You can decide between, legal, symbolic or religious ceremonies
This ceremony is personalized and emotive. The Officiant’s speech is based on the love of the couple and what keeps them together, marriage, friendship and the importance of the union are mentioned.
Information needed: full names or bride and groom, parents, children, witnesses, nationality and ages.
Some personal information on how many years you have been together, professions, hobbies you enjoy together, and any information that can help make your ceremony personal and unique. A non legal certificate of your union is handed where you and your witnesses sign and take home to remember this special day. Special guests can be part of the ceremony or even those who were not able to assist that are dear to you. English spoken, no translator needed. No documents required. Approximate duration of ceremony 40 minutes.
THE CEREMONY OF THE ROSE
In this Ceremony the Rose is the center and the symbol of the union.
One way to perform this ceremony is where the bride gives roses to the groom one by one, and vice versa each one has a special and personal meaning to you.
The second option is having the bride and groom receive one rose from each parent or any other relative or friend of your choice, as a symbol of how love, friendship, care, patience, time are basic needs that have to be watered every day. The Bride and groom proceed to give a different color rose to their own parents as a symbol of gratitude for teaching them to be a Woman and a Man of values which they will pass on to their own children. The rest of the guests form a circle of flowers on the sand surrounding the married couple.
The meaning of the rose is equivalent to healing words, it’s saying I love you, I’m sorry, I will always be here for you.
This Ceremony has it’s origins in East European countries such as Poland and Hungary.
The most important feature of this ceremony is the way the rings are presented and the binding of hands tying them with ribbons. The rings must be presented on a special case, river stone, flower cushion, etc. and must be touched by all the guests to receive their blessings and good wishes. Once the bride and groom start saying their vows we start the ribbon ceremony, for each vow each one says a ribbon is placed around their wrists symbolizing that since it’s a spiritual ceremony these bonds cannot be broken. You can choose the colors of the ribbons.
This ceremony (if possible) should take place inside a circle made with flowers as a symbol of the union that has no beginning and no end. For this ceremony we recommend to have two delicate white flower crowns for the bride and groom.
CEREMONY FOR RENEWAL OF VOWS, GOLD AND SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
These ceremonies talk not about the past, but in what lies ahead for the couple, recognizing all the love, the character, the tenderness, the laughter and the mutual respect that has kept them together until this day. The entire family is involved in this ceremony.
It is important that you give us your children’s and grand children’s names, tell us a story about your life together and what do you think has been the experience that has brought you closer as a couple, and exact number of years you have been married or being together. The lecture varies according to the number of years you have been married and according to the type of symbol each year represents (paper, gold, silver, diamond, etc)
Performed by a Christian (Non Denominational) Pastor, with readings from the Bible, He talks about the importance of marriage, children, and what it means to become “one” and being guided by God’s wisdom during your married life. Readings of your own vows (optional). No certificate is handed. No papers needed. Approximate duration 30 to 45 minutes. The ceremonies are performed in Spanish. Translator needed.
The ceremony can only take place inside a Church as the Catholic priests are no longer authorized by the Catholic Church to perform a ceremony elsewhere (on beach, garden etc.). You need to gather all the requirements together back home with your own Parish and have them translated and sealed by your Church: Baptism papers, First Communion papers, Confirmation papers, Pre wedding talks at your church for both and a credential size pictures , one for the bride and one for the groom.
Once this is done you need to ask your Parish priest to write a letter to the Priest in charge of the Tulum Parish in turn, confirming you have gone through all the Church’s requirements and have all the needed papers and that your Parish Priest has authorized your marriage. The Priest in charge in Tulum will then tell you what you need to do next and what papers you need to send him. You need to meet in person with the Parish of Tulum 2 months before your Wedding date. Approximate duration of ceremony 1 hour. Translator needed. You cannot be previously married.
We take care of booking the church for the day you want, flower decoration, music etc. but the Church requests that you do all your paper work yourself without a third person involved as it is a sacrament.
This is the only legal Wedding in Mexico.
Valid original passports and photocopies for bride and groom
Birth certificates of both and photocopy (translation to Spanish by a certified translator and apostilled by an Official Government agency) (The Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the signature of the public official who has signed the original document, must be requested in the Country the document was expedited) You can check this web site for more information (we have only used this address for information purposes).
Your Birth certificates translated and Appstilled are only necessary if you wish to have your parent’s names on your Marriage license.
Prenuptial blood exam for both, (HIV, VDRL, factor RH) Has to be done in Mexico. Valid for 14 days maximum. (It has to specify if there is a chronic or incurable disease that might be contagious or hereditary).
Doctor’s prenuptial medical certificate for both Has to be done in Mexico. Valid for 14 days maximum. For these 2 exams, the lab can come to your hotel and will hand results in 1 hour or less.
* These 2 requirements need to have your official names on it, exactly as it appears on your birth certificates and / or passports.
* All the Apostilled documents become property of the local registrar office.
Four witnesses, 2 for the groom and 2 for the bride, they cannot be your own parents. Witnesses over 18 years old with valid passport. (Original and photocopies)
Divorced or widowed: In the case of a previous divorce, you must present the final divorce certificate. Women & Men must be divorced for at least 300 days before they are permitted to marry again in Mexico. The divorce certificate must be translated into Spanish and authenticated by a Mexican Embassy or consulate official (needs to be done in the US before you arrive).
• Widow: Original or notarized copy of former spouse’s death certificate is requested. Translated to Spanish
You can no longer be married with your birth certificate only. You need to turn in all your papers originals and copies at least 3 full working days prior to the Ceremony date. (weekends and Mexican holidays don’t apply as working days).
(Mexican Holidays: January 1st, February 5th,March 21st, May 1st, September 16th, November 20th, December 25th and 31st.) Ceremonies are performed from Monday through Saturday only.
*The ceremony will not take place if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and if you don’t turn in your papers on time. No exceptions. No refunds Papers must be turned in between 9 am and 3pm.
*The ceremonies are performed in Spanish, a translator to English is needed (Approximate cost for translator $100 us).
The Civil Wedding is only valid in Mexico and the Marriage license is printed in Spanish. If you want this document to be valid in your country it can be provided upon request with an extra cost. The document has to be Apostilled by the Mexican Government and it takes around 40 working days after your Wedding day. Apostille and Fedex shipping charges have an extra cost. (After you receive your Apostilled Marriage license you have to submit it to your local registry office)
Marriage between Mexican Citizen and Foreigner -All of the above -Migration Permission document from the State’s Migration office that allows a foreigner to marry a Mexican. Must be required at the Migration office in Cancun by Bride and Groom personally, it may take between 4 working days up to 1 week (this depends on the Migration office only) For more information please check www.inami.gob.mx
The Mexican citizen needs to present, original and copy of : Photo ID: Passport or IFE card, Cartilla militar, Cédula profesional), CURP, and readable and in good condition original birth certifcate.