If you’ve been on the search for a destination wedding photographer in Tulum, you’re at the right place. Tulum will always be special to me because it was the first place I ever visited in Mexico, one of my favorite countries. The experience I had there was a big reason why I decided to leave the US and become a destination wedding photographer in Tulum. Go beyond the beaches and you’ll find incredible nightlife, a town brimming with Mexican culture, and nature unlike anywhere I’ve been in the United States. For those who want to experience the Mayan coast without the tourism in Cancun, Tulum is the perfect alternative. Whether you’ve just found Tulum on Instagram or have already booked a wedding venue, here’s a quick guide for having a wedding in Tulum straight from a Mexico wedding photographer.
Why You Should Get Married in Tulum
I’ve never been shy about why I advocate for more couples to choose Tulum for their wedding. Tulum is located in the perfect spot on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, full of gorgeous beaches and lush jungle. Having it be 2 hours from the main airport helps it maintain the perfect balance of tourism, meaning nothing is spoiled by too many crowds. It helps that, for such a luxurious destination, you’ll likely spend half of what you would for a similar environment back home. To top it off, Tulum makes the perfect honeymoon destination, so you don’t need to go far after the ceremony to find a great place to spend your first few weeks as a married couple. If you’re on the fence about Tulum but still haven’t been convinced, check out 5 reasons to have a Tulum wedding.
Hiring a Tulum Wedding Photographer – Local or Foreign?
For those having a destination wedding, the same question always arises when it comes to hiring a destination wedding photographer – should I hire from the country I’m getting married in or bring one from my home country? In my experience, there’s pros and cons to both but I’ve noticed that in the case of Tulum, there’s an option of the two that stands out as the best. I’ll explain some of the pros and cons and allow you to come to your own conclusion about hiring a wedding photographer in Tulum!
Local Tulum Wedding Photographer
Hiring a local Tulum wedding photographer comes with a lot of upfront advantages. I do want to clarify that when I say local, I’m referring to a wedding photographer in Mexico. Tulum is a considerably small town so trying to find someone there would be quite the challenge. In any case, a local Mexican photographer will have the immediate advantage of knowing the language. Additionally, many photographers living in Mexico have already been to Tulum which provides hugely important knowledge of the location. Knowing how bad the traffic gets in certain areas, for example, can be a small but massively useful piece of information that only a local Mexican might be privy to. Hiring local also helps your budget because it means no travel fees to add to an already overly expensive occasion. After planning my own wedding, I’m certainly conscious of ways to help couples save in whatever ways they can. The only drawback I can imagine would be finding a wedding photographer in Tulum that may not be listed on any US wedding directories. Luckily, with Google and Instagram, couples now have much more direct access to the portfolios of photographers who may not have been accessible before.
Foreign Tulum Wedding Photographer
I definitely understand the temptation to want to hire a foreign Tulum wedding photographer. Bringing someone with you from your home country seems easier at first, and as a destination wedding photographer, I’m no stranger to being brought in to other countries from both Mexico and the United States. The drawbacks tend to presents themselves only in terms of added cost and the confidence of knowing the photographer is well-traveled enough to get around a small Mexican beach town. Tulum isn’t necessarily easy to get to, I’m not sure I would feel comfortable shooting a wedding there if I hadn’t already been several times. Living in Mexico has certainly prepared me for calling and communicating with cabs, asking questions about where to get the best photos, and general tips from locals. I can only imagine a handful of destination wedding photographers in the US who would be equipped to deal with the same. For this reason, I do suggest hiring someone in Mexico. I think anyone who has a specific photographer in mind shouldn’t hesitate to bring them in from wherever they’re from, just make sure they’re seasoned enough to do a great job without a hitch!
