch and Calle Santa Rosa, a beautiful cobblestone street lined with trees and colorful walls that is great for taking pictures.
Best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala ~ Hotels
The second half of our list of best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala includes hotels and rentals. All of these locations provide some accommodation as well as the convenience of a kitchen or restaurant on-site. However, you might want to check with the venue itself regarding catering for your wedding, especially if you are looking for something larger or outside of the hotel’s kitchen capacity.
Most of these hotels also have options for indoor and outdoor spaces, which means you’ll have less to worry about if you’re getting married during or around the rainy season.
(Hagan click aquí para ver una boda que fotografiamos en Pensativo)
Built out of the previous home of a Guatemalan military general, Pensativo House Hotel is a quiet yet luxurious place to get married in Antigua. With gorgeous white architecture inspired from the ruins around Antigua, Pensativo House is an elegant location where you can host a ceremony, cocktail hour, reception & even the after party all in the same location.
With plenty of spaces to choose from, Pensativo would be great for small and medium-sized weddings (maximum 250 people.) There are also a number incredibly well-lit rooms which are lavishly designed, great for getting ready and pre-wedding photographs.
The courtyards are some of the most beautiful spaces for cocktail hours and receptions that we have seen, with heavy greenery and clean architecture on all sides for a perfectly glamorous event. Pensativo House Hotel also has a large terrace with views facing directly towards Agua volcano, amazing for open-air ceremonies. All in all, Pensativo is surely one of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
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(Haga click para ver una boda que fotografiamos en Porta)
Within a short walk from Pensativo is Porta Hotels, which also a large fully-equipped hotel and venue in its own right. Porta is across the street from San Jose El Viejo, with a large courtyard facing the ruins. This courtyard gives you the backdrop of ancient ruins, without having to bother renting them. Porta also has a wide variety of rooms and a large event space with a capacity of almost 450 people, making it a great choice for a large wedding.
When it comes to food, Porta is one of the frontrunners for catering in Antigua, so there will not be limits on choices at dinnertime. There is also a full bar, swimming pool, restaurant, onsite parking and much more which will keep your guests occupied on the days around the wedding.
Porta is also a great choice if you’re looking for an all-in-one place for your event, since it has everything that you’ll need onsite. This hotel also has a staff that is solely dedicated to helping out with the planning of weddings and events, which is a great help on the wedding day. However, we still recommend hiring a wedding planner in Antigua for support with travel logistics, décor & small details.
(Click here to see a wedding we photographed at Santo Domingo)
Santo Domingo is perhaps one of the most famous locations to get married in Antigua Guatemala
. We have heard from multiple brides that they had “dreamed of their wedding as a child at Santo Domingo” since it simply is a historic location for a wedding. The hotel grounds include the ruins of a monastery & museum of the same name, as well as many other amenities for your guests and wedding day.
Santo Domingo has a huge range of options for large and small weddings, but we think that it really suits larger weddings better. Ceremonies normally take place in front of the chapel façade, one of the most ornate and beautiful backdrops for a wedding you can imagine. Receptions normally take place in the Convention Center, a large room capable of hosting more than 500 people (probably more, but that’s the biggest we have seen there.) There is another, more open space that is available for smaller events that is also in a different section of the hotel, which has a lovely outdoor courtyard and ample space for seating around 100-200 people (check out Alex & Yasmin’s wedding to see an example of this reception space.)
Cocktail hours are perfect in the outdoor courtyard under the shade of a huge Ceiba tree, which is Guatemala’s national tree. During an afternoon or candlelit evening, this courtyard is a spectacular location for your guests to wait for the reception.
Since Santo Domingo has been a staple in the wedding industry of Antigua for ages, they also have onsite catering, bars and staff to help you plan your big day but as always, we highly recommend an outside planner to help with logistics and communication throughout planning. Best wedding Venues in Antigua Guatemala
Santo Domingo del Cerro
In addition to the huge amount of amenities that Santo Domingo offers, there is also an entirely different venue, at an offsite location on a hill above Antigua. This means that you’ll get the same sort of service, food and comfort of a wedding at Santo Domingo, just with a change of scenery.
While there are no rooms up at El Cerro, there is a large covered reception area that can accommodate a large wedding celebration. The space is surrounded by a curved balcony, from which your guests can enjoy the view or take in a bit of fresh air during the party. Below this structure is where the majority of the ceremonies happen, all with the view of the city below.
There are sprawling gardens that surround El Cerro as well, where you can find statues and sculptures created by renowned Guatemalan artists.When it’s time for the celebration to end, the staff at Santo Domingo (or your planner) can help you coordinate the 10-15 minute transport from the top of the hill back down to the hotel or wherever your guests are staying for the evening.
(Click here to see an engagement session we photographed at Panza Verde)
Since we’ve covered quite a few of the large potential wedding venues so far, we thought it might be good to also cover some of the places that are great for smaller or more intimate weddings in Antigua Guatemala
. Panza Verde has to be one of our favorites. Elopements here are a dream, and with so many nooks and picturesque corners, you’ll never tire of the countless options that are there for photos.
We love the general design and rustic look of Panza Verde, it’s boutique hotel, so you won’t find endless corporate-looking hallways of rooms here, rather beautifully decorated walkways leading to unique rooms, each with their own design and character. The hotel has beauty in every last detail and don’t even get us started on the food (Spoiler alert : it’s AMAZING.)
