Wedding Ceremonies at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa
Mazatlán Mexico Destination Wedding Legal Requirements
Review helpful information on the legal requirements for getting married in Mexico. Your personal Pueblo Bonito wedding planner can provide further assistance to plan your Mazatlán destination wedding.
Judge (Legal Ceremonies) / Justice Of The Peace. Legal marriages in Mexico are performed only by the judge of the civil registry, usually at the offices of the Civil Registry, but the judge is also able to marry you at Pueblo Bonito Resorts. (Appointments should be scheduled in advance and are subject to judge's availability).
The Civil Ceremony changes your marital status from single to married. Your proof of marriage is recognized as legal throughout the world.
Legal ceremonies are performed in Spanish and can be translated by your Wedding Coordinator, a family member, a friend or by a special translator.
An application form for the marriage must be filled out in Spanish and delivered to the Civil Registry office three labor days before the day of the wedding. You need to provide the following legal paper work to the Civil Registry three labor days before the wedding.
- Both the Bride and Groom must provide a copy of his and her birth certificate.
- A blood test and Health Certificates must be performed in Mexico three days prior to the wedding day. (Your Wedding Coordinator will arrange this for you)
- Bride and Groom must each provide a copy of a valid passport.
- Bride and Groom must each provide a copy of their tourist card.
- You will need four witnesses who must be present at the ceremony. Please provide a copy of their photo ID three labor days before your wedding date. Witnesses could be parents, friends or relatives over 18 years old.
- Previous spouses must provide a copy of their divorce decree or death certificate.
The Civil Ceremony with the judge and translation is approximately 10 minutes (the judge will read one paragraph in Spanish followed by the translator in English). The ceremony can be between 15 to 20 minutes from the processional to the recessional, depending on whether you confirm a musician/singer, have other family members or friends participate in the ceremony and other such variables.
These wedding vows are set by the State and cannot be changed. This can be compared to a ceremony performed by the Justice of the Peace in the United States or Canada. After the ceremony, you will receive an original of the Marriage certificate.
The Non-Denominational or Symbolic Ceremonies do not change your marital status here in Mexico or anywhere in the world. If you would like to perform the Civil Ceremony in your home state, either before or after your Mazatlán wedding, you may. Or you can choose to do both the Civil and the Non-Denominational Ceremony here in Mexico.
The Non-Denominational or Symbolic Ceremonies are performed in English by a Minister or other officiant. This type of ceremony lasts from 15 to 20 minutes from the processional to the recessional, depending on whether you confirm a musician/singer, rituals, have other family members or friends participate in the ceremony and other such variables.
It is important that you confirm to your Wedding Coordinator the type of ceremony you are looking for in order to book the Officiant / Minister in advance.
For a Non-Denominational Ceremony, you may participate in the creation of your wedding vows or may choose from some of the Officiant's favorites. You may alter or embellish these vows in any way you like. You may write your own vows or include special poems, reading, songs, etc. If you need ideas or help with any of the words you want to say to each other, your Officiant will be glad to assist you.
In Mexico, the custom is to get married twice, with a legal marriage and a religious marriage. The legal marriage is considered a formality. The religious marriage is considered the important occasion.
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