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This is a quick list of rules for external photographers photographing weddings in the Mayan Riviera and Cancun. Resorts often change there rules so please, confirm with the resort and DO NOT solely rely on this information.

I suggest getting confirmation from your wedding coordinator via email, printing this off and bringing it with you.

And remember, resorts want you to get married in Mexico. So the vast majority of resorts are very easy to work with as they all want your business. Once you have confirmation, you can relax and not worry! Also when it says $? below, for the vast majority of those resorts, it will be under $100.

Barcelo Maya Resorts
(Barcelo Maya Colonial, Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe, Barcelo Maya Caribe, Barcelo Maya Beach, Barcelo Maya Tropical)
-Require fee paid to their on site photography shop.
Link to Wedding section of Barcelo Maya Resorts: click here

Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda: Day Pass Required $?

Catalonia Resorts
(Catalonia Yucatan,Catalonia Riviera Maya)
-Day Pass Required $?

Ceiba Del Mar: Day Pass Required, No fee.

Dreams Resorts
Dreams Tulum & Dreams Cancun: Day Pass Required $50
Dreams Puerto Aventuras: Require a one night stay.
Dreams Riviera (Porto Morelos): Recently, this resort has changed their vendor policy and is asking for a 30% commission fee. Ask the coordinator.
Link to Wedding section of Dreams Resorts: click here

Excellence Resorts
(Excellence Riviera Maya, Excellence Playa Mujeres)
-Day Pass Required $50

Karisma Resorts:
Azul and El Dorado Resorts:$500USD fee, or minimum 3 nights stay.
Link to Wedding section of Karisma Resorts: click here

Gran Bahia Principe Resorts
(Gran Bahia Principe Akumal, Gran Bahia Principe Tulum, Gran Bahia Principe Coba)
-Do NOT allow outside photographers, but couples have negotiated people in.

Grand Coco Bay: Day Pass Required, No fee.

Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen: Day Pass Required $?

Grand Palladium Resorts:
(Grand Palladium White Sands,Grand Palladium Kantenah, Grand Palladium Colonial, Grand Palladium Riviera Maya, Grand Palladium Royal Suites.)
-Require one night stay.

Princess Resorts:
Grand Riviera Princess, Grand Sunset Princess:
-Day Pass Required $50

Iberostart Resorts:
(Iberostar Paraiso Beach, Iberostar Pariso Lindo)
-Require fee paid to their on site photography shop.

Maroma Resort & Spa: Day Passes Required, No charge.

ME Cancun & Beach Palace: Day Pass Required $?

Moon Palace:
-Do allow outside photographers, check with coordinator.

Occidental Grand Xcaret: Day Passes Required $?

Ocean Turquesa: Day Pass Required $?

Paradise Riviera Maya: Day Pass Required $?

RIU Palace Riviera Maya: Day Pass Required $100

Royal Playa Del Carmen: Day Pass Required $100

Secrets Maroma Beach: Day Pass Required $?
(Another favorite of photographers.)

Sandos Playacar: Day Pass Required $?

Sirenis Resorts
Grand Sirenis Mayan Beach Resort and Spa: Day Pass Required $?

The list above is based off my experience as well as several other wedding photographers in the Mayan Riviera and Cancun. If you have different information, please email me at

Thank you,

Cancun Wedding Photographer