Meaghan & ernesto
August 28th, 2021 - oaxaca, mexico
JOIN MEAGHAN & ERNESTO ON THE 28TH OF AUGUST TO CELEBRATE THEIR marriage.
Templo de Santo Domingo
Calle de Macedonio Alcalá s/n,
Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez
Reception to follow ceremony. Shuttles will be provided to and from the venue.
The reception will be held entirely outdoors.
Casa Don Luis Jardìn Boutique
1201 Camino Real
San Agustín de las Juntas
Where To Stay?
There are many small hotels, as well as Airbnb options, in Oaxaca. Below are a few suggested hotels. If a contact email is listed, a special rate has been arranged for wedding guests. Email the specified contact and mention “Boda Ernesto y Meaghan” to reserve a room at the wedding rate. Downtown Oaxaca is pretty compact so most accommodations should be a walkable distance to downtown. Templo Santo Domingo, where the religious ceremony will take place, is a good landmark to use if googling the distance from your hotel/airbnb to downtown.
Quinta Real Oaxaca
5 de Mayo 300, Ruta Independencia,
Contact: Lic. Melinda Javier Castillo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gran Fiesta Americana Oaxaca
Jose Maria Pino Suarez No 702, Col
Contact: Lic. Arantxa Licea Gómez, email@example.com
Hotel Casa Vertiz
Reforma 404, Col Centro, Oaxaca
Contact: Lic. Edgar Cortés, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel Casa de Sierra Azul
Hidalgo 1002, Centro Histórico, Oaxaca
Contact: Lic.Ángel Ramirez, email@example.com
Food & Drink
Here are some recommendations for
places to eat and drink in Oaxaca.
Tel. (951) 351 3648
Tel. (951) 514 0132
Levadura de olla(all meals)
Tel. (951) 108 3250
Restaurante Catedral(all meals)
Tel. (951) 516 3288
Ernesto’s family’s restaurant.
Specialties include the Plato Oaxaqueño,
the Tamales de Elote, Molotes and
the Lechon (suckling pig).
Tel. (951) 516 2265
Food from the Isthmus of Oaxaca,
where Ernesto’s mother grew up.
Las Quince letras(all meals)
Tel. (951) 514 3769
El Sol y La Luna Restaurante(dinner)
Tel. (951) 514 8069
Pizza and empanadas with a Oaxacan twist
Sabina Sabe(lunch & dinner)
Tel. (951) 514 3494
Restaurante Los Danzantes
(lunch & dinner)
Tel. (951) 501 1187
Restaurante Pitiona(lunch & dinner)
Tel. (951) 514 0690
Casa Oaxaca(lunch & dinner)
Tel. (951) 516 8889
Outdoor terrace with a view of Santo Domingo
Restaurante el Criollo(lunch & dinner)
Tel. (951) 320 0709
Enrique Olvera, the chef behind Cosme
in NYC. This is a tasting menu only
and reservations are required.
Reservations are recommended for dinner.
You can book online for some restaurants but for
bigger parties, you will have to contact the reservation directly
(either calling or stopping by in person – the hotel staff
should be able to help, if needed).
For more ideas, check out this recent article:
Great cocktails and mezcal selection.
Selva Oaxaca Cocktail Bar
Terraza los Amantes
Located on the rooftop of Hotel Lost Amantes. Food served as well but best for drinks.
More spacious mezcal bar.
Offers prix fixe tasting, by reservation.
La Casa de Mezcal
Classic cantina, visit during the day.
Things to Do
No trip to Oaxaca is complete without spending some time sitting in one of the outdoor cafes around the Oaxaca city main square (the "Zocalo").
This is a great place to enjoy a chela (beer) with complimentary spicy peanuts.
Santo Domingo Church
The ceremony will be held in this church. Its interior features 17th Century baroque decoration with intricate gilded wood and plasterwork.
The ethnobotanical garden is a project which was instigated by Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo, and the focus is not just on the plants,
but their cultural significance. It is located behind the church and former convent in the space once occupied by the former convent’s orchard and garden.
The 2-hour guided tour is very interesting and highly recommended for anyone interested in plants, natural history, and culture.
As of now, tours in English are on Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am, cost 100 pesos. Capacity is limited and you cannot make reservations ahead
of time so arrive early. Entrance at the corner of Constitución and Reforma. Website:
Museum of the Cultures of Oaxaca
The museum’s 23 permanent exhibition rooms offer a walk through the history of Oaxaca from pre-Hispanic times through the colonial period
and independence. It is worth a visit just to see the interior of this stunning building. The most impressive display is the room showing the
Treasure of Tomb 7 from Monte Alban. Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Mondays. 80 pesos.
Two small but unique musuems that are worth a visit are:
Museo de la Filatelia
Charming museum featuring stamps & surrealist art, plus a tranquil patio & gift shop.
Monday – Friday: 11 am - 6 pm. Free
Museo Textil de Oaxaca & San Pablo Cultural Center
The museum is set in a lovely, restored colonial mansion in Oaxaca city's historical center on the same grounds as the
San Pablo cultural center. The museum celebrates Oaxaca's rich and varied textile traditions, and hosts occasional temporary exhibits
showcasing textiles from other parts of the world. Currently, reservations are required and you must enter through the
San Pablo Cultural Center at Avenida Independencia No. 903. The gift shop at the exit has beautiful high quality
textile pieces and other items for sale.
