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
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
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.
There are more uncovered areas of Santa Clara than covered, but in the dry season, this location is a dream!
Ruins of Capuchinas
The entrance into the temple has two towering wooden doors, making for an epic entrance into a ceremony or onto the dancefloor.
Ruins of San Jose El Viejo
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.
Ruins of La Recoleccion
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.
Jardin Real De Santiago
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.
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.
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.
Best wedding Venues in Antigua Guatemala
Ruins of Santa Teresa
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.
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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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.
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.)
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
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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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