Wedding Ceremony Packages F.A.Q.
NOTE: If your wedding has special requirements, such as contracting outside vendors or services, it is our suggestion that you contract a personal wedding coordinator in addition to the on-site wedding coordinator.
What services does your wedding planner provide? Is there a fee?
There is no fee for the use of our basic wedding coordinator. The specialist will assist you prior to and on your special day.
How many days do we need to arrive prior to the civil ceremony?
Mexico requires that you be in the country at least three full business days prior. Saturdays, Sundays, and Mexican holidays do not count. Your arrival day also does not count toward the business day requirement. (Minister Ceremony requires only one business day prior the ceremony.)
What is the difference between legal (civil), religious and symbolic ceremonies?
Only a civil ceremony is legally recognized. A religious ceremony has no legal bearing and does not replace the binding legal civil marriage. A renewal of vows or religious ceremony is a symbolic ceremony and is performed by a non-denominational minister (please note that Catholic ceremonies cannot be performed outside the church).
Do we need to send any documentation prior to arrival?
Yes. All legal documentation must be sent at least two weeks in advance to verify all information. Also, you must have all originals with you when you arrive at the resort.
What about guests not staying at the resort?
Guests who chose to come only for the event will have to purchase a day pass.
What do you offer in the way of decorations?
The basic wedding ceremony decorations are: huppah with white fabric and white folding chairs or banquet chairs wtih white chair covers. Extra decorations are available at additional cost and are made to the bride’s liking. Please discuss this with your wedding coordinator.
What time of day do most destination weddings occur? Why?
Most guests choose to marry at sunset simply because it is commonly considered the most romantic time of day. However, morning ceremonies are also available and will provide you with special brunch menus and extended free time during the day to pursue other activities.
If we want our wedding on the beach, what is the set-up?
The basic wedding ceremony decorations included in your package are: huppah with white fabric and white folding chairs or banquet chairs wtih white chair covers. If you would like something different, please tell us how you want everything set up and we will arrange it!
How do I get the free wedding that is advertised?
This package is available when you have a group with at least 20 guests, staying a minimum of 3 nights, and all groups make their reservation directly in our website.
Is the civil wedding performed in English or Spanish?
Civil ceremonies are performed in Spanish, however, we can provide you a translator for only $40 or we can send you a copy of the ceremony in English and somebody from your party can perform the ceremony in English together with the Judge of the peace. The ceremony is easy and in paragraphs then will be so easy to handle.
What if I don’t have a witness?
If you do not have witnesses available, they will be provided by the resort at no additional cost.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies vary depending on the size of your group.
Who performs the ceremony at your resort?
A local judge or minister will come to the resort to perform your ceremony
What if we want a ceremony that honors a particular religion. Can someone of that faith be provided?
Yes, and the bride may also bring her own minister should she chose to do so.
On the other hand, what if we want a non-religious ceremony?
Non religious ceremonies are an option as well.
How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony lasts about 20 minutes.
What do you do if I schedule an outside ceremony and reception and it rains?
We can move your ceremony into our ballroom or a suite (terrace or ocean view area).
What time is the sunset and the approximate temperature an hour before?
The sun sets between 5pm and 7pm, depending on the season. The temperature also depends on the season. Once you have an exact date, the wedding coordinator can supply more specific information.
What types of flowers are available locally? Is there a florist onsite?
We do not have a florist on site. However, just about all flowers are available locally. Please feel free to contact the florist directly and they will let you know which flowers are included in your package. If you have exotic or special flowers you’d like to request, the florist will also let you know how much extra it will cost. All special flower requests must be made at least 20 days prior to your wedding.
Can we supply our own music on CD or Ipod?
Yes, however, there will be an additional charge to rent the equipment:
- 1 Hour sound system (Ipod/CD) $150
- Extra hour: $80
Can you email me suggested menus for the reception?
We have several wedding menus. You may request these from the wedding coordinator.
What can you supply in the way of a wedding cake?
Once you arrive at the resort, you will meet with the wedding coordinator to choose your cake. Feel free to send the picture of your favorite wedding cake design, frosting, and filling.
Is there someone who can handle the legal details for us and will guide us through the process?
Yes, the wedding coordinator deals directly with the local officials to coordinate the legalized wedding process.
What are the requirements to get a marriage license in Mexico?
- Valid passport
- Tourist Cards (blue sheets that you receive at the airport)
- Copy birth certificates for Bride & Groom (see below)
- If applicable, final Record of Divorce
- If applicable, Death Certificate
- Health certificate and blood test provided by a Mexican Official*
- Bride & Groom must arrive 3 full business days prior to the ceremony! (Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and day of arrival do not count).
- * Additional costs apply
Are witnesses required?
Yes, four witnesses must arrive 3 full business days prior to the ceremony with passports and tourist cards (blue sheet received at the airport). Witnesses can be provided by the hotel if needed.
Do we need proof of any medical tests?
Yes, a blood test must be taken (see below for more details of blood test).
What diseases does the blood test check for?
Your blood tests must be performed in Mexico and should not be performed more than 14 days prior to the ceremony. The blood will be tested for RPR (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type. The results, together with a certificate of the blood test, will be ready in 24 hours. Upon arrival, your wedding coordinator sets the appointment. The test requires an empty stomach. The doctor will perform the blood test either in your room or in the coordinator’s office.