Destination wedding in Colombia: Cartagena de Indias

If you do not have Colombian nationality it can be difficult to get married in Colombia, but how about a civil wedding at home and a destination wedding in the magical city of Cartagena de las Indias?

"From the sky they could see, just as God saw them, the ruins of the very old and heroic city of Cartagena de Indias, the most beautiful in the world." - Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

"Your blinding light has forever etched your magic name in me; to gringos you are a travel poster but to me a love come true, I often catch myself calling you, Cartagena, Cartagena." Sándor Kányádi, "Brief Encounter with Cartagena"

Cartagena de las Indias, the pearl of the Caribbean

Cartagena de las Indias, with its exceptionally preserved colonial architecture and a fascinating history, takes visitors on a journey through time, offering an experience matched by only a few other world heritage sites.


Cartagena is also a jubilant and festive city. After visiting the sights or soaking up the sun on the beach or by the pool, dance to Caribbean rhythms, sample delicious dishes in sophisticated restaurants, or enjoy the latest music in fashionable nightspots.

Your destination wedding in Cartagena

Here are two superb hotels to choose from for your destination wedding or honeymoon, both located in restored colonial buildings steeped in history, and a historic theater for a dramatic and unique wedding.

santa-claraThe Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel

Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evoke the splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the walled city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Center in 1984.

Experts in weddings and family celebrations, experience a magical wedding day at the Sofitel Santa Clara.

The Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa

Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa, known as “the most beautiful house in Cartagena”, belonged to the 18th Century Count of Pestagua, a rich and powerful aristocrat who gave his name to this mansion with its impressive colonial architecture.

Distinguished by its exquisite architectural and artistic harmony, today the Casa Pestagua offers luxury hotel services, with the comfort and technology expected by the most demanding hotel standards. Enjoy the privilege of being attended to in the Casa Pestagua and receiving a totally personalized service in an oasis of peace and tranquility, sheltered by its surrounding walls where you will feel like a lord in the Count’s mansion.


Casa Pestagua offers two spaces for your wedding: the spacious colonial hall for up to 80 people and the pool area and patio for groups of up to 250 people.weddings in an exceptional setting, guaranteeing you an unforgettable experience in a historic location with majestic architecture where romanticism and privacy prevails.

teatro-herediaTeatro Heredia

Teatro Heredia (1905 XX) is the main theater of the city campus which was built between the ruins of the Iglesia de la Merced XVII dating from 1625, to commemorate the centenary of the independence of Cartagena in 1911. The theater creates a stunning wedding reception venue. If it’s good enough for the son of a president…


Tomás Uribe, son of the President of Colombia, and model and beauty queen Isabel Cabrales, were married at the Santa Catalina de Alejandría cathedral in Cartagena de Indias and held their wedding reception at Teatro Heredia. Being a truly Caribbean wedding, the groom wore a white linen suit without a tie and many guests wore the traditional guayabera.

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