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YES, I will marry you! Let's do it in Mexico!
Congratulations you are getting married! And you want it to be very special. Well the Riviera Maya is a perfect tropical destination for your romantic event. You really can do almost anything you can dream of here. Weddings can be planned at lavish resorts or an intimate villa. If you prefer a simple ceremony on the beach with a catered reception, that can be arranged as well, or the reception could be at a local restaurant reserved just for you. There are plenty of options. With the advice of a good wedding planner and a little luck, your wedding in Mexico can be the wedding of your dreams.
Since planning a wedding in Mexico can be difficult long distance (especially if you don't speak Spanish) Loco Gringo can recommend two great wedding planners who have plenty of experience planning and coordinating all the professionals and services you will need for your Riviera Maya wedding.DESTINATION WEDDINGS
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- Natalia Schweitzer from Weddings on the Beach (and their email)
- Jennifer Smith from Marry Me Akumal and Turtle Bay Cafe (and their email).
Both of these women have ample experience planning large and small events, including intimate ceremonies and even the renewal of vows events. It is important, however, to let them know a few things, before they get started.
Here are the basic questions
For vow renewals these same questions apply.
- When do you want to get married?
- How many guests will be attending?
- Do you want rehearsal dinners, receptions or other parties in your plans?
- Would you like massages or manicures for the brides maids?
- Do you want live music, a dj, etc.?
- Are you looking for a sit down ceremony or a casual one?
- Are you looking for a religious ceremony or a justice of the peace presiding?
- What is your budget?
The other thing to discuss with your wedding planner is a back up rain plan. It does rain sometimes, so a alternate plan if the weather is unfavorable is always good to have.
Loco Gringo represents many villas that welcome special events and weddings. These villas have policies that include event fees and security deposits for your special event. Many homes do not allow weddings simply because they are not suitable for a large gathering or event. Click here to browse our selection of properties that allow weddings and special events.
And if you are only looking for a wedding cake, Jennifer at Turtle Bay Cafe can help you out with a custom wedding cake!
Boutique Hotel Weddings
Weddings and special events can be held at any number of boutique hotels on the Riviera Maya. Many of these hotels do not have set policies for this but can provide an itemized list of charges and considerations upon request. Your wedding coordinator will be your liason between the hotel management and you. Click here to browse our selection of properties that allow weddings and special events.
All Inclusive Resort Weddings
Many people choose to be married at a resort because the entire wedding party and guests can easily stay be the same location. If you think an all inclusive resort is your best option, consider that resorts sometimes have their own wedding planners and you may be required to work exclusively with them. If that is the case, LocoGringo can get you started and also assist with your room reservations because we work with these resorts all the time.
Email us at email@example.com and we can get started. Click here to browse our selection of properties that allow weddings and special events.
Below are some of the considerations for getting legally married in Mexico.
Civil Ceremony - foreigner marries foreigner
In order to get married in Mexico, you must submit the following documents to your Wedding Coordinator at least 3 full working days prior to your wedding date.
- Valid passports (cannot use expired passport).
- Apostilled Birth Certificates Only necessary if you wish your parent's names on your marriage certificate.
- Tourist Visas - present the document provided by customs upon your entry into Mexico.
- Four Witnesses. The names, ages, addresses, nationalities, occupations, and valid passports for the four witnesses. The witnesses must also provide a copy of their tourist cards and passports. Witnesses can be Mexican nationals, which we can provide, if necessary.
- Blood tests - Blood type, RH factor, Venereal Disease and HIV test. This blood test must be done in Mexico at any local clinical laboratory. Results available in 12- 24 hours.
- Doctor's Certification of the blood test. You must have a certificate from a local doctor that certifies the lab results. Some clinical laboratories provide the services of a doctor for a packaged cost, which normally is more economical.
- Marriage License and Ceremony Applying for your marriage license can be done in most municipalities, you can reserve the Justice of the Peace months in advance and this reservation is confirmed one week prior to your wedding date.
- Arrival Date At least four business days before the ceremony. The couple and four witnesses need to go to the municipal office to sign the license application at least four business days (including the day of the ceremony) if it falls on a business day (does not include Mexican holidays or Sundays when you count your days). When you apply for the license and pay your fee, you must also submit the blood tests results, doctor's certificate, copies of your passports, tourist's visas and show your original passports.
Civil Ceremony - Mexican marries foreigner
In order to get married in Mexico, you must submit the following documents to the Wedding Coordinator at least 3 full working days prior to your wedding date:
- Original and copy of the Mexican's birth certificate.
- Original and copy of an official photo ID of the Mexican person.
- Passport for the foreigner
- Copy and original of an Immigration permit to marry a Mexican.
- Original of a blood test (blood type, RH factor, venereal disease, HIV), to be performed here in Cancun within 15 days of the wedding date.
- Doctor's Certificate of Health
- If the foreigner is living in Mexico, their FM2, FM3 or FMT must be presented also.
*Please note- Couples who have a wedding performed by a priest or minister in Mexico do not receive a Mexican marriage license unless they also have a registered civil marriage with a Mexican Justice of the Peace. All fees quoted are estimates and subject to change.
Civil Ceremony - Mexican marries Mexican
In order to get married in Mexico you must submit the following documents to the Wedding Coordinator at least 3 full working days prior to your wedding date.
- Original y copia del acta de nacimiento de los contrayentes.
- Original del certificado medico prenupcial con pruebas del VDRL, VIH, y RH (máximo 15 días antes de la boda).
- Copias de identificación con fotografía de los contrayentes (pueden ser: credencial de elector, cartilla militar o pasaporte).
- Si alguno de los contrayentes es viudo o divorciado copia del documento.
- Si alguno es menor de edad, copia de identificación de los padres y estos deberán presentarse el día de la boda como testigos y/o dispensa matrimonial expedida por el secretario del H. Ayuntamiento de Solidaridad o de Ayuntamiento de Municipal de la boda.
- Copia de la identificación con fotografía de dos testigos por contrayente.