Where To Get Married in Tulum
My time as a destination wedding photographer in Tulum has taught me that there’s no bad place for a wedding in this Yucatan city. Whether you’re getting married in close proximity to one of the many Mayan ruins that are still accessible or one of the gorgeous beaches that litter the coastline, you’re bound to end up with an incredible ceremony. As a wedding photographer with 10 years of experience, I can say that a recipe for great wedding photos is a beautiful backdrop, and Tulum has a multitude of options for that. If you’re looking for luxury resorts or bohemian-chic hotels, Tulum has both with superb options in between to fit the tastes of almost any couple. I’d also advocate for a stripped back beach elopement or for anyone looking for a more intimate ceremony surrounded by nothing but the sand and the sound of the waves.
Best Time For A Destination Wedding in Tulum
For those looking at beach towns in Mexico to tie the knot, this ancient Mayan city has year-round good weather, perfect for a destination wedding photographer in Tulum. Tulum is just as close to the equator as many of the Caribbean islands meaning its tropical climate is suited for a sunny destination wedding almost every day of the year. May’s temperature averages 82 degrees so it never gets too hot to avoid completely, even on its hottest month of the year. Tulum’s coldest month, January averages 71 degrees, so there’s never a time prohibited by cold winters either. For this reason, I’d recommend any season for a Tulum destination wedding with slight caution for a July or August wedding. The summer is usually the rainiest time of year but I know some couples envision dancing in the rain at their wedding so to each their own! For more help on when to get married in Tulum, make sure to check out advice for a Tulum destination wedding.
What to Look For in a Tulum Wedding Photographer
My work as a destination wedding photographer has taken me all over the world. In my travels to so many different countries, I’ve come to realize that every destination has a few variables that need a certain skillset not every photographer has. Tulum is definitely one of those places that not every destination wedding photographer could necessarily shoot without experience in a handful of important areas. Here are 2 important factors you should be on the lookout for when hiring a wedding photographer in Tulum!
Experience With Beach Weddings
This may seem like a small component to look for when hiring a wedding photographer but for Tulum it’s huge! Having experience with beach weddings should absolutely be something you consider when looking for a wedding photographer in Tulum. Beach weddings are more unpredictable than people think, especially in a tropical environment like Tulum. The very nature of having a beach wedding includes a few factors not present anywhere else – has the photographer you’re considering ever had to deal with the powerful ocean breeze blowing a bride’s hair all over the place? What about when the tide is so high that the couple starts to stress out about their shoes and clothes? Plus, Tulum is only getting more and more popular, so what about getting around all the people during the bridal portraits? An inexperienced photographer might hit a wall with these obstacles but the right Tulum wedding photographer will have dealt with them before and have a solution ready for when they strike.
Ability to Improvise
In a tropical environment, being able to improvise is one of the most underrated factors brides tend to overlook when hiring a destination wedding photographer. Having grown up in Miami, I understand and am used to how fickle tropical weather is. It’s not rare for a blue-skied sunny day to turn into a near-tropical storm within an hour. Being flexible and still being able to get the right shots, no matter what unpredictable tropical weather may roll through is something I would recommend asking about when speaking to potential wedding photographers. In the case of Tulum, the weather isn’t the only factor that might throw off a less-seasoned photographer. I know from first-hand experience that leaving valuables in the car isn’t the best idea, especially camera gear. Someone coming from a different country or city may not have the same awareness, unless they’ve been already been in Tulum, or are a local Mexico wedding photographer like I am. In short, make sure to ask these tough questions to find out of the wedding photographer you have in mind is up to the task!
Destination Wedding Photographer in Tulum – Final Thoughts
Once you swim in a crystal clear cenote, the magic of Tulum starts to set in. It continues after some time with a drink in hand on a beach and as the beautiful Mayan sun sets on the coast. The bohemian energy of the town and the friendliness of the locals is infectious, completing a feeling of truly getting away from the rest of the world. As a destination wedding photographer in Tulum, I can’t help but support couples who are looking at Tulum as a potential location for their special day. At the end of the day, no matter when or where you choose, Mexico is always a good idea for a wedding. I love to be a resource for anybody planning out their wedding, so make sure to fill out a form submission or give me a call at 786-270-8527 for anything related to your Tulum destination wedding photography needs!