Panza Verde has a beautiful terrace on the top of the hotel from which you can bask in the views of Agua Volcano all with the accompaniment of terracotta rooftops of the surrounding buildings. Needless to say, we are enchanted by Panza Verde and would recommend it for weddings or simply as a place to get ready, as it’s design is simply unmatched anywhere else.
(Hagan click aquí para ver una boda que fotografiamos en Finca Filadelfia)
This sprawling coffee finca is located a few minutes drive outside of the center of Antigua. Finca Filadelfia is one of the most well-established coffee farms in Guatemala, with tours and excursions for the many travelers that visit every year. There are also a wide-variety of options for wedding ceremony locations, including the terrace used for drying coffee or one of the many green gardens that are within the property.
The rooms that can accommodate you and your guests are spacious and comfortable. Amenities of the hotel include a pool, restaurant and even a small chapel for its guests, all away from the hustle and bustle of Antigua. A wedding at Finca Filadelfia could be large or small, since there are a few location options to choose from. We would definitely suggest making use of one of the garden areas for a wedding, especially for couples getting married in the dry season, and obviously don’t miss out on the amazing organic coffee!
(Click here to see a wedding we photographed at Conceptió)
This is one of the newer locales for weddings in Antigua and while it hasn’t been open for long, it does not disappoint. Located in San Gaspar Vivar, this venue is a short 10-minute drive from Antigua, right next to the small public square of the village.
Within the area of Conceptio is an ample garden with space for an outdoor reception of almost 1000 people, a small pool and house with rooms to get ready and for 12 guests to sleep at the end of the night. There is also a large gallery included in the property that could function as the buffet or bar location, or a small covered dance floor. The gallery has an upper level that could function as an area for cocktails or for guests to observe the wedding happenings from above.
On the property is a small chapel, but there is also the larger cathedral of San Gaspar right next to the venue as well. Your guests could walk from the ceremony to the reception within minutes. The style at Conceptió has more of a modern touch, so this would be an ideal place for a modern or artistic bride.
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San Rafael is another gorgeously designed boutique hotel that couldn’t be closer to the center of Antigua. It is within a one minute walk of the arch, La Merced and Central Park. At San Rafael, the beauty is also in the details. The architecture is a modern take on the typical style of Antigua, with cozy rooms and comfortable spaces that would be great for a small wedding. There is courtyard in the middle of the hotel, as well as a library for guests to enjoy during their stay.
The second level San Rafael is the best part, in our opinion. You can literally see the arch within one block on this open-air terrace that rests right above the courtyard. You’ll have plenty of volcanic views from this rooftop, as well as many photo opportunities for the big day within a minutes walk.
Very few couples even know that San Rafael is available for weddings, mostly since it’s a smaller venue. With the rooftop and gardens included, San Rafael is perfect for a wedding of 100 people or less. As an intimate wedding location for family weddings or elopements, there are few places that could be more beautiful.
We shot one of our very first weddings at Earth Lodge, and have since then dream about getting another chance to shoot there. Earth Lodge is part avocado farm, part hostel, part getaway from the hustle and bustle in Antigua. You take your guests about 20 minutes up into the hills of Antigua, from which you will have one of the most spectacular views of the town and the three volcanoes, all from the tranquility of this low-key hotel.
There are a few open spaces that work as ceremony locations, as well as a fully-equipped restaurant and bar that functions perfectly as a reception hall. Earth Lodge is great for relaxed couples, that want something simple and beautiful. There is a bit of a trek down a hill to arrive to the hotel, so make sure you visit Earth Lodge before you decide to get married there in order to make sure it’s the right place for you.
Maximum guest capacity is 140 people, with a sleep capacity of 40, so small weddings here are a must. You can accommodate your guests in wooden treehouses, glamping tents and cozy cabins, guaranteeing a unique experience for your friends and family. Added plus : avocado on everything!
Towards the entrance into Antigua from Guatemala City is Santa Ines, a cute little town built into the side of the hill. Casa Santa Ines is a beautiful boutique hotel in the town of Santa Ines that is perfect for medium-sized weddings. The hotel has a garden area that would beautiful for a reception. There is also a cobblestone entranceway that function beautifully as a ceremony aisle. Santa Ines’ property also includes an ampitheatre-like staircase, which could be an epic spot for a small wedding. The view here allows all of your guests the perfect view of your ceremony, with the backdrop of Antigua’s green mountains.
Casa Santa Ines maintains the rustic style of Antigua, while all being hidden away in the hills near Antigua. The rooms and shared salons all have a very cozy feel, with comfortable furniture and tasteful décor. If you’re looking for somewhere comfortable where you and your guests can enjoy the quiet of San Ines combined with the beauty of Antigua, this venue is for you!
Please tell us what you think of our list of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala!
~ Leave us a Comment ~
Leave us a comment If you think we missed a venue that belongs on this list or we missed a crucial piece of information about a certain venue. All in all, there really is no bad choice to get married in Antigua, Guatemala. Between the ruins, boutique hotels and ancient churches, there are so many beautiful options for couples. We hope we have helped with this article to choose one of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
Finally, keep in mind that many couples choose to have their ceremony in one location and then the reception somewhere else. This might be the ideal option for some and a logistic nightmare for others. Again, talk to a planner to see which venues work best for your needs! We’ve worked with a fair share of wedding planners in Antigua, so if you want any recommendations, please leave us a comment or send us an email!
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