Monday – Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm. Free but reservation required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org; 90 pesoshttps://museotextildeoaxaca.org/
Mercado 20 de Noviembre and Mercado Benito Juárez are in the center of town. While quite touristy, there’s also a huge variety on offer.
The Mercado de Artesanías, Huizache and La Casa de las Artesanías are three good craft markets to explore. These complexes are good because you can do all your shopping in one place. Most also have information on where goods have come from and even who made it.
For a real cultural experience, travel about a half hour east of Oaxaca on a Sunday to get to the weekly Tlacolula de Matamoros market. It’s one of the oldest markets in Mesoamerica and one of the largest markets not just in Oaxaca, but this entire region of Mexico.
Monte Albán – located about a half-hour from the city center. The ancient capital of the Zapotecs, Monte Albán is the largest archaeological site in Oaxaca. This is a must-see and is best visited with a guide who can explain its history. It is included in longer day tours, but the hotel can
also help arrange a guided tour just to the site. It’s recommended to visit in the morning, as early as possible. Open 8 am – 6 pm. 80 pesos.
Arbol del Tule - Just outside of Oaxaca city, in the village of Santa Maria del Tule, you can visit the world’s widest tree, which is said
to be over 2,000 years old. Not worth the trip just to see the tree but it is often a stop on a longer tour to nearby Mitla.
Mitla - This ancient site of Mitla acted as the religious center for the Zapotec civilization. If you visit one archeological site, make it
Montel Alban but this is worth a visit as part of a longer tour of the surrounding areas. Open 8 am – 5 pm. 70 pesos.
Teotitlan del Valle – This Zapotec community is renowned for its weavers. Visit a workshop to learn about the process of using natural dyes. There is also a cultural center, open Tuesday- Sunday by donation.
Mezcal – For a more in-depth experience than the tastings offered in the city center, visit a mezcal distillery
to see and learn about the traditional methods of making mezcal.
Please click below to view a PDF with a list of guided tours from a company offering a special rate to wedding guests.
Additionally, the hotel concierge should be able to help arrange guided tours to fit your interests.
My Wedding in Oaxaca
FAQs & Travel Tips
A negative covid test will be required to attend the reception.We appreciate your cooperation in helping to ensure everyone’s safety. Please bring your test results to the reception venue. We will help facilitate the tests. Details will be posted here and shared via email. For those travelling from the United States, this test can be used to board the plane if you are travelling within three days of the wedding.
No test is required to enter Mexico but you will be asked to fill out a health declaration form. Please respect local guidelines; many places will require you to wear a face mask, including the church where the ceremony is taking place. Businesses may require temperature checks and hand sanitizing may also be required upon entry. A negative covid test within three days of travel is required to fly back into the U.S. We will try to arrange for tests to be given at one of the hotels but if that timing does not work for you, we will also provide information on where you can get a test.
Travel to Mexico
All non-Mexican nationals will be required to fill out an immigration form. They should give you a copy on the plane but if they run out of forms, there will be some available in the immigration area in the airport. When filling out the form, remember to put the date first. As in most countries outside the US, dates are written as day-month-year. The immigration officer will tear off the bottom of this form and give it back to you. Be sure to save this bottom portion as you will need it when boarding the plane back to the United States.
Keep the baggage receipt that you receive when checking your bag. When you arrive at the baggage claim in Mexico, attendants may check your receipt as you are leaving the baggage claim area to make sure you are taking your own bags. Attendants often line up suitcases if they have arrived before passengers so don’t be alarmed if the suitcase is not on the carousel.
It’s a good idea to have at least 500 pesos on you when you arrive to Oaxaca for transport/tips. You can get pesos from a bank in the US or withdraw pesos from an ATM at the airport. There are also exchange kiosks at the airport. At current exchange rates, $1 is equal to about 20 pesos.
The airport is about 20 minutes from the city center. You can take a taxi for around 100 – 200 pesos. Your hotel may also offer an airport transfer.
You do not need to tip the taxi driver to/from the airport. It’s considerate to tip the driver 20 pesos if he helps with your bags.
Around 15% gratuity is expected in restaurants. In most cases tip will not be included in the bill but for larger parties,
you can double-check the bill for “propina” or “servicio.” If you are staying at a hotel, it’s customary to leave a tip equivalent to
$1-$5 daily for the chambermaid. Bellboys should be paid around 20 pesos, or $1 per bag. Tip concierge around $2 if they do something for you
(e.g. book a table at a local restaurant); more if they undertake some particular research (e.g. found you a local tour operator).
If you don’t speak Spanish, remember that they will also be acting as translators and you should take this into account with your tip.
For a day-tour, or one that only lasts a few hours, it is appropriate to tip your guide 10 percent to 20 percent of the total cost of the tour.
For a private tour, you should tip 200 pesos per day.
What to Wear
For the wedding ceremony and reception, the dress code is formal. A floor-length gown, a fancy cocktail dress,
or a dressy pantsuit and a dark suit and tie are appropriate.
For the rest of your trip, be sure to pack an umbrella and/or rain jacket as late August is part of the rainy season.
Even though storms are frequent in the summer months, it typically rains in the evening. Temperatures are comfortable during the
day and it gets cooler at night so pack a light jacket or sweater.