REQUIREMENTS FOR GET MARRIED IN MEXICO
Please be aware that there are different types of wedding ceremonies in Mexico
This is the only ceremony that will be recognized as legal once you return to your home country. This is also referred to as a civil ceremony. It is performed in Spanish and translated to English by one of our professional wedding coordinators.
All Civil marriages that take place in Mexico under Mexican law are completely legal in Mexico. A foreigner marrying in Mexico must legalize their marriage in their country of birth/residence. This is completed by registering your marriage certificate at your local City Hall.
A Civil wedding in Mexico is recognized internationally however, before coming to Mexico, check with your State or Province on how to register your Mexican Wedding. Each State and County has different requirements and it is your responsibility to verify what you need to register your license in your country. Let us know if you will need a translated copy of your marriage license, since your license will be in Spanish. We can have it translated by our certified translator for a charge.
This ceremony is not recognized as legal in Mexico or your home country. This ceremony is performed by a non-denominational minister. This type of ceremony is typically performed for couples already married and wishing to have a wedding ceremony, those thinking of a legal ceremony at a later date, those wishing a symbolic ceremony but not legal or those wishing to renew vows with their loved one.
Some ministers speak English and for those that do not, the service is translated into English by our professional wedding coordinator.
Religious Catholic Ceremony:
This ceremony is available alone or in conjunction with a Civil Ceremony.
Catholic Ceremony requires both Bride and Groom Birth Certificates, Baptism Certificates, Confirmation Certificate and a letter from the Local Priest addressed to the Priest in Mexico allowing them to marry in Mexico, these most be receive by Caribbean Sweet Weddings 3 months prior to the Wedding Date.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR LEGAL CEREMONY
Valid passports. The passports are mandatory for a legal wedding to be performed. Passports must be presented to the onsite wedding coordinator at the time of the consultation.
Tourist Card. These are provided to all persons on the plane prior to arrival into Cancun or Cozumel International Airport. Names on Tourist Card and Passport MUST be the same.
Blood test. Tests are taken at you hotel and results are ready within 24 hours. Fees per person apply (unless stated as an inclusion in your package) and include a health certificate required in order to legal ceremony be performed.
If the groom is divorced no additional documentation is needed. If the bride is divorced (must be for 1 year before remarrying) and her passport is under her maiden name no additional documentation is needed.
If the bride’s passport is under her ex-husbands last name than she must have her birth and divorce certificate translated in to Spanish by an official translator and Apostille Seal. This is required for a legal ceremony to be performed.
The Apostille is necessary when issuing a document from one country to another for legal purposes. For information on how to obtain the Apostille document please contact the Secretary of State Office or visit http://www.state.gov/m/a/auth/c1267.htm
Bride and Groom must arrive to their hotel 3 business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the blood tests and process the necessary documents. Saturday and Sunday are not considered working days. If you arrive on Saturday, you can get married on Thursday as the 3 working days would be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
If a bride or grooms former spouse is deceased then a copy of the death certificate is required. This is required for legal ceremonies only.
SYMBOLIC AND RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES DO NOT REQUIRE THE BRIDE AND GROOM TO SUBMIT A PASSPORT, DEATH CERTIFICATE, COPY OF DIVORCE DECREE, HAVE A BLOOD TEST OR ARRIVE 3 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY.
Religious ceremonies performed by a priest (not a non-denominational minister) Catholic Ceremony requires both Bride and Groom Birth Certificates, Baptism Certificates, Confirmation Certificate and a letter from the Local Priest addressed to the Priest in Mexico allowing them to marry in Mexico, these most be receive by Caribbean Sweet Weddings 3 months prior to the Wedding Date.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR WITNESSES – LEGAL CEREMONY
Legal ceremonies require the bride and groom to have 4 witnesses. It is not required for symbolic/religious ceremonies. If the couple provides their own witnesses the following information is needed:
- A completed Civil Ceremony Form (available through your wedding coordinator) indicating witnesses name, age, nationality, home address and occupation.
- Valid passport or driver’s license.
- Tourist Card.
- Witnesses must arrive to the hotel 3 business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the document process.
- Witnesses must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the ceremony.
- Witnesses can be provided by Caribbean Sweet Weddings if the bride and groom choose with a charge per witness.
CONFIRMATION OF WEDDING DAY AND TIME (LEGAL, SYMBOLIC OR RELIGIOUS WEDDING)
For any type or wedding (LEGAL, SYMBOLIC OR RELIGIOUS) and for RESERVE ANY OF OUR AWESOME PACKAGES, is necessary to confirm day and time, and complete the application “PLAN YOUR EVENT”.
Once received, we will need 48 hours to confirm the date and time with the judge, priest, symbolic minister or shaman. It is best to give several options in case the first choice is not available.
Once you received the date and time options, a $100.00 USD Non Refundable deposit is needed to confirm the date. The deposit must be emailed to our professional wedding coordinator.
Once received, legal, symbolic or religious wedding will be confirmed back to the wedding couple. Please note the following information applies for legal weddings:
The LEGAL WEDDINGS do not be performed on Saturdays and Sundays and the following Mexican holidays:
January 1st, February 5th, Easter weekend, May 1ts and 5th, September 15th and 16th, October 12th, November 1st, 2th and 20th, December 12th, 24th, 25th and 31st.
The LEGAL WEDDING ceremonies are performed in the following schedule:
April through September – Every hour 10am to 8pm
October through March – Every hour 10am to 7pm
Please consider Mexican Holidays when reserving your wedding date as they will not be included in the 3 day requirement.
The Wedding & Package consultations are held at your hotel between Monday to Saturday. The happy couple will attend their wedding consultation the day after their arrival.
Note: The LEGAL WEDDINGS must be booked 30 days in advance. A $300 USD cancellation fee will apply to ANY TYPE OF WEDDINGS & PACKAGES cancelled inside of 30 days.