Have you ever given thought to having a destination wedding? How about turning that thought into a reality! Making plans to have the perfect wedding in the Mayan Riviera can be a wedding of a lifetime.
Knowing what to expect when planning your destination wedding is crucial and can save you from potential problems. Below we have listed six tips you need to know.
1. Know the Requirements for a Legal Ceremony
When you travel to a different country to get married, there may be a different process than back home.
In Mexico there are two options.
1. Legal Ceremony, also called Civil Ceremony
This ceremony will have to be spoken first in Spanish by an officiant who is also a government representative, then spoken in English.
There are a couple other rules if you plan to get legally married in Mexico.
- You must be in the country for at least three days prior to the wedding.
- The bride and groom to-be are required to have a blood test.
- Your marriage certificate will be in Spanish, which will then need to be translated into English.
- A valid passport.
- Tourist Card (provided when crossing the border)
- Single Status Affidavit from back home.
- Health Certificate.
- Have 4 witnesses picked.
While these may seem like big tasks or maybe just different than what you are used to hearing about back home. Don't worry! It is a simple process that your resort or wedding coordinator can help sort out for you. They do it all the time, and can make it easy and stress free.
2. Symbolic Ceremony
With a symbolic ceremony, everything can look identical to a legal ceremony, only with less hoops to jump through down in Mexico.
You can take care of the entire legal side of your marriage back home in private before even coming down to the Mayan Riviera. The process is different for each region, but look into the process in your home town.
With this method, once you get to Mexico for the wedding, your ceremony can be in English (or your native language), and you don't even need to tell your guests you were "officially" married just before coming down! As far as everyone will know or can tell, you are getting married then and there.