Melissa and Ramzi, Xcaret, Playa del Carmen Destination Wedding

Xcaret-Wedding-Playa-del-Carmen Weddings at Xcaret are just magical. The venue has so many special little spots and attractions that make it romantic and original. It’s a treat for you and your guests and a photographers dream, which are some of the many reasons why Melissa and Ramzi came all the way from Beirut to exchange vows at this amazing venue!

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There were tons of carefully planned details to pulling off this super celebration and not one went unnoticed! Guests were raving about the beautiful ceremony and reception! Beautiful flowers by Cherry Blossom and personal touches were everywhere!

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La Isla Restaurant at Xcaret made sure everyone was happy and full and DJ Diego had the party going until the early morning!

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Congratulations to the very happy couple! And thank you to Queztal Foto for the wonderful photos!

Patricia and Juan, Indigo Beach, Playa del Carmen Wedding

weddings-in-playa-destination-wedding-medicoFeast your eyes on this perfect destination wedding in Playa del Carmen to fight the Monday winter blues! The flowers are gorgeous, the crown is to die for, the couple is beautiful and the venue is stunning!Photostudioab01 Photostudioab03WIPThe romantic “I Do’s” were held at Nuestra Señora Carmen, right at the start of Playa’s famous 5th Avenue with father Hubert performing the ceremony. Photostudioab08 Photostudioab07The group made their way down to the beach where Indigo Beach Club was ready and waiting to host the gorgeous beachfront dinner and party, complete with Mariachi del Sol with Don Elio. Photostudioab13 Photostudioab15WIP3WIP2WIP4Congrats to the happy couple and thank you to PhotoStudio AB for the fabulous photos. Photostudioab11

Getting Married in Mexico, Legal/Civil Wedding

legal_wedding_mexicoIt’s easy to get lost in all of the exciting aspects of wedding planning. Colors, themes, floral arrangements, the dress, the champagne… the paperwork. Ok, so maybe not that last one, however legal documentation is unavoidable should you wish to be legally recognized as husband and wife, in any country.

You may choose to take care of the paperwork in your home country before or after your ceremony in Mexico, however some of our couples feel strongly about completing the civil union on the day of the wedding. You shouldn’t be concerned about the process here in the Riviera Maya despite what you may have read about it being lengthy or complicated.

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Here is the low down on “making it official” in paradise!

WHAT YOU NEED:

Passports: valid passports for bride and groom (must be valid for more than 6 months from the wedding date).

Tourist Card: given to every foreigner on the flight to Mexico.

Blood Test: to determine blood type, HIV, RH factor and Venereal diseases. By law this must be done in the municipality where you get married within 2 weeks from the wedding date.

Witnesses:  4 witnesses with their passports (min. 6 months of validation) and tourist cards.

That wasn’t so bad was it?! Now here is what you should know about the process.

Travel: the bride, groom and their 4 witnesses must be in Mexico for at least 3 complete business days (Saturdays, Sundays & Public Mexican Holidays are not included) before the wedding, not counting the arrival date or the wedding date, to submit all the required documents.

Marriage License (for USA, Canadian and British Citizens): we will obtain the apostle for the Marriage License and will send it to you by courier. The procedure takes around 2 months. This certificate is legally recognized in your country, the same as you would have received at home.

Ceremony: Mexican Law requires a Justice of the Peace to perform the ceremony. Some may perform in English however traditionally this is done in Spanish.There is a short script and you are welcome to have a friend or family member officiate in your language. Please note that the script can not be edited or altered, however you are free to add personal vows.

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TIMELINE

 3 months before wedding

Photocopies of bride, grooms and witnesses passport emailed to planner

Make sure everybody has valid passports (remember, they need to be valid for at least 6 months past the wedding date)

In case of a divorce on any side, ask your planner if you need to present any document

3 days before wedding

Meet planner and review all documents are in order

Blood tests (it is usually possible to have a nurse come to your hotel or condo to perform the test and it only takes a few minutes to complete the forms and take the sample… you’ll even get a lollipop!)

Complete forms for marriage certificate. Couple and witnesses need to sign the papers.

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Hopefully this helps you in your planning process. Your planner will be able to review everything with you should you have questions or concerns.

HAPPY PLANNING!