The Heart of Mexico Is the City for Love
By Jesús Aguado
Love covenants are sealed in San Miguel de Allende. Couples who once came to the city to experience their first romantic date come back to get married and start writing their own new marriage story. Two of the main wedding planners, Guadalupe Álvarez (Penzi) and Martha Rocío López Galván (HQM Gestor de Emociones), agree with that. San Miguel has long been a wedding destination.
The narrow streets, the colorful facades, and the dim lighting of the lanterns during the night, the big haciendas, mansions, and cobbled stone streets make San Miguel an enchanting space, where every couple takes advantage of the time for holding hands while they walk, stopping for a kiss, and taking selfies under a lantern or a tree or beside a door. “Any spot is just perfect for romance,” says Guadalupe Álvarez.
The tranquility of narrow streets where people have the feeling that the clock has stopped is another of the characteristics of this small colonial city that attracts the lovers, where they fall more in love, not just with their partners, but with the mesmerizing beauty of this old town. López Galván says it’s the magic of the architecture of the historic center with its charming facades and venerable religious buildings against the gorgeous sunsets that attract people from across the world to choose to get married here.
Friday and Saturday are the days when five weddings can take place at the same time. However, weddings are held not only on weekends, but also during the week. The smallest wedding parties can be six people, and the largest can include more than one thousand guests.
Many of the weddings are unforgettable. On the streets, Sanmiguelenses have seen wedding parties and onlookers from more than 70 nationalities parading with live music from a mariachi band and the giant puppets (mojigangas). The weddings can be religious, from Christian, to other major religions, to something shamanic with peyote.