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Old 03-08-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Marriage in PDC

I will be at the Riu Tequila for the first two weeks of April along with another couple. This afternoon my son told me that he and his fiancee (and five others) were thinking of coming done at about the same time and getting married in Mexico. Sounds great to me ....but what about legalities, ie paperwork for the marriage?? What does one have to do ?? I have heard that it might take quite some time to set things up in a resort. What about an informal ceremony on the beach in Playa......and another option is the legal ceremony at home here in Canada before they go down and the wedding gown ceremony on the beach in Playa (by a local minister but the paperwork would not be necessary as it would only be a reconfirmation of the wedding vows)

Now we need accomadation for 7 people ( 3 double and one single) somewhere in the area. It would be great if it could be at one of the Rius but they appear to be booked. (Any travel agents around????)

Any thoughts or suggestions would be great.

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Below is Mexico wedding document requirements that you may find useful.

Civil Weddings:

Marriage license is issued within jurisdiction where wedding will take place, following the ceremony. Cost is approximately $500 USD. Fee is paid directly to the Justice of the Peace (JP) at the JP's office when applying for marriage license. Bride and groom and 4 witnesses must go to JP's office to sign marriage license application at least 4 business days before ceremony. To apply for marriage license, bride and groom and 4 witnesses must provide the documents outlined below.

Bride & Groom Requirements:
General Requirements:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older. Persons under 18 years of age can't get married without consent of a parent or guardian. With parental consent, males must be at least 16 years of age and women 14 years of age.
  • Must arrive at least 4 working days before wedding ceremony to submit all documents. Ceremony cannot proceed unless all documents are in order.
Documentation Requirements:
  • Home address and occupations.
  • Valid passports (passports are not required for US citizens to enter Mexico, however, they are mandatory for weddings).
  • Tourist ID (visa) provided by customs upon arrival at Cancun International Airport.
  • Europeans must have a visa.
  • If either bride or groom are Mexican, additional documents are required as follows:
    • Original and copy of Mexican's birth certificate.
    • Original and copy of official photo ID of Mexican person.
    • Copy and original of Immigration permit to marry a Mexican.
    • If foreigner is living in México, their FM2, FM3 or FMT must be presented.
  • If applicable:
    • Original or certified copy of former spouse’s death translated and certified with Apostille seal by the Office of External Affairs at the Mexican Consulate in your Country.
    • Original divorce decree translated and certified with Apostille seal by the Office of External Affairs at the Mexican Consulate in your Country.
    • Legal documentation of adoption or name change translated and certified with Apostille seal by the Office of External Affairs at the Mexican Consulate in your Country.
Medical Requirements:
  • Blood test (to determine blood type, RH factor, HIV, VD) must be submitted with all documents in Spanish. Laboratory report must be very detailed (including date of birth) and results clearly legible. Tests must be done within 2 weeks prior to wedding date. Tests must be taken in Mexico. Test can be done at any local clinic and results are typically ready in 24 hours. Cost is approximately $40 per person.
  • Doctor's certification of blood test. Must have certificate from local doctor that certifies lab results. Cost is approximately $60 USD per certificate.
Witnesses Requirements:
  • 4 witnesses are required for wedding ceremony.
  • Must arrive 4 business days prior to ceremony if traveling from abroad.
  • Name, age, nationality, home address, and occupation.
  • Tourist ID (visa) provided by customs upon arrival at Cancun International Airport.
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For additional wedding info... do a search on the forum using the words "wedding", "marriage", "married"... and you'll find lots more info.

Shammy the moderator over on the All Inclusive/Big Resorts Forum is a travel agent who handles the Riu properties and other AI resorts --- click here to see her user profile.

If you're interested in smaller boutique style hotels then I'd recommend contacting the hotels listed in the "trip planning" section (see tab at top of page). The contact form allows you to contact all the hotels at one time by submitting one form. This same section also provides info on renting apartments, condos or villas and a contact form.
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Thanks for the info. Just talked to my son and he has already booked rooms. Sounds like they will get married before they leave and have a formal display wedding on the beach. They won't have to get involved with the Mexican legalities that way. will only have to find a minister.
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Marriage license is issued within jurisdiction where wedding will take place, following the ceremony. Cost is approximately $500 USD. Fee is paid directly to the Justice of the Peace (JP) at the JP's office when applying for marriage license.
¡Ay caramba! $500 USD? That's a pretty good gig. I'm a Justice of the Peace and our JP fees lag those in Mexico by quite a bit. I guess having PDC as a backdrop (or the lack of anti-trust laws) makes all the difference.
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